Alexa app now tracks the Power Consumption of your Smart Home Devices in new Energy Dashboard

The Alexa app has been updated to include a new feature called the Energy Dashboard that attempts to estimate the power consumption of your smart home devices. The dashboard charts the power usage of smart lights, plugs, thermostats, and more over time so that you can see which smart devices use the most energy and whether your power usage is trending up or down. While Alexa’s new energy dashboard does seem to report power usage figures from smart devices that report their energy consumption, it also works with more basic smart devices by simply tracking how long each one is powered on during a given timeframe. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV’s most popular VPN improves network speed by 2.5x

IPVanish, the most popular VPN app used by Fire TV users, has announced the completion of a network upgrade that they say will increase server network throughput by 2.5x. Starting back in February of last year, IPVanish began upgrading their server network cards from 10 Gbps to 25 Gbps and now enters 2021 with, what they claim, is the fastest VPN in the world. If you tried IPVanish in the past and weren’t impressed, especially if it was more than a year ago, it might be worth giving the service another try. Their current plans cost $4.99 for 1 month or $39.99 for 1 year. While IPVanish, unfortunately, doesn’t offer a free trial, they do offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on their annual plan only if you cancel within 30 days.

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Amazon launches first mobile-only Prime Video plan in India

Amazon Prime Video has teamed up with Airtel, India’s second-largest mobile carrier, to announce Prime Video Mobile Edition in India, the streaming service’s first mobile-only subscription plan. The base subscription costs just Rs 89 (about $1.22) per month and includes 6GB of data, with more expensive plans available that include additional perks. Read more ›

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How to watch the 2nd Impeachment Vote of U.S. President Trump Live and for Free on Fire TV & Firestick

The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting today to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. There are several apps and services for Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Edition televisions that will be streaming live coverage of the impeachment hearing for free without needing to sign-up, create an account, or login. Here’s a list of options. Read more ›

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Amazon adds new ‘Live’ tab to Fire TVs in the UK

Amazon Fire TVs in the UK are getting a new ‘Live’ tab in their navigation menu. This new section of the Fire TV home launcher pulls in live programming from various sources and lists them on a single screen to make it easier to browse what’s airing live from different services. Read more ›

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Hulu’s new College Student plan is just $1.99/month

Hulu has just released a new subscription plan for U.S. college students that is just $1.99 per month. That’s 67% off of the regular price of $5.99 per month for the streaming subscription that includes ads. Hulu is not offering students a discount on the ad-free $11.99 per month plan and this student plan cannot be combined with the bundle that includes Disney+. The Hulu student plan allows for 2 simultaneous streams. It’s worth noting that Spotify offers a $4.99 per month student subscription bundle that includes Spotify Premium, Hulu (with ads), and Showtime.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is on sale for $24.99

The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is on sale for $24.99, which is $5 off of its regular price of $29.99. This sale price is $7 higher than the lowest price that the all-new Fire TV Stick Lite has ever been. The main difference between the Fire TV Stick Lite and the 3rg-gen Fire TV Stick, which were both released at the same time, is the included remote. The Fire TV Stick Lite has a remote that includes a dedicated button for the Fire TV’s live channel guide, while the Fire TV Stick has a remote that includes power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV and/or soundbar. To learn more about all the other differences between the 3 Fire TV Stick models in Amazon’s current lineup, see this article.

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Amazon Echo Studio is on sale for $169.99

The Amazon Echo Studio has just gone on sale for $169.99, which is $30 off of the regular price of $199.99. This sale price is $20 higher than the Echo Studio’s all-time lowest price of $149.99, which we saw during the recent holiday sales. The Echo Studio is Amazon’s flagship smart speaker and has the best audio quality of any Echo that Amazon has ever released. You can pair one or two Echo Studio speakers to a Fire TV Cube (1st or 2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV 3 (pendant) for Dolby Atmos audio, thanks to the Echo Studio’s upward-firing speaker.

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Event-based reminders are now possible with Alexa’s new ‘Tell Me When’ functionality

Amazon’s Alexa has gained a new capability for alerting you when a particular event occurs. By saying “Alexa, tell me when…” and completing the request with a number of possible events, Alexa will create a reminder that will be triggered when that event takes place. Events that can be used in this manner include sports, TV shows, holidays, and arriving emails. Read more ›

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Fire TV Screensaver gains Date and Clock display option

The Amazon Fire TV screensaver hasn’t changed much over the years, but it is now gaining a new option that a lot of people have been wanting for a long time. A new setting to display the date and time in the upper right corner of the screen has started appearing on select Fire TV devices. While it’s a pretty minor change, it’s a welcomed addition, especially for those who like to keep their TVs on all the time. Read more ›

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