WATCHING AMAZON VIDEO OFFLINE

“Amazon Instant Video,” for Android phones and tablets, allows you to download a movie for offline viewing, great for when you’re on a plane or train or otherwise out of range of a Wi-Fi signal.  Go to Amazon.com/GetAndroidVideo for detailed instructions.

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STILL HOT FOR THE LATEST KINDLE FIRE

When we briefly mentioned the new $50 Amazon “Kindle Fire” tablet, ours hadn’t arrived yet.  Now that we have it, we’re more impressed than we expected. Here are a few things we haven’t seen in other reviews: First off, the full content of the Washington Post  is free for the first six months, $4 a month after that. That’s because Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, recently bought the Post, so he can offer any deal he wants.  A catchy headline from the newspaper on the main screen of the tablet lures you in. This is totally addictive: Joy hasn’t gone a day yet without reading the Post’s featured story.

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AMAZON FIRE

Joy lost her iPad Mini at the gym and has been using an old Amazon Fire tablet. The new $50 Fire is better than the old one in many ways. One of the best changes they made was moving the power button.

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FREE UNLIMITED PHOTO STORAGE

Flickr gives you a terabyte of photo storage, but now Amazon Prime members get unlimited storage on the free Amazon “Cloud Drive.”

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ROKU VERSUS FIRE STICK

We just bought a $39 Amazon “Fire Stick” for our second TV, to bring in hundreds of extra movie and TV channels, plus games and apps. On our main TV, we have the $49 Roku 3 stick. Here’s the difference: Roku usually gives you more choices.

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THE 3D STORE

Instead of buying your own 3D printer, you can have Amazon print 3D objects for you for around $30 for most items.

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UP THE AMAZON RIVER

Our Amazon Prime membership costs us $79 a year and the price will be going up soon. This gives us free shipping and two-day delivery on almost anything we buy there. We can also get hundreds of free movies (but not the newest ones) streamed to our computers, phones or TVs.

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AMAZON ART

Amazon.com/art is Amazon’s new fine-art site. Want Norman Rockwell’s “Packagefrom Home” for $4.85 million?They’ve got it. Other big ticket paintings include those from Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. It’s an Amazon partnership with America’s fine art We immediately turned to the “under $200” category and found 143 pages of listings. The nice thing is they show you therelative size of the piece by always including a photo of the framed picture next to the same chair and table.

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CONVERTING VINYL RECORDS

A couple years ago we bought a Simon and Garfunkel record on eBay and it arrived as a vinyl record. Well that was a surprise! Because we thought we would be getting a CD and had no way to play a record.

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MARKET FRESH ONLINE TV

Online TV is on. Amazon.com has announced six new pilot programs, leading off with “Alpha House,” starring John Goodman. It was created by Gary Trudeau, the creator of the Doonesbury comic strip. Alpha House is about four senators who rent a house together. Viewers will get to vote on whether this program or one of the five others becomes a full series.

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