New JBL smart speakers are the first to have both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant simultaneously

Harman has announced a series of new JBL smart speakers that have a very unique capability. While there have been smart speakers that offer a choice of using Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant, namely from Sonos, the trio of new JBL smart speakers announced today are the first to provide access to both voice assistants simultaneously. This means you can, for example, set a timer using Alexa and then ask Google Assistant to stop the timer, or start playing music with Google Assistant and have that music be lowered in volume when an alarm set by Alexa goes off. Read more ›

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Tablo releases new 4th Gen OTA DVR with no subscription fee to fill the gap created by the discontinued Fire TV Recast

Tablo has released an all-new 4th generation over-the-air networked DVR. The new Tablo 4th Gen, as it is simply being called, is a new direction for the company, which was acquired last year by broadcast company Scripps. The biggest difference found in this new Tablo, compared to previous models, is the complete lack of a paid subscription and the ability to both stream and record over 40 free ad-supported TV (FAST) channels. Read more ›

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TCL releases its least expensive Fire TV Smart TVs yet — The new TCL S3 Class Fire TV

TCL kicked off the summer with the release of its first Fire TV Smart TVs in the US, the premium TCL Q6 Class 4K QLED Fire TV. It followed up shortly after with its budget-friendly line of 4K Fire TVs when it released the TCL S4 Class 4K Fire TV. Now, just a few weeks later, TCL has rounded out its Fire TV lineup with the release of its least expensive Fire TV Smart TVs, the new TCL S3 Class Fire TV Smart TVs. Read more ›

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Amazon releases Blink Outdoor 4 security camera with person detection and improved image quality

After its existence leaked last month, Amazon has now announced the next generation of its Blink Outdoor security cameras. The new Blink Outdoor 4 retains many of the features customers have come to like about Blink cameras, like a two-year battery life on a pair of AA batteries, while also adding a few new capabilities, like on-camera person detection, improved image quality, and a wider field of view. Read more ›

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Amazon Luna cloud gaming arrives on LG TVs and is possibly coming to more Samsung TVs

At the start of the year, it was announced that LG smart TVs would be gaining support for Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service with a native app. It appears as though that app has finally arrived in the US, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Amazon’s Luna compatibility page has been updated to indicate that LG smart TV models from 2021, 2022, and 2023 are compatible with Luna. If you don’t have a Bluetooth game controller, like the official Luna Controller, you can give the service a try with the virtual controller in the Luna phone app. On a somewhat related note, Samsung added support for Luna to its 2021 and newer smart TVs a year ago, but now it’s looking like support might also be coming to 2020 models in the near future.

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New-ish Fire TV Channels app consolidates all of Fire TV’s free streaming content in one place

You may have noticed it appearing throughout the month, but Amazon has now officially released its new-ish Fire TV Channels app on Fire TV devices. Over the past few years, Amazon has been adding free ad-supported content throughout the Fire TV home interface in the form of short clips and full-length videos across numerous categories like news, sports, entertainment, gaming, cooking, travel, and more. Earlier this year, Amazon branded all this built-in free content as “Fire TV Channels” with the promise that it would soon add “a single, easy-to-navigate” method to access this content. That method has now arrived in the form of the new Fire TV Channels app, which isn’t actually as new as it may seem. Read more ›

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Recent Fire TV software update might be bricking devices by getting them stuck at the boot logo

A somewhat common issue Fire TV devices face is getting stuck at the boot logo. This happens when the device, for one reason or another, is unable to load the Fire TV operating system. Depending on the root cause of the issue, it’s sometimes possible to recover the device from it, but, more often than not, a Fire TV that can’t boot past the initial Fire TV logo screen is rendered unusable and unfixable. It seems as though a recent Fire TV software update pushed out by Amazon has caused several devices to experience this issue, as reported by PC Magazine. Read more ›

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Amazon Music Unlimited subscription prices are increasing for Prime members

Amazon is increasing the cost of Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions for Prime members. This increase comes about 7 months after prices increased for non-Prime members at the start of the year and after most streaming music services have also increased subscription fees in 2023. The new cost of an individual Music Unlimited subscription for Prime members is increasing from $8.99 to $9.99 for those paying monthly and from $89 to $99 for those paying annually. For those of you that are Prime members and pay for the family subscription, your price will increase from $15.99 to $16.99 if paid monthly and from $159 to $169 if paid annually. New subscribers will start paying the new prices immediately, while existing subscribers will see the increased prices on their first bill after September 18th.

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Head of all Amazon devices to retire in the coming months after 13 years with the company

Amazon has revealed that Dave Limp, the Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices and Services, will be retiring later this year after over 13 years with the company. Limp is the head honcho when it comes to Amazon devices, including Fire TVs, Echos, Fire Tablets, Kindles, and much more. All the different Amazon services, like Alexa, the Amazon Appstore, and Luna fall under his control as well. It sounds like Limp will stick around to host his annual new devices event in September. His successor will be announced in the coming weeks.

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All but one Fire TV model is currently on sale, including the Fire TV Pro Remote

Amazon just kicked off another sale on Fire TV devices this week. While the prices are pretty decent for this not being a significant sales event, like Prime Day or Black Friday, it’s interesting that all but one model is on sale. Here’s the breakdown of this sale and how it compares to past deals on Fire TVs. Read more ›

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