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…)

Deal: 128GB SanDisk Class 10 Micro SD Card Down to $99 at Amazon

Amazon currently has SanDisk’s 128GB Class 10 micro SD card available for $99, which is one of the lowest price points we have seen this much storage hit to date. If you look around the web, you will see it as low as $120 at Best Buy and NewEgg, but $99 with free Prime shipping almost makes this a no-brainer. Now that most of you own devices with micro SD slots, since manufacturers are fully buying back into removable storage this year, it may be time to upgrade.

Phones like the Galaxy S5, LG G3, and HTC One (M8) all support 128GB cards.

We ran a poll earlier in the week, asking if a micro SD slot is a deciding factor when buying a phone – 62% of you said yes, that you wouldn’t buy a phone if it didn’t have one.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and Controller Now Available From These Retailers

The newest members to enter NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming family are now available at a handful of retailers, which also means that our SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller review is ready for you to check out to decide if you are ready for this level of mobile gaming. In case you haven’t checked that out already, just know that we are big fans of the affordable, yet impressive gaming experience that NVIDIA has managed to put together with their line of SHIELD products.

SHIELD Tablet is an 8-inch powerhouse that runs NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset. It can handle anything you can throw at it, from PC gaming to the toughest HD titles on Android streamed through an HD TV, this is the ultimate gaming tablet. Couple that with SHIELD Controller and you have an immersive mobile gaming experience that no other company can offer.

You can find many of the new SHIELD products, including accessories, at the retailers below.  (more…)

Amazon Adds New Playlists and “Hundreds of Thousands” of Songs to Prime Music

Curious Prime customers who have had a chance to try Amazon’s Prime Music may have found the service a little lacking in terms of selection, as its catalog consists of around a million songs, while incumbents like Spotify and Beats boast well over 20 million.

That’s a shortcoming of which Amazon is well aware, and apparently actively working to fix. Today, the retail giant announced the addition of “hundreds of thousands” of songs to Prime Music, including albums from artists like Deadmau5, Shakira, Linkin Park, and Elvis. (more…)

Amazon Wallet App Hits Google Play, Stores Gift and Reward Cards

Within the last week, Amazon snuck their new Amazon Wallet application onto Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The app, which will be featured on the Fire Phone, stores gift, reward, and loyalty cards, so that you can access them at any time without actually holding the card. Once scanned into the app, you can bring cards up as barcodes or QR codes for using at merchants. With “supported” merchants, you can even check  gift cards balances, similar to what the latest Google Wallet update offers.

This is not a mobile payment app.  (more…)