My Next Chapter

When asked about how AFTVnews started, I usually say that I stumbled into it. Five years ago, I was a software engineer who was in between jobs and I was trying to figure out my next steps in life. I purchased a new gadget called the Amazon Fire TV that had just been released and I started to tinker with it. With plenty of time on my hands and a desire to fill it, I started this website to share what I had learned about the Fire TV and to help other owners get the most out of their device. I have never considered myself a writer or a journalist, and I certainly never thought that I’d make a living doing either, but the website simply continued to grow day after day, month after month, and year after year. Before I knew it, I was running this website full-time and loving every minute of it, but I’ve always had a desire to return to working in the tech industry, instead of just writing about it. A rare opportunity has now been presented to combine my affection for Fire TVs with my desire to work on tech again, that I couldn’t pass up. I’ve accepted a position with Amazon Lab126 as a Product Manager on the Fire TV team. Read more ›

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Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide updated to reflect 2018 Prime Day pricing

As I do after every major sale, I’ve given the Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide an overhaul as a result of Prime Day. For those not familiar with my buyer’s guide, it is a one-stop place to help you judge how good a particular sale is on Amazon’s hardware. For each device, an Okay, Good, and Great price are listed, where the Great price is usually as low as you can expect the device to be. I also list how long it has been since a device has been updated, as well as how long past models were available. This can give you a sense of whether a particular device will be updated soon. Interestingly, of the 24 products I have listed in my buyer’s guide, 20 of them were priced at or below their all-time lowest price during this year’s Prime Day. Of those 20 devices, 11 were priced lower during this year’s Prime Day than they had ever been in the past. That’s more new all-time low prices than any past sale has had.

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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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Please excuse this week’s temporary slow down

If you’re a regular of AFTVnews, you may notice that there will likely be fewer and shorter posts this week than you may be used to from me. That’s because my wife and I welcomed our second son this morning, so I won’t be able to give the site my usual attention. I’ll try to cover major topics as soon as I can, but please excuse my delay and brevity for the time being. I appreciate your support and understanding.

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Keeping in touch with AFTVnews on Twitter, Facebook, and beyond

Apart from the links in the footer of the site, I’ve never posted anything about my social media accounts. I’ve always just let people stumble across them on their own. Since news has been a bit slow this week, I figured now would be a good time to post about the various ways you can keep in touch if you’d like.

Twitter: @AFTVnews is the main account for the site where I post every article I write, for those who want them in their Twitter feed. I’m most responsive on Twitter of all social media accounts, but I’ll usually reply from my personal Twitter account, which is @Elias. I also recently created @AFTVnewsApps where I’ve been posting weird/dumb/strange reviews of my app for those interested in face-palm inducing chuckles.

Facebook: The main account is Facebook.com/AFTVnews which is where I post all articles for those who want AFTVnews in their Facebook news feed. There is also an AFTVnews Community Facebook Group where people are free to discuss anything. Everyone who asks to join is approved and anyone can approve others. I keep my personal Facebook account private, but I do have a public profile at Facebook.com/esaba that I occasionally post on.

Other: Twitter and Facebook are the main ways to keep in touch outside of the site, but there is also an Email List if you want to receive new articles in your inbox. There’s also of course an RSS Feed for those wanting to use an external reader. I’ve also considered adding browser notifications for new posts, so let me know in the comments if that’s something you would use.

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New site navigation menu

I just spent some time redesigning the site’s navigation menu (that gray thing at the top). Please let me know (preferably with screenshots/photos) in the comments if it looks or acts strange on any of your devices.

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AFTVnews turns 3 years old

Once upon a time, I was a laid off software engineer who thought it’d be fun to write about the silly things I was doing with my new TV gadget. Now, 3 years later, there are over half a million of you interested in what I’m writing about. My son just turned 2 last week and his little brother is scheduled to arrive later this year. It means the world to me that all of you make it possible for me to spend so much time with my family while I run this site from home. Thank you so much for enabling me to turn a hobby into a means to support my family.

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No AFTVnewscast podcast this week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I won’t be recording an AFTVnewscast podcast episode this week.

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No AFTVnewscast podcast this week

I’ve decided not to stream or release an AFTVnewscast podcast episode this week. There isn’t much to discuss this week, apart from a bunch of new apps, and I could really use the extra time to finish some projects I’ve been working on. Plus, it means I can tag along with my son’s class field trip to Travel Town tomorrow. How can I pass that up?!?!

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No AFTVnewscast podcast this week

It has been a relatively slow week as far as Fire TV news and topics, so I’m going to skip this week’s AFTVnewscast epsiode so that I can work on some larger projects that I’ve been putting off instead.

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