Amazon Echo devices are now available in India without an invitation

A few months ago, Amazon made Echo devices available in India for the first time, but as tends to be the case whenever Alexa arrives in a new country, the devices were only available by invitation. Amazon has now removed the invitation requirement, making Echo devices available to everyone. The Amazon Echo (₹9,999 or ~$150), Echo Dot (₹4,499 or ~$70), and Echo Plus (₹14,999 or ~$230) are available, as well as 3rd-party Alexa smart speakers such as the Harman Kardon Allure (₹22,499 or ~$350).

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FOX Soccer app arrives on all Amazon Fire TV models

FOX has brought their FOX Soccer Match Pass app to all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app gives subscribers access to over 1,700 live and on-demand soccer and rugby games. Over 30 soccer leagues and competitions are included in the coverage as well as several rugby leagues. The service costs $19.99 per month or you can pay $139.99 for an annual pass, which saves you about $100. All events stream without any commercials and some offer multiple camera angles. A 7-day free trial is available to give the app a try.

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Educational kids games for Fire TV by Eggroll Games are all on sale

Eggroll Games produces a series of educational kids games available for all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. The games cover topics such as addition, substraction, multiplication, division, counting, and color/shape identification for elementary school kids in pre-K through 4th grade. All of their paid titles have just gone on sale at roughly 50% their regular prices. You can try their free versions before committing to buy the full apps.

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Vizio TVs and Canary Cameras now support Amazon Alexa

A couple major electronic brands in their individual markets have announced this week that they now support Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Vizio has released an Alexa skill that allows select TVs to be controlled by Alexa. All 2016 and 2017 SmartCast P-, M-, and E-Series Vizio TVs are supported. Owners can use Alexa through an external device, such as an Echo Dot, to control power, channel, volume, input, and playback with your voice. Canary has announced that their line of security cameras are now compatible with Alexa. Through their new Alexa skill, camera owners can now use Fire TVs, Echo Shows, or Echo Spots to view live camera feeds. Canary all-in-one, Flex, and View models are supported.

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Last day to get discounts on Fire tablets, Echos, Kindles, and more — Sale ends tonight

Amazon still has most of their devices on sale. Since this a Valentines Day themed sale, it ends tonight at midnight. If you want to save a bit on Fire Tablets, Echos, or Kindles, get your order in soon. Among the better deals is a combo pack that includes an Echo and Echo Dot for $104.98. Buying the two together saves you an extra $20 on top of the already discounted price, for a total savings of $45. Read on for a full list of everything on sale. Read more ›

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Amazon is refunding fees paid to remove ads on Prime Exclusive Phones

Amazon revealed last week that their lineup of Prime Exclusive Phones would no longer contain lockscreen ads. Existing customers that purchased one of the discounted phones have started receiving updates that remove ads on their devices as well. As Android Police reports, Amazon is now being extra diligent in making everyone happy with the change by refunding the fee paid by customers who opted to pay for ads to be removed after purchasing one of the Prime Exclusive Phones. Read more ›

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Amazon greenlights fifth season of ‘Bosch’

Amazon has announced that they’ve greenlit a fifth season of their original show Bosch. The show is Amazon’s longest-running one-hour series. The ten-episode fourth season will premiere on Prime Video on April 13. In that season, “when an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, Bosch is assigned to lead a task force to solve the crime before the city erupts in a riot. Bosch must pursue every lead, even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. One murder intertwines with another, and Bosch must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him.”

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Amazon said to be designing their own AI chips for Alexa

Amazon is reportedly working on their own custom chip designs to better handle artificial intelligence processing in Alexa devices, according to a report by The Information. Using customized chips designed specifically for Echo devices should allow them to achieve tasks more efficiently, resulting in quicker Alexa responses. The processors are said to be designed to handle more requests on the device itself, instead of having to send all requests to cloud servers, as Echo devices do now.

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How to officially remove Lockscreen Ads on Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones

Now that Amazon has announced that their Prime Exclusive Phones will no longer have ads on their lockscreens, updates are beginning to roll out to existing devices that removes ads. If your device hasn’t received the update and you don’t want to wait, you can remove the ads yourself by sideloading this APK file (mirror) onto your phone. It’s an official update from Amazon to the offers app that is already on your device. This APK was pulled from a Moto G5 Plus, but it should also work on other Prime exclusive Phone makes and models.

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Amazon Fire TV w/ 4K & HDR on sale for $49.99 TODAY ONLY — Lowest Price Ever

The 3rd generation Amazon Fire TV is on sale for $49.99 at Amazon for today only. This price matches the lowest price that the Fire TV has ever been, which occurred only once before during a similar one day only sale. If you’ve been thinking about picking up the new Fire TV, there’s no better time than now because it is very unlikely it will ever be priced lower than this anytime soon. Other Amazon hardware, such as Echo devices and Fire tablets, are also on sale.

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