Amazon signs deal to bring new Sci-Fi drama ‘The Feed’ to Prime Video

Amazon, in conjunction with Liberty Global, has penned a big-budget order for a new sci-fi drama based on the novel The Feed by Nick Clark Windo, according to Deadline. The new original series is being executive produced by Channing Powell who is best known for his work on The Walking Dead. The Feed is described as “Walking Dead-meets-Black Mirror” and will consist of a ten episode run that’s “set in a near-future world where people can download a social media feed directly into their brains and follows a couple who find their six-year-old daughter missing after the ‘Feed’ goes down and society crumbles.”

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Amazon now delivers Whole Foods groceries via Prime Now in under 2-hours

Amazon has announced that it will begin delivering Whole Foods products through their 2-hours or less Prime Now service. This is the first major integration between the two companies since Amazon acquired the grocery store chain last year. The speedy grocery delivery service will initially be available in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Virginia Beach. It’ll expand to other cities later this year. Prime members will receive 2-hour delivery for free or can pay $7.99 for 1-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more.

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Consumer Reports says Roku’s unrestricted remote control API is a security vulnerability

Roku streaming devices and smart TVs running Roku’s OS have come under fire due to an article by Consumer Reports that says the devices are vulnerable to hacking. Under scrutiny is Roku’s decision to provide a remote control API that does not require any kind of authentication before it can be used to control the streaming devices and TVs. Read more ›

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Eufy Genie Smart Speaker w/ Alexa on sale for $24.99 — UPDATE: Now $19.99

The Eufy Genie Smart Speaker has just gone on sale for $24.99. This is just $5 more than the lowest price it has ever been, which was during Black Friday last year. It is essentially an Echo Dot clone that was released last year by Anker. Since it now supports Echo Spacial Perception, thanks to a recent software update, it’s a decent alternative to the Echo Dot. The Genie doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity or messaging/calling features, like the Echo Dot does, but it’s a fair bit cheaper and sounds slightly better.

Update

It’s now $19.99

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Channels app for live TV viewing through an HDHomeRun arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

Channels, the popular Apple TV app for viewing and time-shifting live television, has arrived on the 3rd generation Amazon Fire TV. Paired up with an HDHomeRun, the Channels app lets you pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV. It also offers a full grid program guide, surround sound, and much more. Read more ›

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Get 2 Echo Dots for $49.98 if you’re willing to chat with Amazon Customer Service

The Echo Dot product page currently lists a promotion at the bottom that says you’ll receive $30 off the purchase of 2 Echo Dots. Since the Echo Dot is currently on sale for $39.99, that means two of them will cost you $49.98. However, only a $10 discount is being applied to the order at checkout, for a total price of $69.98. Several people have confirmed that Amazon’s Customer Service is applying the additional $20 discount retroactively when asked, so if you’re willing to have a short chat with customer service, you can buy two Echo Dot’s for $49.98 total. Thanks jimberkas for the heads up!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to star in Western Series ‘Outrider’ for Amazon

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Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be reprising his role as Conan in Amazon’s upcoming Conan series, but he will be staring as Federal Marshall in a new Amazon original series titled Outrider, according to Deadline. The western series follows a deputy in the late 1800’s who is tasked to apprehend a legendary outlaw. The deputy partners with a ruthless Marshall played by Schwarzenegger, making ‘Outrider’ Schwarzenegger’s first regular role in a television series. Trey Callaway and Mark Montgomery will write and executive produce the new series. Schwarzenegger and Mace Neufeld, who is also an executive producer on the upcoming Amazon series Jack Ryan, will also produce Outrider.

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New original ‘Conan the Barbarian’ series is coming to Amazon Prime Video

Amazon has signed a deal to create a new original Conan series, according to Deadline. It will be based on the original books by Robert E. Howard. Ryan Condal, who wrote the new Hercules movie and produced the Colony series, will be executive producing and writing Amazon’s upcoming Conan series. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed several Game of Thrones episodes, will direct the new series. This series goes perfectly with Amazon new focus to create fantasy/genre drama series with broad appeal.

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Amazon is removing lock screen ads from all Prime Exclusive phones

Amazon has announced that they’ll be removing lock screen ads from all of their Prime Exclusive Phones. Starting tomorrow, February 7th, all newly purchased phones in Amazon’s discount program will not contain ads or offers on the lock screen. Better yet, all existing phones will receive an update in the coming weeks that removes their lock screen ads. Read more ›

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2-Pack of Alexa compatible smart plugs are on sale for $19.49

Amazon currently has a 2-Pack of Conico WiFi Smart Plugs on sale for $19.49 after applying coupon code IMEZ9PZB at checkout. That is the lowest price I’ve ever seen for smart plugs that can be controlled by Alexa. Unlike most smart plugs, these are compact enough to not block adjacent outlets. I have no experience with this brand and don’t know if these plugs are any good. Reviews seem to be decent at a 4.2 star rating from 209 reviewers.

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