Anker releases Nebula 4K Streaming Dongle running Android TV

Anker has released its new Nebula 4K Streaming Dongle box running Android TV 10, as spotted by 9to5Google. The device uses Google’s reference design, which means it shares identical specs with Walmart’s Onn 4K box and many other streaming devices. What is mind boggling is its ridiculously high price of $89.99, which is triple the price of Walmart’s streamer, despite being practically identical in every aspect. Read more ›

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Amazon and Best Buy announce new Fire TV Smart TVs from Pioneer and Toshiba with 4K and hands-free Alexa

In the shadows of the announcement of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max and the new Amazon-built Fire TV Smart TVs, Best Buy and Amazon have announced their continued relationship around Fire TV Smart TVs in the US with new models from Pioneer and Toshiba. The Pioneer sets will come in 43″ and 50″ screen sizes and feature 4K resolution, as well as HDR 10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range. The new Toshiba series of Fire TV Smart TVs, like Amazon’s own Fire TV Omni Series Smart TVs, will feature far-field microphones for hands-free control through Alexa. Read more ›

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Amazon announces its first Amazon-built TVs — The Fire TV Omni Series w/ hands-free Alexa & Fire TV 4-Series Smart TVs

Amazon has done what has been rumored, if not anticipated, for a very long time and announced its own Amazon-built smart TVs. These new Fire TV-branded TVs come in two varieties, a Fire TV Omni Series and a Fire TV 4-Series, where the primary difference between the two is that the Omni versions feature far-field microphones for hands-free Alexa voice control, in addition to a voice remote, and the 4-series relies on only a voice remote. These new TVs come in 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″, and 75″ screen sizes, with the two largest sizes offered only in the Omni Series with hands-free Alexa. All models feature 4K Ultra HD resolution, with support for HDR 10 and HLG high dynamic range, but the two largest sizes also support Dolby Vision. Read more ›

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Amazon announces all-new Fire TV Stick 4K Max with improved performance and Wi-Fi 6

Amazon has just announced the all-new Fire TV Stick 4K Max as the successor to the much loved and top-selling Fire TV Stick 4K. This new streaming stick slots into Amazon’s Fire TV lineup as the most powerful Firestick ever released, thanks to a faster CPU and faster GPU, which Amazon says is 40% more powerful than the existing Fire TV Stick 4K. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max also steps up its connectivity as the first-ever Fire TV to feature 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6. Read more ›

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Insignia releases new high-end quantum dot QLED 4K Fire TV Smart TVs for 2021

Amazon and Best Buy have announced an all-new series of high-end 2021 Insignia Fire TV Smart TVs for the US and Canada. What sets these apart from past Fire TV Smart TVs, and make them the new best models with regard to picture quality, is the use of quantum dot QLED technology, which is a first for any Fire TV Smart TV. These 4K TVs, available in 50″, 55″, 65″, and 70″ sizes, also support Dolby Vision HDR, which, while has been available on Toshiba Fire TVs, is a first for an Insignia model. Read more ›

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Amazon announces Smart Soap Dispenser that can automatically trigger Alexa routines

Amazon has announced a new Smart Soap Dispenser that works with Alexa. All on its own, the soap dispenser has a few smart capabilities, such as guiding you through the proper amount of time to spend washing and dispensing the right amount of soap. If optionally paired with an Echo smart speaker, the soap dispenser will also launch an Alexa routine when used, which opens it up to numerous additional possibilities. Read more ›

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Insignia releases new 2021 Fire TV Edition televisions with larger screens & increased resolution for non-4K models

Insignia, which is Best Buy’s house brand, has released a new batch of Fire TV Edition televisions as 2021 models. Like their predecessors, these new TVs run Amazon Fire TV operating system by default, which provides all the same features as a standalone Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, but with extra perks, like integrated over-the-air channels via the built-in tuner. Similar to Toshiba’s new 2021 Fire TV Edition models, which change very little over Toshiba’s 2020 models, these new Insignia TVs are very similar to Insignia’s models from last year but change even less than the Toshiba TVs. In fact, Insignia’s new 4K TVs are identical to previous models. Insignia’s biggest changes this year are found in its non-4K TVs which, finally, replace all 720p panels found in past models with 1080p screens across all sizes, even in the smallest 24-inch TVs. Insignia also increasd the screen size of its largest non-4K TV to 42-inches from 39-inches. Read more ›

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Amazon quietly releases new Amazon Smart Plug model

While rounding up the new batch of early Prime Day deals on smart home devices that went live this morning, I realized that Amazon has quietly updated the Amazon Smart Plug. The old model, which used the “Amazon” text logo on top, has been replaced with a new model that just has the Amazon arrow logo on top. While the specs and exterior dimensions are the same between the two versions, the guts inside have certainly changed with the 2nd-generation model because it has a new model number, it required new FCC approval, and the weight of the device has been reduced from 98 grams for the old model to 81 grams for the new model. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new more powerful 2nd-gen Echo Show 8 with significantly better camera

Amazon has announced a new 2nd-generation Echo Show 8. Unlike the new Echo Show 5, which was also announced today with minor updates, the new Echo Show 8 is a much more significant upgrade when compared to the older model. A much more powerful processor in the new model should make it feel snappier and a major update to the camera now allows for automatic pan and zoom during video calls. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 with improved camera and first Echo Show 5 Kids edition

Amazon has announced a new 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 and, for the first time, an Echo Show 5 Kids version. These new models come with minor improvements in some areas, such as their camera, but certainly aren’t a reason to upgrade for most people who already own the previous model. In fact, there’s even a feature on the old model that has been dropped from the new model. Read more ›

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