Alexa, the software that powers the Amazon Echo, is being opened up to third party hardware makers. To be technical, the name is Alexa Voice Services (AVS), and Amazon is getting the ball rolling by throwing out ideas that hardware makers could implement for end users. (more…)
Hey, you, interested in some free sh*t? Amazon has $50 in apps for you to consume at no cost for the next week. Well, the cost is that you will need their Appstore installed on your phone, but you may not mind since they are giving you all of this fun for free.
The bundle of free apps includes titles like Weather Live ($1.99), The Bard’s Tale ($2.99) and Trouserheart ($2.99), AVG AntiVirus Pro ($11.99), and Table Top Racing ($2.97). This may not be the best app pack we have seen to date, but there are certainly some decent games in there that will help you kill some time.
To download the Amazon Appstore, head over to this link. Once you are done, hit up the link below for this week’s bundle of free apps.
Amazon’s personal assistant/kitchen buddy/media streamer/news updater/joke teller/home controller that is manipulated by voice, the Amazon Echo, is now available for all to purchase at the price of $179. The cylindrical speaker will ship on July 14.
Not familiar with Echo? Here’s the story. Echo was introduced in November to Prime members in very limited supply at $99 as a voice-activated assistant that includes a speaker, allowing it to double as a media player in any room. You had to sign-up to show interest in Echo, but Amazon didn’t exactly let you order it right away. At first, they only let you request an invite to purchase and would notify you if selected. Soon after that, they let almost any Prime member order one, with shipping estimates months and months out. For example, Tim and I ordered Echo some time in early January, but neither of us actually received units until last month. (more…)
Fond user of IFTTT? Happen to own an Amazon Echo? Well, you’re in luck. The Echo assistant from Amazon now supports IFTTT recipes, allowing for a multitude of things to be accomplished with just your voice.
For example, if you need a physical copy of your grocery list, ask Alexa what’s on the list, and IFTTT can then automatically send it to your HP ePrint printer. Fancy, yeah? (more…)
Looking for a fresh deal on a 128GB microSD card for your non-Galaxy S6? Amazon recently dropped the price of the Lexar 128GB UHS-1/U3 card that is coupled with a USB 3.0 card reader. The combo runs just $72.99, which is a steal. Both Samsung and SanDisk’s 128GB cards cost more than $73, and neither comes with a USB 2.0 reader.
If you don’t want the full 128GB card, they also have a 64GB combo that is only $42.99.
Prime shipping is included.
Yesterday, Google surprisingly dropped the price of their flagship Nexus 6 by $150 on the Google Store. We assumed that the deal was a temporary, short-team thing that was exclusive to the Google Store. While the price slashing may be temporary, the deal is not exclusive to Google and has already been matched at other places you should be quite familiar with – Amazon and Best Buy.
If buying the Nexus 6 from the Google Store didn’t seem all that appealing or you have Amazon or Best Buy gift cards to blow through, now is your chance. The Nexus 6 can be had for as little as $499 (32GB) at either spot. The 64GB model has also been discounted by $150 as well, dropping it to $549.
Free shipping is included at all three places, but Amazon does have Prime shipping for those who are members.