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Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon is pushing out a software update to its Fire tablets, and among the features it brings is one becoming increasingly common — a nighttime-friendly mode that reduces blue light output to increase one’s odds of falling asleep. The idea is that blue light makes it harder to fall asleep, and thus the nighttime use of tablets and phones disrupts one’s sleep quality...unless they have this kind of display mode.

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PlayStation Vue service debuts on Amazon Fire TV

PlayStation Vue service debuts on Amazon Fire TV

Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming video service is now available for the first time on a TV-connected device that isn't a PlayStation console: Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With the two Fire TV models gaining support starting today, PlayStation Vue is now available to users on six platforms, including the PS4, PS3, iPhone, and iPad, with Sony adding that Google's Chromecast will make seven when it gets added to the lineup sometime "soon."

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Amazon Fire TV gets ITV Player app

Amazon Fire TV gets ITV Player app

Amazon's Fire TV has just gained another service for users to stream TV shows with. British television broadcaster ITV has just released its ITV Player app for Amazon's set-top box, ahead of their own revamp into the ITV Hub later this year. Similar to Netflix, Hulu, and other services, ITV Player lets users watch their favorite shows on-demand from whichever device is most convenient.

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Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

While Amazon said last month that its Prime Video streaming service would be debuting in Japan sometime in September, the company has now officially announced its arrival a month later than expected, but alongside Fire TV hardware as well. Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will begin shipping in Japan on October 28, only the fourth nation after the US, Germany, and the UK to see the devices. Meanwhile Prime Video is being released in Japan starting today.

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Amazon Game Controller revamped ahead of new Apple TV arrival

Amazon Game Controller revamped ahead of new Apple TV arrival

Amazon wasn't slow to position its Fire TV set-top box as a console alternative, and now there's a redesigned gamepad to address some player pain-points. Redesigned with no small degree of input from existing gamers and developers, the new pad has more precise buttons and longer battery life, among other improvements.

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Amazon Fire TV welcomes Alexa with $50 Stick voice remote bundle

Amazon Fire TV welcomes Alexa with $50 Stick voice remote bundle

Amazon is bringing Alexa, its virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo, to its Fire TV range, and celebrating with a new $50 bundle. Part of Fire OS 5, Alexa's presence means users will be able to ask for weather and traffic reports, ask for definitions and Wikipedia explanations, request tracks from Amazon Prime Music, and look up sports results.

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Amazon Fire TV looks set to get Echo’s Alexa

Amazon Fire TV looks set to get Echo’s Alexa

Amazon looks set to add Alexa voice control to its Fire TV set-top box, inviting over the digital assistant from Echo to read audiobooks and even do shopping. Although Amazon is yet to announce any such integration, signs of the upcoming functionality were spotted in the Fire OS 5 developer preview by AFTVnews.

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Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Based on the principle that there's nothing so frustrating as watching a show and thinking "who is that guy?" Amazon is adding X-Ray to Fire TV. The system, which has been flagging up actors and songs on Amazon Fire tablets for the past few years, will now be pulling up those details on Fire TV's streaming movies and shows, accessed with a stab at the "up" button on the remote, as well as offering easy navigation to the relevant point in the show.

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Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon has quietly announced plans to add HDR video support to its Prime Instant Video service, with improved picture quality on the cards for later this year. The boost will come with Amazon's own Originals content initially, though the company says that it's working with Hollywood to deliver third-party shows and movies in HDR too. However, while the rollout may be fairly ambitious, not everyone will be able to enjoy it.

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Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

The future of movies is here - it's in video game engines. I came to this realization when I took part in the Thief in the Shadows VR experience at GDC 2015 with Epic Games. Word today is that Amazon recently struck a deal with Crytek to do something or other - license their gaming engine, perhaps - in a deal that we can't help but think has something to do with video entertainment. Movies, even. While Amazon does not give up on projects, even when they fail, tapping in to CryEngine's potential more than likely means Amazon is about to go big with a big-screen production (on their own small screens, of course).

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV has arrived on arrived on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick set-top boxes, with the streaming service targeting cord cutters arriving alongside a number of formally PC/console-only games as Amazon strengthens its living room play. Launched last month, Sling TV costs $20 a month and offers a variety of sports and entertainment channels like ESPN. Opening up to general subscribers earlier this month, Sling TV may not need a full cable subscription, but it does need some sort of streaming device to run on, and Amazon is hoping a limited time deal for a freebie Fire TV stick will help make their dongle the one people opt for.

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