Amazon Fire TV + Toshiba + BestBuy

I wasn’t impressed the last time I had a chance to play with Amazon’s Fire TV. Some of that was probably the hardware itself, but some of it was also the Amazon first nature of the UI. That said, I haven’t had a chance to play with it lately, and who knows – maybe it’s AWESOME now. Even if it […]

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Amazon buys Ring for $1 billion

Given the recent movements in the home automation market, Amazon grabbing Ring didn’t surprise me at all. It will be interesting to see how this works with another recent purchase – Blink. Amazon is expected to keep Ring as an independent business, much like it has with its other acquisitions, like Zappos and Twitch, according to GeekWire, which earlier reported […]

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I thought it was just me

When Amazon announced their new Echo Plus, I was immediately intrigued, and then a bit put off by the decision to use Zigbee instead of Z-Wave (although both radios would have been better). Afterall, Z-Wave has the biggest pool of devices and [near] guarenteed compatiblity. Aparently I’m not the only one who doesn’t get the choice – CEPro just does […]

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Vera Control opens beta for Amazon Alexa control

I’ve quite pleased with how HA Bridge exposes Vera devices and scenes to my Amazon Alexa, so I’m a little conflicted about signing up. But, if you don’t have that setup, this is perfect for you. Join the Vera Beta Program for Amazon Alexa to experience Vera’s Native Skills Integration, supporting Climate, Lighting, and Scenes. Vera Control Beta Program

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV Stick

This is going to be a very short review. Don’t buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick, at any price, period. While it works, has access to a great set of content (Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer, etc.), and has a fantastic HDMI CEC implementation it is painfully slow. Too slow. Too onerous. I try to be thorough in everything I review, but […]

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2nd Gen Amazon FireTV reviewed @ HTR

I was tempted by the new 4K FireTV, but seems a bit too focused on Amazon’s services to find a place in my stack. That said, the price is right ($99) and Amazon is making great strides in the content space… Maybe next year :). Last October, Amazon introduced a new version of its Fire TV streaming media player. Following […]

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Amazon Signs Deal with EPIX for Prime Instant Video

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Amazon has been on a tear over the last year, regularly adding new content providers to their Prime Instant Video stable. However, the last few deals with companies like NBCUniversal Cable and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have been focused on building out Amazon’s collection of television content. Today, Amazon turned their attention to movies, signing a deal with EPIX. The […]

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