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Admit it, you freak out when you're in the middle of a gaming session and discover you're running low on Cheez-Its or Pop-Tarts, right? Okay, maybe it's just us. Whatever, that's the beauty of Amazon's Dash Button program—when your rations are running low on a particular item, just press the corresponding button and Amazon will process the order as if you've hopped online. Well, now both aforementioned items are part of Dash along with dozens of others. Amazon added more than 60 new brands to its Dash program. Need more Airheads? There's a Dash Button for that. Same goes for Coca-Cola, Dasani Drops,... Read more...
Imagine playing a game of basketball, only instead of players or refs calling ticky-tack fouls for brushing an opponent on his way the hoop, you're allowed obliterate your opponent with a warhammer or a mighty battleaxe. That's sort of what it's like to play Breakaway, a mythological sports brawler featuring 4-versus-4 gameplay unveiled by none other than Amazon. Yes, we said Amazon! The world's largest online retailer has been working towards this moment for a long time, acquiring various gaming IPs and buying Twitch, the live video streaming service, for around $970 million two years ago. Breakaway,... Read more...
Move over Spotify and scoot your booty Apple, you'll both need to make room for Amazon. The world's largest online retailer is now an official player in the streaming music business with Amazon Music Unlimited, an on-demand music service boasting "tens of millions of songs," hand-curated playlists, and personalized stations. Oh, and it's pricing plans are rather attractive, too. The streaming music field has become a bit crowded in recent years, but if there was one company in a position to make some noise, it was Amazon. And that's exactly what it's doing. Pricing is pretty standard at $9.99 per... Read more...
If you're looking for an upscale Windows PC with a cylindrical design reminiscent of the Mac Pro, you should definitely check out Samsung's spiffy looking ArtPC Pulse. It's equal parts form and function—it looks like a concept PC with a design that's about as far removed from the industrial looking beige boxes of yesteryear as you can get, and it has premium components to match. We're surprised Samsung isn't making a bigger splash with this one. The same goes for Harman Kardon, which not only is in charge of 360-degree audio on the ArtPC Pulse, but its branding is displayed prominently on top above... Read more...
Being an Amazon Prime member has a bunch of perks, not the least of which is free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items. However, it's become much more than a free-shipping program over the years. Members get unlimited streaming access to select movies and TV shows (Prime Video), ad-free access to more than a million songs (Prime Music), and a whole lot more. On top of all, Amazon today yet another perk called Prime Reading. Prime Reading is a great addition for bookworms. With Prime Reading, Prime members can enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics,... Read more...
In an effort to ensure that customers aren't mislead about items they're researching, online retailer Amazon is somewhat banning the practice known as incentivized reviews, which is when a reviewer posts an evaluation of a product in exchange for receiving it for free or at a discount. We say "somewhat" because Amazon will still allow such evaluations, but only when it's the one setting them up. "Today, we updated the community guidelines to prohibit incentivized reviews unless they are facilitated through the Amazon Vine program. We launched Vine several years ago to carefully facilitate these... Read more...
Giving your key to your partner is usually a big step on one’s relationship. Are you ready to take that next step with Amazon? Two smart home companies, August and Garageio, are working with Amazon to enable actual “in-home” deliveries. How would this process work? Users would be able to select in-home delivery and give the mail courier a one-time access code to their August-locked door or Garageio-controlled garage. The courier would then access the key through the Amazon app. Many argue that there are both pros and cons to this kind of system. Companies would no longer need to use extra packaging... Read more...
Earlier this week, Roku rolled out a reengineered lineup of players to cement its lead in the streaming market. Not be left out, Amazon has announced a refreshed media streamer of its own: the all-new Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Stick has ditched the crusty, old dual-core processor in favor of a sprightlier quad-core processor (which Amazon says is up to 30 percent faster) and wireless connectivity has been upgraded to support 802.11ac MIMO. The Fire TV Stick also now comes with an Alexa Voice Remote included in the box, which allows you to belt out commands to control your viewing experience. We... Read more...
The smart home category is one of the fastest growing segments and everyone wants a piece of it. That includes Apple, which is looking for another breakout product like the iPhone. Apparently Apple believes that product could be a smart home device similar to Amazon's Echo gadget, but powered by Siri instead of Alexa and sporting a few additional bells and whistles.People who claim to be familiar with Apple's plans say that Apple began work on the smart home device two years ago, and that the project just recently exited the research and development phase. Apple has yet to finalize plans for whatever... Read more...
Amazon first launched its Echo speaker in November 2014, and it has quickly become a dominant force in the personal digital assistant market. Roughly a year ago, Amazon opened up the Alexa engine that powers the Echo to developers. The resulting Alexa Skills allow developers to “plug-in” their services to the speaker using voice commands. Now, over 3,000 Alexa Skills are available for customers to use. Today, Amazon is making a minor update to its original Echo speaker. Since its debut, the Echo has only been available in a black finish. However, black might not fit the design aesthetic for... Read more...
Amazon Alexa has been gaining new skills at a dizzying pace. Back in early June, Alexa had amassed 1,000 skills, and by the end of that month the number had already jumped to 1,400. Today, that number stands at over 3,000. That’s a remarkable feat for the humble, voice-activated speaker that first launched back in late 2014. The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Service (AVS) has been around for roughly a year, and developers have wasted no time plugging their apps and services into Alexa and the Echo family of products. That was on display today with announcements of a dozen new Alexa skills... Read more...
Good luck trying to get your hands on an Amazon's tiny speaker accessory, the Echo Dot, which plugs into your existing speaker system and allows you to summon Alexa, smarty-pants digital assistant that keeps getting better with time. The Echo Dot's been sold out for the past two months, though don't fret, it appears that new version is on its way.Amazon's social media person in charge of its Echo Dot Twitter account goofed on Monday by prematurely unveiling a new model on the microblogging service. The tweet read, "Introducing the all-new Echo Dot. Add Alexa to any room—now for just $49.99." The... Read more...
Somewhere along the line it was decided that $10 per month would be the standard rate for an unlimited streaming music subscription. Spotify and Apple Music both charge that amount for their base service, as do several others such as Rhapsody and Google Music. But is that too much for the general public at large? Amazon and Pandora seem to think so, as both are preparing to launch streaming services for as low as $5 per month.Pandora is a bit different than the other music services named. It's essentially an Internet radio model that learns what types of music you like and tries its best to play... Read more...
Amazon is tired of being merely an online retailer and is aggressively expanding into brick-and-mortar store locations. The company plans on opening over a dozen pop-up stores in American malls over the next year. The stores will particularly focus on Echo home speakers and Alexa. While the Amazon bookstore that opened in Seattle last year is run by Amazon’s retail team, its pop-up stores will instead be organized by the devices team. The initiative is led by Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Dave Lim. The pop-up stores will therefore focus on Amazon devices such as the Echo and Kindle.... Read more...
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