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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...
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...
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...
It's mid-November and you know what that means, right? Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, giving us an excuse to cheat on our diets and stuff our face full of fowl treats. And of course it also means that Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, is fast approaching. To help you prepare for the onslaught of deals, Best Buy has posted a bunch of items that will be available at discounted prices.As is normally the case, you can expect markdowns on big screen TVs. If you're looking to make a jump into 4K Ultra HD territory, be on the lookout for a Samsung 60-inch 4K Smart TV for... 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...
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...
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...
Amazon said it recently hired 25,000 regular, full-time employees in advance of the holiday shopping season, which it anticipates to be another super busy one. So busy, in fact, that it's creating more than 100,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. network of fulfillment and sorting centers to ensure it can keep up with demand. The online shopping portal currently employs more than 90,000 full-time workers. They're spread out across more than 50 fulfillment centers and sortation facilities in the country. At any given time in the year, Amazon says some 90 percent of its associates in the U.S.... Read more...
The gloves are about to come off in the streaming devices market, and it looks as though Amazon is bringing out its “Fire” branding by taking a blowtorch to Apple and Google. The online retail giant markets streaming devices like the Fire TV and the Fire TV stick, both of which serve as vehicles for its Prime Video streaming platform. The Apple TV and Google Chromecast don’t play nicely with Amazon Prime Video. While a somewhat neutered Prime Video app is available for iOS devices (Amazon doesn’t want to give Apple a cut of purchases, so only content that you have already purchased or content freely... Read more...
Amazon has big plans for drone deliveries, but it’s clear that humans will be at the heart of its delivery operations for years to come. Taking a page out of Uber’s book, Amazon announced this week that it is ready to start employing anyone with a car and a smartphone to start delivering packages by hand. The new delivery project, known as Amazon Flex, is tied to the Amazon Prime Now service, which delivers packages within hours of an order. Amazon Flex is available only in Seattle at the moment. Amazon plans to roll the service out to other major cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago,... Read more...
Winning an Emmy award isn't easy, just ask Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny, or any others who have starred in hit TV shows but have yet to be honored with one of the ultimate prizes. So it's understandable that Amazon is stoked that its own original programming series Transparent notched five Emmy wins at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this week. To celebrate its success, Amazon is making its Prime service available for just $67 to new members. That's a $32 discount over the regular $99 annual fee and a heck of a deal if you're a frequent shopper at Amazon. As... Read more...
We were tipped that Amazon would be introducing a $50 tablet earlier this month, but we were left to speculate as to how exactly the online retail giant would be able to hit that price point. Well, today we’re finding out all the gory details on Amazon’s latest effort to push its services into the hands of more customers. The new entry-level Fire tablet, as we previously surmised, comes with a 1024x600 IPS display, hence why it doesn’t have the “HD” moniker attached to its name. You’ll also find a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM (Amazon claims that the Fire’s processor is twice as powerful... Read more...
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