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Disney Movies Anywhere embraces Amazon, Microsoft, Android TV

Disney Movies Anywhere embraces Amazon, Microsoft, Android TV

Last year, Disney freed its Movies Anywhere from the walled garden of iOS and made it available on Android via Google Play Store. Now Disney is once again putting an emphasis on the "Anywhere" part by spreading the app to almost everywhere. In two phases this month, the entertainment giant will launch Disney Movies Anywhere on several platforms and devices, including Amazon's, Microsoft's and Roku's. It will also once again dip its toes into Android by supporting the rather new Android TV version of Google's operating system.

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Amazon Prime Now in Seattle expands to offer meal delivery

Amazon Prime Now in Seattle expands to offer meal delivery

Last month, Amazon launched its Prime Now delivery service in its home city, Seattle. The service offered one-hour and two-hour delivery of thousands of items, including things like a nice bottle of wine for dinner or one of its own pieces of hardware. Now, nearly two weeks after the initial launch, Amazon has announced an expansion of its Seattle delivery service, including meal delivery from select local restaurants as part of its offering.

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Amazon prepping $50 6-inch tablet, coming this Fall

Amazon prepping $50 6-inch tablet, coming this Fall

It seems that Amazon is really having some trouble with its consumer devices. While relatively more stable than, say, the Fire Phone, Amazon's Android-based Fire tablets (formerly called "Kindle Fire") aren't exactly the gold mines that its Kindle e-readers are. So what is Amazon's solution? To offer such a tablet at a terribly low price of $50. This would definitely be a cause for concern from some vendors selling devices in that same price range. Ironically, it could also undercut Amazon's own Kindle line, whose cheapest model goes for $79.

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Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

When it comes to streaming movies and TV shows, Netflix is the name on most lips. The service is popular enough that, as with Google, one may invoke its name as a sort of general indication of one's intentions -- "Let's find a movie on Netflix or something" -- without necessarily intending to use its service. At the end of the day, it's convenience that counts for most people, and users will gravitate to the method of least resistance, whether it is Netflix or a different company entirely. Netflix is pretty simple to use, but it has one big limitation: you need Wi-Fi.

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Amazon’s Dash Button is free-after-push to all on Prime

Amazon’s Dash Button is free-after-push to all on Prime

Amazon's Dash Button, offering one-touch shopping for specific household items, is opening up with free buttons for any Prime members who use the service. Launched back in March though only for select Amazon shoppers, as of today the Dash Buttons are now available for any Prime subscriber in the US who wants one.

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Google, Netflix, Amazon team for one video format to rule them all

Google, Netflix, Amazon team for one video format to rule them all

This week the Alliance for Open Media was launched in hopes of bringing a single open format to video streaming services worldwide. This single format would be adoptable by all, and given the members of the alliance that've announced their allegiance so far, this Alliance is going to be adopted by the biggest of the big. Founding members of the Alliance include Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. If there were a group of technology leaders able to make this format happen, it's this one.

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Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Nintendo Wii U and 3DS gamers in the US now have a new option when it comes to paying for digital game downloads: Amazon.com The internet shopping giant has just launched a digital download store dedicated to Nintendo's platforms, but it's much better than paying for a game, getting a redeemable code via email, and then entering it on a console's eShop. Users can make their purchase on Amazon, check-out, and then click on a link to the Nintendo Network that will automatically register the content as purchased for their system.

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Amazon Fire tablets now support Sling TV streaming

Amazon Fire tablets now support Sling TV streaming

Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablet owners can now get access to the Sling TV app for streaming their favorite TV shows. The Sling TV app is available for download right now for owners of the Fire HDX and HD line of tablets via the Amazon Appstore. Users of those tablets can download the apps and get a 14-day trial of Sling TV.

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Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Details of how the Amazon app "Amazon Underground" works for developers has surfaced this week after the app itself was let loose just days ago. We'd wondered how Amazon would manage to attract developers to a system where their otherwise money-making apps would be offered entirely free. Now we know. Amazon's system has developers payed by the 5-minute segment of use. If you use an app for an hour, the developer who made said app will receive 12-cents.

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Amazon to make original series based on Galaxy Quest

Amazon to make original series based on Galaxy Quest

The 1999 movie Galaxy Quest will be returning as an Amazon original series, it has been announced. The movie featured Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and other well known celebrities, and centered around a group of actors who end up sucked into a real-life science fiction adventure. The show's premise is one that will work well for an episodic series, and the movie's sustained fanbase makes this a solid move on Amazon's part.

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Amazon Alexa funds voice controlled Music and Sprinkler systems

Amazon Alexa funds voice controlled Music and Sprinkler systems

Amazon's Alexa Fund has spread to two new companies, one for a smart Hi-fi music system, the other a smart sprinkler system. Musaic is a high-resolution wireless Hi-fi system that allows users to play music throughout their home connected with smart products - like smart lighting to set the mood. Rachio is a software and hardware company that aims to improve water efficiency for homes. Amazon's Alexa will allow both of these groups to develop smart voice-control systems for the future of the fully voice-controlled smart home.

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Amazon Prime’s streaming video service to launch in Japan

Amazon Prime’s streaming video service to launch in Japan

With Netflix having already announced that they're launching in Japan on September 2nd, Amazon has decided it's not going to wait for its rival to gain a lead in the local market for streaming video services. The US internet shopping giant has announced it will be debuting its Prime Video service in Japan sometime this fall. Like Netflix's service in the country, it's still not clear what kind of programs will be available for streaming, however Amazon has promised the lineup will include popular US movies and TV shows, their award-winning originals, plus native Japanese content.

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