Hire A Handyman From Amazon, Buy The Fire Phone For Just $199, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Sony owes PS Vita owners, Google helps you keep track, the Humble Sega Bundle arrives, TuneIn lands on Chromecast, and the shocking new Lenovo Yoga ad.
Amazon Launches New Local Services
Amazon has officially launched its new Local Services offering. A total of nine U.S. states are included from the start — including California, New York, Washington, and Florida — with more set to follow in the future.
Amazon Local Services adds a range of local professionals to the online retailer, with customers able to hire a handyman to fix their TV to the wall, an auto mechanic to repair their car, or a computer technician to fix their PC , to cite just three examples.
Businesses offering their services through Amazon will be subject to background checks, and give a 20% cut of takings from any job sourced in this way. A new landing page for Amazon Local Services details exactly how it works and what services are being offered.
Is there anything Amazon won’t sell at this point?
Amazon Reduces Fire Phone Price To $199
Amazon has massively cut the price of the Fire Phone in a literal fire sale. The Amazon Fire Phone can now be bought for just $199, unlocked, and with one year of Amazon Prime thrown in for free. That essentially means this capable smartphone will set you back just $100 in real terms, as Prime costs $99-per-year.
When Amazon launched the Fire Phone in June 2014 , it was priced at $649 unlocked, or $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. After some very mixed reviews and poor sales, in September Amazon cut the price to just 99 cents with that contract still in place. But this new price point brings it within range of many more potential buyers.
Sony Owes Early PS Vita Owners $50
If you purchased a PlayStation Vita prior to June 1, 2012, Sony owes you $50 worth of credit or $25 in cash. This is due to Sony settling with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over misleading claims the company included in its launch ads. Sony essentially promised features that were rather more limited than implied in the advertising. No wonder Sony pulled the ‘Sexy Doctor’ ad offline so quickly.
What Devices Are Logged In To Google?
From my Google search history I think I’m still logged in somewhere in India…
— Richard Jackson (@RJMusic87) November 22, 2014
You can now quickly and easily see what devices are logged into your Google account, with the Devices and Activity dashboard updated to show more information. As well as revealing what devices are currently logged in, you can see which platforms your account has been active on over the past 28 days. All of which should help keep you secure.
The Humble Sega Bundle Is A Bargain
The Humble Sega Bundle is now available to buy, and it’s a bargain for any fans of the Japanese company’s games . As usual, you pay what you want for the Humble Sega Bundle, which includes the Dreamcast Collection, Nights Into Dreams, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Anyone paying more than $50 will also receive an exclusive Dreamcast T-shirt. I’m in.
Chromecast Adds 100,000 Radio Stations
— TuneIn (@tunein) November 25, 2014
Chromecast users can now listen to 100,000 radio stations, thanks to TuneIn adding support for Google’s media streaming dongle. Both the free and paid versions of the TuneIn app now support Chromecast, instantly adding both local and international radio stations, plus hundreds of different podcasts to the device.
Lenovo Yoga Ad Prank Shocks Shoppers
And finally, what would you do if a mall cop blamed you for breaking a MacBook Air in half with your bare hands? That’s exactly what Lenovo asked several unsuspecting members of the public in order to sell the Yoga 3 to the masses.
This is a viral video ad from Lenovo, with comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade trolling potential laptop buyers who were good enough to stop and let some guy demonstrate the bendable laptop for them. Which should stop them from being so courteous (and gullible) in the future.
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