Round up of Amazon Echo Show reviews

The Amazon Echo Show will officially be released in a couple of days on June 28. That’s when I’ll be getting mine, just like the rest of us mortals who pre-ordered Amazon’s new flagship Alexa device. Some publications that Amazon considers to be worthy, which, to no surprise, I am not among, have received early access to the new device. The publishing embargo has just been lifted and a bunch of Echo Show reviews have gone live. I’ll be focusing on the gritty details of what the device can and can’t do, once it arrives, but for those wanting an overview now, here’s a roundup of the reviews I’ve been able to find. Read more ›

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The new Nokia 6 will likely be Amazon’s next Prime Exclusive Phone

HMD Global, the Finnish company that now owns the rights to manufacture Nokia phones, has announced that the new Nokia 6 will be coming to the US in early July. The press release says the phone will initially be sold exclusively through Amazon. There’s a distinct difference between a phone being sold exclusively on Amazon and a phone being a Prime Exclusive Phone, which is a phone that Amazon heavily discounts in exchange for adding lockscreen ads, but it’s starting to look likely that the Nokia 6 will be newest device to be offered through the Prime Exclusive Phone program. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo on sale for $129.99 — Lowest Price Ever, Today Only

Amazon is having a one day only sale for the Amazon Echo for $129.99. At $50 off the regular price, this matches the lowest price the Echo has ever been, which happened only once before on Prime Day last year. Since this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the Echo, it qualifies as a “Great” price on my Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide scale of Okay/Good/Great. If you’ve been holding out on buying the Echo, or have been thinking of getting one for a family member or friend, now is the time to act because this sale ends at midnight tonight.

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New Apps for the Week of June 18th thru the 24th

This week there were 20 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Snake Bite Fire is a new game that lets you play the classic mobile phone game on your big screen. Shudder is a streaming service for horror movie fans that has been available as an Amazon Channel for a while and has now released a dedicated app. Most of the app’s content requires a subscription, which costs $4.99 per month or $3.99 a month if you pay annually, but there is some free content to enjoy in the new app. Sundance Now is another new streaming service app to arrive on the Fire TV this week. It’s subscription runs $6.99 a month, or $59.99 if paid annually, and it offers independent film, TV shows, documentaries, and original series. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Alexa on the Amazon Fire TV to receive a complete visual overhaul

Amazon just announced the availability of Alexa Display Cards for third-party manufacturers to incorporate into Alexa-enabled devices that have screens. These are the supplemental visual representations of Alexa responses that first appeared when Amazon added Alexa capabilities to the original Fire TV. Similar Alexa cards were later used on Fire tablets when they gained Alexa capabilities, but now that the the all-new Echo Show is a few days from release, Amazon has given visual Alexa responses a lot more attention and completely overhauled their layout. Part of the new Alexa card display guidelines is a large section dedicated to Alexa’s TV interface, which is very likely going to make its way to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in a future update. Read more ›

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App Deal: Kill ’em All is down from $1.99 to FREE

The new game Kill ’em All has just gone free for the first time. It was released just over a month ago and has been $1.99 ever since. This is a speed and reflex game where you stand-off against opponents to see who can draw their weapon and fire off a shot the quickest. You can play against the computer AI or play against family and friends through local multiplayer. The game will connect between multiple Fire TVs, phones, and/or tablets as long as they are on the same local network. It’s compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, and works with both the remote and game controller.

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A 1 year Audible membership is on sale for $99.99 — Savings of $50

Audible is currently having a sale on their annual Gold Membership for $99.99. That’s $50 off the regular price of $149.99 for that subscription. The Gold membership gives you 12 credits a year that can be used to purchase 12 audio books, making each book just $8.34. If the 12 books a year aren’t enough, you’ll also receive 30% off additional audio book purchases with your membership

Audible is a great service to use with Alexa devices because you can just say “Alexa, read my book” (among several other commands) and playback will instantly begin where you last left off. Your place in the book is automatically synced across all devices, so you can start and stop whenever it’s convenient to listen, regardless of whether it’s in the car during your commute, through an Echo while doing chores, or on the Fire TV while you’re waiting for someone to get back from the restroom. This offer is for new Audible members only and ends June 28.

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Amazon’s Alexa servers were down for a few hours yesterday

This is just a quick PSA that Amazon’s Alexa servers were down around mid-day yesterday for 2-3 hours. If you were having issues using Alexa yesterday, rest assured it was not an issue with your hardware or your setup. If you’re ever experiencing issues with Amazon devices, a good first step is to check Amazon’s Cloud Status page to determine if the issue is on Amazon’s side. The “AWS Lambda (N. Virginia)” servers handles the majority of Alexa’s requests.

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Video Deal: These 22 movies are available to rent on Amazon Video for just $0.10 each

Amazon is having one of their rental sales for Amazon Video. There are 22 movies that can be rented for just $0.10 each. When renting a movie, you have 30 days to start watching it and 48 hours to complete it once you’ve started, so you can rent these now for cheap and enjoy them over the next few weeks. This is a great way to maximize your No-Rush shipping credit if you have digital content credit. You can check to see if you have digital content credit here. Read on for the full list of movies on sale. Hugo, Galaxy Quest, and Warm Bodies are among my favorites on the list. Read more ›

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Amazon original movie ‘Paterson’ is now available through Prime Video

Prime members can now stream Amazon’s latest original movie Paterson. The film stars Adam Driver as Paterson living in Paterson, New Jersey and his wife Laura, played by Golshifteh Farahani. Read more ›

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