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Amazon Echo Gets Uber Integration

Amazon Echo Gets Uber Integration

As Amazon prepares to put its Echo device in front of America’s collective face, it appears to be getting some more bells and whistles that will make it appealing to more people. Amazon has already teased a Super Bowl ad for the device, which features Dan Marino and Baldwin with the hashtag #BaldwinBowl. This week, we learned that Echo is …

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Amazon Gives Amazon Register Customers Square Readers

Amazon Gives Amazon Register Customers Square Readers

Amazon announced last fall that it was shutting down Amazon Local, its daily deals service, as well as Amazon Register, its Square competitor. Amazon Register had only been around a little more than a year before Amazon decided to pull the plug on it. Like Square, it enabled local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or …

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Amazon Echo Gets More Appealing With Spotify Support

Amazon Echo Gets More Appealing With Spotify Support

Amazon announced that Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.S. can now listen to music on Amazon Echo, operating it by voice commands. “Additionally, customers can seamlessly switch between playing music on their phone to playing on Echo with Spotify Connect meaning users can listen to music on their headphones and upon walking in the door have Alexa rock the tunes …

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Amazon Fire TV Gets Major Software Update

Amazon Fire TV Gets Major Software Update

Starting today and over the coming weeks, Amazon will be rolling out a free over-the-air software update to Fire TV customers. It includes Alexa support for first-generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. It also includes improvements to Amazon’s Video add-on subscription service, including an easier way for users to sign-up, discover, and access your Amazon Video add-on subscriptions. …

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Streaming Music: Amazon To Take On New Streaming Service

Streaming music is quickly becoming a way of life for many of us, and Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos knows it. Bezos is now getting ready to form a music streaming service to Amazon, in addition and separate from Amazon Prime. Bezos has reportedly been holding meetings to pursue licensing of music for the new streaming music service which sources …

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Amazon Has A New Training Course For AWS Developers

Amazon Has A New Training Course For AWS Developers

Amazon announced that a new, improved training course is now available for Amazon Web Services developers. New to the Developing on AWS course are: additional programming language support, a balance of concepts and code, AWS SDK labs, relevant to more developers, and expanded coverage of developer-oriented AWS services. “Whether you’re moving applications to AWS or developing specifically for the cloud, …

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Amazon Earnings Out, Sales up 22%

Amazon Earnings Out, Sales up 22%

Amazon just announced its earnings for Q4 with sales up 22% to $35.7 billion. Operating cash flow was up 74% to $11.9 billion over the year with free cash flow up to $7.3 billion. EPS was $1, which was significantly lower than Wall Street expectations. CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Twenty years ago, I was driving the packages to the post …

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Amazon To Run First-Ever Super Bowl Ad

Amazon To Run First-Ever Super Bowl Ad

Amazon has never advertised during the Super Bowl before, but that’s about to change as the company hopes to rev up sales of its Echo smart device. Amazon is giving us a sneak peek at the spot, which features Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino asking Alexa (the assistant that powers Echo) about snack stadiums. It looks like they’re going with …

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Amazon Makes Initial Dash Replenishment Devices Available, Adds New Brands

Amazon Makes Initial Dash Replenishment Devices Available, Adds New Brands

Amazon just announced the first Amazon Dash Replenishment devices are now available. These include select Brother printers, a GE washer, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor. If your’e unfamiliar with the service, it lets connected devices automatically order physical goods from Amazon when supplies get low. Printers can order more toner or ink, for example. The program also now …

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Amazon Working On A New AWS Region in Canada

Amazon Working On A New AWS Region in Canada

Amazon announced that it intends to open an AWS region in Montreal this year. This will give AWS partners and customers the ability to run workloads and store data in the country for the first time. The company currently has four other regions in North America, which include: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and …

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Amazon: AWS SDK for Unity Now Part of SDK for .NET

Amazon: AWS SDK for Unity Now Part of SDK for .NET

Amazon announced that AWS SDK for Unity is now part of AWS SDK for .NET. Last year, the company announced the general availability of AWS SDK for Unity, but has since added support for other AWS services including Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), AWS Lambda, and Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS). “The AWS SDK for Unity was created …

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Amazon Expected To Launch Smaller, Cheaper Echo

Amazon Expected To Launch Smaller, Cheaper Echo

Last summer, Amazon Launched Echo, its voice-controlled smart device that talks to you, lets you add items to your shopping list, and gives you information, music, news, weather, etc. The device has sold pretty well (which must be a relief after the failure of the Fire Phone), and the company is reportedly readying the next version, which will be smaller …

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Amazon Web Services Adds New Region

Amazon Web Services Adds New Region

Amazon announced the launch of a new region, the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region, which is its fifth technology infrastructure region in Asia Pacific. This comes with the launch of Korean data centers that Korean-based businesses and global companies with Korean customers can utilize. “Many thousands of Korean customers have been using the AWS Cloud from other AWS Regions for several …

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Here’s What Amazon Workmail is All About

Here’s What Amazon Workmail is All About

Amazon unveiled a preview of Amazon Workmail last year. It’s a managed cloud email and calendaring product that works with existing desktop and mobile clients. The company announced that it is now generally available in three Amazon Web Services regions: US East, US West, and Europe. Security features include location control, encryption of stored data, message scanning (for spam/virus protection), …

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Amazon Shares Some 2015 Seller Stats

Amazon Shares Some 2015 Seller Stats

Amazon released some stats about how sellers did in 2015. Sellers received orders for over 23 million items on Cyber Monday, and Fulfillment by Amazon delivered over a billion items worldwide throughout the year. Sponsored products grew by over 100% in 2015, Amazon says. “Sponsored Products adoption by sellers worldwide grew more than 100 percent year-over-year as sellers advertised their …

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AWS IoT Is Now Generally Available

AWS IoT Is Now Generally Available

Amazon announced that the AWS IoT, which launched in beta a few months ago, is now generally available. This is the company’s managed cloud platform that lets connected devices interact with cloud applications and other devices. In a post on the AWS blog, Amazon’s Jeff Barr writes: We built AWS IoT because connected devices are proliferating. They are in your …

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Amazon Continues To Build Up Prime Now

Amazon Continues To Build Up Prime Now

Last week, Amazon announced that it has added over 4,000 new items to its Prime Now same-day service. It also announced that Chicago is getting local store delivery from Plum Market, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and My Fit Foods. Today, Amazon announced another expansion of Prime Now with restaurant delivery in Austin. Starting immediately, Prime Now customers in the city can utilize …

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Amazon Adds Thousands Of Items To Prime Now

Amazon Adds Thousands Of Items To Prime Now

Amazon announced that it has added over 4,000 new items to its Prime Now same-day service. With Prime Now, Prime customers can get free two-hour delivery and $7.99 one-hour delivery. Prime Now is currently offered to Prime members in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San …

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Amazon Claims Record Weekend For Its Devices

Amazon Claims Record Weekend For Its Devices

Amazon says it had a record holiday shopping weekend for sales of its devices. While the company didn’t reveal any hard numbers, it says it sold “millions of devices” and 3x over last year. The top-selling products across all of the products available on Amazon.com on Black Friday were Amazon devices. #1 was Fire and #2 was Fire TV Stick. …

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Amazon Prime Air Drone Gets Upgrade, More Models To Come

Amazon Prime Air Drone Gets Upgrade, More Models To Come

It will be two years ago this week that Amazon first unveiled Prime Air, its ambitions drone-based package delivery initiative. The company is now showing off a new version. Here’s the latest promo video showing off the new hybrid design. According to the company, there will be different models designed for different environments in the future. This particular one can …

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Amazon Is Reportedly Pulling Its Nazi Imagery From Subway Cars

Amazon Is Reportedly Pulling Its Nazi Imagery From Subway Cars

As earlier reported, Amazon plastered Nazi-esque imagery all over subway cars in New York City to promote its new original series Man in the High Castle. The show, based on a novel by Philip K Dick, tells of an alternate history in which the Axis powers won the second World War. While Amazon’s Nazi imagery all ties in directly with …

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Amazon Reportedly Spreads Nazi-esque Imagery Around New York City…As Advertising

Amazon Reportedly Spreads Nazi-esque Imagery Around New York City…As Advertising

Amazon has a new show called Man in the High Castle. It’s based on a novel by Philip K Dick. and tells of an alternate history in which the Axis powers won the second World War. Apparently to advertise this show, Amazon reportedly has been…putting up imagery that resembles that of the Third Reich in New York City, including on …

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Amazon Echo Is About To Be Sold In A Bunch of Stores

Amazon Echo Is About To Be Sold In A Bunch of Stores

Amazon announced that Echo, its voice assistant smart device, will be available in thousands of retail locations across the United States in time for the holiday shopping season. It will be in over 3,000 The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and other retail locations. The device was introduced a year ago and made …

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Amazon Prime Now Adds Local Restaurant Delivery In Los Angeles

Amazon Prime Now Adds Local Restaurant Delivery In Los Angeles

Amazon announced two months ago that it added the ability to have food delivered from local restaurants to its Prime Now service in Seattle. Now, the company has announced the same availability for customers in Los Angeles. Prime Now customers can get food delivered from Umami Burger, Baby Blues BBQ, Wokcano, Hurry Curry of Tokyo, Feast from the East, John …

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Amazon Now Has a Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore

Amazon Now Has a Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore

Amazon, the massive online retailer that has surely been muttered in anger by many a local bookseller, has opened a brick-and-mortar bookstore. Next to a Banana Republic in Seattle’s University Village, you’ll now find Amazon Books an actual physical bookstore. The store opens its doors at 9:30am PT. Amazon’s physical bookstore will still have ties to its online store, as …

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Amazon Black Friday Deals Store Opens For Business

Amazon Black Friday Deals Store Opens For Business

Halloween is over and November has begun, so that can only mean one thing. Black Friday is getting closer, and Amazon has launched its Black Friday Deals Store and Electronics Holiday Gift Guide. “Shoppers come to Amazon to discover the best deals on the best gifts and this year, we’re pulling out all of the stops,” said Steve Shure, Vice …

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Amazon Register To Shut Down

Amazon Register To Shut Down

As previously reported, Amazon is shutting down Amazon Local, its daily deals service, which the company launched in 2011 at the height of the daily deals boom. That service will completely shut down on December 18 at which point it will no longer sell daily deals at local.amazon.com or through the Amazon Local app. People who have already purchased vouchers, …

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Amazon Local Is Shutting Down In December

Amazon Local Is Shutting Down In December

Amazon launched Amazon Local in 2011 as the daily deals boom was in full swing. It initially featured deals from LivingSocial, which Amazon had invested in. Even LivingSocial itself has recently moved away from the space, and Amazon is following suit. The company announced on the Amazon Local homepage (via TechCrunch) that it will shut down in December. The message …

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Amazon Gets Rid Of Chromecast, Apple TV Listings

Amazon Gets Rid Of Chromecast, Apple TV Listings

About a month ago, Bloomberg got its hands on a letter from Amazon to third-party sellers indicating that it would stop selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices starting on October 29. They weren’t lying. You can no longer find these items on Amazon. The letter said: “Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of …

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Google, Amazon Join Not-As-Cool-As-It-Sounds Drone Task Force

Google, Amazon Join Not-As-Cool-As-It-Sounds Drone Task Force

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting proactive on drones, as the popularity of the unmanned aircraft systems (both personal and commercial) is only going to increase. The FAA and the Department of Transportation have announced a UAS Task Force and filled it with companies and organizations with stakes in the business of drones. The goal of the Task Force appears …

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