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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 Web Services (AWS) has grown to be the leading player in on-demand cloud computing across the internet, and provides a sizable stream of revenue for the retail giant. AWS has a number of premier clients for its services including Microsoft, Google, and even Comcast. However, AWS is furthering its reach into the lucrative government sector by expanding its GovCloud. The new AWS “Secret Region” will provide cloud services to U.S. intelligence agencies -- including the CIA -- at the “secret” security classification level. For inquiring minds, that is a step below the... 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 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 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...
Over the past two decades, Amazon has grown to become the dominant force in the online retail space, and has changed our expectations for how fast we receive items with 2-day Prime shipping. That has expanded with services like Prime Now, which can have a package on your front door within 1 hours of placing an order. Now, the retail giant is taking those efforts one step further with Amazon Key, which is a new service that allows couriers to deliver a package inside your home while you are away. The benefits of such a service are readily apparent. If you have a high-dollar item like a flat-screen... 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...
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...
The original Amazon Kindle was likely the first introduction that many of us had to a modern e-reader. Over the years, the Kindle has gone through a number of transformation (most for the better), culminating with the launch of the Oasis in 2016. Today, however, Amazon is giving the Oasis a significant upgrade that is most definitely fitting with its name. The all-new Oasis arrives as the first-ever waterproof Kindle, bringing with it an IPX8 rating. This water resistance level allows the Oasis to survive submerged in up to two meters of [fresh] water for up to an hour. Although it probably isn't... Read more...
Amazon has been an incredibly disruptive force as the world’s most dominant online retailer. Not only has Amazon crushed other online retailers that have attempted to compete with it, but brick and mortar retailers have also come under immense pressure (or folded completely) due to the company's ever-growing footprint. Most recently, Amazon expanded its presence in the grocery market with the purchase of Whole Foods, and now the company is reportedly eyeing another adjacent leap into online prescription drug sales. According to a report from CNBC, Amazon will make a decision before Thanksgiving... Read more...
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