Items tagged with (NASDAQ:AMZN)

It can be argued that Apple kicked off the digital assistant craze nearly five years ago when it baked Siri into iOS 5 and promoted it as a major feature of the iPhone 4S, but it's Amazon's Echo that everyone is gunning for. Google's taking a direct approach with Google Home, a Wi-Fi connected smart speaker, and apparently so will Apple, which also might open up Siri to app developers by releasing a software development kit (SDK).The latter is the more immediate step Apple is considering, according to a paywalled report by The Information, which cites "a person with direct knowledge of the effort."... Read more...
Nobody likes buying something only to find out that it's been marked down a few days later. Some stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, have price match policies in place that allow you to receive a refund for the difference when that happens. Amazon was one of them, but has quietly scrapped post-sale refunds on everything except televisions. The change in policy comes as startup services such as Earny that track online purchases and automatically request refunds on behalf of its users grow in popularity. There are a few mobile services that do this, including ones that don't necessarily automate... Read more...
When it comes to smartphones, we can only remember a few recent outright flops that were not only rejected by the tech community, but also general consumers. There was the ill-conceived Microsoft Kin, the HTC First “Facebook Phone” and more recently, the Amazon Fire Phone. In late 2014, Amazon took a $170 million charge on unsold Fire Phone inventory and ended up canning dozens of employees from its Lab126 “skunkworks” division that developed the smartphone.Credit: Flickr - Steve Jurvetson But if you thought that the Fire Phone was an epic fail from Amazon, you haven’t seen anything yet. In an... Read more...
Digital assistants have proven handy companions for daily activities and reminders, and not just on smartphones, but more recently in standalone form as well. Amazon was first to really capitalize on the latter, and now Google's getting in the game—it's expected to announce a device similar to Echo called Google Home later today.Google Home will be able to answer questions and perform basic tasks. The full extent of its capabilities will be made known when Google makes an official announcement, but you can expect that it will be able to play music, look up the weather, search the web for answers... Read more...
We’ve all seen Amazon’s Dash buttons; the little Wi-Fi connected devices that allow you to quickly reorder products without even having to visit Amazon’s website. Back in late March, Amazon expanded its Dash lineup to include over 100 products from dozens of household brands. Now, Amazon has rolled out a customized version of Dash, which is called the AWS IoT Button. The AWS IoT Button isn’t meant for restocking your pantry, bathroom or laundry room — instead, it’s destined to integrate into your digital life to automate tasks. As its name implies, the AWS IoT Button takes advantage of the Amazon... Read more...
If you're a content creator tied to YouTube and are itchin' for a change, Amazon's brand-new 'Video Direct' service is probably worth checking out. Amazon Video Direct is going to be a viable competitor to YouTube, but offers a little more flexibility with how you manage your content. And, because Amazon is behind all of this, you can expect excellent integration with the company's affiliate service. When content creators want to release their video on this service, they'll have four ways to do it. If everyone on planet Earth is welcome to watch, then the video will be ad-supported. Otherwise,... Read more...
Teslas are pretty darn adept at pulling into and out of tight parking spaces and garages all own their own through a feature called Summon, but what's really cool is combining the auto-park function with Amazon's smart Echo speaker. That's exactly what developer and cloud connected platforms advocate Jason Goecke did over the weekend. As a result of Goecke's "fun weekend project," he can now ask Alexa to pull his Tesla Model S out of or into his garage. To make the magic happen, he concocted an awesomesauce recipe consisting of smart technologies, cloud tools, and good old fashioned programming,... Read more...
Pretty soon it might be easier and quicker to list the things Amazon's Echo speaker can't do rather than what it can. The list of tricks runs deep, from firing up Spotify to summoning an Uber driver. Heck, you can have Echo order a pizza if you're craving Domino's. If all that weren't enough, a new app created by the Innovation & Digital Health Acclerator (IDHA) team at Boston Children's Hospital gives Echo the ability to answer questions about your child's health. Called "KidsMD," the new app isn't just for Echo, but for any device powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, including Amazon's... Read more...
Amazon believes its library of online movies and TV shows is rich enough that it can challenge Netflix for streaming supremacy and so it now offers Prime Video as a standalone service. This is a first for Prime Video, which prior to today was strictly a supplemental perk of being an Amazon Prime member. A subscription to just Prime Video runs $8.99 per month. Netflix's most popular streaming plan runs $7.99 per month and allows for streaming on up to two devices at the same time, though the price is jumping to $9.99 next month. When it does, Amazon's Prime Video service will be a dollar cheaper,... Read more...
Amazon bills the Kindle Oasis as its “thinnest and lightest Kindle ever,” but those proclamations come at a huge cost — $289.99 to be exact. The Kindle Oasis takes over as the flagship of Amazon’s Kindle family and does so at a price point that is far higher than even the $199 Kindle Voyage (which was already criticized for its high price). Amazon justifies the significant price increase with its intriguing exterior that was designed by the its Lab126 division. The Oasis, which weighs in at just 4.6 ounces, measures just 5.6 inches by 4.8 inches while its thickness ranges from 0.13 to 0.33 inches... Read more...
The last time that Amazon released a flagship Kindle e-reader was way back in October 2014. That is when the online retail giant released the Kindle Voyage to much fanfare. The Kindle Voyage brought with it a redesigned exterior, 6-inch 300pi e-ink display, an ambient light sensor and PagePress navigation with haptic feedback. All of this upgraded hardware came with a relatively high $199 price tag.Kindle Voyage 18 months after the launch of the Kindle Voyage, Amazon is now ready to announce its next generation flagship reader. And the confirmation comes from none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos,... Read more...
Based on personal experience, Amazon Prime is pretty awesome. It's loaded with perks that go above and beyond the free two-day shipping that's offered on millions of items, though that's still the main benefit. I'm a also a Sprint subscriber, and if you're one too, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime through an add-on plan that runs $10.99 per month. Seems like a strange partnership, doesn't it? I'll admit there's a certain convenience to consolidating two separate payments (mobile phone and Amazon Prime) into a single monthly bill. There's also the benefit of spreading out your Amazon Prime membership... Read more...
At the beginning of the month, Amazon announced that it was expanding its family of Alexa-enabled products with the Echo Dot, a $90 hockey puck-shaped device that brings the power of Alexa to your existing speakers, and Amazon Tap, a portable version of Echo. The latter is now available to purchase for $130 with free two-day shipping for Prime members. Unlike Echo, the Amazon Tap is battery powered, hence why it's portable. Amazon says it provides up to 9 hours of music playback, giving you ample time to hang out with friends on the beach and relax all day long, or keep the backyard barbecue going... Read more...
When the moment is right, will you be ready? Well, Amazon sure hopes so, which is why the e-tail giant is greatly expanding its lineup of Dash Buttons that are meant to make reordering household items dead simple (while also keeping you firmly entrenched in the Amazon ecosystem). According to Amazon, orders placed using Dash Buttons have increased by 75 percent in the past three months and that pace is sure to quicken thanks to today’s announcement. Amazon has revealed that it is adding dozens of new brands of the Dash lineup including Energizer, Trojan, Snuggle, Red Bull, Lysol, Nature Valley... Read more...
Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next ... Last