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I bought the Amazon Fire TV, and I love it

I bought the Amazon Fire TV, and I love it

I’m a weak person. I know it. Every time a new gadget comes out, I find a way to justify buying it and I do just that – without even thinking.

On April 2, when Amazon unveiled the Fire TV, I fell into the same trap. I saw what I believed to be a compelling set-top box, and I didn’t waste time jumping over to Amazon.com, plunking down my $99, and having it shipped to me overnight. The reason? I need a set-top box in my bedroom, and what better device to scratch that itch than Amazon’s latest and greatest device?

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Five Fire TV updates to make it the streamer to beat

Five Fire TV updates to make it the streamer to beat

Amazon's Fire TV launched last week to grand fanfare and plenty of promise, but as we discovered in our review the streaming box isn't quite perfect yet. Taking on Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku with faster performance, easier search, and more compelling gaming makes a lot of sense, but some aspects of the Fire TV experience still need work. Head on past the cut to find the five tweaks that could make Fire TV the set-top box to beat.

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Yahoo searching for four original web series to battle Netflix

Yahoo searching for four original web series to battle Netflix

It's no secret that Yahoo is working hard to get into the video content realm. Yahoo has tried to purchase a streaming video company called DailyMotion in the past, but the deal didn’t work out. The search firm is still looking to roll out its own video streaming site to compete with YouTube. Whether that will be done by purchasing an existing streaming site or starting from scratch remains to be seen.

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Amazon Fire TV Review

Amazon Fire TV Review

Does the world need another streaming box? Amazon Fire TV argues “yes” and says speed, voice search that actually works, and proper gaming set it apart from the Apple TV, Roku 3, and Google Chromecast. As we’ve seen with the Kindle Fire HDX tablet range, Amazon can certainly build some impressive hardware when it puts its mind to it, but is the Fire TV quite ready for primetime? Read on for our full review.

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Amazon Dash: scan or speak to order what you need

Amazon Dash: scan or speak to order what you need

There’s a device appearing this week going by the name of Amazon Dash, one that’ll enhance the way users will be able to work with Amazon Fresh. Amazon Fresh is a food and essentials service that only works in a limited set of areas at the moment, delivering fresh goods to users homes. Amazon Dash is a tool users - apparently - carry around and speak to when they remember what they need.

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Frequency brings social-curated video to Amazon Fire TV

Frequency brings social-curated video to Amazon Fire TV

Frequency has announced support for the Fire TV, Amazon's new streaming dongle, bringing socially-curated movies and TV to the set-top box. Already supported on iPhone and iPad, as well as certain Samsung smart TVs and other platforms, Frequency pulls in content from AP, National Geographic Wild, and thousands of other online sources into individualized "channels".

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Amazon Fire TV apps include Netflix, Hulu, ESPN

Amazon Fire TV apps include Netflix, Hulu, ESPN

In Amazon Fire TV is the company’s first look at a real dedicated piece of hardware for the living room. Using a quad-core processor with "dedicated GPU", this device is said by Amazon to be "3x as powerful" as Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku devices. The device is a box which sits near your television - tiny and unobtrusive (but not quite a dongle, as it were).

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