Amazon has just announced a new Kindle to replace the older entry model that was released in 2016. The main new feature is the addition of a front light, which has only been available on higher-end models until now. The new Kindle is said to be more comfortable to hold, thanks to the new gradual curve along all of its edges, which replaces the outgoing model’s sharp chamfered edge. The new Kindle still has the same recessed 167 PPI screen and isn’t waterproof, so if you want a flush 300 PPI screen or water resistance, you’ll still need to upgrade to either the Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis. The new Kindle starts at $89.99, which is $10 more expensive than the previous model. Pre-orders are available now in black or white, and it will be released on April 10th. Buyers will get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free, instead of the usual 30-day trial, and there’s also a Kindle Trade-in offer that gives you 25% off any new Kindle model.
Amazon has announced that Alexa will soon be available in Italy and Spain for the first time. Echo devices are now available to pre-order at amazon.it and amazon.es. The Amazon Echo will sell for EUR 99.99 but is available at an introductory price of EUR 59.99. The Echo Dot will be EUR 59.99 but is EUR 35.99 right now and the Echo Plus will be EUR 149.99 but us EUR 89.99 right now. Interestingly, Amazon is also releasing the Echo Spot in Italy and Spain, which is unusual because they tend to introduce audio-only Alexa devices first when launching in new countries. The Echo Spot will be EUR 129.99 but can be ordered for EUR 77.99 for a limited time. All devices will be released on October 30th.
Amazon has announced the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, which combines features of the more expensive Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis, in a lighter and slimmer package. The Kindle Paperwhite is probably the best Kindle for most people because it balances premium features with affordability. The new model is even better because it’s now waterproof and supports Audible audiobooks. Read more ›
Along with the new Fire TV Stick 4K, Amazon has announced an all-new Alexa Voice Remote that includes universal remote capabilities. The new remote is included with the Fire TV Stick 4K, but it is also being sold separately for $29.99 because it is compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, the 3rd-gen Fire TV (pendant), and the Fire TV Cube. This new remote includes power, volume, and mute buttons for controlling home theater equipment, but it also has the same Alexa equipment control capabilities as the Fire TV Cube to allow input switching and cable box channel changing via voice. Read more ›
Amazon has just announced a new Fire TV Stick 4K for $49.99 with support for 2160p Ultra HD video. The Fire TV Stick 4K is the first streaming device ever to support all three major high dynamic range standards, which are Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+, as well as Dolby Atmos surround sound audio, making it the most future-proof streaming device on the market. As if that weren’t impressive enough, the Fire TV Stick 4K comes with an all-new Alexa voice remote that finally has built-in power, volume, and mute buttons to directly control your TV and audio equipment. The new remote, which will be sold separately for $29.99 and is backward compatible with older Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, also has the same exact universal remote capabilities as the Fire TV Cube, so that you can use Alexa to control home theater equipment, switch inputs, and tune to channels on your cable box. Read more ›
Roku has announced a pair of new streaming media players that make 4K streaming more affordable than ever. The new Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, which differ only by their remotes, offer 4K streaming and HDR for the staggeringly low price of $39.99 and $49.99, respectively. Roku has also announced that their Roku Ultra will now come with headphones in the box and that they’re adding support for the Google Assistant. Read more ›
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Amazon has just announced the Fire TV Recast, a DVR an over-the-air DVR that can stream live or recorded channels from an antenna to Fire TV devices, the Echo Show, and both Android and iOS mobile devices. It’s available in a 2-tuner model with 500GB of storage for $229.99 or a 4-tuner model with 1TB of storage for $279.99. Read more ›
Amazon has announced a new 2nd-generation Echo Show. The new model improves on the last model in nearly every way. It’s much better looking and has a front that is dominated by a large 10.1-inch HD touchscreen. It features premium sound through a pair of side firing speakers behind the display. It’s available to pre-order now for $229.99 in Charcol or Sandstone colors and will arrive on October 11th. Buying 2 at the same time will automatically take $100 off at checkout. Read more ›
Amazon has announced the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp for audiophiles who want to add Alexa music streaming to their high-end audio equipment. The Echo Link provides multiple audio in and out connections, including coaxial, RCA, and optical. It also has a subwoofer out connection and an Ethernet port for its connectivity. On the front is a headphone out jack and a large volume dial. The Echo Link Amp features the same ports but adds a pair of left and right speaker connections that are used with the built-in 60W two-channel amplifier. The Echo Link will be $199.99 when it’s released and the Echo Link Amp will be $299.99. Neither one is available to pre-order yet, but you can sign up to be notified when they’re available.
Amazon has announced the Echo Input. It’s essentially an Echo Dot but without the built-in speaker. It’s the most affordable way to add Alexa to existing speakers. It includes far-field microphones for hands-free Alexa, as well as a mute and action button on the top. The Echo Link will be $34.99 when it’s released, but currently you can only sign up to be notified when it’s available to order. Read more ›