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A Review Of Amazon Fire TV, And Our Favorite Apps Of The Week

Amazon Fire TV

Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to talk about the most recent Amazon Fire TV:

Although the new Fire TV looks just like its predecessor, there are a few noteworthy differences.

The main differences are under the hood. In addition to support for 4K video, a faster 64-bit quad-core processor powers the new player, and it has a separate, dedicated graphics processor. The new Fire TV box also gets a Wi-Fi upgrade for better Wi-Fi video streaming.  

Although Amazon claims the new Fire TV is 75 percent faster than its predecessor, we’re not sure you’ll notice it.

If you’re in the market for a streaming media player, the new Amazon Fire TV is worth considering. It’s a top-performing player and it’s less expensive than the new Apple TV or Roku 4. Compared to the previous model, it features some nice enhancements at no additional cost. It’s an especially smart choice if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber and use the company’s streaming video and music services.

But there’s no compelling reason to upgrade unless you buy a smart TV with no 4K streaming; or you’re unhappy with the smart TV platform on your current set.

For more info on this story, visit ConsumerReports.org.

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For Into Tomorrow, James McQueen – Consumer Reports

Dave and Chris shared the favorite apps of the week

Camera 360 Ultimate is one of the best camera apps available on the Google Play Store these days. It offers all the typical features a smartphone photographer needs. It has more than a hundred filters to make your photos look completely out of this world. It will also give you complete control over filters, enabling you to easily save or even delete custom ones.

It also has special features for selfies, like tap anywhere to capture, auto-adjust and 3D facials. Its other features include, SLR experience, smart scene recognition, blur in real-time, fast focus and many editing tools like rotate, crop, resize, tones and even add text.

It’s Free for your Andoid device.

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Dave

Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app. It knows how fast users are traveling down the road and can re-route you around traffic. It also tells you about construction, red light cameras and even when there’s a police presence on the road ahead. It gets the information from other users who have submitted via the app while on the road. Connect via Facebook and see where your friends are, too! It’s a cool app, but seems like there’s a lot that can distract you while on the road.

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Chris

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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