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Several companies have tried to topple Spotify in the streaming music space, including bigwigs Microsoft (Groove, formerly Xbox Music) and Apple (Apple Music), yet it remains one of the most popular options out there. But lest Spotify rest on its laurels, there's another big name reportedly crashing the party—Amazon.Amazon already dabbles in streaming music, which it offers as a free perk to its Prime members. However, it's not an all-out streaming service and instead boasts a comparatively small library of 1 million songs. What Amazon has in store for the streaming music space is a standalone... Read more...
Investors weren't as pumped as Amazon about its fourth quarter performance in which the online commerce giant collected $35.7 billion. That's a healthy jump of 22 percent form the $29.3 billion it registered in the same quarter a year prior and, once all the bills were paid, it left Amazon with a record Q4 profit of $482 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, more than double the $214 million it logged a year prior. Ah, but investors are a prickly bunch, always ready to poke holes in financial reports and overreact to the slightest suggestion that something might be amiss. It happens quite frequently... Read more...
Wouldn't it be rad (yes, I said rad) if James Lipton was always on call to provide a dramatic reading of a novel? I'd also be delighted to sit back and listen to James Earl Jones narrate a grisly tale, or Morgan Freeman read just about anything, even a telephone book. Perhaps they'd be willing for the right amount of coin, but in lieu of what's probably not attainable, Alexa, the voice of Amazon's Echo speaker, will happily read from your collection of Kindle books. "With Kindle Books by Alexa, you can ask Alexa to read Kindle books in your library. Alexa reads books purchased from the Kindle Store,... Read more...
Remember when being a Prime member at Amazon simply meant free two-day shipping on qualified items? That perk in and of itself made the Prime membership worth it, but rather than stop there, Amazon has continually added more reasons to consider joining, the latest of which is a 20 percent discount on new games.This is a pretty big deal for gamers. Exclusive to Prime members, Amazon will shave 20 percent off new physical video game purchases during the pre-order phase and extending through two weeks after the title's release. Already have a game on pre-order? Fret not, Amazon's doing its Prime members... Read more...
For some, digital assistants are a part of everyday life. They're all around us. In mobile, they take the form of Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, depending on your platform of choice, and thanks to Amazon, similar functionality can be had at home without a phone through its Echo speaker. It's been a popular seller for Amazon, so it's no surprise that the company is working on a second version.Supposedly an announcement in imminent in the coming weeks. Early chatter suggests Amazon's second generation Echo speaker, code named Fox, will be smaller and portable. To put it in context, the current generation... Read more...
Two-wheeled hoverboards have been making headlines this holiday shopping season, though not all the attention they're receiving has been positive. Instead, there have several reports of hoverboards overheating and catching fire, and it's because of those reports that Amazon has quietly decided to remove all traces of Swagway's models from its online store. According to Swagway, Amazon sent a notice to all hoverboard sellers to "provide documentation demonstrating that all hoverboards you list are compliant with applicable safety standards, including UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL... Read more...
If you haven't yet upgraded from a mechanical hard drive to a solid state drive, take the plunge and thank us later. The difference in performance across the board is both dramatic and noticeable, and though SSDs are comparatively pricey, there are deals to be had. One of them is Samsung's 850 EVO 500GB SSD at Amazon.The online retailer is selling the 500GB model for $147.99 with free shipping for Prime members. That works out to less than 30 cents per gigabyte, and to sweeten the deal, Amazon will email a redemption code for Assassin's Creed Syndicate within 1-2 business days of making your purchase.It's... Read more...
Amazon Prime started out as a nifty little program that offered members free 2-day shipping on millions of qualifying items. That perk still applies, though Prime has become so much more. It's also worked its way up to a full fledged streaming video service, and through a new partnership program that ties in with Prime, members can bundle in premium content from the likes of Showtime, Starz, and others. Showtime and Starz both run $8.99 per month. That's a couple bucks cheaper than it costs to stream Showtime through iTunes or Google Play, both of which charge $10.99 per month for Showtime. And... Read more...
Are you the type of person who has to read a chapter or two of whichever book you're engrossed in before hitting the pillow for some Zs? If so, you're a prime candidate for a new bundle from Amazon that packages its previously announced Fire HD 8 tablet with some tantalizing extras, including a year of Kindle Unlimited. That right there gives you access to over 1 million books. The bundle also includes a limited a edition rustic leather cover. Packaged together, the Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition, as Amazon is calling it, costs a cool $250. If you were to purchase each item separately, the retail cost... Read more...
A special Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4 proved so immensely popular among fans of the Fallout franchise that once it sold out, Bethesda released a statement explaining it produced as many bundles as it possibly could and not to expect more of them. Well, Bethesda was apparently wrong, and we're sure Fallout fans won't mind one little bit. Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition is back in stock at Amazon for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. They aren't being sold by a third-party seller through the online retailer , they're new bundles that ship from and are sold by Amazon for $120, the same price as before.... Read more...
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...
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