NVIDIA Shield TV w/ Remote and Controller is on sale for $179.99

The NVIDIA Shield TV w/ Remote & Game Controller has just gone on sale for $179.99. This price is $20 less than the regular price and is essentially like getting the game controller for free, since the Shield TV with just a remote is $179. The lowest price the remote and game controller bundle has ever been is when it was $169.99 around Christmas of last year. This sale is expected to last all week. If you have no interest in the game controller, the remote only bundle will be going on sale for $139 on Prime Day. Be sure to check back tomorrow, Monday the 16th at 12pm PT / 3pm ET because I’ll be posting all the best gadget, device, and entertainment deals as they go live.

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How to change the Alexa wake word and ESP behavior of an Amazon Fire HD 8 / HD 10 tablet

Now that Show Mode and the new Show Mode Dock have been released for Amazon’s Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, there’s now more reason than ever to use the hands-free Alexa capabilities of these tablets. If you’re looking to change the Alexa wake word on one of these tablets and are confused to not find the setting in the Alexa app, which is where it is changed for all Echo devices, here is how to do it on a Fire tablet. If you’re wanting to change the wake word because the tablet is not working well with another Alexa device nearby, there is an ESP Behavior setting you can adjust as well. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — July 8-14

This week there were 26 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Philo has brought their $16 per month streaming TV service to Fire TV devices this week. I you don’t need local channels or sports networks, take a look at their affordable 40 channel package. Discovery Channel has released a Fin Frenzy app for extra shark week content. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Kindle Oasis is on sale for $199.99 TODAY ONLY — First Time Ever On Sale

Amazon currently has the Kindle Oasis on sale for $199.99. That price is $50 off the regular price and is the first time Amazon’s new flagship e-reader has ever been on sale. This is a lightning deal that will end in a few hours or until a certain number have been sold, so get in quick while supplies last. You do not need to be a Prime member to get in on this deal. It is unknown if the Kindle Oasis will be on sale during Prime Day, so I’d recommend placing your order now during this sale and selecting the slowest shipping method to give you a chance to cancel the order if a Prime Day sale does beat this price. Since this 2nd-gen Kindle Oasis has never been on sale before today, there is a decent chance it won’t go on sale during Prime Day.

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Review of the Show Mode Dock for Amazon Fire HD 8 & HD 10 Tablets

Amazon’s new Show Mode feature for their Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets does a great job of replicating most of the Echo Show’s capabilities, as I discussed in my earlier article about the feature. The Show Mode Dock for those tablets is an optional accessory that adds a level of convenience to the Show Mode feature by holding the tablet at a viewable angle and seamlessly automating the transition between Show Mode and regular tablet mode. Read more ›

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NVIDIA Shield TV will be on sale for $139 during Prime Day

NVIDIA has informed me that they’ll be taking part in Amazon’s Prime Day sale by discounting their Android TV boxes. The NVIDIA Shield TV will be on sale for $139 on Amazon during Prime Day. That is $40 off the regular price and will be the new lowest price that it has ever been. The previous lowest it has ever been on Amazon is $149, but it was briefly available for $143 at B&H just before Christmas of last year. The $139 price will be for the bundle that comes with only a remote control and not the game controller. The NVIDIA Shield TV with Remote & Game Controller will also be going on sale. Starting this Sunday, July 15th, and lasting all of next week, it will be $179.99, which is $20 off the regular price. The game controller bundle has been as low as $169.99 in the past. Amazon has not yet revealed whether the Amazon Fire TV Cube, Fire TV, or Fire TV Stick will be on sale during Prime Day.

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Amazon Kids Edition Tablets and Echo Dots will be on sale for Prime Day

Amazon has been trickling out previews of Prime Day deals that we’ll be seeing next week. The latest is a look at the discounts you can expect on their Kids Edition hardware. The Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet will be on sale for $69.99 during Prime Day. That’s $30 off its regular price and it matches the lowest price it has ever been. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet will be $89.99 on Prime Day. That’s $40 off its regular price and it also matches the lowest price it has ever been. Amazon has not yet revealed whether the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet, which was just released yesterday, will be on sale for Prime Day. They have, however, revealed that the Echo Dot Kids Edition will be on sale for $59.99 during Prime Day. That is $20 off the regular price and will be the new lowest price it has ever been. All of Amazon’s Kids Edition devices come with a 2-year worry-free guarantee, kid-proof case, and a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited.

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Show Mode on an Amazon Fire HD 8/10 Tablet compared to the Echo Show

Amazon has launched a new software feature for their Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets called Show Mode that essentially turns the tablets into an Amazon Echo Show. This new mode works best in conjunction with the new Show Mode Dock that Amazon simultaneously announced, but the dock is not required. All the same hands-free Alexa features are available whether you have the dock or not. Here’s an overview of everything Show Mode on a Fire tablet has to offer and how it compares to the capabilities of the Echo Show. Read more ›

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Amazon Cloud Cam will be $59.99 (50% off) for Prime Day — Blink cameras will also be on sale

An Amazon representative has informed me that the Amazon Cloud Cam will be on sale for $59.99 during Prime Day next week. That price is 50% off the regular price and will be the new lowest price that Amazon has ever sold their security camera. For comparison, the Cloud Cam was $99.99 during Black Friday last year and reached an all-time low price of $89.99 during a sale in December. It is unknown if Amazon will offer additional discounts for customers who purchase multiple cameras, like they are currently offering. Currently, if you buy two cameras you’ll save an additional $40 and you’ll save an additional $70 if you buy 3 cameras. Amazon usually temporarily suspends multi-unit discounts when they hold major sales like Prime Day, but there have been instances where a sale price and a multi-unit discount have stacked together to provide double discounts in the past, so we’ll have to wait and see. Since Amazon acquired Blink last year, they will also be putting Blink security cameras on sale during Prime Day. The Blink XT 1 Camera System will be on sale for $74.99, which is down from $129.99, and the Blink XT 2 Camera System will be on sale for $139.99, which is down from $229.99. Both of those prices will be significantly lower than those camera systems have ever been in the past.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite will be on sale for $79.99 for Prime Day

An Amazon representative has informed me that the Kindle Paperwhite will be on sale for $79.99 during Prime Day next week. That price will be the new lowest price that Amazon has ever sold their mid-tier e-reader. For comparison, the Paperwhite was $89.99 during both Prime Day and Black Friday last year, which is currently the lowest it has ever been. Whether or not the other Kindle models will be on sale is unknown, but it’s probably safe to assume the base Kindle and the Kindle Voyage will both be discounted. I expect the Kindle will be at most $49.99 and the Voyage will be at most $149.99, because those are prices we’ve already seen during past sales. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Voyage reaches a new all-time low of $139.99 or $129.99, but I don’t think the Kindle will be any lower than $49.99. A sale price for the Kindle Oasis is more difficult to predict because it has literally never been on sale. As Amazon’s newest and most high-end Kindle model, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Oasis doesn’t receive a discount at all during Prime Day. These sale prices are expected to be available starting July 16th at noon PT.

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