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…)
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…)
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…)
Not to be outdone by Google, Amazon is expanding its same-day delivery service to additional cities. The company announced that customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC may now purchase many items on Amazon and have them delivered in mere hours. (more…)
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…)
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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For a very limited time, as in it ends tomorrow at midnight, Amazon is hosting a deal through the Amazon Appstore, giving away $100 worth of free Android apps. Fantastically, not all of the apps are a complete waste of time, as there are quite a few popular titles among the bunch which are being given away. (more…)
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…)