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Amazon Launches Fire TV…Is it all that hot?

Amazon launches Fire TV, an Android-powered streaming and gaming set-top box for $99


We’ve been waiting for it for quite some time, but now Amazon is finally ready to make its play for the living room. Fire TV is not a barebones device like the Chromecast; it’s a powerful Android-driven platform with ties to the broader Amazon ecosystem. Inside the slim black plastic box is a quad-core CPU with a full 2GB of RAM — that makes it more akin to a high-end smartphone than your typical streaming device. And it’s incredibly slim, shorter than a dime, with barely enough clearance for the small selection of ports around back, which includes the standard HDMI, as well as optical audio and Ethernet.

The interface is incredibly image-heavy. Browsing through the Amazon video store is basically just scrolling through an endless barrage of movie posters presented in a moving 3D bar. And, at least during the demo, the hardware churned through the slick UI with nary a hiccup in sight. But far more impressive was how quick videos were to load. Pressing play on almost any video instantaneously launched the movie or show. And we

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Amazon Lights a New Fire

Amazon officially took the wraps off of three new Kindle Fire HDs this week in California:

  • Fire HD with the 7-inch screen that will sell for $199, and
  • Fire HD with an 8.9-inch screen, 8.8mm thick, starting at $299 for 16GB and $369 for 32GB.
  • Fire HD with AT&T’s 4G LTE support priced at $499 for 32GB and $599 for 64GB.

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Amazon Unleashes Mighty Music Cloud Power

I am right now loading my Cloud Drive with all the music on my computer.  When it is done (in a couple of hours) all my legally obtained music will be stored in the cloud (aka. Amazon’s server) and I will be able to stream any of my music to any device or computer I want…except my iPhone!  Only Android phones can play the music right now.  This is a huge revolution.  Read the full article.

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Podcast: November 13, 2010

The gang was back with a special extended show which included:


Terry Cross, Founder of Windward Associates and Chairman of the Michigan Emerging Executive Board shares about Michigan Emerging, a conference designed to promote and connect innovators and entrepreneurs and the support system that exists only in Michigan.   Michigan Emerging has been chosen as one of ten featured events in the nation for Global Entrepreneurship Week. During the week of November 15-21, over 30,000 events will take place across the nation to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit — and Michigan Emerging is the only featured event in Michigan.

Steve Sadler, a frequent guest, will be sharing about his new book Exposure to Closure .  Steve began Scate to help e-learning and then found that there was a huge field called “social media”  and that his tools would work so well there.

Erik “Mac Man” Anderson (couldn’t keep calling him “Mac Boy” forever!) will report on Apple’s huge patch release and other items this week and he will share about using his iPhone’s camera to make transactions with Chase Bank.

Two full hours of taking your calls and getting answers for your computer problems.  

Podcast: Michigan Emerging

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