The Channels app is a great option for owners of an HDHomeRun network TV tuner to use to watch their live content on Fire TVs and other streaming devices, but its $24.99 price has certainly deterred many people from giving the app a try. The independent developers behind the app have just released a free version of their app, called Channels DVR, that can be used indefinitely by anyone subscribed to the Channels DVR subscription service. Combined with the 30-day DVR free trial, it also now serves as a free way to try the Channels app, whether you’re interested in the DVR service or not. Read more ›
The NVIDIA Shield TV is on sale for $139.99 at Best Buy. This price pretty much matches the lowest price the Shield TV has ever been, which is $139.00 during Prime Day. This is for the bundle that includes only the remote control. If you also want the game controller, that bundle is currently on sale for $179.99 at Amazon. The NVIDIA Shield TV is easily the best streaming device that runs Google’s official Android TV operating system. It has a powerful CPU that can breeze through any task you throw at it and a GPU that is unrivaled by any other streaming device for great gaming capabilities.
Amazon has announced that Alexa can now bring up and play the last recorded video from security cameras. Prior to today, it was only possible to bring up a live feed of your compatible security camera on a Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or Echo device with a screen by saying “Alexa, show my [camera name].” Starting today, it’s now possible to say “Alexa, show the last activity at my [camera name]” to play the last recorded video clip from a security camera. Read more ›
Amazon is reportedly working on a new device that will record live television and stream those recordings to Fire TVs and smartphones, according to a person familiar with the plans that has spoken with Bloomberg. The project is codenamed “Frank” inside Amazon and is said to be a DVR with its own physical storage. Read more ›
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Amazon has just put the Fire TV Cube on sale for $89.99. This deal matches the lowest price the Fire TV Cube has ever been. This is the same price that the Fire TV Cube was reduced to for Prime Day, so it’s likely that we won’t see a price lower than this for some time. This is also the first time that Amazon has offered a price this low for the Cube to the general public. All past sales have been for Prime members only. Also on sale today is the Fire TV 3 for $39.99.
Amazon has just put the Fire TV 3 (pendant) on sale for $39.99. This deal is $30 off the regular price of $69.99. The Fire TV has been as low as $34.99 in the past, which was during Prime Day, but this is the lowest Amazon has sold it to non-Prime members. Also on sale today is the Fire TV Cube for $89.99, which matches the lowest price it has ever been.
Amazon has put all of their Kids Edition tablets on sale. The top of the line Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is on sale for $159.99. This is the first time this tablet has ever been on sale. Also on sale are the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $99.99 and the Fire 7 Kids Edition for $79.99. Those smaller kids tablets have both been $10 cheaper during past sales. The kids edition tablets are identical to the non-kids versions but come with a 2-year replacement guarantee if anything happens to them. They also have their lock screen ads removed, come with a kid-friendly case, and include a 1-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
Nearly all of Amazon’s Echo lineup have gone on sale today. The best deal of the bunch is easily the Echo Show for $129.99. This matches the lowest price that the Echo Show has ever been and is the same price that it was during Prime Day, but this sale is open to non-Prime members. The regular Amazon Echo is on sale for $84.99, which is a mediocre sale price since it has been as low as $69.99 in the past. If you buy two Echos the savings get much more impressive because Amazon will take another $30 off the already reduced priced. At $139.98 for a pair of Echos, that brings the price for each down the lowest the Echo has ever been individual. The Echo Dot is on sale for $39.99, which is also a mediocre sale price. If you buy 3 Echo Dots and use the promo code DOT3PACK, you’ll get an extra $45 off, which brings the individual price of each to $24.99. That’s a fantastic deal since the lowest price the Echo Dot has ever been on its own is $29.99. Lastly, the Echo Plus is on sale for $99.99 with a free Philips Hue smart light bulb included. That price matches the lowest price the Echo plus has ever been.
The Amazon Fire TV Cube is starting to receive a new software update. The update, which carries version number 188.8.131.52 and build number NS6223/1852, appears to be a minor update. I have been unable to find any obvious changes, so this may just contain additional bug fixes. This update does not add the frame rate matching feature that was added to the Fire TV 3 in its most recent update. If you notice any changes or fixes with this update, be sure to mention them in the comments.
Microsoft and Amazon announced a partnership a year ago that would allow each company’s voice assistant to access the other. That integration between Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana was demonstrated earlier this year and today it has become available to the public. After completing an initial linking process, users will be able to say “Alexa, open Cortana” to an Alexa device and say “Cortana, open Alexa” to a Cortana device. Read more ›
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