Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Fits under TV, and comes with a remote with a built in microphone for voice recognition

It will cost users $99 -- Amazon has unveiled a $99 TV box intended to take on Apple, Google and Roku. It also doubles as a games console. Called the Fire TV box, the device runs a special version of Google's Android software.

Amazon already offers on-demand TV shows and movies free to customers who are members of Amazon's premium shipping service Prime.

Amazon already offers on-demand TV shows and movies free to customers who are members of Amazon's premium shipping service Prime.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Fire TV, Amazon, content


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The small box fits under a TV and comes with a remote with a built in microphone for voice recognition. Available as of today, it will allow users to download films and TV shows, along with apps.

Users can use a remote or buy a separate game controller for $40.

Come light a candle for those who perished in the Fort Hood tragedy --

The prices will be very affordable. Mike Frazzini from Amazon Games said each game will be priced like a phone app, costing on average $2. Popular games available at launch will include Minecraft, driving game Asphalt 8 and first person shooter Sev Zero.

Peter Larsen from Amazon says "It's incredibly powerful, and it's unbelievably simple.

"Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price-people are going to love Fire TV," Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO declared.

Bezos was quick to sing the device's any new virtues. "Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid . Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you'll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly.

"And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards."

The Fire TV service has been discussed with at least three major media companies. Fire TV uses Amazon's existing Prime TV and film on demand service, along with Hulu Plus.

The gadget, costing $99, is aimed squarely at Amazon and Roku's products along with Google's Chromecast.

Amazon already offers on-demand TV shows and movies free to customers who are members of Amazon's premium shipping service Prime.

Amazon has invested about $1 billion in exclusive video content in 2013, according to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali.

Amazon last year introduced 14 televisions pilots, which it financed, and is now monitoring customer feedback to decide which ones to produce as full series.

The shows included "Alpha House", starring John Goodman, the Hollywood actor known for his roles in "The Big Lebowski" and "Argo." Bill Murray, of "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," also appears.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Technology

Technology helps brain damaged musician create music for the first time in 27 years Watch

Image of Rosemary Johnson suffered brain damage and was unable to play her violin - until now (Plymouth University).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

After a car crash that left her with a serious brain injury, violinist Rosemary Johnson was unable to play her beautiful music again - until now. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Telegraph, Johnson's accident put her in a 7-month coma and left her ... continue reading


Missile to smash incoming nuclear weapons successfully tested in California Watch

Image of Much work remains to be done, as Lockheed martin, Boeing, and Raytheon are working on different parts of the redesign. Photo courtesy Zuma/Shutterstock/REX.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While people packed movie theaters to see the latest installment of the "Star Wars" saga, an example of former president Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense project was successfully tested over the skies of Central California. The "Exoatmospheric Kill ... continue reading


Is a world without car crashes possible? Volvo says so! Watch

Image of A world without traffic fatalities or accidents? Volvo says that's as close as the year 20202. Photo courtesy of Volvo.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Can anyone truly imagine a futuristic world where there are no traffic accidents and no traffic fatalities? Swedish carmaker Volvo is making that bold claim, and that world is as close as the year 2020. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Volvo representatives ... continue reading


Caltech astronomers locate orbit of Planet X, but no planet -- yet Watch

Image of The orbit of Planet X has been inferred from how it affects other bodies, in the distant solar system.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have concluded that a ninth planet orbits the Sun, and it is very likely to be large, but extremely distant. Their conclusions are based on its influence on other objects far beyond the orbit of Neptune. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Two Caltech ... continue reading


Scientist develops method to manipulate gravity. Are gravity weapons next?! Watch

Image of Gravity occurs naturally and is bent by massive objects. But what if we developed the means to create gravity ourselves, turning it off and on?

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A scientist has developed a method to manipulate gravity, at least theoretically. Furthermore, we could accomplish his vision using existing technology. Such a breakthrough could eventually lead to large-scale manipulation of gravity, but to what effect? LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Flushless, futuristic toilet recycles waste to produce fresh water Watch

Image of Nanotechnology is the science of creating and working with materials about one nanometer wide, or one-billionth of a meter.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

A toilet that does not need water, a sewage system, or external power but instead uses nanotechnology to treat human waste, produce clean water, and keep smells at bay is being developed by a British university. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The ... continue reading


You won't believe your eyes! World's first drone can fly itself -and you Watch

Image of The EHang 184 was formally introduced at this year's Consumer Electronic Show (Steven Tweedie/Business Insider).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The EHang 184 was unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronic Show and is the world's first self-driving electrical aerial vehicle. It is designed to fly individuals short distances at low altitudes without the necessity for its passenger to control it. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


STICKER SHOCK! Oculus Rift arrives, why you'll need to buy flowers to use it Watch

Image of Oculus Rift costs $599, which means you'll need to buy flowers for your spouse before you can strap the headset on for some serious gaming.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Virtual reality arrived in the mainstream consumer market today, but the sticker shock has many gasping for their breath, and clutching their wallets. The much anticipated Oculus Rift headset opened for preorders today and will ship in late March and Early April. ... continue reading


We won't survive the robot revolution with $15/hr jobs Watch

Image of The first prototypes are already built--and working flawlessly. It's just a matter of adoption now.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Within just two decades, most of our jobs will be taken over by robots. What will happen as the world undergoes the biggest economic shift since the industrial revolution? There are two possibilities, but the time to choose is now. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


Filipino priest chastised for riding hoverboard during worship Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The year's most wanted Christmas gift, the two-wheeled Hoverboard has wound itself throughout popular culture. While a popular item, a priest in the Philippines was soundly chastised for riding one during Christmas service. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Stations of the Cross - Series HD Video
  • 10 important things to consider during Lent
  • Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Take this thought provoking Stations of the Cross survey
  • Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 09, 2016
  • St. Apollonia: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
22 Then, in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, Solomon stood ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 84:3, 4, 5, 10, 11
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a nest to place its ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 7:1-13
1 The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 9th, 2016 Image

St. Apollonia
February 9: St. Apollonia, who died in the year 249, was ... Read More