App Deal: All 5 Grand Theft Auto games on sale


All of the Grand Theft Auto games for the Fire TV have just gone on sale. Most notably, GTA: Liberty City Stories is down from $6.99 to $2.99, which is the first time that game has ever been this low. GTA: Liberty City Stories is the newest GTA game to be released on the Fire TV. GTA: San Andreas is down from $6.99 to $3.99, while GTA: Vice City, GTA III, and GTA: Chinatown Wars are all down from $4.99 to $2.99 each. Vice City and GTA III’s prices match their all time low prices, while GTA: Chinatown Wars dropped to $0.99 for one day in the past.

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Post your Questions & Topics for Tomorrow’s AFTVnewscast

I’ll be live streaming this week’s episode of the AFTVnewscast, at this link here, tomorrow at 1:30pm PT, as I do every Friday. Post your questions or topics in the comments below for me to answer and discuss during the episode. Anything goes for questions, whether it’s about the Fire TV, AFTVnews, or tech in general. Let’s hear them! Even if you can’t watch live, ask your question now and catch the episode on YouTube later.

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Battery Boot makes the Amazon Echo completely portable


If you want the portable battery powered aspect of the Amazon Tap, but don’t want to give up the always-listening functionality and superior sound of the Amazon Echo, then the Battery Boot may be for you. Battery Boot is a new 3rd-party accessory for the Amazon Echo, which began shipping to customers this week, that simply adds a battery to the bottom of the device. There are three models available, which range between 6 hours of battery life for the least expensive model, to 14 hours of battery life for the top model. Pricing starts at $69.99 for the low end EcoBoot, and climbs to $99.99 for the top tier MegaBoot. The least expensive Battery boot uses the Echo’s standard power cable to charge, while the middle and high end models come with a separate charging cable. With all models, the Echo can be used while the Battery Boot is charging. The Battery Boot is not compatible with the Echo Dot, since that uses a micro USB cable to charge and the Echo uses a round power port.

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TweeV is the first Twitter client for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick


TweeV is a new app that brings Twitter to the Amaozn Fire TV and Fire TV Stick for the first time. It’s not so much a full fledged Twitter client, but more of a Twitter screensaver app. Once you log in to your Twitter account through TweeV, your Twitter home timeline is displayed, one tweet at a time, in full-screen. The screen changes in real time as new tweets are posted by those you follow. If an image is included in the tweet, the image is used as the background image. Additional information like how long ago the tweet was posted, if it’s a retweet, the user’s avatar, and the tweet being replied to are also displayed. Read more ›

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NBC’s comedy and late night shows now available with new Seeso Prime add-on subscription


Amazon continues their recent influx of new add-on subscription options with the addition of Seeso, NBC’s streaming comdey service. Seeso offers comedy shows like Parks And Recreation, 30 Rock, The IT Crowd, and The Office. Also included are late night shows like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Late Night with Seth Meyers, as well as several original series and stand up comedy specials. The subscription will run you just $3.99 per month and comes with the longest free trial period yet, at 30 days.

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Tablo 4-tuner OTA digital recorder down to $252.99 and falling


The Tablo 4-tuner OTA digital recorder is currently on sale for $252.99 and has been dropping in price all week. The price reduction started April 28 when it dropped from its regular price of $299.99 to $283.99, and it has been dropping by $2 a day ever since. The current price matches the lowest this device has ever been, apart from when it briefly dipped to $200 during Black Friday. The last time this unit steadily dropped in price like this, it settled at this same price before shooting back up a couple days later.

Tablo allows you to watch and record free over-the-air content using your Fire TV and the Tablo App. You simply connect the Tablo to your network and stream live or recorded content to all of your devices. This 4-tuner model allows you to record 4 shows at once by simply connecting a USB hard drive or flash drive. Tablo is the missing piece in Amazon’s Fire TV HD Antenna Bundle, which is currently on sale as well, that allows you to truely use an HD antenna with your Fire TV.

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First time Amazon Underground users can earn a $5 Amazon Credit


Amazon is running a new promotion that will earn you a $5 Amazon credit for downloading a select free Amazon Underground app. Unfortunately, the promotion is only for first time Amazon Underground downloaders, so most of you probably won’t qualify. For those of you who have never downloaded an app through Amazon Underground, earn your free $5 Amazon credit by downloading either Simple Sudoku, Simple Solitaire, Flow Free, Fruit Ninja Academy, Elmo Loves 123s, or My Boo. This promotion ends May 8. The $5 credit you earn will automatically be applied to your next purchase on Amazon.

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What’s New on Netflix in May

Here’s a list of the movies and shows coming to Netflix in May. See previous months here. Read more ›

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What’s New on Amazon Prime Instant Video in May

Here’s a list of the movies and shows coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video in May. See previous months here. Read more ›

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Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot back in stock after backordered for 2 months


The Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot has just come back in stock. The last time this remote was in stock was 2 months ago and it sold out in less than a day. Before that, it was out of stock for 3 months. The remote’s persistent low stock is due to resellers clearing out Amazon’s supply to sell on eBay for a profit. So if you want one, order it quickly before the resellers get wind of the resupply.

This remote connects to the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot via bluetooth and allows you to control the device remotely from up to 30 feet away. You can issue commands to Alexa through the remote’s built in microphone, in addition to controlling volume and music playback. The remote is especially handy to have in areas of your house where you’re too far from the Echo for it to hear you, but close enough where you can hear it.

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