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    ‘Tis the season for streaming media player releases, with Amazon today following Roku’s suit in attempting to steal Google and Apple’s thunder. But the full-sized Fire TV set-top box already picked up 4K support last year, leaving just its little HDMI dongle brother in need of a fall 2016 upgrade. To keep the retail pricing bar as low as possible however, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant has decided to continue limiting the video output of the Fire TV Stick to 1080p, aka Full HD. Which doesn’t mean the “next generation of the bestselling” miniature digital media player comes ...

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    While the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, quietly manufactured by HTC and assertively marketed by Google, are set to undoubtedly seize the spotlight at Big G’s highly anticipated October 4 product announcement event, you shouldn’t forget there’s other exciting stuff in the pipeline too. Like a first-party Daydream View (name pending confirmation) virtual reality headset. Or a Google Assistant-powered Google Home smart speaker that technically went official back in May, sans many details, tech specs and commercial availability info however. Last but not least, a third-generation ...

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    Talk about perfect timing. Just as we were trying to make heads or tails of one of the FCC’s most enigmatic Apple product filings in recent history, the always knowledgeable Bloomberg was quoting “people familiar with the matter” as suggesting the Cupertino development of an “Echo-like smart-home device” is nearing completion. So, yeah, what we assumed to be the fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K support receiving regulatohry approval may actually materialize as a home automation hub “based on the Siri voice assistant”, and gifted with “more advanced microphone and speaker ...

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    Just like last year, Asus confusingly puts its 2016 high-end smartphone eggs in way too many baskets, as the ZenFone 3 family includes roughly a dozen similar but not identical members. Some aren’t even very high-end, like the China-only ZenFone Pegasus 3, the big-battery ZenFone 3 Max, or a ZenFone 3 Laser that’s slated to finally see daylight stateside “within 2 to 5 weeks.” That’s when Amazon expects to be able to ship the 2GB RAM-packing 5.5-incher in “glacier silver”, complete with an official 1-year US warranty covering accidental damage. Pre-orders are $206.95 a pop, ...

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    As value-focused China-based Android device manufacturers like LeEco, Xiaomi or Meizu (too) carefully devise their proper US expansion plans, domestic unlocked phone specialist BLU continues its uncontested rise to fame. Granted, sub-$400 competition stateside has been heated up by recent Moto, Honor, ZTE or OnePlus releases, but if you only have 150 or 200 bucks to spend, it’s hard to find better gadgets, at least on paper, than the Vivo 5R or Life One X2. The latter model has literally just seen daylight as an incremental upgrade over last year’s “top selling and reviewed” Life ...

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    Amazon has been building the world’s most popular e-book readers for nearly a decade now, beloved low-cost Fire tablets since 2011, also dabbling in smartphone manufacturing at one point, and achieving unexpected mainstream success with Echo and Tap intelligent speakers. What the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is yet to try its hand at are smartwatches or any other type of wearable devices, though that doesn’t mean you can’t talk to Alexa on your wrist. Remember the Indiegogo-funded CoWatch? Well, the Google and Android veterans behind it only needed $288K in pledges and five months ...

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    Who doesn’t love unlocked Android smartphones, especially those sold through official, authorized and trustworthy channels with valid warranties and fast, free nationwide shipping? It pretty much goes without saying you’ll find plenty of compelling deals on such products from basically every OEM under the sun come Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a couple of months, but if you simply can’t wait that long, Amazon’s latest “48 hour Unlocked Event” has you covered. The fire sale’s protagonists are fairly popular even when they’re not massively marked down, as the 4GB RAM/64GB ...

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    Thinking of “skipping the sevens”, despite the new iPhones arguably looking less disappointing in real life than all those ominous pre-release reports, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exchanges finally overcoming initial hiccups? The “different” and “better” Moto Z modular family is just about ready to go wide stateside after a short period of Verizon exclusivity, although Sprint customers are still out of luck. The unlocked Z and Z Play can only be pre-ordered with GSM network compatibility from Best Buy or Amazon, which means you’re free to activate either one on AT&T or ...

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    It's boxy, it's relatively weaker than previous generations, it lacks a working fingerprint sensor and it supposedly has a pretty neat camera. But if your smartphone game is petite, yet still powerful, Sony's Xperia X Compact is your only route to go. And unlocked GSM units finally on pre-sale at Amazon in the US in black, white and blue for $499.99. Yep, $500. Amazon is softening the blow with a $50 checkout credit and shipping trucks are scheduled to set out next week on the 25th. Given, though, how many times we've been praising manufacturers on their $400 phones this year, we're ...

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    If you happen to have an Amazon Echo, an Echo Dot, a Tap or any other device smart enough to be enabled with the Alexa service, ask about buying a Fossil Q Founder today. The 47mm Q Founder with a stainless steel band and IP67 water resistance is one of Amazon's deals today and you can get it for 35 percent off its $295 price tag, but only if you ask Alexa to "order a Fossil smartwatch." That takes the cost down to by more than $100 to $191.75. Ahh, commerce and artificial intelligence, together at last. Source: Amazon Via: Droid Life

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    Just 24 hours after accidentally revealing an “all-new”, cheaper version of the hockey puck-sized Echo Dot on Twitter, Amazon formally introduced the second-generation voice-controlled device in the UK, where it’s up for pre-orders already, with an estimated shipping date of October 20. Also headed for US and German shores on October 20 and 26 respectively, the super-tiny 83.5 x 83.5 x 32mm smart home contraption reportedly packs a more powerful voice processor than its predecessor, yet it only costs $50, £50 or €60, depending on where you live. It comes in black or white paint ...

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    ‘Tis the season of Amazon hardware launches, which are nowhere near as flashy as iPhone, iPad, high-end Galaxy Note, LG handheld announcements or even Google Nexus/Pixel introductions. Just last week, an “all-new” Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa support for voice commands essentially broke cover sans any pre-release buildup, and the same could be initially said of a refreshed, lower-cost variant of the Echo Dot smart speaker yesterday. Only minutes after Amazon tweeted the “big” product reveal, the 140-character announcement was deleted, and the e-tailer’s Echo Dot page yet again ...

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    No wonder BLU Products is taken so seriously lately by struggling veterans of the mobile hardware industry. This Miami-based, budget-focused smartphone manufacturer has come a long way from its timid unlocked debut several years back, making quite a few recent headlines with the $300 Energy XL battery powerhouse and $300 3D Touch-enabled Pure XR. But if those two perhaps felt a little rich for your blood, and the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL unveiled at CES in January were starting to lose their mojo, it’s (almost) time for a refresh fittingly dubbed BLU Vivo 5R. Up for pre-orders on Amazon ...

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    It may still be unclear if Microsoft, Apple, Google and Samsung have Surface Pro, iPad, Pixel and Galaxy Tab S-series upgrades in the pipeline for the upcoming holiday season, but the other tech colossus continues to do its thing by unveiling an “all-new” Fire tablet with minimal pre-release buzz. Amazon of course didn’t stray too far from the design of last year’s Fire HD 8 in creating a considerably longer-lasting, thicker and heavier version. The 2016 Fire HD 8 (no unnecessary name change here) purportedly offers up to 12 hours of “mixed-use” battery life, measuring 9.2mm ...

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    With all the recent high-end Moto Z-series releases, Moto Mods, and the customizable G4 and G4 Plus providing such solid bang for your buck, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if you forgot about the even lower-cost, humbler Moto G4 Play completely. Lenovo did make minimal fuss when unveiling it alongside its bigger, more competent brothers, but four months in, the entry-level Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based 5-incher finally seizes its 15 minutes of fame by commercially launching stateside. Widely so, believe it or not, i.e. through Motorola’s US e-store, as well as Amazon and B&H ...

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    While Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, may seem like old news to you on products like the Echo and the Tap, keep in mind that it's only been out in the US for all this time. But with competing products scheduled to debut this season, maybe it's time that Alexa start packing her bags. Looks like Amazon's Echo is coming to the UK on September 14th. A video posted by Matt Brian (@mattbrian) on Sep 2, 2016 at 7:09am PDT Matt Brian asked Alexa about some happening on September 14 and she responded with a bucket list dream: to come to London. October 4 is when Google may finally go Home. Via: ...

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    Knowing Sony’s intentions to further “contract” an already frail US mobile business while “maximizing” European sales, it sure was surprising to see the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact dated for their American releases off the bat, but not on the old continent. In case you missed the timetable, the 720p 4.6-incher is supposed to launch globally “from September 2016”, with the ETA narrowed down to the 25th stateside, whereas the Full HD 5.2-incher should begin its world invasion at some point the following month, officially debuting on US shores come October 23. Meanwhile, ...

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    Samsung has not provided a specific date of availability nor has it spilled the prices of its latest wearables, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both of them come in Bluetooth-only and LTE-connected flavors as well, so carriers are bound to be wanting in on the action. Well, AT&T, carrying the 3G version of the Gear S2 and first to grab at the LTE-enabled LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, is getting Samsung's first LTE wearable. Specifically, the Death Star mentions the Gear S3 frontier with 4G LTE as part of its future lineup. Ma Bell also has software value-adds to tell you ...

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    Now that the new Gear VR headset (with support for the Galaxy Note 7) is out, it's about time that Samsung's older headset make a run down the price ladder, right? Amazon certainly agrees as it has slapped on its "Deal of the Day" label on the Gear VR, compatible with the Galaxy S6 through the Galaxy S7 edge. Until midnight Pacific/3am Eastern tonight (September 1), you can get it for $59.99 or 40 percent off. If you've got Amazon Prime, good news on that front: free one-day shipping is included. Source: Amazon Via: Android Central

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    Less than 24 hours after Fitbit officially announced a pair of long overdue new entry-level wearable devices at seemingly reasonable $100 to $150 prices, Amazon quietly (and incredibly) decided to undercut the activity tracker manufacturer’s pre-order rates. These are the retailer’s own Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 listings, mind you, and Amazon will take care of delivery when the products arrive, with no shady third-party sellers involved. What’s the catch then? Well, we wouldn’t exactly call it a catch, but while Fitbit expects to start shipping the second-gen Charge “within a ...

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    Google wants a piece of the Amazon-controlled smart speaker action, the latter in turn plans to go after Apple and Spotify in the uber-challenging, jam-packed music streaming arena, while Samsung may also have something akin to the Echo in the pipeline. Bottom line, no tech giant, regardless of its size, financial status and profit margins, is content resting on existing laurels, with product innovation and originality nowhere near as important as a robust presence in as many potential-brimming market segments as possible. So what if a mysterious Samsung Scoop gadget recently sighted at ...

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    Trying to break into a competitive space dominated by Apple and Spotify, and also including respected veterans or tech giants like Deezer, Google, Pandora or Tidal, doesn’t make much sense for Amazon, unless Jeff Bezos can think of a unique marketing angle for music streaming addicts. Affordability of course remains one of the best and safest sales pitches around, regardless of exactly what you’re commercializing. Tablets, smartphones, voice-enabled wireless speakers, as well as software products of all sorts have better odds of succeeding when priced aggressively enough. Now, how does ...

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    Number two ride-hailing app Lyft has been looking to better compete with top dog Uber while fending off newer transit startups like Bridj. And so, after nine funding rounds and a company valuation of $5.5 billion, it went to look for an owner. Would General Motors increase its investment of Lyft to a controlling stake? Nope. According to Recode's sources, it didn't make a bid. The company shopped itself out to Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and even Apple for $9 billion before cutting down that price. As Uber is divesting from its service in China, it now has incentive to hit Lyft hard back ...

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    With all the bad news about the platform that we've been feeding you, it's time for some good news for the believers. Facebook took its Windows 10 Mobile app out of beta this week, deeming it stable enough for a version 1 release. Good news for Microsoft as it can drop work on its own Facebook client for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, it is actively shuttling users to uninstall the app and download Facebook's. If you're on the marketplace for an Amazon app, it has now come back from the purgatory of Windows Phone deprecation and is now on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app only ...

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    Remember when the mid-range, jumbo-sized Sony Xperia C5 Ultra finally arrived stateside in GSM unlocked form, official warranty and 4G LTE speeds included, priced at $330, which almost felt like a reasonable ask? Time to ditch the “almost”, overlook the phablet’s now advanced age, as well as the fact it still hasn’t received a follow-up effort, and pull the trigger at a super-palatable $190 tag. You can choose between a silky white model on sale through B&H Photo Video, and a charcoal black flavor up for grabs at a massive 46 percent discount exclusively for Prime members on ...

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