Amazon’s New Alexa-Powered Devices Could Act as a Home Intercom System

If Amazon has their way, devices like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot will become the ultimate home communication system of the future. According to a report out of Recode, Amazon is not only working on new Alexa-powered devices that should be able to make phone calls, they’d like multiple units throughout a house to act as an intercom system as well. Their report is based on multiple sources, who expect new Alexa devices in the coming months.  (more…)

DEAL: Spend $50 at Amazon Today, Get $8.62 Off With Code

For the 2nd year in a row, Amazon ranked #1 in a poll about their corporate reputation. Normally, we don’t care about stuff like this, but when that ranking turns into a discount for you, we are happy to acknowledge the accomplishment. Good job, Amazon.

OK, so that ranking has Amazon in the rewarding mood, which means a discount on any order you place today over $50. The discount is $8.62, which is Amazon thanking customers for their record 86.27 rating in the Harris Poll I mentioned above. Cool, right?

In order to get the discount, simply enter in “BIGTHANKS” at checkout. That’s it. Now, go shopping.

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Plex Can Now be Controlled Through Amazon Alexa

Plex, the personal media collection service that allows you to stream your movie, music, and photo collections from anywhere, received integration with Amazon’s Alexa today. Thanks to new voice controls through an Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa-supported device, your Plex experience is ready to step into the future.

To get setup, you’ll need to enable the Plex skill, which you can do through the Amazon Alexa app on your phone. Once done, you can then ask Alexa to open Plex and get to streaming.  (more…)

Original NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gets Huge 5.0 Update to Android Nougat With Amazon Video, More (Updated)

UPDATE: Well, we have an interesting change here. It appears as if NVIDIA originally posted the 5.0 update changelog to the 2015 SHIELD TV release notes page, but should have posted it on a new page for the new 2017 SHIELD TV. As you can see from their release notes pages here, the 5.0 update is no longer listed on the 2015 SHIELD TV page, yet it is now listed on the 2017 model page. At this point, that means we don’t know when the SHIELD TV (2015) is getting the update to 5.0. However, 2017 models should be getting the update almost right out of the box.

UPDATE 2: NVIDIA says to expect the update for current SHIELD TV (2015) devices in the next week or so.


On the eve of the launch of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017), NVIDIA has pushed out an update to the original SHIELD TV (2015), an update that bumps the ultimate streaming device to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update isn’t just an OS change, though. It brings so much more, including a bunch of stuff scheduled to be a part of the new SHIELD’s launch, like Amazon Video.

With the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, NVIDIA is including picture-in-picture support, a new settings menu, and an option I needed a year ago – recent apps page. Other related enhancements include a pause/play button by double tapping the volume slider, ability to write to an attached USB or SD card, a cast option for HBO GO, and support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 Plex speaker configurations.  (more…)

DEAL: Aukey’s 20,000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 Power Bank (With Lightning Port too) is Just $28

Aukey is currently running a pretty solid deal through Amazon on their 20,000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 power bank. With coupon code (AUK2MAHQ), this tank of a battery pack drops to just $27.99, plus it includes Prime shipping.

For output ports, you have a single 2.4A port and single Quick Charge 2.0 port, combined with input ports for microUSB and Lightning. The device also has a flashlight, for those times when your power is iffy.  (more…)