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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YouTube Red is becoming YouTube Premium and increasing in price by $2 per month

Google has announced that YouTube Red, their $9.99 per month subscription service for YouTube which also comes with access to Google Play Music, is breaking up into two new services: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. YouTube Music is a music streaming service that will be available for free with ads or for $9.99 per month without ads. YouTube Premium will be $11.99 and includes YouTube Music plus the same perks of YouTube Red. Read more ›

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FOX NOW, FX, FOX Sports, National Geographic apps merge into new unified app for Amazon Fire TVs

FOX has pushed a major update to several of their Amazon Fire TV apps that merge together programming across multiple FOX networks. The FOX NOW app, as well as a newly released Nat Geo TV app, now provide access to content from FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2 FX, FXX, FX Movies, National Geographic, and Nat Geo Wild all within the same app. A live stream of all networks is available within the app for those who activate with a TV service provider, which includes local FOX affiliates in select markets. Read more ›

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Amazon updates Fire TV system toolbar with more info and customization

Something that I expect most Fire TV owners do not know about is the hidden Developer Tools Menu on all Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Easily the most useful feature of the hidden menu is the System X-Ray toolbar which provides real-time information about the various Fire TV system components. The new 6.2.1.3 software update that just rolled out to Fire TV 3s contains an updated v4.0 Developer Tools Menu that includes additional information not previously available. The updated System X-Ray feature is also now customizable so that you can set it to only display stats that you’re interested in seeing. Read more ›

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Amazon Prime members now get 10% off sale items plus extra discounts at Whole Foods

Ever since Amazon acquired Whole Foods grocery stores last year, they’ve been introducing ways for customers to save money, like general discounts to popular products and 5% cashback when you pay with a Prime Rewards Visa Card. Now they’ve started rolling out the program that everyone was probably expecting them to roll out, which is everyday extra savings for Prime members. These savings include 10% off sale items, as well as extra discounts on select items. Read more ›

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