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IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a new report with preliminary data that shows tablet shipments around the world continuing to fall. This continues a trend we've seen in quite a few previous quarters, with tablet shipments dropping year-over-year as prospective buyers continue to either opt for detachable form factors over the more traditional slate form or wait on their tablet purchase altogether.

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Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Last month, Amazon was granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that listen for a specific keyword in order to suspend the noise-cancelling feature. They could, it seems, be set up with something like your name as the keyword, causing the headphones to suspend the noise-cancelling aspect whenever someone nearby says your name. The headphones can also listen for specific noises or patterns of noises — a car horn, perhaps, for extra safety while jogging.

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“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise of books and films who are hot to read the script for the play titled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be able to get their hands on the book early, or late as it may be, Amazon has announced that it will be offering midnight BST deliveries of the book to fans who order on the night the book launches, Saturday July 30. To get the order at midnight fans have to choose the Prime Now delivery service, which is no extra cost.

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August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

As time goes on, Amazon keeps bolstering the smart home capabilities of Alexa. The company announced today that it's adding the first Alexa Skill for door locks, with the August Home Smart Lock getting the distinction of being the first smart lock that's Alexa-enabled. Now owners of Alexa devices like the Echo or Tap can lock their front doors or check if the doors are locked using Alexa voice commands.

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Amazon Dash launches for AmazonFresh customers in London

Amazon Dash launches for AmazonFresh customers in London

Amazon UK has announced a new gadget that will make it easier for Londoners who live in a postal code serviced by AmazonFresh to get their grocery orders without having to go to the store. Dash is a small device that facilitates placing grocery orders on Amazon.co.uk. Using Dash the customer can scan a product barcode or say the name of a product to add items automatically to their Amazon.co.uk basket.

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Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad has added a new category specifically for successful Kickstarter products, making it easier to find crowdfunded gizmos and gadgets that were successfully brought to market. The products themselves aren't necessarily new to Amazon -- launchpad is the destination where you find such items -- but this tweak makes it easier to find Kickstarter-funded items specifically.

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Amazon gets UK OK to test drones for Prime Air deliveries

Amazon gets UK OK to test drones for Prime Air deliveries

Facing some big hurdles from government regulators in the US, Amazon might be searching for less resistance elsewhere. The company has just proudly revealed it has gotten the green light from the UK government to conduct drone flight tests in the country. This would get the ball rolling in bringing Prime Air, the company's drone delivery service, into the UK. Provided, of course, it manages to demonstrate how safe its drones are and how capable it is at operating those from a rather remote distance.

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Amazon is planning midnight deliveries for a ‘secret product’

Amazon is planning midnight deliveries for a ‘secret product’

Amazon has a planned not-so-secret midnight delivery event set for July 31, but it’s not saying what product is so important that it’ll get special delivery hours. News surfaced via the company’s Flex drivers who were notified in an email about the upcoming change in drivers’ schedules. Whatever the product is, Flex drivers will be delivering it in supported regions starting at midnight and operating through 2AM. Amazon is referring to the item as a ‘secret product.'

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos becomes third-richest person in the world

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos becomes third-richest person in the world

It's a good day to be Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, as he's climbing through the ranks of the world's wealthiest people. According to Forbes, Jeff Bezos has moved into the third-place spot on the list of the world's richest people, unseating Berkshire Hathaway President and CEO Warren Buffet. At this moment, the internet entrepreneur's net worth comes in at a whopping $65 billion.

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Amazon Daily Dish delivers lunch to Prime members in Seattle

Amazon Daily Dish delivers lunch to Prime members in Seattle

Amazon has a new lunch delivery service in Seattle called Daily Dish. The service is being tested for now, and is limited to certain companies with a Prime subscription requirement. Customers are texted a menu in the morning; it consists of a few different dishes from local restaurants, and changes at times. Orders have to be placed before 11AM, after which they’re cooked and delivered to the customer’s workplace between noon and 12:30PM.

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Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student subscribers have a new oddball offering: a discounted interest rate for private student loans through Wells Fargo. The Prime product, of course, is intended specifically for students and offers many of the same perks as a regular Prime subscription, plus some extra promotions and offers targeted at students. If shelling out for a Prime Student account wasn't attractive enough, Amazon seems to hope getting discounted interest rates will be enough to draw in new customers.

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Amazon now offers iconic articles and essays for Kindle owners

Amazon now offers iconic articles and essays for Kindle owners

Amazon has announced the launch of a new category of content called Kindle Singles Classics. In this case, the content is comprised of short work by notable authors that was originally published in other periodicals and publications. Much of this content is being made available in digital form for the first time, marking not only much greater availability to larger audiences, but more accessible preservation of some of the modern world’s greatest written works.

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