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Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

While Amazon said last month that its Prime Video streaming service would be debuting in Japan sometime in September, the company has now officially announced its arrival a month later than expected, but alongside Fire TV hardware as well. Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will begin shipping in Japan on October 28, only the fourth nation after the US, Germany, and the UK to see the devices. Meanwhile Prime Video is being released in Japan starting today.

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Amazon Video details its six new fall pilots

Amazon Video details its six new fall pilots

While still celebrating the Emmy wins for its original series Transparent, Amazon has just announced six new pilots for this fall that will hit the Prime Video streaming service. It's a smaller number of test episodes than in previous years for Amazon, but there is an impressive amount of talented veterans involved. The shows are mix of half-hour comedies and dramas, however Amazon will have to judge how they're received by viewers and critics before choosing which ones get an order for a full season.

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Amazon details its upcoming Fall 2015 original pilots lineup

Amazon details its upcoming Fall 2015 original pilots lineup

Amazon has detailed its planned Fall 2015 pilot season, of which there will be half a dozen new pilots for shows that, hopefully, prove popular with Prime subscribers. The shows will be coming from a number of well regarded creators, including Shane Black, who has Iron Man 3 under his belt, among others, and Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich of The Killing. The shows will be debuting for subscribers located in the United States, UK, Germany, and Austria.

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Amazon Echo update reads news headlines so you don’t have to

Amazon Echo update reads news headlines so you don’t have to

Amazon has just released a software update for its internet-connected, voice assistant-powered Echo speaker that brings several new options to the list of voice commands it can follow. Probably the most impressive is the ability for it to read news headlines when asked, but the update also includes improved controls for smart home set ups, along with in-depth settings for alarms and timers. The new software version is available now to Echo users.

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Former Top Gear hosts new Amazon show tipped to be called Gear Knobs

Former Top Gear hosts new Amazon show tipped to be called Gear Knobs

If you are a fan of cars, odds are you know the show Top Gear on the BBC in the UK. The show also airs in the US and earlier this year one of the hosts Jeremy Clarkson was fired after a so-called “fracas” with a producer. Fired may be too strong a word, his contract wasn’t renewed.

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Amazon is selling a six-pack of tablets and it’s not sure why

Amazon is selling a six-pack of tablets and it’s not sure why

Amazon doesn't know how cheap tablets will be used, but it's going to throw them out there first and let everyone else come up with the answers later. Turning Android slates into practically a disposable commodity, the online retail behemoth is demonstrating its contentedness with wafer-thin margins by offering a "buy five, get one free" deal on the new Amazon Fire.

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New Amazon Fire TV gets 4K, Alexa and microSD

New Amazon Fire TV gets 4K, Alexa and microSD

From the outside, nothing really looks changed about Amazon's sleek second-gen Fire TV set-top box; on the inside, however, it's a very different story. The media streamer has had a complete revamp, gaining 4K resolution support in the process, as well as borrowing some of the chattier skills from the Amazon Echo.

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New Amazon Fire HD tablets put power and Prime first: Hands-on

New Amazon Fire HD tablets put power and Prime first: Hands-on

Amazon has refreshed its Fire HD tablet range, bumping up screen quality, durability, and value for money while still putting the retailer's own services to the fore. Now 7.7mm thin and running the latest Android spin-off, Fire OS 5, the new Fire HD kicks off at under $150, too.

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Amazon’s new Fire tablet is just $50 (and there’s a tough Kids Edition too)

Amazon’s new Fire tablet is just $50 (and there’s a tough Kids Edition too)

Amazon doesn't quite know what happens when you make tablets less than fifty bucks, but it's looking forward to finding out. That's some of the thinking behind the new Amazon Fire tablet, a $49.99 alternative to basic, budget slates without some of the more onerous compromises.

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Amazon Game Controller revamped ahead of new Apple TV arrival

Amazon Game Controller revamped ahead of new Apple TV arrival

Amazon wasn't slow to position its Fire TV set-top box as a console alternative, and now there's a redesigned gamepad to address some player pain-points. Redesigned with no small degree of input from existing gamers and developers, the new pad has more precise buttons and longer battery life, among other improvements.

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Amazon Fire TV welcomes Alexa with $50 Stick voice remote bundle

Amazon Fire TV welcomes Alexa with $50 Stick voice remote bundle

Amazon is bringing Alexa, its virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo, to its Fire TV range, and celebrating with a new $50 bundle. Part of Fire OS 5, Alexa's presence means users will be able to ask for weather and traffic reports, ask for definitions and Wikipedia explanations, request tracks from Amazon Prime Music, and look up sports results.

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Amazon gifts Prime members with free 6 months of Washington Post

Amazon gifts Prime members with free 6 months of Washington Post

It was some two years ago that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post newspaper, and it was only a matter of time before the two things were brought together. The online merchant giant has just announced that subscribers to Amazon Prime are getting six months of the newspaper for free, along with a big discount afterwards. Now, this doesn't mean Prime members will be finding a physical newspaper on their doorstop each day, Amazon is smarter than that after all. Instead they'll be treated the paper's National Digital Edition.

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