Cyanogen Inc. Working on “Something Really Cool” With Ex Google, HTC and Apple Employees

“Something really cool” is getting worked on, as announced by Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit, a not-so-new startup focused entirely on mobile devices and cloud computing. Nextbit’s team is comprised of former Google (original Android team engineers), Dropbox, Amazon, and Apple employees, and last night, the company announced they are to bring on former HTC Senior VP Scott Croyle as Vice President of Design and Product.  (more…)

Report: Amazon Struggles With Fire Phone, No More Than 35,000 Units Sold

According to The Guardian, who has compiled and analyzed data from both comScore and Chitika, Amazon is struggling to push the Fire Phone to US consumers, having sold no more 35,000 units since its release. The phone has been available through Amazon and AT&T (exclusively) since July 25, priced at $199 and $299 on-contract, or $649 for full retail.  (more…)

Forget Google, Amazon Buying Twitch Streaming Service for More Than $1 Billion (Updated)

Update:  It’s official – Amazon is buying Twitch for $970 million.

According to two sources of The Information, as well as a source of the Wall Street Journal, Google is no longer set to acquire Twitch, the livestream network for roughly $1 billion. Instead, Amazon is now the buyer, reportedly all set to sign the paperwork and announce the deal as early as today.  (more…)

Amazon Intros Local Register Payment System, Basically an Amazon-powered Square

This morning, Amazon announced Local Register, a Square-like swipe payment system powered by the company’s own payment platform. Perfect for business owners, Local Register is a little card reader which plugs into a tablet and phone, coming paired with an application available for iOS and Android, which takes payment, then deposits payments in the user’s account the next business day.  (more…)

Deal: Amazon Fire TV Discounted to $84 for Limited Time

The Amazon Fire TV has been discounted by $15 for a limited time, dropping the price to an even more reasonable $84.

For those new to the Fire TV, this is Amazon’s media box that connects to your TV to bring you Amazon Prime video, Netflix, and other video services. It plays games (Flappy Bird dual-player mode, anyone?) and has an app ecosystem, since it runs Android apps. It also uses voice controls fairly well, won’t take up much space on a shelf, and used Gary Busey to help promote it. Gary Busey.

Both Tim and I still use ours regularly, even though Amazon’s approach to Android isn’t exactly what we typically enjoy. But as a media box to bring content to life on your TV, it is a solid option, especially at $84.

If you are considering the Fire TV, I would recommend grabbing a controller for it as well, especially for gaming.

Amazon Link ($84) | Fire Controller ($39.99) (more…)

Flappy Bird Makes Triumphant Return, Available as “Flappy Birds Family” Exclusively on Amazon Appstore

You were really missing Flappy Bird, weren’t you? Well don’t worry, because it is now available to anyone who owns a Fire TV through the Amazon Appstore, titled Flappy Birds Family.

It is the same Flappy Bird as it was before, but as reported previously, it now features a multiplayer function. If you have two game controllers for your Fire TV, you can take on your friends, seeing who can get the furthest through the tubes. It’s just as addicting, and just as cute as the last version.  (more…)