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Amazon wanted people to buy eBooks, so it launched the Kindle line of eReaders. It wanted them to buy apps, music, and movies so it launched the Kindle Fire line of tablets. And if Amazon really wants you to use its store and services for your online video needs? Amazon might want to launch a Roku-like TV box.
Rumor has it that the company’s been working on its living room strategy for over a year. Now there’s a new rumor suggesting that it could be ready to go as soon as next month.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Report: Amazon’s TV box coming in March
Maybe that’s why Amazon Prime Instant Video still doesn’t officially work on the Google Chromecast (or on Android phones or tablets, for that matter). [Recode]
- Next-gen Yotaphone with dual-screens (color and ePaper) coming to MWC 2014
Russia’s YotaPhone has already produced a phone with an ePaper screen on one side and a color screen on the other. Now the company is reportedly working on a new model with bigger screens. [Kommersant]
- Fitbit Force found to cause skin irritation for some, Fitbit halts sales, issues voluntary recall, promises new model
The Fitbit Force is one of the most highly regarded fitness trackers on the market… except among folks who’ve been getting skin irritation from the wristband. Fitbit promises to ship a new model soon and is recalling the Force. May it not be with you… [TechCrunch]
- Zagg keyboard case for the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE hits the FCC
Wish LG’s 8.3 inch tablet was a bit more like a laptop? Zagg is on the case… with this case. [FCC]
- Oppo Find 7 smartphone to have big, removable battery
Oppo’s Find 7 phone has a 5.5 inch display and will come with a choice of a 2K or 1080p display. Official specs for the 1080p model are now available, thanks to China’s version of the FCC. Meanwhile Oppo promises the battery will be swappable. [Engadget]
- Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit wearable fitness device to be unveiled at MWC
The galaxy expands… hopefully it will help your waist shrink in the process though. [SamMobile]
- Report Microsoft is prepping “Cortona,” a digital assistant for Windows Phone
Apple’s got Siri. Google’s got Google Now. Soon Microsoft may reveal its own service that lets you talk to your phone… and have it do useful things in response. It reportedly combines voice, digital assistant, location, and search functions. [The Verge]
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