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Amazon absolutely dominated Q4 2017 with massive sales numbers for the Christmas and holiday shopping season. The online giant offered up its Q4 earnings report this week and noted that operating cash flow increased 7% to $1.4 billion. The big news in the earnings report is that net sales increased 38% to $60.5 billion in Q4; sales for the same period in 2016 were $43.7 billion. Amazon also saw operating income climb massively (69%) to $2.1 billion for the quarter. Net income for the quarter was $1.9 billion, or $3.75 per diluted share, while net income in Q4 2016 was $1.54 per diluted share. For all of 2017, net sales increased 31% to $177.9 billion, up from $136 billion in 2016. Despite... Read more...
Amazon has been teaming up with smartphone manufacturers to offer devices at a significant discount under the Prime Exclusive program. That program allows users to buy the phones at a lower price than full retail with the caveat being that the user will have to see ads on the lockscreen. One of the devices that is offered on that program is the Moto G5 Plus. However, the device has a security flaw that could be exploited by anyone that has physical access to your smartphone. The first step of this newly discovered exploit is to touch the fingerprint scanner of the device. If the fingerprint of the user isn’t registered, it will indicate that the fingerprint was not recognized. Then you... Read more...
Spoiler alert: Yes, Amazon Prime is still totally worth it for $99 a year, if you actually take advantage of what the service offers. The company announced today that it’s jacking up the annual cost of Amazon Prime from $79 to $99 (and up to $49 for students). Amazon cites rising fuel and transportation costs as the need to bump up the price, and noted that Amazon Prime has been $79 for the last nine years. Just to recap, an Amazon Prime membership affords you free two-day shipping on pretty much everything in the world, access to the whole large (and growing) catalog of movies and TV shows in the Prime Video library, and a multitude of free Kindle titles. If you don’t order very... Read more...
Amazon is expanding its original content programming with a slew of new pilots while also nabbing an impressive smattering of existing popular programs that Amazon Prime users can stream. Thanks to a deal with Twentieth Century Fox, the latter group includes all past episodes of “The Americans”, as well as “How I Met Your Mother”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “The League”, “Louie”, and “Archer”. There are five pilots for kids, including one called “Maker Shack Agency” that sounds like something we would have loved as children; it’s a pair of youngsters that “create gadgets to help other... Read more...
If you were waiting in vain for UPS to arrive with your last-minute holiday packages only to see the magic day pass without the big brown truck stopping at your house, you’re not alone. UPS was overwhelmed by holiday shipping traffic. The company blames factors such as a higher-than-expected volume of packages and rough weather around the country. UPS expected some 132 million deliveries for last week, but without disclosing how many there actually were, UPS spokesperson Natalie Black said “obviously we exceeded that”. (Credit: Reuters/Carlos Allegri) UPS is busily catching up, and customers who had delivery guarantees may be getting some refunds, and Amazon customers--in particular... Read more...
Got a Kindle? Got a kid? Amazon has you in mind, as the company announced updates to its Kindle FreeTime Unlimited content service that delivers as much kid-friendly content as they can consume. The service originally rolled out in December of last year, and since then Amazon says it has added over a thousand titles to its lineup of books, games, movies, TV shows, and other apps, including content from Disney, Warner Brothers, Interactive Entertainment, and Electronic Arts. The service has no in-app payment system so you don’t have to worry about Junior racking up hundreds of dollars in fees, and there are no ads or social media links, either. There’s just a flat monthly fee, too,... Read more...
Amazon’s FreeTime app for the Kindle Fire lets parents create individual profiles for their children so they can customize the content their little ones can access. It’s somewhat brilliant, because as opposed to simply blocking or restricting what kids can get to, it allows you to pull in just the content they’ll enjoy (and that you approve of), including books, games, videos, and apps. Parents can also set time limits to ensure that the next generation only gets so much screen time. Amazon now offers an extension to FreeTime called FreeTime Unlimited that offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of kids’ content for a flat rate. Designed for 3-8 year olds, Kindle FreeTime Unlimited... Read more...
Today, there’s one more small reason to ditch satellite or cable; Amazon has agreed to a distribution deal with NBCUniversal Cable and New Media Distribution that will bring a host of popular shows to Amazon Prime Instant Video. Now, Amazon Prime subscribers can stream hundreds more programs, including Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, Parks and Recreation, and more. According to Amazon, this deal brings the total number of available films and television episodes available to Prime members to over 22,000; this is in addition to the approximately 120,000 titles available to non-Prime Instant Video customers. You can stream content from Amazon to any number of devices, including... Read more...