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Amazon Kindle Fire

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The Kindle Fire is a mini tablet computer version of Amazon.com’s Kindle e-book reader. Announced on September 28, 2011, the Kindle Fire has a color 7-inch multi-touch display with IPS technology and runs a custom version of Google’s Android operating system. The device—which includes access to the Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle’s e-books—was released to consumers in the United States on November 15, 2011. On September 7, 2012, upgrades to the device were announced with consumer availability to those European countries with a localized version of Amazon’s website (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain).

The Kindle Fire’s external dimensions are 7.5 × 4.7 × 0.45 inches (190 × 120 × 11 mm). The visible area of the screen is 6 × 3.5 inches (150 × 89 mm). The Kindle Fire originally retailed for US$199. Estimates of the device’s initial bill of materials ranged from $150 to $201.70. Amazon’s business strategy is to make money through sales of digital content on the Fire, rather than through the device itself.

On September 6, 2012, the Kindle Fire price was reduced to $159, RAM upgraded to 1 GB and processor clock speed upgraded to 1.2 GHz. A more powerful and video-friendly version, the Kindle Fire HD (7 and 8.9 inch versions) were also made available, initially priced at $199 and $299.

On September 25, 2013, the new Kindle Fire HD (7 inch), priced at $139, and the Kindle Fire HDX were introduced. The Kindle Fire HDX has a new graphics engine, double the memory, and triple the processor speed of the previous model. The 7-inch and 8.99-inch versions were introduced at $229 and $379 respectively.

As of May 2013, the Kindle Fire is the second-best-selling tablet after Apple’s iPad, with about 7 million units sold according to estimates by Forrester Research.

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Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime is a service of free two-day shipping on all eligible purchases, for a flat annual fee, as well as discounted one-day shipping rates. Amazon launched the program in the contiguous United States in 2005, in Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany in 2007, in France (as “Amazon Premium”) in 2008, in Italy in 2011 and in Canada in 2013.

Amazon Prime membership in the United States also provides Amazon Instant Video, the instant streaming of selected movies and TV shows at no additional cost, as of February 2011. In November 2011, it was announced that Prime members have access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which allows users to borrow certain popular titles for free reading on Kindle hardware, up to one book a month, with no due date.

Amazon Instant Video is available on numerous compatible devices. Users can download videos to TiVo Series 2 and Series 3 DVRs, except those made for use with DirecTV (DirecTiVo). Sony BRAVIA TVs equipped with an Internet Video Link device, and Panasonic VIERA TVs equipped with Viera Cast can also use Amazon Instant Video directly through the TV’s menu system. Amazon Instant Video is also available on streaming players such as Roku. Amazon Instant Video is also supported on a number of smart TVs and Blu-ray players such as recent Samsung and LG models, as well as consoles like the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live, the Wii and Wii U, and mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. As of 2013, however, there is no support for Android-based mobile devices, with the exception of the Kindle Fire line of tablets. Amazon Instant Video has an app for iOS devices and it is compatible with Apple TV via AirPlay.

The optional Amazon Unbox player lets users download high-quality copies of videos. The Unbox player is compatible only with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Downloaded films include a full-resolution video file and can include a lower-resolution copy for portable devices. The content can be viewed using the Amazon Unbox Video Player, Windows Media Player, a Windows Media Center Extender such as an Xbox 360, a PlaysForSure portable device. However, downloading HD versions of movies is not supported (except for HD TV shows); they are only available through streaming on Amazon Instant Video HD compatible devices.

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Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android (Black)

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The Pebble Smartwatch connects to your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth so you get the information you need exactly when you need it. Designed to make your life easier, Pebble provides personalized notifications and downloadable apps to keep you in the loop when you’re on the go. You can also customize with watchfaces and apps to suit your personal style and interests. It features a long-lasting battery, user-friendly operation, and a screen that’s readable even in bright daylight or underwater. Pebble comes with a USB charging cable and Quick Start Guide.

Thoughtful Engineering in a Wearable Design

Pebble has a straightforward, wearable design that lets you get the information you need in just one glance. The e-Paper display is easy to read even in direct sunlight so you can always see what’s going on inside or out. Lightweight and comfortable to wear, Pebble won’t weigh you down when you’re on the move. Its 5 ATM salt or fresh water rating means you’ll still be accessible if caught in a downpour or swimming, and the scratch-resistant display can take some hard knocks while keeping its good looks. The battery conveniently lasts five to seven days on a single charge.

Works With Your Busy Life

Pebble does more than just tell the time. It displays email, SMS, Caller ID, and other notifications from your favorite apps right on your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket while you’re in meetings, social engagements, or on the go. Pebble alerts you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, meeting reminders, and notifications from apps like Facebook and Twitter. And because of its long-lasting battery life, Pebble blends in to your day-to-day activities without slowing you down while you’re running, cycling, or just going 

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Pebble Smartwatch

Integrates with your life to connect you to what matters most.
SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth Visor Speakerphone Car kit-Black
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SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth Visor Speakerphone Car kit-Black

 

Introducing the SuperTooth Buddy, a Bluetooth hands-free car kit requiring no installation - just clip it on your sun visor! Buddy is compact yet feature rich, with full automatic pairing. You can even use up to two mobile phones simultaneously—and when returning to your vehicle, Buddy will automatically re-connect to your mobile phone. With 20 hours of talk time and 40 days of stand-by time you can count on Buddy for important calls. You will enjoy echo and noise-free conversations due to a powerful speaker and DSP technology. Other features include: Volume Control, Call waiting and Last call redial, Voice recognition dialing (with supporting mobile phones). You can drive safe and un-distracted with your new Buddy!

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Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

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Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

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Netflix
Watch thousands of TV shows, movies and Netflix original programming on your TV.

HBO GO
Watch your favorite HBO® original series and hit movies directly on your TV

Hulu Plus
Instantly watch hit TV shows using your Hulu Plus subscription.

Pandora
Listen to free, personalized radio from Pandora on the best speakers in your home.

YouTube
Go big when you go home. Enjoy your favorite YouTube channels on the best screen in the house.

Google Play TV & Movies
Watch thousands of TV shows and movies on your TV with Google Play TV & Movies

Google Play Music
Rock out to millions of songs with Google Play Music right in your living room.

VEVO
Watch your favorite music videos and VEVO originals on the big screen.

Red Bull.TV
Inspirational programming from Red Bull, including an extensive selection of sports, music and lifestyle entertainment.

Songza
Working? Relaxing? At the gym? Songza plays you the right music at the right time.

Plex
Plex organizes all of your media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it anywhere.

PostTV
PostTV from The Washington Post brings you video that explains, enlightens and entertains. It’s Washington. Revealed.

Viki
Discover Korean dramas, Japanese anime and movies, telenovelas, music videos & more—with subtitles in 160+ languages.

RealPlayer Cloud
Watch your personal video collection on your TV. No wires.

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Hale Dreamer Alarm Clock Speaker Dock for Android Phones with SmartSilence
A smart dock that turns your Android phone into the ultimate alarm clock, with physical controls and powerful app-enabled features like SmartSilence.
SmartSilence activates with the touch of a button, and keeps your phone silent unless a call is urgent, by intelligently screening your calls and muting notifications.
The Dreamer Alarm Clock app lets you customize every detail, including which days the alarm repeats, alarm tone, volume, fade-in time, and more.
Thoughtful design is a snap to use, even in total darkness. Dedicated controls for volume, brightness, playback, snooze, and SmartSilence.
Docking Station charges and holds your smartphone steady with flexible, omni-directional gooseneck cables, even if you bump it in the dark.
Price: $99.99 Sale: $79.9
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Hale Dreamer Alarm Clock Speaker Dock for Android Phones with SmartSilence

A smart dock that turns your Android phone into the ultimate alarm clock, with physical controls and powerful app-enabled features like SmartSilence.

SmartSilence activates with the touch of a button, and keeps your phone silent unless a call is urgent, by intelligently screening your calls and muting notifications.

The Dreamer Alarm Clock app lets you customize every detail, including which days the alarm repeats, alarm tone, volume, fade-in time, and more.

Thoughtful design is a snap to use, even in total darkness. Dedicated controls for volume, brightness, playback, snooze, and SmartSilence.

Docking Station charges and holds your smartphone steady with flexible, omni-directional gooseneck cables, even if you bump it in the dark.

Price: $99.99 Sale: $79.9

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Thank you @BrandBBQTruck for the pulled pork and an awesome lunch. (Taken with Instagram)

Thank you @BrandBBQTruck for the pulled pork and an awesome lunch. (Taken with Instagram)

Hot Dog by the pool (Taken with Instagram at Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center)

Hot Dog by the pool (Taken with Instagram at Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center)

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