Amazon

echo-simplecontrol

If you've dreamed of being able to control your home with just your voice, Simple Control and an Amazon Echo will give you that power. Imagine sitting on the couch and being able to turn on the TV just by saying "Alexa, tell Simple Control to turn on the TV" or being able to turn [...]

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amazon-ship

If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, you should know that the free shipping cutoff date for non-Prime Amazon members is today (12/16/15). That means if you're not already a Prime member, you will need to order your packages before tomorrow to ensure that they that they will arrive before by 12/24/2015 in time for [...]

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samsung-kids

For the next four hours, Amazon has a lightning deal on the Samsung Galaxy Kids Edition Tab 3 Lite tablet for only $99. This Android Jelly Bean tablet has a 7" display, 8GB of memory and has a microSD card slot for further expansion. This is a good deal all by itself, but it gets [...]

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blackfridaytag

Amazon's Black Friday deals are currently in full swing, with significant savings on everything on your shopping list. If you're looking for the best deals on computer gear and accessories, head over to Amazon's special deal page that highlights savings on everything tech related like desktop computers, laptops, tablets, printers, flash memory, cables, and more. If [...]

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amazon-blackfriday-week

Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. It's traditionally the day when stores offer their best deals for people who are shopping for holiday gifts. But why wait until Friday when you can take advantage of some great deals right now from Amazon. From now until November 27, Amazon is [...]

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kindledeals

If you've been thinking about buying a Kindle eBook reader for yourself or as a gift for your favorite eBook reading fan, Amazon is offering a discount on certain Kindles for the next three days. From today 11/09/2015 through 11/11/2015 12pm EST, you can save $20 each on a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle WiFi and a [...]

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Posted in: eBook Readers, News
amazon-black-friday-2015

Amazon stated in a press release today that they are launching a Black Friday Deals store starting today and continuing until December 22. They will have deals on electronics, toys, jewelry, clothing, etc. Amazon Prime members will have access to "more than 30,000 Lightning Deals 30 minutes early" through Prime Early Access and all shoppers [...]

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amazon-homemade

In another move to become the ultimate one-stop shop and storefront for everyone, Amazon has introduced a new Handmade shop for artisans and unique product shoppers. Makers can now apply to offer their handmade jewelry and home products to Amazon. Navigating through Handmade offers the same experience that you're used to with Amazon. You can [...]

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amazon-prime-$67

In a press release on September 22, Amazon stated that it will be offering Prime memberships for $67 to new members in celebration for winning five Emmies for its original series Transparent. "This one day discount will start on Friday, September 25 at 12:00 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. PT. New members can sign [...]

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amazon-underground

Some of you may have noticed a few weeks ago that Amazon has implemented a change in its Appstore. Amazon Underground is a new permanent program that Amazon has created to provide its customers "with over $10,000 in paid apps, games, and in-app items now FREE" every day via the web, 3rd generation or later Fire [...]

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amazon-savings-1

I buy a lot of merchandise from Amazon, especially electronics, gadgets and gadget accessories. There are a few tips that I've learned about saving while shopping on Amazon that I would like to share.  Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size. One of those tips is to use the Camelizer extension for [...]

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Amazon_Launchpad_Logo

Amazon this week announced a new storefront dedicated to startups and crowdfunded products. Amazon Launchpad makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to Amazon customers. Companies participating in Amazon Launchpad benefit from a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package, and access to Amazon’s global fulfillment network. [...]

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amazon_echo1

Amazon announced today that its voice-activated personal assistant, Amazon Echo, is now available to everyone. Previously, you needed an invitation to buy the device. The Echo uses Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa, to instantly provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, and more. You can also use the Echo to control external devices, [...]

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echo

Ever since Apple came out with Siri, I’ve been wanting some kind of stand-alone personal assistant for the house. When Amazon released their Echo, I jumped at the chance to buy it. After several long months of waiting, the device finally arrived. When I opened the black box, the heavy, long, matte black cylinder looked [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
amazon-echo-order-1

After we had our Amazon Echo for a little while, my partner decided that in addition to being able to add items to our shopping list using the Echo, it would be nice to tell the device to order them. "Just wait," I said. "Amazon is in the business of selling things. Sooner or later, [...]

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amazon-fire-tv-update

I got an email from Amazon outlining the new features added to their Fire TV with the newly-released OS 1.5 update.  The update adds the following features: "Expandable USB storage—Use a connected USB flash drive to expand your Amazon Fire TV storage for downloaded apps and games—this enables you to have more games downloaded for [...]

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, News
amazon-cloud-storage-plans

Late last fall, we told you about a perk for Amazon's Prime members, allowing them to store unlimited photos in the Cloud for free.  Well, Amazon has decided to extend the type of files you can store, and they are making the plan available to everyone at very reasonable prices.  No longer must you be [...]

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amazon-prime-photo-storage

Amazon just announced a new perk for their Prime members - unlimited free storage of photos in the Amazon Cloud Drive.  You'll be able to copy up all the photos from your computer and your mobile devices to one secure location and view them from all your devices.  Amazon's world-class security and protection systems will keep [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, News
amazon-fire-tv-stick

If you had your interest piqued by the Amazon Fire TV that was released earlier this year, but you didn't want to pay $100 for it, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is for you.  It's only $39, but Amazon Prime members get it for only $19 if they order before 6:00 a.m. (PT) October 29, 2014. [...]

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amazon-prime-music-streaming-service

Recently, Amazon announced that it would be raising the rates for their Prime membership.  It was the first increase in years, and I didn't think it was too much to bear, because I use Amazon - and free Prime shipping - frequently.  Amazon isn't just increasing the rates to compensate for rising shipping costs; they're [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, Music Gear, News
amazon-firetv-8

Three years ago, Janet and I posted a dual review of two of Roku's latest video streaming devices at that time, and we've been using those devices ever since.  Over the years, I've used similar devices like the Apple TV (original model), Boxee Box, Popcorn Hour and WDTV. Of all those devices, my favorite has [...]

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, Gaming Gear, Reviews
FreeApps2

To celebrate its third birthday, the Amazon Appstore is offering 14 free apps through Saturday, March 22. In addition, they are offering discounts off selected apps and an in-app promotion for others in which in-app purchases will receive 50% back in Amazon coins. These other deals last through March 29. Here are the apps that are currently [...]

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Posted in: Android, News
prime

I just received this email from Amazon: Dear Julie Strietelmeier, We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on December 21, 2014. Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has [...]

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Amazon has just released a new firmware 5.3.4 for their Kindle Paperwhite.  Like the previous firmware upgrade, there's actually no change log attached advising any details :(  You can wait to wirelessly receive the upgrade or manually download and install it right now.

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Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon today released a new firmware for their Kindle Paperwhite.  Firmware 5.3.3 can either be downloaded and manually installed or you can wait for it to come over the air if you have your Wi-fi enabled on your Paperwhite.  There's actually no change log on the web and it's a full OS update (rather than an [...]

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Posted in: eBook Readers, News