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Amazon Prime’s streaming video service to launch in Japan

Amazon Prime’s streaming video service to launch in Japan

With Netflix having already announced that they're launching in Japan on September 2nd, Amazon has decided it's not going to wait for its rival to gain a lead in the local market for streaming video services. The US internet shopping giant has announced it will be debuting its Prime Video service in Japan sometime this fall. Like Netflix's service in the country, it's still not clear what kind of programs will be available for streaming, however Amazon has promised the lineup will include popular US movies and TV shows, their award-winning originals, plus native Japanese content.

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Amazon launches booze (and more) delivery service in Seattle

Amazon launches booze (and more) delivery service in Seattle

Amazon has brought its Prime Now service home, announcing its launch in Seattle, Redmond, Kirkland, and Bellevue. With Prime Now, the retailer’s Prime subscribers can get one-hour delivery for a variety of goods that would otherwise be ordered and shipped via post, including everything from a Kindle to a case of beer. Amazon says that “tens of thousands of items” are available for Prime Now delivery; the service has previously launched in other big cities and their surrounding regions, and will continue to expand into other cities in the future.

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Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

The Video portion of Amazon's Prime service scored its own exclusive this week with the signing of the three ex-Top Gear hosts, but now it's Music's turn, as the company debuted an exclusive collection of acoustic recordings. The collection, simply titled Amazon Acoustics, features a wide range of big-name artists and indies, with 32 tracks of both original recordings and covers. While the tunes are exclusive to Amazon, they aren't just for Prime members, as regular customers can purchase them as well.

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Former Top Gear hosts sign with Amazon for new show

Former Top Gear hosts sign with Amazon for new show

For those who've been missing the beloved former hosts of the BBC's Top Gear, fear not, as Amazon has just announced its signed Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond for a new car show exclusive to the streaming video service of Amazon Prime. Once Clarkson was fired from Top Gear earlier this year and his two co-hosts quit in unison, it became apparent almost immediately that they were looking to take their act somewhere else.

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Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

In case you thought those Amazon Dash buttons would turn out to be an elaborate joke, Amazon has made them officially official: any Prime subscriber can now buy them for $5, and once the button arrives they can then use it to spend more money on whatever the related product is. So, essentially, you’ll pay money for this so that you can more easily spend money later. Or something like that. The buttons are available for a variety of products: toilet paper, laundry detergent, macaronic and cheese. The important things in life.

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Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Shoppers may have been enraged by blink-and-you-miss-them specials and lackluster products, but Amazon is ecstatic at how Prime Day went. The 20th birthday celebration was billed beforehand as the sale to eclipse Black Friday, but Wednesday's promos left many furious as the best deals disappeared in seconds leaving an often odd selection of clearance items to pick through. According to Amazon, though, the whole thing was just dandy.

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Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Perhaps we should've expected Amazon Prime Day to be a monstrous disappointment. When you model your huge, one-day-only sale on Black Friday, after all, you're probably going to experience the same instantly-evaporating deals and masses of unlovable clearance items. Sure enough, though there have been some impressive bargains to be had, there are more people vocally annoyed than crowing about their purchases.

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Amazon celebrates 20th birthday with ‘Prime Day’ sale to rival Black Friday

Amazon celebrates 20th birthday with ‘Prime Day’ sale to rival Black Friday

This coming July 15th, Amazon is celebrating its 20th birthday with a huge global sales event its calling "Prime Day." The e-commerce giant is touting that they will have more deals throughout the day than they do on Black Friday, the shopping extravaganza that takes place every year in the US in November on the Friday after Thanksgiving. There are a few conditions that need to be met in order to take advantage of the sale. Namely, users need to be Prime subscribers.

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Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

This morning we're having a peek at Apple Music in the wild for the first time. While we've gotten an opportunity to use the service earlier this year at Apple's developer conference WWDC, this is the first we're getting to use the service just like everybody else. Our first question is undoubtedly yours, as well: does it make sense for me to give up the streaming music service I already use to start subscribing to Apple Music instead? Deciding whether or not to use the music service built-in to your device as made by its creator is a decision most high-end smartphone users have to make at some point in their lives - why not now?

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Amazon Prime Now launches in London bringing 1hr delivery

Amazon Prime Now launches in London bringing 1hr delivery

In some larger cities in the US Amazon has been offering a service called Prime Now that lets buyers get some items delivered to their location in only an hour. Amazon is rolling Prime Now out to locations outside the US with London being the first place to gain access. For now, only certain postcodes in London are covered by Prime Now's one-hour shipping offer.

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Amazon to have select Prime items shipped from merchants

Amazon to have select Prime items shipped from merchants

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you may find many more items eligible for the service's free two-day shipping option in the near future. That's because the internet retailing giant is testing a program that has Prime items shipped directly from the independent merchants selling who sell them. Normally, only items sold directly by Amazon, or merchants' items that are stored in Amazon's warehouses, are eligible for the Prime two-day shipping option. This change benefit both customers and sellers.

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