Amazon lowers its free shipping minimum from $49 to $35

A year ago, to the day, Amazon raised the minimum order total that qualifies for free shipping from $35 to $49. Now they’ve reverted the change, so non-Prime members once again only need an order total of $35 once again to qualify for free shipping. This is no doubt a response to Walmart, which introduced a new policy a few weeks ago that provides free shipping on orders of $35 or more. Prime members are not effected by this change and book orders of at least $25 also still receive free shipping at Amazon.

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New Apps for the Week of February 12th thru the 18th

This week there were 27 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The most notable game is PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX. It’s an all new official PAC-MAN game from Bandai-Namco that has over 100 levels. Any fans of the classic PAC-MAN game should definitely check it out. Another interesting app released this week is myTuner Radio, along with its paid sister app, myTuner Radio Pro. The app provides access to over 30,000 radio stations from 120 countries. The only difference I see with the paid version is it also allows you to listen to podcasts. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Alexa can now finally read thermostat values without needing to use a Skill

Amazon’s Alexa has been able to directly control smart thermostats for over a year now, but one glaring omission has been its inability to tell you anything about the thermostats current state. While you could always ask Alexa to set a temperature, you couldn’t request what the thermostat was set to or request to hear the actual current indoor temperature, leaving many to resort to using third-party Alexa Skills for those tasks. Amazon has now finally updated their Alexa Smart Home Skill API to support thermostat requests. Read more ›

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App Deal: Oddworld – Munch’s Oddysee down from $2.99 to $0.99

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Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee has just dropped down to $0.99. This matches the lowest price this game has ever been. This is the prequel to Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, which has been a very popular title among Fire TV gamers and has alos just dropped to $0.99 today. Both of these games were originally released on the Xbox, so these are full console caliber games. This game is full of puzzles, depth, and a hilarious script. Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is oddly only compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick. It also requires a game controller to play.

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App Deal: Oddworld – Stranger’s Wrath down from $2.99 to $0.99

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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, an action-adventure game originally released on the Xbox, has just dropped down to $0.99. This matches the lowest price this game has ever been. In this game, you play as a bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws. The game has a 4 out of 5 star rating with over 100 reviews and is one of the best console caliber games for the Fire TV. Check out IGN’s video review to learn more. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is compatible with the 1st and 2nd-generation Fire TV and requires a game controller to play. The prequel to this game, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, has also just dropped down to $0.99.

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Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard w/ Touchpad on sale for $17.99 at Best Buy

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The Logitech K400 Plus keyboard with built-in touchpad is on sale for $17.99 at Best Buy. That matches the lowest price this keyboard has ever been. Many Fire TV owners, including myself, swear by this keyboard as the best bang-for-your-buck keyboard for couch use. This keyboard uses a wireless USB dongle to connect, so it works with the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV. It will also work with the Fire TV Stick 2 if you use an OTG adapter.

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Google adds native DVR support for HDHomeRun to Android TV

Google’s Android TV has supported live channel viewing for a couple years now. The feature was mainly added for televisions that ship with Android TV as their main operating system, but it also works with set-top boxes, like the NVIDIA Shield TV, when teamed up with networked antenna tuners, like the HDHomeRun devices. SilconDust, the makers of HDHomeRun, have announced that they’ve worked with Google to support native DVR capabilities with Android TV’s live channels interface. Read more ›

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AFTVnewscast podcast canceled this week

As I mentioned at the end of last week’s episode, I won’t be able to record an AFTVnewscast episode this week. I’ve taken down the questions post from yesterday and will re-publish it for next week’s episode, so those questions won’t be lost. There’s a good chance episode cancellations will be a bit more frequent over the next few months than they have been in the past, but I’ll do my best to stream and record during weeks when there is big news.

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MrMC v3.0 adds support for Kodi 17 databases, full DVD playback, Plex transcoding, and more

MrMC has just released their version 3.0 update with several nice new features. For starters, now that Kodi 17 has finally been released, MrMC’s developers made sure to make this new version compatible with Kodi’s recent database changes. This means you can have both apps use the same database, if you need to switch from one app to the other, without having to maintain two databases. While MrMC does still uses a skin based on Kodi’s old interface, don’t let that detract you, because under the hood, it has long been incorporating Kodi 17 into its code base, even before Kodi 17 was officially released. Read more ›

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Amazon original movie ‘Author: The JT LeRoy Story’ now available through Prime Video

The Amazon original movie Author: The JT LeRoy Story is now available for Prime members to stream through Amazon Video. This was one of several movies picked up by Amazon at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. It has since earned an 81% Rotten Tomatoes score and a 7.3 star rating on IMDB. The film is a documentary about the mysterious fictional persona of the 16-year-old literary sensation.

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