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Amazon's Productivity Suite To Take On Microsoft Office

Amazon Web Services will soon add office applications to its productivity suite as part of ongoing efforts to compete with Microsoft and Google.

Apps/Software

Academy Awards 2017: How To Watch The Oscars Online, On Your iPhone, Android Device Or TV

The 89th annual Academy Awards will be taking place on Feb. 26. Here’s a look at how one can watch the award event unfold on their iPhone, TV, or even online.

Life & Style

There Are Now 10,000 Skills For Amazon Echo, But Do You Need It?

Amazon has now officially confirmed that there are over 10,000 Alexa skills for Echo, its smart speaker. But that number, however impressive, presents challenges that might preclude the public from fully tapping into the smart speaker range.

Gadgets February 24, 2017

Amazon Protects Customer Data In Murder Trial, Arguing That Alexa Speech Falls Under First Amendment Rights

Amazon continues to resist requests to turn over Echo voice recordings to help a murder investigation. The company has now filed a motion arguing that the responses of Alexa, the voice assistant powering the Amazon Echo, should be protected by First Amendment rights.

Business Tech February 23, 2017

Amazon Video And Prime Video March: The Complete List Of Movies And TV Series Available To Stream

New titles being added to Amazon in March include the original movie ‘The Dressmaker’, and season 4 of ‘Orphan Black.’

Movies/TV Shows February 22, 2017

Walmart Online Sales Soars, Helping It Better Compete With Amazon

Walmart saw a rise of 29 percent in its online sale numbers in its fourth quarter fiscal earnings. The rise in sales numbers has now made Walmart the second largest online retailer in the U.S. after Amazon.

Business Tech February 22, 2017

Amazon Fire TV Stick Brings Alexa Voice Remote To UK TVs For Just $50

Amazon's latest Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote is finally available in the UK, up for preorder now straight from Amazon. The device will hit various retailers soon enough, albeit it's more expensive than its U.S. counterpart.

Gadgets February 21, 2017

Amazon Lowers Free 2-Day Shipping Threshold To $35, Gunning For Walmart?

Amazon has lowered its free two-day shipping threshold from $49 to $35, likely in a bid to take on Walmart. The minimum purchase requirement for free shipping stays at $25 for books.

Business Tech February 20, 2017

Keep Kids From Shopping Via Amazon Echo: Here's How

Kids often make accidental purchases via Amazon Echo with the help of the voice assistant Alexa, thinking it to be some sort of play. Here’s a look at some tips and tricks one can use to stop access.

Gadgets February 17, 2017

Amazon Wants To Deliver Your Packages Using Drones And Parachutes

Amazon was granted a patent that allows the online retail company to use drones when delivering packages. According to the patent, Amazon plans to use parachutes, compressed air, or landing flaps to ensure accuracy in its deliveries.

Gadgets February 16, 2017

Walmart Acquires Moosejaw For $51 Million To Compete Better With Amazon

Walmart has acquired apparel retailer Moosejaw for $51 million. This deal comes in the wake of Walmart's aggressive expansion plans to compete better with online retailer Amazon.

Business Tech February 16, 2017

Amazon Echo And Google Home Could Soon Let You Make Calls: Will Smart Speakers Replace Telephones?

Google and Amazon are looking into adding phone call functionality for their respective smart speakers, Home and Echo. Looming privacy concerns associated with the functionality is reportedly stalling development, however.

Smart Home February 15, 2017

Amazon OKs Animated Series 'Costume Quest': Studio Behind ‘Adventure Time’ Tapped To Produce

Double Fine Productions’ ‘Costume Quest’ is getting an animated show for Amazon Original Kids Series for 2018. It will be produced by 'Adventure Time' creator Frederator Studios.

Movies/TV Shows February 15, 2017

Amazon Unveils Chime, A Video Conferencing Tool For Businesses

Amazon Web Services launches Chime, a new video conferencing and communication tool for businesses. The new service will be in direct competition with Skype for Business.

Apps/Software February 15, 2017

Amazon Echo: How People Use The Virtual Assistant?

The Amazon Echo speaker deploys the voice assistant Alexa to carry out several tasks. A new survey reveals that people use Alexa for simpler tasks for the home such as setting a timer, rather than enlisting its help to shop.

Apps/Software February 14, 2017

Amazon First Bay Area Bookstore Heading To A Suburban Town In San Francisco

Amazon Books is expanding its footing in the U.S. The first Amazon bookstore in San Francisco is set to open soon and will be located in Walnut Creek.

Business Tech February 14, 2017

Amazon Tap Is Now Hands-Free: No Need To Push Any Buttons, Just Say ‘Alexa’

Amazon has confirmed that Tap, its only smart speaker without an always-on feature, will receive an update that gains it such a functionality. This means Tap owners won’t need to push a button anymore to activate Alexa.

Gadgets February 9, 2017

Unlocked Moto Z Price Reduced By $250 On Amazon

Amazon has reduced the price of the unlocked Moto Z smartphone to $449.99. The offer from Amazon is a limited period one and entitles consumers to a $250 savings.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 7, 2017

Amazon To Hire 100,000 More Employees After Ramping Up Workforce In 2016 [Analysis]

Amazon plans to open up 100,000 more jobs at its facilities all over the country in the next 18 months. The move is part of its commitment to growth.

Business Tech February 4, 2017

Amazon Video and Prime Video February 2017: The Complete List Of Movies And TV Series Available To Stream

New titles coming to Prime Video include '10 Cloverfield Lane' and 'Into the Wild,' with 'Doctor Strange' available via Amazon Video in February.

Movies/TV Shows February 1, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Price Reduced As Galaxy S8 Launch Nears

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge has gone on sale as the launch of the successor Galaxy S8 draws nearer. Amazon is offering a one-day deal for the smartphone thanks to which the price has fallen to $586.50.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 31, 2017

Walmart Gunning For Amazon Prime With Free 2-Day Shipping Without Membership Fee

Walmart has anounced free two-day shipping to home and stores without any membership fees. The minimum purchase required for shipping to home is now lower as well, and ShippingPass is now history, but members will get a refund.

Business Tech January 31, 2017

Amazon Will Soon Accept Food Stamps Online

Amazon will take part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest program on food stamps: the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot. Food stamp recipients will soon be able to purchase groceries online from Amazon.

Business Tech January 31, 2017

Alexa Wreaking Havoc In Homes: Amazon Echo Powers Up When Residents Of Same Name Are Called, But Here's The Fix

Alexa, the digital personal assistant powering the Amazon Echo, wrongly wakes up and carries out commands when people of the same name are called. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent the confusion.

Smart Home January 29, 2017

Apple And Amazon Take Contrasting Strategies To Dominate Smart Home Race

Apple and Amazon spur different advantages in the connected home race, as noted by an in-depth Reuters analysis, and as it stands, Amazon is the more welcoming of the bunch. However, Apple does have advantages over Amazon’s open-systems approach.

Smart Home January 28, 2017

Pandora Topped All Music Streamers In 2016: Spotify, Apple Music Lagged, SiriusXM Came On Strong

Pandora was the most listened-to music streaming service in 2016 according to a recent survey, beating out rivals Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Apple Music. Streaming was the top music listening format of choice, with terrestrial radio holding strong at second place.

Internet January 27, 2017

Unannounced 12-Inch Lenovo 'Yoga Tablet' Listed On Amazon, Costs $299.99

An unannounced 2-in-1 Yoga Book tablet from Lenovo has been listed on e-retailer Amazon. The convertible device sports a 12.2-inch screen and costs $299.99.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 24, 2017

Alexa, Google Assistant, You Might Have A Problem: No One's Really Using Your Voice Apps

A new report by an analytics startup has recently been released, showing a bleak picture of voice app retention for Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant platform. As per the company’s cofounder, however, there’s room to grow.

Apps/Software January 24, 2017

LOOK: Amazon's Quirky Treasure Truck Now Patented: Store-On-Wheels May Soon Visit Other Cities

Designers of Amazon's Treasure Truck have been awarded a patent because Amazon is reportedly planning to roll out the Treasure Truck in other cities.

Apps/Software January 22, 2017

Virtual Amazon Dash Buttons Make Shopping Easier: One-Click Purchase Straight Off Amazon Homepage

Amazon has launched virtual Dash buttons, making it even easier to reorder items. With virtual Amazon Dash buttons now front and center on the retailer's homepage and mobile app, favorite purchases are one click away.

Business Tech January 21, 2017

Still Looking For The Google Pixel XL? You Can Buy One At Amazon, But For $1,500

A supply crunch has made it very difficult for customers to purchase Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Amazon is offering the 128 GB model of the Pixel XL, but at an exorbitant price of just over $1,500.

Google January 20, 2017

ZTE Blade V8 Pro Goes Up For Sale: Here's Where You Can Buy The $229 Smartphone

ZTE Blade V8 Pro is now available for purchase from retailers like Newegg, Amazon and B&H. The mid-range handset will set consumers back by $229.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 19, 2017

LeEco Smartphones And SmartTVs Now Available In US Via Amazon

LeEco has opened its own Amazon store and now consumers in the U.S. will be able to purchase its SmartTVs and smartphones easily. The LeEco store on Amazon is live now.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 18, 2017

Blu Life Max Keeps The Lights On Up To 3 Days, And It's Now Available Via Best Buy

Complementing a monstrous battery life, the Blu Life Max is also being sold at Best Buy for $50 less. The insanely low pricing purportedly celebrates the handset's launch in the retail store.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 17, 2017

Amazon Echo Will Continue To Dominate AI Space In 2017, Predicts Analyst

The Amazon Echo will outperform rivals and dominate the AI space in 2017 per analyst predictions. Forrester Research's estimates suggests that 6 million Echo devices were sold in 2016.

Apps/Software January 16, 2017

Amazon Seeking Wireless Testing Permission In Washington

Amazon seeks permission in the U.S. for innovative drone delivery through novel wireless testing communications device. If given the green signal by the FCC, wireless drones could potentially deliver Amazon packages.

Business Tech January 14, 2017

Amazon Launches Streaming Service Anime Strike: Prime Members Can Subscribe For $5 A Month

Amazon introduces Anime Strike, an anime on-demand subscription service that costs $4.99 a month with a seven-day free trial. The service includes old as well as new shows and original series such as 'Scum's Wish' and 'Onihei.'

Internet January 13, 2017

Amazon To Add 100,000 Jobs In The United States Over Next 18 Months: Should Credit Go To Trump?

Amazon plans to add 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States over the next 18 months, and the team of President-elect Donald Trump was quick in taking credit. However, the jobs might not be what Trump wanted in his campaign.

Business Tech January 13, 2017

Apple Looking To Expand Apple Music By Offering Original TV Shows And Movies: Should Netflix, Spotify, And Amazon Worry?

Apple is said to be thinking about producing original TV shows and movies, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The original content will be made available to Apple Music subscribers who pay the monthly fee of $10.

Apple January 13, 2017

Amazon, Samsung, Google, Apple: Big 4 Driving Smart Home Device Sales

Amazon, Samsung, Google and Apple lead the charge in the smart home device market, driving its sales. The revenue returns for smart home hardware and services is estimated to hit $195 billion by 2021.

Smart Home January 13, 2017

Amazon To Pay C$1.1 Million To Settle Misleading Pricing Case In Canada

Amazon will pay C$1.1 million to settle a two-year investigation on the online retail company's misleading pricing practices. Canada's Competition Bureau found that Amazon compared the prices of its products to listings with higher prices to suggest that they were bargains.

Business Tech January 12, 2017

LeEco Expands Presence In US Market: LeEco S3, Pro3 Now Available At Target

Chinese consumer electronics company LeEco will be selling its two smartphones, the Le Pro3 and Le S3, at Target. LeEco has already been selling its line of phones at Amazon and Best Buy since late last year.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 11, 2017

Hey, Alexa, Order Some Dinner! Echo Users On Prime Can Now Order From Amazon Restaurants With Free Delivery

As Amazon keeps adding Alexa skills, Prime customers can now ask the digital assistant to order food from Amazon Restaurants. The service offers free delivery, but there's a caveat.

Apps/Software January 11, 2017

Sonos CEO Steps Down After 14 Years Due To Heated Smart Speaker Competition

Sonos' John MacFarlane has already tendered his resignation after 14 years serving as the company's CEO. He will also relinquish his board seat, merely staying as a mentor for the company's employees.

Business Tech January 11, 2017

Alexa Caused Numerous Amazon Orders For Dollhouses Across San Diego When TV Report Mentioned Its Name

A TV report accidentally caused Amazon Alexa devices across San Diego to place an order for a dollhouse. The incident proves smart speakers still have areas it should work on, particularly voice identification.

Life & Style January 9, 2017

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