Amazon http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/all en-GB Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-4k-video-demand-service-coming-samsung-tvs-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix isn’t the only video streaming service looking to offer ultra HD shows and movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October" alt="Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-uhd.jpg?1409241957" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has announced that it&rsquo;ll be launching a 4K Amazon Prime video-on-demand service on its televisions globally from October.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not yet clear if Amazon&rsquo;s service will be exclusive to Samsung TVs (but Samsung would probably make a big deal of it if it were, so we&rsquo;re guessing it won&rsquo;t be) and the amount and nature of the 4K content it&rsquo;ll make available remains a mystery. Still, it&rsquo;s good news for anyone with a Samsung 4K TV and no 4K videos to watch.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung also announced that it&rsquo;ll be bringing 4K Netflix streaming (currently limited to the second season of <em>House of Cards</em>, <em>Breaking Bad</em>, <em>Ghostbusters</em>, <em>Ghostbusters 2</em>, <em>Smurfs 2</em> and four nature documentaries) to its European TVs, and that it&rsquo;s reinforcing partnerships with other European 4K content providers like Wuaki.tv, maxdome and CHILI.</p> <p>With the cat now out of the bag, we&rsquo;re expecting to hear more about Amazon&rsquo;s 4K streaming plans very soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ue55hu7500-4k-tv/review">Samsung UE55HU7500 4K TV review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-4k-video-demand-service-coming-samsung-tvs-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 4K Amazon Samsung Streaming TVs Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:57:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446080 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple replacing faulty iPhone 5 batteries, Amazon acquires Twitch, and Google Slides hits iOS http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-replacing-faulty-iphone-5-batteries-amazon-acquires-twitch-and-google-sli <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Read up on all of the tech news you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 5" alt="iPhone 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5_1.jpg?1409034781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple swapping select iPhone 5 batteries for free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your iPhone 5&rsquo;s battery seems to be petering out much faster than it should, you might be eligible for a free replacement from Apple. The company announced that a replacement program will begin in the UK come Friday, 29 August for iPhone 5 batteries that don&rsquo;t hold a full charge.</p> <p>You can input your serial number on <a href="https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/">Apple&rsquo;s website</a> for the program, and it&rsquo;ll tell you if your device falls within the group identified as problematic. From there, you&rsquo;ll be able to get the battery swapped without charge at an Apple Store or authorized service provider.</p> <p>However, if you have a cracked screen that impedes opening up the device, you may need to pay to fix that issue before moving ahead with the replacement process. This program extends warranty coverage of the battery to two years from the purchase date or 1 March 2015, whichever is longer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature">18 ways you&rsquo;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon acquires Twitch game streaming service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Earlier this summer, it seemed certain that YouTube and Google were set to acquire Twitch, the wildly popular video game livestreaming service. But then we heard little about the reported deal. Here&rsquo;s why: Amazon leapt in as a new suitor for Twitch, and the official deal was closed and announced today.</p> <p>Amazon is forking over about US$970 million (&pound;585 million) in cash for control of Twitch, which had more than 55 million unique visitors in July alone and commands a huge amount of web traffic, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear says the company will retain independence under its new mega-corporate umbrella.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/p/thankyou">Twitch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-youtube-eyeing-twitch-streaming-deal-halo-collection-rumoured-xbox-one-and-h">Fully Charged: Halo collection rumoured for Xbox One, YouTube eyeing Twitch streaming deal, and how to get lunch for &pound;1 every Monday</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Twitch" alt="Twitch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitch_1.jpg?1409034781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s Slides released for iOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Following through on a promise made earlier this summer, Google yesterday released a free iOS version of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id879478102?mt=8">Slides</a>, its presentation creation software. Additionally, its <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-docs/id842842640?mt=8">Docs</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-sheets/id842849113?mt=8">Sheets</a> apps - first launched a couple months back on iOS - have been updated to support Microsoft Word files.</p> <p>Now you can use all three of Google&rsquo;s free productivity services on a huge array of devices, whether iOS, Android, or computer, and all three feature offline editing support so the fate of your workday isn&rsquo;t tied to a steady Internet connection.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2014/08/docssheetsslidesios.html">Google Drive Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-leapfrog-s-wearable-tech-kids-new-google-docs-and-sheets-apps-and-nasa-s-tron-i">Fully Charged: LeapFrog&rsquo;s wearable tech for kids, new Google Docs and Sheets apps, and NASA&rsquo;s Tron-inspired spacesuit</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="714" title="Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs" alt="Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-docssheetsslides.png?1409034781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft recreated in Trials Fusion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is kind of mind-blowing. Trials Fusion, the latest in Redlynx and Ubisoft&rsquo;s side-scrolling motorcycle challenge game, features a rather extensive level editor - so extensive, in fact, that someone used it to create a full 3D version of Minecraft.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a small stage, but the amount of time this sort of total transformation took is surely immense. The same creator apparently made a Titanfall-inspired wall-running level as well - again, surely no small feat considering the toolset - which you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK3mlAE6TVk">watch here</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/25/6065201/minecraft-trials-fusion-level">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/y2Pzmopkwo0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-replacing-faulty-iphone-5-batteries-amazon-acquires-twitch-and-google-sli#comments Amazon Apple Gaming Google iOS apps iPhone 5 Minecraft Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445911 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: London and Manchester’s statues start talking, YouTube Music Key plans leak, and the Flappy Bird creator’s new game http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-london-and-manchester-s-statues-start-talking-youtube-music-key-plan-leaks-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s all of the tech news you need to start off the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Talking Statues" alt="Talking Statues" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/talking-statues.jpg?1408429981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talking Statues brings relics to life via your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As of today, 35 statues across London and Manchester are outfitted with NFC tags and QR codes that, once activated/scanned, allow the statue&rsquo;s subject to &ldquo;call&rdquo; you and tell you all about him/her/itself.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an initiative called Talking Statues from Antenna Lab and Sing London, and some well-known actors and actresses are involved - including Dominic West, who voices Achilles in Hyde Park, and Patrick Stewart as the Unknown Soldier at Paddington Station. You can find full listings of the statues&rsquo; locations at the <a href="http://www.talkingstatues.co.uk">official Talking Statues website</a>.</p> <p>The campaign will continue on for a year, with the results of the interactions studied and released freely should educational institutions wish to consider implementing such low-cost tech. The stated goal is to get passers-by to spend a couple of solid minutes considering each work; surely you have a moment to allow a long-dormant statue to speak its mind, no?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.talkingstatues.co.uk">Talking Statues</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ees-cash-tap-app-lets-you-ditch-your-oyster-card-london-buses/news">You can now pay your bus fare with a tap of your phone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouTube Music Key subscription service leaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouTube has been widely reported to be preparing an unlimited streaming music service - to the extent that labels that don&rsquo;t want to play ball <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">may have their videos blocked</a> - and Android Police has scored a load of leaked screens from the Android app.</p> <p>YouTube Music Key is the name of the new service, and it will be paired with Google Play Music Key, the soon-to-be-renamed Google Play Music All Access. Both will be available together for US$9.99 (about &pound;6) per month, and will allow unlimited ad-free music with background audio and offline playback, to boot.</p> <p>The app screenshots promise &ldquo;over 20 million high-quality tracks&rdquo; plus access to concerts and the like, with YouTube&rsquo;s end of the service sure to offer quite a bit beyond the usual aural discography. It&rsquo;s still unclear when the Music Key services will go live, but it seems clear that change is coming to Google&rsquo;s streaming music approach.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/18/exclusive-this-is-youtube-music-key-googles-upcoming-subscription-service-with-offline-support-background-audio-no-ads-free-play-music-key/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">Fully Charged: Amazon phone already stirring carrier spats, YouTube&rsquo;s about to bock a bunch of music videos, and the world&rsquo;s largest video game collection sold</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="734" title="YouTube Music Key" alt="YouTube Music Key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/youtube-musickey.png?1408429981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flappy Bird creator’s new game is essentially vertical Flappy Bird </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dong Nguyen famously cracked under the incredible success of his free game, <em>Flappy Bird</em>, which was pulling in huge amounts of ad money and equally entertaining and enraging millions of players. In response, he pulled the game and scads of clones flourished.</p> <p>Recently, he&rsquo;s had a change of heart, it seems. He launched a new version of <em>Flappy Bird</em> for Amazon Fire TV, and later this week will debut <em>Swing Copters</em>, a game that effectively looks like a vertical take on the same formula. You&rsquo;ll tap to work your way upward through gaps, but now there are swinging hammers to make things even trickier.</p> <p>TouchArcade has the first look at the gameplay, and <em>Swing Copters</em> is set to hit iOS this Thursday, 21 August as a free download. If your <em>Flappy</em> itch hasn&rsquo;t been sufficiently scratched over the past several months, surely this tough tweak on the same design will do the trick.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://toucharcade.com/2014/08/18/exclusive-hands-on-with-swing-copters/">TouchArcade</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-lg-g-watch-software-update-addresses-burns-and-corrosion-flappy-bird-back-and-">Fully Charged: LG G Watch software update addresses burns and corrosion, Flappy Bird is back, and FIFA 15 drops Brazilian league</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wuoCeze0B3c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire Phone software update adds notable features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly a month out from the launch of the Fire Phone, Amazon has launched the handset&rsquo;s first software update - and it comes with a handful of features that should prove beneficial for early adopters. Most notable is that of Quick Switch multitasking, accessed by double-pressing the home button, plus the update lets you create app folders and pin favorites to the home carousel. Pretty standard features on other devices, sure, but Amazon&rsquo;s new to the game.</p> <p>High-resolution video sharing is another nice addition, plus Amazon says that the 3.5.1 update enhances battery life thanks to various optimizations. No word yet on when exactly the UK and other territories will actually be able to purchase the Fire Phone, but rest assured that these and perhaps other deficiencies will be addressed by the time that happens.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?&amp;nodeId=201531560">Amazon</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/18/6031157/amazon-fire-phone-software-update">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_0.png?1408429981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-london-and-manchester-s-statues-start-talking-youtube-music-key-plan-leaks-and-#comments Amazon Fire Phone Google iOS games London Music YouTube Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445253 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's new credit card reader: like a cash register in your pocket http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-credit-card-reader-cash-register-your-pocket/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Square might have started the portable card reader movement – but Amazon plans to undercut everyone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Amazon&#039;s new credit card reader: like a cash register in your pocket" alt="Amazon&#039;s new credit card reader: like a cash register in your pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon%20local%20register.jpg?1408065604" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon seems to be quite busy rolling out new marketplaces and offerings. Though its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Fire Phone</a> hasn&#39;t exactly set the world, er, on fire, that hasn&#39;t stopped it from making new devices, including what it calls the Amazon Local Register.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Undercutting, the Amazon way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Square charges 2.75 percent per transaction and PayPal charges 2.5 percent, Amazon is offering 1.75 percent until 1st January 2016. Sellers will have to register by 31st October to qualify for the offer, though. But even once the period is over, Amazon&#39;s regular 2.5 percent rate is still cheaper than or equal to its competitors.</p> <p>Even manually keying in transactions will set sellers back 2.75 percent while Square and PayPal charge 3.5 percent and an additional US$0.15.</p> <p>Sadly for those in Europe and Asia, the device seems to be a US-only offering &ndash; at least at first. Which makes you wonder how long it will take for local outfits to come up with a similar operation.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s dedicated <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_423849502_1/184-7559844-8978513?ie=UTF8&amp;node=7606658011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=hero-quick-promo&amp;pf_rd_r=0D813J6H64QBGHE33Z7K&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_p=1883666782&amp;pf_rd_i=B009AMF5XG" target="_blank">Local Register marketplace</a> sells more than card readers. It also sells other inventory for wannabe entrepeneurs, including a cash drawer, receipt printers and its very own Kindle Fire tablet bundle.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/13/amazon-square-rival/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news">Amazon&#39;s Kindle Unlimited service is an all-you-can-read buffet for your eyes</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M6YXllIqD_E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-credit-card-reader-cash-register-your-pocket/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amazon Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:19:25 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444824 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: F1 to hit new-gen consoles (but not yet), Amazon’s big free app bundle, and Monarch’s mobile in-flight entertainment offering http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-f1-hit-new-gen-consoles-not-yet-amazon-s-big-free-app-bundle-and-monarch-s-mobi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s almost the weekend - don’t begin Friday without the latest tech tidbits. UPDATE: Now with 100% more Chris Pratt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="F1 2014" alt="F1 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/f1-2014.jpg?1406909911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chris Pratt shows off his Spaceship </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chris Pratt gives Guardians of the Galaxy fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Milano spaceship. We&#39;re remodelling our house to match its interior as we speak.</p> <p>If only we could remodel ourselves to look like Chris Pratt too...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ih7gCDFRfLQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Codemasters reveals two new F1 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Formula One</em> simulation franchise isn&rsquo;t quite ready to make the new-gen leap, so Codemasters yesterday announced plans to launch <em>F1 2014</em> on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on 17 October.</p> <p><em>F1 2014</em> ought to build upon the winning formula of recent entries, and it&rsquo;ll add the new turbocharged vehicles, along with fresh circuits and the like. Codemasters also says that it will strive for accessibility with an added driver evaluation system that tweaks difficulty settings, plus improved handling with a gamepad.</p> <p>When 2015 rolls around, the publisher will be ready to make the new-gen leap onto Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (also PC again) with a brand new game, which is pegged to launch earlier in the F1 season (which begins in March) than usual. Something for now, something for later. Good call.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.codemasters.com/f1/07/f1-2014/">Codemasters</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stunning-v12-f1-engine-coffee-machine-costs-9000/news">This stunning V12 F1 engine coffee machine costs &pound;9,000</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SyA1TbsslsE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon’s free £100 self-improvement app bundle - get it today! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want 29 apps worth a total of &pound;100+ for nothing? That&rsquo;s the bargain offered by Amazon this week for Android and Kindle Fire devices, as the Summer Self-Improvement Bundle for the Body &amp; Mind offers a wide array of apps and games for no money at all - but today&rsquo;s the last day to take advantage of it.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find everything from productivity apps (Docs to Go Premium, PDF Max) to fitness aids (Daily Workouts, Food Diary and Calorie Tracker PRO) and even great games (<em>Carcassonne</em>, <em>Sonic &amp; Sega All-Stars Racing</em>), and the apps can be snagged separately if you don&rsquo;t want everything. Hit the link below to see the full list and start loading up your device.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/mobile-apps/b/?ie=UTF8&amp;node=1661657031">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon" alt="Amazon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-freeapps.png?1406909911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monarch launches in-flight entertainment via your phone/tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than pack its planes full of screens, Monarch has announced the launch of the MPlayer in-flight entertainment system, which allows you to download an iOS or Android app and wirelessly tap into the carrier&rsquo;s media offerings when onboard.</p> <p>For a per-flight fee of &pound;3.99, you&rsquo;ll be able to access a selection of major films, dozens of episodes of BBC Worldwide programmes, and 50+ albums from top artists new and old. Free digital magazines are also available for those not eager to spend.</p> <p>MPlayer is available now on six of Monarch&rsquo;s planes, and will expand out to the entire fleet by the end of the year. Paired with the carrier&rsquo;s recent new ergonomic, non-reclining seats - which feature a tablet-holding slit on the back - Monarch will hopefully keep fliers both comfortable and entertained.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor">Fully Charged: Xbox One&rsquo;s Kinect-less power boost, in-flight Wi-Fi expanding across Europe, and World Cup stadiums explorable in Google Maps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monarch MPlayer" alt="Monarch MPlayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monarch-mplayer.jpg?1406909911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-f1-hit-new-gen-consoles-not-yet-amazon-s-big-free-app-bundle-and-monarch-s-mobi#comments Amazon Android Android apps Gaming Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:18:11 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443799 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Fitbit finally works with Windows Phone, smartphones to replace Hilton room keys, and Disney Infinity 2.0 adds big Marvel villains http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-fitbit-finally-works-windows-phone-smartphones-replace-hilton-room-keys-and-dis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Drop into our latest morning roundup for a breezy blast of tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-flex.jpg?1406682181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit finally gets a Windows Phone app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Taking advantage of enhanced Bluetooth support in the Windows Phone 8.1 OS update, Fitbit has finally released an app for the platform, allowing its myriad fitness bands and trackers to work with Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the first physical fitness tracker to support Windows Phone&mdash;another big milestone as the mobile platform proves that it can be an everyday smartphone, not just a good-looking but vapid alternative to iOS and Android. The Fitbit Flex band is currently <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">our #2 top wearable tech</a> in the world, so congratulations Windows Phone users: you now have a pretty excellent option for tracking steps, sleep, and more.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/28/5943851/fitbit-windows-phone-app">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hilton making your phone your hotel room key </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>International hotel leader Hilton yesterday announced a series of digital-minded initiatives, the most significant of which will be allowing guests to use their mobile devices as a room key. Rather than carry around a little card or old-fashioned key, you&rsquo;ll be able to use a compatible smartphone to unlock the door.</p> <p>Hilton will begin adding such capabilities to most of its 4,000+ worldwide hotels starting in 2015. Also on the horizon, but coming before the end of this year: the ability to book a particular room using a web or mobile app the day before your stay, as well as check in and out without having to stop by the front desk.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.hiltonworldwide.com/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/27192">Hilton</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/balluga-smart-bed-hands-wafting-you-sleep-cushion-air-cells/news">Balluga Smart Bed hands-on: wafting you to sleep on a cushion of air cells</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hilton Hotels" alt="Hilton Hotels" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hilton-hotels.jpg?1406682181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney Infinity 2.0 adds Marvel villains to the mix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As promised by its title, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes will introduce the storied comic company&rsquo;s biggest and brightest stars&mdash;but as revealed yesterday with a new trailer, the game will also allow players to take the role of some of its most notorious villains.</p> <p>The Green Goblin, Loki, and Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy) are all previewed in the latest trailer, and each will have a plastic figurine to purchase and use, of course. Infinity 2.0 is due out on 23 September for all current consoles, ranging from the Wii all the way up to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Even the Nintendo 3DS is getting in on the fun.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEpM67QFslg">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MEpM67QFslg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon US opens 3D printing store for customized items </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It seems that Amazon is getting in on the 3D printing craze. Sure, the online retailer has been selling makers and parts for some time, but now you can purchase and customize your very own items <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=8323871011">direct from Amazon</a>, at least in the United States (to start).</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find a couple hundred items available in the store, but not all of them are fully tweakable. The 3D-printed bobblehead (priced at US$29.99; a bit less than &pound;18) is perhaps the best example of something you can make your own, with Mii-like facial characteristics you can swap in with ease. No word on this new storefront hitting the UK, but it&rsquo;s a promising first step for Amazon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/doodle-your-own-drone-3d-printing-pen/news">Doodle your own drone with a 3D printing pen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="687" title="Amazon 3D printing" alt="Amazon 3D printing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-3dprint.png?1406682180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-fitbit-finally-works-windows-phone-smartphones-replace-hilton-room-keys-and-dis#comments 3D Printing Amazon Fitbit Gaming Windows Phone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443504 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google killing ‘free’ tag for freemium games, next Xbox One update adds Blu-ray 3D support, and Star Wars being fully recreated in Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump some fun into this Monday with our quick-hit recap of recent tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/googleplay-freegames.jpg?1406013914" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google: Android games with in-app purchases won’t be labelled ‘free’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few &ldquo;free&rdquo; mobile games these days are devoid of in-app purchases, which has caused an uproar among parents and trade associations alike. With pressure from the former, the latter has gone after the likes of Google and Apple to make changes to how such freemium games are targeted towards children, and Google looks to be the first to make a big move.</p> <p>According to a press release issued by the European Commission, Google has agreed to no longer bill initially-gratis games with available in-app purchases as &ldquo;free&rdquo; on Google Play for Android. The company will do so by the end of September, and also draft guidelines for developers to follow to avoid kid-focused demands for in-game spending. How these apps will be labelled going forward remains unclear, though it apparently won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Apple, on the other hand, has offered the commission only vague assurances that it will &ldquo;address those concerns,&rdquo; says the release, with no timeline in place. However, the commission says it will continue to keep tabs on Apple to ensure that action is taken before long, and we have to wonder if Amazon will get roped into this all considering its issues with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">European Commission</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte">Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Social enhancements, Blu-ray 3D playback coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has been pumping out steady, meaningful Xbox One system updates each month, and the round of enhancements due in August looks like another solid one. Social tweaks lead the pack, with a livelier and more interactive Activity Feed.</p> <p>Additionally, the update will add Blu-ray 3D playback to the console, along with remote purchasing via SmartGlass or web, notification tweaks, and battery level notifications. Microsoft is also testing a permanent friends bar and Gamerscore leaderboard on the main screen, but both features are still being tweaked before wide release later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-steamboy-machine-handheld-steam-pc-next-xbox-one-update-detailed-and-inside-toky">Fully Charged: The Steamboy Machine is a handheld Steam PC, next Xbox One update detailed, and inside Tokyo&rsquo;s new Apple Store</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ovHyso_jy24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New teaser for fan-made Star Wars film recreation in Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans have been using Minecraft to generate amazing, ambitious pop culture recreations since it first came on the scene, and Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope may be one of the most elaborate undertakings to date.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a full shot-for-shot video remake of the original 1977 film using the tools from the game, although you&rsquo;ll need to run the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray of the film itself in the background to lend sound to the blocky images. Check out the latest trailer for the flick, which is expected out later this year; more than an hour&rsquo;s worth of footage has already been completed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://paradisedecay.wordpress.com">Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope</a> via <a href="http://kotaku.com/minecraft-star-wars-a-new-hope-looks-as-good-as-ever-1605837108">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ordnance-survey-creates-minecraft-map-great-britain/news">Ordnance Survey creates Minecraft map of Great Britain</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-U7RyXiHB1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon planning Android Prime Instant Video app, also 4K content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of PC Advisor, Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris has confirmed that an Android version of the company&rsquo;s streaming video app is finally incoming, with a release &ldquo;imminent&rdquo; (the iOS version is shown above). It&rsquo;s unclear whether it will play friendly with both phones and tablets out of the gate, however.</p> <p>Additionally, the report claims that 4K Ultra HD video content will make its debut this year on the Prime Instant Video service, with all of the Amazon Studios original series for the coming season shooting at that resolution. Two series should arrive later this year, with another two out in Q1 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/">PC Advisor</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-primeinstantvideo.PNG?1406013914" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup#comments Amazon Android Apple Film and TV Google Minecraft Xbox One Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442695 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service is an all-you-can-read buffet for your eyes http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bookworms can gorge themselves from a selection of 600,000 titles for US$10 a month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kindle-Unlimited.jpg?1405690505" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon&#39;s new Kindle Unlimited service is a dream come true for heavy readers.</p> <p>US$10 a month will provoke access to more than 600,000 books, not to mention a selection of 2,000 audio books, in a Netflix-like service which offers unlimited content for a monthly fee.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news#comments Amazon Kindle Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:35:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442495 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon is testing a “Kindle Unlimited” book subscription service http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-testing-kindle-unlimited-book-subscription-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For US$10 a month, it’ll do for ebooks and audiobooks what Netflix does for films and TV shows </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Unlimited test page" alt="Kindle Unlimited test page" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kindle-unlimited.jpg?1405579531" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon appears to be in the process of testing a monthly subscription service offering unfettered access to audiobooks. Think Spotify or Netflix, but for literature rather than music or movies.</p> <p>Dubbed Kindle Unlimited, the existence of the service was revealed via some test pages spotted by users of the Kindle message board. Many of the pages have been taken down but remain in Google&rsquo;s cache, and they reveal quite a bit.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ten bucks for unlimited reading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:6jL66Zad7zIJ:www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/ku/sign-up/ui/rw/about+&amp;cd=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=us" target="_blank">One page in the cache</a> boasts of &ldquo;over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks&rdquo;, available on &ldquo;any device&rdquo;, and a subscription fee of US$9.99 (around &pound;6) per month. Another page, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=9069934011" target="_blank">still active at the time of writing</a>, shows 628,478 titles to choose from &ndash; but interestingly, it seems that there&rsquo;s nothing from any of the five main publishing giants (HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Hachette and Simon &amp; Schuster). That could be due to Amazon not yet securing deals with them, or it could be that they have no plans to at all. Books mentioned in the test pages include the <em>Hunger Games</em> trilogy, <em>Life of Pi</em> and both the <em>Harry Potter</em> and <em>Lord of the Rings</em> series.</p> <p>Kindle Unlimited wouldn&rsquo;t be the first service of this kind for books. Amazon already offers the Kindle Lending Library for Amazon Prime users; there are also two potential rivals in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-elon-musk-traversing-states-tesla-apple-pondering-6in-iphones-and-spotify-ebooks">Oyster</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/fully-charged-spotify-adds-new-features-hobbit-gets-new-trailer-and-toothbrush-only-takes-si">Scribd</a>, but neither of these offers audiobook access (it appears from the test pages that Kindle Unlimited will launch with 7,351 audiobooks). Both do have books from HarperCollins and Simon &amp; Schuster, however, so it appears both</p> <p>Amazon has yet to comment on the existence of Kindle Unlimited, but we&rsquo;ll keep you updated when we hear more.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gigaom.com/2014/07/16/amazon-is-testing-kindle-unlimited-an-ebook-subscription-service-for-9-99month/" target="_blank">GigaOM</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Would you pay £6 a month for unlimited books?" alt="Would you pay £6 a month for unlimited books?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle-unlimited-2.jpg?1405579531" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Amazon eBook Kindle Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:41:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442284 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish the week strong with our morning roundup of the fun and the fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fire Phone" alt="Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-opener_0.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Federal Trade Commission sues Amazon over in-app purchases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As expected, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Amazon yesterday, alleging that the company made it too easy for children to purchase digital content on the company&rsquo;s devices&mdash;and made it too difficult for parents to get refunds thereafter. Amazon saw the writing on the wall last week, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">sending a letter to the FTC</a> saying it was preparing to defend itself in a courtroom after discussions between the parties failed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Amazon&rsquo;s in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents&rsquo; accounts without permission,&rdquo; asserted FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement released yesterday. &ldquo;Even Amazon&rsquo;s own employees recognized the serious problem its process created.&nbsp;We are seeking refunds for affected parents and a court order to ensure that Amazon gets parents&rsquo; consent for in-app purchases.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amazon believes that its current practices meet the FTC&rsquo;s standards, but the commission clearly thinks otherwise. Back in January, Apple agreed to refund at least US$32.5 million of in-app purchases not authorized by parents, as well as add the kind of consent that the FTC wants Amazon to implement in its own digital storefront.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/07/10/ftc-sues-amazon-over-kids-in-app-purchases/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crowdfunded attempt to revive abandoned NASA satellite likely fails </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) satellite was launched in 1978 and essentially left to quietly die in space in 1997. It was more recently discovered to still be floating around the sun and seemingly be functional in some respects, so some former NASA employees raised nearly US$160,000 via crowdfunding and reached an agreement with NASA to try and make contact with the probe and try and bring it back to life.</p> <p>Initial attempts to fire the engines last weekend were successful, but subsequent tries have failed&mdash;it seems that either the nitrogen tanks are tapped, or there are issues with the fuel lines. If the scientists can&rsquo;t sort it out, then the ISEE-3 could be lost forever. They have a limited window of time to try and reposition its orbit before the satellite is likely out of range for future communication.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/10/330255777/the-little-spacecraft-that-couldnt?ft=1&amp;f=1026">NPR</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/10/5886807/isee-3-space-probe-rescue-ends">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: Fully Charged: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-nasa-s-deep-space-rocket-enters-production-oculus-rift-sales-stopped-china-and-">NASA&rsquo;s deep space rocket enters production, Oculus Rift sales stopped in China, and the playable Tetris t-shirt</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ISEE-3" alt="ISEE-3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/isee-3.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo 3’s last Easter Egg finally found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly seven years after its release, Halo 3 has finally revealed its (supposedly) final hidden Easter Egg. Long teased by Bungie, some intrepid fans found the message&mdash;it&rsquo;s a personal note from Adrian Perez, former developer and senior engineer at the developer, to his wife. &quot;Happy birthday, Lauren&quot; may not the most thrilling discovery after all this time to the average fan, but it&rsquo;s always fun to see these things discovered long after the game&rsquo;s been released.</p> <p>In this case, you have to click in both thumbsticks on the loading screen when playing the game on December 25. Assuming Lauren Perez&rsquo;s birthday is indeed on Christmas Day, then we hope this little-big secret helped make up for all those years of getting one gift to cover both occasions.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/10/halo-3s-final-easter-egg-has-been-found">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LuKaWd6_Stg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte#comments Amazon Console games Crowdfunding Gaming Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441725 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung ditching plasma TVs, Lindsay Lohan sues over GTA5, and Amazon will fight U.S. government over in-app purchases http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fading tech, a desperate move from a faded star, and a hopefully soon-to-be-faded business model lead our morning roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung PS51F5500" alt="Samsung PS51F5500" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-plasma.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung ending plasma TV production </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even as consumers gravitate towards LCD and LED displays, plasma TVs have held a small but vocal fanbase for their deeper blacks and wider viewing angles, among other perceived advantages. However, the market shrunk significantly when Panasonic pulled out last year, and now Samsung has announced its own plans to leave the plasma party.</p> <p>Samsung will cease producing plasma panels by 30 November this year, &ldquo;due to changes in market demands,&rdquo; according to a statement. The company hadn&rsquo;t released any new plasma TV models in 2014, and last year&rsquo;s entries&mdash;like the PS51F5500&mdash;look to be the last to hail from the Korean manufacturer. Like its competitors, Samsung plans to pursue more 4K televisions, along with curved displays.</p> <p>LG remains the lone major holdout, and CNET cites a report from <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/140701/samsung-sdi-discontinue-plasma-display-production-amid-low-d">Yonhap News Agency</a> yesterday claiming that the company is also moving towards ceasing plasma screen production, having already converted one production line to making solar batteries instead. Plasma fans: now may be the time to grab the biggest and best model you can afford, as it will probably be the last.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-reportedly-ending-plasma-tv-production/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ps51f5500/review">Samsung PS51F5500 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lindsay Lohan sues over perceived GTA5 parody </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly a year after its release, Grand Theft Auto 5 remains our pick for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">top console game</a> in the world right now&mdash;and it&rsquo;s been a massive success, with more than 33 million copies shipped to stores and Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions still on the horizon (due out this autumn).</p> <p>However, &ldquo;mo&rsquo; money, mo&rsquo; problems,&rdquo; as the ancient proverb goes, and publisher Rockstar Games has an interesting one of the latter on its hands. Actress Lindsay Lohan (<em>Mean Girls</em>) has filed suit against the company today, alleging that in-game character Lacey Jonas is based on her likeness, voice, and even patterns from her clothing line.</p> <p>Rockstar had no comment on the initial report from the Associated Press, and while they&rsquo;ll have to sort this one out in a courtroom, we imagine the smash series&rsquo; comedic tone and history of parodying pop culture targets will come in handy when the publisher defends itself over these claims.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/lohan-sues-over-grand-theft-auto-v-game">Associated Press</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3DBrG2YjqQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon intends to fight U.S. government over in-app purchases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Earlier this year, Apple settled claims with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over accidental in-app purchases made by children, and agreed to pay out US$32.5 million to customers and add new App Store restrictions to dodge a legal battle. The FTC wants Amazon to do the same, but the online mega-retailer isn&rsquo;t having any of it.</p> <p>Amazon believes it is doing enough to prevent children from making unintended in-app purchases&mdash;and/or is responding well enough to complaints to avoid additional regulation&mdash;and will not accept similar settlement terms as Apple. In a letter to the FTC dated on 1 July, Amazon lawyer Andrew DeVore says that &ldquo;leaves us no choice but to defend our approach in court.&rdquo;</p> <p>Of course, Amazon is only weeks out from releasing the Fire Phone, so perhaps the company isn&rsquo;t willing to admit wrongdoing or oversight to diminish that launch. A court battle would cost significant time and money, but surely Amazon can afford both to put this one off into the distance.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/2/5864737/amazon-refuses-to-settle-with-ftc-in-app-purchases">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-opener.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dungeon Keeper’s “free” advertising ruled misleading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Electronic Arts tried to reboot the classic Dungeon Keeper as a mobile game earlier this year, the publisher ran into many unhappy players who found the different-feeling game to be severely limited by its freemium model. One such player, whose feathers were ruffled by an EA email ad promising it could be played &ldquo;for free,&rdquo; sent a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.</p> <p>And despite the fact that Dungeon Keeper is available as a free download, the ASA agreed with the complaint yesterday and ordered EA to never again run the ad in its current form. &ldquo;Because the game had the potential to restrict gameplay beyond that which would be expected by consumers and the ad did not make this aspect of the role of in-app purchasing clear, we concluded that it was misleading,&rdquo; reads the verdict.</p> <p>Damning words indeed, and ones that read like an indictment of the entire free-to-play model. Chances that they&rsquo;ll have any meaningful effect on the next big freemium game? Slim to none.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2014/7/Electronic-Arts-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_258907.aspx#.U7SjRNzhiCb">ASA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature">Freemium and in-app purchasing in iPhone and iPad gaming can be a pro, not just a con</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dungeon Keeper" alt="Dungeon Keeper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dungeonkeeper.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-#comments Amazon Electronic Arts Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 Samsung TVs Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440813 at http://www.stuff.tv FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/faa-amazon-no-drone-deliveries-you/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> America&#039;s Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) thinks that we aren&#039;t ready for flying robot postmen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " alt="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/primeair_0_0.jpg?1403706888" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Amazon&#39;s audacious plan to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-drone-deliveries-closer-fifth-and-sixth-gen-models-are-tested/news" target="_blank">deliver packages using drones</a>?</p> <p>It looks like Amazon&#39;s fleet of robot aircraft has been grounded &ndash; at least temporarily&nbsp;&ndash; thanks to the&nbsp;Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of America.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attack on the drones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FAA is still making it tricky for anyone using a drone without proper permission, with a list of activities that are banned under its current regulations including &quot;delivering of packages to people for a fee.&quot; Which rather puts the kibosh on Amazon&#39;s plans for drone deliveries.</p> <p>Free deliveries are also banned by the FAA, with a footnote reading: &quot;If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose.&quot;</p> <p>Amazon has since declared that its drone directives were still not quite ready for prime time; the company is likely waiting on the FAA to relax its drone requirements. The agency is expected to publish new rules on drones in 2015, in response to their explosion in popularity; currently, only amateur hobbyists and people with a Certificate of Authority from the FAA are allowed to fly them.&nbsp;</p> <p>With even <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/zuckerberg-confirms-facebooks-plans-drone-army/news" target="_blank">Facebook getting in on the drone game</a>, it isn&#39;t surprising that federal regulators are looking long and hard at the implications. In the meantime, postmen everywhere can hold on to their jobs a while longer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/parrot/meet-bebop-parrot-s-oculus-rift-compatible-drone/news" target="_blank">Meet the Bebop, Parrot&#39;s Oculus Rift-compatible drone</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/faa-grounds-amazons-drone-delivery-plans/" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " alt="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-air-prime-drone.jpg?1403706888" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/faa-amazon-no-drone-deliveries-you/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/faa-amazon-no-drone-deliveries-you/news#comments Amazon Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:34:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440100 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Amazon&#039;s new 3D-toting phone have what it takes to beat Apple&#039;s finest? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Fighting fire with... Apple" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fire-phone-vs-iphone.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So Amazon&#39;s finally joined the smartphone crew, launching its Fire Phone into an arena already crowded with iPhones, Androids and even the odd Windows Phone.</p> <p>But while the competition may be fierce, Amazon&#39;s debut handset still manages to stand out thanks to its 3D screen, built-in tech support, top-notch camera and world-scanning Firefly feature.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire Phone doesn&#39;t stray too far from the tried-and-tested as far as design goes. It looks like a smartphone, it&#39;s shaped like a smartphone, it is a smartphone. It&#39;s a nicely built one though, with a rubberised body, Gorilla glass on both the front and back and expertly machined aluminium buttons.</p> <p>It has a 4.7in screen and dimensions of 139x66.5x8.9mm, which makes it bigger than the iPhone but smaller than every flagship Android out there. All that glass makes it heavier than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 - 160g to the S5&#39;s 145g, although you&#39;re unlikely to notice much difference in use.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s is smaller. It has&nbsp;a 4in screen, measures 123.8x58.6x7.6mm and weighs a lot less than the Fire: a mere 112g. Like the Fire Phone it&#39;s beautifully built, with an aluminium shell and typically Apple attention to detail.</p> <p>In short, both phones have premium builds and classy looks. We might change our opinion once we&#39;ve actually seen the Fire Phone in the flesh, so to speak, but until then this round&#39;s a tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Metal and glass" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fire-phone-5s-1.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On specs alone the Fire Phone&#39;s display is a disappointment. With a resolution of 1280x720 - that&#39;s 315ppi - it looks decidedly antiquated next to the 1080p screens of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), let alone the 2K display of the LG G3.</p> <p>Against the 5s, though, it&#39;s a close-run thing: the iPhone&#39;s 1136x640 resolution isn&#39;t too hot itself, and its 326ppi is near enough to the Fire Phone&#39;s that you&#39;d barely spot the difference in pixel density.</p> <p>But there is one significant advantage to the Fire Phone - it&#39;s 3D. Well, kind of. On the front of the handset sit four cameras - one in each corner - which track the position of your head and calculate how you&#39;re looking at the screen. Through some clever software tricks it then displays an image which appears to have depth.</p> <p>This differs from the standard 3D method of making images appear to come out of the screen, and has several uses - you can, for instance, look to the side of labels on a map in order to read the text underneath. Or look behind objects in games. Or simply marvel at the various 3D-effect lock screens.</p> <p>Is it genuinely useful? It&rsquo;s too early to say. Developers have the potential to create some truly innovative apps for the Fire&rsquo;s 3D screen, so we&rsquo;ll remain tentatively optimistic for the time being.</p> <p>Until we wrap our hands around some mind-blowing 3D apps though, it&rsquo;s another draw for now.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Not one, not two, but THREE Ds." alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Maps-Yelp_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CAMERA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s is generally regarded as having one of the best smartphone cameras around, and like the Nokia Lumia 1020 &ndash; it&rsquo;s constantly used as a benchmark to measure the imaging prowess of rival devices.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s&rsquo; 8MP camera produces more detailed, more accurate shots than many of its 13MP Android competitors, so the Fire Phone&rsquo;s 13MP camera isn&rsquo;t guaranteed to be the superior snapper, despite the extra megapixels it offers.</p> <p>The iPhone&rsquo;s dual-LED amber/white flash could mean that its colours will still be more accurate, especially with skin tones.</p> <p>The Fire Phone, like the LG G3, also offers optical image stabilisation, which, on paper, means it should cope well with movement and low-light shots.</p> <p>Both cameras have their advantages. Until we&#39;re able to examine shots taken with both devices in supervised conditions, this is a draw too.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snap-tastic" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-camera_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&#39;t the typical case of Android vs iOS. While the Fire Phone is technically running Android, it&#39;s a very heavily modified version called Fire OS v3.5 - and its unrecognisable from stock Android.</p> <p>The bad news is that the Fire Phone lacks the official Google Play Store and Google apps. Not only does that mean no Gmail, Google Maps, Play Music or Hangouts, it also means that users will have to settle for Amazon&#39;s Android App Store.</p> <p>While Amazon&#39;s alternative app storefront has plenty of apps to fill its shelves, there&#39;s no escaping the fact that the official Play Store has more.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s therefore comfortably beats the Fire Phone when it comes to both the number of apps, and the quality of those on offer.</p> <p>The Fire Phone does fight back with a few Amazon exclusives however. Its Mayday feature is ideal for the less tech-savvy, serving up a direct connection to an Amazon helper who can help troubleshoot problems in real time.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Firefly feature is also rather impressive. It lets you take photos of everything from CDs to books, as well as having the ability to recognise songs and films. Naturally, it will provide an Amazon link to everything it recognises, letting you snap up things you like the look of with just a few clicks.</p> <p>We go into detail regarding iOS 7&#39;s gorgeous looks and features in our full in-depth review, but from what we&#39;ve seen, it offers a sleeker, prettier user experience. That, coupled with its superior app selection, gives this round to the Apple camp.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2537" height="1903" title="Don&#039;t swat this fly" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty isn&#039;t it?" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Search-iPhone_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone&#39;s A7 chip slightly outperforms the Fire Phone&#39;s Snapdragon 800 in numerous <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5" target="_blank">Anantech benchmarks</a>, but for all intents and purposes - given the smoothness of other Snapdragon 800 Android devices like the LG G2 when compared to the iPhone - both devices should perform equally smoothly.</p> <p>The Fire Phone&#39;s 2GB or RAM compared to the iPhones 1GB is an advantage on paper, but in practice we&#39;ve found that this tends to make no difference to the slickness or multitasking of iOS.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2416" height="1812" title="Close match" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-Hand-Email-Carousel_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire Phone has a larger battery than the iPhone 5s (2400mAh vs 1560mAh), so it should last longer than its Apple rival in general use.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amazon lists the Fire Phone as having up to 65 hours of music playback and up to 285 hours of stand-by time, while the iPhone hits 40 hours and 250 hours respectively.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Amazon Fire Phone</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="449" title="Sip the juice" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battery_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> INITIAL VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until we get the Fire Phone in our hands to test out its camera and 3D display and more, a lot of these categories will remain draws.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our initial impressions, based purely on the paper-based specs of both devices, have us choosing the iPhone 5s, mainly due to the superior app selection.</p> <p>This could very well change if we feel that the Fire Phone has more to offer in our full review however, so stay tuned.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Winner. For now" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-ios-7-1_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire Phone vs iPhone 5s </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Amazon&#039;s new 3D-toting phone best Apple&#039;s finest? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature#comments Amazon Apple Fire Phone iPhone 5S Smartphones Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:54:04 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439570 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about Amazon&#039;s first ever smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Goodness gracious great phones of fire" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Fire-Phone-Main.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon has already brought the fight to other tech giants with its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Fire HDX tablets</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">Fire TV&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;media streamer, but it&rsquo;s not planning on stopping there.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Standout screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire has a 4.7in, 720p display, which spec fans will view as lacklustre compared to the plethora of full HD (or even 2K) screens out there.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the Fire has a rather large trick up its sleeve. 3D.</p> <p>No, not the awful lenticular 3D display that plagued the HTC Evo 3D. The Fire instead makes use of four front-facing cameras and infrared LEDs, which are able to track your face, producing a 3D effect.</p> <p>Think of iOS 7&#39;s parallax effect, but supercharged. Apart form offering pretty 3D lock screens, the 3D effect could pave the way for innovative 3D games.&nbsp;</p> <p>Imagine peeking around corners in an FPS, or controlling a car by moving your head. Whether or not the fancy 3D screen will go beyond a curious gimmick remains to be seen, but we&#39;re giving Amazon points for standing out from the crowd nonetheless.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2014/eyes-eye-tribe-we-play-fruit-ninja-using-nothing-our-eyeballs/feature" target="_blank">Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our eyeballs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Haven&#039;t you heard? Amazon do music too" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-Music-Library.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dynamic Perspective </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3D screen makes up one part of Amazon&#39;s &#39;Dynamic Perspective&#39; feature set. One-handed gestures are another focus. Auto-scrolling, tilt, swivel and peek gestures are all possible, thanks to the Fire&#39;s built-in accelerometer.</p> <p>You can, for example, scroll down a webpage simply by tilting the Fire. We can&#39;t personally see the advantage of such a gesture when we&#39;ve got a perfectly good thumb to scroll through pages with more accuracy, but tilting the device to bring up supplemental information in maps is an example that does sound useful.</p> <p>Amazon is has also upgraded its carousel home screen, which now provides real-time updates right beneath the app icons. New emails, recent photos and favourite websites are presented on the home screen beneath their respective apps, and it&#39;s Amazon&#39;s answer to stock Android&#39;s widgets.</p> <p>Amazon has released a Dynamic Perspective SDK which will enable developers to take advantage of all of these features. Here&#39;s to hoping they&#39;ll get onboard, because the Fire does have potential to be more than a gimmick. It just needs some clever coders to show us what it&#39;s really capable of.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Doesn&#039;t look like Google Maps to us" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Maps-Yelp.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2416" height="1812" title="Enhanced carousel" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-Hand-Email-Carousel.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Firefly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Firefly is the name Amazon&#39;s given to the Fire&#39;s powerful content recognition app. Pressing down the Fire&#39;s camera shutter button brings up the Firefly app, which is capable of recognising printed phone numbers, email addresses, URLS, QR and bar codes.</p> <p>Not only that, but it can also recognise movie and TV channels, linking into IMDb to serve up additional info about the film you&#39;re currently watching.</p> <p>Firefly can recognise what you&#39;re listening to too, linking in with Amazon Music&#39;s entire catalogue, letting you buy songs you&#39;ve just heard, in an instant.</p> <p>And then of course, we have products. From books to DVDs, to video games and CDs, you can scan them instantly, before being whisked away directly to &nbsp;the correct page on the Amazon store.</p> <p>In essence, Firefly is an incredibly powerful Trojan Horse, designed to ensure that all roads lead you straight back into Amazon&#39;s world.</p> <p>Useful? Absolutely. Dangerous? For compulsive shoppers - definitely.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2537" height="1903" title="We&#039;re not sure why it&#039;s called Firefly either. Cute icon though." alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon through and through </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s plenty more Amazon services packed into the Fire. ASAP (which handily stands for Advanced Streaming and Predictions) predicts which movies and TV shows you&#39;ll want to watch, buffering them in the background before you hit play, for instant playback.</p> <p>Fire users will also have unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken with the Fire&#39;s 13MP camera, and they&#39;re automatically backed up too, so you can snap and forget, without worrying about deleting shots to free up memory.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Mayday service also makes a return, and this time it works over 3G and 4G too. If you&#39;re stuck or have any questions, the Mayday feature will put you in direct contact with an honest-to-goodness real human being (remember those?), who&#39;s happy to help you when you&#39;re stuck.&nbsp;</p> <p>They can even annotate your screen and take control of the Fire remotely. We&#39;d buy a Fire for our non-tech savvy relatives for this one reason alone, as now they&#39;ll have someone else to bug. Result.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SOS HOW DO I PHONE?" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-Mayday.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t forget the hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon&#39;s 3D screen and software tricks almost overshadow the Fire&#39;s hardware, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s bad by any means.</p> <p>On the outside, the Kindle Fire will remind you of the Google Nexus 4. It&#39;s slathered in Gorilla Glass on both sides, with a rubber bumper wrapping around its edges, embedded with aluminium volume and camera buttons.</p> <p>The Fire also plays nice with 4G networks, and has dual stereo Dolby Digital Plus speakers, which promise a virtual surround sound experience, though our ears have yet to judge them in person.</p> <p>A 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation graces the rear, while a 2.1MP front-facing camera takes care of video calls. Both cameras can shoot 1080p video.</p> <p>The Fire is powered by Qualcomm&#39;s quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, matching the impressive specs of the LG G2.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a bleeding edge phone in terms of raw specs, but Amazon&#39;s never tried to compete with the latest and greatest.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its approach is to provide its products with specs that are good enough for a pleasant user experience, and on paper, the Fire should be more than capable of doing just that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App menu" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-App-Grid.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 404: Android not found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, sort of. The Fire is running Amazon&#39;s Fire OS v3.5, which is a very heavily modified version of Android.</p> <p>It&#39;s so heavily modified in fact, that you won&#39;t even see a glimpse of Google&#39;s OS in use.&nbsp;</p> <p>The downside is that Google apps like Maps, Gmail and Chrome are all missing, as is the well-stocked Play Store.</p> <p>Sure, Amazon&#39;s own app store has a fair amount of virtual goodies on its shelves, but it still doesn&#39;t offer the full category of the official Play Store.</p> <p>Tech savvy suers can of course sideload apps, but if you&#39;re in it for the Google experience then this (as with all of Amazon&#39;s tablets) could very well be a deal breaker.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This ain&#039;t Android" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-Panel.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire will ship in the US on 25 July, exclusively on AT&amp;T, where the 32GB version will be available on a two-year contract for US$200. The same deal for the 64GB version bumps the price up to US$300.</p> <p>Amazon is also offering 12 months of Amazon Prime with all Fire purchases, for a limited time. That includes Prime Instant Video, and access to millions of songs and books.</p> <p>Sadly there&#39;s no word on release date, offers or prices for the UK, but we&#39;ll be sure to update this preview the moment the information comes through.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the best 10 smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Drag in from the left" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/left-panel.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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Charged: Amazon’s Fire Phone isn’t wearable-friendly at launch, PS4 pre-orders can be pre-loaded, and T-Mobile US is loaning out the iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup of the most notable news from around the tech industry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-launch.png?1403231435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon’s Fire Phone lacks Bluetooth 4.0 LE at launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One curious detail that emerged late last night after the debut of Amazon&rsquo;s Fire Phone is the fact that it only supports Bluetooth 3.0&mdash;that means that the device won&rsquo;t ship with compatibility with the Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) standard that makes wearables work well with phones.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an odd omission, but not a critical one, apparently. Amazon tells Mashable that the functionality will be patched into the device via a software update after launch. Still, considering all of the neat little features built into the device, it&rsquo;s certainly a strange oversight.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/amazon-fire-phone-bluetooth/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-8-things-you-need-know-about-retailer-s-3d-smartphone/news">Amazon Fire Phone &mdash; 8 things you need to know about the mega retailer&rsquo;s 3D smartphone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 4 digital pre-orders can now be pre-loaded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big benefits of buying digital versions of big AAA console video games on the release date is that you don&rsquo;t have to wait for daylight hours to hit the store and grab a copy&mdash;but when there&rsquo;s a 30GB download staring you in the face, you might be better off just going to bed anyway.</p> <p>Luckily, that&rsquo;s about to change with PlayStation 4 games, or at least the most notable ones to start. Sony announced yesterday that digitally pre-ordered games can be downloaded to your console days before the release date, so they&rsquo;ll be there and ready to unlock right at midnight upon launch.</p> <p>Massive upcoming releases like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield Hardline, and Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End are all on the list, and next week&rsquo;s film tie-in Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be the first to kick off the initiative. If it&rsquo;s like most movie games, however, that might be one to hold off on pre-ordering before the reviews drop.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/18/pre-order-pre-load-upcoming-ps4-games/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="583" title="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" alt="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/transformers-game.png?1403231435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> T-Mobile US loaning out iPhone 5s, killing data fees for streaming music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>T-Mobile may have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">missed out</a> on the Fire Phone, but it made its own interesting splash on Wednesday. Continuing its &ldquo;Un-carrier&rdquo; initiative, T-Mobile US announced that it will allow prospective customers to borrow an iPhone 5s handset for a full week to test out the service&rsquo;s LTE connectivity.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our network kicks ass, and now people can experience for themselves what a data-strong network can do with T-Mobile Test Drive,&rdquo; says outspoken CEO John Legere. T-Mobile expects more than a million people to try out the Test Drive within the first year, and Apple will provide the carrier the (likely refurbished) units needed for the initiative.</p> <p>Additionally, T-Mobile unveiled a Music Freedom program that allows certain mobile music streaming services&mdash;Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, and Slacker&mdash;to function without counting against users&rsquo; data plans. It&rsquo;s unclear whether either of these big changes will extend beyond the States, though perhaps competing carriers will follow their lead.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/06/18/t-mobile-offers-music-streaming-free-of-data-charges/">Recode</a>, <a href="http://newsroom.t-mobile.com">T-Mobile</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="883" title="T-Mobile Test Drive" alt="T-Mobile Test Drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tmobile-testdrive.png?1403159581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo#comments Amazon Fire Phone Gaming iPhone 5S PlayStation 4 T-Mobile Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439537 at http://www.stuff.tv