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Amazon Prime Day was a complete bust… or was it?

Amazon Prime Day was a complete bust… or was it?

Now that the dust has settled from Amazon Prime Day, it's clear that the Seattle-based online retailer wasn't just using overblown hyperbole to get rid of some of its online inventory. It also didn't miscalculate. Rather, the response was more likely exactly what Amazon expected. As we previously reported, there were some great deals to be found, but for the most part, Prime Day was ridiculed for featuring discounts on seemingly random or even off-the-wall crazy items.

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Windows 10 on USB seen at Amazon, ships mid to late August

Windows 10 on USB seen at Amazon, ships mid to late August

Confirming what we've suspected, Amazon has put up product pages for selling Windows 10, both Home and Pro, in a USB flash drive instead of the more traditional DVD installation media. Microsoft itself has confirmed this fact though it won't comment on the product details posted on Amazon, especially the price. It's not an earth-shattering matter, but this new USB method signals a small but pivotal change in Microsoft's methods, aligning with updating not only how it distributes Windows but also its image as well.

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Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Shoppers may have been enraged by blink-and-you-miss-them specials and lackluster products, but Amazon is ecstatic at how Prime Day went. The 20th birthday celebration was billed beforehand as the sale to eclipse Black Friday, but Wednesday's promos left many furious as the best deals disappeared in seconds leaving an often odd selection of clearance items to pick through. According to Amazon, though, the whole thing was just dandy.

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Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day may have been an excuse for the retail behemoth to clear its warehouse shelves ahead of the holidays, but it clearly struck a chord. Dropping a mid-event update, Amazon claims its peak order rates have already surpassed those experienced on Black Friday last year, as shoppers leapt on deals ranging from the company's own Echo voice-controlled assistant through to cut-price compression shorts.

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Amazon dabbles in original movies with Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

Amazon dabbles in original movies with Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

The first of Netflix's original movies will be arriving in just a couple months, and it will kick off a long run of several planned original flicks. Amazon, though it moves more slowly, has largely followed in Netflix's footsteps with its own original shows, and now it will be doing the same with original movies. Today the Internet retailer announced that its first original movie will be Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq", a film that was shot entirely in Chicago and that was just recently wrapped up.

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Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Perhaps we should've expected Amazon Prime Day to be a monstrous disappointment. When you model your huge, one-day-only sale on Black Friday, after all, you're probably going to experience the same instantly-evaporating deals and masses of unlovable clearance items. Sure enough, though there have been some impressive bargains to be had, there are more people vocally annoyed than crowing about their purchases.

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Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon’s Echo is a lot of things - shopping companion, music player, portal to Wikipedia - but its most surprising feature says more about human comfort with next-gen electronics. Echo’s cleverness is in the cloud; the black column of its local hardware is really just a gateway to that remote functionality. Yet it also has to satisfy a few core requirements, such as demonstrating attentiveness. The solution Amazon came up with is both simple and elegant.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

If you’re only going to do one thing, you need to do it really, really well, so the stakes are high for Amazon’s 2015 Kindle Paperwhite. Slotting in-between the $79 Kindle and the well-esteemed - but, at $199, expensive - Kindle Voyage, the $119 Paperwhite now gets a 300 dpi E Ink screen not to mention new software intended to make reading more immersive. Question is, does the new Kindle suffer from middle-child syndrome, or has Amazon managed to eclipse not only its entry-level ereader but its flagship. too?

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Amazon Fling takes on Google casting: share media with Fire TV

Amazon Fling takes on Google casting: share media with Fire TV

Amazon has introduced its own competitor to Google casting, a new feature called Amazon Fling and the related Amazon Fling SDK that allows developers to add a flinging option to their apps for Fire TV. The Amazon Fling SDK was introduced today, and with it developers can design their apps to "fling" videos, images, and audio from their smartphone to their television. The functionality can be added to existing Android and iOS apps. On the user's end of things, flinging content is as simple as tapping a button.

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Amazon Echo can now control your lights thanks to Wink

Amazon Echo can now control your lights thanks to Wink

Amazon Echo, which others lovingly refer to as Alexa, is a rather odd duck. Unlike other cloud-based voice-activated assistants, you can't take it around with you, as the cylindrical contraption is rooted in your home. Until recently, it was also quite limited in the things you can do. Ironically, shopping by voice was added only later on. Now it's getting a bit more talented however, not through its own power but by hooking up with Wink. Now you can confidently say "Alexa, dim the bedroom lights" with a wink.

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Amazon now offering customized, 3D-printed video game characters

Amazon now offering customized, 3D-printed video game characters

Amazon has expanded its 3D printing service to give customers the ability to order collectible figures of characters from the video game series Infinity Blade, Smite, and Primal Carnage. This new offering comes via a partnership with Sandboxr, a company that specializes in 3D printing figures. Even better is that Amazon customers can choose from 35 characters available and customize them to their heart's content. Afterwards they will be printed on-demand and shipped.

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Hannibal creator says Netflix, Amazon declined to pick up show

Hannibal creator says Netflix, Amazon declined to pick up show

It was only a few weeks ago that it was announced that NBC was canceling the popular show Hannibal, deciding not to renew the cannibal drama for a fourth season. Unsurprisingly, dedicated fans of the program were upset, and almost immediately went to Twitter to call for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon to pick it up. Even the show's creator, Bryan Fuller, teased the show could continue on another network. Sadly, it looks like both Netflix and Amazon have passed on the opportunity.

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