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Amazon offers Comcast bundles, promises better customer service

Amazon offers Comcast bundles, promises better customer service

In the market for a Comcast subscription and thoroughly mired in Amazon’s marketplace? Amazon is now reselling a bunch of Comcast service bundles, including Internet and TV service, doing so through a quietly launched new ‘store’ called “Amazon Cable Store.” Only Comcast is being offered through it right now, and there are some exclusive offers provided, as well as the promise of it only taking "three steps" to get service. Best of all, Amazon aims to improve the customer service experience.

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Amazon Kindle critical update deadline is tomorrow

Amazon Kindle critical update deadline is tomorrow

If you have a Kindle and you haven't updated it recently, your time to procrastinate has just about reached its end. The deadline for a critical update that will ensure you can continue using your Kindle is tomorrow; fail to update in time, and your Kindle will suddenly become far less useful, forcing you to manually install the update to restore functionality.

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Update your old Amazon Kindle if you want to stay connected

Update your old Amazon Kindle if you want to stay connected

If you happen to be an owner of an "older" Amazon Kindle e-book reader, specifically one from 2012 or earlier, better heed this critical message from Amazon. Regardless of your actual use of the device, you will need update your Kindle to the latest software version by Tuesday, March 22, 2016. That is, if you ever want to be able to connect to the Internet again using the device. Considering most of the regular content you will read on the Kindle will most likely come from Amazon's store, that is pretty much a given.

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Fitbit teams with Amazon for voice-friendly fitness

Fitbit teams with Amazon for voice-friendly fitness

This week the folks at Fitbit have joined forces with the folks at Amazon to bring Amazon Echo voice assistant compatibility to the wearable fitness universe. This setup includes the ability to ask Alexa what Fitbit is thinking. You can't talk directly to Fitbit - Fitbit doesn't even understand what you're saying. That's just silly. You talk to Alexa with your Amazon Echo and Alexa will know what to do. Alexa can speak Fitbit.

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Amazon thinks shopping by selfie is the password killer

Amazon thinks shopping by selfie is the password killer

Smile: you've just maxed out your credit card. Amazon is looking to patent shopping by selfie, replacing passwords with using the front-facing camera to do facial recognition before it'll ship your order. The patent application, currently being considered by the US Patent & Trademark Office, describes a new way of processing a checkout where, rather than entering your PIN or passcode, your device takes you through a game of Simon Says.

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Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has plans to launch a “free and unlimited” online learning materials portal for educators, though it is staying quiet about the details at this point. A new waiting list has cropped up on the company’s website offering a waiting list through which educators can sign up for more information (which hasn’t yet been released). If everything goes as expected, this platform will operate as some sort of open educational resources (OCR) destination.

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Amazon Echo can now talk finances with Capital One customers

Amazon Echo can now talk finances with Capital One customers

The third-party integrations with the Amazon Echo speaker and its assistant Alexa just keep on coming these days, and the latest is Capital One. Those who use the bank can now take advantage of voice commands to do things like check their account balances, make a payment, and even ask when a bill is due. This makes Capital One the first financial institution to integrate with the Echo.

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Google has all that it needs for an Amazon Echo killer

Google has all that it needs for an Amazon Echo killer

When Amazon surprisingly announced the Echo in late 2014, it was the odd duck among the voice-controlled products of the time. Fast forward a year and a half later, however, Amazon Echo would become the poster boy, or girl in this case, for an at-home, voice-enabled personal butler. Recently, it announced two new products, more portable than the first, that aims to make Echo a household name, no pun intended. But while it does have monopoly of that niche market for now, it should always be on its toes. Google is all but primed to take on Amazon at its own game. That is, provided it wants to at all.

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Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Gamers who like to import titles from Japan take notice, the Japanese version of Amazon will now ship select games and hardware to international locations, potentially offering a cheaper option than turning to dedicated importers. While Amazon Japan has offered international shipping on other types of products, this is a first for video games. The change went without a formal announcement, and was only recently noticed by users on Twitter and the NeoGAF forums.

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Amazon leases 20 Boeing 767 freighters for shipping service

Amazon leases 20 Boeing 767 freighters for shipping service

When a good portion of your business relies on you being able to ship items quickly and inexpensively, you have to get creative. For years, Amazon has been pushing the envelope on how they ship products to their customers. Well now it seems that they're ready to lease 20 Boeing 767 aircraft to take their shipping to the next level.

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Amazon developing its own VR platform, job listing hints

Amazon developing its own VR platform, job listing hints

We should've seen it coming, but it looks like Amazon has its own virtual reality ambitions. A recently discovered job listing reveals that the e-commerce giant is working to develop a VR platform to operate within its Amazon Video service. The details are slim at this point, but it looks like the goal is an app or service that will provide entertainment experiences, rather than another piece of hardware to enter the rapidly developing VR headset market.

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Amazon’s next victim is QVC

Amazon’s next victim is QVC

Amazon may have a huge catalog of on-demand video, but the retail behemoth is branching out into live streaming, and home shopping stalwarts like QVC should be worried. "Style Code Live" will be Amazon's first ever live show, streaming a mixture of fashion and beauty content for thirty minutes each day.

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