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    On the first day of Amazon’s Black Friday blowout my true love sent to me: a $35 Fire 7 tablet. Okay, so it doesn’t rhyme, and it may not have the same ring to it as the classical Christmas song, but it’s just one of the many dozens of discount examples unveiled by the American e-commerce giant two days before the deals will start pouring in. Wait, but isn’t Thanksgiving next Thursday, and Black Friday the day after, i.e. November 27? Technically, yes, only retailers have been trying for a while now to expand the traditionally busiest shopping day of the year to cover as much of ...

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    If you've got a smartphone these days, the odds are high that you've had the chance to interact with one voice-powered virtual assistant or another. Whether through Siri, Cortana, or Google Now, you may have asked your smartphone to play you some music, look up the capital of Argentina, or figure out how many ounces are in three tablespoons. With last year's Echo appliance, Amazon brought this kind of interaction to its shoppers' living rooms. At first Echo sales were invite-only, reserved for Prime members, before Amazon opened availability to shoppers at large this past summer. If you've ...

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    The holiday season should help tablet demand surge sequentially after a dreadful few quarters, but year-over-year, things will continue to look gloomy for iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, and large-screen Androids alike from a global perspective. That’s the trend both Digitimes Research and TrendForce forecast for Q4 2015, when shipments in the plunging market segment are to reportedly total 58.7 million units. A decent escalation from the sub-par 48.7M result posted between July and September, but only a fraction of the 76.1 mil tally in the October – December 2014 timeframe. Like last ...

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    Amazon's last move regarding anything Google was a pretty mean one. Not only would it not support sending music from its app over to Chromecast, but it took Chromecast off of its marketplace. But it seems as though while that bad blood is sticking around, the Android ecosystem still needs that Amazon Music support. The big updates in version 4.6.6? Android Wear playback control support. Finally, you can pause, play, and skip between tracks from your Android smartwatch! Interface-wise, we have a couple of new tabs: "New to Prime" and "Popular." Also, artist profile pages are now up. The UK ...

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    Besides candy, you’re probably not used to getting Halloween gifts or freebies, but Amazon wants to hook up Android device owners stateside with a robust collection of marked down apps through 11:59 PM on October 31 this year. Although the e-commerce giant has a stake in the hardware-manufacturing business, the Amazon Appstore isn’t restricted to the Fire Phone and Fire tablets, so whether you’re a Samsung, Huawei, LG, HTC, Sony or Google fan, you can install Runtastic Pro, the AVG AntiVirus Pro security bundle, Photo Lab Pro or Bloons TD5 free of charge. All 33 apps and games on ...

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    Beyond sales numbers, profit margins and net revenue, Apple has always prided itself on the user experience offered by iPhones, iPads, Macs and now Apple Watches, which is constantly billed as vastly superior to the competition. A recent iPhone commercial even went so far as to claim 99 percent of the owner base “loves” the iOS handhelds, which seemed impossible to verify. But there’s actually a California-based market research firm that evaluates just that, offering up monthly “Battle of the Brands” reports. In them, Argus Insights compares consumer delight for various hardware ...

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    Like most self-respecting device manufacturers, Amazon will typically cover defects of Kindle e-readers, Fire Phones or tablets stateside for a year after your original purchase. Fire Kids Editions used to be the only notable exception to that rule, as you got 24-month worry-free guarantees against all sorts of incidents, including electrical and mechanical breakdowns. But now the ultra-low-cost new Fire 7 also strays from the beaten 12-month path, and not to offer any more incentives for you to buy the thing in a six-pack. Quite on the contrary, and you’d better think twice before ...

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    Amazon has spent the last few years competing with everyone in almost everything, and in this process it has succeeded in a few things, and lost terribly in others. The cool thing is that even with Amazon being a competitor, the company didn’t lose focus on serving as many products as you could eat on its online store, which still remains Amazon’s core business. Today we learn that things are about to change, and the reasons are rather odd. Amazon has just confirmed that it’ll stop selling the Apple TV and Chromecast on its online store starting October 29. The reason doesn’t ...

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    Google may have serious trouble getting anyone the least bit caught up with the news interested in its “big” September 29 Nexus introductory event, as everything from market names to designs, storage options, paint jobs, general specifications, and release dates has come to light of late via various rock-solid inside sources. We even know a wholly redesigned Chromecast will probably join the LG N5X and Huawei N6P on the San Francisco stage, and a second-gen Nexus Player might be on the menu also. But in case you’re not yet convinced the smaller of the two new vanilla Android phones ...

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    Amazon's efforts to get people using its own smartphone have spectacularly fizzled, and that's not just a problem for the company's hardware division: those phones were supposed to get even more people using Amazon's services, including its shopping app. And while Amazon does have a bunch of new tablets, it's still looking for ways to convert more smartphone users to those who do mobile shopping through the company's app. Well, there are few better ways to motivate shoppers than with cold, hard cash, and to that end Amazon has a new promotion going, handing out five-dollar coupons to users ...

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    Update: Now with more silicon than ever. Hey, do me a favor? Next time you go on down to the Piggly Wiggly, see if they've got them there tablet six packs? I won't have 'em all, I promise; I just want a couple for the road. Yep, things got a little craaaaaazy in mobile technology this week. In the midst of our comprehensive Moto X Pure Edition review and a boatload of hands-ons from CTIA in Las Vegas, we've seen Nextbit announce a cloud-based smartphone, Apple allow an ad blocker into the App Store, and Amazon release, yes, tablet six-packs. And on top of all that, we've got some ...

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    Amazon's new fall hardware lineup has just made its debut, and we've already taken a look at the new Fire tablets that will bring, including the Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire Kids Edition, and the crazy budget-priced $50 Fire tablet. That all adds up to a great start, but we're not done quite yet: Amazon's also got some new devices for your living room, and today also reveals the new Fire TV, Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote, and Fire TV Gaming Edition. The new Fire TV moves from its old Snapdragon 600 to a 2GHz MediaTek SoC, and picks up 4K support in the process. Like the first-gen device, ...

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    Tomorrow marks one year since Amazon's last launch of new Fire tablets, so it's only fitting that today we're seeing the retailer follow those up with a fresh crop of new models. We just checked in with the imminently affordable $50 seven-inch Fire tablet, but that's far from the only new addition to the Fire series of devices. In addition to that model, Amazon's introducing the new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and Fire Kids Edition. As the benchmarks we looked at suggested, none of these new models are particular spec monsters, but instead Amazon's conservative hardware choices allow it to keep ...

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    For the past couple weeks now, we've been seeing rumors really start heating up about Amazon's next tablets, as sources attempted to identify not just some annual refreshes to the usual selection of Fire models, but also the introduction of a more-affordable-than-ever model in the form of a tablet slated to sell for a mere $50. Overnight we checked out some rumored specs for this whole group, but still didn't have a great sense for when Amazon might hope to make these models official. It turns out we didn't have very long to wait at all, and today Amazon announces the newest members of the ...

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    Released to the public a little prematurely, even for a work in progress, aka Explorer Edition, Google Glass encountered a number of bumps in the road to mainstream popularity, and as such, was predictably halted early this year. But the ingenious headset’s creators insisted the end of the first Google Glass iteration wouldn’t be the death of the entire futuristic wearable enterprise, and as it turns out, that wasn’t just empty propaganda meant to ease the pain of early adopters, testers and enthusiasts untroubled by controversy. Granted, a refined, hopefully more pragmatic, cheaper ...

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    Given the Fire HD 6, HD 7 and 2014 HDX 8.9 are already a year old, and the Fire Phone’s struggles provoked turmoil in Amazon’s hardware-developing division, you probably weren’t expecting a lot of movement on the forked Android tablet front this fall. Yet just last week, news broke the Seattle-based e-tailer was determined to give it another go, and aim for an even lower price tag with a humbler than humble 6-incher. Then, less than 24 hours ago, a high-quality press render of an unannounced 10-inch Fire slate emerged, exhibiting a revised external appearance and, most importantly, ...

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    It's been about a year now since Amazon's last big refresh of its Fire tablet lineup, and based on the recent rumors we've been hearing, we're not too far off from the arrival of a fresh crop of devices. Early last week we checked in with a rumor that talked a little about what that lineup might look like, focusing on the debut of a super-affordable six-inch model, but also mentioning the arrival of a couple larger models, including new eight-inch and ten-inch Fires. Today we get what may be our first look at the latter, with the leak of a possible render. Right away, we notice a few ...

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    Once upon a time available at $650 off-contract and $200 with two-year AT&T pacts, the 3D-enabled Amazon Fire Phone quickly dropped to $450 and $1 respectively, then $199 SIM-free, $179, and finally, $130, with a bundled gratis year of Amazon Prime, normally worth around $100. It’s difficult to quantify exactly how much money the Seattle-based device manufacturer and e-commerce giant lost on producing, marketing, and essentially giving the gimmicky handheld away for free, but at long last, the nightmare seems to be over. Soon after the latest crazy discount, the 4.7-inch cousin of ...

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    Amazon may have once seemed like an unlikely company to design and build tablets, but the retailer has managed to successfully spin off its Kindle e-reader into a line of Fire tablets, one that's already spanned multiple generations. While Amazon's share of the tablet market may have waned in recent years, the company doesn't look like it's out of tricks just yet, and a new report indicates that Amazon may be ramping up for an aggressive holiday season with a lineup of new Fire HD models, including one that may be its most attractively priced to date. Right now, the most affordable Fire HD ...

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    The way the latest rumors make things out to be, by this time next month Google's latest Nexus phones will be official. It's looking likely that we'll get our announcement right at the end of September, with Google revealing a pair of new Nexus phones for the first time. Of course, “in with the new” so often means “out with the old,” and for last year's Nexus 6, that spells discounts that are managing to do the once-unthinkable: bring the Nexus 6's price down to Nexus 5 levels. After all, with its $650 launch price, the Nexus 6 cost nearly twice as much as the $350 Nexus 5, and the ...

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    The war of video streaming services has existed for a while now, with some services having key differentiating factors over others. Netflix is already famous for giving users an amazing video library at a very affordable price, but so does Amazon’s video service. Amazon’s offering does give Prime users the option to get these services for free in most cases, but this is about to improve. Amazon has just announced that Prime members will be able to receive the added benefit of being able to watch videos offline. This is definitely a bonus for those who travel frequently, or who struggle ...

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    Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that's all uploaded. One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5's S Pen into its silo backwards. That's when life stops getting funny ... and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, ...

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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    Amazon never really set out to be a company that designed and sold its own mobile hardware, but a heck of a lot has changed since its early days as an online bookstore. From the initial success of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon's expanded its hardware offerings ranging from the affordable Fire tablets, to its Fire TV set-top box, to the unusual Echo. And while Amazon's had a few hits in there, it's also seen its share of misses, maybe most notably with last year's Fire Phone. It's failures like that one that may be responsible for some big changes happening at Amazon's Lab126 hardware ...

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    Android is a very interesting platform since you're not forced to get your apps from Google Play. The Amazon App Store has been a major alternative for years, and its "Free App of the Day" feature did a good job of luring new customers to the platform. Today we learn that the promotion system we knew is gone, and as of today we learn about Amazon Underground. Amazon's new Underground service is a new type of App Store that also sells you other things. In away, this combines the Amazon App Store with the Amazon Store into one simple app. It uses a new freemium app model to make itself ...

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