This week there were 22 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Brik-Blox is a new Brakout/Arkanoid style game that was released this week that features over 100 levels. Residents of Germany and Austria may want to take a look at the content in the new dailyme TV app. Also released this week is a new YouTube app called Mobile Player. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›
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A new software update is rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The update carries the new version number 220.127.116.11 and build number NS6222/1536. This software update includes bug fixes, but also includes additional advanced equipment control options that let you decide what is done when you ask Alexa to turn on the TV. Read more ›
The Wyze Cam has garnered some attention as being a pretty good home security camera at a remarkably low price of just $20. Now it has gotten even better with the addition of Alexa support, via TechCrunch. Starting today, the Wyze Cam v2 ($20) and the Wyze Cam Pan ($30) can be viewed through Amazon Echo Shows, Echo Spots, all Fire TV models, and Fire tablets by simply asking Alexa to show the camera. While the camera is technically listed at $19.99 on Wyze’s website, they charge $5.99 shipping per camera, so it really costs $25.98. That just so happens to be the exact same price you can buy it on Amazon. The camera comes with a surprisingly robust set of features for the price, including 1080p video, night vision, motion detection, sound detection, and free 14-day cloud storage.
Prime Day is over and, as it tends to be every year, it was the most successful one yet for Amazon. The most popular products on Prime Day are always Amazon’s own devices, thanks to heavy discounts. If you missed out on any Amazon device deals, you’ll probably have a second chance in a few weeks. That’s because, for the last 3 years, 3rd-party retailers have had a one-day simultaneous sale on Amazon devices shortly after Prime Day. Read more ›
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It’s not entirely clear when the practice started, but Amazon is offering select former Prime members the option to start a “One Week Trial” of Amazon Prime for $1.99. Since the dawn of the program, Amazon has offered a 30-day free trial of Prime to first-time subscribers, but once those 30 days are up or once a customer doesn’t renew their subscription, the only option has been to pay the full annual price, which is currently $119 per year, or a monthly price, which is currently $12.99 per month. This appears to be the first time Amazon has offered a one week option for Prime membership. Read more ›
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Prime Day is over, but if you missed out on a deal, Amazon is still offering several of the same discounts if you shop through Alexa. Just say “Alexa, order [item]” to hear if the Prime Day price is still available. You’ll be asked if you want to actually order the item after hearing the current price, so there’s no need to worry about accidentally ordering something at full price. Here is a list of items still available at a discount through Alexa. On the list are the Fire TV Stick for $19.99, the Fire TV Cube for $89.99, and more.
Looks like extended Prime Day deals through Alexa was only available for one day and has now ended.
As Amazon does every year, they’ve released some info highlighting how successful Prime Day was for them this year. Sales figures this Prime Day surpassed all other days in the past for Amazon, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and last year’s Prime Day. On top of it all was the Amazon Fire TV Stick as the single best selling product of the day. The Fire TV Stick reached this same achievement during Prime Day in 2016, but was dethroned during last year’s Prime Day by the Amazon Echo Dot. Amazon never reveals exactly how many units were sold but has said that “millions” of Fire TV devices were sold, with July 16th being “the best day ever for Fire TV devices.” Another Fire TV related milestone is that Prime Day’s sale on the Toshiba Fire TV Edition television made it “the best-selling TV deal in Amazon history.” Amazon says that they sold over six times as many Fire TV Edition televisions during this Prime Day as they did during last year’s record-setting Fire TV Edition sale on Prime Day.
There are still plenty of Prime Day Deals that are active, but I suspect most of you are probably done shopping. Let’s hear about what you bought and what was your best deal in the comments below.
There is currently a promotion where eBay will take $25 off any purchase of $110 or more when you use promo code PRIMO119 during checkout. Since Best Buy is selling the NVIDIA Shield TV w/ Remote & Controller on eBay for $179.99, applying the promo code PRIMO119 brings the price down to $154.99. That’s $5 off the regular price of $199.99 and is the new lowest price that game controller bundle has ever been. Amazon is currently still running a lightning deal on the Shield TV w/ Remote Only for $139, which is a great price and the lowest any Shield TV has ever been, but if you can want a game controller, you can get one for just $16 through the eBay deal. Thanks Joe for the tip!
Best buy is currently offering a very interesting bundle. They are selling an Amazon Echo Spot + Ring Doorbell Pro + 6 Month Plex Pass Subscription for $204.99. Purchased separately, those three items have a retail value of $399.97. If you just consider the current Prime Day prices for the Echo Spot and Ring Doorbell, you are still paying $274 for the pair, so this deal saves you $70 off of Amazon’s current sale prices. To get this deal, follow this link, check the box next to the Ring Doorbell and next to the Echo Spot color you want and click the Add to Cart button at the bottom. The Plex subscription will automatically b added to your cart.