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Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of the holiday shopping season getting underway and if you want to get a head start on the madness, you can treat yourself (or someone else) to a discounted Amazon Prime membership this Friday, November 18. The one day discount starts at 12:00 AM (Eastern) and ends at 11:59 PM (Pacific) and is for new members only. That last bit is a buzz kill, but if you have managed to go this long without being a Prime member, Friday is your chance to jump on board for $79, a 20 percent discount for the first year's membership fee. Each year thereafter runs $99, barring... Read more...
In late October, we got our fist peek at a new tablet from Barnes & Noble that is destined to take on the budget Amazon Fire. The tablet broke cover via an FCC filing, but now it has been officially unveiled. The device, called the NOOK Tablet 7, features — you guessed it — a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024x600 (171 ppi). 8GB of storage is onboard, although a microSD slot can accommodate another 128GB for your media needs. Other hardware features include dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, micro USB 2.0 connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing... Read more...
Reviews for Google Home may have started flooding the internet this week, but Amazon’s Echo is still the device to beat when acting as your central hub for AI voice assistance and home automation. Now, Amazon is looking to make it even easier to add new Alexa skills to your Echo straight from Amazon.com to give it a leg up on the competition. Not only will Amazon customers be able to quickly browse Alexa skills with an easy-to-use interface, but developers will also have the ability to give customers direct access to their skills on Amazon via a single click. “On the page, customers can take actions,... Read more...
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...
Have you ever wanted to upload photos or videos of a special event like a wedding, but did not have enough storage or their ability to share with all of your family and friends? Amazon just introduced several new features to the Prime Photo service to help users share all of their memories. David Nenke, Director of Prime Photos, remarked, “Prime members love the benefit of unlimited photo storage but often struggle to collect and organize photos across multiple devices and accounts into a single, shareable archive. We launched the Family Vault to make it easy for family members to safely store... 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...
Amazon is already the largest and most popular one-stop online shopping destination, but why stop there? The mega e-commerce site is turning its attention to the brick-and-mortar category with plans to open convenience stores where it will grocery items such as produce, milk, meat, and other perishables, along with curbsite pickup locations.Anonymous sources with inside information on Amazon's plans tell The Wall Street Journal that shoppers will use their smartphones and perhaps strategically placed touchscreen kiosks located around the stores to order the groceries they want. The sources also... 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...
Google is no stranger to smartphones, given that its Nexus line has been tantalizing Android enthusiasts for half a decade. However, Google for the most part hasn’t taken a hands-on approach to its Nexus line, instead allowing OEM partners to take over the bulk of the heavy lifting (that will change with the unveiling of Pixel and Pixel XL later today). In addition, Nexus devices haven’t exactly been breakout sales successes in the way that we’ve seen with smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy family. Google is looking to change its approach to smartphones, and it has tapped a former... 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...
Artificial intelligence has the potential to be a wondrous innovation or horrifying disaster. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, and Facebook have formed their own Avengers-like partnership in order to establish best practices and standards for AI development and promote public understanding of this novel technology. The partnership will create a non-profit organization and invite other non-profits, academics, and specialists in ethics to form their board, the “Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society” or “Partnership on AI”. Each of the companies will contribute financial,... 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...
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