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Amazon tipped in plan to make ‘Spotify killer’ music service

Amazon tipped in plan to make ‘Spotify killer’ music service

Amazon is working on a more robust music service that will take on Spotify and other big-name competitors, according to a new report. Sources claim Amazon has been holding meetings in recent weeks about licensing deals for this rumored music service, though it is said to still be in its early stages. The service will offer a more robust library than Prime Music, according to the sources, and comes at a time when Amazon has seen the number of digital music sales decline.

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T-Mobile adds Amazon, Fox News, and WWE network to their Binge On service

T-Mobile adds Amazon, Fox News, and WWE network to their Binge On service

T-Mobile made waves last year when they announced their Binge On service. If you're not familiar, with Binge On, you can stream all of the content you want, without it eating into your data plan. The only caveat is that it only applies to specific streaming content providers. While the service rubs a lot of people the wrong way, the company continues to add new compatible streaming services to its list.

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Amazon Echo teams with Jack Donaghy and Dan Marino for Super Bowl

Amazon Echo teams with Jack Donaghy and Dan Marino for Super Bowl

What better way to get in the mood for massive amounts of cash being thrown at advertisements than to bring Alec Baldwin onboard with your Super Bowl ad? Amazon knows this. They know good and well that the world sees Baldwin now as 30 Rock's Jackie-D. Dan Marino is here too, since he is football. In the video you're about to see, they use the Amazon Echo to ask a question.

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Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

This week Alexa (inside the Amazon Echo) will be updated to roll with the punches when it comes to movie queries. Users will soon be able to ask when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing, or "what horror movies are playing this Friday" using local movie listings and theater showings. Users will also be able to ask more general questions like "what movies are playing" or "tell me more about the movie "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood".

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Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

The so-called “hoverboards” were pretty popular for a while last year, though their sales have sharply declined over the last couple of months. The reason for the decline is partially because the devices have been found to catch fire and even burn down houses while recharging. The other reason it that most retailers have simply stopped selling them. But one retailer is going a step further, and voluntarily offering refunds.

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Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon has taken the wraps off its first round of available devices covered under the Amazon Dash Replenishment service, and they're comprised of printers, a blood glucose monitor, and a GE washer. Under the service, these items and eventually others like the will be able to order needed items when supplies run low, no involvement from the owner necessary (after setup, that is). More connected devices will offer the feature soon.

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Amazon Prime Air is real, but their drone army isn’t ready

Amazon Prime Air is real, but their drone army isn’t ready

Amazon is a company that thrives on selling products. But they've never been content with just shipping things to your door, and letting them arrive whenever. No, they want them to get there as fast as possible, through whatever means necessary. They've talked about using a drone army to deliver packages in the past, but today they've actually given some solid details about the proposed program.

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Amazon Echo will can read your Kindle books aloud and for free

Amazon Echo will can read your Kindle books aloud and for free

In the past weeks, we've seen Amazon push its Echo platform and Alexa personal assistant beyond its cylindrical home speaker. We've seen a fridge door speaker and Ford SYNC integration. We've also heard rumors of a more portable "Fox" version of Echo. This week, Amazon is putting the spotlight again on Alexa, but this time going back to its living room roots. Now Alexa can read you your books out loud, or softly rather, when you'd rather listen than read. That said, you'll have to live with the fact that Alexa isn't going to sound anything like your favorite narrator. Unless you happen to have a penchant for robotic narrators.

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Amazon Echo about to control smart thermostats

Amazon Echo about to control smart thermostats

Amazon's strangest product is about to connect to one of the most out-of-nowhere devices in the smart home today. Amazon Echo is said by sources close to the subject (who wish to remain anonymous) to be working with smart thermostats soon. This means that users will be able to ask Amazon Echo's smart assistant system Alexa to turn of their heat or turn the temperature cooler, for starters. After that, the smart temperature is the limit - all you need to do is ask.

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Amazon gives 20% off all new video games to Prime members

Amazon gives 20% off all new video games to Prime members

You have to hand it to Amazon, as they're constantly adding to the value of their Prime service. For a while they've been making announcements regarding faster, same-day delivery, food delivery, and more. However, today's announcement is aimed squarely at saving gamers some money.

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Amazon Echo might have a portable “Fox” version soon

Amazon Echo might have a portable “Fox” version soon

If you still can't figure out what place Amazon's Alexa has in your living room, perhaps you'll be able to figure it out better once she's in your hand or in your bag. Amazon Echo, the rather odd Amazon speaker contraption that also behaves as a smart assistant, has gotten rather mixed but generally positive reviews and that has prompted the retailer to expand, not just to cars or fridge magnets, but also to portable devices. Codenamed "Fox", the portable version of Amazon Echo is tipped to be coming in the next few weeks and will be Amazon's more formal bid to make Alexa a more prominent figure in the smart personal assistant wars.

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Amazon beats out Netflix at Golden Globes

Amazon beats out Netflix at Golden Globes

Netflix may have kicked off the original content game, but Amazon has proven itself to be fierce competition. The latter company took home two Golden Globe awards while Netflix, despite several nominations, didn't get any. This comes at a time when Amazon's original content has increased in both quality and notoriety, particularly in light of its Transparent episodic series.

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