Amazon kills off its Test Drive service, announces it the day after the fact

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Amazon’s Appstore has been around a while now, providing a viable alternative to Google’s Play Store, as well as a couple of quirky features. One of which was the ability to try out apps in your browser before making the decision to install it on your device.  That feature was called Test Drive, and according to Amazon’s announcement, it has been swiftly pulled from service as of April 15th.


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Amazon Game Studios spooks gamers as ‘Lost Within’ arrives in its Appstore

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What happens when Amazon Game Studios works on a project with Human Head Studios? The new horror survival game Lost Within. The two worked on the game set inside an abandoned asylum that just so happens to be occupied by the Inhabitants, a group tortured and left behind only for players to fight and escape from. Players must navigate through the asylum and collect materials for weapons and health. Lost Within is a first-person game and that means players can expect a truly immersive experience that may or may not keep them up at night.

Hit the break for the launch trailer.


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Amazon is giving away $105 worth of games and apps via the Appstore

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There’s no such thing as having too many apps on your smartphone, am I right? And sure, while you’ll always have your favourite apps, there’s so many others to try out, perhaps you are bored of your current game or you are looking at trying our a new fitness tracker. Whatever your needs, Amazon have probably got you covered with its latest collection of free apps worth a combined $105.


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Amazon’s X-Ray now visible on Fire TV devices

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One of the benefits that Fire tablet device owners have when watching Amazon Prime Instant Video is access to information about a title through IMDb thanks to their X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows feature. Using X-Ray, viewers can ask questions like “Who is that actor?”, “What else do they appear in?”, or “What is this song?” Amazon is now making this feature available to owners of their Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. Using a click of their remote, viewers can get answers to those questions and more displayed on their big screen.
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[Deal] Select Motorola Moto 360 models discounted through Best Buy, Amazon

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Didn’t pre-order an Apple Watch? That’s probably because you don’t have an iPhone or you did not want to wait weeks or months to get a smartwatch. If you want one right now, maybe the Moto 360 is worth a look because both Best Buy and Amazon (which we mentioned earlier) have select models discounted. The Motorola smartwatch, which is powered by Android Wear, can be purchased for as low as $179.

Check out the models listed in the links below. Let us know in the comments if you purchased one or already have a smartwatch on your wrist.

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Amazon Prime Music radio stations coming to Android Prime Music app

Amazon_Prime_Music_logoAmazon’s Prime Music service offers a great radio station feature, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been available in the Android app. Compared to other apps like Google’s own All Access and things like Milk Music, Pandora, or Spotify, that puts Prime Music at a serious disadvantage if your Android phone is your primary music streaming device. Thanks to the latest update, though, it looks like Amazon is fixing that shortcoming.
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Razer’s Forge TV set-top box can now be pre-ordered from Amazon For $149

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Ever since Google launched its Nexus Player set-top box, we’ve been waiting for the flood of Android TV devices to hit the market, so far though it’s been slim pickings. One Android TV set-top box that is on the horizon is Razer’s Forge TV bundle that was originally due to arrive back in February, but is now up for pre-order on Amazon.com.


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[Deal] Select Nexus 6 models discounted at Amazon

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There was once a time when Nexus devices were considered affordable. Now they cost just as much as any other flagship device. So any discount on a Nexus device causes consumers to take notice. After all, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 do start at $399 and $649 respectively. Both of them are, surprisingly, discounted this weekend. We learned yesterday that Best Buy was selling the Nexus 9 for $75 less than normal. Today, we found out that Amazon has select Nexus 6 models discounted. The discounts, which keep changing, are for all models except the Nexus 6 64GB in Midnight Blue. The models that are discounted will keep about 8% in buyers’ pockets.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video extends to Android tablets

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Amazon does not give Android us much attention as it should even though its own hardware is powered by the platform. The company takes an extremely long amount of time before bringing its services to Android and other platforms. Prime Instant Video, which is included in a package for $99 per year, took an eternity to reach phones with Android. There was also the requirement that the Amazon app had to be installed before being redirected to get the Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore. That’s a lot of unnecessary work and it will continue with the new support of Prime Instant Video for Android tablets.

Source: Amazon