4-Pack of Alexa compatible smart plugs are on sale for as low as $29.99

There are a couple of good deals on Alexa compatible Smart Plugs. You can currently get a 4-Pack of iSelector Mini Smart Plugs for $29.99 using promo code TDGBHGUJ or get a 4-Pack of Gosund mini Smart Plugs for $35.99 using promo code 9A4LR7C7. I personally don’t have any experience with either of these plugs or brands, but reviews seem to be pretty good for both. The iSelector plugs have a 4.7 out of 5 star rating with 184 reviews and the Gosund plugs have a 4.2 star rating with over 200 reviews. Both of these plugs can be controlled by Alexa through an Echo device or the Fire TV voice remote.

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Audible is offering $50 off any Echo device and $50 off an annual subscription

Audible currently has a great deal that gives you $50 off any Echo device and $50 off an annual membership. I’ve seen each of the $50 discounts available individually in the past, but this is the first time I’ve seen them available simultaneously, making this a killer deal. A 12-month membership normally costs $149.50 and includes 12 audiobook credits. With this deal, you’ll pay $99.50 for those same credits, which will all be available immediately, and a $50 credit good towards the purchase of any Echo device will automatically be added to your Amazon account. Each audiobook credit is used to purchase one audiobook, for a total of 12 books, that you own forever, even if you don’t renew your membership. Some larger titles might cost 2 credits. This offer ends March 25th and you must use your $50 Echo discount within 14 days of signing up. Past Audible customers can also take advantage of this offer.

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Controversial BitTorrent downloader Put.io arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

A new official Put.io app has just been released in the Amazon Fire TV appstore. Put.io is a slightly controversial service that acts as a middle-man between you and video files found online. Instead of downloading or streaming a video from the internet directly, Put.io will download the video for you to their servers and then let you stream it to your devices from them. Put.io’s support for BitTorrent downloads has made it a popular service for downloading pirated content undetected. Read more ›

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New software update has rolled out to only the 1st generation Fire TV Stick

A new software update started rolling out earlier this month to the 1st generation Fire TV Stick. The update maintains the previous version number of but comes with a new build number of 587700820. No other devices have received this newsoftware version and it doesn’t seem like they will. It’s unusual for an update to roll out to a single older device and it’s unknown what this update changes. If I were to guess the purpose of the update, I’d say that it has something to do with optimizing video playback since the software update was released right around the time that the Silk Browser received a major update that focused on improving video playback on the 1st generation Fire TV Stick. If you’ve noticed any specific changes with this update, let everyone know in the comments.

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SPMC creator ends the app’s development and joins the MrMC team

Chris Browet, the creator of SPMC, a popular forked version of Kodi, has announced that he is joining the team behind MrMC, another popular forked version of Kodi. As a result, development of SPMC is coming to an end so that Browet, also commonly known by the handle koying, can concentrate on his new role of maintaining MrMC’s development for Android and Fire OS devices. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Mar. 11-17

This week there were 31 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Poker Championship is a new Texas Hold’em game made specifically for Fire TV devices. Play with real players from around the world. The new NHL app lets you watch all out of market hockey games or you can subscribe to a single team to never miss a game. Stream classic western movies using the new Western Mania app. If you have littles ones at home, check out the new Cocoro app with a large library of kids content that’s all available for free with any subscription required. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Amazon Music Unlimited temporarily offering 60-day free trial for new subscribers — Double the usual length

If you’ve never tried Amazon Music Unlimited, the premium subscription music service from Amazon that gives you access to tens of millions of tracks, now is a pretty good time to give it a shot. For a very limited time, Amazon is doubling the usual 30-day free trial to a 60-day free trial through a new promotion. To get in on this offer, follow the instructions on this page. You just need to click a button and sign up to try Amazon Music Unlimited for a full two months at no charge. This offer ends in about a week on March 25th, so sign up soon if you’re interested.

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Twitch now gives Amazon Prime members free games every month

Twitch has announced a new benefit for Prime members that provides a set of new games for free every month. Amazon first integrated Prime into Twitch, the live streaming video platform that they aquired, over a year ago with Twitch Prime. Prime member benefits on Twitch already include ad-free viewing, one free channel subscription, and free in-game loot. Now free games to keep forever are also included. Read more ›

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Time is running out to get the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick for their lowest prices ever

The Amazon Fire TV with 4K and HDR is on sale for $44.99 and the Fire TV Stick is on sale for $24.99. These are both the absolute lowest prices that either device has ever been. The Fire TV has never been this low before and the Fire TV Stick has only been this low once before. These sales are for a limited time and are expected to end this weekend. These prices are only available for Prime members. If you’re not a member of Amazon Prime, you can sign-up for free to take advantage of this sale and decide later if you want to keep the service or cancel within 30 days without paying anything extra.

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How to disable Alexa’s new Brief Mode in order to bring back “Okay” responses

Amazon is starting to roll out a new Brief Mode for Alexa that reduces how much the voice assistant speaks in response to requests. The new mode appeared from some customers and then disappeared shortly after, but now it seems as if it’s here for good. While many customers love the new setting because it replaces Alexa’s verbal “OK” response with a quicker non-verbal confirmation chime, Brief Mode is catching a few people off guard because Alexa is offering to turn the mode on for you, instead of it simply being an option in the Alexa app. If you accepted Alexa’s request to enable Brief Mode but want to revert back to Alexa giving more verbal responses, here’s how to turn off Brief Mode. Read more ›

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