Echo Dot w/ Amazon Smart Plug is on sale for $39.99 — That’s 47% off

Get this Echo Dot + Smart Plug Deal

Amazon has sweetened the deal that they began offering last week. You can now get the 3rd-Gen Echo Dot + Amazon Smart Plug for just $39.99. That’s an extra $10 off the price from last week. The all-new Echo Dot is normally $49.99 on its own, so you’re essentially saving $10 on the Echo Dot and getting the smart plug for free, which regularly costs $24.99 on its own. That’s a total of $34.99 off of the pair. Also on sale is the Amazon Echo Show w/ Free Smart Bulb for $189.99, which is $40 off of its regular price.

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Mar 17-23

This past week there were new 29 apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. Twister Road is a new never-ending game that’ll test your reflexes by speeding up the further you get down its spinning path. 1 vs 100 is a trivia game modeled after the TV game show of the same name. Neverthink is an app that curates YouTube videos into 40+ different categories to choose from. Just pick a channel and the 100% human picked videos keep flowing. Movieland TV offers a catalogue of classic movies from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Amazon Tap portable Alexa smart speaker is on sale for $34.99 — New Lowest Price Ever [Expired]

Get this Amazon Tap Deal

The Amazon Tap is currently available for $34.99 through Woot. Unlike some of Woot’s deals for used or refurbished items, this sale is for a brand new speaker. The Tap is Amazon’s discontinued portable Alexa speaker that comes with a rechargeable battery built-in. The sound quality of the Tap is better than the Echo Dot, but not quite as good as the full-sized Amazon Echo. When you’re near WiFi, the Tap has nearly all the same Alexa capabilities as Echo speakers and can stream audio from all the expected sources. For when there’s no network to connect to, the Tap can serve as a standard portable speaker by connecting to your phone over Bluetooth or its 3.5mm auxiliary-in port. It’s a bit of a shame that Amazon never released a successor to the Tap. Mine still gets quite a bit of use as my go-to speaker for when I’m working in the yard, grilling, or just relaxing outside. At this new all-time low price, I’d recommend the Amazon Tap simply as a great “dumb” Bluetooth speaker. All of its Alexa capabilities are just a huge bonus. This sale is for today only or until they sell out.

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Amazon Echo Dot is on sale for $39.99 — Add an Amazon Smart Plug for $10

The all-new 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot has just gone on sale for $39.99, which is 20% off of its regular retail price. This is actually only the second time the new Echo Dot has ever been on sale, with the first sale being the multi-month long holiday deal that lasted from Thanksgiving through January. For an extra $10, you can get the Echo Dot + Amazon Smart Plug bundle for $49.99. The Amazon Smart Plug normally costs $24.99 and is used to add Alexa control to any outlet. The new Echo Dot is a significant improvement over the previous model, both in looks and sound quality. It’s available in Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone. If you just need to add Alexa to existing speakers, the Echo Input is still on sale for $19.99.

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Twitch app for Amazon Fire TV receives major redesign with live previews, dark UI, and text/voice chat

The Twitch app for Amazon Fire TV devices has just been updated with a major redesign. Most of Twitch’s signature purple and white color scheme is gone and in its place is a much darker and subdued color palette. The interface has been simplified by removing the navigation menu on the left, making it quicker to jump around the different areas of the app. Functionally, the biggest change is the addition of a video feed of whatever your cursor is on as the app background, making it possible to preview a channel or video before clicking into the full screen view. Read more ›

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MLB.TV is now an Amazon Prime Video Channel

MLB.TV is now available as a Prime Video Channel for Prime members. Customers can pay $24.99 per month or $118.99 for a Season Pas to stream live out-of-market games. This means that nationally televised games and local team games televised in your area aren’t going to be available for live streaming. These are the same restrictions you’ll find with the standard MLB.TV subscription and MLB app. The advantage of subscribing as a Prime Video Channel is unified billing under your Amazon account and access to X-Ray features on the Fire TV, such as live in-game stats, team and player details, and play-by-play information while watching.

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Amazon announces new Kindle with added front light and more comfortable design

Amazon has just announced a new Kindle to replace the older entry model that was released in 2016. The main new feature is the addition of a front light, which has only been available on higher-end models until now. The new Kindle is said to be more comfortable to hold, thanks to the new gradual curve along all of its edges, which replaces the outgoing model’s sharp chamfered edge. The new Kindle still has the same recessed 167 PPI screen and isn’t waterproof, so if you want a flush 300 PPI screen or water resistance, you’ll still need to upgrade to either the Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis. The new Kindle starts at $89.99, which is $10 more expensive than the previous model. Pre-orders are available now in black or white, and it will be released on April 10th. Buyers will get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free, instead of the usual 30-day trial, and there’s also a Kindle Trade-in offer that gives you 25% off any new Kindle model.

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How to move and organize Fire TV apps with the new Pinning feature

As of software update 5.2.6.9 for older Fire TV models, like the Fire TV boxes and Fire TV Sticks, and software update 6.2.6.0 for newer Fire TV models, like the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube, the way to arrange the order of your apps and channels on the home screen and the app grid has changed. It’s no longer possible to move apps up and down the list. Instead, you can now select to pin apps to the front of the list. I’m told that the ability to move apps will be added to the new pinning feature in a future software update, but, until then, here is the best way to control the arrangement of your apps and channels. Read more ›

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Sideclick Universal Remote for all Fire TVs is on sale for $16.99 — Lightning Deal [Expired]

Get this Sideclick Deal

Amazon has the Sideclick Universal Remote on sale for $16.99. This is a lightning deal that ends in a few hours, so be sure to get it immediately if you’re interested. These sales are rare and at just $2 more than the lowest price it has ever been in the past, this is a great deal. The Sideclick attaches to the side of any Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Stick remote to provide a column of 8 programmable IR buttons. I’m a big fan of this product and highly recommend it to anyone looking to reduce the number of remotes they use. Everything you need to use the Sideclick with any Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Stick remote is included in the box, so you don’t need to worry about buying the correct attachment. The only remotes that it does not work with are the Fire TV Edition television remotes. Even if you already have the new Alexa remote with power and volume buttons, the Sideclick can still be used to add even more functionality, since all 8 of its buttons can be programmed to replicate any functionality of your existing remotes.

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Insignia Fire TV Edition televisions are on sale at all-time low prices — $89.99 for 24″, $129.99 for 39″, $279.99 for 50″

Several sizes of Insignia’s Fire TV Edition televisions have just gone on sale this morning. The Insignia 39″ 1080p TV is available for just $129.99. This is the first time that it has ever been priced this low. In the past, it has never been below $149.99. The Insignia 24″ 720p TV is on sale for $89.99. That price matches its lowest price ever, which has only occurred during very limited sales. If you’re only in the market for a 4K TV, the Insignia 50″ 4K TV is on sale for $279.99. That matches its lowest price as well. These TVs are all running Amazon’s Fire TV operating system, which means you’ll get the same experience from them directly as you would if you plugged in a Fire TV device. Even better, because they have built-in TV tuners, you’ll have access to all of your over-the-air channels directly in the Fire TV interface. This is nearly identical to having a Fire TV recast, except you can’t set recordings.

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