Amazon Fire HD 8 Has a Quad-Core Processor and Will Soon Feature Alexa, Costs Only $90

Amazon announced its latest tablet device today, the Fire HD 8. Apparently built from the ground up for all-day entertainment, the Fire HD 8 comes with an 8-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 12 hours of battery life (4,750 mAh), plus access to Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based assistant.

Specifically, support for Alexa is not available quite yet, but will be made available via an upcoming software update. According to Amazon, the update should come in a few months. Other devices will get access to Alexa, too, including the Fire HD 10, Fire and last year’s Fire HD 8 tablets. When Alexa is made available, users can simply speak to Alexa for opening apps, reading books, and much more. Amazon claims that Alexa features will continually improve on the tablet, given its cloud-based nature. (more…)

DEAL: 200GB SD Card for $60 ($18 Off), Asus OnHub Router for $130 ($70 Off)

Amazon has a couple of share-worthy deals for us to feast upon this afternoon. One is for a SanDisk 200GB microSD card at just $59.99. This card was at one time a couple of hundred dollars, but has since settled into a zone right around $80. At $59.99, you are saving almost $20 and getting all of the storage your current phone can handle.

If you don’t need storage for a phone, but would like a smarter WiFi setup at home, you may want to take a look at the Asus OnHub router that Amazon has priced at $129.99. That’s a solid $70 discount over the full retail price. Not familiar with OnHub? This is the brand of routers that Google is pushing, that are controlled through an Android app, and that are starting to do smart things, like work with IFTTT to automate your house. I tested one for months and loved the damn thing.

Both deals are ending soon.

Amazon Links:  SanDisk 200GB microSD ($59.99) | Asus Onhub Router ($129.99

Motorola Brings Moto G4 Play to US, Amazon Gets “Prime Exclusive” for Just $99

Back in July, Motorola brought the new Moto G family to the US as the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus (unboxing). Today, they are adding to the family by also introducing the Moto G4 Play, a phone that manages to be even less expensive, yet avoids dropping all of the way down to the Moto E family.

Starting at just $149.99, you are looking at a phone with a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD support, 5-inch HD (720p) display, 2800mAh battery, 8MP rear camera (f/2.2), 5MP front camera (f/2.2), water repellent coating, and Android 6.0.1. As you can tell from that last, this isn’t even really a mid-range device and really there for those on a strict budget. It comes in either black or white.  (more…)

Sonos Will Soon Work With Amazon Alexa, Gets Spotify Connect Integration Too

Sonos, a pioneer in the multi-room speaker game who has struggled recently because of poor software experiences and increasing competition, announced two major moves today that it hopes will help it maintain its lead in the category. For one, Sonos will soon get Amazon Alexa integration, so that users will be able to control their Sonos speakers by talking to an Echo or Echo Dot, for example. And two, before Alexa support arrives, users will be able to control Sonos through the Spotify app.  (more…)