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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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Google, Netflix, Amazon team for one video format to rule them all

Google, Netflix, Amazon team for one video format to rule them all

This week the Alliance for Open Media was launched in hopes of bringing a single open format to video streaming services worldwide. This single format would be adoptable by all, and given the members of the alliance that've announced their allegiance so far, this Alliance is going to be adopted by the biggest of the big. Founding members of the Alliance include Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. If there were a group of technology leaders able to make this format happen, it's this one.

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Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Nintendo Wii U and 3DS gamers in the US now have a new option when it comes to paying for digital game downloads: Amazon.com The internet shopping giant has just launched a digital download store dedicated to Nintendo's platforms, but it's much better than paying for a game, getting a redeemable code via email, and then entering it on a console's eShop. Users can make their purchase on Amazon, check-out, and then click on a link to the Nintendo Network that will automatically register the content as purchased for their system.

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Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Details of how the Amazon app "Amazon Underground" works for developers has surfaced this week after the app itself was let loose just days ago. We'd wondered how Amazon would manage to attract developers to a system where their otherwise money-making apps would be offered entirely free. Now we know. Amazon's system has developers payed by the 5-minute segment of use. If you use an app for an hour, the developer who made said app will receive 12-cents.

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Amazon to make original series based on Galaxy Quest

Amazon to make original series based on Galaxy Quest

The 1999 movie Galaxy Quest will be returning as an Amazon original series, it has been announced. The movie featured Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and other well known celebrities, and centered around a group of actors who end up sucked into a real-life science fiction adventure. The show's premise is one that will work well for an episodic series, and the movie's sustained fanbase makes this a solid move on Amazon's part.

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Amazon Alexa funds voice controlled Music and Sprinkler systems

Amazon Alexa funds voice controlled Music and Sprinkler systems

Amazon's Alexa Fund has spread to two new companies, one for a smart Hi-fi music system, the other a smart sprinkler system. Musaic is a high-resolution wireless Hi-fi system that allows users to play music throughout their home connected with smart products - like smart lighting to set the mood. Rachio is a software and hardware company that aims to improve water efficiency for homes. Amazon's Alexa will allow both of these groups to develop smart voice-control systems for the future of the fully voice-controlled smart home.

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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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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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Amazon Underground: invading Google’s Android once again

Amazon Underground: invading Google’s Android once again

Amazon aims to invade Google's Android OS with their own collection of apps and games from the Amazon App Store. Inside the Amazon Underground app, Amazon suggests they'll be bringing "Actually Free" apps and games to lure the masses. This comes several months after a misunderstanding between Google and Amazon in which the Amazon app acted as an app store in and of itself - this isn't a feature that's allowed by Google for apps hosted by the Google Play app store.

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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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