ecobee4 Smart Thermostat w/ built-in Alexa on sale for $199 — New lowest price ever

The ecobee4 Smart Thermostat has just gone on sale for $199 on Amazon. This is the first time this thermostat has ever been priced this low. The ecobee4 takes Alexa compatibility further than any other smart thermostat. Not only can you control it through Alexa on Echo and Fire TV devices, but the thermostat itself is an Alexa device that you can talk to and give any Alexa command. It’s like having an Echo Dot mounted to your wall. The ecobee4 also just became the first third-party Alexa device to gain Echo Spatial Perception (ESP), which means it will integrate seamlessly with any other Echo devices you have so that two devices don’t respond simultaneously. The ecobee4 also comes with a separate remote sensor so that it monitors the temperature of more than one spot of your home and you can add additional sensors if necessary to make it even smarter.

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App Deal: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse down from $4.99 to $1.99

Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, a great console caliber game, has just dropped down to $1.99. This is the first time this game has been less than $4.99 in over a year. In Castle of Illusion, you play as Mickey Mouse as you journey across 5 worlds. The game is a beautiful remake of the side scrolling game of the same name, which was released on the Sega Genesis console. It’s compatible with all Fire TV models except the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick and, oddly, the Fire TV Edition televisions. It works with either a remote or game controller.

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You can now stop Alexa from saying the product name during shipping notifications

If you’ve turned on shipping notifications for Alexa, which allows your Echo devices to tell you when your Amazon orders are out for delivery, there’s a new option that you’ll probably want to configure one way or the other. You can now select whether you want Alexa to read off the name of the product being delivered. Read more ›

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Alexa can now directly start Netflix content on the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon added the ability for Alexa to start playing content on the Fire TV over a year ago, but it has been limited to movies and shows from Amazon Video. Last month, they announced that the feature would soon be extended to other services. That capability is starting to roll out because you can now ask Alexa to directly play content from Netflix on the Fire TV. Read more ›

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Another minor software update is rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV 3

Less than a week after the previous update, another new software update is currently rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV 3. This update carries the same 6.2.1.0 software version, but bumps the build number up by one digit from NS6210/401 to NS6210/402. Read more ›

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New code-based login system will help bring Amazon’s Alexa to even more devices

Amazon has introduced a new simpler way for third-party Alexa device manufacturers to allow users to link those devices with their Amazon accounts. The new system, called Code-Based Linking, allows customers to register Alexa devices by simply entering a unique code on a secondary device, such as a mobile phone. This will allow Alexa to more easily be integrated into devices that don’t have keyboards or other user input methods. Read more ›

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Amazon reportedly cancels plans to offer a cable TV service

Sling TV popularized the “skinny bundle” of cable networks when it launched in 2015 and numerous services, such as PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu TV, and YouTube TV, have followed suit. Amazon has long been rumored to jump on the bandwagon with their own bundled TV service, but now it sounds like they’ve scrapped those plans, according to a report from Reuters. Read more ›

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App Deal: R-Type I and II games down from $1.99 to $0.99

The games R-TYPE and R-TYPE II have both just gone on sale for $0.99 each. This is the first time either of these games has ever been less than their regular price of $1.99. These are classic side-scrolling space shooter games from the 80s that have been brought to the Fire TV. The games are compatible with all Fire TV models except the 1st generation Fire TV Stick. R-TYPE can be played with a remote control, but the sequel requires a game controller.

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Kodi addon developers quit after coordinated legal threats from Hollywood Studios

Popular piracy-linked Kodi repositories and addons Colossus, Covenant, Ares Wizard, URLResolver, and MetaHandler have been taken down or abandoned by their developers as a result of what appears to be a coordinated effort by an anti-piracy alliance composed of major United States film studios. Developers jsergio123, The_Alpha, and possibly others have called it quits after The_Alpha reportedly received a hand-delivered letter to their UK home threatening legal actions. Read more ›

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Get $50 off any Echo device for starting a one-year Audible membership

Audible just started a new promotion where you will receive $50 off any Echo when you start a one-year membership. The one-year membership gives you 12 credits that can be used to purchase any audiobooks and costs $149.99. The nice thing about Audible is that once you’ve purchased an audiobook with your available credits, you own it and can listen to it forever, even if you don’t renew your membership. After signing up, the $50 credit will automatically be applied towards your next purchase of an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, or Echo Plus. This promotion ends November 23rd, but if you sign up before then, you’ll have 3 months to use the credit, so you’ll be able to combine it with the Black Friday sale prices that are coming up. That means you’ll pay $29.99 for an Echo, $69.99 for an Echo Plus, or $129.99 for an Echo Show. This promotion is available to everyone and is NOT limited to new members only like many similar promotions.

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