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Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet gets significant discount as Deal of the Day

Amazon’s latest Deal of the Day offers a solid discount on an Android tablet.

The Fire HD 8 is Amazon’s Deal of the Day. This discount is only available today, January 22, meaning you’ve got around 12 hours and 15 minutes as of this post to take advantage of it.

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When it comes to specs, the Amazon Fire HD 8 features an 8-inch 1280×800 display, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for adding even  [Read More…]

Don’t buy an Amazon Echo Dot — get the Zolo Halo instead*

*But only if you’re OK missing out on a few of the Echo’s cooler features.

The is the Zolo Halo. It’s mostly like an Amazon Echo Dot. It’s a connected speaker. It’s got a microphone. It has Amazon Alexa built into it. So it can answer questions and control things and do most everything the Echo can do.

And at $ 391, it’s priced about the same as the Echo Dot (which officially is $ 49 but had  [Read More…]

Amazon to raise cost of monthly Prime membership by $2 in February

A bad deal gets worse.

If you’re paying monthly instead of annually for your Amazon Prime membership, it’s going to cost you a bit more each month. Amazon will be raising the price by $ 2 per month starting on February 18, and the change applies to both new and existing customers. This will bring the monthly fee from $ 10.99 up to $ 12.99, meaning that you’ll be paying just under $ 156 for a year of Prime  [Read More…]

This little battery helps you hide the Amazon Fire TV power cable

If your TV’s USB port doesn’t put out enough power for your Fire TV, this battery box will take care of things.

Here’s a quick look at a little accessory that could make your Amazon Fire TV experience a little bit better. One hangup for folks when it comes to HDMI dongles is that they often still require an external power source. So you’ve got this little magic wonder box tucked behind your TV, out of sight, but there’s  [Read More…]

The Amazon Alexa app now lets you use Alexa voice commands

Alexa’s latest home is the Alexa app.

Up until now, Alexa‘s presence on Android has been a bit confusing. Phones like the Huawei Mate 9, HTC U11, and Moto X4 have the assistant built right into them, and last summer, Amazon rolled out Alexa to the Amazon Shopping app. Now, Alexa is getting a more fitting home inside of, well, the Alexa app.

The Alexa app has been a free download on Android since the  [Read More…]

New Amazon Echo device owner? Here are the first things to try

Amazon Echo was one of the most sought-after gifts during the most recent holiday season, literally flying off virtual and physical shelves. Three years after defining a category with the first Echo smart speaker, Amazon has regularly refreshed an expanded the line which now includes seven models, each powered by Alexa. Echo (1st generation) Echo […]

A Few Reasons Why I Subscribe To Amazon Prime

Wait — aren’t you signed up for Amazon Prime at birth? That’s how it works, right?

I don’t remember when I first signed up for Amazon Prime. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is. It’s kind of like, I dunno. Shaving. It was a thing that you just started doing at some point. (Erm, and that I stopped doing a few years ago.)

Probably it had to do with faster shipping. That’s a pretty unsexy answer, but  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo and Music Unlimited coming to Australia and New Zealand

Pre-orders for Echo in Australia are live now; Music Unlimited launching in February.

Although the Google Home is my smart speaker of choice, there’s one important area in this market were Amazon still reigns supreme – worldwide availability. The company launched its Echo hardware and Music Unlimited streaming service in 26 countries across the globe in early December, and now these two things are coming to Australia and New Zealand.

In regards to Echo devices, Australia and  [Read More…]

Amazon Fire TV gets new features for live TV programming

Live TV for your Fire TV.

Amazon’s Fire TV is in the news once again, and this time it’s (thankfully) not about Google removing more content from the streaming platform. Instead, Amazon is finally bringing live television programming to it.

If you’re subscribed to Amazon Channels (more on this in a bit), you’ll see a new row on your home screen that’s titled “On Now.” This is where you’ll see a list of any shows that are  [Read More…]

Zolo’s $40 Halo Bluetooth speaker has Amazon Alexa built right in

Sounds like savings!

Zolo’s Halo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Smart Speaker is down to $ 39.99 on Amazon. This speaker sells for around $ 51, and it has never dropped directly from that price.

This speaker works with Amazon Alexa, but you don’t have to hook it up to your Echo to get it to work. It has Alexa built right into it, and she can access whatever place you stream music from the most.

Features include:

Professionally  [Read More…]