New code-based login system will help bring Amazon’s Alexa to even more devices

Amazon has introduced a new simpler way for third-party Alexa device manufacturers to allow users to link those devices with their Amazon accounts. The new system, called Code-Based Linking, allows customers to register Alexa devices by simply entering a unique code on a secondary device, such as a mobile phone. This will allow Alexa to more easily be integrated into devices that don’t have keyboards or other user input methods. Read more ›

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Amazon reportedly cancels plans to offer a cable TV service

Sling TV popularized the “skinny bundle” of cable networks when it launched in 2015 and numerous services, such as PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu TV, and YouTube TV, have followed suit. Amazon has long been rumored to jump on the bandwagon with their own bundled TV service, but now it sounds like they’ve scrapped those plans, according to a report from Reuters. Read more ›

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App Deal: R-Type I and II games down from $1.99 to $0.99

The games R-TYPE and R-TYPE II have both just gone on sale for $0.99 each. This is the first time either of these games has ever been less than their regular price of $1.99. These are classic side-scrolling space shooter games from the 80s that have been brought to the Fire TV. The games are compatible with all Fire TV models except the 1st generation Fire TV Stick. R-TYPE can be played with a remote control, but the sequel requires a game controller.

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Kodi addon developers quit after coordinated legal threats from Hollywood Studios

Popular piracy-linked Kodi repositories and addons Colossus, Covenant, Ares Wizard, URLResolver, and MetaHandler have been taken down or abandoned by their developers as a result of what appears to be a coordinated effort by an anti-piracy alliance composed of major United States film studios. Developers jsergio123, The_Alpha, and possibly others have called it quits after The_Alpha reportedly received a hand-delivered letter to their UK home threatening legal actions. Read more ›

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Get $50 off any Echo device for starting a one-year Audible membership

Audible just started a new promotion where you will receive $50 off any Echo when you start a one-year membership. The one-year membership gives you 12 credits that can be used to purchase any audiobooks and costs $149.99. The nice thing about Audible is that once you’ve purchased an audiobook with your available credits, you own it and can listen to it forever, even if you don’t renew your membership. After signing up, the $50 credit will automatically be applied towards your next purchase of an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, or Echo Plus. This promotion ends November 23rd, but if you sign up before then, you’ll have 3 months to use the credit, so you’ll be able to combine it with the Black Friday sale prices that are coming up. That means you’ll pay $29.99 for an Echo, $69.99 for an Echo Plus, or $129.99 for an Echo Show. This promotion is available to everyone and is NOT limited to new members only like many similar promotions.

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Sports Illustrated TV to launch tomorrow exclusively on Amazon Channels

A new streaming service from Sports Illustrated called SI TV will be launching on November 16th exclusively on Amazon Channels. The service will cost $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial and will focus on sports storytelling through movies, documentaries, and talk shows, instead of broadcasting live games and highlight/recap shows like most sports networks. Read more ›

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Amazon Echos, Alexa, and Prime Music launch in Canada

About a week after adding Japan as the fifth country to receive Alexa and Echo devices, Amazon has now launched their voice assistant and smart speakers in Canada. In addition to Alexa and Echo devices, Amazon is also simultaneously launching Prime Music for all Canadian Prime members. Read more ›

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Amazon Prime Members will receive discounts on turkeys at Whole Foods

When Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market earlier this year, they immediately lowered prices on several common items to attract customers. Now they’re doing it again for common Thanksgiving groceries but are also giving Prime members a sneak peek at the kind of extra discounts they can expect in the future when Prime becomes the official rewards program of Whole Foods Market. Read more ›

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Kodi version 17.6 has just been released as the last version of “Krypton”

Kodi version 17.6 has just been released. The team says this will be the final update for v17 “Krypton” that they will release. The Kodi team has been working on the next major version of Kodi, which is v18 “Leia,” for several months and have been backporting important fixes to Kodi v17 as they come up, but now they will concentrate solely on v18 moving forward. Read more ›

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Muse is a $50 device that adds Amazon’s Alexa to any car

Owners of the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi have Alexa built into their cars, as will owners of some future BMW, Mini, and Nissan models, but for everyone else interested in having access to Alexa while driving, you’ll need to add the voice assistant through an aftermarket accessory. A new product from San Jose-based startup Speak Music called Muse promise to do just that at the relatively affordable price of $49.99. The small disc-shaped device uses your phone’s data connection to bring hands-free access to Alexa to any car. Read more ›

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