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Android 12 launched a month ago and Amazon Appstore still won’t run on it

As much as we’d like it to be, Installing a major operating system update isn’t always the most trouble-free process. Even if everything does go well with the update itself, there’s still the possibility that some of your go-to apps aren’t going to be too happy about the change. That’s what some users of the […]

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How to install Google Play on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon’s Fire tablets have a well-deserved reputation for offering decent bang for the buck. They have decent displays, long battery life, and affordable price tags (especially during Prime Day or Black Friday sales). But they also come with an operating system called Fire OS, which is Amazon’s custom version of Android. Instead of the Google […]

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Amazon’s Black Friday Device Deals are here: Kindle for $50, Fire tablet for $35, Echo Dot for $20

Most of Amazon’s Black Friday 2021 device deals are now live, with deep discounts on tablets, eReaders, smart speakers and displays, media streamers, and other gadgets. You can find a detailed list of deals below, but some of my favorites? You can pick up an Amazon Fire HD for $75, a Fire TV Stick 4K […]

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Amazon Echo Show 15 is a $250 smart display that hangs on your wall

Amazon’s newest Echo Show smart display is the largest yet, with a 15.6 inch full HD display and support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The Amazon Echo Show 15 is also the first Echo device that’s meant to hang on your wall like a picture frame. In fact, you can also use it as a digital […]

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Amazon Fire TV devices will get at least four years of security updates

As more of the devices we use every day are connected to the internet, the more important it becomes to ensure they’re running up-to-date software that patches any known security vulnerabilities. Phone makers have gotten better over the past few years at letting you know how long the smartphone you purchase today will continue to […]

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Lilbits: Google’s 2nd-gen Tensor chip, PinePhone Keyboard, and Amazon Kindle for $50

  Disclosure: Some links on this page are monetized by the Skimlinks, Amazon, Rakuten Advertising, and eBay, affiliate programs. Amazon’s entry-level Kindle is on sale for $50 today, which is the lowest price to date for Amazon’s eReader with a front-lit E Ink display. And the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for […]

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Lilbits: Amazon the knockoff artist, Dell’s rugged laptops, new OnePlus and Black Shark phones

For years critics have claimed that Amazon rips off the companies that sell their products through its online store by using data to determine which items are likely to be popular and then creating and selling their own knockoffs, undercutting the competition on price and by promoting its own products. Now a report from Reuters […]

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max brings WiFi 6 and faster performance to Amazon’s tiny media streamer

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a media streamer that looks nearly identical to the 2018 Fire TV Stick 4K, but the new model has a faster processor, higher-performance graphics, and more RAM. It’s also the first Fire TV device to support WiFi 6. Add up those upgrades and Amazon says its newest media […]

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Twitch hack reveals unannounced Amazon “Vapour” game store (and much, much more)

Twitch has suffered a major data breach, with hackers releasing more than 125 gigabytes of data from the Amazon-owned platform used by millions to live stream video game sessions and other activities. The data includes source code for the Twitch website as well as for Twitch desktop, mobile and console clients. Also found in the […]

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Amazon Fire tablets: How to disable Amazon apps and features

So you’ve installed the Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet. What’s next? While you can’t yet root Amazon’s latest tablet or replace the operating system with a custom ROM, you can disable a bunch of Amazon apps and features. Don’t need the Amazon Appstore, want to disable the Weather, Prime Video, or Kindle apps? […]