What can you get for $5 on Amazon? How about a set of unicorn-themed temporary tattoos, or a Cydni Lauper compilation CD, or a potholder that looks like a Russian nesting doll? Any of these fine treasures can be yours for free, if you can convince one of your friends to buy something using the Amazon Shopping app for Android. Oh, and they'll get $5 too, just for being invited. Russian nesting doll potholders for everyone!
The latest update to the shopping app, version 5.9, says as much in the changelog.
Invite your friends to use the Amazon Shopping App.
How many devices is your power outlet powering? Not enough, right? Here's the thing—you don't need to have your phones, tablets, external battery packs, Bluetooth speakers, wireless headphones, smartwatches, fitness bracelets, and wireless mice all take turns charging. With a large enough USB hub, you can power all of them at once. Read More
Your phone shipped with a wall charger capable of pumping juice back into one device at a time, but there's a decent chance you have a couple more than one lying around. Want to charge several with one plug? You can. Read More
Guys, when Amazon announces stuff, they announce the hell out of some stuff. Like, who cares about subtlety? Not the folks at Amazon - they'll just go crazy on a Thursday morning and announce like nine new products all at once. I like their zeal.
Not only did they take the wraps off of a few new Fire tablets, but they also announced the recently-rumored Fire TV with 4K playback for $99, a new "gaming edition" bundle of said Fire TV for $140, and an updated Fire TV Stick with voice controls for $50. That's a lot of stuff. Let's dig in. Read More
It's official. Amazon is ready to sell you a tablet for just $50. Not only that, it will let you order six of them together for $250. The Internet retailer is making the task of filling a home with tablets as affordable as bringing home a Wii U. Read More
The Google OnHub is a really neat router that might not be worth $200 right now, but it's got tons of potential. Of course, you haven't even been able to consider buying the OnHub since it came out—it sold out immediately. Now it's back on Amazon, and it's a few bucks cheaper. Read More
You want a portable Bluetooth speaker. Sorry, that was meant to be a question. You want a portable Bluetooth speaker? Then listen up. Read More
Alexa, what are you doing tonight? Oh, you'll be in my living room, listening for my every word? I think I like where this is going... You're a very dedicated assistant Alexa. I want to give you a raise and ask you to be a more permanent resident in my life. How would you like to work inside my Fire TV as well as my Echo? No, I didn't say light my fire baby, though I like the way you think.
AFTVnews has been digging through Amazon's Fire OS 5 developer preview and uncovering lots of evidence pointing toward Alexa's arrival on Fire TVs, but whether this includes existing devices or only the next generation ones, they can't be 100% sure yet. Read More
When Amazon announced Underground, the remodeled Appstore that features the ability to play paid and freemium games (as well as other apps) for free, I immediately raised the question of how they planned to make money on this venture. Users obviously benefited by getting free stuff and certain developers would make more money since Amazon compensates them on a per-minutes-used basis. But where was the cash flow to Amazon?
A deeper dive into their developer documentation gives a clue. The following comes under a heading labeled "Interstitial Advertisements":
When a user launches an Amazon Underground app for the first time, a welcome message in the form of an interstitial ad plays.
Android's flagship smartphones tend to have a battery life problem. The standard often isn't how many days they can last, but whether they can make it through a single one. Budget smartphones, with their weaker processors and lower screen resolutions, often last longer—but not everyone is willing to sacrifice performance and picture quality for battery. Those people can instead slap an external charger to the back of their phones and wrap it up with plastic. We call this approach buying a ZeroLemon case. Read More