Geared Up Podcast: Hands-on review of the Fire TV Cube and reports of new and improved AirPods

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The Fire TV Cube turns any TV into an Alexa-enabled smart TV. (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane)

Amazon is trying to get its Alexa voice assistant into as many homes as possible. Its latest offering: The Fire TV Cube, which essentially turns any TV into a smart TV with Alexa voice control. We try it out live on this episode.

The integration with certain apps, like Netflix and Hulu, is pretty cool. Simply saying “Alexa, play Stranger Things,” opened the Netflix app and started playing right where we left off. Using voice control to fast forward, switch TV inputs and open apps also works well.

But for other apps that aren’t integrated, like Sling TV, the experience isn’t quite so smooth. The box also doesn’t work with over-the-air cable TV, as some reports said it would.

In other news, Oculus announced a new virtual reality TV app this week, and some people are unimpressed. We also dive into a report that points to a new line of AirPods coming before the end of the year, including higher-end over-the-ear headphones.

Listen to the episode in the player below or subscribe to Geared Up in your favorite podcast app to listen on the go.

This week’s stories:

  • Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube aims to make Alexa the ultimate remote control
  • Tune In Today: Oculus TV Now Available on Oculus Go
  • Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019


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