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Amazon Prime Video now available as standalone $8.99 monthly service

Amazon Video App

Starting today Amazon customers can now access the company's Prime Video service for $8.99/per month instead of shelling out $99 a year. Amazon repositioned its video streaming service as a monthly standalone to take on Netflix, who is now charging $9.99/per month. Amazon will also offer a monthly option for its Prime shipping service for $10.99.

The biggest difference between the two streaming giants is Amazon's lack of an Apple TV app. Apple TV users can only watch Amazon content on their TV sets by downloading the free Amazon Video app and streaming it via AirPlay from their iOS device. There have been rumors that Amazon is working on an Apple TV app, but it has never been launched. Other popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO NOW all offer their own Apple TV apps.

Apple TV adds Live Tune-In feature to Siri search

Live Tune-In

Apple TV fans are still waiting for a live streaming package, which failed to materialize last year despite rumors of ongoing negotiations with content providers. Even as Apple continues to pursue such a subscription package, a new Live Tune-In feature has been added to tvOS 9.2. Live Tune-In combines certain apps that provide a live stream with Siri, to offer instant live viewing of supported channels.

Apple News of the Week: Earth Day apps, Fear the Walking Dead, and Apple Watch 'S'

Tactical runner

Celebrate Earth Day with Apple's app promotion, then survive a zombie outbreak in Los Angeles with the game Dead Run. In the news this week, some iPhone 7 rumors have been confirmed, including a Smart Connector on the next generation device. The Apple Watch will see an "S" upgrade in the fall, with a complete redesign coming in 2017. Last but not least, find out how to get the most out of your new iPhone SE.

iOS App(s) of the Week: Apple launches Apps for Earth

Apps for Earth

Apple has teamed up with over 20 app developers to launch Apps for Earth. From now until April 24, 100 percent of the proceeds from all participating apps will go to the World Wildlife Fund to aid its efforts in global conservation. As part of the promotion participating apps are offering WWF-inspired bonuses, such as a compost bin in Cooking Dash 2016. Hearthstone players can download an exclusive mage called, Khadgar, and Candy Crush Saga is holding special weekend-only events on April 15-17 and April 21-24. You can see a list of all the participating apps by opening the App Store app on your device and tapping the Apps for Earth banner. Here are a few examples of the WWF bonuses being offered right now.

iPhone 7 smart connector, dual-camera confirmed?

iPhone 7 Plus back

More iPhone 7 leaks point to a next generation Apple device with a similar form factor as the current generation iPhone 6s. Design changes are said to be subtle, with antenna lines being moved to the edges of the iPhone 7 or made invisible entirely. The dimensions and thickness of the next iPhone aren't expected to change much, but this doesn't mean Apple has no new tricks up its sleeve.

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