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Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon's first smartphone doesn't just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom lacked that. Question is, does the Fire Phone deserve to be the hottest handset in town?

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Amazon wants FAA to let them stretch their drone wings

Amazon wants FAA to let them stretch their drone wings

Do you remember those Amazon drones, the ones the company thinks will be delivering your packages? Those are a real thing, and Amazon is trying to make a go of it. They’ve sent a letter to the FAA asking to test the drones on longer flights. Their goal is innovation, as they say they need to let the little guys stretch their proverbial wings.

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Google Shopping Express to expand, ‘democratize’ delivery biz

Google Shopping Express to expand, ‘democratize’ delivery biz

Google may be where you turn for simple search queries, but it’s likely not where you go to find (and ultimately buy) products. Amazon is squeezing the competition out for product searches, and a large part of that is the ease with which we can buy items we like. It seems Google may be gearing up to challenge them for product search-and-ship queries, though.

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Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Amazon has quietly updated its Fire TV set-top box to push its Prime video content as well as bring streaming music to the platform, raising its game in the aftermath of Google announcing Android TV. A revamp over the weekend added Amazon Cloudplayer to the supported services for Fire TV, as well as answering a common complaint by making it easier to find Prime movie and TV content that's free to watch for Prime subscribers.

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Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

There are two sides to Amazon's new Fire Phone. On the one hand is the technology, Amazon experimenting with face tracking and optical recognition. On the other is the price and AT&T exclusivity; many believed Amazon would try to shake up the phone industry with its pricing, not match it. I've spent some time with the Fire Phone today: read on for some first impressions.

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Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

As Amazon prepares to give us something new, we’ve been wondering just what we should be looking for from them. We’ve all but confirmed we’re getting a smartphone from Amazon, so what would get us away from our current model? Can Amazon coerce us into dropping iOS or Android for their ecosystem? If they do these five things, they have a chance!

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Is Amazon Prime Music worth it?

Is Amazon Prime Music worth it?

Amazon recently introduced their streaming music service, which finally opens up their massive catalog for our listening pleasure. They’ve also entered a crowded, changing music landscape which has migrated from downloading to streaming tracks. Like Apple’s acquisition of Beats, it seems the online shopping giant just couldn’t resist. Is Prime Music worth it, though? We compare it with similar services to find out.

 

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