Check your Amazon account for expiring No-Rush Shipping Credit

If you’re a Prime member and have taken advantage of Amazon’s no-rush shipping option which rewards you with digital credit for choosing a slower shipping option, you might have credits that are expiring today. These credits tend to expire in batches and today is one of the days for credits to expire. You can check your balance by visiting this page. If you have credits expiring soon and are looking for something to spend your credit on, the Prime Video Deals page is a great place to start or the Kindle Deals page. If you still can’t find something, please consider supporting my apps with your credits. You can donate within my Downloader or Informer apps, or use the credits to remove the interruption (which appears about every 10 launches) in any of my Loader Shortcut apps. All in-app purchases on Fire TVs will always use your reward credits instead of charging your credit card.

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Older Android TV devices are gaining a new Account Profile Switcher

Most of the focus these days is on the newer Google TV interface, but older devices still running the Android TV interface seem to be getting a new account profile switcher on the Home screen. Reddit users are reporting that some Android TV devices with the “Discover” interface can now switch user accounts through a new profile icon that has appeared in the upper right corner of the home screen, as spotted by 9to5Google. This profile switcher isn’t as robust as the one found on Google TV devices, which can change recommendations and watchlists for each user. Instead, this is meant as an easy way to switch between Google accounts. This is likely being added to make switching accounts within Google apps, like YouTube, possible since those apps no longer rely on in-app account switchers and need to use an OS-level switcher.

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Fire TV gains an NCAA March Madness Hub and interactive bracket game

Amazon has added a March Madness Hub to Fire TV devices for the 2023 NCAA basketball tournament. The hub contains links to various apps where the games can be streamed, a row of basketball movies to watch while you wait for the tournament to start, and an interactive game where you can fill in your predictions for the final tournament bracket. Read more ›

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Ring’s new Video Doorbell is its first with both a proper aspect ratio and battery

A lot has changed since the first Ring video doorbell was released nearly a decade ago but one thing that has become clear is that standard widescreen 16:9 cameras aren’t nearly as useful as those with a greater vertical field of view. That’s why the newly announced Ring Battery Doorbell Plus for $179.99 comes with a much more practical 1:1 aspect ratio, making it Ring’s first head-to-toe battery-powered video doorbell. Read more ›

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Prime Video to stream Black Friday NFL game for free to all

Amazon has announced that it will be streaming an NFL game on Black Friday, November 24, for free to anyone that wants to watch. You will not need a Prime membership to watch the game, as you do for all of Amazon’s other NFL game streams. Given how important of a shopping day that is to Amazon, you can probably expect plenty of Amazon shopping tie-ins and ads during the stream, but if you’re not a Prime member and have never watched one of Amazon’s game streams, this will be your chance to try it out without signing up for anything.

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3rd-gen Fire TV Cube and 4K Fire TV Sticks are on sale at Amazon — Several all time low prices

Amazon just kicked off a sale on most of its Fire TV models. The latest Fire TV Cube is on sale for $124.99 which matches its lowest price ever. Similarly, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is on sale for $34.99 which is also its lowest price ever. Those two are the deals most worth getting. The Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for $29.99 but you can often get it for $5 less than that. The Fire TV Stick is on sale for $26.99 but it regularly drops to $19.99. Lastly, the Luna Game Controller is on sale for $49.99 which is $10 above its recent Prime Day and Black Friday prices.

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Xiaomi announces new Redmi Fire TV Smart TV with a never before seen remote

As expected from multiple teases earlier in the week, Xiaomi has announced a new Fire TV Smart TV model. The new TV is slated for release in India under the brand Redmi, which is one of Xiaomi’s numerous sub-brands. While what little is currently known about the TV isn’t terribly interesting, it appears the TV will not come with the standard Fire TV remote that nearly all Fire TV Smart TVs ship with. Instead, the TV appears to include an an all-new Fire TV remote. Read more ›

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Xiaomi to release its Fire TV Smart TVs in India for the first time

Xiaomi is about to expand its Fire TV Smart TV offerings to India according to multiple teases by the official @XiaomiTVIndia Twitter account. Xiaomi released its first Fire TV Smart TVs just under a year ago but they have only been available in the UK thus far. There’s no word yet on the specs of the Xiaomi Fire TVs slated for India, but odds are they will be nearly identical to the F2 Series Fire TVs in the UK, which support 4K HDR10 and come in 43-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes. This expansion to new regions seems to indicate that Xiaomi has been happy with its partnership with Amazon so far, as the Xiaomi Fire TVs have been fairly well received in the UK with an average customer review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Fire TVs from Xiaomi will join models from Akai, Onida, Croma, and AmazonBasics which are already available in India.

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These are the free Amazon Luna games for Prime Members in March

Amazon is continuing its trend of offering free Luna cloud gaming for Prime members. For the month of March, those with a Prime subscription can play The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, Get Packed: Couch Chaos, Mega Man 11, and Sail Forth for free. You just need a compatible device, like a Fire TV, phone, tablet, or computer to start streaming these games for free. Of course, having a gamepad like the Luna controller, which is currently on sale for $49.99, will make for the best gaming experience, but you can also use your phone as a controller. New games being added to Luna for paid subscribers of the Luna+ channel include Citizen Sleeper and Guacamelee! 2.

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New Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet passes through FCC approval

A new tablet, which is very likely the next-generation Amazon Fire HD 10 model, has just passed through FCC approval as spotted by Liliputing. The current Fire HD 10 was released in 2021 so it is the oldest model in the lineup and most due for a refresh. The FCC listing also indicates the tablet is approximately the same size as the current Fire HD 10 tablet, so it seems pretty certain that it’s going to replace Amazon’s largest tablet. Not much else is known about the tablet at this time, but the FCC filing does seem to list NFC and GPS support, which would both be firsts for a Fire tablet if correct.

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