Amazon Tap and Fire Tablet bundle is $119.98 — Today Only

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Amazon is offering a bundle which includes the Amazon Tap and Fire Tablet for $119.98. This is the first time a bundle like this has ever been available. The included tablet is the 16GB version which costs $69.99, so buying the two items together saves you $80 off of their regular prices. Referring to my Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide, the combined “Great Price” for these two devices comes out to $113.32, so this deal is pretty good if you’re in the market for both of these two items. The bundled sale price ends tonight at midnight.

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SiriusXM Radio app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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SiriusXM Radio has just released a brand new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app gives access to all 155 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news, and comedy from the satellite radio provider. You will need a subscription to the service before listening to any of the programming. Streaming online-only subscriptions start at $15.99 per month, or you can add streaming access to any of SiriusXM’s satellite plans for an extra $4 per month. The app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

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MMX Hill Climb game comes to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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MMX Hill Climb, a very popular mobile game, has just been released onto the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This game has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating with over 5 million installs on the Google Play Store. This is a physics based racing game, similar to the immensely popular Hill Climb Racing game. It’s compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, new and old.

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My Downloader app has returned to the Amazon Fire TV appstore

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My Downloader app has been reinstated back into the Amazon appstore and is once again available on all Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. After the app was taken down on Friday by Amazon with no explanation, I used the developer’s contact form to ask why it was removed. On Saturday evening, the app’s review status was updated to state the app was removed because “it can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content.” This was the same reason given to Kodi’s developers when Kodi was removed from the Amazon appstore. Then, this morning, I received a response to my original inquiry which simply stated my app was once again live in the appstore. Read more ›

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Amazon Add-on Items can be purchased through Alexa by themselves

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A Reddit user by the name of darkcellmp has discovered that if you ask Alexa to order an add-on item from Amazon, an order will be placed for that single item, even though the order total doesn’t meet the $25 minimum that is usually required when purchasing add-on items. If you’re a Prime member, you won’t be charged for shipping either, since all add-on items are technically eligible for free Prime shipping. So the next time you find yourself needing an add-on item, but don’t want to buy anything else, place the order through Alexa.

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New Apps for the Week of November 27th thru December 3rd

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This week there were 28 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It has been a big week for streaming video apps. DirecTV Now arrived with an all new OTT streaming service you can learn more about here. For those of you with cable subscriptions, you’ll be happy to hear that Syfy and Bravo have released their full fledged apps this week. There are also a pair of new streaming video apps from Verizon you might want to take a look at. If you have little kids, they might like the animated videos in the new Om Nom Toons app. As for games, Prison Run and Gun looks like a fun new puzzle platformer worth checking out. If you prefer your puzzle games at a slower pace, then Sudoku Party might be a better choice. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Verizon and Hearst Media release a pair of video apps for millennials on the Fire TV

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A joint venture between Verizon and Hearst has spawned a pair of video channels tailored for the millennial generation, and now those channels have made their way onto the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick by way of a couple new video apps. Seriously.TV is a news and politics comedy channel based in New York for young adults. Rated Red is a channel based in Nashville producing heartland-focused content with coverage of breaking news, live music, military, food, politics, and outdoor life for millennials.

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Syfy and Bravo apps arrive on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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NBCUniversal has released the full versions of their Syfy and Bravo apps for the Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick. A month ago, preview versions of each app were released with access to various clips from each network, but now these complete versions give access to full episodes. Just as with other NBCUniversal apps, like the USA Now app, you need to activate these apps with a cable provider in order to view any of their content.

In addition to the standard Bravo app, a new Bravo Watch & Shop app has also been released. This app lets you watch a limited assortment of Bravo content and it lets you purchase products directly from the app that appear in the Bravo shows.

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AFTVnewscast 64: Fire TV Interface Update & DirecTV Now

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If you missed yesterday’s live stream, here’s the latest AFTVnewscast episode. Thanks to everyone who viewed live and who participated by asking questions.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live on Fridays at 11am PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Google Play Music, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links. Read more ›

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Amazon has removed my Downloader app from the Amazon Appstore

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My Downloader app has been pulled from the Amazon Appstore by Amazon. I have not been told why it was removed. Amazon didn’t even notify me of the app’s removal. I found out when a reader emailed me asking why they couldn’t find the app. The message you see above in my Amazon developer panel says the app is “suppressed” and to check the “review status tab for further details.” The app’s review status tab incorrectly states the app is live, with no information about the suppression, so it seems this isn’t a standard app rejection. I’ve contacted Amazon asking why the app was removed and will update everyone once I receive a response. Read more ›

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