Amazon launching set-top box at event next week

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amazon_boxtopAmazon’s entry into the video box market has been long rumored, but it seems their plans will come into fruition next week. The company has invited reporters, with the above promo image, to gather for an “update on our video business”  hosted by Amazon VP Peter Larsen in New York next Wednesday, April 2.

This is probably going to be a box to compete with products like Apple TV, Roku, and of course, Google’s Chromecast. They already have a video streaming service, Amazon Prime, that competes with other similar services. Our questions about the device will be answered next Wednesday, so stay tuned.

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MicroSD cards are a major bargain right now on Amazon

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Samsung_16GB_UHS-1_microSD_cardIf you’re in the market for a MicroSD card – or even if you aren’t – go buy one on Amazon right now. They’re on sale for ridiculously low prices on Amazon Gold Box right now, with a low of a 64GB card for as low as $35. . They’re sure to sell out pretty fast, so go to the source link and purchase one, or a few, right now!

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ePrice and Amazon Germany post the price of the LG L70, will be available from April 1

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When LG announced the L Series III comprised of three mid-range smartphones at the MWC event last month, they didn’t mention the pricing of the LG L70 or when the device would be available for sale.

According to ePrice, the LG L70 will carry a price tag of $163 in Taiwan and will be up for sale starting from April 1. On the other hand, Amazon Germany has also listed the price of the device at $246, which is more expensive than what ePrice suggested. However, the availability date hasn’t been mentioned on Amazon’s site but it seems that it will also have the L70 in stock from April 1.

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Amazon Appstore giving away 14 hit apps for free as part of birthday celebrations

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A couple weeks ago Amazon announced that they would be giving away 2 weeks of gifts through the US app store to celebrate the third birthday of the app store. Now the company is offering 14 premium Android apps that normally sell for $50.

The apps being offered include Polaris Office, normally $13, Sketchbook pro, normally $5 and Monopoly, also normally $5. Hit the break for the full list of apps being offered for free!

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Analyst weighs in with predicted specs, release date of Amazon smartphone

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a reputation for accurately predicting device manufacturer plans long before announcements are made. He has mainly made his mark with regard to Apple products, although he has covered Samsung on occasion. He is now turning his sights on Amazon and the rumored smartphone coming from the retail giant. In a note to clients, Kuo says,

“we predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet.” » Read the rest

Samsung goes after Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon in latest TabPRO ‘I Can Do That’ ad

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Samsung has been the king at knocking Apple products for a few years now, but with their latest commercial, they are going all out. They just released an ad for the TabPRO line of tablets titled, “I Can Do That,” and instead of just going head to head with the iPad, they decided to make fun of the Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle Fire as well.

The commercial doesn’t sway from Samsung’s normal pattern. It shows various people doing things on their TabPROs that can’t be done with competitor devices.

Hit the break to check it out. If you’re a fan of Samsung’s past commercials, this one won’t disappoint you.

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Latest Amazon set top box rumor puts release in April

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This past January rumors surfaced, as they tend to do on a fairly regular cycle, indicating Amazon was finally ready to launch a streaming media device during 2014. Things got quiet until recently when we’ve witnessed a significant uptick in rumors about the device. This includes indications that a variety of services would be available, not just Amazon’s Prime Instant video, and the potential for games to stream aided by a console-esque controller. Sources speaking to the WSJ are saying the device could be released as soon as April. » Read the rest

Report: Amazon smartphone could finally land in 2014

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An Amazon smartphone has been rumored for several years now, but it might finally come to fruition this year. Yes, I know, you have heard that before. I’m not saying it will happen, but reports seem to indicate that Amazon is ramping up for a release.  Last week, The Information reported the phone is codenamed “Project Aria” and it would be released this year. Now DigiTimes is chiming in saying, “The smartphone supply chain is starting to prepare smartphone component orders from Amazon for a device set to release in 2014.”

It appears that Amazon was close to launching a phone in the past, but decided to go back to the drawing board. After many revisions, they appear ready to go. Specs still are unknown, but we have heard numerous reports that it will include 3D gesture tracking. Stay tuned because it could be a busy year for Amazon. A gaming / set-top device is also expected for this year.

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Amazon’s set top device could support full PC game streaming

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When images of a controller linked to Amazon’s rumored set top box device leaked a few days ago, you may have noticed it was very reminiscent of a full blown game controller similar to an Xbox or PlayStation gaming console. That might seem like overkill for Android based games, but it isn’t too much if the games are full game titles like you would find on a gaming console or PC. The latest rumors about Amazon’s device indicate that ability could be part of the package. » Read the rest

Amazon Appstore is turning 3, two weeks of deals incoming

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I remember when the Amazon Appstore first launched back in 2011, I immediately installed it on my DROID X. Every morning, one of the first things I would do is check out what the Free App Of The Day was with anticipation. For those of us that have access to the Google Play Store, that got old pretty quickly. However, there are many people with a Kindle tablet that don’t have a choice. If you’re one of those people or you just like to use the Amazon Appstore, you will be happy to know that Amazon will be running some deals to celebrate the Appstore’s 3rd birthday.

The actual birthday is March 22, but the festivities have already begun.

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