Amazon Launches Prime Subscriptions

Amazon’s Prime service is one of the e-tailer’s more compelling offerings. It offers not only free two-day shipping or same-day if you have a fulfillment center in your city, but access to their Prime Video service, access to eBooks & Music, and early access to some deals. However, not everyone is completely sold on buying a year at a time for $99. That price is not going away anytime soon, but it’s being joined with some other options. First, Amazon is offering Prime Video on its own for the first time at a competitive rate of $8.99 monthly. That’s a little bit less than rivals Netflix and Hulu. There’s also available options to add Starz, Showtime, and quite a few others for additional fees. For that price, you get Amazon’s full catalog of content including their own shows and exclusives like BBC America’s Orphan Black and Doctor Who. For $2 more a month at $10.99, a full subscription to Prime is also available. While these are available monthly, Amazon does make clear that the original $99 one time early subscription will save you money.

While Amazon has not offically announced the change via a press release, the new monthly plans are live on Amazon’s website

Source: Amazon

Amazon Brings Major Update to Fire and Fire TV Lineups

Most major product launches come via some hour long flashy event. Amazon bucks that trend and releases most of their products via press release. That’s exactly what they did with their fall lineup for 2015. There’s a trio of new Fire tablets and a pair of new Fire TVs. If you’re an Amazon fan, they have some great new features that will keep fans happy. Let’s take a look.

Fire HD 2015

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For 2015, the Fire HD moves a bit up market in size. The tablets are larger than previous version of the Fire HD line at 8-inches and 10.1-inches in a 16:10 widescreen format rather than the now more typical 4:3. This is due to the Fire’s being aimed towards content creation rather than productivity. The screens are surprisingly low resolution at just 1280 x 800. You’ll have to stick with the smaller HDX tablets if you want the retina-type screen. The CPU is a 1.5ghz dual core part and the front and rear cameras are 5mp. For storage you get 16 or 32GB, but its expandable with up to 128GB of mSD card.

The tablets come with a new version of Fire OS called Fire OS 5 Benilli. It’s based on the Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP code. This means that Android apps running on fire will have access to the platform’s latest features. It also comes with several Fire-only improvements like an updated launcher, shared family content, and Activity Center giving parents more control over Fire tablets.

The 8″ Fire HD starts at $149 while the 10.1″ is $229. Both tablets ship September 30th

Fire and Fire Kids Edition

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The New Fire is Amazon’s more affordable tablet yet. It’s built around a 7″ 1024 x 600 IPS screen with a 1.3ghz quad core CPU. Its got 8GB of internal storage, but its upgradable with another 128GB. The cameras are 2mp rear and VGA front. Like the Fire HD it comes with Fire OS 5 based on Lollipop. Yes, these are very low end specs, but there’s a reason for this. It’s only $49.99 with free shipping. No, that’s not a typo, It’s actually $50. Its so cheap you can buy them in bulk and if you do that, Amazon will sell them in 6-packs with one of those tablets free.

If you have children, the new Fire is also available in a Kids Edition with the tablet, case, a 2 year warranty, and a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for $99.

Fire TV 2015

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The Fire TV was a disruptive device when it came out almost two years ago. It featured an app store, voice search, and way more CPU power than found in the competition. Android TV and now the upcoming AppleTV 4 have caught up and it was time for Amazon to do something about that with the new Fire TV. It comes with a 64-bit MediaTek CPU with two 2.0ghz cores and two 1.6ghz Cores. Graphics are provided by a Power VR GX6250 GPU on the SoC. Amazon says the new chip can offer up to 75% more power than the first Fire TV and it puts that power to good use. The new Fire TV has 4k Ultra HD Output. It also has the Alexa voice assistant that debuted in the Amazon Echo. You can also put on all the apps you want with support for 128GB of MicroSD storage in addition to the included 8GB.

So how much will you pay for the new Fire TV? The same $99 as last year. Its also sold as a Gaming Edition with two games, a controller, and a 32GB MicroSD card for $139.99. An updated and more powerful Fire TV stick is also available for $39.99 or $49.99 with the voice remote.

Source : Amazon 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tech Hangout #55 – New moves from the Uncarrier

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Ben Roethig (Host)

Topics

Amazon Fire phone

T-Mobile UnCarrier 5.0/6.0

New low end iMac

Amazon launches Android appstore on Blackberry

Samsungs releases updated version of GS5, regular GS5 a flop?

Microsoft goes pay for play on IE

Tech Hangout #47 – 1 year anniversary

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Ben Roethig (Host)

1-yr Anniversary (this week)

Tech Friday Hangout while Cali and John were in japan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWa4X6fmxnM
March 22nd Me, Patrice, Paul, Kinetic Roberts, Kelly Guimont, Steve Sande, Radio Dan, and Apple99Man (Joe)

First Scheduled show April 9th
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAjJKJbDX_A
Ben, Patrice, Kinetic, Kelly, and Rusty Greer.

Heartbleed bug

Heartbleed Bug

Amazon FireTV

http://geekbeat.tv/amazon-launches-fire-tv-streaming-set-top-box/

Amazon buys Comixology

http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/10/amazon-buys-comixology/

Will BB stop selling phones?

http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/09/blackberry-open-to-quitting-phones/

Microsoft Build 2014/ Launch of Windows 8.1 update

http://geekbeat.tv/57775/
http://geekbeat.tv/nokia-announces-new-windows-8-1-lumia-930-635-630-models/

Picks

Tech Hangout #33 – The drones are coming!

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Patrice Brend’amour

The Tech Hangout Plague

Gamers Public Enemy #1

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/09/nsa-spies-online-games-world-warcraft-second-life

Sammy tries to silence customer after phone fire

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s4-fire-letter,25341.html#xtor=RSS-181
http://sourcefed.com/samsung-tries-silence-customer-ends-poorly/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dwC6LAcqfM

LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=lg_g_pad
https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=sony_z_ultra

Amazon’s Drone Army

http://geekbeat.tv/amazon-announces-prime-air-drone-service/

OCZ declares bankruptcy (Patrice)

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/27/ocz-declares-bankruptcy/

Ricks Android analysis

Picks

Tech Hangout #21 – From Kit Kats and companies buying themselves

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Paul ‘CIA’ Gans
  • Ricardo Garza

Android Kit Kat

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/3/4690214/android-kit-kat-is-the-next-version-of-googles-mobile-operating-system

NokiaSoft/ the return of Stephen Elop.

http://www.geekbeat.tv/NokiaSoft
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/03/ballmer-promises-shorter-names-for-nokia/

Verizon Buys…itself

http://www.geekbeat.tv/verizonbuyout

3d print your own Dinosaur

http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/30/4671828/3d-print-your-own-fossils-new-online-database

Solar Charger

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102556613443359275279/102556613443359275279/posts/hqBnhYCWBE3

Amazon’s new paperweight (paperwhite)

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/03/amazons-new-kindle-paperwhite-officially-announced/

Amazon offers a discounted kindle edition if you buy the printed book

http://www.imore.com/amazon-let-customers-get-kindle-editions-their-purchased-print-books-discount

Picks of the week

Tech Hangout #17 – Doctors and TVs

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Melissa ‘The Mac Mommy’ Davis
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Paul Gans
  • Ricardo Garza

Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor

BBC Announcement
Peter Capaldi on IMDB
In the Loop

Shark Week 2013, how the mighty have fallen

http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/5/4590706/discovery-starts-shark-week-with-fake-megalodon-documentary

CBS vs TWC

http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/02/time-warner-cable-drops-cbs-channels-again-cbs-first-time/
http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/06/cbs-ceo-calls-time-warner-cable-proposal-grandstanding/
http://betabeat.com/2013/08/the-ceo-of-cablevision-says-even-his-own-kids-prefer-netflix/

Jeff Bezos of Amazon buys Washington Post for $250 million

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/washington-post-to-be-sold-to-jeff-bezos/2013/08/05/ca537c9e-fe0c-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story.html
http://5mag.co/

Administration overruled ITC

http://www.imore.com/obama-administration-overrules-itc-ban-iphone-4-ipad-2

Tablet Market Explodes

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24253413

XBox One Records at 720p 30fps

http://www.destructoid.com/xbox-one-records-games-in-720p-at-30-frames-per-second-259497.phtml

Picks of the week

Green Screen Apps and Tips

  • Hit Film Deluxe
  • Adobe Deluxe (?)

Hangout about Green Screen

Tech Hangout #13 – App Stores and Robots

Introduction

  • Benjamin Roethig (Host)
  • Andrew Rouch
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Paul ‘Harumph’ Gans
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Melissa ‘TheMacMommy’ Davis

Addendum: Android Jellybean surpasses Gingerbread

http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/08/android-jelly-bean-usage-surpasses-gingerbread/

App Store trademark war over

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/09/apple-and-amazon-settle-app-store-dispute/

5th Anniversary of the Apple App Store

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/08/apple-takes-popular-ios-apps-free-as-app-store-5th-anniversary-approaches
http://www.tuaw.com/2013/07/08/apple-celebrates-5-years-of-the-app-store/

SprintBankWire. Its all over. Thank you God!

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/07/09/sprint-completes-its-acquisition-of-clearwire/

Pacific Rim

http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/8/4501378/pacific-rim-review
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pacific_rim_2013/

Bionic eyes

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/07/a-bionic-eye-renders-the-world-in-6×9-resolution-for-the-blind/

Picks of the week

Intellivision

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intellivision_games

Public Service Announcement: Alpha, Beta, and developer preview.

http://bugreport.apple.com

Tech Hangout #7 – Summer Blockbusters 2013

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Melissa ‘MacMommy’ Davis
  • Patrice
  • Andy
  • Ricardo Garza (Tubemaker41)
  • Paul ‘CIA’ Gans

Apple vs. Amazon: The eBook case Amazon is paying $13.99 to publishers and selling them for $9.99? DoJ suspects price fixing

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/11/2941053/inside-the-dojs-ebook-price-fixing-case-against-apple-an-analysis http://www.tuaw.com/2013/05/16/the-steve-jobs-email-that-has-the-dojs-interest/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_law

Google Glass always-on mode

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/24/4363490/google-glass-always-on-listening-mode-revealed

MonoPrice cheap 27/30” IPS displays

http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=ips

Ghosts at Prime Minister’s residence? (Fun)

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/26/4366540/japanese-government-unaware-of-ghosts-at-prime-ministers-official-residence

Summer Blockbusters 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_in_film#2013_films http://gawker.com/5906868/johnny-depps-tonto-is-based-on-a-white-mans-painting-of-an-imaginary-native-american http://www.themacmommy.com/2013/01/introducing-bloodline-wired-new-video.html http://www.youtube.com/user/JennaMarbles http://www.youtube.com/user/SourceFedNerd