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Amazon Announces Amazon Fire TV

This morning, the inevitable happened, Amazon announced the Amazon Fire TV. We all saw this coming, we all knew it would happen. However Amazon seems to have hit all the marks on their way to making a challenger for the streaming box market. The box also mixes in an effort to take on systems like OUYA in the android gaming market. Which with a retail of $99USD it seems like it has a pretty solid future in the market.

Amazon has crammed more into this box than any other one on the market. First and most impressively is that it packs a Quad-Core processor, Adreno 320 graphics engine, and 2GB of memory. On the remote side Amazon has included voice search, something that might come in handy when searching for titles with long names. The box itself is pretty small, square, and glossy. It packs ten different streaming services, although its oddly missing HBOgo. The box also features a service called ASAP which starts streaming of a title right when you hit play instead of showing that buffering or loading screen we are all accustomed to.

On the Android side, the box has a strong push to become the big Android console. Amazon has also released a game controller peripheral (A great hands on can be found on Engadget, who detail it as a similarity to an Xbox 360 controller. Speaking of Xbox controllers, a USB one can apparently be used with this Fire TV, so…

Deals of The Moment: March 30th

Welcome to the first weekly roundup of tech/geek deals. Hopefully we help you find that next thing to throw your disposable income at. After all that is what we are all looking forward to isn’t it? Spending what we got on Friday?


For all those computers you have.

Substance Painter (MAC/PC) $74.99USD 50% off-- 3D Painting at less than it should cost. Grab it on Steam.

Black Ink (PC) $49.99USD 50% off—A new take on digital art, uses non-traditional tools to help create now designs from everyone. Grab it on Steam.

Rosetta Stone (MAC/PC) $Varying 45% off -- Amazon is always selling these at discount, so you can learn french to make your lady friend swoon. Grab one of many at Amazon.

Panda Antivirus Pro (PC) $9.99USD 67% off—Not my AV of choice (Webroot Gamer edition is), but its cheap and named after a beloved creature. Downloadable version only. Grab it on Newegg.

Adobe CS6 Downloads (MAC/PC) $Varying -- Amazon is showing some very soft discounts on a few of these, worth a look. Grab them at Amazon

Square Enix Games (MAC/PC -Varying) $1.74 - 33.34USD 33-75% off -- Till tomorrow Steam is throwing a weekend sale of all Square Enix games. Theif, Tomb Raider, Dues Ex, Hitman etc. Grab them on Steam.

Agricultural Simulator 2013 (PC) $0.99USD 90% off—Steam is pretty much giving the opportunity to drive digital tractors away for 38 more hours. Grab it on Steam.


For all that software you

An iOS app that lets me avoid people? Yeah, I can get behind that

I’m not especially socially inclined. I can’t small-talk to save my life. Eye contact is just about the Worst Thing Ever™. And then there are those times where I’ll just about lose my shit if I have to interact with another human being. Thank goodness I live in a world where Cloak exists.

Cloak is an iOS app that warns you when people you’d rather avoid—an ex, that obnoxiously chatty coworker, whomever—is in your vicinity. It works its magic by scraping location data for your, um, “friends” from Instagram and Foursquare. What? Your friends don’t use either of those services? All bets are off, then; good luck, have fun, etc…

Cloak is a free download from the App Store and requires iOS 7 or later. Check it out if you dare. Or don’t. Just don’t expect me to acknowledge your existence if I see you out around town.

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