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Amazon Ends Test Drive, The Feature That Let You Try Apps In Browser Or Virtual Machine Before Downloading

Back in 2011 when Amazon released its App Store, we cited the ability to try apps out in your browser before downloading as one of its top features. Later, you could also do that on phones and tablets. Well, things have changed. First, after an announcement made today, you will no longer be able to do this with apps from Amazon's store. Second, you probably won't miss it too much.

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[Deal Alert] 105 Dollars Worth Of Free Paid Apps Up For Grabs On Amazon Appstore

Amazon just loves to give away free stuff. I mean seriously, they have free movies, free music, free books, free digital storage, free shipping, and a free cardboard box with every order. Granted, most of those goodies require a Prime membership, but hey, the boxes are really free!

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Well, Amazon is up to their normal charitable shenanigans once again today, this time offering up a bundle of paid apps and games on their Appstore for the low price of free (no Prime membership required).

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Drops The Fire Phone Down To $189 For The Unlocked 32GB Model, Including A Year Of Prime

Amazon's interesting, unconventional, and unique self-branded phone has flopped hard. You know what that means, HP TouchPad and HTC First owners: rock-bottom prices. Amazon has discounted the unlocked 32GB model all the way down to $189, making it worthy of consideration for would-be buyers of the Moto G and similar mid-range devices. And that's before a year's worth of Amazon Prime ($100 value) for free, so you'll have plenty of movies, music, and cheap shipping to complement your new phone.

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Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Stick Are Getting X-Ray Support In A New Software Update

Amazon is sending out an update to the Android-powered Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that makes a few tweaks to the experience, the most significant of which is support for X-Ray. This feature has been on the Fire tablets for some time, but now it's on a streaming box for the first time.

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Amazon Reverses Decision: The Original 'Postal' Is Now Available On The Appstore For $1.99, Still MIA From The Google Play Store

Earlier this week we reported on Google's decision to refuse an Android port of the PC shooter Postal in the Google Play Store. Two days later, a representative of developer Running With Scissors told us that Amazon had done the same for the Amazon Appstore, and provided us with the rejection letters from both companies. Google refusing to allow the controversial shooter onto the Play Store is merely inconsistent; as we noted at the time, games with similar levels of violence like Grand Theft Auto III are easily available.

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[APK Download] Amazon Prime Music Version 4.4 Adds Streaming Stations With No Ads And Unlimited Skips

Amazon's Prime Music service is demonstrably behind competitors like Spotify and Google Play Music. Maybe that's why it's thrown in with Amazon Prime (which most people get for the shipping discounts) as a freebie. But never let it be said that Amazon rests on its laurels when it comes to new features: the latest update to Prime Music adds streaming music stations, like... well, like just about every other music service at this point.

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Amazon's Echo Voice Controlled Speaker Gains Pandora Support Plus MLB And MLS Scores In The Latest Update

The Amazon Echo, as a sort of physical embodiment of the functionality that voice-controlled services like Google Now offer, is an interesting idea. But without a screen or much in the way of direct input, its utility is limited by the number of services that it ties into. For example, before today the Echo could only access music from iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Amazon's own cloud music service. The latest software update enables much-needed support for Pandora.

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Fire TV And Fire TV Stick Updates For Public Wi-Fi And Other New Features Are Rolling Out Now

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick Comes To The United Kingdom, Germany, And Austria On April 15th

The Fire TV Stick is a fantastic little video streaming device, according to our own Cameron Summerson. Though it lacks some of the more complex features of its big brother the Fire TV, it can handle all of Amazon's diverse digital media offerings and plenty of apps and games from the Amazon App Store to boot. Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria will have a chance to check out the Fire TV Stick for themselves on April 15th.

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Amazon Announces New Features Coming To Fire TV: Hotel And Dorm Wi-Fi Access, USB Storage, Bluetooth Audio, And More

Amazon's Android tablets and phone are often seen as second class citizens in the mobile world, but its Fire TV set-top box and Fire TV Stick gadget are worthy competitors in their respective spaces. Amazon is about to make both of them even better with a new update aimed at expanding functionality, particularly in those small but crucial areas that can make a big difference to the user experience. First up: Wi-Fi access for hotspots that require browser-based authentication, like dorm rooms, hotels, offices, and the like.

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