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Amazon Game Studios’ Tales From Deep Space is here

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Amazon Game Studios has a new title available now for Kindle Fire tablets from 2014 and 2013. The action-adventure game is Tales From Deep Space. Players control traveling salesman E and his robotic piece of luggage CASI. The two are attempting to escape the Big Moon space station as it has been locked down. Although the game is of the action-adventure genre, it is full of puzzles with comedy as well.

Through ComiXology, a prequel comic compliments the Tales From Deep Space game. It provides players with the reason as to how E and CASI arrived at the Big Moon space station. If you are purchasing the game, we highly recommend the comic. After all, it is complimentary to the game and it is free.

Hit the break for the gallery, trailer, and download links.

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The game is available now from the Amazon Appstore for 6.99 and the comic from ComiXology for free. You can tell Amazon worked very hard on the quality of the game; therefore, the $6.99 price is not all that steep.

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OnePlus One to go on sale in India in December: exclusive to Amazon

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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If there is One phone that takes the cake for the most unusual string of strategy this side of the Twilight Zone, it would have to be the OnePlus One. Well received by all those who have One, its saga is already epic: first released with Cyanogenmod pre-installed, then later with the Oppo’s Color OS, the only way to get One has been by invitation. This already created a major demand downer, as given the affordable price and excellent specs, it was certainly a coveted creation. Then you throw in an aggressive marketing campaign that bordered on misogyny and the cancellation of the much-heralded bamboo back cover, chances are the reasons you’ve probably heard of this device are all the wrong Ones.

Still, never One to lose sight of its goal, OnePlus began to show an interest in plans to launch the device in India this December. Then word came of an online retailer stepping in for distribution, along with nation-specific invites.

Well, the proverbial cat is finally out of the bag, as it now appears Amazon will be the exclusive retailer for the One in India. The device is estimated to sell for around Rs. 25,000 (about $400) for the 64GB variant. How the invite system will play in remains unknown (as does the official Amazon announcement, given the “mystery” device in the lead picture), though some still question the reasons OnePlus makes the One available through an invite system.

For all those who want to brush up on the One, make sure to check out our portal to all the coverage we’ve done over the past year!

Deal: Up to 70% Off SanDisk Extreme and Ultra Micro SD Cards From Amazon

Posted by Kellex November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

We tend to operate under the idea that you can never have enough flash storage lying around. You just never know when you might need to toss a micro SD card into a new phone, tablet, camera, or game system. Especially now, since we have seen phone manufacturers (outside of Google and Motorola) fully buy back into the idea that customers want a slot for expandable storage, many of which support up to 128GB. So when we see solid deals on storage, like today’s over at Amazon, we try and share. 

From today through November 26, you can pick-up a variety of SanDisk storage options at up to 70% off. And these aren’t the low-end SanDisk products – we are talking about the Extreme and Ultra models of their micro SD cards, Pro Solid State Drives, regular size memory cards, wireless media drives, and more.

For example, you can pick-up a 64GB Extreme micro SD (60MB/s read speeds) for $47. If that sounds like too much to spend, the same Extreme card with 32GB of capacity is just $25. Think about. These are the perfect stocking stuffers too.

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New streaming video service may be offered by Amazon

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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New reports indicate Amazon is preparing to rollout an ad-supported video streaming service next year that is different from the Prime Video service included with their Prime membership offering. The new service will supposedly be aimed more at competing with Hulu and Netflix in that it will be based on a monthly subscription fee for access. Analysts think Amazon will undercut the monthly prices offered by other services through the use of ads. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks this would make the new Amazon offering a “Netflix killer.”

Although a new ad-supported service from Amazon would help the company compete with some of the more established companies in the market, it is believed this may ultimately be a way to up-sell consumers into a Prime membership. Amazon’s current Prime Video service is supposedly only accessed by about half of Amazon’s estimated 50 million Prime subscribers and that comes after several initiatives to try to increase awareness. That still trails Netflix which currently has about 33 million U.S. subscribers.

Retailers may be interested in joining Amazon in the effort if Amazon is willing to share data with them about how ads viewed through the service lead to purchases. Meanwhile, Nielson is preparing to start tracking shows on subscription services, starting with Netflix, which will provide another method for assessing the success of advertising reach. Amazon will also be able to take steps like cross-promote content by giving producers access to special deals and exposure within the Amazon ecosystem.

Do you think Amazon will succeed with a new video streaming service?

source: New York Post

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Amazon Fire users get exclusive Washington Post app access

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Amazon Fire tablet owners that like to keep up to date with national news have a new app offering exclusive access. The app is from the Washington Post and Kindle Fire owners will get exclusive access at no cost for six months. The app was build for national and international readers.

The app will showcase The Posts’s national and international news coverage along with photography and informative graphics. Core features of the app include pinch view allowing users to swipe through the pages of the paper as they would in the real world.

The app offers high-resolution graphics and a read view that makes an article take the full page complete with graphics and video. Navigation promises to make browsing through sections of the paper easy. The digital version of that paper was created specifically for the tablet reader and will have editions published twice daily.

Those editions will be published at 5am and 5pm ET and cover breaking news and updates. The app is coming to Fire tablet users as part of an OTA update. Presumably, after the first six months, the Washington Post hopes users of the app will subscribe. The app will come to additional devices in 2015.

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Report: Amazon planning an ad-supported video streaming service

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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According to a report in the New York Post, Amazon is preparing a free video streaming service that will be support by advertisements. The ad-supported option will apparently run alongside its current $99 Prime membership subscription, acting as an alternative for customers who would rather do without the fees.

Amazon currently sits a long way behind market leader Netflix for the most popular online streaming service, so a free-to-watch option could be the key to making up the ground. The e-commerce company already offers ad-supported streaming for the first episodes of select TV shows, which it uses to try and entice viewers into the full subscription service. A broader roll-out of ad-supported content could have a similar effect.

Amazon’s broadband traffic on fixed networks grew from 1.61 percent to 2.58 percent. Netflix accounts for 32.39 percent of aggregate traffic.

However, advertising is the big potential revenue earner here, as the company already has numerous advertising properties related to video content. If the company made the service available across a broad range of platforms, there are millions of potential mobile and TV customers out there.

Amazon also has its hardware line-up to consider. Better access to video content out of the box, especially if it’s free, could help the company compete with Google’s pre-installed Movie & TV purchasing options. Advertisements from its Kindle devices are already estimated to bring in $1 billion in revenue already.

Would you make use of advertisement supported video streaming or do you prefer ad-free subscription based services?

Amazon Game Studios outs Tales from Deep Space misadventure

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon formed its own game studio, creatively named Amazon Game Studios, to develop exclusive content for its Android devices. The subsidiary has already produced a number of titles, most notable of which is perhaps To-Fu Fury. And here they are with yet another one, yet again a tried and true puzzle platformer in the form of Tales from Deep Space. And like the To-Fu, the plot isn’t something you have to take seriously, but it can still lead to some serious fun, especially when experienced with a friend.

The game is labeled as a “misadventure” because, seriously, what else can it be? The boring life of intergalactic salesman E (I bet they had a hard time coming up with that name) gets turned upside down by the unexplained lockdown of Big Moon, where he coincidentally just landed on, and now he is on a race to fight the baddies and get to the bottom of things. Or die trying. At least he won’t be trying, or dying, alone. He will be assisted by luggage drone CASI, short for Combat Assured Security Inventory, who isn’t his, by the way.

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This cooperative theme of the game extends to the actual gameplay. While you can switch between the two lead characters in single player mode, it will probably be more fun, not to mention more chaotic, if you enlist the help of a friend. That’s right, the game can be played in local, co-op multiplayer mode, involving two Kindle Fire tablets connecting over WiFi.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, this game is only available for a select number of devices, namely, Amazon’s. And to be even more specific, multiplayer support is only available on Kindle Fire HDX and all 2014 Fire tablets. If you happen to own any (or all) of these, you can grab the game from the Amazon Appstore for a pretty price of $6.99.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick ships, out of stock until Jan 2015

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Things are about to heat up in the dongle wars. Amazon has just announced that they have started to ship the first batch of orders of their Fire TV Stick, basically Fire TV shrunk down to an HDMI dongle size. The retailer claims that it is their fastest-selling device ever, and perhaps it shows. The Fire TV Stick is immediately out of stock, with inventories replenished by January 2015. Of course, you can still leave your order and they will be filled if and when the devices arrive.

Amazon might as well have called it “Fire TV on a stick”, but that would be too long for marketing materials. The dongle does provide most of what the Fire TV box offers but in a more bite sized chunk. The difference, of course, is that you are streaming to the device instead of from it like in the set-top box version. In terms of content, though, it will be pretty much the same since it will all revolve around Amazon’s universe. The gaming experience might be a tad different in the absence of a dedicated game controller, though you can opt to connect one to your Fire Phone or Kindle Fire tablet instead.

Compared to other HDMI streaming devices (we’re looking at you Chromecast), the Fire TV Stick advertises twice the power and the capability, like twice the CPU cores, twice the RAM and actually four times the storage capacity. Compared to the competition, however, Amazon’s device takes the cake when used with Amazon’s services. In fact, it might be pretty exclusive in that regard, though not entirely so. That said, if you’re already considering the dongle, you might already be part of the Amazon family anyway, so getting it will give you access to features like ASAP (Advanced Streaming And Prediction), WhisperSync, X-Ray, and more.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick costs only $39 and comes with a basic remote control. Alternatively, you can use the free Fire TV Remote App available for the Fire Phone and Android phones, with iPhones coming soon. But if you want some voice control fanciness, you’ll have to pay an additional $29.99 for that remote control.

Amazon releases Android apps for Echo and Fire TV

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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For many of its services, Amazon keeps support limited to in-house devices. The upcoming Echo digital assistant and Fire TV Stick, though, have dedicated apps available in the Play Store. Amazon traditionally acknowledges Android as a whole much later to push its own hardware. Both apps introduced today act as remotes for each device.

The app used as a remote for Echo does everything a user can do with his or her voice. After all, Echo is a digital assistant controlled by voice commands. The Echo app shows everything that the hardware would respond with by voice. It will display weather information, music playback, and lists. Support for the Echo app is limited to just a handful of recent flagship devices.

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The Fire TV Remote app gives control to your device. The remote that ships with the Fire TV Stick lacks a microphone; therefore, voice commands are not possible. The Fire TV Remote app is an easy (and free) solution. This app also supports a keyboard for text entry. At the bottom of the Fire TV Remote app, there are back, home, and menu buttons. Everything you would find on the physical remote is here, digitally.

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Amazon app update: Lollipop and Android Wear support

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

A few weeks after retail giant finally combined their Appstore and their shopping app under one happy place available on Google Play Store, another update is making it possible to enjoy the whole Amazon experience, not just on your smartphones but on wearable devices as well. Not only have they prepared support for Google’s major update, the Android 5.0 Lollipop, but now Android Wear users can also use their smartwatches to interact with stuff they’d like to purchase on the online retail store.

This means that all those who have a smartwatch running on Android Wear and an Amazon account (or create one if you don’t yet) can now do some shopping through their wearable. To begin using it, you only have to use the activation phrase “start Amazon”. You can make a voice search for what you’re looking for on the app, then afterwards add them to your wish list. In fact, you can do the buying from the comfort of your smartwatch, if you’re comfortable with that sort of thing.

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Since Google has started rolling out the Lollipop update to some devices, apps (well those that haven’t yet) need to offer support for the latest major Google upgrade. The Amazon app update has now made sure it is compatible with all devices running on Lollipop and the software builds. The usual and important big fixes and updates are of course also in the can with the latest version of the Amazon app.

No need to wait for Amazon to roll up the update. If you haven’t been automatically updated yet, you can head over to the Google Play Store to manually force the update.

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