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It's been a busy day for Amazon, with announcements about its voice tech efforts and, wait for it, a Treasure Truck that offers on-the-go deals to people. But there's more where that came from. If you use Kindle for Android, you'll now notice the addition of some handy sharing features to the appl...

June 25th 2015 at 7:04pm 0 Comments
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Now that Amazon's voice-controlled Echo speaker is available to everyone, the company is hinting at third-party devices that will make use of the same voice tech that powers the Echo's built-in assistant, "Alexa." Additionally, Amazon is giving developers access to the Alexa Skills Kit, a free SDK...

June 25th 2015 at 12:18pm 0 Comments
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You can't really accuse Amazon of being afraid to try something new. While we await drone-powered deliveries, Amazon is launching a new service called "Treasure Truck" that's basically the equivalent of a neighborhood ice cream truck for killer deals. Starting this weekend in Seattle, you'll be ab...

June 25th 2015 at 11:41am 0 Comments
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Determined to watch streaming video with the maximum color range possible? You now have your chance. As promised, Amazon Prime Instant Video is now offering high dynamic range (HDR) videos to American customers. Watch the first season of Mozart in the Jungle on the right TV (currently, that means...

June 24th 2015 at 11:42am 0 Comments
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Mechanical Turk, Amazon's "human intelligence task" marketplace is about to get slightly more expensive. For the first time since 2005, the company is going to increase the cut it takes from each transaction, upping the figure from 10 to 20 percent. Amazon is justifying the change by saying that i...

June 24th 2015 at 6:37am 0 Comments
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Many prominent online retailers have vowed to remove all items bearing the Confederate flag from their websites following a mass shooting last week at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. So far, eBay, Wal Mart, Sears and Kmart have announced plans to stop selling Confederate fla...

June 23rd 2015 at 3:28pm 0 Comments
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While not every gadget Amazon throws to the wall sticks (cough Fire Phone), the Echo voice-controlled wireless speaker was a surprising smash. Though it's been on sale for quite awhile by invitation only, Amazon's now put it up on pre-order for anyone who wants it. As a reminder, here's how it wor...

June 23rd 2015 at 9:58am 0 Comments
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Authors are normally paid a consistent amount for every e-book you download, no matter how much of a page-turner it is. Amazon might just shake up that model before long, though. As of July 1st, the internet giant will pay Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library authors based on the nu...

June 21st 2015 at 3:29pm 0 Comments
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Let's be blunt: Amazon's reviews sometimes suck. Many of them are hasty day-one reactions, others are horribly misinformed and a few are out-and-out fakes. The internet shopping giant thinks it knows how to sort the wheat from the chaff, however. It just launched a new machine learning system that...

June 20th 2015 at 6:11pm 0 Comments
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Are we getting lazier or have we just gotten smarter at not working harder? It's possible we may see the day when IBM's Watson will control an automated system, delivering unique meals from start to finish without our assistance. Indeed, many appliances predicted in the concept kitchens of the '50...

June 20th 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Amazon is still trucking along with its customized version of Android -- though we'd imagine updates are more focused on the company's Kindle Fire tablets and TV hardware, rather than the disastrous Fire Phone. Developers can get their hands on a preview version of Fire OS 5 today, while the final...

June 19th 2015 at 4:07pm 0 Comments
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Amazon has a virtual monopoly on digital Marvel comics, but it's just opened up another way to get them. Kindle owners can now purchase single issues through Amazon's store without needing the Comixology app as before. You can still get Marvel comics through Comixology, but of course Amazon acquir...

June 19th 2015 at 8:17am 0 Comments