Best Free Android Apps

Get more than $125 worth of paid Android apps for free right now

By on September 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Get more than $125 worth of paid Android apps for free right now

Here at BGR, we love letting readers know when good paid apps go on sale for free. The problem is that Android apps aren’t on sale nearly as often as iOS apps, so we’re rarely able to share solid sales on Android software. But as the saying goes, when it rains, it poursMore →

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Kindle eBook Security Exploit

Kindle security exploit allows hackers to access your Amazon credentials

By on September 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Kindle security exploit allows hackers to access your Amazon credentials

As if there haven’t been enough security scares in 2014 already, it looks like another household electronic device could be putting our private information at risk. According to security consultant Benjamin Daniel Mussler at B.FL7.DE, Amazon’s Kindle Library is currently vulnerable to XSS attacks, in which malicious code is inserted into the metadata for an eBook. More →

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Amazon HTC Smartphone AT&T

Amazon could have released an awesome smartphone… but then AT&T got involved

By on September 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Amazon could have released an awesome smartphone… but then AT&T got involved

Amazon’s Fire Phone is hands down the biggest bomb of 2014 and it turns out we have AT&T to thank for it. The Information reports that Amazon and HTC started collaborating on a budget smartphone last fall but that AT&T stepped in to kill the device by saying it wouldn’t support Amazon’s higher-end Fire Phone if it didn’t get an exclusive on the budget phone as well. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Price Cut $0.99

Amazon’s Fire Phone is officially as big of a flop as the Facebook phone

By on September 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Amazon’s Fire Phone is officially as big of a flop as the Facebook phone

We already knew that Amazon’s Fire Phone was doing very poorly but now it’s reached a grim milestone that’s reminiscent of the HTC First, a.k.a., the Facebook phone. Per Business Insider, Amazon has now slashed the price of the Fire Phone down to just $0.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T. This price cut comes less than three months after its official release, when it came out priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. For perspective, the HTC First got slashed from $99.99 on contract to $0.99 on contract just a month after its unveiling, so at least the Fire Phone hasn’t bombed quite that quickly. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Sales

A flop for the ages: Fire Phone estimated to have sold 35,000 units at most

By on August 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

A flop for the ages: Fire Phone estimated to have sold 35,000 units at most

As many people have predicted, Amazon’s Fire Phone looks like a flop of the first order, although we’ll never know for sure just how big of a flop it’s been since Amazon wisely won’t release sales figures for the device. To make up for this lack of concrete data, The Guardian’s Charles Arthur has done some guess work using data provided by both Chitika and ComScore to come up with an estimate for Fire Phone sales and the numbers are even uglier than we could have imagined. More →

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Amazon Twitch Acquisition

Amazon continues beefing up its gaming initiative with a $1 billion acquisition

By on August 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

Amazon continues beefing up its gaming initiative with a $1 billion acquisition

It was just days ago that viewers all over the world were concerned that Twitch, the most popular video game streaming website on the Internet, might be acquired by Google. Now The Information is reporting that not only has that deal fallen through, but Amazon is coming in to pick up the pieces. According to people familiar with the matter, Amazon is now in “late-stage talks” to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. More →

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Amazon Fire phone Sales AT&T

Will Amazon’s Fire Phone flop finally kill flagship carrier exclusives?

By on August 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Will Amazon’s Fire Phone flop finally kill flagship carrier exclusives?

We’re not sure how many times we have to say this, but offering your premiere piece of hardware as a carrier exclusive is not a good idea. New research from Chitika shows that Amazon’s Fire Phone hasn’t been a smashing success so far and that Amazon’s decision to make it an AT&T exclusive may be a big part of the reason why. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Update

Latest update makes Amazon’s Fire phone slightly more usable than before

By on August 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Latest update makes Amazon’s Fire phone slightly more usable than before

The Internet has not been kind to Amazon’s first foray into the smartphone market. The ironically named Fire phone has received a frigid response from consumers, failing to make any significant impact on the sales charts and prompting some very harsh comparisons from BGR, but the first major software update from Amazon might begin to repair the phone’s already badly damaged reputation. More →

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Amazon Fire TV Discount

Amazon knocks 15% off the cost of its Apple TV rival for a limited time

By on August 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM.

Amazon knocks 15% off the cost of its Apple TV rival for a limited time

Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box is still the best-selling device in the electronics category on Amazon.com, having recently displaced Google’s cheap Chromecast dongle. Since Amazon never shares sales figures, however, we’ll never know exactly how well the Fire TV is selling. With a wave of new apps and games including a Flappy Bird exclusive recently hitting Fire TV, Amazon felt it was a good time to help boost sales even more — and it will likely do just that with a new limited-time discount offer. More →

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Amazon Same-Day Delivery Expansion

Amazon’s same-day delivery service gets even better in six new cities

By on August 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Amazon’s same-day delivery service gets even better in six new cities

One of Amazon’s latest initiatives is being updated to get more items to customers on the same day that they deliver than ever before. Amazon announced today in a press release that it would be bringing “Get it Today” capabilities to its online store for customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas. With “Get it Today,” you’ll be able to order as late as 1pm local time (in select locations) and still receive any of the million-plus items eligible for same-day delivery. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Sales

Amazon’s Fire Phone looks like 2014’s most epic flop

By on August 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Amazon’s Fire Phone looks like 2014’s most epic flop

Even though there was a lot of hype around the Amazon Fire Phone, customers just aren’t buying it, at least not yet. In a survey, R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian notes “muted demand” among potential smartphone buyers, especially ahead of the next iPhone launch that is reported to take place in the middle of next month. Of the 1,000 people who participated in the survey, only 5% of respondents said they would buy a Fire Phone, compared to 43.8% for an iPhone, 32.6% for Android phones (including Samsung, HTC, Nexus and others), 6.8% for a BlackBerry, and 5.3% for a Windows Phone. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone User Guide

Everything you need to know about how to use Amazon’s Fire phone

By on August 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

Everything you need to know about how to use Amazon’s Fire phone

Amazon’s recently launched Fire phone isn’t exactly jumping off of store shelves, but the handset’s placement on the Amazon.com best-selling smartphone charts over the past month suggest that at least a few people have purchased the novel new handset.

Amazon tried to woo potential smartphone buyers by developing features that no other smartphone has, such as a nifty glasses-free 3D effect and touchless tilt gesture controls. The bad news is that these aren’t really features that will sell phones. The good news is that if you did happen to purchase a Fire phone, we’ve come across a quick collection of guides that will teach you everything you need to know about how to use the handset’s unique new features. More →

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Amazon Vs. Barnes And Noble

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

By on July 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

I’m not normally one to weep over obsolete business models. I can’t bring myself to fret too much about the Internet strangling the life out of print newspapers, video rental stores or CD shops, largely because I’ve found that what’s replaced them (online journalism, Netflix and iTunes) offers much better value than the old way of doing things. And when the Internet eventually kills off cable TV, I will positively do a dance of joy in the streets. That said, there is one slowly dying business that I’ll confess that I sorely miss: Bookstores. More →

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