When you ask Alexa for the weather, the voice assistant’s standard response is to give you the sunniness, current temperature, high temperature, and low temperature. If that’s too much info and you just want to know the day’s high or low temperature, it’s now possible to get just that, as discovered by Reddit user derallo. If you ask “Alexa, what’s the high/low today?,” you’ll now just be told, “Today, expect a high/low of [##] degrees fahrenheit/celsius.” If you want just the current temperature and ask “Alexa, what is the temperature?” you still also get told the day’s high, unfortunately. If all you want is the current temperature, you can use the Alexa Skill Just The Temperature, which lets you say “Alexa, just the temperature” and get back “It’s [##] degrees” as a response. Update: As noted in the comments, it seems like this change isn’t available to everyone yet.
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Amazon has provided a small preview of some of the deals to expect during the upcoming Prime Early Access sale that starts on October 11th. The best deal will be on the 55-inch Amazon Omni Series 4K Fire TV Smart TV which will be a massive 80% off, taking it from its list price of $559.99 to just $111.99. The lowest price that TV has ever been is $299.99 during Prime Day and it sold out. The next Fire TV deal revealed is on the 50-inch Hisense U6 QLED Fire TV Smart TV which will drop 70% from $529.99 to $158.99. The lowest price that TV has ever been is $319.99. Read more ›
Google announced this week that it will be shutting down its Stadia cloud gaming service in January. That has left owners of the Stadia controller trying to figure out a way to continue using the WiFi-only Stadia controller wirelessly with other devices once the Stadia service is gone. There are several community efforts underway to hack the Stadia controller and keep it out of landfills, so, if Amazon Luna is ever shut down, hopefully, the same type of effort will spring up to keep the Luna controller functional. Uh… oh wait… Amazon already built Bluetooth into the Luna controller from the beginning, so you just need to hold the Action and B buttons for 3 seconds to put it into pairing mode so it’s discoverable by any Fire TV, Android device, Windows PC, or Mac. However, if you want a lag-free wired connection without Luna, then you’ll need someone to figure out a hack and make drivers for the Luna controller. Uh… oh wait… Amazon already provides Windows drivers for wired connections to the Luna controller via its USB-C port and it already works wired with Macs and Android devices without any drivers. In summary, if Amazon Luna disappears, the Luna controller will remain very functional as a Bluetooth or wired controller for use with Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, Android devices, Windows PCs, and Macs, just as it already is today, because selling a $69 controller that only works with a single service is downright stupid, Google.
Amazon has put the Luna Controller on sale for $39.99, which is 43% off its regular price of $69.99. This matches the lowest price it has ever been, apart from a short window where ordering it through Alexa on Prime Day saved you an extra $5. Even if you have zero interest in ever subscribing to Amazon’s Luna Cloud Gaming, picking up this controller is worth considering because Amazon makes 4 to 6 Luna games free to play each month for Prime members. If cloud gaming just isn’t for you, this is still a generally great controller because, in addition to its direct WiFi connection to Luna servers, it also supports Bluetooth and USB-C wired connections to Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, Windows PCs, Macs, and Android devices. There’s also a Phone Clip for $14.99 if you’re interested in attaching a phone to the controller.
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Amazon has discontinued the Amazon Glow, as first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed by Amazon. The device allowed a child to have a video call with a friend or family member while also interacting with them through a touch interface projected downward on a table’s surface. It was certainly an innovative product but it seems to have been focused too much on pandemic-era kids to really succeed. Read more ›
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Amazon has added some new built-in free content to Fire TV devices. In various areas of the main Fire TV interface, you’ll now find new rows of videos labeled “Sports News & Highlights,” Food & Cooking From Fire TV,” and “Trending Trailers From IMDb.” The videos presented are ad-supported and range from short clips that are under a minute long to full-length TV episodes. Read more ›
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The Nvidia Shield TV has been a beast of a device when it comes to performance thanks to it initially launching in 2015 as a gaming console first, before later pivoting to being a streaming device first when the microconsole hype of the mid-2010s fizzled out. That gaming origin, and the raw performance capabilities that came with it, have impressively kept the Shield TV comfortably on top of most streaming device benchmarks for years. Amazon has been slowly chipping away at that lead with newer Fire TV models and it’s looking very likely that the new 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube will finally dethrone the Shield TV in raw CPU performance when it’s released next month. Read more ›
Amazon has just put the Fire TV Stick 4K Max on sale for $34.99. At 36% off the regular price of $54.99, this sale matches the lowest price the most powerful firestick has ever been. If you want some more power, the now previous generation Fire TV Cube is also on sale for $59.99, but that deal is only available to Prime members.
Amazon has just put most Fire TV models on sale. The Fire TV Stick is on sale for $19.99, which is half-off its regular price of $39.99. This del is just $3 more than the lowest price it has ever been, so you’re not going to see it drop lower than this outside of Prime Days and Black Fridays. Also on sale for half off is the Fire TV Stick 4K for $24.99, which matches the lowest price it has ever been. If you want considerably better specs, though, you can step up to the Fire TV Stick 4K Max on sale for $34.99.
Amazon never really reveals the internal components of its Echo Show devices, as it does for Fire TVs and Fire tablets. There’s little reason to since app development for its smart speakers is nonexistent. That has changed this week with the announcement that the Fire TV UI and, more importantly, Fire TV apps, will soon be coming to the Echo Show 15. As a result, Amazon has now published the full device specs of the Echo Show 15 and it turns out that it’s a beast of a device and practically identical to a 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube under the hood. Read more ›