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Future generations won't think twice about having packages delivered by drone, it will be commonplace. In the meantime, it's still a gee-whiz concept that has yet to materialize, though it's getting close. So close, in fact, that Amazon is showing off one of its prototype drones that it plans to deploy as part of its Prime Air delivery service. Calling it a "miracle of modern technology," this particular drone is a hybrid design that assumes a horizontal orientation. It weighs less than 55 pounds and can transport packages weighing up to 5 pounds. Using "sense and avoid" technology, the prototype... Read more...
Savvy online shoppers know that the best time of the year to buy electronics is during the holiday season, and especially Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Black Friday. We're seeing lots of tantalizing mark downs, one of which is Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphone, unlocked and with 32GB of memory, for just $400.That's $200 off the regular price of what we consider one of the best Android handsets on the market (check out our full review). It has a beautiful and spacious 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution (2560x1440). We get the opportunity to play with a lot of phones, and... Read more...
In October, we learned that Amazon is willing to do whatever it takes to help its video service succeed, even if it means disallowing the sales of competing products on its marketplace. If that wasn't enough proof that the company has grand ambitions, a rumor popped-up last week which suggests that the company will soon be partnering with third-party providers to beef up its library with more high-quality content. Of course, it's also hard to ignore that Amazon will soon be home to the three former Top Gear hosts, which could prove to be a major boon in itself.... Read more...
If your wallet has thus far survived the barrage of awesome deals floating around the Web, you might want to pay attention to some great discounts Amazon is offering on its own gear. For starters, the company's Echo has had $30 slashed off of its price, to settle in at $149. If you're not familiar with what this very unique device can do, you'd do well to check out our in-depth look, or sit back and watch as our own Dave Altavilla puts it to a great test. Speaking of sitting back and watching something, Amazon has also dropped the price of its Fire Stick from $40 to $25. Similarly, it's cut the... Read more...
With so many Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals out there, it can be tough to spot the gems. One that undoubtedly qualifies is Amazon's offer of unlimited cloud storage for a year for just $5, which is 92 percent less than the normal selling price of $59.99. If you're a digital pack rat, this is the score you've been looking for.The one-year plan offers unlimited storage for photos, documents, and whatever other files you need backed up to the cloud. There's no limit to what you can upload, and if you're a photographer, rest easy knowing your photos won't be tampered with -- Amazon says it will... Read more...
It's been suggested that Amazon's Prime Video service is one of the most popular in the US, falling short only to Netflix, and given some of the company's moves in recent months, it's clear as day that it wants to make sure it's not going to remain in the #2 spot forever. This past summer, Amazon blew our socks off with the announcement that the three Top Gear legends - Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond - would be coming to Prime Video. It cost the company a pretty penny, too: upwards of $250 million USD. Fueling its desire to become the top video service, the company just last month... Read more...
Some Amazon shoppers report having received an email from the online retailer to let them know that their passwords have been reset. Usually that's cause for concern, such as a security breach -- something that's become all too common as of late -- but in this case Amazon says it's simply being cautious. If that's the case, why make a password change mandatory and limit the change to only a certain number of online shoppers? According to Amazon, certain devices (we assume mobile) store passwords in such a way that they're at risk of being hijacked.The email states that Amazon "recently discovered... Read more...
Rarely does a day pass when we don't write news about something that should reaffirm your belief that security is something to be taken seriously. Whether it's an online game, a retailer, or a bank, we've seen time and time again that no security put in place is bulletproof. That means that we need to do everything we can to at least give ourselves the best defense. In recent years, two-factor authentication has really taken off, and for good reason. What it does is render a password alone useless, something extremely useful if that's all of the information an "attacker" has to exploit. With two-factor... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter about virtual reality technology transforming the consumer landscape, and little by little, the revolution is getting underway. It takes another step today with Samsung's Gear VR headset going up for pre-order at a rather affordable $99, with shipments slated for a week from Friday (November 20, 2015). That's just in time for the holiday season, so if you're looking for a gift idea, this could be it. To broaden its appeal, Samsung made some changes to the Oculus-powered Gear VR compared to the previous Innovator Edition. For one, it's 19 percent lighter at 0.68 pounds... Read more...
Not long ago, Amazon announced a revamped Fire TV with a handful of new and upgraded features including 4K Ultra HD video support and Alexa functionality. Although the original Fire TV which we reviewed last year had voice capabilities, those voice controls were limited to searching for content and applications. With Alexa built in, the second-generation Fire TV now has additional features, such as the ability to provide sports scores, weather and traffic information, or play music. As you’ll recall from our review of the Amazon Echo, we were impressed by the Alexa functionality and its utility... Read more...
Attending midnight releases for popular video games has become somewhat of a tradition in recent years, though not everyone enjoys the experience of trucking out in the cold (I live in the mid-west folks, and yes, it's chilly this time of year) to stand in a long line. Amazon understands your plight and, depending on where you live, is offering midnight delivery for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Well, it's sort of midnight delivery. The way is works is you have to be a Prime member and place your order using Amazon's Prime Now app. Amazon will be accepting delivery reservations at midnight (Eastern... Read more...
At the start of October, it was reported that Amazon would be making the rather stark move of removing competing streaming devices from its store; namely those that didn't support Prime Video to the company's liking. This largely boils down to Amazon either being unable to get Prime Video the way it wants on competing devices, and that the company doesn't want to give a cut of its profits to a third-party. Ultimately, that lead Amazon to the decision of simply pulling those devices from its online store. While some have likened this move to being anti-competitive, it's hard to grasp whether the... Read more...
Where major video game releases are concerned, it's not usually too hard for the mega-fan to be able to find cool merchandise on the side to help complement the game. We're talking figurines, books, posters, and what-have-you. Or, in the case of the ultra-hyped Fallout 4, it could have beer! Oh, this one speaks to us. "Fallout Beer" is the result of a partnership between Bethesda and Carlsberg UK, and is inspired by both the series itself, and in particular Vault-Tec Industries. It's a pilsner, which is sure to go down smoothly during a marathon gaming session, and at 4% ABV, it's not likely to... Read more...
Listen up, Rock Band 4 by Harmonix is friggin' awesome! No, I haven't played it, but that's the impression I and others might have gotten by glossing over user reviews posted to Amazon. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, except in this case, Harmonix employees involved in the development and promotion of Rock Band 4 were among those posting glowing reviews. The apparent conflict of interest was first brought to light on Reddit and followed up on by Desctructoid, the latter of which got in touch with Harmonix about the situation. Harmonix confirmed that employees had been leaving positive reviews,... Read more...
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