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Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, and while that's not likely to change, Amazon is going to give it a run for the money on Wednesday, July 15, the eve of its 20th anniversary. Dubbed "Prime Day," Amazon promises to offer more deals than Black Friday, though you have to be a Prime member in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Ital, Germany, France, Canada, or Austria to participate. The global shopping event is valid to both new and existing Prime members. Those who are signed up with Prime will see enticing deals kick off at midnight, with new deals appearing as often as every... Read more...
We were excited when SanDisk announced a new 200GB microSD memory card at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. That is, until we caught wind of the MSRP -- $400! Yeah, it was one of those 'spit coffee on your monitor' moments. Ah, but a little patience makes all the difference in the world, as the exact same card can now be had for $240 on Amazon. That brings the cost per gigabyte down from $2 to a bit more reasonable $1.20. Yes, that's still pricey, especially when the 128GB version sells for $80 on Amazon, or around $0.63 per gigabyte. But that's the kind of premium we... Read more...
There's been a lot of attention paid to Ultra HD (4K) content, and deservedly so, but bumping up the display resolution isn't the only way to enjoy to better visuals. Just ask Amazon, which today announced that Prime members living in the U.S. can watch the first season of its original series Mozart in the Jungle in high dynamic range (HDR). Mozart in the Jungle is the first series to be made available in HDR, and according to Amazon, you can expect greater contrast to the screen with bright colors, enhanced shadow details, and distinct highlights for a superior viewing experience. Just as HDR... Read more...
Digital assistants like Siri and Cortana have their own little perks, but a big one none of them have is the ability to appear on other platforms. Amazon's Alexa, the AI assistant featured on the company's Echo device, is going to become the first -- or at least the first with the most potential. Soon, developers of hardware products will be able to integrate Amazon's Alexa for free. When keeping costs down, nothing beats "free", and we're talking about a very good solution here, and one that's only going to get better thanks to Amazon's machine learning efforts. Amazon gives a couple... Read more...
It’s been a long time coming, but Amazon’s innovative Echo speaker can now be purchased by anyone with an Amazon account. Echo, which was first announced in early November, has until today only been available to Amazon customers on an invite-only basis. Echo is more than just a speaker; it’s a digital assistant for your home that responds to the sound of your voice to provide information on weather, sports scores, traffic, and even news. It’s audio capabilities are enhanced via the ability to tap into streaming music services like Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. You can use... Read more...
One of the challenges of online shopping is navigating a product's user reviews for fair assessments of its pros and cons. That's no easy task -- some people are habitual complainers who overstate the negatives, while others could be shills for a competitor. Still, some can be helpful, and to ensure those are the ones you see first, Amazon is going to use a machine learning platform to determine and uplift the better evaluations.This is a proprietary system that Amazon developed on its own. The idea is to prioritize newer and more helpful reviews so that they're the first ones you see and read... Read more...
Advertising on the popular Roku set top box is about to get a big boost, thanks to a partnership between Roku and Innovid. Your Roku has a front-row seat to your viewing habits, so it’s not unexpected that the company has been looking for a way to turn that information into targeted advertising. Some outlets are reporting that Roku will sniff your Wi-Fi network for devices and base ads on the info collected from those devices, but that’s simply not true. Roku has refuted the claims and asked that the erroneous information be removed. Innovid has already worked with Facebook and other companies... Read more...
Amazon and Marvel teamed up to bring comics to the Kindle Store this week, expanding a digital distribution model that has already brought Marvel comics to millions of devices. Amazon recently acquired comiXology, which developed the wildly popular Marvel Comics apps for Android and iOS. Kindle Fire readers were already able to read comics (including singles) thanks to comiXology, but now Kindle users will have also have access to singles in the Kindle Store. “Amazon, comiXology and Marvel share a passion for expanding the audience for comic books and graphic novels worldwide,” said David Naggar,... Read more...
As BlackBerry clings to a less 1 percent share of the smartphone market in the U.S., the Canadian handset maker announced today that all BlackBerry users living stateside will soon have access to Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. While access to Google Play would have been preferred, the Amazon Appstore is a nice consolation prize for anyone wanting to run Android apps on their BlackBerry phone. Access to Amazon Appstore comes courtesy of the BlackBerry 10.3.2 software update. It's already begun rolling out to BlackBerry Classic users on Verizon and T-Mobile, along with AT&T BlackBerry... Read more...
Amazon announced an updated version of the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader today. It’s a modest launch for a device that has modest, though worthwhile improvements. If you don’t own a Kindle, the Paperwhite’s new features probably won’t inspire you to pre-order. If you already own an aging Kindle, the features might make an upgrade worth it. For one thing, the price is staying at $119, keeping the six-inch Kindle Paperwhite closer to the more streamlined Kindle’s $79 price than the deluxe Voyage’s $199 price tag. The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.More importantly, the Paperwhite now has Bookerly, Amazon’s... Read more...
Amazon has been obsessed with figuring out ways to get packages into the hands of its customers at a faster pace, hence services like Amazon Prime that offer free two-day shipping on millions of items and the rollout of same-day delivery in select areas. However, Amazon's next initiative may be more focused on saving the company money as delivery costs skyrocket.The reported service is known internally as "On My Way." Specific details are lacking, mainly because it's a concept at the moment and there's a lot that still needs to be figured out, but it would rely on regular people to delivery packages.... Read more...
At first glance, Google’s debut app for its newly-launched “free app of the week” promotion is a bit of a head-scratcher. Instead of offering a popular utility or game to pull customers from the Amazon App Store, Google’s Play Store is handing out an app for kids. This week, you can save your $2.99 and download Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings by PBS Kids free for your Android device.  Amazon has been running free app promotions for quite a while, so it’s not surprising that Google is providing a little competition. Weirdly though, Google is burying its free app in a family fun section,... Read more...
In a move that some will call long overdue, Amazon has just released its first-ever transparency report. While it'd be easy to think that Amazon wouldn't receive nearly as much legal pressure as social media companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, it actually does deal with it on a near daily basis. From the short period between January 1 and May 31, 2015, Amazon received a total of 813 subpoenas. Of those, 542 warranted a full response, 126 received a partial response, and the other 145 received no response at all. Amazon was even hit with 25 search warrants, with 21 of those resulting in... Read more...
When it comes to video streaming, YouTube is the king of the castle. Google’s video property is the dominant streaming platform and you’ll find everything from movies, to how-to guides, to adorable puppy videos that could keep you entertained for years on end. But for those who are into streaming of a different sort, say for example game streaming, the best option out there has been Twitch. When Google lost out on a bid to acquire Twitch last year, it was only a matter of time that it would come clawing back with a solution of its own. That day is today, with Google officially announcing YouTube... Read more...
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