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Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

When it comes to streaming movies and TV shows, Netflix is the name on most lips. The service is popular enough that, as with Google, one may invoke its name as a sort of general indication of one's intentions -- "Let's find a movie on Netflix or something" -- without necessarily intending to use its service. At the end of the day, it's convenience that counts for most people, and users will gravitate to the method of least resistance, whether it is Netflix or a different company entirely. Netflix is pretty simple to use, but it has one big limitation: you need Wi-Fi.

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Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

If the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 isn't big enough for you, worry not. Rumors are now pointing to the possibility that Microsoft might unveil a variety of Surface Pro 4 hybrids in October, with models differing not only in internal specs like before. This time, there might also be differences in sizes, with 13- and 14- inch variants said to also be available. This makes Microsoft just one of the latest big names to join the growing list of device makers trying to revitalize the tablet market by stretching their sizes further.

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Fire Phone 2 unlikely as Amazon scales back consumer devices

Fire Phone 2 unlikely as Amazon scales back consumer devices

That headline probably doesn't come as a surprise. A successor to the highly disparaged Fire Phone might be highly unlikely now that Amazon has reportedly laid off dozens of engineers at its hush hush Lab126 hardware development center, particularly those that worked on the smartphone flop. But more than just Fire Phone, however, this still unconfirmed move puts into question the retail giant's capability to put out consumer devices that will stand the test of time, not to mention scrutiny, like its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.

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Macy’s dressing room tablets deliver clothes via chutes

Macy’s dressing room tablets deliver clothes via chutes

Amazon is chomping up a growing number of consumers, and other retailers — particularly those of the brick-and-mortar sort — are feeling the pressure. Macy’s is trying out new methods to retain customers, and one of those methods is putting tablets in dressing rooms. The idea is that while anyone can buy something online, they can’t try it out over the Internet to see how it looks before buying...meaning that, at least for now, physical retail stores still have an edge, and they're doing everything they can to keep it.

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HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

This morning HBO updated their HBO NOW app to work on a wider variety of devices, including most modern Android devices. This widens the number of devices the app works on by a whole lot. Previously only working on Apple devices, this HBO content app now works in Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets, Android smartphones, and the Amazon Fire Tablet lineup. HBO also suggested that they'll be bringing the app to Amazon Fire TV soon alongside a version for Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google's Chromecast.

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Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon’s Echo is a lot of things - shopping companion, music player, portal to Wikipedia - but its most surprising feature says more about human comfort with next-gen electronics. Echo’s cleverness is in the cloud; the black column of its local hardware is really just a gateway to that remote functionality. Yet it also has to satisfy a few core requirements, such as demonstrating attentiveness. The solution Amazon came up with is both simple and elegant.

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Amazon Fling takes on Google casting: share media with Fire TV

Amazon Fling takes on Google casting: share media with Fire TV

Amazon has introduced its own competitor to Google casting, a new feature called Amazon Fling and the related Amazon Fling SDK that allows developers to add a flinging option to their apps for Fire TV. The Amazon Fling SDK was introduced today, and with it developers can design their apps to "fling" videos, images, and audio from their smartphone to their television. The functionality can be added to existing Android and iOS apps. On the user's end of things, flinging content is as simple as tapping a button.

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Amazon adds Instant Previews for Kindle shares

Amazon adds Instant Previews for Kindle shares

Amazon has expanded Kindle users’ ability to converse about their favorite literature, announcing what it calls Instant Previews. With Instant Previews, a Kindle user can share recommendations and quotes from Kindle books to individual friends, and those on the receiving end will then be given “instant” access to a free preview of that book. It'll come in handy for book lovers who often share recommendations among themselves, but ultimately serves to benefits Amazon as it ropes in new customers.

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Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. Roost's new smart battery gives you a chance to jump on the interconnected band wagon without having to buy entirely new smart appliances. Roost's smart battery is designed to give a new dimension to an ordinary smoke or carbon monoxide detector, letting you monitor your alarms from anywhere via wi-fi. The smart batteries are also designed to last five times longer than ordinary 9V batteries, so you'll only need to change them once every five years.

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Amazon launches Android Lollipop-based Fire OS 5 for developer preview

Amazon launches Android Lollipop-based Fire OS 5 for developer preview

Amazon devices such as the Fire phone and Fire HD tablets may finally be getting Android Lollipop in the near future, or rather, the Fire OS-skinned version of Lollipop. While most flagship Android devices have had the option to install Lollipop for many months now, Amazon's Fire OS is currently still based on Android version 4.4. This may be hardly noticeable to users, as Fire OS is actually much more than a simple re-skin of Android.

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Over 12,000 Marvel comics come to Amazon’s Kindle store

Over 12,000 Marvel comics come to Amazon’s Kindle store

Marvel and Amazon have just announced a new deal that sees over 12,000 of the comic book publisher's back issues available on the Kindle store, starting today. Marvel's comics were previously available through the Comixology app, which Amazon purchased last year, and they will continue to be offered there, but Kindle owners can now buy straight from their own marketplace. Even better is that new Marvel issues will be available for Kindle on the same day they're available at stores and on Comixology.

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Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon has added audiobook reading to its Echo personal assistant, allowing the pillar-like speaker to regale owners with Audible ebooks. The update is the latest in a series of improvements to Echo which Amazon has pushed out, and follows Google Calendar integration which was installed late last month. Echo will also synchronize its place in each audiobook with Amazon's apps on other platforms, to make the listening experience effectively seamless.

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