May 4th is apparently Star Wars Day, so it's time to cash in (hey, there's no better way to make George Lucas proud). To celebrate, Google's offering up a themed sale with a few free games and a slew of discounted books.
Amazon has stayed true to its promise to offer a "premium" app of the day for free every day since the launch of its Appstore. On occasion, it has even offered multiple apps, best-of apps, or apps that are tangentially related in one way or another. Today, Amazon is offering a pretty cool bundle that revolves around music – music creation, discovery, listening, etc. There are some well-known titles in this bundle, too, like Shazam Encore and TuneIn Radio Pro, just to name a couple.
Now footloose and fancy free, or at least self-employed and unencumbered, Koushik "Koush" Dutta is expanding his popular AllCast streaming app to Amazon's new Fire TV set-top box. Unlike the Chromecast, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, and various other gadgets with relatively open streaming profiles, the Fire TV needs a separate app to receive content from your phone or tablet. Just install AllCast on both and you should be good to go for local video and audio streaming.
Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets are very affordable, and the hardware is pretty compelling. It's just a crying shame that the Fire OS powering the device doesn't quite have the feature set that we enthusiast have come to expect. But that's nothing a little ROM action can't address, and CyanogenMod has just the solution - nightlies for the 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7" and 8.9."
The builds currently available show up as experimental because they were produced on demand, but regular nightlies are due out starting today.
If you've already splurged and bought a FireTV, you've probably noticed one pretty annoying thing: the much-touted voice search feature only shows Amazon content. That makes it far less helpful than it could be. Thankfully, Amazon realizes this and announced today that it will be working with Hulu, Crackle, and Showtime to bring voice search features to their respective apps. That's fantastic news.
For those who may not be familiar with FireTV's voice search option, it's pretty simple: hit the mic button and speak into the remote.
Storage is insanely cheap these days by any traditional standard, and the same will probably be true in the future. Still, it's especially cheap today in particular thanks to Amazon's Goldbox deal. Kingston flash memory is discounted by as much as 65% off list price, and that includes microSD cards that can be plugged into your devices.
If you just need a simple USB 3.0 flash drive, take a look at the Data Traveler 3.0 – the 32GB is only $12.99 today, or you could go all the way up to 128GB for $56.99.
An Amazon phone has been rumored almost as long as an Amazon tablet, but now we might have actually caught our first glimpse of this unicorn device. Photos acquired by BGR show a phone clad in protective armor to hide the design. It appears to have a number of unusual sensors on the front, but the accompanying information points to a use for them – Amazon's Kindle phone will allegedly have a 3D interface.
Amazon already owns the most popular brand for ebooks, having debuted the Kindle ages ago and attracted consumers and publishers alike before other big players managed to establish a foothold in the industry. Now the company's going after comics. It could continue to expand its library of Kindle editions, but the speedier approach would be the buy the best competitor out there. So that's what Amazon is doing. The company has just announced plans to acquire comiXology, the makers of a popular digital comics platform, not to mention a couple of great Android comic book reading apps.
Looking for some Bluetooth headphones that can survive your workout routine? Then you might want to swing by Amazon's one-day special site, Gold Box. Today's deal is the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth headphones for $39.99, over 40% off. In addition to A2DP stereo music support and voice calls, these guys have a lifetime warranty against sweat and are designed to stay secure during movement.
This is the older design for Jaybird's Bluetooth buds, more recently replaced by the Freedom Sprint (which still retail for $100).