Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick Update Introduces USB Storage, Hotel and Dorm WiFi Connectivity, and More

Amazon announced this morning that a major update will be rolling out to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick over the coming weeks. The update introduces expandable USB storage to the Fire TV, allows you to connect either device to hotel or dorm room WiFi, adds Bluetooth wireless headphone support, lets you search Prime playlists, and more.

The full changelog can be found below for the update, which is free, of course.  (more…)

Deal: HTC RE Camera Slashed to $99 at Best Buy ($100 Off)

HTC’s RE camera, a GoPro-like action cam that is the first of many of HTC’s new product lines, is on-sale at Best Buy in a daily deal for just $99. The RE normally carries a $199 price, so we are talking about a 50% discount for today only.

As a recap, the RE is HTC’s action camera that shoots 1080p video, uses a 146-degree wide-angle lens, 16MP Sony sensor for stills with digital image stabilization, and is waterproof. It might be shaped like a periscope, but the design allows you to hold it comfortably while snapping photos at will. It doesn’t have many buttons or a viewfinder, so you have to use an Android companion app to see the photos and videos you are capturing. That’s OK, though, because it allows for quick sharing.

I don’t think anyone would consider the RE to be an award-winning product, but I can tell you that in my time with it, it has become a great party, child-chasing, and travel camera for all of those spur of the moment shots. It’s probably worth about $100.

The deal includes white, blue, and orange models.

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Deal: Add a Waterproof Jive Jumbo Bluetooth Speaker to Your Life for Just $23

I can think of a number of situations where I may want some music to be playing but wouldn’t need (or want) the best sounding, most expensive Bluetooth speaker on the market. There are those times – like say, at the beach or a friend’s BBQ or while camping or when in the shower – where you would be better off using an incredibly durable Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof, sounds good enough, yet doesn’t break the bank. For those times, you may want to consider something like the Jive Jumbo waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which is available for a limited time in the DL deals shop for just $22.95.

This is one of those speakers that suctions to a variety of surfaces, carries an IPX7 waterproof rating, and works with pretty much any device equipped with Bluetooth. You could drop this thing in a pool, rinse it off in a sink, probably let your dog chew on it for a minute, and then toss it in the bottom of the bag for use at the next summer gathering that involves too much booze. This isn’t the best speaker on Earth, but it is an affordable option that could come  in handy in a pinch.

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First Look at dbrand’s Pink Carbon Skin for the Nexus 6

I would imagine that most of you are probably familiar with dbrand and their custom fit skins for devices like the Nexus 6. If not, you are about to be. Their team sent over a Nexus 6 for us to check out, fitted with an unreleased and limited pink carbon fiber skin. They told us that this new skin is so limited, that sending us one to review for you was a difficult task. Kind of cool, right?

If the limited factor in all this means little, maybe knowing that you will soon have a chance to win this particular Nexus 6 and its pink carbon fiber skin will? I thought so.  (more…)

Deal: Buy Unlocked Moto X “Pure,” Receive a $50 Discount and a Free Pair of $200 Bluetooth Headphones

The Galaxy S6s and HTC One M9 are arriving within a month, so it’s going to be tough to justify buying any other phone for the time being. Motorola is going to try to convince you that the Moto X “Pure Edition” is still worth it (and maybe it is for all we know), though, with today’s deal that will land you a new Moto X “Pure Edition” and a pair of TRACKS AIR Sol Republic Bluetooth on-ear headphones for just $449.94.

If you break it down, Motorola is basically giving you a Moto X “Pure Edition” with 16GB of storage, customized with MotoMaker, for $450. That’s a $50 discount over the normal full price. They are then tossing in $200 Bluetooth on-ear headphones for free.

Tough choice or are we all just waiting at this point?

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As Samsung Ditches the SD Slot, SanDisk Introduces 200GB MicroSD Card

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones have few weaknesses on paper, but one is arguably the lack of a microSD card slot. For years, while the rest of the smartphone industry backed away from expandable storage, Samsung stuck to it, claiming that its customers would rather have the option. Whatever the reason was for cutting the feature from their new phones, it’s unfortunate, because storage companies like SanDisk are only going bigger and bolder with removable flash cards. This morning, SanDisk announced a new 200GB microSD card that arrives in Q2.  (more…)