Prime members get 4 new free games to play on Amazon Luna in June

Amazon Luna cloud gaming recently pulled its Mac and Windows PC app clients down but that shouldn’t stop Prime members from playing the set of four new games available to them for free. For the month of June, if you have a Prime membership you can play Batman: Arkham Knight, Citizen Sleeper, SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition, and Monster Harvest for free through the cloud gaming service. For those of you subscribed to the Luna+ channel, you’ll be seeing Persh and Haven as two new games being added to your subscription sometime in June.

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Amazon to discontinue Alexa celebrity voices — Refunds available to those that ask for them

Amazon has decided to discontinue the celebrity voices it launched several years ago for Alexa devices. If you’ve been using the Samuel L. Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, or Melisssa McCarthy voice replacements for Alexa, you’ll be able to use them for just a little while longer. Jackson’s voice will stop working on June 7th and the other two will stop working on September 30th. If you paid for any of these voices, whether it was $0.99 at launch or the full $4.99 price afterward, you may contact Amazon customer support for a full refund.

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Amazon Luna drops stand-alone Windows and Mac desktop apps

Amazon has removed the download links to the Luna desktop application for both Mac and Windows PCs from its Luna compatible devices help page. The page used to instruct users to “Install on Windows and Mac systems” with download links for both, but now the page directs all PC users to access the cloud gaming service through a compatible web browser instead. Read more ›

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My Downloader app should return to Google Play in 2 weeks, no thanks to Google

After 6 days of waiting, I received a reply yesterday from Google regarding the baseless removal of my Downloader app from the Google Play Store due to a ridiculous DMCA claim from Israeli TV firms. Google, after taking its sweet time, is taking a backseat to the situation and not reinstating my app at this time. Even though the claim that the web browser in my app is somehow liable for the copyright infringement occurring on some random website that I have nothing to do with is absurd to any sane person, Google is not intervening and is giving the TV firms that filed the DMCA notice their allotted 10 business days to either file “an action that seeks a court order to restrain” my app or file “a claim of infringement with the US Copyright Office.” Meanwhile, my app will remain suspended for at least two more weeks while it continues to bleed the user base I’ve spent over 5 years serving. Read more ›

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Fire TV Cube drops to a new all-time low price of $119.99

Amazon has just put the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube on sale for $119.99, which is the new lowest price that it has ever been through a standard sale. The flagship Fire TV was briefly available to select customers for $99.99 during an introductory offer through a promocode that worked for a small selection of people, but the Cube has otherwise only dropped to $124.99 prior to the current sale. All of the Fire TV Sticks are also on sale, but none of those deals are any lower than we’ve seen in the past like the Fire TV Cube price. If you’ve been waiting for the Fire TV Cube price to drop further, now is the time to pick one up.

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Amazon announces Fire Max 11, it’s largest and most powerful tablet yet

Amazon is moving beyond its Fire HD line of tablets with the newly announced Fire Max 11. As Amazon’s largest tablet, thanks to its 11-inch screen, and most powerful tablet, thanks to its octa-core processor, the new Fire Max positions itself at the top of Amazon’s tablet lineup for both media consumption and productivity. Read more ›

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My Downloader app was absurdly removed from the Google Play Store because the built-in browser can load a piracy website

This past Friday, my Downloader app was suspended and removed from the Google Play Store due to an absurd Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint from a law firm representing several Israel cable/satellite TV companies, including Yes TV and Hot TV. The lawyer Eran Presenti claims that because my app’s web browser is able to load some specific “copyright infringing website” (e.g., piracy website), which I have no association with, that it somehow makes my app infringe his client’s copyright. Google has rejected my appeal so now I ask for your help. Read more ›

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3rd-gen Fire TV Cube available used from Amazon Warehouse for the first time — Starting at $104.99

The 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube has been out for half a year but Amazon hasn’t given buyers much of a discount off its $139.99 retail price. A small number of lucky people were able to snag the new device for $99.99 through a targeted introductory promotion at launch but the lowest price it has been for most people is $124.99 when it has gone on sale. Today is the first day that the new flagship Fire TV has been listed used on Amazon, so if you want to pay less and don’t mind cosmetic imperfections, this is your opportunity to get it for as little as $104.99. At that price, Amazon lists the new Fire TV Cube in “Acceptable” condition with “small cosmetic imperfections on the item associated with regular use.” The Cube is also listed for $118.99 in “Good” condition which is described as having “minor cosmetic imperfections on the item.” Either way, these new used offerings are the cheapest way yet for most people to buy the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube from Amazon. Just click through to the product page and click the “New & Used” button to see the available used prices while they last.

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New refreshed Echo Show 5 is faster and hears better

In addition to the all-new Echo Pop announced today, Amazon is refreshing its entry-level smart display offering with a new 3rd-gen Echo Show 5. The new model offers better performance than the 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 released in 2021 and includes better microphones and support for the Matter smart home standard. Read more ›

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Amazon announces Echo Pop as its new entry-level smart speaker for $39.99

Amazon has announced the Echo Pop as its new least expensive smart speaker. At $39.99, it undercuts the Echo Dot which retails for $49.99. To achieve the new low price point, the Echo Pop trims off some seldom-used features found in other Echo models but keeps the essentials that matter. Read more ›

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