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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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Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Google is readying a renewed attempt on the living room with Android TV, leaked internal documents suggest, ditching the ill-fated Google TV and trying to put content rather than individual services at the fore. The new platform, app support for which Google is supposedly courting developers for now, takes a more simplistic approach than the confusing Google TV, with a straightforward thumbnail interface and a background engine for recommended content.

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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 detailed: set-top box of simplicity

Amazon Fire TV detailed: set-top box of simplicity

Today Amazon’s Peter Limp stood on stage to speak about why Amazon’s services need revamping on the variety of streaming devices they’re already pushed to today. Instead of focusing on Amazon’s services specifically, Limp suggested that devices like Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 needed a push in the "Search" direction for content.

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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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PS4 Music Unlimited heads to GameStop with cuts in tow

PS4 Music Unlimited heads to GameStop with cuts in tow

This week the folks at GameStop have made clear their intention to further tie themselves to the Sony software ecosystem with their own offerings of Sony Music Unlimited. For both PlayStation 4 and non-PlayStation consoles, this service will be moving to GameStop for subscriptions in-store and online. Music Unlimited is being released at GameStop with a number of tiers of service, each of them valid in a cool 19 countries around the world.

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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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