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Tried out: The Amazon Fire TV Stick

With the Amazon Fire TV Stick the mail order company Amazon brings a compact offshoot of its set-top box Fire TV to the market. We’ve taken a closer look to the Google Chromecast competitor and given him a good try.

Design and Workmanship

The Fire TV stick weighs 25 grams and has sleek roughly the dimensions of a cigarette lighter. It is slightly longer but narrower than Chromecast. The Stick comes in a simple, matte black finish. The Amazon-label is engraved and stands out with a piano black finish from it. The workmanship is impeccable.

Technical specifications

  • Processor: Dual-core processor
  • Memory: 1 gigabyte
  • Flash Memory: 8 GB
  • WLAN: Dual-band antenna,  Standards of 802.11 A/B/G/N

This is in the Box:

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • remote
  • power Supply
  • USB cable
  • HDMI extension
  • Quick Reference Guide

Installation and Setup

The installation of the Fire Sticks TV is self-explanatory. First, connect the stick over the HDMI interface with an open slot on the TV or monitor. The power is supplied via the included power adapter, which is connected via the microUSB port with the stick. The power supply via a USB port on the TV is not enough. The initial start-up takes about five minutes to complete and will show you the key features and tips in a video introduction.

To use the TV Fire Sticks a stable Internet connection via Wi-Fi is required. The stick tests your connection quality within the facility. On additional ports like an Ethernet port or an audio output as in the Fire TV box you have to live without on the stick. At the conclusion of the initialization, you will still be asked for your e-mail address of your Amazon account.

You can use the streaming stick even without an existing Prime subscription. Free content however can only be watched via third-party apps. A Prime subscription for 49 Euros per year makes sense because the stick was especially designed for downloading movies, series and documentaries of Prime subscriptions. With the Fire TV Stick you have access to all Prime Instant video content and can, like on PC, rent (chargeable of course) films and series as well.

Operation and Navigation

The user interface is very clear, and the taken mainly from Amazon Fire TV Streaming Box. The clean-designed, clearly structured menus are very convincin. In addition, additional apps can be installed, with which you can go beyond the limitation os Amazon Prime. I for example use as well Netflix.  Optionally, the stick can be controlled with the supplied remote or with an app on your smartphone!

With the free Amazon Fire TV Remote app searching is also conveniently via voice input possible. The voice recognition worked well in the test  – no matter whether we were looking for movie titles, directors or actors. The smartphone app further simulates the hardware keys on the remote control – it hence easily replaced the remote easily completely. The navigation via smartphone and remote proved throughout the test more than convincing.

The compatible and separately available game controller comes not only as a joystick for many game apps that you can download. The controller can also be used as a remote control for the video content.

Unfortunately we miss the function to stream web content or streams of not supported streaming services on the TV . This works for Chromecast via an appropriate extension for the Chrome browser. This can reflect individual or multiple tabs on the TV.

Another cool add on is X-Ray. With X-Ray both streaming modules obtain a feature that allows some information appears to actors of the scene or to the currently playing music. X-Ray draws on the extensive database IMDB (Internet Movie Database). To be able to retrieve additional information must be paused only within a film or series. Who wants the inserts during playback, press the High button on the remote in the navigation pane. For more extensive information further submenus can be called. Switching off the function is currently not provided.

Performance and Quality

Amazon promises the highest performance HDMI stick on the market. Videos should be capable of rapid start and even start without delays at all caused by the relatively well-equipped hardware and with appropriate link quality. Videos loaded in the test really quickly, but installations of apps and games on the other hand took some time to complete. The performance therefore cannot fully be described as very good.

The sound and picture quality assessed as good to very good. Videos are available if reproduced in HD resolution. The reproductions of pictures and videos on the Amazon cloud in the test functioned properly. For playing elaborate gaming titles you should, however, rely on the Fire TV streaming box that has better hardware equipment.

Verdict:

The Fire TV Stick made by Amazon is a powerful HDMI Streaming stick, which for Prime subscribers provides particularly true added value compared to the competition models. The supplied remote control and the option on the smartphone or a game controller to access, knew to convince. The total package is right. But  streaming content directly on the web browser is left to the competition from the house of Google (Chromecast) .

The Amazon Appstore give you $50 worth of Android apps and games for free!

Amazon’s latest giveaway in the Amazon Appstore includes over $50 of paid content for free from now and until the 1st of July. Titles in this promotion include The Bard’s Tale, Exiles Weather Live and many more, if you are on Android or using a BlackBerry 10 device that can use Android apps you might want to check out the list!

Here’s the full list of apps in this latest offer which might differ depending on which country you are in:
  • Alarm Clock Pro
  • Deep Under The Sea
  • tinyCam Monitor PRO for IP Cam
  • Exiles
  • Fantastic 4 In a Row 2
  • Weather Live
  • Endless Skater
  • Air Receiver
  • Table Top Racing
  • Monkey Racing
  • Crazy Rocket
  • No Gravity (Kindle Tablet Edition)
  • Airpoint Mania 2: Wild Trips
  • Deep Under The Sky
  • AVG AntiVirus PRO Android Security
  • Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst
  • Knock Knock
  • Simply Yoga
  • M.A.C.E.
  • Mirroring360 – AirPlay Receiver
  • Trouserheart
  • Quell Memento
  • The Bard’s Tale

Source: Amazon

Amazon’s Appstore gives away $110 worth of apps and games !

Amazon’s latest giveaway includes hit games such as Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 and more. But Hurry up! The offer ends tomorrow night!  (LINK)

Here is what is included in this times App giveaway:

Games

  • Angry Birds Seasons HD (Fire Edition)
  • Bike Race Pro by Top Free Games
  • Cooking Dash Deluxe
  • Empress of the Deep: The Darkest Secret (Full)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3
  • Game Of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series
  • Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere
  • Highrise Word Heroes+
  • Mini Golf Mundo
  • Rebuild
  • Royal Envoy (Premium)
  • Star Traders 4X Empires Elite
  • Time Mysteries 2: The Ancient Spectres (Full)

Utilities

  • Mirroring360 – AirPlay Receiver
  • True Booster | Speed Cleaner

Kids

  • Peppy Pals Beach – Fun EQ for Kids
  • Sago Mini Space Explorer
  • SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet
  • Toca Kitchen (Kindle Tablet Edition)

Photography

  • Perfectly Clear
  • Photo Studio PRO
  • PicShop – Photo Editor

Productivity

  • Smart Office 2
  • Xtralogic Remote Desktop Client

Finance

  • Daily Expense Manager PRO
  • My Weekly Budget – MyWB

Health and Fitness

  • Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

Education

  • Language Coach

Music

  • G-Stomper VA-Beast Synthesizer

In the UK, Amazon is offering four additional apps along with the aforementioned content, which include:

  • Alarm Clock Xtreme & Timer
  • AVG AntiVirus PRO Android Security
  • Fleksy Keyboard
  • Star Command

Fancy a white BlackBerry Classic ? you can order it now!

If you are in the market for a white BlackBerry Classic than there is good news for you. The wait is over.  At least if you don’t mind placing an order with Amazon UK or Shop BlackBerry UK. Though both shops have now listed the device for UK customers, and you can start placing your orders right away,  you probably want to be mindful of a few things here when it comes to delivery times!

classicUK In case ShopBlackBerry is your shop of choice, you’ll be looking at £319.00 with stock available right now. However, on Amazon, the price is £316.74 but shipping isn’t expected to start until May 20th! So ShopBlackBerry is for now the best place to order if you want to have it quickly.

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Amazon gives away $105 worth of apps and games for free – Only Today!

The latest Amazon Appstore giveaway includes popular utilities such as WolframAlpha, Runtastic PRO and games like Unmechanical and Osmos HD! Here’s the full list of paid apps that are available for free today (depending on region there can be differences) :

  • A Better Camera Unlocked
  • Adventure Time Game Wizard
  • Amazing Alex Premium
  • Chess and Mate – Premium
  • CityMaps2Go Pro
  • F18 Carrier Landing II Pro
  • Flightradar24 Pro – Kindle Edition
  • Fun English Course
  • LectureNotes
  • MeteoEarth
  • Mobile Doc Scanner (MDScan)
  • Pudding Monsters HD
  • Prince of Persia Classic
  • Osmos HD
  • Oxford Spanish Dictionary
  • RDP Pro Client: aRDP
  • Runtastic PRO
  • Songsterr Guitar Tabs & Chords
  • Splashtop Whiteboard
  • Table Top Racing
  • TouchDraw
  • Virtua Tennis Challenge
  • Unmechanical
  • WolframAlpha

Like one of these apps? Head to Amazon and redeem the apps. (LINK).

Amazon UK and Germany let you now pre-order the Canon EOS M3!

If you, as me, are in the market for a new mirror-less compact camera than you might want to look into the Canon EOS M3.

Amazon UK and Amazon Germany let you now pre order the new camera which is due to be released end of this month.  The camera is selling at 599£ in the UK and for 748€ in Germany.

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The Canon M3 uses the same new 24-megapixel sensor employed by the just-announced EOS 750D and 760D, which offers a native ISO range from 100 to 12,800, which is expandable up to 25,600.

The Canon EOS M3 also incorporates Canon’s latest 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III system, which Canon says provides six times faster focusing than the EOS M. The Canon M3 uses the same new 24-megapixel sensor employed by the just-announced EOS 750D and 760D, which offers a native ISO range from 100 to 12,800, which is expandable up to 25,600.  The Canon EOS M3 also incorporates Canon’s latest 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III system, which Canon says provides six times faster focusing than the EOS M.

I am having the previous model, the Canon EOS M2, here with me since some time and I am really happy with it, but why not upgrade to the newer and better one? Yeah, so I pre-ordered it…

Amazon once again offering Free Apps, worth this time 140$…

If you are using Android Apps you might want to visit the Amazon App Store where Amazon is giving away Apps with a Value of 140$ away for free until the 14th of February.

These apps are currently available for free here in the UAE:

Depending on where in the World you are there might be more or less Apps showing. If you want to see the overview just follow this link (LINK).

Amazon is giving away 220$ in free apps this Christmas…

This Christmas Amazon is giving Apps worth 220$ for everybody. The amazonfreehighlights from the giveaway include apps like Plex, and games such as Angry Birds Space, Colin McRae Rally, Worms 3, Cogs and more.

Here’s a list of all the content that is available for free until December 26 separated into Categories:

Games

  • Age of Zombies: Season 2 ($0.99)
  • Angry Birds Space (Ad-Free) ($0.99)
  • Angry Birds Space HD (Fire Edition) ($2.99)
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth HD ($3.99)
  • COGS ($2.99)
  • Colin McRae Rally ($1.99)
  • Construction Simulator 2014 ($2.99)
  • Farming Simulator 14 ($2.99)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s ($2.99)
  • Quell Reflect ($1.99)
  • RPG Soul Historica ($3.99)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($2.99)
  • Terraria ($4.99)
  • Tetris ($2.99)
  • To-Fu Fury ($1.99)
  • Worms 3 ($4.99)

Entertainment

  • djay 2 ($2.99)
  • iReal Pro – Music Book & Play Along ($12.99)
  • Plex ($4.99)
  • TuneIn Radio Pro ($9.99)
  • Ultimate Guitar Tabs and Tools ($7.99)

Photos

  • InstaPlace ($1.99)
  • Color Splash FX ($0.99)
  • Photo Transfer App ($1.99)
  • PicShop – Photo Editor ($2.99)
  • ShutterFolio, an app for Shutterfly ($2.99)

Health & Fitness

  • Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO ($4.99)
  • Just 6 Weeks ($1.99)
  • The Muscular System Manual: The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body ($64.99)

Utilities

  • Calculator Pro ($0.99)
  • ElectroDroid Pro ($2.71)
  • InstaWeather PRO ($1.99)
  • Jump Desktop (RDP & VNC) ($9.99)
  • Mirroring360 – AirPlay Receiver ($6.99)
  • My Alarm Clock ($1.99)
  • Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th edition ($30.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop ($4.99)
  • Wolfram|Alpha ($2.99)

If you fancy one of these apps for your Android or BlackBerry 10 device you can hit the Amazon App Store now and download them. The content might be variating depending in which country you are. (LINK)

 

Black Friday: Amazon gives away $130-worth of Amazon apps for free…

If you are an Android user or if you call a BlackBerry 10 device your own which can install Apps using the Amazon Store you might be interested to know that Amazon is giving away 130$ worth of apps for free on its Black Friday sale.

amazonappsSome of the highlights of this collection include Angry Birds Seasons, Perfectly Clear, Photo Editor+, Edge Extended, and Docs to Go Premium.

Even you might not really need some of these apps you should associate them on your account so you can use them whenever you feel like you need them.

  • These are the apps:
  • Bike Race Pro
  • Angry Birds Season
  • Sonic Jump
  • Dr. Panda & Toto’s Treehouse
  • Perfectly Clear
  • Mind Games Pro
  • Fairway Solitaire
  • Angry Birds Seasons (Ad-Free)
  • Photo Editor +
  • WiFi File Explorer Pro
  • Docs to go Premium
  • Quell Memento
  • Shredder Chess
  • Maps.Me Pro Offline
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Dark Guardians
  • Cooking Dash T+S Deluxe
  • Sago Mini Space Explorer
  • Dictionary
  • Music Volume EQ
  • Forrest Legends
  • Moon Phase Pro
  • Mobile Observatory
  • Hidden Objects Thanksgiving
  • Alarm Clock Pro
  • Touch Retouch
  • Polar Bowler
  • Stack N’ Puzzles
  • MyBackup Pro
  • Simple-List Pro
  • Merriam Webster’s Dictionary
  • EDGE Extended
  • Parking Frenzy 2.0
  • Splashtop Whiteboard
  • XiiaLive Pro Internet
  • Einsteins Challenge
  • Excel Contacts
  • Bejeweled 2

There might be differences depending on the region you are in, But these are showing for me here in the UAE. You can hit the full list by clicking this link.

Amazon App Store gives away 33 free apps till Saturday….

The Amazon App Store has yet another deal under way until Saturday . You are able to download around 40 apps and games with  a total savings of over 140$. That is making it well worth checking out if you own supported hardware as an Android phone or a BlackBerry 10 device…

Here is a list of the apps going for free: Continue reading Amazon App Store gives away 33 free apps till Saturday….