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Amazon Fire TV Recast discounted to $130 in run up to Prime Day 2019

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Amazon’s Fire TV Recast, its Alexa-enabled take on the Slingbox, is currently discounted from its regular price of $230 down to $130. You’ll need to be a Prime subscriber to take advantage of the deal, but if that’s the case then you can get the device at its cheapest price ever. According to the price tracker CamelCamelCamel, the cheapest the Fire TV Recast has been previously was $180, and that was back in November.

When we reviewed Amazon’s DVR last year we generally liked its user interface, but we weren’t fans of the mobile app, and its limit of two concurrent streams felt too low. That made the device hard to unambiguously recommend at its $230 starting price, but with a $100 discount these limitations could be glossed over by some.

Along with the Fire TV Recast, Amazon has also announced discounts on Audible subscriptions (you can get you first three months for $5 or a year for $120), and its free trial for Kindle Unlimited has been extended from one to three months.

Amazon says it will discount more products every day in the lead up to its two day Prime “Day” sale on July 15th and 16th. Next week, for example, a bundle that includes a Ring Video Doorbell Pro and an Echo Dot will be discounted by $80 down to $169. You can keep up with Amazon’s latest Prime Day deals at amazon.com/primeday.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2019/7/1/20676814/amazon-fire-tv-recast-discount-prime-day-2019

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Facebook-Driven Area 51 Storming May Be Countered With Force, Says US Air Force

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Fun and games on Facebook may have serious consequences for the foolish. That was the message delivered by the US Air Force, who have responded to a Facebook’s group’s efforts to have 450,000 people storm a top secret military base.

Conspiracy theorists have always believed that Area 51 in Nevada holds information about extra-terrestrial activities on our planet, possibly including actual alien remains and aircraft. That belief spawned a Facebook group suggesting that a wave of humanity could overwhelm the defenses at the base and discover the truth.

More than 400,000 people have joined a Facebook event page calling for storming Area 51, with many more indicating interest. The proposed event is scheduled for Sept. 20.

“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event description reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”

Naruto Run refers to the unique running style of the protagonist Naruto Uzumaki in the Japanese anime series Naruto, where he is often depicted sprinting with his hands behind him to decrease wind resistance.
The Washington Post on Friday asked how officials will deal with anyone showing up for the event. Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews declined to elaborate on specific details of the military’s plans.
However, she did issue a warning.

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

Source: https://deadline.com/2019/07/area-51-storming-may-be-countered-with-force-says-us-air-force-1202646103/

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Best Deals So Far

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Did you think Amazon Prime Day 2019 started on Monday, July 15? Think again. While Monday marks the official start of the sales, just like last year, Amazon has jumped the gun and some of the best deals you’ll find on Prime Day are already live. These are the deals you need to move on now.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 – Early Live Deals

All these “early access deals” are available right now but they come with one catch: you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber. If you aren’t one, don’t worry because there’s an easy hack. Sign-up for Amazon’s free 30-day trial membership and you can cancel the moment Prime Day is over at no cost.

  • Echo Dot: $22 (saving $27.99) – easily the show-stopping deal right now for this hugely popular product – product link
  • Echo (2nd Generation): $49.99 ($50 saving) – at under half price, this very hard to ignore – product link
  • Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote: $14.99 ($25 saving) – a very popular item which is almost an impulse buy at this price point – product link
  • Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote: $24.99 ($25 saving) – another 50% off bargain product link
  • Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet: $79.99 ($50 saving) – one of Amazon’s most popular tablets – product link
  • All new Fire Tablet (7-inch Display, 16GB) – $29.99 ($20 saving) – product link
  • Fire HD 10 – 10-inch, 1080p edition – $99.99 ($50 saving) – product link
  • All-new Kindle (built-in display light) – $59.99 ($30 saving) – a bargain now it matches the best fature of the Kindle Paperwhite – product link
  • Kindle Paperwhite – $84.99 ($45 saving) – product link
  • Kindle Oasis – $199.99 ($50 saving) – product link
  • All-new Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet: $59.99 ($40 saving) – product link
  • Echo Show (2nd gen) – $159.99 ($70 saving) – a new edition with a strong early reduction – product link

You’ll notice a clear theme here: Amazon is pushing its products early. That’s understandable, but given Amazon devices are typically among the biggest selling devices on the site anyway, it doesn’t make them any less desirable. I also know that these prices will also not be lowered any further when Prime Day officially launches, so grab yourself a bargain now and beat the rush.

Note: Prime Day starts on July 15 at 12am through July 16. It will be Amazon’s biggest ever Prime Day sale and the best deals will go quickly.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/07/14/amazon-prime-day-2019-best-deals-echo-dot-fire-tv-kindle-paperwhite/#313d418f76a7

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Twitter Suffers Widespread Hour-Long Outage on Mobile Apps, Web

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Twitter users worldwide were unable to access the social-networking site for about an hour Thursday, with an outage that affected both mobile and web platforms.

On the web, users saw an error message that said, “Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing —we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.” An error message in the Twitter app said, “Tweets aren’t loading right now.”

According to website DownDetector.com, Twitter began experiencing issues around 2:46 p.m. ET on Thursday. The highest concentration of user-reported technical problems were from Western Europe and the U.S.

Twitter service appeared to begin to be restored about an hour later, at around 3:45 p.m. ET.

Twitter’s support account said in a tweet at around 4:15 p.m., “Twitter is back up for some people, and we’re working to make sure our service is available to everyone as quickly as possible.” The company said the outage was “due to an internal system change, which we’re now fixing. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and should be at 100% soon.”
The Twitter outage comes on the heels of a string of technical problems at Instagram recently. On July 3, a technical glitch prevented Instagram users worldwide — as well as Facebook and WhatsApp users — from sharing or accessing photos and videos for much of the day. That was less than a month after Instagram had an outage that lasted more than two hours, following two other major outages in June.

Once Twitter service was restored, the downtime was an immediate subject of tweets. “miss us?” Twitter posted on its main account. Netflix also had some fun with the technical snafu:
Twitter was out of commission just as Donald Trump — a frequent and aggressive tweeter — was hosting a so-called “social-media summit” at the White House on Thursday afternoon. The White House did not release a list of attendees, but those expected at the event included reps from conservative think tanks and “far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation,” according to a CNN report. Twitter and Facebook execs were not invited.

“A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies,” Trump tweeted earlier in the day, evidently referring to tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

Source: https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/twitter-suffers-worldwide-mobile-apps-web-1203265100/

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