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In the words of the Beatles, Apple is “gonna try with a little help from my friends”. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook recently filed comments with the United States International Trade Commission in support of Apple. The comments are part of the recent lawsuit saga between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm is currently trying to get regulators to ban the United States importation of iPhones with modem chips "other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates." If granted, the ban would cause devastating losses for Apple. The United States market accounts for roughly 40% of Apple’s total sales.... Read more...
Snapchat has proven itself to be more than a passing fad. That is not to say the craze will not eventually die down and perhaps even vanish, but believe it or not, it has been nearly five years since the vanishing picture and video service emerged on the scene. Now half a decade later, you can hop on Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, and order yourself a pair of Snapchat Spectacles. Check that—we should say "Spectacles by Snap Inc.," which is the official title for these eyewear. We should also note that Snapchat, as a company, changed its name to Snap back in September of last year... Read more...
HTC's flagship U11 smartphone offers a lot of perks, but if you're an Amazon Alexa fan, you could very well find yourself loving the device even more thanks to the AI's introduction. This isn't a mere Amazon app found on the device, but an officially supported implementation from HTC. Whereas on other non-Amazon Android devices, saying "Alexa" would yield no results, the situation is different on the HTC U11. Just as you can use your Amazon Echo to use Alexa, you can talk to your U11 to play music, hear the daily news, and of course, shop from Amazon's online store. There are caveats, though,... Read more...
When it comes to today’s messaging apps, there are numerous options out to choose from. And if you’re like us, you probably use a number of competing messaging apps at once, ranging from Facebook Messenger to Skype to Google Hangouts to WhatsApp to Snapchat. However, it appears that we may have yet another player entering the mix, and it is online retail powerhouse Amazon. According to a survey that is currently making the rounds with Amazon’s existing customer base, the company is working on a messaging app called Anytime. Anytime would be an all-in-one solution that would allow users to send... Read more...
Late Monday, Amazon kicked off its annual Prime Day celebration with 30 hours of deals aimed at providing its loyal subscribers with discounts on thousands of products. Well, the numbers are in, and Amazon says that this year’s Prime Day was its biggest to date, with sales growing 60 percent year-over-year. According to Amazon, “tens of millions” of Prime members purchased at least one item during Prime Day. Although the online retail giant didn’t give a specific number for the subscribers that participated yesterday, it says that it increased 50 percent year-over-year. In a show of strength for... Read more...
If you read HotHardware, and judging by your eyes reading this text, you do, you're probably well versed enough in tech to have no problem setting up your new digital devices. We're not just talking about simple things like televisions, but anything relating to the booming IoT industry: digital assistants, thermostats, power monitoring, and so on and so forth. It might be hard to appreciate sometimes, but much of the world is not as well versed in tech as diehard enthusiasts, so what might seem simple to you might look outright baffling to someone not immersed in tech all day. It appears Amazon... Read more...
If you are an Amazon Prime member, here is a reminder that Amazon's annual Prime Day sales bonanza kicks off tonight and runs through all of tomorrow. During that 30-hour shopping period, there will be a constant barrage of marked down items, including tens of thousands of so-called "Lightning Deals," with new ones starting as often as every five minutes. To help prepare, Amazon has given a heads up on what some of them will be. "Our teams have been working for months to source exciting and interesting deals. Our fulfillment centers are loaded with products, our operations associates are ready... Read more...
You might think that an agency such as the Federal Communications Commission would exist for no other reason than to protect consumers, but that hasn't proven to be the case at all when it comes to our online rights. You might be tired of hearing about net neutrality - and we couldn't even blame you - but now more than ever, we can't let down our guard. To reiterate what net neutrality is supposed to do: it's to treat our internet access as a Title II utility, classifying it the same way our phones and power are. That is to say that companies can't charge whatever they want for whatever they want... Read more...
Part of the reason why new game consoles are in short supply is because scalpers gobble up as much inventory as they can afford and then jack up the price on second-hand markets (eBay, Craigslist, and so forth). Well, Amazon has decided not to be a part this practice, at least in regard to Nintendo's upcoming SNES Classic. The online retailer is refusing to honor bulk orders and reducing such requests down to a single system. "We're writing about your Amazon.co.uk order [number redacted], which includes more than one Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Unfortunately, there's... Read more...
Amazon is getting ready to host its third annual Prime Day, which will feature hundreds of thousands of deals for Prime members spread out over 30 hours. It is sort of like a Black Friday or Cyber Monday event, only it is exclusive to members of Amazon's Prime program with a barrage of deals being adding as often as every five minutes. And this time around, Amazon is inviting shoppers from China, India, and Mexico to participate, making this somewhat of a global event with 13 countries in all taking part. "Our members love Prime Day and we have been thrilled by the response over the last two years.... Read more...
If you do not care about having a fancy touchscreen on your smart speaker, you can score a pretty good deal on Amazon's original Echo model. Amazon is currently selling its voice-controlled Echo speaker with Alexa integration for $130, down 28 percent from its regular retail price of $180. It is available at that discounted price in both black and white color options as Amazon looks to make room for its Echo Show. Amazon announced the Echo Show last month. It is essentially a newer version of the original Echo smart speaker, but with a completely different design to accommodate a built-in 7-inch... Read more...
Home security will be a little more convenient for Amazon Echo Show owners. According to a new blog post on the Amazon Alexa Development site, users will be able to view live video feeds from their smart home cameras on their Echo Show through the Smart Home Skill API. Soon you will be able to determine whether there is a Girl Scout selling delicious cookies or an annoying solicitor at your door, without ever having to leave your chair. Users will be able to say things like “Alexa, show me the front door camera” and get an instant live video feed. The API uses the standardized Alexa language model,... Read more...
Amazon is delving deeper into brick-and-mortar territory with a blockbuster acquisition. The company announced today that it is purchasing U.S. supermarket chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Although final details of the transaction will be ironed out between the grocer’s shareholders, the Whole Foods branding will remain intact. Whole Foods will also retain its Austin, Texas-based headquarters once the merger is complete. “This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality,... Read more...
A popular messaging startup used in business settings is starting to see some interest among major technology players about a possible acquisition. That messaging startup is Slack, and one of the interested parties is Amazon. To make the deal happen, Amazon—or any other technology outfit—would have to come at Slack hard with a 10-digit offer, as the messaging service is said to command $9 billion (or more) from interested parties.Should Amazon make a play for Slack, it would likely qualify as the online retailer's largest acquisition ever. It is also one that Amazon could afford, though even so,... Read more...
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