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And now we cannot even trust critics and reviewers! Jay Gentile, a man based in California who is said to be the operator of a number of sites that sell 4-star and 5-star reviews to Amazon sellers (among them buyazonreviews.com and buyreviewsnow.com) is the target of a lawsuit filed by Amazon in an effort by the mega-retailer to crack down on fake reviews. Other "John Does" also believed to be involved in such practices are alluded to in the suit as well. Filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court in Washington state, the Amazon lawsuit accuses Gentile and the John Does of trademark infringement,... Read more...
It won’t be that long before space is a vacation destination. Space flight company Blue Origin announced that it has completed the rocket engine for its New Shepard spaceship and plans to begin tests before the end of the year. “The BE-3 has now been fired for more than 30,000 seconds over the course of 450 tests,” said Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin founder and Amazon CEO. “We test, learn, refine and then test again to push our engines. The Blue Origin team did an outstanding job exploring the corners of what the BD-3 can do and soon we’ll put it to the ultimate test of flight.” Tickets aren’t on sale... Read more...
You can take the first step to getting your hands on Microsoft’s hot new 10.8-inch Surface 3 today by placing a preorder. The Surface Pro 3’s smaller sibling has been popping up at online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and – of course – the Microsoft Store. Microsoft is calling the Surface 3 the “Perfect productivity device for school, home, and on the go.”Microsoft is gunning for a broader slice of the tablet audience with the $499.99 Surface 3, which is smaller than the Surface Pro 3 and doesn’t have quite the same performance. Still, the tablet’s hardware looks pretty good on paper: a 1920x1280... Read more...
I'll preface this by saying that while this sounds like an April Fools' joke, it's not. Over the years, Amazon has rolled-out a number of different mechanics that have made it easier for people to place orders from the service, but with its new 'Dash Button', I think the company has proven that there's no such thing as people being "too lazy". Doing laundry and notice you're critically low on Tide? Click the Dash button you've conveniently affixed to your washing machine. Finished doing your business in the washroom and notice you're out of toilet paper? That's a bad situation, but push that Dash... Read more...
The selection of products on Amazon's marketplace is incredible, to the point where it feels like it "has everything". But one thing it hasn't had up to this point is home services, something the company has today taken care of with the launch of the aptly named "Amazon Home Services". Amazon Home Services is just what it sounds like, a tie-in to the countless products Amazon sells that will let people order services alongside them. Order a TV? Maybe you want someone to come by and install it for you. Need a room painted? Hire a painter. Need electrical work done? You get the... Read more...
Amazon created quite a ruckus this week when it was revealed that it was requiring low-wage, low-skill warehouse workers to sign non-compete clauses when taking a job with the company. This requirement even extended to seasonal workers and prohibited them from “[Engaging] in or [supporting] the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon” for a period of 18 months. Amazon even held their workers’ feet to the fire if they were laid off, making it even harder... Read more...
Non-compete agreements are pretty common among highly technical white collar jobs. It's one of the best ways for a company to protect trade secrets from the competition. For example, if you're working for Spacely Sprockets on an new and innovative type of gear that took years to develop, a non-compete agreement would prevent you from jumping ship to Cogswell Cogs and screwing over your former employer. It makes sense, but why is Amazon making even its seasonal warehouse workers sign them? That's a good question. Here's the deal -- Amazon processes a lot of online orders. Things get especially busy... Read more...
The cloud storage wars are ongoing, and Amazon is the latest to fire a salvo into the fray. The company announced today that it is launching two new storage plans to satiate your need to store every bit of your digital life in the clouds The first option costs just $11.99 per year, and gives you unlimited Cloud Drive storage for your photos and 5GB for anything else that you may want to store. The second option is a bit pricier at $59.99 per year, but that gives you unlimited storage for any file that you want to upload to Cloud Drive. Both plans come with a 3-month trial, so you plenty of time... Read more...
Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are highly capable media streamer available for extremely attractive prices. The Fire TV has an MSRP of $99 and can regularly be found for $80 or less. The Fire TV Stick has an MSRP of $39. For users that sign up for three months of Sling TV, even bigger discounts can be achieved with both media streamers. Amazon is about to make the Fire TV/Fire TV Stick experience even more compelling with an over-the-air (OTA) software update that will land within the next few weeks. The biggest feature is perhaps the addition of USB storage support on the Fire TV. This will... Read more...
Amazon already gives away Android apps and games on a frequent basis, and starting soon, it will kick off a program that will dole out in-app purchases at no charge as well. According to a leaked internal presentation, the program is called Android Unlocked and it will offer a selection of paid apps for free, as well as remove the cost for in-app upgrades and purchases. You can think of it as a sort of Amazon Prime for Android apps. The leaked presentation, which was obtained by TechCrunch, features both games and apps, including Sega America's Sonic Dash, UsTwo's Monument Valley,... Read more...
Typically when celebrating a birthday, you bring gifts to the one that just turned another year older. Not so with Amazon -- the online retailer's Appstore for Android turned four years old this week, and to celebrate the occasion, Amazon is temporarily giving away 34 apps and games worth a combined $105. These aren't junk titles, either.There are some real gems that are up for grabs, such as World of Goo, typically a $5 app and worth every penny, and Kingdom Rush Origins, a highly addictive tower defense game that normally goes for a buck.Here's a look at the full list:Five Nights at Freddy's... Read more...
Considering all of the talk and worry in the air these days on the subject of drones it seems all but impossible that nearly 16 months have passed since Jeff Bezos first revealed Amazon's plan to deploy such devices in the service of delivering our books, tech hardware, etc., in the can-see-it-from-here future.  In the days immediately following Bezos's reveal on "60 Minutes" in December 2013, the Amazon drone service — Prime Air — became for a short time one of the most shared stories (and videos) across the social media sphere. Then as fast as... Read more...
Tens of millions of members around the world enjoy Amazon's Prime membership service, though comparatively few have access to Prime Now, the online retailer's one-hour delivery program that's exclusive to Prime subscribers. Little by little Prime Now is expanding into new areas, the most recent of which include select ZIP codes in Miami and Baltimore. There are 10 ZIP codes in Miami and 25 in Baltimore that Prime Now is available immediately, and Amazon says it will expand service to additional ZIP codes within each city soon. Those who do have access to Prime Now can order in-stock items and have... Read more...
Get ready to relive hysterical moments from the popular 1990s NBC sitcom Seinfeld. According to multiple reports, Sony Pictures Television is in advanced talks to sell the rights to stream reruns of the popular show to a streaming video service, though it's not yet clear which one will win the bidding war. So far it appears to be a three-way race between Amazon, Hulu, and Yahoo.What about Netflix? Citing a "person familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says Netflix took a hard look at the show last year and decided not to pursue streaming rights, likely because of the asking price.... Read more...
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