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Walmart is ending a free two-day shipping program it was piloting called ShippingPass, one that was intended to compete with Amazon's Prime service, though that's actually good news for customers. Instead of charging $49 per year for the benefit of expedited shipping on online orders, the company has chosen to offer free two-day shipping to home and stores on millions of items without a membership fee. The caveat is that there is a minimum purchase required for free shipping to homes, which Walmart lowered from $50 to $35. Subscribers to Amazon Prime do not have to worry about making a minimum... Read more...
Starbucks has always been at the forefront of high-tech mobile integration with its ordering system and other aspects of its retail stores. The coffee chain was quick to adopt wireless payments, and has even opened its store up to newfangled mobile crazes like Pokémon Go. Now, the company is opening up its app to allow ordering your favorite drinks or food items via voice or messaging. Starbucks has enabled the functionality in an iOS beta of its mobile app, allowing you to simply speak your order and even make super-fancy customizations thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The built-in... Read more...
Secret projects seemed to abound this past week. First, Facebook published job listings for their mysterious B8 team, and now Amazon is seeking permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for secret mobile wireless tests. Amazon claims that the issuance of an experimental license is in “public interest, convenience, and necessity”. Amazon did not specify what it would be testing, but indicated that the prototypes were designed to support “innovative communications capabilities and functionalities”. Furthermore, former NASA astronaut and current Prime Air manager Neil Woodward has... Read more...
Are you on the job market? Amazon could be your future employer. The corporation has promised to create 100,000 full-time positions in the United States over the next eighteen months. The new positions will be available to people of varying skill levels and education. Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO, remarked, “Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs. These jobs are not just in our Seattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley—they’re in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities... Read more...
Amazon's Alexa is incredibly useful. It can tell you the weather, update your calendar, and accidentally order a dollhouse while listening to your local news broadcast. San Diego channel CW6 was reporting about a child who “accidentally” bought a dollhouse and four pounds of cookies through their Amazon Echo. News anchor Jim Patton remarked, “I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse’”. Viewers soon started calling into the station complaining that Patton’s statement made their devices try to order a dollhouse. Accidental orders happen surprisingly often. Alexa does adapt to... Read more...
Americans, get your wallets ready. Huawei just revealed that its Mate 9 smartphone will be available in the United States starting tomorrow, January 6th. The Mate 9 is the first smartphone to directly include Amazon’s Alexa. Users can ask Alexa questions or control smart home features with just their voice. Existing Mate 9 users will receive an over-the-air update with the functionality.  The Mate 9 features a Kirin 960 SoC, the first to include a ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. The CPU supposedly consumes 15 percent less power than its competitors while the... Read more...
If sharing is caring, then Amazon cares an awful lot about Lenovo, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that is building a version of Echo...with Amazon's blessing. Lenovo is calling its Echo clone Smart Assistant and like Echo it is powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. That means users will be able to do all the same things they already can with Echo, but with a competing smart speaker that adds a bit of style to the Echo's cylindrical design. Obviously Lenovo and Amazon came to some kind of licensing agreement here, one that Amazon feels is worth the risk of cannibalizing sales of its... Read more...
Amazon may not be racing around the world in eighty days, but it has an eye on the sky. A recent United States patent application revealed that Amazon plans to develop a flying, zeppelin-like warehouse that would deploy delivery drones. Amazon has dubbed its portable warehouse as an “airborne fulfillment center” or AFC. The AFC would house unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones that would deliver items from the AFC to customers. Some of the UAV’s would be temperature-controlled in order to deliver food. Amazon also plans to develop shuttles that would transport goods, drones, and people from... Read more...
Santa Claus is not making any more deliveries this year, but do not fret—if you did not get what you wanted this Christmas, you can take matters into your own hands by taking advantage of ongoing deals and sales. One of the bigger sale events is just a day away. On Friday, December 30, Amazon will mark down thousands of TV shows, movies, music, apps, games, and other goodies as part of its Digital Day.The online extravaganza will deep discounts across the digital spectrum. That includes up to 80 percent off hundreds of video games, 50 percent off top movies and TV shows, and 75 percent off hundreds... Read more...
Police are hoping that audio captured from an Amazon Echo smart speaker can help shed light on a murder investigation in Bentonville, Arkansas. The device belongs to James Andrew Bates, who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after the victim, Victor Collins, was found dead in Bates' hot tub at his residence. Police determined the cause of death to be strangulation followed by drowning. Bates and Collins had been drinking and watching football with two other friends the night the alleged murder took place. As the night went on, one of the friends left the residence while the other... Read more...
Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices have been a runaway sales hit for the online retailer. As we reported during the lead-up to Christmas, the Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap were nearly impossible to find online following enticing price cuts, while many brick and mortar stores also had trouble keeping the speaker/AI wunderkind in stock. Now, Amazon is putting up some hardware sales numbers (although still vague) to confirm the sellout reports that we’ve been seeing across the country. For starters, Amazon says that the Echo family of devices saw sales increase 9x during the holiday compared to the same... Read more...
Cloud Imperium Games has decided to kick CryEngine to the curb and use Amazon's "ground breaking" Lumberyard engine to complete development Star Citizen, an upcoming first-person space combat simulation that started out as a crowdfunding campaign. Same goes for Squadron 45, the single-player experience set in the Star Citizen universe that is described as a "spiritual successor to Wing Commander." The switch from CryEngine to Lumberyard was first revealed in a new splash screen logo that appeared after applying the most recent alpha patch, version 2.6. An official statement was not far behind.... Read more...
It’s not free, but it’s pretty darn close to it. Both Amazon and Google announced today that they are offering customers a single movie rental for the low, low price of $0.99 starting today. For those that simply want to veg out on the couch during the lead-up to Christmas Day, these promotions offer a quick and cheap escape. If you prefer to go the Google route, you can make a quick trip over to the Google Play Movies & TV section and select from thousands of eligible movies (including some 2016 blockbusters). Just a quick glance over the list shows some popular films like Pets, Jason Bourne,... Read more...
Flirtey, the drone delivery service that made headlines earlier this year for partnering with Domino's Pizza to deliver pies by sky in New Zealand, is back in the news. This time it is for a commercial collaboration with 7-Eleven, the popular convenience store chain. The two outfits completed a month-long test of delivering goods purchased from 7-Eleven by drone to customer homes in the United States. Welcome to the future, folks. As one of the customers who participated in the program notes, this is like "the real-life Jetsons." This also marks an historical moment for Flirtey, which can now brag... Read more...
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