Amazon http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/all en-GB Fully Charged: Fitbit finally works with Windows Phone, smartphones to replace Hilton room keys, and Disney Infinity 2.0 adds big Marvel villains http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-fitbit-finally-works-windows-phone-smartphones-replace-hilton-room-keys-and-dis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Drop into our latest morning roundup for a breezy blast of tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-flex.jpg?1406615581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit finally gets a Windows Phone app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Taking advantage of enhanced Bluetooth support in the Windows Phone 8.1 OS update, Fitbit has finally released an app for the platform, allowing its myriad fitness bands and trackers to work with Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the first physical fitness tracker to support Windows Phone&mdash;another big milestone as the mobile platform proves that it can be an everyday smartphone, not just a good-looking but vapid alternative to iOS and Android. The Fitbit Flex band is currently <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">our #2 top wearable tech</a> in the world, so congratulations Windows Phone users: you now have a pretty excellent option for tracking steps, sleep, and more.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/28/5943851/fitbit-windows-phone-app">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hilton making your phone your hotel room key </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>International hotel leader Hilton yesterday announced a series of digital-minded initiatives, the most significant of which will be allowing guests to use their mobile devices as a room key. Rather than carry around a little card or old-fashioned key, you&rsquo;ll be able to use a compatible smartphone to unlock the door.</p> <p>Hilton will begin adding such capabilities to most of its 4,000+ worldwide hotels starting in 2015. Also on the horizon, but coming before the end of this year: the ability to book a particular room using a web or mobile app the day before your stay, as well as check in and out without having to stop by the front desk.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.hiltonworldwide.com/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/27192">Hilton</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/balluga-smart-bed-hands-wafting-you-sleep-cushion-air-cells/news">Balluga Smart Bed hands-on: wafting you to sleep on a cushion of air cells</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hilton Hotels" alt="Hilton Hotels" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hilton-hotels.jpg?1406615581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney Infinity 2.0 adds Marvel villains to the mix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As promised by its title, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes will introduce the storied comic company&rsquo;s biggest and brightest stars&mdash;but as revealed yesterday with a new trailer, the game will also allow players to take the role of some of its most notorious villains.</p> <p>The Green Goblin, Loki, and Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy) are all previewed in the latest trailer, and each will have a plastic figurine to purchase and use, of course. Infinity 2.0 is due out on 23 September for all current consoles, ranging from the Wii all the way up to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Even the Nintendo 3DS is getting in on the fun.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEpM67QFslg">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MEpM67QFslg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon US opens 3D printing store for customized items </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It seems that Amazon is getting in on the 3D printing craze. Sure, the online retailer has been selling makers and parts for some time, but now you can purchase and customize your very own items <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=8323871011">direct from Amazon</a>, at least in the United States (to start).</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find a couple hundred items available in the store, but not all of them are fully tweakable. The 3D-printed bobblehead (priced at US$29.99; a bit less than &pound;18) is perhaps the best example of something you can make your own, with Mii-like facial characteristics you can swap in with ease. No word on this new storefront hitting the UK, but it&rsquo;s a promising first step for Amazon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/doodle-your-own-drone-3d-printing-pen/news">Doodle your own drone with a 3D printing pen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="687" title="Amazon 3D printing" alt="Amazon 3D printing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-3dprint.png?1406615581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-fitbit-finally-works-windows-phone-smartphones-replace-hilton-room-keys-and-dis#comments 3D Printing Amazon Fitbit Gaming Windows Phone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443504 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google killing ‘free’ tag for freemium games, next Xbox One update adds Blu-ray 3D support, and Star Wars being fully recreated in Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump some fun into this Monday with our quick-hit recap of recent tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/googleplay-freegames.jpg?1405924382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google: Android games with in-app purchases won’t be labelled ‘free’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few &ldquo;free&rdquo; mobile games these days are devoid of in-app purchases, which has caused an uproar among parents and trade associations alike. With pressure from the former, the latter has gone after the likes of Google and Apple to make changes to how such freemium games are targeted towards children, and Google looks to be the first to make a big move.</p> <p>According to a press release issued by the European Commission, Google has agreed to no longer bill initially-gratis games with available in-app purchases as &ldquo;free&rdquo; on Google Play for Android. The company will do so by the end of September, and also draft guidelines for developers to follow to avoid kid-focused demands for in-game spending. How these apps will be labelled going forward remains unclear, though it apparently won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Apple, on the other hand, has offered the commission only vague assurances that it will &ldquo;address those concerns,&rdquo; says the release, with no timeline in place. However, the commission says it will continue to keep tabs on Apple to ensure that action is taken before long, and we have to wonder if Amazon will get roped into this all considering its issues with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">European Commission</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte">Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Social enhancements, Blu-ray 3D playback coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has been pumping out steady, meaningful Xbox One system updates each month, and the round of enhancements due in August looks like another solid one. Social tweaks lead the pack, with a livelier and more interactive Activity Feed.</p> <p>Additionally, the update will add Blu-ray 3D playback to the console, along with remote purchasing via SmartGlass or web, notification tweaks, and battery level notifications. Microsoft is also testing a permanent friends bar and Gamerscore leaderboard on the main screen, but both features are still being tweaked before wide release later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-steamboy-machine-handheld-steam-pc-next-xbox-one-update-detailed-and-inside-toky">Fully Charged: The Steamboy Machine is a handheld Steam PC, next Xbox One update detailed, and inside Tokyo&rsquo;s new Apple Store</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ovHyso_jy24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New teaser for fan-made Star Wars film recreation in Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans have been using Minecraft to generate amazing, ambitious pop culture recreations since it first came on the scene, and Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope may be one of the most elaborate undertakings to date.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a full shot-for-shot video remake of the original 1977 film using the tools from the game, although you&rsquo;ll need to run the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray of the film itself in the background to lend sound to the blocky images. Check out the latest trailer for the flick, which is expected out later this year; more than an hour&rsquo;s worth of footage has already been completed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://paradisedecay.wordpress.com">Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope</a> via <a href="http://kotaku.com/minecraft-star-wars-a-new-hope-looks-as-good-as-ever-1605837108">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ordnance-survey-creates-minecraft-map-great-britain/news">Ordnance Survey creates Minecraft map of Great Britain</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-U7RyXiHB1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon planning Android Prime Instant Video app, also 4K content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of PC Advisor, Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris has confirmed that an Android version of the company&rsquo;s streaming video app is finally incoming, with a release &ldquo;imminent&rdquo; (the iOS version is shown above). It&rsquo;s unclear whether it will play friendly with both phones and tablets out of the gate, however.</p> <p>Additionally, the report claims that 4K Ultra HD video content will make its debut this year on the Prime Instant Video service, with all of the Amazon Studios original series for the coming season shooting at that resolution. Two series should arrive later this year, with another two out in Q1 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/">PC Advisor</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-primeinstantvideo.PNG?1405924382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup#comments Amazon Android Apple Film and TV Google Minecraft Xbox One Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442695 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service is an all-you-can-read buffet for your eyes http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bookworms can gorge themselves from a selection of 600,000 titles for US$10 a month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kindle-Unlimited.jpg?1405690505" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon&#39;s new Kindle Unlimited service is a dream come true for heavy readers.</p> <p>US$10 a month will provoke access to more than 600,000 books, not to mention a selection of 2,000 audio books, in a Netflix-like service which offers unlimited content for a monthly fee.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news#comments Amazon Kindle Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:35:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442495 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon is testing a “Kindle Unlimited” book subscription service http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-testing-kindle-unlimited-book-subscription-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For US$10 a month, it’ll do for ebooks and audiobooks what Netflix does for films and TV shows </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Unlimited test page" alt="Kindle Unlimited test page" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kindle-unlimited.jpg?1405525372" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon appears to be in the process of testing a monthly subscription service offering unfettered access to audiobooks. Think Spotify or Netflix, but for literature rather than music or movies.</p> <p>Dubbed Kindle Unlimited, the existence of the service was revealed via some test pages spotted by users of the Kindle message board. Many of the pages have been taken down but remain in Google&rsquo;s cache, and they reveal quite a bit.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ten bucks for unlimited reading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:6jL66Zad7zIJ:www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/ku/sign-up/ui/rw/about+&amp;cd=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=us" target="_blank">One page in the cache</a> boasts of &ldquo;over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks&rdquo;, available on &ldquo;any device&rdquo;, and a subscription fee of US$9.99 (around &pound;6) per month. Another page, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=9069934011" target="_blank">still active at the time of writing</a>, shows 628,478 titles to choose from &ndash; but interestingly, it seems that there&rsquo;s nothing from any of the five main publishing giants (HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Hachette and Simon &amp; Schuster). That could be due to Amazon not yet securing deals with them, or it could be that they have no plans to at all. Books mentioned in the test pages include the <em>Hunger Games</em> trilogy, <em>Life of Pi</em> and both the <em>Harry Potter</em> and <em>Lord of the Rings</em> series.</p> <p>Kindle Unlimited wouldn&rsquo;t be the first service of this kind for books. Amazon already offers the Kindle Lending Library for Amazon Prime users; there are also two potential rivals in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-elon-musk-traversing-states-tesla-apple-pondering-6in-iphones-and-spotify-ebooks">Oyster</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/fully-charged-spotify-adds-new-features-hobbit-gets-new-trailer-and-toothbrush-only-takes-si">Scribd</a>, but neither of these offers audiobook access (it appears from the test pages that Kindle Unlimited will launch with 7,351 audiobooks). Both do have books from HarperCollins and Simon &amp; Schuster, however, so it appears both</p> <p>Amazon has yet to comment on the existence of Kindle Unlimited, but we&rsquo;ll keep you updated when we hear more.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gigaom.com/2014/07/16/amazon-is-testing-kindle-unlimited-an-ebook-subscription-service-for-9-99month/" target="_blank">GigaOM</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Would you pay £6 a month for unlimited books?" alt="Would you pay £6 a month for unlimited books?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle-unlimited-2.jpg?1405525372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Amazon eBook Kindle Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:41:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442284 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish the week strong with our morning roundup of the fun and the fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fire Phone" alt="Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-opener_0.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Federal Trade Commission sues Amazon over in-app purchases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As expected, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Amazon yesterday, alleging that the company made it too easy for children to purchase digital content on the company&rsquo;s devices&mdash;and made it too difficult for parents to get refunds thereafter. Amazon saw the writing on the wall last week, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">sending a letter to the FTC</a> saying it was preparing to defend itself in a courtroom after discussions between the parties failed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Amazon&rsquo;s in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents&rsquo; accounts without permission,&rdquo; asserted FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement released yesterday. &ldquo;Even Amazon&rsquo;s own employees recognized the serious problem its process created.&nbsp;We are seeking refunds for affected parents and a court order to ensure that Amazon gets parents&rsquo; consent for in-app purchases.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amazon believes that its current practices meet the FTC&rsquo;s standards, but the commission clearly thinks otherwise. Back in January, Apple agreed to refund at least US$32.5 million of in-app purchases not authorized by parents, as well as add the kind of consent that the FTC wants Amazon to implement in its own digital storefront.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/07/10/ftc-sues-amazon-over-kids-in-app-purchases/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crowdfunded attempt to revive abandoned NASA satellite likely fails </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) satellite was launched in 1978 and essentially left to quietly die in space in 1997. It was more recently discovered to still be floating around the sun and seemingly be functional in some respects, so some former NASA employees raised nearly US$160,000 via crowdfunding and reached an agreement with NASA to try and make contact with the probe and try and bring it back to life.</p> <p>Initial attempts to fire the engines last weekend were successful, but subsequent tries have failed&mdash;it seems that either the nitrogen tanks are tapped, or there are issues with the fuel lines. If the scientists can&rsquo;t sort it out, then the ISEE-3 could be lost forever. They have a limited window of time to try and reposition its orbit before the satellite is likely out of range for future communication.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/10/330255777/the-little-spacecraft-that-couldnt?ft=1&amp;f=1026">NPR</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/10/5886807/isee-3-space-probe-rescue-ends">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: Fully Charged: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-nasa-s-deep-space-rocket-enters-production-oculus-rift-sales-stopped-china-and-">NASA&rsquo;s deep space rocket enters production, Oculus Rift sales stopped in China, and the playable Tetris t-shirt</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ISEE-3" alt="ISEE-3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/isee-3.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo 3’s last Easter Egg finally found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly seven years after its release, Halo 3 has finally revealed its (supposedly) final hidden Easter Egg. Long teased by Bungie, some intrepid fans found the message&mdash;it&rsquo;s a personal note from Adrian Perez, former developer and senior engineer at the developer, to his wife. &quot;Happy birthday, Lauren&quot; may not the most thrilling discovery after all this time to the average fan, but it&rsquo;s always fun to see these things discovered long after the game&rsquo;s been released.</p> <p>In this case, you have to click in both thumbsticks on the loading screen when playing the game on December 25. Assuming Lauren Perez&rsquo;s birthday is indeed on Christmas Day, then we hope this little-big secret helped make up for all those years of getting one gift to cover both occasions.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/10/halo-3s-final-easter-egg-has-been-found">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LuKaWd6_Stg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte#comments Amazon Console games Crowdfunding Gaming Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441725 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung ditching plasma TVs, Lindsay Lohan sues over GTA5, and Amazon will fight U.S. government over in-app purchases http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fading tech, a desperate move from a faded star, and a hopefully soon-to-be-faded business model lead our morning roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung PS51F5500" alt="Samsung PS51F5500" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-plasma.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung ending plasma TV production </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even as consumers gravitate towards LCD and LED displays, plasma TVs have held a small but vocal fanbase for their deeper blacks and wider viewing angles, among other perceived advantages. However, the market shrunk significantly when Panasonic pulled out last year, and now Samsung has announced its own plans to leave the plasma party.</p> <p>Samsung will cease producing plasma panels by 30 November this year, &ldquo;due to changes in market demands,&rdquo; according to a statement. The company hadn&rsquo;t released any new plasma TV models in 2014, and last year&rsquo;s entries&mdash;like the PS51F5500&mdash;look to be the last to hail from the Korean manufacturer. Like its competitors, Samsung plans to pursue more 4K televisions, along with curved displays.</p> <p>LG remains the lone major holdout, and CNET cites a report from <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/140701/samsung-sdi-discontinue-plasma-display-production-amid-low-d">Yonhap News Agency</a> yesterday claiming that the company is also moving towards ceasing plasma screen production, having already converted one production line to making solar batteries instead. Plasma fans: now may be the time to grab the biggest and best model you can afford, as it will probably be the last.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-reportedly-ending-plasma-tv-production/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ps51f5500/review">Samsung PS51F5500 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lindsay Lohan sues over perceived GTA5 parody </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly a year after its release, Grand Theft Auto 5 remains our pick for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">top console game</a> in the world right now&mdash;and it&rsquo;s been a massive success, with more than 33 million copies shipped to stores and Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions still on the horizon (due out this autumn).</p> <p>However, &ldquo;mo&rsquo; money, mo&rsquo; problems,&rdquo; as the ancient proverb goes, and publisher Rockstar Games has an interesting one of the latter on its hands. Actress Lindsay Lohan (<em>Mean Girls</em>) has filed suit against the company today, alleging that in-game character Lacey Jonas is based on her likeness, voice, and even patterns from her clothing line.</p> <p>Rockstar had no comment on the initial report from the Associated Press, and while they&rsquo;ll have to sort this one out in a courtroom, we imagine the smash series&rsquo; comedic tone and history of parodying pop culture targets will come in handy when the publisher defends itself over these claims.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/lohan-sues-over-grand-theft-auto-v-game">Associated Press</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3DBrG2YjqQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon intends to fight U.S. government over in-app purchases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Earlier this year, Apple settled claims with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over accidental in-app purchases made by children, and agreed to pay out US$32.5 million to customers and add new App Store restrictions to dodge a legal battle. The FTC wants Amazon to do the same, but the online mega-retailer isn&rsquo;t having any of it.</p> <p>Amazon believes it is doing enough to prevent children from making unintended in-app purchases&mdash;and/or is responding well enough to complaints to avoid additional regulation&mdash;and will not accept similar settlement terms as Apple. In a letter to the FTC dated on 1 July, Amazon lawyer Andrew DeVore says that &ldquo;leaves us no choice but to defend our approach in court.&rdquo;</p> <p>Of course, Amazon is only weeks out from releasing the Fire Phone, so perhaps the company isn&rsquo;t willing to admit wrongdoing or oversight to diminish that launch. A court battle would cost significant time and money, but surely Amazon can afford both to put this one off into the distance.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/2/5864737/amazon-refuses-to-settle-with-ftc-in-app-purchases">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-opener.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dungeon Keeper’s “free” advertising ruled misleading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Electronic Arts tried to reboot the classic Dungeon Keeper as a mobile game earlier this year, the publisher ran into many unhappy players who found the different-feeling game to be severely limited by its freemium model. One such player, whose feathers were ruffled by an EA email ad promising it could be played &ldquo;for free,&rdquo; sent a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.</p> <p>And despite the fact that Dungeon Keeper is available as a free download, the ASA agreed with the complaint yesterday and ordered EA to never again run the ad in its current form. &ldquo;Because the game had the potential to restrict gameplay beyond that which would be expected by consumers and the ad did not make this aspect of the role of in-app purchasing clear, we concluded that it was misleading,&rdquo; reads the verdict.</p> <p>Damning words indeed, and ones that read like an indictment of the entire free-to-play model. Chances that they&rsquo;ll have any meaningful effect on the next big freemium game? Slim to none.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2014/7/Electronic-Arts-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_258907.aspx#.U7SjRNzhiCb">ASA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature">Freemium and in-app purchasing in iPhone and iPad gaming can be a pro, not just a con</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dungeon Keeper" alt="Dungeon Keeper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dungeonkeeper.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-#comments Amazon Electronic Arts Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 Samsung TVs Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440813 at http://www.stuff.tv FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/faa-amazon-no-drone-deliveries-you/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> America&#039;s Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) thinks that we aren&#039;t ready for flying robot postmen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " alt="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/primeair_0_0.jpg?1403706888" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Amazon&#39;s audacious plan to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-drone-deliveries-closer-fifth-and-sixth-gen-models-are-tested/news" target="_blank">deliver packages using drones</a>?</p> <p>It looks like Amazon&#39;s fleet of robot aircraft has been grounded &ndash; at least temporarily&nbsp;&ndash; thanks to the&nbsp;Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of America.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attack on the drones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FAA is still making it tricky for anyone using a drone without proper permission, with a list of activities that are banned under its current regulations including &quot;delivering of packages to people for a fee.&quot; Which rather puts the kibosh on Amazon&#39;s plans for drone deliveries.</p> <p>Free deliveries are also banned by the FAA, with a footnote reading: &quot;If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose.&quot;</p> <p>Amazon has since declared that its drone directives were still not quite ready for prime time; the company is likely waiting on the FAA to relax its drone requirements. The agency is expected to publish new rules on drones in 2015, in response to their explosion in popularity; currently, only amateur hobbyists and people with a Certificate of Authority from the FAA are allowed to fly them.&nbsp;</p> <p>With even <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/zuckerberg-confirms-facebooks-plans-drone-army/news" target="_blank">Facebook getting in on the drone game</a>, it isn&#39;t surprising that federal regulators are looking long and hard at the implications. In the meantime, postmen everywhere can hold on to their jobs a while longer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/parrot/meet-bebop-parrot-s-oculus-rift-compatible-drone/news" target="_blank">Meet the Bebop, Parrot&#39;s Oculus Rift-compatible drone</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/faa-grounds-amazons-drone-delivery-plans/" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " alt="FAA to Amazon: No drone deliveries for you! " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-air-prime-drone.jpg?1403706888" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/faa-amazon-no-drone-deliveries-you/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/faa-amazon-no-drone-deliveries-you/news#comments Amazon Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:34:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440100 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Amazon&#039;s new 3D-toting phone have what it takes to beat Apple&#039;s finest? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Fighting fire with... Apple" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fire-phone-vs-iphone.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So Amazon&#39;s finally joined the smartphone crew, launching its Fire Phone into an arena already crowded with iPhones, Androids and even the odd Windows Phone.</p> <p>But while the competition may be fierce, Amazon&#39;s debut handset still manages to stand out thanks to its 3D screen, built-in tech support, top-notch camera and world-scanning Firefly feature.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire Phone doesn&#39;t stray too far from the tried-and-tested as far as design goes. It looks like a smartphone, it&#39;s shaped like a smartphone, it is a smartphone. It&#39;s a nicely built one though, with a rubberised body, Gorilla glass on both the front and back and expertly machined aluminium buttons.</p> <p>It has a 4.7in screen and dimensions of 139x66.5x8.9mm, which makes it bigger than the iPhone but smaller than every flagship Android out there. All that glass makes it heavier than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 - 160g to the S5&#39;s 145g, although you&#39;re unlikely to notice much difference in use.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s is smaller. It has&nbsp;a 4in screen, measures 123.8x58.6x7.6mm and weighs a lot less than the Fire: a mere 112g. Like the Fire Phone it&#39;s beautifully built, with an aluminium shell and typically Apple attention to detail.</p> <p>In short, both phones have premium builds and classy looks. We might change our opinion once we&#39;ve actually seen the Fire Phone in the flesh, so to speak, but until then this round&#39;s a tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Metal and glass" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fire-phone-5s-1.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On specs alone the Fire Phone&#39;s display is a disappointment. With a resolution of 1280x720 - that&#39;s 315ppi - it looks decidedly antiquated next to the 1080p screens of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), let alone the 2K display of the LG G3.</p> <p>Against the 5s, though, it&#39;s a close-run thing: the iPhone&#39;s 1136x640 resolution isn&#39;t too hot itself, and its 326ppi is near enough to the Fire Phone&#39;s that you&#39;d barely spot the difference in pixel density.</p> <p>But there is one significant advantage to the Fire Phone - it&#39;s 3D. Well, kind of. On the front of the handset sit four cameras - one in each corner - which track the position of your head and calculate how you&#39;re looking at the screen. Through some clever software tricks it then displays an image which appears to have depth.</p> <p>This differs from the standard 3D method of making images appear to come out of the screen, and has several uses - you can, for instance, look to the side of labels on a map in order to read the text underneath. Or look behind objects in games. Or simply marvel at the various 3D-effect lock screens.</p> <p>Is it genuinely useful? It&rsquo;s too early to say. Developers have the potential to create some truly innovative apps for the Fire&rsquo;s 3D screen, so we&rsquo;ll remain tentatively optimistic for the time being.</p> <p>Until we wrap our hands around some mind-blowing 3D apps though, it&rsquo;s another draw for now.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Not one, not two, but THREE Ds." alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Maps-Yelp_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CAMERA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s is generally regarded as having one of the best smartphone cameras around, and like the Nokia Lumia 1020 &ndash; it&rsquo;s constantly used as a benchmark to measure the imaging prowess of rival devices.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s&rsquo; 8MP camera produces more detailed, more accurate shots than many of its 13MP Android competitors, so the Fire Phone&rsquo;s 13MP camera isn&rsquo;t guaranteed to be the superior snapper, despite the extra megapixels it offers.</p> <p>The iPhone&rsquo;s dual-LED amber/white flash could mean that its colours will still be more accurate, especially with skin tones.</p> <p>The Fire Phone, like the LG G3, also offers optical image stabilisation, which, on paper, means it should cope well with movement and low-light shots.</p> <p>Both cameras have their advantages. Until we&#39;re able to examine shots taken with both devices in supervised conditions, this is a draw too.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snap-tastic" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-camera_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&#39;t the typical case of Android vs iOS. While the Fire Phone is technically running Android, it&#39;s a very heavily modified version called Fire OS v3.5 - and its unrecognisable from stock Android.</p> <p>The bad news is that the Fire Phone lacks the official Google Play Store and Google apps. Not only does that mean no Gmail, Google Maps, Play Music or Hangouts, it also means that users will have to settle for Amazon&#39;s Android App Store.</p> <p>While Amazon&#39;s alternative app storefront has plenty of apps to fill its shelves, there&#39;s no escaping the fact that the official Play Store has more.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s therefore comfortably beats the Fire Phone when it comes to both the number of apps, and the quality of those on offer.</p> <p>The Fire Phone does fight back with a few Amazon exclusives however. Its Mayday feature is ideal for the less tech-savvy, serving up a direct connection to an Amazon helper who can help troubleshoot problems in real time.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Firefly feature is also rather impressive. It lets you take photos of everything from CDs to books, as well as having the ability to recognise songs and films. Naturally, it will provide an Amazon link to everything it recognises, letting you snap up things you like the look of with just a few clicks.</p> <p>We go into detail regarding iOS 7&#39;s gorgeous looks and features in our full in-depth review, but from what we&#39;ve seen, it offers a sleeker, prettier user experience. That, coupled with its superior app selection, gives this round to the Apple camp.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2537" height="1903" title="Don&#039;t swat this fly" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty isn&#039;t it?" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Search-iPhone_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone&#39;s A7 chip slightly outperforms the Fire Phone&#39;s Snapdragon 800 in numerous <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5" target="_blank">Anantech benchmarks</a>, but for all intents and purposes - given the smoothness of other Snapdragon 800 Android devices like the LG G2 when compared to the iPhone - both devices should perform equally smoothly.</p> <p>The Fire Phone&#39;s 2GB or RAM compared to the iPhones 1GB is an advantage on paper, but in practice we&#39;ve found that this tends to make no difference to the slickness or multitasking of iOS.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2416" height="1812" title="Close match" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-Hand-Email-Carousel_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire Phone has a larger battery than the iPhone 5s (2400mAh vs 1560mAh), so it should last longer than its Apple rival in general use.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amazon lists the Fire Phone as having up to 65 hours of music playback and up to 285 hours of stand-by time, while the iPhone hits 40 hours and 250 hours respectively.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Amazon Fire Phone</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="449" title="Sip the juice" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battery_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> INITIAL VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until we get the Fire Phone in our hands to test out its camera and 3D display and more, a lot of these categories will remain draws.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our initial impressions, based purely on the paper-based specs of both devices, have us choosing the iPhone 5s, mainly due to the superior app selection.</p> <p>This could very well change if we feel that the Fire Phone has more to offer in our full review however, so stay tuned.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Winner. For now" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-ios-7-1_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire Phone vs iPhone 5s </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Amazon&#039;s new 3D-toting phone best Apple&#039;s finest? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature#comments Amazon Apple Fire Phone iPhone 5S Smartphones Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:54:04 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439570 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about Amazon&#039;s first ever smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Goodness gracious great phones of fire" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Fire-Phone-Main.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon has already brought the fight to other tech giants with its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Fire HDX tablets</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">Fire TV&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;media streamer, but it&rsquo;s not planning on stopping there.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Standout screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire has a 4.7in, 720p display, which spec fans will view as lacklustre compared to the plethora of full HD (or even 2K) screens out there.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the Fire has a rather large trick up its sleeve. 3D.</p> <p>No, not the awful lenticular 3D display that plagued the HTC Evo 3D. The Fire instead makes use of four front-facing cameras and infrared LEDs, which are able to track your face, producing a 3D effect.</p> <p>Think of iOS 7&#39;s parallax effect, but supercharged. Apart form offering pretty 3D lock screens, the 3D effect could pave the way for innovative 3D games.&nbsp;</p> <p>Imagine peeking around corners in an FPS, or controlling a car by moving your head. Whether or not the fancy 3D screen will go beyond a curious gimmick remains to be seen, but we&#39;re giving Amazon points for standing out from the crowd nonetheless.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2014/eyes-eye-tribe-we-play-fruit-ninja-using-nothing-our-eyeballs/feature" target="_blank">Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our eyeballs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Haven&#039;t you heard? Amazon do music too" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-Music-Library.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dynamic Perspective </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3D screen makes up one part of Amazon&#39;s &#39;Dynamic Perspective&#39; feature set. One-handed gestures are another focus. Auto-scrolling, tilt, swivel and peek gestures are all possible, thanks to the Fire&#39;s built-in accelerometer.</p> <p>You can, for example, scroll down a webpage simply by tilting the Fire. We can&#39;t personally see the advantage of such a gesture when we&#39;ve got a perfectly good thumb to scroll through pages with more accuracy, but tilting the device to bring up supplemental information in maps is an example that does sound useful.</p> <p>Amazon is has also upgraded its carousel home screen, which now provides real-time updates right beneath the app icons. New emails, recent photos and favourite websites are presented on the home screen beneath their respective apps, and it&#39;s Amazon&#39;s answer to stock Android&#39;s widgets.</p> <p>Amazon has released a Dynamic Perspective SDK which will enable developers to take advantage of all of these features. Here&#39;s to hoping they&#39;ll get onboard, because the Fire does have potential to be more than a gimmick. It just needs some clever coders to show us what it&#39;s really capable of.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Doesn&#039;t look like Google Maps to us" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Maps-Yelp.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2416" height="1812" title="Enhanced carousel" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-Hand-Email-Carousel.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Firefly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Firefly is the name Amazon&#39;s given to the Fire&#39;s powerful content recognition app. Pressing down the Fire&#39;s camera shutter button brings up the Firefly app, which is capable of recognising printed phone numbers, email addresses, URLS, QR and bar codes.</p> <p>Not only that, but it can also recognise movie and TV channels, linking into IMDb to serve up additional info about the film you&#39;re currently watching.</p> <p>Firefly can recognise what you&#39;re listening to too, linking in with Amazon Music&#39;s entire catalogue, letting you buy songs you&#39;ve just heard, in an instant.</p> <p>And then of course, we have products. From books to DVDs, to video games and CDs, you can scan them instantly, before being whisked away directly to &nbsp;the correct page on the Amazon store.</p> <p>In essence, Firefly is an incredibly powerful Trojan Horse, designed to ensure that all roads lead you straight back into Amazon&#39;s world.</p> <p>Useful? Absolutely. Dangerous? For compulsive shoppers - definitely.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2537" height="1903" title="We&#039;re not sure why it&#039;s called Firefly either. Cute icon though." alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon through and through </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s plenty more Amazon services packed into the Fire. ASAP (which handily stands for Advanced Streaming and Predictions) predicts which movies and TV shows you&#39;ll want to watch, buffering them in the background before you hit play, for instant playback.</p> <p>Fire users will also have unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken with the Fire&#39;s 13MP camera, and they&#39;re automatically backed up too, so you can snap and forget, without worrying about deleting shots to free up memory.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Mayday service also makes a return, and this time it works over 3G and 4G too. If you&#39;re stuck or have any questions, the Mayday feature will put you in direct contact with an honest-to-goodness real human being (remember those?), who&#39;s happy to help you when you&#39;re stuck.&nbsp;</p> <p>They can even annotate your screen and take control of the Fire remotely. We&#39;d buy a Fire for our non-tech savvy relatives for this one reason alone, as now they&#39;ll have someone else to bug. Result.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SOS HOW DO I PHONE?" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-Mayday.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t forget the hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon&#39;s 3D screen and software tricks almost overshadow the Fire&#39;s hardware, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s bad by any means.</p> <p>On the outside, the Kindle Fire will remind you of the Google Nexus 4. It&#39;s slathered in Gorilla Glass on both sides, with a rubber bumper wrapping around its edges, embedded with aluminium volume and camera buttons.</p> <p>The Fire also plays nice with 4G networks, and has dual stereo Dolby Digital Plus speakers, which promise a virtual surround sound experience, though our ears have yet to judge them in person.</p> <p>A 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation graces the rear, while a 2.1MP front-facing camera takes care of video calls. Both cameras can shoot 1080p video.</p> <p>The Fire is powered by Qualcomm&#39;s quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, matching the impressive specs of the LG G2.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a bleeding edge phone in terms of raw specs, but Amazon&#39;s never tried to compete with the latest and greatest.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its approach is to provide its products with specs that are good enough for a pleasant user experience, and on paper, the Fire should be more than capable of doing just that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App menu" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-App-Grid.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 404: Android not found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, sort of. The Fire is running Amazon&#39;s Fire OS v3.5, which is a very heavily modified version of Android.</p> <p>It&#39;s so heavily modified in fact, that you won&#39;t even see a glimpse of Google&#39;s OS in use.&nbsp;</p> <p>The downside is that Google apps like Maps, Gmail and Chrome are all missing, as is the well-stocked Play Store.</p> <p>Sure, Amazon&#39;s own app store has a fair amount of virtual goodies on its shelves, but it still doesn&#39;t offer the full category of the official Play Store.</p> <p>Tech savvy suers can of course sideload apps, but if you&#39;re in it for the Google experience then this (as with all of Amazon&#39;s tablets) could very well be a deal breaker.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This ain&#039;t Android" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Right-Panel.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire will ship in the US on 25 July, exclusively on AT&amp;T, where the 32GB version will be available on a two-year contract for US$200. The same deal for the 64GB version bumps the price up to US$300.</p> <p>Amazon is also offering 12 months of Amazon Prime with all Fire purchases, for a limited time. That includes Prime Instant Video, and access to millions of songs and books.</p> <p>Sadly there&#39;s no word on release date, offers or prices for the UK, but we&#39;ll be sure to update this preview the moment the information comes through.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the best 10 smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Drag in from the left" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/left-panel.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> Preview </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 Phone preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about Amazon&#039;s eye-tracking smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire.jpg?1403576195" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review#comments Amazon Fire Phone Smartphones Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:49:21 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1438292 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon’s Fire Phone isn’t wearable-friendly at launch, PS4 pre-orders can be pre-loaded, and T-Mobile US is loaning out the iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup of the most notable news from around the tech industry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-launch.png?1403231435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon’s Fire Phone lacks Bluetooth 4.0 LE at launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One curious detail that emerged late last night after the debut of Amazon&rsquo;s Fire Phone is the fact that it only supports Bluetooth 3.0&mdash;that means that the device won&rsquo;t ship with compatibility with the Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) standard that makes wearables work well with phones.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an odd omission, but not a critical one, apparently. Amazon tells Mashable that the functionality will be patched into the device via a software update after launch. Still, considering all of the neat little features built into the device, it&rsquo;s certainly a strange oversight.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/amazon-fire-phone-bluetooth/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-8-things-you-need-know-about-retailer-s-3d-smartphone/news">Amazon Fire Phone &mdash; 8 things you need to know about the mega retailer&rsquo;s 3D smartphone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 4 digital pre-orders can now be pre-loaded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big benefits of buying digital versions of big AAA console video games on the release date is that you don&rsquo;t have to wait for daylight hours to hit the store and grab a copy&mdash;but when there&rsquo;s a 30GB download staring you in the face, you might be better off just going to bed anyway.</p> <p>Luckily, that&rsquo;s about to change with PlayStation 4 games, or at least the most notable ones to start. Sony announced yesterday that digitally pre-ordered games can be downloaded to your console days before the release date, so they&rsquo;ll be there and ready to unlock right at midnight upon launch.</p> <p>Massive upcoming releases like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield Hardline, and Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End are all on the list, and next week&rsquo;s film tie-in Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be the first to kick off the initiative. If it&rsquo;s like most movie games, however, that might be one to hold off on pre-ordering before the reviews drop.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/18/pre-order-pre-load-upcoming-ps4-games/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="583" title="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" alt="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/transformers-game.png?1403231435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> T-Mobile US loaning out iPhone 5s, killing data fees for streaming music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>T-Mobile may have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">missed out</a> on the Fire Phone, but it made its own interesting splash on Wednesday. Continuing its &ldquo;Un-carrier&rdquo; initiative, T-Mobile US announced that it will allow prospective customers to borrow an iPhone 5s handset for a full week to test out the service&rsquo;s LTE connectivity.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our network kicks ass, and now people can experience for themselves what a data-strong network can do with T-Mobile Test Drive,&rdquo; says outspoken CEO John Legere. T-Mobile expects more than a million people to try out the Test Drive within the first year, and Apple will provide the carrier the (likely refurbished) units needed for the initiative.</p> <p>Additionally, T-Mobile unveiled a Music Freedom program that allows certain mobile music streaming services&mdash;Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, and Slacker&mdash;to function without counting against users&rsquo; data plans. It&rsquo;s unclear whether either of these big changes will extend beyond the States, though perhaps competing carriers will follow their lead.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/06/18/t-mobile-offers-music-streaming-free-of-data-charges/">Recode</a>, <a href="http://newsroom.t-mobile.com">T-Mobile</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="883" title="T-Mobile Test Drive" alt="T-Mobile Test Drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tmobile-testdrive.png?1403159581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo#comments Amazon Fire Phone Gaming iPhone 5S PlayStation 4 T-Mobile Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439537 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone — 8 things you need to know about the mega retailer's 3D smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-8-things-you-need-know-about-retailer-s-3d-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After months of rumours, Amazon’s first handset is unveiled—here are the essential details </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/firephone-opener.jpg?1403193210" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Slated to debut in late July, Amazon&#39;s powerful Android-based smartphone uses multiple cameras to deliver 3D depth on its screen, and also offers the impressive-sounding Firefly feature that&rsquo;ll help you get info about real-world items quickly (and, of course, buy them).</p> <p>Curious about what to expect from this fresh handset? Here&rsquo;s what you need to know.</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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It uses multiple front-facing cameras to create a 3D effect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fire Phone has four infrared cameras, one tucked away in each corner (plus a standard selfie-shooter up top), which track your head positioning to deliver what Amazon calls Dynamic Perspective. Essentially, it&rsquo;s a 3D effect that adds the impression of depth to its images&mdash;rather than popping out graphics at you&mdash;which could come in handy when using maps, playing games, and even moving around the interface.</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="716" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-dynamic3d.png?1403193210" /> </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"> 2. It offers an array of navigational gestures </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>Tilt-to-scroll has rarely worked as well as intended on other devices, but Amazon says it&#39;s got it figured out with the Fire Phone. Additionally, you&rsquo;ll be able to quickly tilt the device in different directions to pull up panels with additional UI elements. Hopefully these features prove as useful as promised, and not odd, burdensome, or just plain gimmicky.</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="907" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-3dnav.png?1403193210" /> </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"> 3. The hardware is no slouch </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 a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM, the Fire Phone doesn&rsquo;t come across like the mid-range device we might&rsquo;ve expected from the value-conscious Amazon. In fact, power-wise it&#39;s not far removed from the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 - indeed, it&#39;s very similar in spec to last year&#39;s flagship G2 and S4 devices.</p> <p>Up front is a 4.7in HD display running at 1280x720 (315ppi) - no S5-aping 1080p display here, let alone a G3-quality 2K 2560x1440 one. It also sports LTE connectivity, and a 2400mAh battery.</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="1036" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-hardware.png?1403193210" /> </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"> 4. Firefly is a Shazam for objects </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Firefly is a new app that uses the back camera to scan items in the world&mdash;objects, images, text, logos, phone numbers, etc.&mdash;and provide information about them on the fly, plus the ability, naturally, to buy them direct from Amazon.</p> <p>According to Amazon there are 100 million objects in it&#39;s catalogue and it leverages the company&#39;s cloud computing power to provide the info quickly and efficiently, and even scrapes the image taken to glean only the most essential details (such as text) to complete the task. That way, it&#39;s not constantly transmitting 2MB photos and sapping your data plan.</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="878" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-firefly.png?1403193210" /> </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"> 5. It has what sounds like a great camera—and unlimited cloud storage </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 optical image stabilization built in, Amazon says the 13-megapixel shooter is better than both the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S, particularly in terms of low-light photos. The five-element, wide aperture lens should deliver decent photos even in poor light, and there&rsquo;s a dedicated physical camera button to bring up the app within about a second. And forget iCloud restrictions&mdash;the Fire Phone offers unlimited online storage of your photos via Amazon Cloud Drive.</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="738" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-camera.jpg?1403193210" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. It supports Mayday for on-the-fly tech support </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 question about your Fire Phone, its software, or maybe the Amazon ecosystem? Like the Kindle Fire HD tablets, the Fire Phone supports Mayday functionality for video support from one of Amazon&rsquo;s trained specialists. Amazon says it&rsquo;ll take an average of just 15 seconds to get someone on the line, and that it works over Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE alike. You&#39;ll never be lonely again.</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="779" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-mayday.png?1403193210" /> </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"> 7. It’s a media-centric device—and even the earbuds seem cool </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>Naturally, the Fire Phone is deeply embedded in Amazon&rsquo;s media ecosystem, and it brings some really neat features, such as ASAP, which predicts which movies and TV shows you might want to watch and starts loading them up, as well as the second-screen X-Ray functionality seen on the Kindle Fire tablets. And the earbuds have a flat cable and magnetic buds that snap together when not in use, helping them avoid getting tangled in your pocket.</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="793" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-media.png?1403193210" /> </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-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"> 8. It’s launching in July, exclusively on AT&amp;T </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As expected, the Fire Phone will debut exclusively on AT&amp;T in the United States, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-Phone-32GB-AT/dp/B00EOE0WKQ/ref=sr_tr_sr_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1403118487&amp;sr=8-1">it will be available</a> on 25 July. The 32GB model sells for US$199 with a two-year contract, while a 64GB version goes for US$299. Without a service plan agreement, they sell for US$649 and US$749, respectively.&nbsp; No word yet on an international release at this time. Initial buyers will also receive a full year of Amazon&rsquo;s Prime subscription service for free.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch.png?1403193210" /> </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 Fire Phone launches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 things you need to know about the mega retailer&#039;s 3D smartphone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-8-things-you-need-know-about-retailer-s-3d-smartphone/news#comments Amazon Android Fire Phone Smartphones Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:27:04 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439505 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon phone already stirring carrier spats, YouTube’s about to block a bunch of music videos, and the world’s largest video game collection sold http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the day by filling your brain with the hottest tech news around </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 Kindle phone" alt="Amazon Kindle phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazonphone_1.jpg?1403077529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon’s phone reportedly exclusive to AT&amp;T in US, so T-Mobile’s upset </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 was rumored when the first leak hit some weeks back, but now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&amp;T will indeed be the exclusive carrier for Amazon&rsquo;s first smartphone, which will be revealed at an event this evening. It&rsquo;s not yet known whether Amazon will also sell it SIM-free and off-contract directly to customers.</p> <p>Naturally, outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere isn&rsquo;t so pleased about the report, saying on Twitter, &ldquo;Exclusivity sucks for customers. Exclusivity on @ATT sucks for the industry. #justsayin&rdquo;</p> <p>He went on to say, &ldquo;When #big (@ATT) and #bigger (@Amazon) get together, the industry feels a whole lot smaller.&rdquo; Granted, Legere has a history of talking trash about rivals&mdash;particularly AT&amp;T&mdash;so this is hardly a startling development.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re only hours away from getting our first official look at Amazon&rsquo;s so-called Kindle phone, which is expected to feature several front-facing infrared cameras that work together to create a 3D effect. It&rsquo;s slated to have pretty impressive specs, as well, and you can find a roundup if everything we think we know about it below&mdash;before our full coverage tonight, of course.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/at-t-to-exclusively-carry-amazon-smartphone-1403001723">The Wall Street Journal</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/17/5818366/tmobile-ceo-slams-amazon-att-over-smartphone-exclusivity">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Kindle phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prepping paid music service, YouTube will block uncooperative labels’ videos </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 YouTube attempts to tackle a new kind of revenue stream with the addition of a premium subscription music service, the company will begin blocking videos from labels that have not signed agreements to be part of the new offering.</p> <p>According to a report from The Financial Times, YouTube has agreed to deals with labels representing about 95% of the music publishing industry. However, there are holdouts, and those labels will soon see their music videos blocked from viewing and effectively held for ransom until they take whatever YouTube is offering.</p> <p>The report says that well-known indie labels like Domino and XL Recordings have yet to sign the agreements, and that means artists like Adele and Arctic Monkeys could soon see their hit videos pulled&mdash;within days, it seems. In fact, the embedded video above (which has a staggering half-billion views) might not even work next week.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re taking a risk with that, but so is YouTube here in attempting to strong-arm labels to sign potentially poor deals to keep their videos online. And yet with the streaming service&rsquo;s incredible scale, we&rsquo;d guess that most of the holdouts will acquiesce just to maintain the status quo and not be left out.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ea6728e2-f568-11e3-afd3-00144feabdc0.html">The Financial Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/youtube/ces-2014/youtube-show-low-bandwidth-4k-streaming-ces/news">YouTube to show off low-bandwidth 4K streaming at CES</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/rYEDA3JcQqw" 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"> World’s largest video game collection sold for US$750,250 </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 can be taxing to keep your stacks and shelves of games organized, but all of our paltry collections combined couldn&rsquo;t match up to that of Michael Thomasson, a video game historian who has amassed more than 11,000 games for various platforms, along with rare hardware and the like.</p> <p>Family responsibilities forced Thomasson to sell off his collection&mdash;certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest around&mdash;and it&rsquo;s completed its four-day run on gaming auction site GameGavel, drawing a top bid of US$750,250. That&rsquo;s a lot of quarters!</p> <p>Thomasson didn&rsquo;t want to sell the collection, but felt he needed to; however, he says that he&rsquo;s sold his (previously smaller) collection before and started anew, so perhaps the thrill of the chase will compel him to use some of his newfound wealth and repeat the cycle.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gamegavel.com/item.cgi?show_item=958029">GameGavel</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/17/video-game-collection/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s 200 Greatest Games of All Time</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="Michael Thomasson" alt="Michael Thomasson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/videogame-collection.jpg?1403077529" /> </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 Guardians of the Galaxy trailer </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>Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past have all debuted to big numbers, but there&rsquo;s one more massive comic adaptation on the horizon this summer: Marvel&rsquo;s own Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt.</p> <p>While much less iconic a property than the others Marvel has pursued on the big screen, this sci-fi tale seems to put a larger focus on comedy and its unique personality. The first trailer spotlighted that well, while this new second UK trailer is better-rounded, delivering bursts of narrative, action, and a few welcome jokes along the way. Guardians of the Galaxy hits cinemas on 31 July.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CqymRQ1uUU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature">The 10 movies you need to see in 2014</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/3CqymRQ1uUU" 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-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v#comments Amazon Film and TV Fire Phone Gaming Music YouTube Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439441 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Prime Music arrives with one million streamable songs http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-prime-music-arrives-one-million-streamable-songs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US residents just got another reason to become Amazon Prime subscribers </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 Music arrives with one million streamable songs" alt="Amazon Prime Music arrives with one million streamable songs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kindle-fire-amazon-prime-music.jpg?1402566658" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hey, US residents: Amazon has just come up with a new reason for you to subscribe to its Prime service &ndash; or rather, one million new reasons.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, the service itself. Like Spotify Premium, it&rsquo;s ad-free and allows songs to be synced to devices for offline playback. It also features &ldquo;Prime Playlists&rdquo;, which Amazon describes as &ldquo;hand crafted collections of songs&rdquo;. These or your own playlists can be stored in the cloud and music can be played back on a range of devices: Amazon&rsquo;s own Kindle Fire tablets (naturally); iOS and Android phones and tablets; and PC and Mac computers. And the timing of the service&rsquo;s launch probably isn&rsquo;t an accident, with Amazon reportedly poised to announce <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-smartphone-revealed-purported-leaked-render/news">its very first smartphone</a> any day now.</p> <p>The music service adds to the perks already available to Amazon Prime subscribers: free expedited shipping (two-day in the US, one-day in the UK); the Prime Instant Video movie and TV show streaming service; and 500,000 free ebooks through the Kindle Lending Library.</p> <p>The announcement is likely to increase the perception that UK customers are getting something of a raw deal compared to their US cousins, however. Prime costs &pound;79 a year in the UK but just $99 (around &pound;60) in the US, and UK users don&rsquo;t get the music service &ndash; at least not yet. We&rsquo;d be very surprised if Amazon didn&rsquo;t eventually roll it out beyond America (as it did with Instant Video), but it could well be a few months until that happens.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=8335758011">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video right now</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="1200" height="900" title="Prime Playlists are pre-curated for your lazy listening pleasure" alt="Prime Playlists are pre-curated for your lazy listening pleasure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-prime-playlists.jpg?1402566658" /> </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-prime-music-arrives-one-million-streamable-songs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amazon Hi-Fi & Streaming iPod and MP3 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:49:50 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438959 at http://www.stuff.tv Want your pipes fixed or someone to look after the baby? Ask Amazon http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/want-home-repair-done-or-someone-look-after-your-baby-ask-amazon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The online retailer expands its offerings from just goods to soon include trades and services </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="Want your pipes fixed or someone to look after the baby? Ask Amazon" alt="Want your pipes fixed or someone to look after the baby? Ask Amazon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gallery.png?1402479397" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thus far, anyone could get on Amazon&rsquo;s website or use the Twitter hashtag <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-now-lets-you-add-basket-items-twitter/news">#AmazonBasket</a> to purchase books, electronics, digital music, clothing, outdoor equipment, or heck, even cars &ndash; but now the company wants to do even more for you.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Your one-stop shop </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 expect handymen services, babysitting, painting, massages, haircuts, home repair and others &ndash; the list goes on.&nbsp;The online mega-retailer is also reportedly experimenting with bundling some of the goods it&#39;s offering with related services to sweeten the deal. &nbsp;</p> <p>Apparently Amazon will mirror the approach it took with grocery delivery service Amazon Fresh by testing demand and logistics with one market first before extending it. Interestingly, this move will likely not only widen Amazon&rsquo;s own scope but also that of its competitors, including the likes of Angie&rsquo;s List and Craigslist.</p> <p>For now, its plans are only limited to the US, and expected to go into motion later this year. But who knows &ndash; Amazon&#39;s outlook for services might soon extend across the Atlantic to Europe.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/10/amazon-said-to-start-selling-babysitting-and-other-home-services-later-this-year/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-drone-deliveries-closer-fifth-and-sixth-gen-models-are-tested/news">Amazon drone deliveries closer as fifth and sixth-gen models are tested&nbsp;</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="567" height="425" title="Want a home repair done or someone to look after your baby? Ask Amazon" alt="Want a home repair done or someone to look after your baby? Ask Amazon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/box.jpg?1402479397" /> </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/want-home-repair-done-or-someone-look-after-your-baby-ask-amazon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/want-home-repair-done-or-someone-look-after-your-baby-ask-amazon/news#comments Amazon Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:36:38 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438911 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon’s phone will be revealed on 18 June, LG G3 Mini specs leak, and RoboCop’s terrible baseball toss http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-phone-will-be-revealed-18-june-lg-g3-mini-specs-leak-and-robocop-s-ter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaks, teases, and something silly—it’s our morning roundup, of course </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&#039;s phone" alt="Amazon&#039;s phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazonphone_0.jpg?1401949981" /> </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 dates event for phone announcement </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 long-rumoured and recently leaked handset is only two weeks away from being officially shown to the world, it seems, as the company has dated an event for 18 June and released a teaser video.</p> <p>The clip shows people being wowed by a handheld device, and as Engadget points out, it accidentally shows the top of what appears to be a smartphone in one segment. Unsurprisingly, it looks rather close to the leaked render that popped up a few weeks back, but the user reactions in the video also hew closely to what&rsquo;s expected from the phone.</p> <p>Amazon&rsquo;s smartphone is anticipated to feature five&mdash;yes, five!&mdash;front-facing cameras for facial tracking, which allow the device to deliver purportedly impressive 3D effects. It&rsquo;ll also have a 4.7in display, a Snapdragon processor, and 2GB RAM, but that camera setup is easily its most enticing feature. Well, aside from the surely-appealing price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/04/Amazon-phone-june18/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Kindle phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/erUZQ9GK0sE" 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"> Purported LG G3 Mini specs leaked </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 world was just introduced to the LG G3 (pictured), but might we already be looking at a Mini version on the horizon? A listing on Indian import/export site Zauba (spotted by G for Games) seems to indicate so, which means we may see the scaled-down flagship soon.</p> <p>According to the listing, the G3 Mini will feature a 4.5in display, a quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor, 8GB of internal storage, a 2100 mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel camera. The previous G2 Mini had a 4.7in screen, and that camera seems a little underwhelming, so perhaps the final specs will be a bit different.</p> <p>But if you like the look of the G3 and simply want something a little smaller (and less expensive), then keep an eye out for the likely release of a G3 Mini soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/lg-g3-mini-specs-listing-43738/">G for Games</a> via <a href="http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/lg-g3-mini-specs-leaked-potential-launch-soon">Trusted Reviews</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature">LG G3 hands-on 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="LG G3" alt="LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3.jpg?1401949981" /> </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"> Xbox One media apps and Twitter integration incoming </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&rsquo;s exciting to unwrap a new gaming console and experience next-gen graphics and all that, but the crushing reality of the recent consoles&rsquo; newness reared its head when many of our favorite streaming media apps were simply nowhere to be found.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s starting to change, though, and Microsoft revealed this week that the Xbox One will receive 35 new apps by the end of the year, including HBO Go, NBA, and Vevo. Unfortunately, many of the apps are only pegged for a US launch initially, though that should only be at first in some cases.</p> <p>And if you like watching TV but really hate paying attention, the upcoming Twitter integration will be a fun treat, as it&rsquo;ll show related tweets to whatever you&rsquo;re watching right below the content itself. Unfortunately, this is also only pegged for a US debut, but hopefully we&rsquo;ll all be able to be distracted like that soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/06/ent-new-experiences-coming-to-xbox">Xbox Wire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-june-update-will-bring-sky-and-virgin-media-guide-support-ultimate-world-cup-view">Xbox One June update will bring Sky and Virgin Media guide support for the ultimate World Cup viewing experience</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="Twitter on Xbox One" alt="Twitter on Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xboxone-twitter.png?1401949981" /> </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"> RoboCop’s pitching arm is surprisingly weak </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 world of professional baseball, it&rsquo;s usually the minor league games that rely on goofy stunts to fill the seats&mdash;not so much the big leagues. Still, the Detroit Tigers called on fictional, futuristic hometown hero RoboCop this week to toss out the first pitch in an odd promotional bit.</p> <p>Sadly, he seems to have been sent to the mound without his pitching plug-ins, as he&rsquo;s barely able to get the ball across home plate before he turns and silently leaves the field. Hardly a fitting way to kick off #RoboCopDay.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muB2ZJ12K8k">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/4/5780550/robocop-throws-disappointing-first-pitch">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/win-1000-goodies-robocop-scotts-menswear/news">Win &pound;1000 of goodies with RoboCop &amp; Scotts menswear</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/muB2ZJ12K8k" 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-s-phone-will-be-revealed-18-june-lg-g3-mini-specs-leak-and-robocop-s-ter#comments Amazon Fire Phone G3 LG Smartphones Xbox One Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438594 at http://www.stuff.tv