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Amazon drones get FAA test approval (but don’t get excited)

Amazon drones get FAA test approval (but don’t get excited)

Amazon has been granted special permission to test its drone delivery service, but while the FAA may have given PrimeAir trials the green-light, don't expect it at your front door any time soon. PrimeAir was announced in late 2013, Amazon's grand scheme to deliver smaller packages by remotely-controlled drone within thirty minutes of an order being placed, but in addition to doubts around whether the project was practical, the Federal Aviation Administration took a dim view of commercial UAV use. Now, the leash has been loosened a little, allowing Amazon to at least begin conducting feasibility trials.

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Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Stuff you order online, delivered to your door in about an hour. While nobody was certain anyone could do for — well, just about everything — what Dominos did for pizza, Amazon has. In December, the company unveiled Prime Now delivery in Manhattan, which brings things Amazon deems ‘essential’ right to your door. The limited availability and app were as much beta as rollout, which obviously paid off. Today, Amazon is announcing they’ll bring their Prime Now delivery outside of Manhattan, with Baltimore and Miami joining in the one-hour-or-so delivery fun.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Studios just renewed their gritty L.A. detective series, Bosch, for a second season. Bosch debuted in 2014 as a pilot for Amazon Prime Instant Video and has found success with cord-cutters and binge-watchers alike. Bosch has over 31,000 5-star reviews and has become another draw for the streaming service as it looks for anything to set itself apart from its competitors. It appears that Amazon is following Netflix's successful lead by not only get exclusives to TV series like FX's spy drama The Americans. Amazon Studios wants to make a mark with its original content as well.

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Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon may already be the online big box retailer of choice for many, but Jeff Bezos & Co. are hoping to be your boutique option too, with the launch of Amazon Exclusives. Designed to highlight new and niche products, including those successfully pitched on hit TV show Shark Tank, the new storefront promises a more curated catalog than the regular Amazon shelves. The initial line-up is pretty eclectic, too, spanning designer portable power chargers through Olloclip add-on lenses to shoes, with the promise that there are very few other places you can find such items if you're interested.

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Amazon Game Studios bringing four titles to iOS

Amazon Game Studios bringing four titles to iOS

The Fire Phone was a flop. Part of the potential allure of the Fire Phone was its four-camera array, which was meant to give a depth to gaming without the need for clumsy headsets. Still, the Fire Phone was an overall terrible device, and consumers saw right through it. Amazon Game Studios, who designed games exclusively for Fire devices, will be bringing some of their games to iOS. No release date has been announced yet, and we should expect them to cost north of $5 each.

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Amazon patent outlines plans for 3D printers inside delivery trucks

Amazon patent outlines plans for 3D printers inside delivery trucks

Amazon is very serious about getting the items that customers purchase on the website into their hands as fast as possible. The faster items get to the customers, the more people are likely to buy from the online giant. In the past Amazon had big plans to deliver goods via drone aircraft to get items into buyer's hands in 30 minutes, but the FAA may have killed those plans with regulations.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

The Amazon Fire Phone might be considered a flop, but that doesn't mean the retailer giant is giving up on all its features. One of those features is Firefly, Amazon's rather quirky and amorphous visual search tool. That feature is now arriving on Amazon's more affordable tablet line, the Kindle Fire HD, to give users a bit of an experience of what it feels like to have a digital eye, the Internet, and Amazon's cloud services at your disposal in trying to identify things that you can't.

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Nexus 6 hits Amazon, Moto E may come to Verizon

Nexus 6 hits Amazon, Moto E may come to Verizon

In the market for a new Android handset? Would you like it to be a Motorola device? If you answered yes to both of those questions, we might have some good news for you! According to a new leak, Verizon is about to get an LTE version of Motorola’s mid-range handset, the Moto E. On the other end of the spectrum, Amazon is now selling the Nexus 6, Google’s flagship device made by Motorola, and rolled out in limited quantities.

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Target just undercut Amazon on free shipping for online orders

Target just undercut Amazon on free shipping for online orders

When you think online shopping, we bet you don’t really consider Target. The big-box retailer might be your go-to for — well, everything ever — but when you’re shopping online, you’re likely looking to Amazon. That might change, though, as Target just stepped up their online shopping game in a big way. Now, all orders of $25 or more ship for free. That’s $10 less than Amazon’s threshold, and half of Walmart’s $50 minimum purchase amount for free shipping. Target is also offering free returns.

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Amazon gives “The Man in the High Castle” full season go-ahead

Amazon gives “The Man in the High Castle” full season go-ahead

Amazon has given the go-ahead for a full season of The Man in the High Castle, with the first episode of the Philip K. Dick story being Prime Instant Video's most popular pilot so far. The pilot trial has several other winners, too, with a total of five shows being tested through the on-demand service and finding favor among viewers. It's no small project, either, with contributions from such established names as Ridley Scott, Shawn Ryan, and Frank Spotnitz all involved.

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