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Amazon set-top box event set for April 2nd

Amazon set-top box event set for April 2nd

This week Amazon has sent out invites to an event that’ll be held in New York City next week. This event will take place on the 2nd of April and will center on what Amazon describes as an "an update for our video business." While it’s possible that Amazon might be speaking about their streaming video content delivery services, it’s also likely they’re speaking about their long-awaited television set-top box.

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UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

Online retailers and digital content providers might soon be facing some rather heavy taxes if Goerge Osborne gets his way. Under a new law that will cover intra-EU business to consumer (B2C) taxation, such services will be taxed based on buyer's location, which in the UK means a 20 percent VAT.

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Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Notoriously accurate pre-release analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has spoken up this week on the future of Amazon. This comes after dishing on Apple for several years, more often than not showing when products would be launching well before they were made official. This week Kuo suggests that the Amazon phone will launch in a timeframe between 3 and 6 months into the future.

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Amazon TV set top box may use NVIDIA GRID to initiate cloud gaming

Amazon TV set top box may use NVIDIA GRID to initiate cloud gaming

When the folks at Lab126 (Amazon’s "inventive research and development company") started work on a set-top box, it’s said this week, it wasn’t the same dongle we’re being tipped on this week. What’s being tipped this week via TechCrunch is a stick that’s essentially the same size as Chromecast, shipping with support for a massive amount of media - and not just TV shows and movies. Instead it could be time to bring cloud gaming to the forefront as OnLive has, bringing full-fledged PC gaming to the television using Amazon’s servers remotely.

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Amazon gamepad for media streamer leaks

Amazon gamepad for media streamer leaks

A Bluetooth gamepad and media controller for Amazon's media streamer has been spotted crossing through pre-launch testing, lending further weight to long-standing rumors of a set-top box from the retailer that would do multimedia and gaming duties. The Amazon-branded pad features two sticks, a D-pad, shoulder buttons and more, in addition to a row of media transport keys for navigating through media playback.

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Amazon smartphone tipped international with “Project Aria” codename

Amazon smartphone tipped international with “Project Aria” codename

With a codename like "Project Aria", we wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon was also trying to kick out the SEO of Motorola/Google’s Project Ara while they’re at it. This week it’s been tipped that Amazon’s long-rumored smartphone is part of talks between the company and potential OEM partners for overseas distribution. What we’re also to understand today is that "multiple" United States-based cellular carriers are already onboard with the idea.

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Amazon Prime price increase confirmed

Amazon Prime price increase confirmed

Amazon is raising the price of Amazon Prime to $99 per year, with the subscription based package for unlimited two-day shipping of purchases along with streaming video access to Prime Instant Video jumping $20 from its original price. The change, which Amazon had signaled might be in the pipeline during its last financial results call, will affect both new and existing members, with the latter seeing the new price apply when their Prime renews. Amazon Student members will also see a price increase.

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