New software update released for the Amazon Fire TV 3

A new software update has been rolling out to the 3rd-generation Amazon Fire TV. This new update, which carries version number and build number NS6213/1196, is the Fire TV 3 update that is equivalent to the latest update that rolled out to all other Fire TV models last month. This update changes the “Your Apps & Games” row on the Fire TV home screen to a “Your Apps & Channels” row. It does this because each Amazon Channel that you are subscribed to now has its icon that you can arrange among your app icons. Just like with all other Fire TV models, a Prime Video icon has also been added which loads a new interface listing content from Amazon Video. It doesn’t appear as thought his update makes any other changes. If you notice any other changes, be sure to mention them in the comments.

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AFTVnews turns 4 years old

Four years ago today, I started this site on a whim because I thought I could help a few people get a little more out of their new TV gadget. It’s still just me on this end running the site on my own, but there are now millions of you reading what I have to say and using my apps. Thank you so much for your patronage. It allows me to support my family with this site, which, in turn, gives me more time with them than I likely ever would have had otherwise. My older son just turned three a few days ago and his baby brother recently started standing up on his own. I’m looking forward to the years to come. Thank you for being part of the wonderful and supportive community that has formed around this site.

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Amazon now offers immediate discounts for select items when you choose No-Rush Shipping

If you’re a Prime member, you’re probably well aware of Amazon’s No-Rush Shipping credits. They’re incentives, like $1 Digital Credit or $5 Prime Pantry Credit, for voluntarily selecting a slower shipping method instead of the free 2-day option that Prime members are entitled to receive. It appears as though Amazon recently began offering immediate discounts on select items if you opt for no-rush shipping. Read more ›

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Amazon Store Card users can now use Alexa to manage their account

A new Alexa skill for the Amazon Store Card has been released, as first spotted by AndroidPolice. The skill allows you to get information about your card account using any Alexa enabled device. Using your voice, you can ask about your balance, ask about recent purchases, make payments, and more. Read more ›

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Amazon Go cashier-less stores will be opening in Chicago and San Francisco

Amazon Go cashier-less stores will be opening in Chicago and San Fransisco, according to a report from The Seattle Times, which was later confirmed by an Amazon representative. The the first automated store, which uses cameras and sensors to automatically charge customers for items they leave with, opened late last year in Seattle. It was initially only open to Amazon employees, but then opened to the general public a couple of months later. The Chicago location appears to be near 203 N. LaSalle Street and the San Fransisco location is unknown.

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Alexa on Windows PCs is picking up pace with a new All-In-One from HP

Amazon revealed a partnership with PC manufacturers at CES earlier this year where Alexa will be featured front and center on Windows 10 computers. The HP Pavilion Wave, which is a desktop PC that doubles as a hands-free Alexa speaker, has since been released. I got a quick hands-on with the Wave at CES and saw the potential of merging Alexa with computers. Now HP has announced a new All-in-One desktop PC with far-field mics and speakers built into the base for Alexa. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — May 6-12

This week there were 23 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Party Mirage is a new game that is full of mini-games to challenge friends with when you’re bored. Anime fans may want to check out HIDIVE, which is a new Anime streaming service that costs $4.99 per month. Those of you who are always on the lookout for new media players to try, a new one called nPlayer just arrived on Fire TV devices. It appears to support network streaming as well as playback from cloud drives like Dropbox and Amazon Drive. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Last chance to save on nearly all of Amazon’s devices during their Mother’s Day Sale

Amazon has been having a big Mother’s Day Sale all week with most of their devices on sale. Among the best deals are the Fire TV Stick for $29.99, an Echo + Echo Dot bundle for $104.98, and an Echo Dot 2-Pack for $59.98. These sale prices are expected to end tonight at midnight, but there’s a chance they’ll be extended another day to include Sunday. Continue on for a full list of all of the Amazon devices that are on sale. Read more ›

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Amazon adds scheduled on/off to Cloud Cam and increases digital zoom

Amazon has added a couple new features to their Cloud Cam security camera. First spotted by AndroidPolice, the Cloud Cam app (Android | iOS) has been updated with a new option to automatically turn the camera on or off at a set schedule. Amazon’s Cloud Cam has always had the option to set the camera to automatically turn on when you leave the house and turn off when you’re home, but now owners also have the option to use a simple fixed schedule. The other change with this latest update is an increase of the camera’s digital zoom from 4x to 8x to make it easier to spot tiny or distant objects in the camera feed.

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Custom Alexa responses can now be created right from the Alexa app

Amazon added a powerful new feature last month called Alexa Blueprints that allows anyone to make custom Alexa skills by choosing one of several templates and filling out a simple website form. While Alexa Blueprints are significantly easier than developing your own Alexa skill from scratch, they still require a bit of effort to set up. If all you want to do is add a few custom Alexa responses to specific requests, it’s now possible to do so using only the Alexa app thanks to the addition of custom responses within Alexa Routines. Read more ›

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