AirScreen turns your Fire TV into a Chromecast with support for Google Cast and Apple AirPlay

A new app called AirScreen has just arrived in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices that adds support for all the major casting protocols. It is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models and makes it possible to cast videos and your entire screen to your Fire TV from an Android device, iOS device, Mac, or Windows PC. It supports Google Cast so it works exactly like a Chromecast and supports Apple AirPlay, so it works like an Apple TV for iPhone casting. It also supports Miracast, which is what Windows PCs use for screen mirroring, as well as DLNA. Read more ›

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Wemo smart light switch on sale for $29.99 with Alexa compatibility

The Wemo Smart Light Switch has just gone on sale for $29.99. This switch allows you to replace any light switch so that the connected lights can be controlled through Alexa or through a mobile app. Of course, the light switch still works as a regular physical switch. This sale price is just $1 higher than the lowest price this switch has ever been, which was during Black Friday 2016. This light switch is the #1 best-selling light switch on all of Amazon.

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Alexa can now move calendar meetings and suggest available times

Alexa gained the ability to schedule meetings late last year where the voice assistant will automatically add a meeting to your calendar and automatically email the person you’ve said the meeting is with so they’re aware of the time and date. Now Alexa goes a step further and suggests times for meetings that are good for both attendees. When you say “Alexa, schedule a meeting with [name],” if you have the necessary calendar permissions set with that person, Alexa will list off two times when you’re both available for you to select. Alexa does this by using the contact information on your phone and calendar account. Additionally, you can now ask Alexa to move meetings, so you don’t have to delete a meeting and then schedule a new one.

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Twitter is killing their Android TV and Roku apps but keeping Fire TV and Apple TV apps alive

Twitter has announced that on May 24th, they’ll be killing their Android TV, Roku, and Xbox video apps. The Fire TV app and Apple TV app will remain and continue to function. When Twitter first launched these video apps it was to give users a way to watch Thursday Night Football, which they acquired the streaming rights to in 2016. Since then, Twitter has provided access to various live events through their apps. It’s unlikely Twitter has many people using their set-top box apps, but if you’re one of them with a Fire TV, the app is remaining for now. Thanks for the heads up TechyChris!

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Alexa to come built-in across Acer’s new PC lineup — First laptops with Alexa

While HP beat other PC manufacturers to the punch with their Alexa enabled desktop and their just announced all-in-one PC, Acer is the first to offer Alexa built into a laptop. The Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5 convertible notebooks with Alexa are available starting today, while the Nitro, Aspire, Swift, and Switch line of laptops with Alexa will be shipping in the next few weeks. The Acer Spin 5 appears to be the only one with hands-free Alexa capabilities, while the others require that you press a button before speaking to Alexa. Acer will be adding Alexa to existing laptops through the company’s Care Center software updates, starting with the previous generation Spin 5 on May 23rd.

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Amazon reportedly in talks to pickup Season 4 of ‘The Expanse’

After SyFy Network announced the cancellation of The Expanse 10 days ago after three well received seasons, fans and the shows creators have launched a campaign to save The Expanse by finding it a new home. Those efforts have included numerous tweets directed at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to continue the show as an Amazon original series. It appears that those efforts have paid off because numerous Hollywood news outlets, including Variety and Deadline, are reporting that Amazon is in talks to pickup the series for a fourth season. It’s not a done deal yet, as some news organizations are incorrectly reporting. Writer and Producer of The Expanse, Daniel Abdraham, tweeted just minutes ago that Variety’s headline, which states Amazon is in talks to revive the show, is more accurate than The Hollywood Reporter’s headline, which states that it is a done deal.

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Amazon greenlights ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ for a third season

Amazon has greenlit a third season of their original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel according to Variety. The series debuted in December to rave reviews and went on to win two Golden Globe awards a month later. The second season, which was ordered prior to the show’s debut, is set to premiere later this year, but a specific date has not been set.

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New Fire TV apps of the week — May 13-19

This week there were 55 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Odium To the Core is a side-scrolling game that you play with one button that has 15 levels and an interesting monochromatic style. National Geographic arrives on Fire TV devices with their new Nat Geo TV app. For those of you interested in a new way to access your network files, take a look at Network Browser. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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How to watch the Royal Wedding for Free on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place tomorrow, May 19th. While the wedding ceremony will start at 7 a.m. Eastern, most coverage will start hours earlier at around 4 a.m. Eastern. If you’re interested in watch, here’s how to do it live and for free on any Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, or Fire TV Edition television. Read more ›

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DirecTV Now is giving 1st-Gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners $75 to make up for dropping support

About a month ago, DirecTV Now abruptly dropped support for 1st generation Fire TVs and 1st generation Fire TV Sticks. This expectedly left many customers upset because they could no longer access the streaming OTT service for seemingly no reason, especially since sideloading the blocked DirecTV Now app revealed that the app still worked on older devices. According to Cord Cutters News, DirecTV Now is now trying to make up for the dropped support by offering some affected customers $75 in billing credit. Read more ›

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