06
Nov
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Today Amazon unveiled what may be its most peculiar hardware to date, and it's not what you would expect. It's... wait, did you hear that?

Sorry, it was just an Echo.

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Amazon Echo is a cylindrical speaker that responds to your voice commands. If you want music, tell it what to play. If you want to know the weather, ask it the question. It can handle alarms, pull up information from Wikipedia, or update you on the news.

04
Nov
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If you've taken enough photos to fill up the storage allotment on both Dropbox and Google Drive, and you happen to be an Amazon Prime subscriber, you might want to check out the somewhat nondescript Cloud Drive app. Starting today, Amazon Prime users get unlimited photo storage via the company's branded cloud storage solution. The default free level of generic storage, for Prime members and everyone else, is still the standard 5GB.

03
Nov
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There may not always be a power outlet nearby when you need one, so perhaps a giant external battery is something you should consider. In fact, there's a particularly massive battery from EC Technology on sale through Amazon right now. 22,400mAh of power for just $34.99.

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This device is usually priced between $50 and $55, so this is a solid deal. It has two USB ports (up to 2.1A) and an LED flashlight for good measure.

03
Nov
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Fire TV is getting an update that bumps the software powering the set-top box up to version 51.1.4.0_user_514006420. This awkward string of letters and numbers will provide owners and guests alike with more ways to get enjoyment out of Amazon's little black box.

This update gives the Fire TV the ability to run tablet-style games using an Amazon Fire Bluetooth controller. The modified game controls significantly expand the amount of content available to the platform.

30
Oct
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Amazon seems rather ecstatic about giving its users a lot of free software lately. Not content with one free app of the day, the Appstore multiplied that by forty, got the total savings over a Franklin and Hamilton combined, and is giving you until Saturday to grab as many as you want. Granted, some of the apps and games were previously offered during one of the store's daily deals, but this is a good opportunity to catch up if you missed them earlier.

29
Oct
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Update: As commenter JT3 points out, it looks like all the new color options introduced today aren't shipping for at least a month, despite being sold immediately. That includes the separate metal bands. Bummer.

Update 2: ...aaaaand they're gone. The new colors and band listings have been removed from Amazon, presumably to be added back at some point. At least you can drool at the photos below between now and then.

28
Oct
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There's only so much you can plug into a wall socket at one time. It's pretty easy math: each one can hold one plug, though there are ways to twist this math to your favor. You could always get a surge protector, but if you're looking to provide power to things that all rely on USB, you might want something that takes up less space.

With a Vority 6-port charger, you can provide power to up to six devices from a single power outlet.

27
Oct
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Last year, Google released Chromecast, a $35 media stick that appealed to consumers due to its remarkable value. Earlier this year, Amazon rolled out Fire TV, a set-top box with more power than the competition and a $99 price tag. Now Google has shown off a $99 set-top box of its own, and Amazon is hitting the market with a media-streaming HDMI dongle: the Fire TV Stick.

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Like the Fire TV before it, Amazon wants us to know that the Fire TV Stick is more powerful than the competition.

24
Oct
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Amazon's Android app has received an update to 5.1 that's all about reducing how much typing you need to do to use the app. We've spotted changes to the search UI that make it possible to perform inquiries using your voice. We've also come across strings hinting that credit card scanning is either already included or on its way.

What's New

When you hit the magnifying glass in the action bar to begin a search, the screen that appears will now contain a microphone for voice searches.

21
Oct
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Every smartphone out there might not be able to use a microSD card, but it can take advantage of a full-sized flash drive. Hey, hear me out here. I'm well aware that Android phones don't come with big USB ports, but SanDisk has produced a flash drive that your phone or tablet can access wirelessly. While they're not a perfect solution to the problem of limited storage, they're one of the best options out there.

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