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Owners of the Amazon Echo Show speaker might have been a bit miffed back in September when YouTube pulled access to its app from the device. Amazon said at the time that the reason it pulled the app from the Show was because it had violated Google's terms of service with its implementation of YouTube. Google said at the time, "Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience." The crux of the issue that forced the rift between Google and Amazon was a non-standard YouTube display. The first image below with the Tour de France... Read more...
The smart home speaker market is red hot, with Amazon and Google leading the way with their respective Echo and Google Home products. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday in view, there will be a lot more smart speakers find their way into homes this week, and through the holiday season. As with all Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it's important to keep security in mind, and Symantec has some tips on that very topic. "While they make life easier in some ways, could voice-activated smart speakers also be endangering people’s privacy and online security? The range of activities that can... Read more...
Amazon is giving online shoppers a sneak peek at its upcoming Black Friday deals, and not a moment too soon. How so? Like many retailers, Amazon is not waiting until what has traditionally been Black Friday—the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day—to mark down its products, and instead is kicking things off a full week in advance, starting this Friday, November 17. The world's largest online retailer will also extend its deal period through Cyber Monday and beyond, with an entire month of discounts. "Customers can expect to find incredible deals across a wide selection of top holiday products... Read more...
If you are an Amazon Prime member (which costs $99 per year), one of the perks of the service is unfettered access to Prime Video. Prime Video gives you commercial-free movies, TV shows, and Amazon original programming to keep your occupied for hours at a time when it comes to binge-watching your favorite shows. Now, however, it looks as though Amazon is looking for an even wider audience for its streaming video services according to AdAge. This new, free variant of its streaming service would be available for anyone in a supported region to access the content. However, the big "catch" is that... Read more...
Amazon is gearing up for the holiday shopping season and it is doing something new that might save Christmas shoppers some money this season. Amazon has been spied cutting the prices of third-party seller items in its online catalog. The products that are discounted are clearly listed as "Discount provided by Amazon." The discounts are very small (10 percent or less) and appear to only be for the sellers who are using Amazon's fulfillment service. Amazon does state that the discount is a for a limited time. It's not clear how exactly Amazon is choosing what products it applies discounts on. The... Read more...
Amazon Fresh has been delivering groceries to people in many states for quite a while now, freeing many from the usual trek to the grocery store. The service was never broadly rolled out and was only available in a handful of states. A report has surfaced that things may not be going well with Amazon Fresh. Emails were received from the company by customers in five states last week informing them that the delivery service will be closing in certain neighborhoods later this month. Emails were received by some Amazon Fresh customers in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and California,... Read more...
It seems like everyone is trying to cash in on the retro gaming craze these days. Nintendo made a run at embracing our nostalgic side last year with the introduction of the NES Classic Edition, which went on to be a blockbuster seller (it will return for a limited production run next year). In 2017, Nintendo dove back into retro town with the SNES Classic Edition, which has also been a strong seller, albeit one that is a bit easier to get your hands on. Given Amazon's one-stop-shop status as the world's leading online retailer, it has now opened up its Retro Zone storefront that is loaded with... Read more...
Amazon has become a sort of one-stop-shop when it comes to buying just about anything you can imagine from clothing to furniture to electronics to food to car parts. The company is really looking to enhance the shopping experience by allowing customers to see how certain products will look in their home before they purchase them. To achieve this, Amazon has launched a new feature for its iOS app that is called AR View. AR View works in a myriad of product categories including furniture, electronics, toys, games, home décor, and others. This new AR View feature is much better than the AR Stickers... Read more...
Amazon has been a massively disruptive force in the retail industry and has changed the way that people shop online. Prime members get free video streaming and free two-day shipping on many items making Amazon one of the top shopping destination online. It seems that soon Amazon could be expanding its offerings with pharmacy items, as it has now gained wholesale pharmacy licenses in what is seemingly preparation in multiple states for a push into the drug industry; something that was first mentioned earlier this month.Amazon has yet to confirm that it will be entering the prescription drug market,... Read more...
Amazon launched its Prime Exclusive Phones program for people who dislike smartphone contracts and prefer to buy a device outright, unlocked for a reduced price. In the past, Blu has been on that program and was booted from Amazon due to spyware concerns, only to return shortly after. Buyers can now choose from several LG smartphones via the Prime Exclusive Phones program. The phones available include the LG X charge with its massive 4500 mAh internal battery and fast charging support. The phone boasts a 5.5-inch HD display, 5MP front camera, and a 13MP rear camera with HDR. The device runs... Read more...
Amazon seems to have struck gold with its push into smart speaker territory. The company's digital assistant, dubbed Alexa, is every bit as recognizable as Siri, and Amazon's been able to monetize its AI assistant across a growing line of products. Now third-party developers will get their chance. Amazon is introducing paid subscriptions for Alexa skills, allowing developers to charge a fee for advanced app features. This also allows Amazon to add another perk to its Prime membership—Prime members do not have to pony up a fee to unlock premium skills. To kick things off, Sony's Jeopardy! app includes... Read more...
Have you been eyeing AMD's X399 enthusiast platform and the Ryzen Threadripper processors that accompany it, but couldn't muster the [financial] strength to make a purchase? Well, Amazon is looking to make that decision a bit easier by slashing the price of the range-topping Ryzen Threadripper 1950X by $120, dropping it down from $999 to $879. That's a pretty nice discount for a relatively new processor, and only further cements the value proposition that the Ryzen Threadripper family represents compared to its Intel Core X competition. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X has 16 physical cores and is... Read more...
Motorola has made modular smartphones "hip" thanks to its Moto Z family. The original Moto Z, along with its Moto Z2 Force successor, supports Motorola's Moto Mods systems, which allows you to attach various accessories to the back of your smartphone ranging from speakers to cameras to battery extenders. Today Motorola has announced a new addition: the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa. Rather than integrating Amazon Alexa directly into the smartphone hardware and the Android operating system, the Moto Smart Speaker is its own self-contained device. Think of it as a miniature Amazon Echo that... Read more...
Sometimes it seems like Amazon is trying to take over the world, and a big part of that plan involves Alexa, the company's digital assistant found in its Echo smart speaker products. Alexa is also found in some third-party gear, the newest of which is a hands-free, turn-by-turn navigation product from Garmin called "Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa" (just Garmin Speak from here on out). "Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the car," said Ned Curic, vice president of automotive at Amazon Alexa. "Alexa on the Garmin Speak can help customers... Read more...
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