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Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Amazon's Fire TV surprised some with quite how much power the retailer had packed inside its set-top streamer, but it turns out a quadcore processor isn't the only unusual component inside. A swift teardown - that rite of passage most high-profile tech goes through after launching - exposes not only a vast heatsink but some unexpected RFID tags too.

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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 yanks 24 from Netflix for Prime Instant Video

Amazon yanks 24 from Netflix for Prime Instant Video

Amazon has clinched an exclusive deal for 24, inking an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television that will not only see all back-seasons of the Kiefer Sutherland series only streaming through Prime Instant Video, but the new season make its online debut there later this year. The news means that Netflix subscribers who may have been working their way through 24 will be disappointed to discover it's no longer available in the catalog.

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Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Fitness wearable and Bluetooth speaker and headset firm Jawbone quietly bought up Playground.fm last year, a personalized internet radio app that uses social networking and Spotify activity to craft a custom station. Playground.fm uses Facebook Likes of existing music to figure out the listener's tastes, potentially opening the door to a Jawbone-branded music service, or even shaping playlists by physical activity.

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Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon has renewed Alpha House and given the green-light to four new prime-time shows and a pair of children's shows for Amazon Original Series, the online retailer has confirmed today. The Garry Trudeau comedy - which stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy - was Amazon's most popular TV show in its first season, and production of season two will begin over Summer 2014.

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Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Chatter of an Apple deal with Comcast that would secure priority access for Apple TV streamed content has renewed speculation about a new set-top box and given stock prices a bump, but questions around net neutrality remain. Apple has reportedly been continuing the talks it began with Time Warner Cable with Comcast, which is set to acquire TWC, in the aim of avoiding last-mile congestion by using the same private connection the ISP itself uses for its own streaming media services.

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