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Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

This morning the folks at Sonos and Amazon have announced a team-up which will bring "a joyful life" to consumers everywhere. This announcement was made in part several months ago by Sonos - without naming names. Now at an event in New York City, Sonos has made clear how this connection is going to work.

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Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon will have a physical bookstore opening in New York City in 2019, and now it has been made known that two more stores are in the pipeline: one for Chicago and the other for Portland. These stores will join the existing physical bookstores Amazon has launched in Seattle and pegged for select other cities, and underscores the company's latest effort in the world of books: resurrecting the bookstores it killed off with the launch of the Kindle.

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Amazon Vehicles is a new destination for car shoppers

Amazon Vehicles is a new destination for car shoppers

Amazon has announced a new destination targeted at car enthusiasts called “Amazon Vehicles.” The platform allows Amazon users to explore vehicles using a bunch of different filtering options, such as body type, make and model, mileage ratings, transmission type, and more. It’s the ultimate window shopping for cars, allowing one to find a vehicle, customize it, and see how much it costs.

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‘The Departed’ is being turned into an original Amazon series

‘The Departed’ is being turned into an original Amazon series

Amazon is going to make an original episodic series based on the 2006 movie “The Departed,” doing so with its own Amazon Studios in conjunction with Vertigo Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, and Initial Entertainment Group. This new series, according to a recent report, has been written by Jason Richman and will fall within the ‘crime drama’ genre. This in the first time Warner Bros TV has made a major sale to Amazon Studios.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch cheap Echo-only music service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch cheap Echo-only music service

Rumor has it Amazon is working on its own music streaming service that will cost $9.99/month and will compete with the likes of Spotify and similar. Now a new report says that’s only part of Amazon’s plans — the company is also reportedly working on a second music streaming service that will only cost half as much but will come with a big limitation: it’ll only be available on Amazon Echo. For Echo owners, though, that could mean paying a mere $4 or $5/month for music streaming.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra test drives go on-demand with Amazon Prime

2017 Hyundai Elantra test drives go on-demand with Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime isn’t just a convenient way to get items on your door step in a day or two: now customers in Los Angeles can also use it to arrange a test drive of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The test drives can be arranged under Amazon’s new “Prime Now. Drive Now.” test driving program, something Hyundai describes as a “limited-time” option that will be available for only two weekends. Those who take advantage of it can schedule a test drive and have the car brought to their location, wherever it may be, for a quick jump behind the wheel.

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Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis has announced Amazon Alexa and Echo integration with Genesis Connected Services, bringing voice command control to the Genesis G80 and G90 models. Car owners can issue certain commands to their vehicle from within their home or wherever they happen to be, doing things like telling Alexa to start the car, lock or unlock it, flash the lights, honk the horn, and more. You'll just need an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo.

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Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon is looking to give its original series greater reach among viewers, today announcing that it will place episodes for those series on Facebook and YouTube. Obviously viewers won't be able to watch the whole series on these sites, but they will get to watch pilot episodes in their entirety, potentially getting them hooked on the series and more willing to shell out for an Amazon Prime subscription.

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Amazon orders ‘Jack Ryan’ exclusive series for Prime Video

Amazon orders ‘Jack Ryan’ exclusive series for Prime Video

It’s official: Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” is heading to Amazon Prime Video as part of an exclusive episodic series. The first season will be comprised of ten episodes; both Skydance Television and Paramount are co-producing the show with Carlton Cuse serving as executive producer alongside Graham Roland, Michael Bay, and several others. John Krasinski from “The Office” will be staring as the character Jack Ryan.

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Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon has decided to launch a new original series: “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.” The company describes its latest original show as a “docuseries,” saying it draws from more than 17,000 hours of video footage and more than 2600 scrapbooks as the basis for its show. The docuseries will include reenactments and some archival footage, as well as interviews relevant to the show, to tell Hefner’s story. The show’s first season will span 13 episodes, and will be available in five different regions starting next year.

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Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon has a pretty effective method for choosing which original shows it is going to proceed with — it makes the pilot episodes for its most promising upcoming shows available to Prime subscribers, using their feedback in part to determine whether they’re going to proceed with a series. In a first, Amazon is also going to make the pilots available to the general public for one day by streaming them on Twitch.

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Amazon One is the retail giant’s first branded air cargo plane

Amazon One is the retail giant’s first branded air cargo plane

Amazon has dreams to conquer the skies with its packages just as it does on land. But its ambitious drone plans still have a long way to go. And those drones won't cut it anyway when it comes to heavy duty, long distance deliveries. That is why Amazon is leasing 40 airplanes to carry the load for it. And to make sure there's no mistake that the plane is an Amazon bearer, it is pouring paint over them to give them Amazon oh so recognizable branding. Introducing Amazon One.

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