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By April 4, 2014 Read More →

Qualcomm powering Amazon’s Fire TV

AmazonFireTV-FireStandingIt feels like it came out of no where, Amazon have announced a new set top entertainment system called Fire TV. This will run a customized version of Android, just like the Kindle Fire tablet. Here are a few hardware specs of the device:

  • Quad-core processor (supposedly is three times more powerful than Apple TV and other rival devices)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Dedicated graphics processor
  • Will ship with a tiny, plastic remote control that has only seven buttons and a directional pad
  • Voice command search queries
  • Support for Android gaming ( Amazon has launched a studio internally to develop in-house games)

This is a new device that plugs into your television and lets you stream video content from the Internet. Much like Apple TV, and Google TV before it Fire TV is more of a lounge/living room solution than the Chromecast however it essentially fulfills the same goals. The primary focus of Fire TV will be Amazon Prime Video however it will also support third-party content, like Netflix and Plex. As per usual this is geared towards the US market with Hulu and HBO being some of the touted apps. There is little news as to when we can expect to see it on UK shores and there will have to be negotiations with likes of BBC and Sky over their delivery services before it arrives. According to Amazon, more third-party apps will be coming to the Fire TV in May. This includes music apps like TuneIn, Pandora, & iHeartRadio.

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In addition to TV and movie content the little black box is boasted as a gaming platform also. We will see some rather tasty games, obviously the finest Android can provide. The Fire TV is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. As the first product of its kind to go live with a Snapdragon 600 processor, the Fire TV will utilize the processor to enable new and improved user experiences, essentially redefining the living room experience. Multimedia performance with 1080p HD video, 7.1 Dolby surround sound, a graphics accelerated UI and console quality gaming. The Qualcomm processor also provides the Wi-Fi connectivity.

The device will be available to buy today for $99, and a gaming controller for it will cost $39.99, Stateside of course.

By December 19, 2013 Read More →

Kindle Fire HDX 7” £169 until 2nd January.

wpid-2013-12-18-13-07-26.pngAmazon.co.uk is offering a £30 discount on its new Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch tablet – perfect for those looking for a last minute Christmas gift! With this great offer, customers can pick up one of the stunning devices from as little as £169 from now until 2nd January.

The all-new Kindle Fire HDX tablet combines groundbreaking hardware, the latest version of Fire OS, Kindle FreeTime, expanded X-Ray for films and TV, and the revolutionary new Mayday button.  It has a stunning 1920 x 1200  (323 PPI) 7″ HDX display, quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 11 hours of battery life, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio. The offer is available on Wi-Fi devices and come in the choice of 16GB (£169), 32GB (£199) or 64GB (£229) storage. The Kindle Fire HDX is also available with 3G and ultra-fast 4G LTE.

For more information please visit www.amazon.co.uk/hdx.

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By December 2, 2013 Read More →

Amazon drone on about delivery times

2amzndron09870df1Recent reports suggest that Amazon’s work conditions can cause mental health issues. Stories of employees having to walk 11 miles a day with stressful deadlines and GPS tracking. It looks like Amazon are looking to rectify this by removing the human element from the equation.

A new service called Amazon Prime Air is slated for roll-out sometime in 2015, depending on FAA approval. Amazon have posted a video of how a new service will work onto YouTube. The video shows the process of a package being taken from the warehouse floor and delivery to the front steps of the customer’s home. Sounds exactly like that they do millions of times a day, however this time they have injected a somewhat dirty word, Drone. The idea is to have the drone deliver orders roughly 30 minutes after the customer hits the “buy” button on Amazon.com.

Speaking recently to the producers of 60 Minutes, before the unveiling, Bezos said, “If you can guess what it is, then… I will give you half my fortune and send you to Vegas with it.”

Reacting to the unveiling of the Amazon-branded drone, Bezos interviewer Charlie Rose said, “I had no idea what its purpose was at first glance… They actually look like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel.”

Whilst this first step of automation is hardly going to replace the hard working staff member, it certainly looks like the future is shaping towards the removal of moany and comlainy employees and the introduction of a work force that look like barbeques. You can watch the entire interview on the 60 Minutes website.

By October 31, 2013 Read More →

Amazon free Halloween apps

Amazon free Halloween appsFollowing on from their free give away last week, Amazon.co.uk have got into the spirit of Halloween and are giving away another seven apps today only.

Amazon Appstore is getting in the Halloween sprit today by giving away a bundle of ‘scary’ apps worth over £4 for free!

Including everything from Zombies, to spiders; the bundle is part of the ‘Free App of the Day’ initiative, which enables customers to download a paid app or game for free every day.

All ‘Free Apps of the Day’ and bundles are specially selected and customers can discover these directly from the Amazon Appstore on Macs, PCs or Android phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire range).

A full list of the free apps including in the ‘Haunting Hits’ bundle include…

 

By October 25, 2013 Read More →

Amazon.co.uk Appstore gives away free app bundle worth over £15

wpid-2013-10-25-12-37-24.pngFor today only, Amazon Appstore is giving away six free apps worth over £15 for free!

Including everything from popular game Angry Birds, to interactive puzzles and an app that turns your tablet into an interactive whiteboard; the bundle is part of the ‘Free App of the Day’ initiative, which enables customers to download a paid app or game for free every day.

All ‘Free Apps of the Day’ and bundles are specially selected and customers can discover these directly from the Amazon Appstore on Kindle Fire tablet devices.

A full list of the free apps including in the bundle include…

  • Splashtop Whiteboard (RRP £6.16)
  • Fishdom Premium (RRP £3.19)
  • Angry Birds Star Wars Premium HD (RRP £1.99)
  • Toca Builders (RRP £1.93)
  • The Room (RRP £1.49)
  • Diner Dash Deluxe (RRP £0.63)
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By October 18, 2013 Read More →

Kindle Fire HD Now Available in the UK

Kindle Fire HD In addition to their announcement of the Kindle Fire HDX Amazon have launched a refresh of the Kindle HD. At a wallet friendly £119 this looks set to take on the Tesco Hudl in a battle to the death. that £119 will get you the 8gb model, whilst the 16gb will run you £139. The Kindle Fire HD has been redesigned to be thinner and lighter, with an HD display, dual speakers boasting Dolby Digital Plus technology and the latest version of the Fire OS, Mojito!

Here’s what you get for £119:

High-definition display with 1280×800 resolution and 216 pixels per inch, making films, TV shows, books and games vivid and detailed. 66% more pixels than the previous generation

Kindle Fire HD features:

  • Powerful, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 60% faster than the previous generation Kindle Fire.
  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio — the standard in high-end audio.
  • All-new slim design that matches the look and feel of the new Kindle Fire HDX.
  • Fast downloads and web browsing with built-in dual-band Wi-Fi.
  • Powered by the latest version of Fire OS — Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito”— with hundreds of new and upgraded features, platform updates and Amazon-exclusive services. New features include expanded X-Ray for films and TV, Quiet Time, Quick Switch, and more.
  • Kindle FreeTime extends parental controls to give parents a simple, engaging way to manage
    the way children use Kindle Fire — parents select content and set time limits by content type.

Coming later this year.

  • Stay connected and productive with all-new e-mail, calendar and Silk web browser.
  • Free, unlimited Cloud storage of all of your Amazon content, for downloading anytime, anywhere.
  • Vast selection of content, including millions of films, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines.
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By October 8, 2013 Read More →

Chromecast now available to you

ChromecastAmazon.com is now offering the Chromecast for £35, with international availability including UK, Germany, and other European countries, as well as Australia. Amazon appears to be shipping Google’s streaming stick without restrictions around the world. Shipping costs and local taxes apply.

I have ordered mine this morning, Import duty was added into the price and the shipping was cheap, totalling $52 or £35. The media streaming device is due to arrive between the 22nd and 30th of October.

Chromecast Features

  • Stream online video, music and more to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Supports Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and Google Play Movies and Music mobile apps as well as select content through Chrome browser
  • Works with Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows
  • Easy setup: Plug into any HDTV and connect to your home WiFi network
  • Box includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter

Supported Operating Systems

  • Android 2.3 and higher
  • iOS 6 and higher
  • Windows 7 and higher
  • Mac OS 10.7 and higher
  • Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel, additional Chromebooks coming soon).

UPDATE: Looks like Amazon have just closed this loophole – I cant place an order for a second one, however you can order from Amazon UK for £59.99

By September 29, 2013 Read More →

Kindle Fire HDX announced

Kindle Fire HDX announcedFor months we have seen rumour upon rumour  regarding the next-generation Kindle-Fire HD products. Now Amazon decided to quell all of the speculation and innuendo with a full, official reveal, albeit Stateside only for the moment. One of the most surprising new additions to the line-up is that they have revamped their “skinned” version of Android and now have their own name for the customized OS. They call it, Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.” We will do a separate article with more details on this new development.

In the mean-time, here’s the full skinny on their new tablet products.

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