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Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Amazon has given the Fire Phone a high-brow update, adding the ability to recognize famous works of art with its Firefly visual search system, in addition to making the little-loved handset more capable for business users. The update, taking Fire OS to v3.6.5 for AT&T versions of the phone, also adds flexibility to how the Fire Phone's camera processes images as part of its "Best Shot" feature, adds music controls to the lock screen, and challenges Google Calendar with Amazon Cloud Calendar synchronization of schedules across any other Amazon devices users might own.

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Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Two days? That’s a long time. Instead, how about two hours? Amazon is upping their delivery game with Amazon Prime Now, an accelerated version of their already popular Prime scheme. The quick delivery program is currently rolling out in one of the only places it really could, Manhattan, with no other cities being announced just yet. The two hour delivery is also free, and offers an even faster delivery time of one hour for a charge. For the impatient, Amazon is making all deliveries a bit more like pizza delivery.

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BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

This week with the full detailed reveal of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone comes word that the BlackBerry company is ramping up collaborative efforts with Amazon. Inside the BlackBerry Classic you'll find BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, an Android Runtime layer that allows you to work with Android apps, and the Amazon Appstore. Preloaded on the BlackBerry Classic, Amazon Appstore will give users access to a wide variety of popular apps - everything that runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and below has a pretty good chance of running here.

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Amazon Echo teardown: easy to fix if you know how

Amazon Echo teardown: easy to fix if you know how

Listen up! The Amazon Echo has been given the teardown treatment. The device that’s always listening, waiting for you to give instructions or tell it what you want to buy from Amazon, has been torn apart by iFixit. Not holding much back, the Amazon Echo is a lot of speaker and simple circuitry; but it’s not got a lot to do, so we’ll forgive the simple internals on this one. We also appreciate how easily repairable the Echo is, scoring a 7 out of 10 on iFixit’s scale.

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HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

Though it's been launched for some time now on basically every other web TV platform, HBO has finally decided it's time to hit Amazon Fire TV. According to Amazon, HBO is currently working on the HBO GO app for Amazon Fire TV stick as well, bringing their pay TV platform to all Amazon devices. This launch is one of several for Amazon TV, the group suggesting that "Amazon Fire TV app selection [is] up 4x since launch" - that means there are a whole lot more apps than there used to be.

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Amazon app kicked from Google Play

Amazon app kicked from Google Play

The app you may have used for the past several years to access Amazon (outside of your web browser) has been axed from Google Play's app store. As was found earlier this year, Amazon updated their app to include app and game purchases and downloads - effectively making their app an app store within an app store. Google did not like that, and since have brought up a bit of a rule tweak on what should have otherwise banned the sales of apps within apps listed on Google Play.

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Amazon’s new ‘Make an Offer’ lets you bid on some items

Amazon’s new ‘Make an Offer’ lets you bid on some items

Amazon has bestowed upon its shoppers a new feature to make private "bids" on items sold through third-party vendors on the website. Called "Make an Offer", the feature allows customers interested in an item to privately offer the seller less than the listed amount, which the seller can then either accept or decline, or alternatively can reply to with a counter offer. The feature is limited for now, but will become an option on thousands of items starting next year.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Vimeo may not be interested in 4K streaming, but Amazon is. The online shopping giant also does a lot of streaming, and they’ve now announced that 4K is coming to your TV screen. The current crop of movies available to streaming 4K is limited, but if you’re a fan of Amazon Prime Instant Video, this is great news, and hopefully the start of something new. Amazon is joined by Netflix as one of the few streaming content provider currently showcasing content in 4K.

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Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Latest among Amazon's new delivery projects is a bike delivery service being tested in New York City. The program is called Amazon Prime Now, according to sources that spoke to the Wall Street Journal, and it aims to provide customers with their orders within an hour of placing them. This will give the company an edge on competing online retailers, and will give consumers the immediacy that results from shopping at brick-and-mortar shops.

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Amazon’s big box is back; part of ‘new program’

Amazon’s big box is back; part of ‘new program’

Amazon’s box is back. Earlier this year, the company had a big Amazon box that turned out to be nothing more than a promotional deal with Nissan, but sent us into a fit trying to figure out what Amazon was up to. A Re/Code editor has spotted a similar box in San Francisco this morning, part of a “new program” Amazon will begin promoting next week. Five of these boxes are said to be around the US, likely in big cities, but what could they be?

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