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Hire A Handyman From Amazon, Buy The Fire Phone For Just $199, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 26-11-2014

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 7 Questions To Ask A Computer Technician Before He Starts Work Finding the right computer technician could lead to a hassle-free fix. Ask the right questions and you can easily weed out the fly-by-night computer repairmen from the ones that know their business. Read More , 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 Amazon Shops New 3D Fire Phone, Say Yo To The Dumbest App Ever, And More... [Tech News Digest] Twitter adds support for animated GIFs, a new glitch is found in Super Mario Bros. 30 years after release, HitchBOT prepares to travel across Canada, and a first-person cat simulator on Kickstarter. Read More , it was priced at $649 unlocked, or $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. After some very mixed reviews Amazon Fire Phone Reviews, Microsoft Focuses On Windows 9, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, a security vulnerability in Tor is kept secret, William Shatner boldly goes where no celebrity has gone before by reviewing Facebook Mentions, and Japan dreams of a 2020 Olympic Games for robots. Read More and poor sales, in September Amazon cut the price to just 99 cents Twitter Tests Buy Button, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Home depot suffers major hack, SheTaxis hates men, Spotify adds video ads, Facebook adds view count to videos, and see what happens when teenagers try playing the Nintendo Entertainment System. Read More 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 PlayStation Vita Slim Review And Giveaway Is this Vita Slim (also known as the Vita 2000) better than the original? Read More 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 EBay Now Is No More, Trade Your iPhone For A BlackBerry, & More... [Tech News Digest] Also, UK Government starts snooping, Redbox raises prices, Sony pulls PS Vita ad, and the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More so quickly.

What Devices Are Logged In To Google?

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 5 Games That Make Me Miss The Glory Days Of Sega [MUO Gaming] Sega may have left the console development business, but that does not mean that I have forgotten the days when I would pick up my giant spaceship controller on my Dreamcast, or spring around with... Read More . 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

Chromecast users Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More 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.


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Would you ever use Amazon Local Services? Is the Amazon Fire Phone value for money at $199? How much would you pay for the Humble Sega Bundle?

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  1. dragonmouth
    November 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    "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."
    If I owned a business, there is no way I would give 20% cut to anybody. Angie's List is way cheaper. Even buying ads on TV is cheaper.

    "The Amazon Fire Phone can now be bought for just $199, unlocked"
    With that kind of pricing, I am tempted to take the plunge and buy a smartphone. They can even keep Amazon Prime.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      I don't think 20 percent is all that bad. Imagine the amount of work a handyman could get from jumping in bed with Amazon this early?

      $199 for the Fire Phone is very tempting indeed.

    • dragonmouth
      December 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Maybe if he jumped in bed with an Amazon. :-)

      Even without Amazon (or Angie's List) good handymen have more work than they can handle. OTOH, even Amazon cannot helped the lousy ones.