Kohl’s will now pack and ship your Amazon returns for free

Kohl’s has announced (PDF) a partnership with Amazon where they will pack and ship your Amazon returns at no charge in select stores. The new return service will begin in October at 82 Kohl’s stores across Los Angeles and Chicago. The press release does not provide specifics on the process, but I presume customers will still need to initiate the return through Amazon first and their refund will still be given by Amazon and not by Kohl’s. Kohl’s will then accept the item, pack it in a box for you, and pay for the return postage, all at no cost to you. While Amazon offers free returns for select products they sell, where they pay for the return postage, this new program essentially makes all Amazon returns, even for items sold by 3rd-party sellers, free for customers. No word on when or if the program will be offered at Kohl’s other 1,000+ stores, so be sure to call ahead to see if your local store is offering the service before making the trip.

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Alexa on the new Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet will support Echo Spacial Perception (ESP)

The all-new Fire HD 10 tablet that was announced this morning is Amazon’s first tablet to feature hands-free Alexa capabilities. That means you’ll be able to belt out your Alexa commands without needing to first press and hold the home button, like you have to do with Amazon’s other tablets. For those of you with Amazon Echos and other Alexa devices in your home, you’ll be relieved to hear that the Fire HD 10 does come with Amazon’s Echo Spacial Perception (ESP). Read more ›

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Amazon announces all-new Fire HD 10 Tablet with Hands-Free Alexa

Amazon has just announced an all-new Fire HD 10 Tablet. The new model is a significant update to the previous version thanks to its 1.8 GHz quad-core CPU that offers a 30% boost in performance over the previous generation. The new Fire HD 10 also bumps the screen up from 720p to 1080p and doubles the RAM to 2 GB. Also included, which is a first for any Amazon tablet, is hands-free Alexa capabilities that let you control the tablet and access all of Alexa’s features without having to press any buttons. Read more ›

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Hackathon winners demonstrate what retail shopping might be like with the help of Amazon’s Alexa

The winner of TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon gives us a glimpse into what shopping at physical stores will be like in a future where voice assistants break out of the home. Hundreds of engineers and designers competed to create the most interesting project they could in 24 hours. The winner, Alexa Shop Assist, imagines a future where devices like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot are scattered throughout a store to help shoppers easily navigate the space and get answers to questions without needing to hunt down an employee. Read more ›

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App Deal: Prison Run and Gun down from $1.99 to $0.99

The game Prison Run and Gun has just gone on sale for $0.99. This is only the second time this game has ever been on sale and the current price matches the lowest it has ever been. This is a fast-paced retro puzzle platformer. The game has 30 levels, unlockable weapons, and no in-app purchases to get in your way. It’s compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models, but it does require a game controller to play.

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Your Amazon “No Rush” credit from Prime Day expires today

If you made any purchases on Prime Day and selected the slower “No Rush” shipping option at checkout in order to receive free credit to use on digital purchases, there’s a good chance that your credit will expire today if you haven’t used it yet. Check your No-Rush Rewards Summary to see how much credit you have and when it’s set to expire. You can use the credit on Amazon Video rentals/purchases, Amazon Appstore purchases (including in-app purchases), and several other places.

If you absolutely can’t figure out where to spend your credit before it expires, supporting the future development of my Downloader app through its in-app donation buttons would be greatly appreciated. When you make in-app purchases, there is no indication that your no-rush credit is being used, but you’ll immediately receive an email with a link to the transaction details where you’ll see a “Promotions” credit applied to the transaction.

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New Apps for the Week of September 10th thru the 16th

This week there were 26 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The most notable new app is MrMC Lite, which is new free version of the popular media player. If you use Kodi to play local files on external media or over the network, you should give MrMC Lite a try to see if the MrMC app is a good alternative. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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MrMC update v3.1 adds an all-new Skin and a Free Lite version of the app to try

MrMC, the media center that is created and supported by the developers who first ported Kodi to Android, just released version 3.1 of their app. The main new feature of this version is a completely new skin for the app, made from the ground up by the app’s developers. This update also adds several bug fixes, as most of their updates tend to do, with this latest set of fixes related mostly to Plex, Emby, and EDL support in the app.

In addition to the new skin and update, MrMC is now also being made available in two flavors. The full version is still $2.99, but there is now a MrMC Lite version that is free. The Lite version has the same player functionality as the full version, except it’s missing Divx codec playback and limits library lists to 8 items. Most people are definitely going to want to use the full version long term, but the Lite version gives you a way to try the app before committing to buying it, which is always great to see.

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The two new upcoming Fire TV models are codenamed “Needle” and “Stark”

I’ve started digging into the code of the new 5.6.2.0 Fire TV software update, as I always do with new updates, and I’ve found references to the two new Fire TV models that are expected to be released later this year. The new mid-tier Fire TV, which uses a dongle form factor is codenamed “Needle,” and the new flagship Fire TV, which incorporates the functionality of an Echo Dot, is codenamed “Stark.” Read more ›

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App Deal: Get these three paid Fire TV games for free today

The Fire TV game developer Realtech VR has made all three of their paid games free for a limited time. Quantum Revenge, which is normally $2.99, is a Mecha robotic armour fighting game. This is the first time it has ever been free. Brotherhood of Violence, which is normally $2.35, is a street fighting game with over 30 unique environments and 400 different opponents. It too has never been free before today. The last game that’s free is No Gravity, which is normally $2.99. It’s a space combat shooter with 31 missions and 5 different spaceships to choose from. This game was free once over 2 years ago when Amazon used to somewhat regularly give away bundles of games during special promotions. All of these games are compatible with the 1st and 2nd generation Fire TV, as well as the Fire TV Edition television. Brotherhood of Violence is the only one that is compatible with the 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick and none are compatible with the 1st-generation Fire TV Stick. You will need a game controller like the Fire TV Game Controller to play these games.

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