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    One year ago, Amazon's first foray into the smartphone business was so full of promise. The Fire Phone had yet to debut, and we were curious to see if the retailer could find the same success with phones as it had with tablets. But as we had the opportunity to start interacting with the phone, putting it through its paces, it quickly became clear that the Fire Phone was an interesting concept, but maybe not one that made sense for a lot of users. We took particular issue with the handset's steep price, and so we've been particularly keyed-in to Fire Phone deals ever since. First the phone ...

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    How much storage does your smartphone have right now? 32GB? Maybe 64GB? Or are you a capacity hound who's taken a phone that's already packed with tons of internal storage and have augmented that with an extra microSD card for even more space? Earlier this month we told you about the biggest microSD card yet, a 512GB monster (though one with a sky-high $1000 price tag). Second to that, the best option we knew of was the 200GB SanDisk card, announced back during MWC. While quite a bit smaller, this one was also on target to be a heck of a lot more affordable. Now sales of the card are ...

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    Earlier this week we saw Amazon shine the spotlight on its Echo appliance (above) as it made the digital assistant available for general sale. Much of Echo's power comes from Amazon's Alexa cloud-based voice service, translating spoken commands into actions. Now Alexa is preparing to make a bold expansion, as Amazon opens the service for devs everywhere to take advantage of. Amazon's inviting devs to build their own Echo-like products by making its Alexa Voice Service free to use. For companies already working on connected-home appliances, that means a quick-and-easy way to implement ...

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    The same technology that gave us smartphones has been spreading to device after device in recent years, bringing us everything from smartwatches to connected automobiles. One of the biggest areas for growth has been this idea of a smart home: getting our appliances, security systems, and climate control networks to all talk together. And while really tight integration is still a tricky feat to accomplish, companies have been taking big strides lately in delivering products that make smartphone tech feel like a natural fit in new environments. That's just what Amazon did last fall with the ...

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    Sure, you may consider yourself a big Android user: you've got an Android smartphone, probably a tablet, and maybe even an Android Wear smartwatch. And that's all well and good for mobile tech, but what about at home? Sure, the low cost of entry has made Chromecast pretty affordable to pick up, but in some ways that's just a half measure – what about Android TV? If your media center isn't quite as Android-ified as it could be, now's looking like a pretty good time to make up for it, as Amazon slashes its asking price for the Nexus Player. We saw Google's set-top box debut last fall, ...

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    Amazon's Fire OS Android fork may not be the biggest player in the mobile platform game, constrained to the company's own limited lineup of Fire hardware, but for users who value its UI and deep connections to the Amazon ecosystem, it can be a good fit. While it's commendable that Amazon is doing so much to make its devices unique, going out on its own like this has meant that Fire OS trails behind the main Android release when it comes to updates – we just shared with you how the Fire Phone only graduated to a KitKat-based Fire OS build last month. But “late” doesn't mean ...

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    Motorola's Moto G has always been a very affordable handset. Its specs and configuration options fall short of big brother Moto X, but dollar-for-dollar it may be an even better value, especially if you're not sweating the loss of luxuries like LTE speed. When the 2014 edition premiered last September, its $180 price tag really helped the phone to stand out: it was better-equipped than other extreme-budget smartphones, while still coming in respectably short of the $200 mark. In the months since, we've seen a few sales that have let shoppers snatch the Moto G up for even better prices, and ...

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    How many options do you have right now for unlocking your smartphone? PIN, pattern, trusted Bluetooth device, voice, face, fingerprint... the list goes on and on. With so many choices already out there, how's a manufacturer supposed to innovate? Sure, we hear rumors about iris-based unlocking every once in a while, and now a newly issued Amazon patent offers another system worth considering, as it describes a method for authenticating smartphone users based on the shape of their ears. Like fingerprints, the shape the ridges and folds forming our ears take is quite unique, and can be used ...

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    KitKat? In 2015? And it wasn't already on KitKat? At this point, it's hard to look at the Amazon Fire Phone as much more than on overly ambitious misstep. Amazon saw some good success with its Kindle Fire tablets, and last year the company attempted to parlay that fortune into its first smartphone. With some interesting hardware and a software package that gave users something different from standard Android offerings, the Fire Phone took a bold swing at the market – and totally whiffed. Just because shoppers haven't flocked to the Fire Phone doesn't mean Amazon's abandoning it, and ...

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    Nokia's been finding itself in the news a surprising amount this month, thanks not only to word of its Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, but also rumors of the company's return to smartphones next year. But what got this Nokia train started was a report claiming that the company was looking to offload HERE Maps. At the time, we only heard a few general guesses about who might be interested in purchasing it, but this evening some new sources speak up about several companies Nokia is supposedly pursuing in the hopes of finding a buyer. That group includes big names like Apple, Amazon, and ...

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    Amazon's Fire tablets make for a tricky proposition. They're not quite the full-blown Android experience some shoppers expect, with the same tight integration with Google apps and services you'll find on something like a Nexus model (or even a Galaxy Tab). That said, Amazon's own Fire OS fork can still manage to hit a lot of the notes many tablet users are looking to hear, and especially if they already find themselves invested in Amazon's ecosystem, a Fire tablet can prove to be a very convenient, affordable way to consume Prime content and access the company's own services. Today, that ...

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    There's little denying it: if you're shopping for a smartwatch today, you're looking at the Apple Watch. You may not end up buying Apple's new wearable (and certainly, even if you are interested, you're going to be waiting weeks and weeks –and weeks– until you get yours), but its arrival spells a whole new level of fierce competition for the rest of the smartwatch field. As such, it's not too surprising to see other companies taking steps to make sure their own offerings don't escape the attention of shoppers, and to that end we're seeing the Moto 360 hitting some of its lowest prices ...

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    Amazon's recently been making inroads towards bringing more and more of its premium Prime streaming services to mobile users. Last year, that meant Prime video on Amazon phones, and just last week we saw Amazon tablets pick up the same support. Now it's time for audio to get some of that treatment, as an update to the Amazon Music Android app delivers support for Prime Music Stations. But couldn't Prime members already access lots of free music through the Amazon Music app? Absolutely, and beyond being able to play tracks from thousands of artists, you were able to pull up ad-free custom ...

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    Who needs big launch events for new phones, weeks of teases, and desperate attempts to drum-up interest? Not Huawei, that's who. For while some manufacturers make a big production out of a new smartphone's arrival, Huawei has just quietly let a new mid-ranger loose on Amazon, as if it's the most casual thing in the world. The phone in question is listed at the Huawei Expo, but all of the artistic resources accompanying the page describe it as the Huawei SnapTo, which is more likely the intended commercial name. The SnapTo features a five-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, ...

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    Fancy yourself the compulsive online shopper? Amazon Prime has made it even easier for millions of us to fulfill our retail urges from the comfort of our computer screens, all with the temptation of free two-day shipping. And while that may have been the initial big draw of Prime, the service has matured since its launch to offer features like access to the Kindle Lending Library and Amazon Instant Video. But while competing streaming video providers like Netflix have been quick to embrace mobile devices, Amazon Prime's Instant Video has been a little more lackadaisical. Android support ...

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    Media junkies these days have better options than ever before when it comes to getting online content onto their TV screens, with gadgets like Chromecast or Apple TV happy to connect our sets to more movies and TV than we could ever hope to watch. Amazon went after both those set-top box and HDMI dongle markets with the introduction of its Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick last year, perfect for consumers already invested in Amazon's media libraries, either through their PCs or the company's Fire-series Android devices. Today we get word of a significant update coming down for both the Fire TV ...

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    Amazon is not in an enviable position with its Android Appstore. With so many users already exposed to the convenience of Google's Play Store baked right in to their Android experiences, convincing them to enable sideloading, install Amazon's app, and then juggle two incompatible app stores from there on out can be a tall order. Still, Amazon does what it can to stir up interest, often by means of big app giveaways – and it's got just such an offer running right now. But now a leaked presentation attempts to clue us in to what could be the company’s next effort to generate interest in ...

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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    Microsoft Surface Hub promises to be a "powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally" and to "unlock the power of the group". From what we've seen, Microsoft Surface Hub looks a whole lot like the failed Microsoft Surface "table computer" that we say several years ago. (No, you read that correctly, "table computer", not "tablet computer".) The original Microsoft Surface was essentially a relatively high-powered computer built in to a table. The tabletop was the monitor, and several cameras watched the underside of the screen to look for ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may not be enjoying the success its manufacturer would like it to, but it's by no means an inherently bad phone. As we posited in our full review, the phone actually possesses a few neat tricks under the hood, and the specs are in line with some of 2014's most powerful flagships. The items held the phone back included the price tag and the lack of a tried-and-true ecosystem, and one of those things is fixed for today thanks to an Amazon Fire Phone UK deal. As part of a Daily Deal (meaning, you won't be able to get in on this discounted price after today ends in the ...

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    E-Ink. It powers everything from the YotaPhone 2 to the Amazon Kindle. It's simultaneously one of the most understated and futuristic display technologies around. And it's being put to use in devices and venues you've never even thought of. But what exactly is E-Ink, and how does it work? That's a question we had for the folks at E-Ink Corporation, the brains behind the world's leading electrophoretic ink technology, and they were more than happy to answer it. In fact, they invited us to tour their Innovation Center and Headquarters facility in Massachusetts, down the road from their ...

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    There are no two ways about it: Amazon screwed up the Fire Phone's launch. Blame the carrier exclusivity, blame the hardware itself, or blame the higher-than-anticipated price tag – whatever the reason, Amazon took a swing and missed. But in the months since, the company has seems like it might have learned a thing or two from its experience, acknowledging pricing problems, broadening carrier support, and delivering a battery-improving software update. Back around Black Friday we saw Amazon make the Fire Phone available for a steal, slashing pricing to an affordable $200. While that deal ...

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    Does Amazon even have an app store anymore? Clearly, it has an app distribution system, but we're talking more about the “selling” bit. After all, the intent is to make a little money through app sales, right? Well, someone at Amazon clearly hasn't gotten that message because the company seems to keep doing everything it can to give apps away for free. It was just one week ago when we checked out a whole slew of normally-paid apps Amazon was handing out for free, and now we've got another batch to share with you, as $110 worth of software goes free through Friday. What have we got ...

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    In a perfect world, our phones would have all the internal storage they'd ever need. And while capacity options are hitting new highs, far too often we're stuck with less space on these handsets than we'd like. What's a data-hungry user to do? If you're lucky, your smartphone's manufacturer was kind enough to include support for microSD expansion, letting you pop in a memory card to augment that native storage. If you've yet to take advantage of your phone's ability to do so, or if you're just thinking about upgrading to a larger card, we may have just the deal for you, as Amazon offers ...

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    Amazon hasn't had the best year when it comes to its smartphone and tablet offerings. The company's launch of the Fire Phone is probably one of its worse flops in history, and the recent update to its tablet lineup went under the radar. Still, that doesn't mean the company isn't famous for building mindshare through some crazy tactics, and today Amazon is at it again. Amazon is currently giving away 40 Android applications that are worth a crazy $220 combined. Some of these apps are great, others aren't, but the simple idea of being able to get them for free is great no matter how you look ...

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