Amazon has some great deals on a pair of Echos or a pair of Echo Dots for Prime members. Buying two Amazon Echos with promo code ECHOPRIME will drop the total price to $119.98. At $59.99 each, that would be the new lowest price that the Echo has ever been. I’m expecting a single Echo to be $69.99 during Prime Day next week, which is the lowest the Echo has been in the past. Similarly, buying two Echo Dots with promo code PDDOT2PK will drop them to $49.98 total. At $24.99 each, that is also the new lowest price for the Echo Dot. The lowest the Echo Dot has ever been in the past is $28.99, which is likely the price we’ll see for it during Prime Day. Echos and Echo Dots can both be grouped together to create a stereo pair if you’re planning to place them in the same room. Both the Echo and the Echo Dot can also be paired with Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks (2017 or newer) to create a home theater speaker system.
The Echo Show 5 is on sale for $44.99 for Prime members as an early Prime Day deal. This is the 1st-gen Echo Show 5 but there is very little difference between it and the new Echo Show 5 that was released a few days ago. The new model has a 2MP camera, in place of the 1MP camera on this model that is on sale. This discounted Echo Show 5 does have a 3.5mm audio out port, which the new model does not. Everything else is identical between the two models. This sale matches the lowest price that the Echo Show 5 has ever been.
Amazon has put the Luna Controller on sale for $48.99 as part of its many early Prime Day deals. That is 30% off its regular price of $69.99. This is also the new lowest price that the controller has ever been, however, it’s just $1 less than the $49.99 introductory price that Amazon offered customers for months after the controller launched. The Luna Controller is unique in that it can connect via WiFi directly to the internet when used with Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service. This allows it to work for Luna gaming through a number of devices, like Fire TVs, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, computers, and more, without connecting to those devices directly. The direct WiFi connection also results in less input latency than a traditional Bluetooth connection. However, the controller does still support Bluetooth connections, as well as wired connections via USB-C, if you want to use it for something other than Luna gaming.
Amazon will be allowing “priority access” to Luna, its cloud gaming service, during Prime Day, June 21-22. This probably doesn’t mean much to the vast majority of you reding this, since Amazon has already removed the need for an invitation if you own a Fire TV. However, if you have been wanting to give Luna gaming a try, the standard 7-day free trial will be open to all Prime members later this month.
Amazon kicked off their early Prime Day deals last week with 4 Fire TV Edition televisions going on sale. Those 4 deals have now ended and Amazon has replaced them with 10 more Fire TV Edition television sales. This new batch ranges from $99.99 for a 24-inch TV and up to $359.99 for a 55-inch 4K TV with Dolby Vision. Also included in this batch are a couple of 2021 model TVs that have never been on sale before today. Read on for the full list of TVs on sale exclusively for Prime members and how these sales compare to past deals. Read more ›
Amazon is having an Early Prime Day Deal on a bunch of Prime Video Channel subscriptions. All channels in this promotion are $0.99 per month for the first two months. The subscriptions on sale are AMC+, Paramount+, Discovery+, SHOWTIME, STARZ, EPIX, BET+, Noggin, PBS Masterpiece, PBS Documentaries, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, MovieSphere, ALLBLK, UP Faith & Family, Lifetime Movie Club, Pantaya, and Motortrend. Remeber that you can cancel a subscription anytime, on this page, and continue watching until your current billing period ends. So, if you’re worried you’ll forget to unsubscribe before the regular price kicks in, you can subscribe now, then immediately cancel to enjoy one full month for $0.99. You must be a Prime member to subscribe to a Prime Video Channel. If you have a Prime Student account, the subscriptions for EPIX, SHOWTIME, or Lifetime Movie Club are $0.99 per month for the first 12 months.
Heads up that there is a good chance you have Amazon No-Rush Credit expiring tomorrow. You can check your balance and see when your credits expire on this rewards summary page. These are credits you earn by selecting slower shipping methods and they can be spent on digital goods like Prime Video rentals/purchases, Amazon Appstore apps, Amazon Music digital purchases, or Kindle eBooks. If you’re not sure how to spend your credit before it expires, a good place to start is the Prime Video Deals page where there are currently lots of deals on movie rentals for $1.99 each. Remmeber, no-rush credits automatically get applied to in-app purchases, so if you don’t want to digital goods, please consider supporting my Downloader app or Informer app through their in-app donation buttons.
Amazon has updated Fire TV Edition televisions with a few unique Alexa voice commands. It’s now possible to change the picture mode of the TV using your voice. This lets you quickly switch between Standard, Movie, Game, and other picture modes with a single voice command. Similarly, you can also now change between the various sound modes, like Music mode or Enhanced Bass mode, just as easily through voice commands. For a bit more fine tuning, TV equalizer sound settings can also be changed individually by voice. Read more ›
There have been rumors of Microsoft releasing its own hardware for cloud gaming through its Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service for many years but now it’s actually happening. The company announced that it is building a standalone streaming device that can be plugged into a TV for xCloud gaming. It also announced that TV apps for xCloud, which currently only supports mobile devices, are coming soon. Read more ›
Amazon Sidewalk is a new system that is being activated today across millions of Echo smart speakers and a few Ring devices. It allows those devices to act as a middleman for internet access so that other Sidewalk-enabled devices can use your network. The catch is that anyone’s devices, not just your own, can use your network for internet access. If that’s not bad enough, it’s retroactively being flipped on by default for everyone and has been shown to turn itself back on even after you explicitly turn it off. Read more ›
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