Amazon Appstore having “May the Fourth Be With You” Sale

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Google is having a Star Wars sale, and Amazon has responded with their own. From now until May 10, the Amazon Appstore will be offering deals on all types of Star Wars related content. In addition, Star Wars oriented Free App of the Day will be featured on Sunday, May the 4th.

The current deals going on include Star Wars Pinball 3 free with 50% off in-app purchases, 50% off in-app purchases for Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, and Angry Birds Star Wars Premium HD (Kindle Tablet Edition) at $0.99.

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Here’s what the upcoming Amazon smartphone is going to look like

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It appears the Amazon smartphone is getting closer and closer to reality. We now have the best picture yet of the device, which means it will probably be announced within the next month or so. From the picture obtained by BGR, the phone appears to have influences from the iPhone and Samsung. That home button has Samsung written all over it. Both the power button and volume rocker are on the left side, which is unusual, but not a big deal.

The phone is expected to sport a 4.7-inch 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and six cameras to support its 3D capabilities. Amazon also might offer their own data service through AT&T called Amazon Prime Data.

Is anyone looking forward to this phone? It’s definitely intriguing, but will it set the world on fire? No pun intended.

source: BGR

Verizon could be getting two Samsung and two Amazon tablets for its lineup

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Verizon’s tablet lineup could be getting a lot bigger. According to @evleaks, Big Red is going to be adding two tablets from Samsung and an additional two tablets will come from Amazon. From Samsung, the brand new Galaxy Tab 4 line will be featured on Verizon with the 8.0 and 10.1 models. On Amazon’s end, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 models will make their way to Verizon.

No word on pricing or a release date just yet as Verizon has not made anything official. » Read the rest

Amazon has 12 music-related apps (worth over $40) for free today

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The Amazon app store has been hosting quite a few sales lately. Today, they have 12 music related apps for free (total value is over $40). They have apps for listening to music as well as creating music. There’s even something for the DJs out there.

Hit the break for the full rundown with links. This sale ends today, so be sure to get your downloads in by midnight.

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Amazon Prime Data could be major selling point for new smartphone

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Amazon_Smartphone_Leak_01The they will, they won’t saga of Amazon releasing a smartphone seems to be heading firmly in the “they will” direction, and we’re finally seeing leaks and rumors about the “killer features” that the company will be boasting to sell its new smartphone. Currently, Amazon is toying with the idea of adding customizations to the device, the device is said to have 3D effects among other hardware and software tweaks. According to “trusted sources” close to BGR though, those would be just a few selling points among an even larger selling point.

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Motorola Moto X price drops for Republic Wireless, Amazon does the same for the GSM model

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This one is a little tricky, so listen up. Motorola’s Moto X is getting a price drop through two different locations. The first is from Motorola’s very own store and it only applies to one model. The Moto X for Republic Wireless can be customized through Moto Maker and the total cost comes in at $349. Whether or not this is permanent, we will will have to wait and see.

The other option is with Amazon. You can get the GSM model of the Moto X for $349 as well. This means for $349, you can take it to any GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

Unfortunately, it does not seem as if Verizon or Sprint models are involved in any deals. But if you have an education email address, ending in “.edu,” Moto Maker has the Moto X available for $339. So there is a way to take advantage of some sort of Moto X deal regardless of your carrier.

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Amazon, HBO reach content sharing agreement, bringing HBO GO to Fire TV

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Amazon Prime members who use the Prime Instant Video service may be glad to know that HBO programming is heading their way. In a move just announced by the two companies, Amazon will be the exclusive online-only home for select HBO programs like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire amongst other as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers and John Adams. Over the course of the agreement, new programs like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will be made available about three years after airing on HBO. Prime members can expect to see the new content show up starting May 21st.

As part of the agreement, Amazon has agreed to make the HBO GO streaming service available on Amazon’s Fire TV. Some work apparently still needs to be done, so don’t expect a launch until later this year. Using HBO GO, users will be able to stream over 1,700 titles from HBO to their Fire TV devices.

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New details about Amazon’s smartphone customizations revealed

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With so many smartphones on the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for a company to distinguish their device from others just based on a leap forward with hardware specs. More companies are turning to customizations of the operating system to enhance how users interact with a device. We already saw Motorola do this with some of the unique features they incorporated into the Moto X last year. Amazon appears to have figured out this same strategy as their forthcoming entry into the smartphone market uses a combination of sensors and customizations to Android to produce some unique interface improvements. » Read the rest

AllCast receiver released to Amazon Appstore for Fire TV

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Soon after the launch of Amazon Fire TV, Koush, a well known developer has released his AllCast app to the new system. While before you had to sideload the app manually, now you can get it straight from the Amazon Appstore.

The app essentially allows users to pair their Android phone or tablet with Amazon Fire TV, allowing them to stream media content. Users can seamlessly switch between content source and input on your TV (Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, etc.).

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CyanogenMod support released for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″

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Official CyanogenMod Nightlies support has arrived for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″. Currently the builds show up as experimental, but regular nightlies are set to be released starting today. These ROMs are running CyanogenMod 11.

As is the usual case with ROMs on Android, users should exercise extreme caution. Sometimes these files aren’t stable, although sometimes they are. Users should make sure that they know what they’re doing before they attempt to install anything.

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