Amazon http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/features en-GB Amazon planning Fire Phone 2 – for 2016 http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-planning-fire-phone-2-2016/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Amazon Fire Phone didn&#039;t set the world alight – but the online e-tailer isn&#039;t giving up on smartphone domination yet </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="604" height="453" title="Amazon planning Fire Phone 2" alt="Amazon planning Fire Phone 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-opener_1.jpg?1418987664" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon launched its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review" target="_blank">Fire Phone</a> amid a blaze of hype&nbsp;&ndash; but the spark just wasn&#39;t there, and it&#39;s largely fizzled into oblivion.</p> <p>The company isn&#39;t giving up on muscling into the crowded, competitive smartphone market, though. It&#39;s planning a follow-up to the Fire Phone; but don&#39;t expect it this Christmas. Perhaps not even next Christmas.</p> <p>The earliest we can expect an Amazon phone is apparently 2016.</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"> A cheaper phone, this time? </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&#39;s not like Amazon has been lying around weeping over the rejection. Apparently it has been working on a new model for months and &quot;has gone back to the drawing board&quot;. The phone left Amazon with US$170 million of unsold inventory, which bore down hard on the company&#39;s financial results.</p> <p>The Amazon Fire Phone packed in some unique features&nbsp;&ndash; most notably its 3D interface&nbsp;&ndash; but stumbled because Amazon attempted to enter a mature market with an expensive product,&nbsp;according to&nbsp;<a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/18/a-new-amazon-fire-phone-is-in-the-works-but-dont-expect-it-in-2015/" target="_blank">VentureBeat</a>&#39;s&nbsp;sources.</p> <p>That suggests that the follow-up to the Fire Phone will likely be a cheaper model; the alternative is to pack the phone with innovative features, but as the original Fire Phone proves, innovative features don&#39;t always sell. One way or another, though,&nbsp;Amazon seems set on entering the smartphone market; we&#39;ll just have to see what happens next.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/18/a-new-amazon-fire-phone-is-in-the-works-but-dont-expect-it-in-2015/" target="_blank">VentureBeat</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review" target="_blank">Amazon Fire Phone 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-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="604" height="453" title="Amazon planning another phone, but taking its time" alt="Amazon planning another phone, but taking its time" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-firephone-inhand_0.jpg?1418987664" /> </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/amazon-planning-fire-phone-2-2016/news#comments Amazon Fire Phone Smartphones Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:14:26 +0000 Stephen Graves 1455752 at http://www.stuff.tv The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (UPDATED FOR DEC 2014) Amazon&#039;s streaming service is teeming with good movies and TV shows - and we&#039;ve trawled through it to find the very best </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="Don&#039;t you stick your tongue out at us, young lady" alt="Best things to watch on Amazon Prime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blingring.jpg?1418475781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know, we know, there&#39;s too much choice these days. You can&#39;t just sit down and watch a movie because there are too many to choose from, so you just spend hours scrolling through potential films and then go to bed.</p> <p>Not now, you don&#39;t - everything on this list is worth watching. And we know, because we&#39;ve watched them all. The lengths we go to keep you guys happy, eh...</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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> The Walking Dead (S1-4) </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 zombie apocalypse scenario has now been covered so many times that when the dead do eventually start clawing their way out of the ground in a shambling tide of brain-hungry violence, it&rsquo;ll hardly be worth mentioning. That&rsquo;s not to say that it doesn&rsquo;t make cracking TV, though, and if you&rsquo;re one of the few people who hasn&rsquo;t yet seen <em>The Walking Dead</em>, you owe it to yourself to do so now.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Days-Gone-By/dp/B00ET0FZ34/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401289&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=walking+dead&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch The Walking Dead on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/R1v0uFms68U" 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"> Almost Famous </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>In 1973, a nerdy 15-year-old journalist gets commissioned by <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine to go on tour with a &#39;70s stadium rock band in this fun coming-of-age story.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the movie that made <em>Stuff</em> writer Sophie Charara want to be a journalist, and it fairly accurately depicts the sort of things that happen in our office during a typical week.&nbsp;Well, minus the parties and the fame and the excitement, but sometimes we have music on, and bus travel is often involved.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Famous-Billy-Crudup/dp/B00ET048CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401319&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=almost+famous&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Almost Famous on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/qk0XnyrENrE" 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"> The West Wing </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>Unquestionably the greatest achievement in the 70-year-plus history of television*, <em>The West Wing</em> is a seven series, 156-episode extravaganza of dialogue, intrigue, character, politics and clever stuff said by clever people. Starting it is like committing to a serious relationship with someone you&#39;ve never met before, but five minutes in you&#39;ll be hopelessly in love.</p> <p>It&#39;s not perfect of course: seasons four and five probably overdo the thrills at the expense of the more nuanced highs of the early seasons, but the acting and scripting is frequently superb and you&#39;ll be left thoroughly depressed that there&#39;s never been a real president like Jed Bartlet.</p> <p>*View not necessarily endorsed by the entire <em>Stuff</em> team</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pilot/dp/B000KZPG04/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418407402&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+west+wing&amp;pebp=1418407405005&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch The West Wing on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/CTG5p4wEAAM" 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"> Under The Skin </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>An alien takes the form of a woman and travels across Scotland, seducing men to harvest their flesh. The premise is simple enough for a low-budget indie flick but there&#39;s much more than meets the eye here, as the title implies. Rarely has there been a bolder piece of cinema. And by that we mean it unapologetically screws with your head.</p> <p>To clarify this as sci-fi would be a gross oversimplification. It starts off like a straight-up predator movie but morphs into a coming-of-age/road-trip story told from the alien&#39;s perspective. Scarlett Johansson&#39;s performance is disturbing and mesmerising.</p> <p>This is an aggressively artsy experiment. Director Jonathan Glazer mixes heavily stylised visuals with hidden-camera footage; much of the film doesn&#39;t even make sense. But mostly that doesn&#39;t matter. It&#39;s chilling enough to command attention and the sense of unease is so gripping it will affect you regardless of your understanding.</p> <p>It&#39;ll certainly polarise opinions, but if you&#39;re open to something very different it&#39;s a singular and utterly compelling experience. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Under-Skin-Scarlett-Johansson/dp/B00JH49OTS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418407333&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=under+the+skin&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Under The Skin on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/NoSWbyvdhHw" 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-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"> Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa </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>Worth watching merely for the scene in which Alan lip-syncs to Andrew Roachford&rsquo;s Cuddly Toy, <em>Alpha Papa</em> is an unmitigated joy from start to finish. Lovely stuff.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alan-Partridge-Alpha-Steve-Coogan/dp/B00HW11I06/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401986&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=alpha+papa&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature">20 of the best movies to watch on Now TV</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/9DZXOANUaNk" 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-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"> 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"> Argo </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 words &#39;based on a true story&#39; tend to conjure up images of straight-to-DVD daytime TV fodder. Not so <em>Argo</em>, which is a big-screen production in every sense. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, it depicts the daring attempt to rescue six US hostages in Iran in the late 1970s. Affleck plays CIA operative Tony Mendez, who comes up with an extraction plan so crazy, it might just work. We don&#39;t want to spoil the surprise here, but it&#39;s not giving anything away to say that it&#39;s one of those rare occasions where knowing there&#39;s fact behind the fiction actually adds to your sense of disbelief: what, they really did <em>that</em>?</p> <p>The film&#39;s been criticised in some quarters for taking a few liberties with the story - yup, Hollywood done gone Hollywoodised events - but none of that detracts from the excellent cast (Affleck is ably supported by the likes of Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston) and the thrilling denouement.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Famous-Billy-Crudup/dp/B00ET048CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401319&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=almost+famous&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Argo on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/w918Eh3fij0" 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-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"> Side Effects </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 is one of those films that feels a bit like a high-end German car: everything in it looks and feels expensive. The first half is a bit slow, but stay with it and there&rsquo;s a change of pace that will make you very glad you did.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Side-Effects-Channing-Tatum/dp/B00FZE18XY/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402054&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=side+effects&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Side Effects on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/5jQq6BiT-eI" 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-7"><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"> Rex the Runt (S1-2) </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 Aardman Animation&rsquo;s less well-known franchises, <em>Rex</em> follows four plasticine dogs on a series of surreal adventures. It&rsquo;s not as well-made as <em>Wallace and Grommit</em> but it&rsquo;s funnier, with most episodes featuring a well-chosen comedy guest star (Eddie Izzard and Bob Monkhouse are both particularly good).</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Holiday-in-Vince/dp/B00ET0DNGK/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402086&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=rex+the+runt&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Rex The Runt on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/svHao1SMdRc" 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-8"><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"> Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows </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>Critics carped at Robert Downey Jr&#39;s Sherlock Holmes; Hollywood was, they imagined, debasing yet another beloved British institution with action-movie heroics and one-liners. Except&hellip; if they&#39;d actually read the original Conan Doyle stories, they&#39;d realise that Guy Ritchie&#39;s adaptation is remarkably faithful, from the fisticuffs (Baritsu!) to the sly references to the original tales sprinkled throughout. </p> <p>The second film in the series brings Holmes into conflict with Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime; whose devious scheme anticipates the horrors of the twentieth century to come. <em>Mad Men</em>&#39;s Jared Harris plays the fusty university professor and the chilly criminal mastermind with aplomb, contrasting nicely with Downey Jr&#39;s mercurial Holmes. Dialling up the spectacle and the bromance between Holmes and Jude Law&#39;s Watson, this is a fine adaptation that&#39;s been unjustly overshadowed by Benedict Cumberbatch and his cheekbones.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Famous-Billy-Crudup/dp/B00ET048CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401319&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=almost+famous&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/V1OYiPa-eLg" 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-9"><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"> Parks &amp; Recreation (S1-3) </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>You can catch clumps of <em>Parks &amp; Recreation</em> episodes on BBC iPlayer, but if you&rsquo;ve not seen it before it&rsquo;s well worth getting comfortable for a weekend and bingeing your way through the first three series.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilot/dp/B00I91R1ZY/ref=sr_1_2?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402271&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=parks+and+recreation&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Parks &amp; Recreation on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-tv-box-sets-netflix/feature">The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix</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/cNlL9FWs_KA" 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-10"><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"> 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"> Twin Peaks </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>In the days before the Box Set Era, people had to wait a whole week between episodes. That seems unthinkable now, but in the case of David Lynch&rsquo;s darkly funny supernatural crime drama, it was a good thing, because it gave people a week to try to figure out what on earth was going on. As with a lot of Lynch&rsquo;s work, it&rsquo;s a completely different (and often more unsettling) experience to anything else on TV.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilot/dp/B00ET0PGJW/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402300&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=twin+peaks&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Twin Peaks on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/iSxNP-1VpjE" 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-11"><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"> The Machinist </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>Before he got back in the gym for the role of Angry Batman, Christian Bale played the emaciated and mentally unstable Trevor Reznik in this intelligent, well-made psychological thriller.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Machinist-Christian-Bale/dp/B00G17XM3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402335&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+machinist&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch The Machinist on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/H0fuHY4U1UA" 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-12"><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"> Searching for Sugar Man </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>Musician Sixto Rodriguez&rsquo;s career seemed unremarkable at first: he recorded two albums in the 1970s, toured Australia once and then disappeared back into his native Detroit, where he was rumoured to have committed suicide. In South Africa, however, his albums gradually built a huge cult following, to the point where he was thought to be more popular than Elvis. </p> <p>In this Oscar-winning documentary, which was partly shot on an iPhone when it ran out of budget, two South African fans try to find out what happened to their hero.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Searching-Sugar-Man-Sixto-Rodriguez/dp/B00ESQA0X4/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402362&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=searching+for+sugar+man&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Searching For Sugar Man on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/tDw7OqVBT-w" 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-13"><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"> Four Lions </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>Very dark and very funny, Chris Morris&rsquo;s farcical account of a group of British Muslims plotting a terrorist attack caused a series of cautious broadcasters to have nightmares with its controversial subject matter. In other hands it could have been a travesty, but Morris has a special talent for placing the unthinkable on screen and making it funny and heartfelt, in a weird sort of way.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Four-Lions-Kayvan-Novak/dp/B00ET1P2OA/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402385&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=four+lions&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Four Lions on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/Ew-SrlQ9tlI" 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-14"><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"> Rome </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>Like the idea of Gladiator The TV Show? That&rsquo;s sort of what this is, but with a bit more historical detail, similar levels of gore and even more sex. Classic TV then. And you can pretend you&rsquo;re watching it for educational reasons when in truth you just want to see cheeky legionnaire Titus Pullo behaving like a swashbuckling pirate.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Famous-Billy-Crudup/dp/B00ET048CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401319&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=almost+famous&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Rome on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 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/3TzvNnk2p3Y" 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-15"><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"> 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"> Rashomon </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>Akira Kurosawa&rsquo;s hugely influential 1950 masterpiece is one of those DVDs that sits on your shelf for a few weeks, quietly disapproving of your <em>Kung-Fu Panda</em> collection, before you shamefacedly post it back to LoveFilm, unwatched. Stop taking the easy route, sit yourself down and watch it. You&rsquo;ll be glad you did.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not saying <em>Kung-Fu Panda</em> isn&rsquo;t an excellent film, by the way; it is. The first one, anyway.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rashomon-Toshiro-Mifune/dp/B00ESZWSCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402440&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=rashomon&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Rashomon on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/xCZ9TguVOIA" 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-16"><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 The Block </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>Aliens descend on Earth with bad intentions. Aliens land in a South London housing estate. Aliens find out that South London housing estates hold their own kind of dangers.&nbsp;By refusing to cast judgement - either good or bad - on the action of its teenage protagonists, it leaves you free to make up your own mind. Though you&#39;ll probably be too engrossed in the action to bother.&nbsp;Directed by Joe Cornish (of Adam &amp; Joe fame),&nbsp;<em>Attack The Block&nbsp;</em>is scary, funny and very cool.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Famous-Billy-Crudup/dp/B00ET048CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401319&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=almost+famous&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Attack The Block on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/cD0gm7dHKKc" 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-17"><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"> The Wrestler </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 you&#39;re a WWE fan looking for something glitzy, you&#39;ve got the wrong movie: Mickey Rourke is painfully believable as a washed-up wrestler facing the unbeatable tag-team of age and ill-health in what is perhaps the finest performance of his career. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wrestler-Mickey-Rourke/dp/B00ET1HMZ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402503&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=wrestler&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch The Wrestler on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/61-GFxjTyV0" 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-18"><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"> In the Loop </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 horrendous political PR Malcolm Tucker, Peter Capaldi takes swearing to another level in Armando Iannucci&rsquo;s brilliant, all-too-believable political comedy about inept politicians bungling their way to war. Some of the best f***ing swearing on f***ing film.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Loop-Peter-Capaldi/dp/B00ET2EE8Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402519&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=in+the+loop&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch In The Loop on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/dQrqMkCuHqA" 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-19"><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"> The Impossible </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 might star Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, but this isn&rsquo;t your average Sunday-night blockbuster. Based on one Spanish family&rsquo;s real experience of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, this well-made and convincing film is a personal story told amid a huge natural disaster.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Impossible-J-Bayona/dp/B00HZOBGLG/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402543&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+impossible&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch The Impossible on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 35 best free apps for Android</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/Bgw394ZKsis" 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-20"><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"> 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"> The Bling Ring </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>Emma Watson proves she can do more than just pretend to be a wizard in Sofia Coppola&#39;s most recent movie, based on the true story of a group of teens who used social media to figure out when celebrities would be out, then robbed their homes. Sharp, funny and very stylish.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bling-Ring-Emma-Watson/dp/B00HFDK9DS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402559&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+bling+ring&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch The Bling Ring on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/r4c6hmrwba0" 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-21"><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"> Rampart </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>Woody Harrelson coasts through a lot of movies, but occasionally he really pulls it out of the bag, and by &#39;it&#39; we mean an Oscar-worthy performance. He is absolutely brilliant in this <em>Bad Lieutenant</em>-esque story of a crooked cop; it might look like a standard dumb police movie but it is perhaps the biggest surprise of Amazon Instant Video&#39;s back catalogue.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rampart-Woody-Harrelson/dp/B00ESQFYQW/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402605&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=rampart&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Rampart on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/SGHPD3IYnd0" 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-22"><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"> Prometheus </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&#39;s fair to say that not everyone liked <em>Prometheus</em> on its release. In fact it&#39;s fair to say that many people hated it. The<em> Stuff</em> office is similarly divided over its merits, with some thinking it&#39;s an horrific stain on the <em>Alien</em> legacy and some feeling that, y&#39;know, it&#39;s a pretty good sci-fi flick if you don&#39;t spend too much time analysing it. Overall we&#39;re in the latter camp. Why not watch it and see whether you agree?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Famous-Billy-Crudup/dp/B00ET048CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418401319&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=almost+famous&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch Prometheus on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/HHcHYisZFLU" 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-23"><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"> 30 Rock (S1-5) </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 you&#39;re one of the four people left on the planet who hasn&#39;t seen all of <em>30 Rock</em>, you need to change that immediately. Loosely based on Tina Fey&#39;s experiences as head writer on <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, its unrelentingly funny 20-minute episodes are pure TV-streaming joy, and once you start you&#39;ll be up until the small hours of the morning. You&#39;re welcome.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/30-Rock-Pilot/dp/B00ET0JCUQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418402653&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=30+rock&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch 30 Rock on Amazon Prime Instant Video</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/AQBgktGTUJk" 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-24"><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"> The Place Beyond the Pines </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&#39;s not often (or indeed ever) that you feel sorry for Bradley Cooper, but let&#39;s face it, if you&#39;re the other guy in a film with Ryan Gosling, you&#39;re basically scenery. You could be wearing a funny hat and barking and no-one would notice, because they&#39;d just be mooning over the Gosling, with his acting and his muscles. 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Surprisingly, that changed this autumn.</p> <p>Out of the blue, the previously less-equipped Amazon app available on the Play Store suddenly had the ability to sell apps and games directly, without users needing to grab the app from web and then enable Unknown Sources to install the software.</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/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-hcmvideofield-video 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http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-adds-4k-content-prime-instant-video-along-rentals-and-purchases/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The initial selection is small, but you don’t have to pay extra for Ultra HD </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="The Amazing Spider-Man 2" alt="The Amazing Spider-Man 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazing-spider-man-2.jpeg?1418158210" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have a 4K television and you&rsquo;ve been itching for more streaming video to show off its talents, you&rsquo;re in luck: Amazon has added Ultra HD content for both Prime and standard video offerings.</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/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-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 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class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the news you need to start the week with a jolt </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="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" alt="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uncharted4.jpg?1418081642" /> </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"> First Uncharted 4 footage </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><em>Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End</em>&nbsp;is arguably next year&rsquo;s biggest PlayStation 4 exclusive, so naturally, Sony used this weekend&rsquo;s PlayStation Experience convention to showcase the first gameplay footage from the action-adventure sequel. And expectedly, it looks pretty darn fabulous.</p> <p>Naughty Dog&rsquo;s next epic quest puts the PS4 hardware to impressive use with stunningly detailed characters and environments, but we&rsquo;re also struck by how the worlds feel more open and useful for devising your own strategies. In fact, there&rsquo;s a particular emphasis here on using climbing in combat and for stealth, which is intriguing. And there&rsquo;s a big narrative hint at the end, so watch the whole 15 minutes.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/06/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-first-gameplay/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 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/Ow2cL-pp6p8" 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"> Amazon getting into takeaway meals </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 increasingly seems like Amazon wants to have its fingers in just about anything, and the company certainly has the money and scale to make it happen. We recently heard that Amazon is readying a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-expected-launch-curated-hotel-booking-site/news">curated hotel booking site</a>, and now it seems the site is getting into takeaway and delivery meal ordering.</p> <p>In fact, Amazon already launched the service in its home base of Seattle, Washington last week, as an extension of its&nbsp;<a href="http://local.amazon.com">Amazon Local hub</a>, and you can order from local restaurants and charge the meal to the card on your existing account. You can bet that Amazon intends to do more than just help its neighbors check out the local cuisine, and this service may well be a real contender to GrubHub, Seamless, and other similar options before long.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/04/amazon-local-takeout-delivery/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-echo-speaker-basically-siri-can/news">Amazon&rsquo;s new Echo speaker is basically Siri in a can</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="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" alt="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-takeaway.jpg?1418081642" /> </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 God of War game in development </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 bigger bits of news at the PlayStation Experience this weekend was tucked away in one of the panel discussions. And that&#39;s because Cory Barlog, creative director at Sony&rsquo;s Santa Monica Studio and director of&nbsp;<em>God of War II</em>, said that the studio is working on a new&nbsp;<em>God of War</em>&nbsp;game.</p> <p>According to IGN, Barlog said it&rsquo;s not a prequel and that more info will come within &ldquo;the next year or two,&rdquo; so it could be some time before first details come along. Last year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>God of War: Ascension</em>&nbsp;was a solid prequel, but less rapturously-received than the core trilogy. Hopefully a new proper sequel on PS4 can reignite enthusiasm in the franchise.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/06/next-god-of-war-officially-confirmed-to-be-in-development">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/god-war-ascension/review">God of War: Ascension 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-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="750" title="God of War" alt="God of War" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-god-of-war.jpg?1418081642" /> </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"> Disney figured out CG eyes </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 next frontier in nailing the look of digital humans? Believable eyes, apparently, and Disney&rsquo;s researchers are attempting to lead the charge on that front. Check out this new research footage, which shows how they&rsquo;re modeling each individual visible part of the human eye to mimic its real-life reactions with CG characters. How long before we&rsquo;re seeing this on the big screen?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/high-quality-capture-of-eyes/">Disney Research</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/disney-animated-inside-story-most-ambitious-app-history/feature">Disney Animated: the inside story of the most ambitious app in history</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/v3X5OmHXa4c" 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-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi#comments Amazon Console games Film and TV Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454868 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Next Google Glass powered by Intel, Amazon’s shipping robots unveiled, and on-demand smartphone repair services hit UK http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-next-google-glass-powered-intel-amazon-s-shipping-robots-unveiled-and-demand-sm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our roundup offers a quick-hit recap of the morning’s notable 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 Glass" alt="Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-glass_4.jpg?1417595234" /> </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"> Next Google Glass has Intel inside </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>With its high price, limited apps, and&hellip; let&rsquo;s call it a societal learning curve, the early adopter-targeting Explorer edition of Google Glass hasn&rsquo;t exactly been embraced by the wider public. In fact, we weren&rsquo;t totally sure if there would be a new revision, but the Wall Street Journal says that Google has plans afoot for 2015 - thanks to a new partner.</p> <p>According to the report, Intel will be a big player in the next big revision of the wearable device, providing the chipset within that should lead to improved performance and enhanced battery life. Intel will also help target the device towards professional work settings in which it might be useful, such as manufacturing and health care.</p> <p>Glass will have to come down from its four-figure price to reach any level of mainstream acceptance beyond very specialized fields, if that&rsquo;s even attainable, so we&rsquo;ll be curious to see how things shape up on that front.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/google-glass-deal-thrusts-intel-deeper-into-wearable-devices-1417395598-lMyQjAxMTA0MjMwMDEzMDA4Wj">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass 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"> Behind the scenes of Amazon’s fulfillment centers </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>How on earth does Amazon keep up with the crush of holiday orders, especially right now with the effects of Black Friday and Cyber Monday still being felt? With robots - lots of robots. But also with people - yes, lots and lots of people.</p> <p>The online retailer decided to pull back the curtain a bit on its new eighth-generation fulfillment centers, 10 of which are up and running in the United States now. Amazon has more than 15,000 Kiva robots moving product around the facilities, plus the massive robotic arm is called the Robo-Stow. And &ldquo;new vision systems&rdquo; can check in a trailer of product in as little as 30 minutes.</p> <p>But robots aren&rsquo;t running the show quite yet: Amazon is hiring some 80,000 temporary, seasonal employees to deal with the extra spending in the coming weeks, and that&rsquo;s in addition to the existing workforce. Discomforting as it might seem to see robots doing what once was a human&rsquo;s job, this is how you get your packages so quickly - and cheaply.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1993497">Amazon</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/01/amazon-fulfillment-robots/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review">Amazon Fire TV Stick 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/tMpsMt7ETi8" 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"> On-demand smartphone repair services 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>Got a damaged iPhone, iPad, or Samsung smartphone that&rsquo;s not covered under manufacturer warranty, and want the service to come to you? Luckily, both <a href="https://www.icracked.com">iCracked</a> and <a href="http://www.imend.com">iMend</a> have just launched in the UK, providing access to certified tech specialists that make house calls (or can meet in a public place).</p> <p>iCracked has strong roots in the States, having repaired more than 100,000 devices, and it offers a lifetime warranty on work. iMend, meanwhile, appears to be UK-exclusive and offers same day service, but the warranty only extends out a year from repair. As for pricing, you&rsquo;ll have to enter your specific device and needs to compare and contrast, but competition is rarely a bad thing for consumers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news">Gorilla Glass 4 arrives to better protect your phone screen from direct drops</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="Cracked iPhone screen" alt="Cracked iPhone screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cracked-screen_0.jpg?1417505581" /> </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"> Flawed Amiibo figurine sells for US$2,500 </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 you&rsquo;re shopping anywhere that sells Nintendo&rsquo;s new NFC-enabled Amiibo figurines anytime soon, might we suggest looking very closely at their features? A defective version of Metroid heroine Samus was purportedly found with cannons on both arms (instead of just one), and was just <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-Factory-Sealed-Defect-Samus-Amiibo-Dual-Cannons-RARE-/171555687750?afsrc=1">sold on eBay</a> for US$2,500 (nearly &pound;1,600) - more than 190x the retail price. Good luck finding another!</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/1/7316277/samus-aran-amiibo-ebay-nintendo">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review">Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 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="Defective Amiibo figurine" alt="Defective Amiibo figurine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-amiibo-samus-defective.jpg?1417595234" /> </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-next-google-glass-powered-intel-amazon-s-shipping-robots-unveiled-and-demand-sm#comments Amazon Gaming Glass Google Intel Nintendo Robots Smartphones Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454430 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire TV Stick http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here boy! Amazon throws a streaming TV stick into the Christmas mix. Now fetch! </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="2000" height="2000" title="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FireTVStick-Remote-Portrait.jpg?1417568301" /> </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/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is getting serious about TV. Its drama series Transparent, starring Arrested Development&#39;s Jeffrey Tambor, is wowing critics and now the etail giant is going stick-to-stick against Google and Roku with a cut-down, cut-price Fire TV streamer.&nbsp;</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Currently US only, $39 </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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap, well made and easy to use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good audio and video quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun one-button casual gaming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great deal for Prime members </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slower than its big brother </div> <div class="field-item even"> No voice search </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fewer apps than rivals </div> </div> </div> <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"> Design and setup </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>Aesthetically speaking, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. Without the fun air pillows to pop. Remarkably, it&#39;s probably less interesting to look at than an actual stick, which at least might be a bit knobbly or have an interesting insect crawling along it.</p> <p>But that doesn&#39;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port at the back of your telly. One word of advice for future stick engineers - putting the micro-USB power socket on a thin edge of the stick means you can&#39;t put another HDMI in an adjoining port. Sticking it on the end or one of the thick faces would be more practical. Amazon does include an HDMI extender, gratis, but we can&#39;t help thinking it would be unnecessary if the Stick was designed a bit more thoughtfully in the first place.&nbsp;</p> <p>Set-up is unbelievably easy. The Fire TV Stick automatically finds and pairs with its Bluetooth remote, then you tap in your Wi-Fi details, including 5GHz networks (unlike Chromecast) for more reliable low-range streaming. A perky video tutorial then talks you through its navigation and operation.&nbsp;</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="3264" height="2448" title="While the full-size Amazon Fire TV box had an industrial designer wave her hands over it, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. But without the air pillows to pop. It&#039;s basically a geometric black turd. Remarkably, it is even less interesting than an actual stick, which at least offers the possibility of an interesting insect crawling up it. But that doesn&#039;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port " alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8701.JPG?1417568301" /> </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"> Interface and 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>It&#39;s a shame that Amazon doesn&#39;t ship the Fire TV Stick with the same voice control remote as the Fire TV. Being able to simply hold down the microphone button and say what you want - in almost any accent and even in a noisy room - makes the rest of the Fire TV&#39;s interface virtually irrelevant. You can <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Replacement-Amazon-Fire-Voice-Remote/dp/B00KQEH3FK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417045851&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=fire+tv+remote">buy one separately</a>, currently for &pound;25, but it feels like a missed opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least the home screen operation is fast and intuitive. Categories and menu items are on a vertical column on the left, populating out with recent and recommended items to the right. The Fire TV Stick feels just as fast as its big brother for browsing but maybe a couple of seconds slower to start playing videos. That sluggishness is even more noticeable when it comes to games, which can take five or ten seconds extra to load.</p> <p>That&#39;s hardly a surprise. The Fire TV Stick has a dual-core ARM chip and 1GB of memory, compared to the Fire TV&#39;s quad-core silicon with 2GB of RAM. Both gadgets have 8GB of storage, which is enough for a handful of apps and games. The Fire TV Stick works as a seamless second screen with Fire tablets (and the Fire Phone, if either of you out there with one are reading this), and you can fling other services such as YouTube and Spotify from iOS or Android phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>All the most popular apps are present and correct. Amazon Instant Video is the easiest and quickest to use of course, but Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and WatchESPN work OK. HBO GO is promised for next year (at least in the US), just in time for its promised unbundling from cable subscriptions (both Roku and Chromecast already offer the app Stateside).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Reviews of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick</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="3264" height="2448" title="The Fire TV Stick remote is less classy than the Fire TV&#039;s - and lacks the voice search button" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8702.JPG?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire TV Stick tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Video output</strong>: 1080p or 720p at up to 60fps</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>:&nbsp;Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9</p> <p><strong>Memory</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi, HDMI; Bluetooth 3 for remote</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 85 x 25 x 11.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 25g</p> </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"> 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"> Video, games and sound </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 great news is that video (up to 1080p, 60fps) looks every bit as good on the Fire TV Stick as it does on the Fire TV. Colours are great, detail is crisp and there are no nasty artefacts. It doesn&#39;t handle navigating through video quite as well, though. Tap the fast forward or rewind button for a 10-second shift and the screen hiccups slightly, unlike the Fire TV&#39;s silky smooth transitions. Scrubbing at high speed forward or back also feels laggy.&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing worth noting is Amazon&#39;s smart handling of Wi-Fi interruptions and general internet slowdowns. The video signal degrades very gracefully, pixellating the image without interrupting the stream until the last possible moment. If your connection is prone to problems, this is one of the best systems we&#39;ve seen to cope with it.</p> <p>The Stick can&#39;t play H.263 or MPEG videos (unlike the Fire TV) although it does offer Flac and Vorbis audio playback that its older sibling does not. Home cinema fans will be pleased to hear that Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 channel passthrough are on board. There&#39;s no optical audio out (again, unlike the Fire TV).&nbsp;</p> <p>As long as you&#39;re not expecting the Fire TV Stick to replace a real console for games, you won&#39;t be disappointed. Casual games are slower to load than on the Fire TV but play without glitches, including the latest 3D puzzlers such as Disney&#39;s Smash It! Amazon gives you some coins to buy a few games without actually spending any money - you might even find them enough to keep you busy between Netflix binges.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Why you should care about Spotify Connect</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="1612" height="922" title="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" alt="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AmazonFireTVHomeScreen.jpg?1417568301" /> </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 TV Stick 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>Amazon did the right thing in releasing a super-portable streaming stick. The Fire TV Stick is small enough to take on holiday with you or to lend to a mate, and looks very respectable when stacked up against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google&#39;s Chromecast</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku&#39;s Streaming Stick</a>. While it doesn&#39;t offer quite as many apps, it&#39;s got all the basic, popular streaming services stacked up, with the bonus of a selection of high quality casual games to dip into.</p> <p>The problem really comes with the Fire TV Stick&#39;s core audience - people who already pay for Amazon Prime and want to get the most from it. Given that you&#39;re paying &pound;79 or $99 a year for the service, saving a little on a cut-down streaming device doesn&#39;t add up. The standard Fire TV box comes with a revolutionary voice control remote, beautifully smooth video and pretty fast gaming - the Fire TV Stick really only has its price and size going for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Fire TV Stick is a solid performer at a very cheap price, then, but if you&#39;re a streaming veteran there&#39;s probably not enough reason to up sticks and switch to this.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/connected-home/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Connected Home Gadgets in the World right now</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="2000" height="2000" title="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" alt="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FireTVStick-Remote-Landscape.jpg?1417568301" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Compact and competent, but if you&#39;re spending all that money on Prime anyway, go for the full fat Fire TV</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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 TV Stick review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review#comments Amazon Connected home Fire TV Fire TV Stick Home Cinema Streaming Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:38:16 +0000 Mark Harris 1454027 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Star Wars trailer online this week, Amazon’s Fire Phone unlocked and discounted in States, and there's a Keyboard Waffle Iron http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-star-wars-trailer-online-week-amazon-s-fire-phone-unlocked-and-discounted-state <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, power up, and fill your brain with the latest tech news around </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="Star Wars: The Force Awakens" alt="Star Wars: The Force Awakens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/starwars-forceawakens-logo_1.jpg?1417153819" /> </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"> New Star Wars trailer online Friday </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>Don&rsquo;t worry: you won&rsquo;t have to buy a ticket at one of 30 select U.S. movie theaters this weekend or watch a bootleg version to see the <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> debut trailer anytime soon. That&rsquo;s because the 88-second teaser will also hit iTunes Trailers this Friday.</p> <p>Earlier this week, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">Disney revealed</a> that the first trailer would show before every movie at those limited U.S. cinemas this coming weekend, but that an international debut would come in December. You might still want to see it on the big screen, but if your primary goal is simply to <em>see</em> the trailer in a crisp, official format, your wish will be granted come tomorrow.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/starwars/status/537726713753382913">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will premiere this Friday</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"> Fire Phone unlocked and discounted in States </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&rsquo;s Fire Phone debuted as an AT&amp;T exclusive in the United States&hellip; and subsequently failed to gain much traction at all. After previously discounting the on-contract price to a mere dollar, now Amazon is selling the phone unlocked for the first time, and for a huge discount.</p> <p>The unlocked 32GB Fire Phone now sells for just US$199.99 (about &pound;127) in America, and that still includes a full year of Amazon Prime, which itself sells for half that price. Amazon reportedly <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro">has warehouses filled with the thing</a>, so the move makes sense; now when will the UK see its unlocked model (still &pound;399) brought down accordingly?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OC0USA6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl">Amazon</a> via <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/fire-phone-goes-unlocked-as-amazon-scrabbles-for-sales-26357393/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone 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-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/amazon-firephone-inhand.jpg?1417073581" /> </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"> The Keyboard Waffle Iron is self-explanatory </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>Love the taste of waffles, but can&rsquo;t quite wrap your head around its usual mundane shape? Well, there&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1304060422/the-keyboard-waffle-iron">a Kickstarter for that</a>. The Keyboard Waffle Iron is exactly what it purports to be: a waffle iron that outputs potentially delicious breakfast food in the shape of a QWERTY keyboard.</p> <p>The campaign is seeking US$50,000 (about &pound;31,700) to start producing the units, with a US$60 (&pound;38) pledge getting you one in April 2015. It&rsquo;s about a quarter of the way funded after two days, as of this writing, which bodes well for it making the cut before the 24 December deadline rolls around.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1304060422/the-keyboard-waffle-iron">Kickstarter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-innovators-2014-design/feature">Stuff Innovators 2014: Design</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/i_UIi-XVSBM" 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"> Metal Gear Online is being revived </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 you loved <em>Metal Gear Online</em>, the multiplayer component attached to <em>Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots</em> on PlayStation 3, then you&rsquo;re in luck: it&rsquo;s been confirmed to appear in a new form at the first ever The Game Awards in Las Vegas next Friday, 5 December.</p> <p><em>Metal Gear Online</em>, which was available separately in Japan, shut down in 2012. The new <em>Metal Gear Online</em> is likely to be included with next year&rsquo;s <em>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</em>&nbsp;(pictured) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360, although that&rsquo;s all we know for now. In typical <em>Metal Gear</em> (and creator Hideo Kojima) fashion, expect a truly odd and offbeat announcement.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/11/26/7297777/metal-gear-online-hideo-kojima-the-game-awards">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-see-30-minutes-metal-gear-solid-v-phantom-pain-plus-blackberry-s-phablet-and-n">Fully Charged: See 30 minutes of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, plus Blackberry&rsquo;s phablet and Nokia&rsquo;s slick Android launcher</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="675" title="Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" alt="Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mgs5-phantompain.jpg?1417153819" /> </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-star-wars-trailer-online-week-amazon-s-fire-phone-unlocked-and-discounted-state#comments Amazon Film and TV Fire Phone Gaming Kitchen Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454063 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon planning ad-supported streaming video service separate from Prime http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-planning-ad-supported-streaming-video-service-separate-prime/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If cheaper than Netflix, will Amazon pull more users into its ecosystem? </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 Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-prime-instant-video.jpg?1416628082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon&rsquo;s Instant Video offerings make its annual Prime membership even more appealing, but word is that the company has a separate video streaming option in the works to undercut Netflix.</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/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-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-planning-ad-supported-streaming-video-service-separate-prime/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-planning-ad-supported-streaming-video-service-separate-prime/news#comments Amazon Instant Video Netflix Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:34:10 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453696 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon expected to launch curated hotel booking site in 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-expected-launch-curated-hotel-booking-site/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report says Amazon Travel will go live near start of year, begin in major U.S. cities </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 Travel&#039;s first target: New York City?" alt="Amazon Travel&#039;s first target: New York City?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-york-city.jpg?1416627277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is best known as the go-to retailer for nearly all things physical and digital, but the company has made some unexpected moves of late (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-replacing-faulty-iphone-5-batteries-amazon-acquires-twitch-and-google-sli">like acquiring Twitch</a>) - and launching a travel booking service could be yet another.</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/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-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-expected-launch-curated-hotel-booking-site/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-expected-launch-curated-hotel-booking-site/news#comments Amazon Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:57:32 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453680 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire TV http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out Apple TV – Amazon’s box is a smarter variety of streamer </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 Fire TV review" alt="Amazon Fire TV review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-fire-tv-in-hand.jpg?1415700017" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not content with &ldquo;copying&rdquo; Apple by producing its own tablet and a smartphone, Amazon has gone three for three by launching the Fire TV, a tiny black box that lets you stream video, photos and music to your telly. Remind you of anything?</p> <p>But despite costing the same as the Apple TV, the Fire TV sets its sights higher: it&rsquo;s a games console too, says Amazon, and thanks to wide support for apps, it doesn&rsquo;t force you into buying stuff only from its makers.</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"> £79.00 </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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simple setup and UI </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good AV performance </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact, tidy design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice search limited to Amazon content </div> <div class="field-item even"> Occasional remote lag </div> </div> </div> <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"> Design and setup </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 TV is a small black square-shaped box, a little wider and flatter than the Apple TV. We think it&rsquo;s reasonably attractive, and it&rsquo;s small enough that you can hide it away if you don&rsquo;t agree.</p> <p>It connects to your TV via HDMI, which can carry either 720p or 1080p HD video, and also offers an optical output for Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Dual-channel, dual-aerial Wi-Fi is the internet connection we expect most people to use, and we found it worked flawlessly, but there&rsquo;s also Ethernet if you prefer the reliability of a wired hookup.</p> <p>A USB 2.0 port rounds things off, but as far as we can tell this is included purely for the purposes of charging external devices &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t support external drives and won&rsquo;t allow you to expand the storage beyond the 8GB of built-in space (only 5GB or so of which is actually available once you account for Amazon&rsquo;s OS).</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a small, rubbery-skinned remote control included too. But you&rsquo;ll need to buy your own HDMI cable. The gamepad controller required for many of Fire TV&rsquo;s more complex games is a &pound;35 optional extra.</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="HDMI carries up to 1080p video to your TV" alt="HDMI carries up to 1080p video to your TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-plugged-in.jpg?1415700017" /> </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="The remote has a pleasingly grippy matte surface" alt="The remote has a pleasingly grippy matte surface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-remote.jpg?1415700017" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire TV tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Video output: 1080p or 720p at up to 60fps</p> <p>Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064</p> <p>Memory: 2GB</p> <p>Storage: 8GB</p> <p>Connectivity: HDMI; optical audio; Ethernet; USB 2.0; Bluetooth 2.1 (for remote)</p> <p>Weight: 281g</p> <p>Dimensions: 115 x 115 x 17.5mm</p> </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"> 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"> User interface </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>Once you&rsquo;ve hooked the box up to your TV and broadband supply and sat through the autoplay introductory video (which concisely explains what you can do with the Fire TV and how you can do it) you&rsquo;re presented with the simple home screen: a list of categories on the left edge and a mosaic of content filling the rest.</p> <p>Using the remote, you can zip around these menus to browse things to watch &ndash; either streamed through your Amazon Prime Instant Video account or rented/purchased for extra cash. You can also install apps and games (more on all that below), and adjust the Fire TV&rsquo;s settings.</p> <p>The remote control is a simple one, with only the buttons you need on board: cursor, back, home, options and playback controls, plus a microphone button that fires up voice search. It mostly works just as it should, except for the occasional bout of lag (more on that below).</p> <p>The cloud-powered voice search works very smoothly. Hold the mic button, wait for the tone and speak and the Fire TV will quickly bring up a list of content based on the term. It&rsquo;s so accurate (it never once slipped up when we used it) and fast enough that it&rsquo;ll swiftly become the default way you search for things. There&rsquo;s one issue with it, however: it only searches for Amazon-derived content, and won&rsquo;t delve into third-party services. So if, say, you were to voice search for &ldquo;Sons of Anarchy&rdquo;, the results would list only the Amazon Prime version and Amazon&rsquo;s rent/buy options, not the show on Netflix.</p> <p>Owners of Amazon&#39;s Fire Phone or Kindle Fire HDX tablets can use their device as a second screen while watching Prime movies (viewing info on the actors etc. &ndash; it&#39;s all a bit basic and pointless in our opinion, but some might enjoy it), or fling pages from their mobile device onto their living room telly through the Fire TV. Other phones and tablets don&#39;t work.</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="The voice search results only list Amazon-derived content" alt="The voice search results only list Amazon-derived content" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-voice-search.jpg?1415700017" /> </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"> Movies, TV and 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>Amazon Prime members will get the most out of the Fire TV. A subscription to the service allows you to stream a wide selection of films and TV shows through the box, many of them in 1080p HD quality. The streaming picture quality isn&rsquo;t up to Blu-ray standards &ndash; we found it a little soft at times, even with big ticket films like <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, and there&rsquo;s visible contouring in smooth colour gradations &ndash; but it&rsquo;s not bad at all.</p> <p>Amazon Music users can also access their cloud-stored MP3 collections by linking the Fire TV with their account. Obviously, you&rsquo;re probably not going to want to use your telly&rsquo;s tiny speakers in place of a proper hi-fi, but if you&rsquo;ve got the Fire TV wired to a decent speaker system this is a handy way to access more music.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not limited to Amazon&rsquo;s own services. You can also rent or buy individual films and shows for a fee (most films are &pound;3.49 to rent and between &pound;7.99 and &pound;9.99 to own), and there&rsquo;s also, via installable apps, access to third-party video services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. Streaming video quality is also impressive with these, although as mentioned above you can&rsquo;t scout their libraries using the Fire TV&rsquo;s voice search option &ndash; you&rsquo;ll have to type in text using the remote instead.</p> <p>Another app lets you turn the Fire TV into a Spotify Connect music player, meaning you can grab your smartphone or tablet, fire up the Spotify mobile app and (provided you&rsquo;re a premium subscriber), play your tunes through the Fire TV.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Why you should care about Spotify Connect, the tech that&#39;ll fill your home with streamed music</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="You&#039;ll need a Prime account to get the most out of the Fire TV" alt="You&#039;ll need a Prime account to get the most out of the Fire TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-video.jpg?1415700017" /> </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"> Gaming </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 has made much of the Fire TV&rsquo;s capabilities as a games console, but in reality it&rsquo;s not going to give the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review" target="_blank">Wii U</a> any sleepless nights &ndash; it&rsquo;s basically the equivalent of a powerful tablet as a gaming device. There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with that, of course, and for those who don&rsquo;t want to shell out megabucks for a &ldquo;real&rdquo; console there are some good games here, albeit mostly reworkings of mobile titles. Telltale&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/walking-dead-episode-one/review"><em>The Walking Dead</em></a> is probably the highlight at launch (both &ldquo;seasons&rdquo; of the game are available for free, if you&rsquo;re a Prime subscriber), but there are a handful of other reasonably diverting games &ndash; and more are on the way.</p> <p>The &pound;35 wireless controller resembles a squarer Xbox 360 pad. It&rsquo;s not as comfy as that controller, and there&rsquo;s no rumble function, but overall it&rsquo;s a fine gamepad that means you can actually play action games. The Fire TV&rsquo;s regular remote can be used to play more sedate, simple games.</p> <p>We have noticed severe input lag at various times when using the gamepad and the remote, and it&#39;s been so bad (three to four seconds) that it made the Fire TV nigh-on unusable. A reset of the box (which involves literally unplugging the power cable, then plugging it back in &ndash; there&#39;s no other way) sorted it, but it&#39;s happened more than once. Hopefully Amazon this is a simple bug that Amazon is in the process of squashing, because having to monkey around with cables gets old really fast.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">Sony PS4 long-term 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="900" title="The controller is very Xbox 360-ish" alt="The controller is very Xbox 360-ish" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-games-controller.jpg?1415700017" /> </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"> Amazon Fire TV 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>While you couldn&rsquo;t call it totally open, the Fire TV isn&rsquo;t locked inside its walled garden quite as tightly as the Apple TV is &ndash; let&#39;s say the gate is ajar. It embraces more third-party providers than Apple, including rivals such as Spotify. It&rsquo;s a games console, too &ndash; OK, it&#39;s more Ouya than PS4, but it&#39;s a step in the right direction and already works well - when it works.</p> <p>That lag issue needs fixing pronto, and we want to see more (or expandable) storage and wider scope for voice search in future updates, but this is a great first effort at a living room streamer from Amazon.</p> <p>It might look like an Apple TV rip-off, but this is an altogether smarter breed of streamer. Its power, voice search, support for third-party content and passable impression of a games console nudge ahead of the competition.</p> <p>Time to step up, Apple.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone 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="900" title="Amazon has come a long way from simply selling books" alt="Amazon has come a long way from simply selling books" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-shelf.jpg?1415700017" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Powerful, flexible and user-friendly, Amazon&rsquo;s box has staked a spot among the streaming elite</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv/review#comments Amazon Fire TV Streaming Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:41:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1452743 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's new Echo speaker is basically Siri in a can http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-echo-speaker-basically-siri-can/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well, this was unexpected. </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="784" height="588" title="HAIL THE TUBE" alt="Amazon&#039;s new Echo speaker is basically Siri in a can" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-echo.jpg?1415356545" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>That right there, is the Echo - Amazon&#39;s answer to, well, we&#39;re not quite sure yet.</p> <p>It&#39;s a Bluetooth speaker that&#39;s constantly connected to the cloud, with the sole purpose of being your personal information and entertainment butler.</p> <p>&quot;Beam-forcing technology&quot; and seven microphones apparently lets it pick up your voice from any direction, providing you with weather, travel, news and general information, whenever you ask for it - Google Now and Siri-style.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Echo appears to be US-only for now, priced at US$200 or US$100 for Amazon Prime members, and you&#39;ll need to apply for an invite if you want to be an early adopter.</p> <p>We&#39;re watching this with interest from the sidelines from now. Will this go the way of the obscure and quirky <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-q-review-–-hands/news" target="_blank">Google Nexus Q</a>?&nbsp;</p> <p>Time will tell.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.amazon.com/oc/echo" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/6/7167793/amazon-echo-speaker-announced" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</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="955" height="717" title="STATS" alt="Amazon&#039;s new Echo speaker is basically Siri in a can" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-echo-2.jpg?1415356545" /> </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"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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 Echo: Siri in a can </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-echo-speaker-basically-siri-can/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-echo-speaker-basically-siri-can/news#comments Amazon Bluetooth Speakers Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:34:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452403 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon “learned a lot” from Fire Phone reception, says more to come http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-learned-lot-fire-phone-reception-says-more-come/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, the curious and arguably overpriced smartphone won’t be Amazon’s last </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 Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-firephone-inhand_0.jpg?1415249950" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Fire Phone didn&rsquo;t exactly live up to the hype, with some sticker shock over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro">higher-than-expected price</a> and somewhat gimmicky feature set. So be it: Amazon says it can and will do better.</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/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-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-learned-lot-fire-phone-reception-says-more-come/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-learned-lot-fire-phone-reception-says-more-come/news#comments Amazon Fire Phone Kindle Smartphones Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:27:22 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452308 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon admits Fire Phone was overpriced, EE’s 150Mbps 4G+ network hits London, and Seth Rogen to play Woz in Steve Jobs biopic? http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start Friday with a bang </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 Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-firephone-inhand.jpg?1414748110" /> </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 admits Fire Phone was overpriced </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 rumours of Amazon&rsquo;s impending entrance into the smartphone game heated up earlier this year, we assumed the company would continue its winning tablet strategy of undercutting the competition on price while still delivering a quality product.</p> <p>That ended up not being the case, as the US$199 (&pound;125) on-contract launch price for the Fire Phone was on par with flagship devices from other companies - and few would&rsquo;ve considered Amazon&rsquo;s phone a true competitor on that level. With mid-range hardware and some early software issues, it just didn&rsquo;t connect with customers, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a">the company&rsquo;s recent earnings report</a> showed the damage.</p> <p>Amazon dropped the price to US$0.99 before long, and it launched at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-sale-30-september-exclusively-o2/news">a discounted rate in the UK</a>, but the company&rsquo;s senior vice president of devices, David Limp, has since acknowledged the initial misjudgment. &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t get the price right,&rdquo; he tells Fortune. &ldquo;I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we&rsquo;re also willing to say, &lsquo;we missed.&rsquo; And so we corrected.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://fortune.com/2014/10/30/amazon-exec-fire-phone-priced-wrong/">Fortune</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://fortune.com/2014/10/30/amazon-exec-fire-phone-priced-wrong/ http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone 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"> EE launches 4G+ network in London </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>Got a brand new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review">Galaxy Alpha</a> on EE? You&rsquo;re in luck, as the carrier has switched on its 4G+ (LTE-Advanced) network in central London, capable of speeds of up to 150Mbps (or 90Mbps on average). The CAT6 network blends parts of the 1800MHz and 2.6Ghz spectrums to provide enhanced service for those using supported devices, with promised speeds faster than fibre broadband.</p> <p>Just the two Samsung handsets work for now - no iPhone 6 compatibility here - but the move is theoretically beneficial for all of EE&rsquo;s 4G customers, as EE says the added spectrum will take some strain off of the network for everyone else. Greater London and other major UK cities are set to pick up coverage next year, as well.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 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-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="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note4-photoinhand.png?1414748110" /> </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"> Seth Rogen to play Woz in Steve Jobs movie </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>Batman is Steve Jobs, and now Green Hornet is Woz? That&rsquo;s the word coming out of Hollywood late this week, as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a">last week&rsquo;s confirmation</a> that Christian Bale will take the role of Steve Jobs in Sony&rsquo;s upcoming biopic has been followed by word that funnyman Seth Rogen is expected to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s against type in one respect, as Rogen typically doesn&rsquo;t take on dramatic roles - but then again, Woz is generally considered a goofball, and we know that the actor from <em>Pineapple Express</em> and <em>Knocked Up</em> can handle that. Maybe it&rsquo;ll be a transformational role, like with his frequent co-star Jonah Hill and <em>Moneyball</em>.</p> <p>Aaron Sorkin (<em>The Social Network</em>) has written the script based on Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s excellent biography on Jobs, with Danny Boyle (<em>Slumdog Millionaire</em>) set to direct. No release date has been announced.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/seth-rogen-steve-wozniak-steve-jobs-biopic-1201338038/">Variety</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">For better or worse, Apple&rsquo;s iPad lineup shows its now a very different company</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="793" title="Steve Wozniak" alt="Steve Wozniak" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steve-wozniak.jpg?1414748110" /> </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"> New Call of Duty has amped-up zombies </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 popular zombies mode from multiple past <em>Call of Duty</em> entries will appear in next week&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em>, it appears - a secret that Activision and Sledgehammer Games had apparently kept close to the vest for quite some time.</p> <p>A leaked cinematic hit the web yesterday, showing a character with the super future armor from the game evading hyperactive attackers that are much faster than previous games&rsquo; shambling zombies, and with a wild vertical leap to boot. Sledgehammer&rsquo;s Glen Schofield acknowledged the leak on Twitter, but Activision is still pulling down unauthorized trailers as quickly as they&rsquo;re being uploaded.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/30/zombies-mode-leaked-in-call-of-duty-advanced-warfare">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on 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-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="671" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/callofduty-aw-zombies.png?1414748110" /> </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"> Assassin’s Creed trailer teases sci-fi shenanigans </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>We&rsquo;ve heard all about French Revolution-era Paris in next month&rsquo;s <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em>, but it appears that there may be other moments in time that you&rsquo;ll explore. This new &ldquo;Time Anomaly&rdquo; trailer hints at some time-twisting weirdness ahead, but Ubisoft seems content to just mess with fans for now and leave the surprise intact. What is happening here?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-unity-time-anomalies/">UbiBlog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity 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/wW_-exDp3CE" 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-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro#comments Amazon Apple Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Fire Phone Galaxy Alpha Galaxy Note 4 Gaming Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451862 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: First Destiny expansion dated, Nintendo’s non-wearable sleep tracker revealed, and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick sold out ’til 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-destiny-expansion-dated-nintendo-s-non-wearable-sleep-tracker-and-amazon- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our quick-hit morning tech news roundup can get you informed in a hurry </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="Destiny: The Dark Below" alt="Destiny: The Dark Below" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-expansion1.jpg?1414742698" /> </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"> Destiny expansion out in December </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>Already logged dozens of hours in Bungie&rsquo;s <em>Destiny</em> and ready for a fresh challenge? Activision sent out word yesterday that the online multiplayer shooter will launch its first planned expansion pack, <em>The Dark Below</em>, on 9 December.</p> <p>Priced at &pound;19.99, <em>The Dark Below</em> bumps the player level cap to 32 (from 30), tosses in a slew of new weapons and gear, and adds five Bounty slots. It&rsquo;s set on the Moon, with new character Eris offering fresh missions to undertake to stop the Hive from summoning a god named Crota to demolish Earth.</p> <p>The Will of Crota, a new co-op Strike, joins a six-player Raid called Crota&rsquo;s End in the set, plus there are three new multiplayer maps to battle within. And PlayStation players get a bonus co-op Strike named The Undying Mind, which is a timed exclusive. A second expansion called <em>House of Wolves</em> will follow in 2015, and you can buy both now for the discounted rate of &pound;34.99.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny 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"> Sleep tracker leads Nintendo’s health platform </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 a rough patch of late with its gaming business (although things are <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7088425/the-best-mario-kart-ever-steers-nintendo-to-profit">starting to look up</a>), Nintendo plans to expand its focus in the future - and we&rsquo;re not talking about mobile games. Instead, the Japanese company intends to launch a &ldquo;Quality of Life&rdquo; platform, and the first part of that is a sleep tracker that measures your zzz&rsquo;s using radio waves.</p> <p>Interestingly, it&rsquo;s non-wearable; as seen in the diagram above, it sits next to the bed and measures your slumber without impeding it, and then uploads the data to a cloud-powered online interface. The Quality of Life initiative isn&rsquo;t set to debut until 2016, so it could be some time before we&rsquo;re all measuring and analyzing our sleep with help from the house that Mario built, but it&rsquo;s certainly an intriguing twist for the company.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/141030/05.html">Nintendo</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7130229/nintendo-qol-sleep-tracking-device">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">Nintendo shows off updated 3DS and 3DS XL designs</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="675" title="Nintendo&#039;s sleep tracker" alt="Nintendo&#039;s sleep tracker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-sleep-tracker_0.jpg?1414742698" /> </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 Fire TV Stick sold out through end of year </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 didn&rsquo;t bother mentioning a UK release date for its just-revealed Fire TV Stick, a low-priced streaming video competitor to Google&rsquo;s Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick, but we have a feeling it won&rsquo;t be until sometime in 2015.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because new U.S. orders placed as of yesterday won&rsquo;t be delivered until January at the earliest - a solid couple of months after its 19 November release there. The US$39 (&pound;25) device is apparently a big hit, and Amazon offering it at half-price on Monday to Prime subscribers no doubt helped blow through the initial launch stock.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-fire-tv-stick-ship-date-pushed-back-to-january/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-launches-tiny-affordable-fire-tv-stick-streamer/news">Amazon launches tiny, affordable Fire TV Stick streamer</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="Amazon Fire TV Stick" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-stick.jpg?1414650781" /> </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"> Modder’s Xbook Duo houses Xbox One and 360 </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>Just last week, we brought you word of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4-">custom PlayStation 4 laptop</a> made by an intrepid modder - and now he&rsquo;s gone and topped himself by quite a large margin. Introducing the Xbook Duo.</p> <p>Yes, it has an Xbox One inside, but it also contains an Xbox 360. Modder Edward Zarick somehow squeezed the guts of both within one custom &ldquo;laptop,&rdquo; which features a 3D-printed body and a Vizio 1080p display. Unlike the PS4 option, Zarick doesn&rsquo;t seem ready to sell this one to interested parties (at least not yet), but you can learn about its creation by watching the video above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.edsjunk.net/wordpress/?p=277">Ed&rsquo;s Junk</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/10/29/7089935/xbox-laptop-xbook-xbox-360-xbox-one-backward-compatible">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One 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/uvFwaxWJHxU" 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-first-destiny-expansion-dated-nintendo-s-non-wearable-sleep-tracker-and-amazon-#comments Amazon Destiny Fire TV Gaming Nintendo Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451777 at http://www.stuff.tv