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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...
Amazon has been virtually untouchable in the online shopping space and a big reason for that is Amazon Prime, a $99 per year membership offering free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items. Looking to challenge the online behemoth is Walmart, the mega-chain that dominates offline shopping. In an attempt to give Amazon a run for its money on its home turf, Walmart will reportedly test a new unlimited online shipping service later this summer.According to Reuters, the pilot program will cost subscribers $50 per year in exchange for free shipping on select products found on Walmart's website.... 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...
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...
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...
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...
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