Google has just announced the new Chromecast (2020) with Google TV, their first true competitor to Amazon’s Fire TV line of streaming media players. Unlike past Chromecast models that required a mobile phone to use, this new Chromecast comes with a remote and runs Android TV, which has a completely redesigned interface that Google is branding as Google TV. Like past Chromecasts and the Fire TV 3, the new Chromecast is a pendant-style device that hangs off of its permanently attached HDMI cable. It supports 4K video at 60fps, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and costs $49.99. Read more ›
At their annual hardware event today, Amazon revealed their new Luna cloud gaming service. Not much is known about the service, but it will be available on Fire TVs, PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. The service will cost $5.99/month during an introductory early access period, which you can request to be a part of now. Over 100 games will be available and stream at up to 4K and 60fps to up to two devices simultaneously. Read more ›
Amazon has announced the all-new 3rd generation Fire TV Stick and, for the first time, a new Fire TV Stick Lite model. These two new models for 2020 replace the outgoing 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick that first debuted in 2016. Both new devices share identical hardware, in regards to the streaming media player itself, which is based very closely on the much loved Fire TV Stick 4K. The new Fire TV Stick 3 carries the same price of $39.99 as the outgoing model and comes with the exact same Alexa voice remote that is included in the rest of Amazon’s Fire TV lineup, which features universal remote capabilities thanks to its built-in IR blaster and power/volume/mute buttons. The Fire TV Stick Lite is being introduced for the first time at $29.99, which is lower than any previous Fire TV model before it. The Firestick Lite comes with a new Alexa voice remote that forgoes device control buttons and adds a new Channel Guide button to make access live content easier. Read more ›
Blink, which has now been an Amazon company for nearly 3 years, has just announced their all-new Blink Indoor and Blink Outdoor security cameras. These new cameras continue to provide Blink’s unique capability of lasting up to 2 years on just 2 included AA lithium batteries, thanks to their proprietary chip technology. For the first time, Blink has also announced a Battery Expansion Pack which adds 2 additional batteries for up to 4 years of power. Read more ›
Amazon has announced Amazon Halo, a new fitness band that is coupled with a subscription health service. The band, and accompanying optional service will help you track and improve your body fat, sleep, exercise, and even the tone of your voice using built-in microphones. Amazon Halo is available by early access invitation for $64.99 and comes with 6 months of service. That price will increase to $99.99 once it becomes available without an invite and the subscription service, which is required for the device’s more advanced features, will cost $3.99/month after the free 6 months end. Read more ›
Toshiba and Insignia have released their new Fire TV Edition televisions for 2020. There are 11 variations of screen size and resolution available across the US and Canada. They range from 24-inches for $149.99 and up to 55-inches for $429.99, with 32, 39, 43, and 50-inch sizes in between. There are more models this year than in previous years that support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Additionally, for the first time, there are now models that support DTS Virtual:X passthrough surround sound. Read more ›
Amazon has just announced a new Kindle to replace the older entry model that was released in 2016. The main new feature is the addition of a front light, which has only been available on higher-end models until now. The new Kindle is said to be more comfortable to hold, thanks to the new gradual curve along all of its edges, which replaces the outgoing model’s sharp chamfered edge. The new Kindle still has the same recessed 167 PPI screen and isn’t waterproof, so if you want a flush 300 PPI screen or water resistance, you’ll still need to upgrade to either the Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis. The new Kindle starts at $89.99, which is $10 more expensive than the previous model. Pre-orders are available now in black or white, and it will be released on April 10th. Buyers will get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free, instead of the usual 30-day trial, and there’s also a Kindle Trade-in offer that gives you 25% off any new Kindle model.
Amazon has announced that Alexa will soon be available in Italy and Spain for the first time. Echo devices are now available to pre-order at amazon.it and amazon.es. The Amazon Echo will sell for EUR 99.99 but is available at an introductory price of EUR 59.99. The Echo Dot will be EUR 59.99 but is EUR 35.99 right now and the Echo Plus will be EUR 149.99 but us EUR 89.99 right now. Interestingly, Amazon is also releasing the Echo Spot in Italy and Spain, which is unusual because they tend to introduce audio-only Alexa devices first when launching in new countries. The Echo Spot will be EUR 129.99 but can be ordered for EUR 77.99 for a limited time. All devices will be released on October 30th.
Amazon has announced the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, which combines features of the more expensive Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis, in a lighter and slimmer package. The Kindle Paperwhite is probably the best Kindle for most people because it balances premium features with affordability. The new model is even better because it’s now waterproof and supports Audible audiobooks. Read more ›
Along with the new Fire TV Stick 4K, Amazon has announced an all-new Alexa Voice Remote that includes universal remote capabilities. The new remote is included with the Fire TV Stick 4K, but it is also being sold separately for $29.99 because it is compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, the 3rd-gen Fire TV (pendant), and the Fire TV Cube. This new remote includes power, volume, and mute buttons for controlling home theater equipment, but it also has the same Alexa equipment control capabilities as the Fire TV Cube to allow input switching and cable box channel changing via voice. Read more ›