If you've visited Amazon's website in recent days, you may have been briefly caught off guard by the advertisements for alternate-history series “The Man in the High Castle.” If you've visited a New York City subway recently, though, you were probably doubly surprised to find Nazi imagery plastered all over seats, walls, and more. The images were part of an ad campaign for Amazon's show, a campaign the company has decided to pull.
Some Amazon users have received notifications stating the company has reset their accounts passwords due to a possible issue, the nature of which isn’t clear. Both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk users saw the message appear in the account’s message center, as well as in email. The move was one made out of an “abundance of caution,” according to the email, but the company hasn’t explicitly stated why it decided to act in such a manner.
The newest update to the Amazon Video app for iOS users - for iPad and iPhone - is bringing on one of the system's most clever features. Here users will be able to use "X-Ray", previously available on Amazon Video apps for Fire devices - Amazon's own version of Android, and standard Android Amazon Video apps. This update allows users to use the power of IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, to find information about the video content they're currently watching.
The war between streaming video services is no longer bound to our terrestrial ethernet cables. Not to be outdone by Netflix and Virgin America's partnership to bring streaming to the skies, Amazon has announced its Prime Video and Music service are now available to subscribers aboard select JetBlue flights. Even better, those travelers don't need pay for the in-flight WiFi they use. The partnership was first announced earlier this year, and is now launching on the airline's Fly-Fi equipped planes.
Amazon seeks more than just novels; it is, in case you didn't know, seeking “the next great movie idea.” It is soliciting scripts and concept videos, and as a way to draw in screenwriters, it has launched a free screenwriting app called Amazon Storywriter. Storywriter is an Internet-based app, so anyone with a supported browser can use it. In addition, Amazon will store an unlimited number of scripts imported into and written on the platform.
When it comes to securing your financial data and personal information more security is better, or at least the option to use more security. PayPal has had two-factor authentication capability for a while now where you need a password and a special code sent to a mobile or even a portable key device. Amazon is probably the biggest hold out that hasn’t offered two-factor authentication, until now.
Amazon has just announced the debut of a new delivery service for UK Prime subscribers: Amazon Pantry. The service goes beyond the Prime Now option here in the US, which focuses on same-day delivery of items from local merchants, including fresh food. Instead, pantry is the standard grocery items people use daily, including food like cereal and soup, drinks, as well as cleaning supplies. Basically, things that can keep for a while, and aren't reliant on being fresh.
Amazon is offering restaurant delivery in Los Angeles via its Prime Now delivery service, the company has announced. Those located within a Los Angeles zip code can use the Prime Now mobile app, assuming they’re a Prime member, to order food from supported restaurants. Those orders can be tracked using the app, and will be delivered directly to one’s door, whether it’s an apartment, office, or elsewhere.
With Black Friday quickly approaching in the US, and thus the onslaught of the holiday shopping season, Amazon has just announced that its Echo, the internet-connected speaker and digital assistant, is making a formal move from the online marketplace to the physical retail environment. Amazon says that in the near future over 3,000 stores will begin selling the Echo, including Home Depot, Staples, Sears, BJ’s, P.C. Richard & Son, Brookstone, RadioShack, and Fred Meyer locations.
Roku owners in the UK now have another streaming video platform that they can choose from on their devices. Amazon Video is now available in the UK via all Roku streaming devices. The addition of Amazon video adds a variety of TV shows and movies on the device giving Roku owners more access to content they want to see.
The Amazon Fire TV is aimed at Amazon Prime members and prospective Prime members - if that's not you, be wary. If you're thinking of purchasing this device with the intent of making it your sole Smart TV controller, you're going to want to be aware of a few things, the first of which is its extreme similarity to its predecessor. We're looking at the 2015 edition of the Amazon Fire TV - this is the version you'll be able to buy from Amazon now, while the previous generation will most likely be sold only by 3rd-party retailers with clearly marked signs and major discounts.