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When it comes to American mega-businesses, Comcast doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation. Its reputation is quite the opposite in fact, twice earning the top honors in The Consumerist’s Worst Company in America competition. You can blame poor customer service, a lack of humor, and wasting $32 million of its own money on the failed Time Warner Cable acquisition for Comcast’s typically “grinchy” behavior. The behavior also extended to allowing third-party streaming services to piggyback on its Internet connections. While HBO Go has been available for quite some time for the Amazon Fire TV, customers... Read more...
Amazon is in the business of making us spend money. The online retail giant knows that we humans are an impatient bunch, so it should be no surprise that Amazon Prime gives customers a value-laced solution to receive products quickly all year long (not to mention the added perks like video streaming, music streaming, and cloud storage). Amazon has even appealed to shoppers with itchy trigger fingers with its new Wi-Fi-enabled “Dash” buttons that allow you to reorder household goods like razors, detergent, diapers, and more with the press of a single button. But this is Amazon we’re talking about;... Read more...
If one man's trash is another man's garbage, does the same hold true for online retailers? If so, then Amazon's flop -- heretofore known as the Fire Phone -- can be your treasure for £99 (around $156 in U.S. currency), provided you live in the UK and aren't real picky about smartphones. The Fire Phone is marked down from £299 (~$471), a laughable price for a handset that even Amazon admitted was too high. Back in November of last year, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp went on record saying, "We didn't get the price right. I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort... Read more...
Take a look around and you'll see we're living in a mobile world -- at every turn is someone paying more attention to their smartphone than their surroundings. What you don't see are the dollars floating through the air from users clicking on or viewing ads. It's a lucrative business, and Amazon intends on cashing in through a new advertising platform for mobile app developers. Developers who participate in the program will be allowed to promote their apps on Android smartphones and tablets, and also Amazon-brand tablets that run custom versions of Android (Fire OS). Campaigns start at $100, and... Read more...
Residents of Northern New Jersey are the newest to benefit from Amazon's local grocery delivery service. Known as AmazonFresh (one word), Amazon seems to have expanded into several new ZIP codes, including those for Hoboken, Weekawken, Jersey City, Newark, Paramus, Edison, Montclair, and New Brunswick, all of which are located in the northern part of New Jersey.It was a quiet expansion -- Amazon didn't make a big splash with a press release or any other kind of announcement. Nevertheless, checks of accompanying ZIP codes show that AmazonFresh is now available in the above mentioned locations, though... Read more...
Amazon on Tuesday announced a version update to Whispercast, the company's free and fast growing content delivery platform that allows organizations to discover, procure, manage, and distribute digital bits like electronic books and textbooks to nearly any device. It's an especially appealing platform for schools, where hundreds of thousands of devices are already deployed -- what student doesn't own a smartphone or tablet these days? The platform is gaining steam. Since launching, Whispercast has been picked up by more than 130 of the 250 largest school districts in the United States. In addition,... Read more...
It might not be obvious to many of Amazon's customers, but there is a lot of machine learning that goes on in the background. In one of its simplest forms, the suggestions you see on the front page of Amazon after browsing for a while, or after making a purchase, are the result of this learning. Buy the latest Metallica CD? Then you might want the latest Megadeth one, as well. Given the complex algorithms Amazon has on hand, and the amount of successful machine learning it has under its belt, the time has come for it to share some of the love. Well, for a cost - but a modest one. With Amazon Machine... Read more...
If you’re having Apple Watch fatigue (pre-orders just opened up early this morning), you’ll be glad to know that there great news coming from the Android Wear camp today. Those looking to score a deal on the hottest-selling Android Wear smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360, can do so right now via Best Buy and Amazon. Both retailers are selling the smartwatch for $179, which is a significant discount from the normal selling price of $249. The $179 price is for models of the Moto 360 equipped with a leather band. If you prefer a metal band, it will cost you $219 at Best Buy and Amazon. We have no idea... Read more...
Amazon won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration this week to test its new delivery drones. The planned service, known as Amazon Prime Air, will reduce purchase-to-delivery times to hours or even minutes, thanks to an army of flying drones. If the FAA’s approval sounds like old news, you’re thinking of the FAA’s first approval notice, which related to an outdated Amazon drone model. After Amazon complained that the FAA’s approval process wasn’t keeping up with rapidly-changing drone technology, the agency revised its policy. “The new approach will speed up Section 333 exemption approvals... Read more...
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...
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