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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Amazon Echo devices will now read any Audible book for free

Amazon Echo devices will now read your first full audiobook for free from Audible by just asking, according to Engadget. If you’re new to Audible, just ask for any book and you’ll be able to listen to it in its entirety with no need to sign up for anything. I assume the free first book is available from any Alexa-capable device, like a Fire TV, but I’m unable to test it myself since I’m already an Audible subscriber. If you’re wondering which book to hear as your free book, take a look at Amazon’s best seller list or browse best sellers by year. Once a book is playing, there are several custom commands to give Alexa to control playback.

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Logitech Harmony Smart Remote w/ Hub on sale for $59.99


The Logitech Harmony Remote w/ Smart Hub is on sale for $59.99. This sale price is just $2 more than the lowest price this universal remote has ever been. Harmony remotes are among the few universal remotes that can control the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The included hub connects to the Fire TV via Bluetooth, which lets it seamlessly relay commands from the remote, mobile app, and Harmony’s Harmony’s Alexa skill.

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Firefox update adds bookmarking and updated interface to Amazon Fire TV devices

Firefox has just updated their Fire TV app to version 2.0, as first spotted by CordCuttersNews. This significant update adds what was probably the most request feature, which is the ability to bookmark pages. The update also makes a few changes to the main interface. Read more ›

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Amazon Cloud Cam gains several new features and better Alexa integration

Amazon’s Amazon Cloud Cam security camera has just received several handy new features, as first spotted by AndroidPolice. There are now more ways to view the camera feed, additional two-way audio options, motion/person detection alerts, and better Alexa integration. Read more ›

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Ecobee’s light switch with Alexa built into it is now available to pre-order for $99.99

The Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch, first announced 10 months ago, is now available to pre-order for $99.99. Not only can this light switch be controlled by Alexa, but it essentially has an Amazon Echo Dot built-in giving you full access to Alexa through the switch itself. You can make hands-free requests to Alexa through the switch, thanks to its built-in speaker and far-field microphones. Read more ›

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Amazon’s flagship Kindle Oasis is now available in a new Champagne Gold color

Amazon has introduced a second version of their flagship Kindle Oasis e-reader with a champagne gold aluminum back. This is the first time Amazon has ever offered any Kindle in a color other than black or white. The front of the new Kindle Oasis is still black, but the back is a light golden red that is still made of aluminum. The rest of the champagne gold Kindle Oasis is identical to the original Oasis that was released 5 months ago. The only difference is you can’t get the new color with 8GB of storage since it’s only available in a 32GB WiFi variant. It’s available to pre-order now for $279.99 with ads or $299.99 without ads, which is the same price as the original color. It’ll be released on March 22nd.

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Movies Anywhere app now includes movies from FandangoNOW

Movies Anywhere has added a fifth member to their list of participating digital movie stores. FandangoNOW has joined iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video, and VUDU as the latest content source that can be viewed through the Movies Anywhere app on a Fire TV device. Movies Anywhere lets you link your multiple store accounts so that you can watch content regardless of where it was purchased. The addition of a new store to the service is nice, but what people are really waiting for is participation from additional film studios. Currently, Disney 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros allow their films to work across the service, but Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate are still notably absent from the service.

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Amazon appears to be testing a new ‘Brief Mode’ which reduces Alexa’s superfluous verbal responses

It seems as though Amazon is trying out a new “Brief Mode” for Alexa. The new mode results in Alexa talking less by replacing some of Alexa’s verbal confirmations with beeps. Instead of replying “Okay” after being asked to change the state of a smart home device, with Brief Mode enabled, Alexa performs the requested action and responds with a confirmation chime. Read more ›

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