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In another sign that the online competition between Amazon and Walmart is heating up, Walmart took Amazon to task on its blog today for its upcoming sale. Amazon has been heavily promoting what it calls Prime Day (July 15th), which will feature loads of sales available only to Amazon Prime members. In a tongue-in-cheek spoof of Amazon’s Prime Day ad, Walmart points out that it doesn’t charge customers a fee for access to its prices. But Walmart is going a step further by launching what it calls “atomic deals” this week.  “We’ve heard some retailers are charging $100 to get access... Read more...
Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, and while that's not likely to change, Amazon is going to give it a run for the money on Wednesday, July 15, the eve of its 20th anniversary. Dubbed "Prime Day," Amazon promises to offer more deals than Black Friday, though you have to be a Prime member in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Ital, Germany, France, Canada, or Austria to participate. The global shopping event is valid to both new and existing Prime members. Those who are signed up with Prime will see enticing deals kick off at midnight, with new deals appearing as often as every... Read more...
Adding to the pile of awesome already heaped onto Amazon Prime memberships, the e-tailer this week introduced Prime Photos, which is yet another tantalizing benefit for Prime subscribers. In this case, Prime Photos provides free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive, so the only restrictions you have to worry about are those imposed by your ISP. "This time of year in particular, families are capturing thousands of photos of holiday parties, family gatherings and opening presents," said Greg Greeley, Vice President Amazon Prime. "With free unlimited photo storage, we’re providing one... Read more...
Amazon pulled off a bit of a coup last month when it an inked a three-year deal with HBO worth $300 million to stream older HBO programming on Prime Instant Video. The deal marked the first time HBO has ever agreed to let another company stream its shows, and that will remain the case for the next three years as part of the exclusive agreement. Today, Amazon rolled out the first wave of HBO programming. The list of HBO content is broken up into categories. Classic series added to Prime Instant Video include The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, and Six Feet Under. More recent series include Eastbound... Read more...
Amazon is holding a press event on April 2nd, and it appears likely that the announcement will be the oft-rumored and long-awaited streaming video set-top box. Or at least, something pertaining to living room entertainment. The image that Amazon sent along with the invitation is a shot of a couch littered with a few kernels of popcorn. “Please join us for an update on our video business,” reads the tag line. It’s not hard to connect the dots. Now, what exactly Amazon might unveil for the living room is still a bit of a question mark. It could just be another streaming box like... Read more...
Amazon's Prime service has gained a lot of traction from avid users who appreciate quick shipping and discounted overnight options, but what about the other aspects? Prime customers also have access to free books and video streaming, though outside bandwidth reports suggest that many don't take advantage of those perks -- at least in comparison to Netflix streaming. As if a good deal needed to get any better, the company is now reportedly looking into the feasibility of adding music streaming to the mix. With Spotify, Beats, Pandora, and plenty more soaking up monthly fees from those who want to... Read more...
Tonight on CBS' "60 Minutes," Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, sat down for an extended interview. Amazon is an online superstore that has morphed into a technological powerhouse on so many other levels -- tablets and eReaders included, that they're effecting a dramatic change in the way people shop. The company has historically operated on thin profits and a volume model and there is no doubt, Amazon is a disruptive force in etail. Amazon also typically invests excess cash into new fulfillment centers and other R&D projects. Why? So that Amazon itself doesn't get disrupted by whatever big innovation... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is here and that means coming up with gift ideas for family and friends. If you're stuck on what to get, you may want to consider an Amazon Prime membership, both for yourself and for someone else. For the first time ever, Amazon is allowing shoppers to give the gift of its Prime service, and there are a couple of reasons why someone might like that sort of thing. For one, Prime offers instant streaming of over 41,000 movies and TV episodes through Primate Instant Video, along with over 350,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Secondly, Prime... Read more...
What happens when the world's largest online retailer teams up with the smartphone maker that helped pioneer Android as viable alternative to iOS in the smartphone space? We may soon find out. Word on the web is that Amazon and HTC are in discussions about building a handset for users of Amazon's Prime service. There have been several rumors in the past of Amazon developing a smartphone, but so far, none of them have come to fruition. However, the timing feels right for the these two companies to make a splash in the smartphone sector, as both would have a lot to gain. For HTC, the potential for... Read more...
Three cheers for democracy! The voting public has done their duty, and now Amazon is making known which of its original series will remain on the air. After a month or so of broadcasting via Amazon Instant, five pilots were chosen as the top-rated, and only those five will see production beyond the initial pilot episode. It was a highly unique tactic; Amazon funded and developed a number of new programs, and then aired them exclusively to Prime members for viewing. Then, it asked those viewers to vote on which they enjoyed the most. Comedy pilots Alpha House and Betas, along with kids pilots Annebots,... Read more...
Ah, the war on conventional television networks rages on. With Netflix scooping up exclusive, Internet-first programs on a regular basis now, Amazon is doing its best to keep pace. After all, it has to give users even more reason to spend $79 on an annual Prime membership, right? This week, Amazon's streaming video service (Prime Instant Video) gained a major asset: exclusive subscription access to some highly sought after NBCUniversal programming. The likes of Defiance, Grimm, Hannibal, Covert Affairs and Suits will soon join Amazon's streaming ranks, and if you want to watch them online, you'll... Read more...
Well, guess that's why they call it a trial. Amazon was offering its famed "Prime" services recently at a monthly clip. Ever since its inception, Prime has only ever been a $79/yearly subscription. But recently, Amazon began to allow people to sign up and pay monthly -- $7.99 per month. That represented a slight premium, but presumably Amazon thought that it could sell a lot of new subscriptions in the way that Netflix and Hulu have. Remember, Prime isn't just shipping; it's also a delivery platform for free TV and movie streaming. Now, it's not possible to sign up using that per-month option.... Read more...
For all the performance being packed into today’s super-slim ultrabooks, gaming and multimedia are often the weakest links. Most ultrabooks have Intel integrated graphics that aren’t designed to take on graphics-intensive games. Storage space, graphics processing, and display quality can be key areas in many ultrabooks that leave heavy multimedia users wanting a little more. With the Zenbook Prime UX32VD, Asus is looking to deliver a bit more graphics punch. The Zenbook Prime UX32VD is very slim: it is 0.22 inches thick at the back and tapers to only 0.7 inches thick at the front. But... Read more...
For all the performance being packed into today’s super-slim ultrabooks, gaming and multimedia are often the weakest links. Most ultrabooks have Intel integrated graphics that aren’t designed to take on graphics-intensive games. Storage space, graphics processing, and display quality can be key areas in many ultrabooks that leave heavy multimedia users wanting a little more. With the Zenbook Prime UX32VD, Asus is looking to deliver a bit more graphics punch. Of course, you’ll have to pay for that. At about $1,300, the UX32VD’s price tag puts it at the higher end of... Read more...
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