Gary Busey is the star of Amazon Fire TV’s first commercial

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You read that headline correct. Gary Busey is the star of Amazon Fire TV’s first commercial. Busey, who is a noted hilariously bizarre man, talks to a lamp in the commercial. Yes, a lamp. The idea is that Roku’s streaming set-top boxes cannot use voice commands and Fire TV can. Busey gets to do a voice search of himself. After being satisfied with the results, he goes into one of his trademark screaming fests.

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Amazon finally announces Fire TV set-top box and gaming controller

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After months and months of rumors, Amazon finally took the wraps off of their Fire TV set-top box. As one would expect, it’s a Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV competitor, but priced at $99, will it be compelling enough?

Fire TV is based on Android and will include a number of apps. The top of the list is Amazon Instant Video, which will probably never ever be officially available to the Chromecast. It will also offer a slew of other apps, most of them coming soon. These include Pandora, MLB.tv, NBA, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and Crackle. The interface seems basic enough. The home screen shows your watchlist, movies, and TV shows along with search. It can also predict what you want to watch and an ASAP feature will start playing your selection instantly once you click on the Play button.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD, HDX, and HDX 8.9 all on sale for a limited time

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There is no better time to get a Kindle Fire HD, HDX, or HDX 8.9 from Amazon. The tablets are all being put on sale for a limited time in a promotion being described as “Elite Performance for Less” since it is the official tablet of the NCAA. The sale starts now since the Sweet Sixteen of March Madness is about to be broken down into the Elite Eight. The savings range from $20 to $40 depending upon the device you decide to purchase.

Choose a tablet from the source link to order.

Source: Amazon (Kindle Fire HD), (Kindle Fire HDX), (Kindle Fire HDX 8.9)

Amazon prepping free video streaming service that could launch in a few months [Updated]

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Amazon may soon be going toe-to-toe with Hulu and other video streaming services in a whole new way. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans on offering an alternative to paying $99 per year for Amazon Prime that would allow video content to be streamed without any subscription. The service would be backed by advertisements. On the surface, this competes directly with Hulu, but there is much more under the surface. » Read the rest

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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