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Amazon Fire Phone burns onAmazon hasn't given up on the Fire Phone, Facebook makes it easy to mask your identity with Tor, and the Starbucks app will offer treats for delivery.
Amazon isn't killing the Fire phone just yet. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNet update. The Amazon Fire phone was a major flop, but it's not yet extinguished. Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices has acknowledged that the phone was overpriced. And that Amazon is learning from its mistakes for the next release. So the Fire Phone will be back. Amazon's smart phone originally costs $200 with a contract, but most people expected it to be priced cheaper than the competition. With reviews complaining about a lack of apps, overheating and poor battery life. The Fire fizzled fast. In the US the price dropped to $0.99. But Amazon seems to be doing fine with its new streamer, the Fire TV Stick. It doesn't even come out until November 19th. But shortly after preorders began it ran out of stock and is now listed as being on back order until January 15th. So unless you were among the very first to order, don't count on giving one as a holiday gift. The Blackberry messenger app has a new treat and hopes to win you over. You can now retract a message if you send something you regret. Or you could set a timer for how long a message can be seen. That's similar to what's popular on Snapchat. Now, if you wanna mask your identity on the web, and surf anonymously, you can use a browser called Tor. And, when you use Tor, your IP address and location are hidden from any website you visit. Before today, if you visited Facebook with Tor, the site didn't load right. But, now Facebook has created a special link for Tor users, so you can connect securely. And, this can also be helpful in countries where the government restricts internet access. Allowing more people to get on Facebook without revealing their identity. Sony gave some PlayStation owners a good scare. A glitchy system update to the PS4 is causing crashes. Some users say that when they enter a standby rest mode they can't wake up the console. They're also having problems reported with uploading game clicks to YouTube. Before downloading the 2.0 update, check if Sony released a fixed version, and if you already did download it, well, Sony suggested booting the console in safe mode to avoid problems. A few days ago you heard about the Taco Bell app that lets you order your chalupas and gorditas ahead of time for pick up. While other fast food chains are looking into doing the same thing. When it comes to paying at a restaurant with your phone, Starbucks has the most successful app. But next year the app will let you place orders ahead of time. And some areas will offer delivery. So you won't have to drag your body out of the office to get a pumpkin spice latte. That's your Tech News update. And you can always sink your teeth into more, at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]