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Amazon is gunning for movie studios next

Amazon is gunning for movie studios next

Amazon's ambitions in original content are climbing up a notch, with plans to create a dozen movies each year that will not only be released via its Prime streaming service, but in theaters as well. The aggressive content scheme will kick off this year, Amazon has said, with Amazon Original Movies also using its heft to trim the amount of time it takes for theatrical releases to make it to on-demand services. Rather than anything up to a year between films being screened in theaters and then showing up at places like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon's own download store, the retailer's homegrown content will take a mere 4-8 weeks.

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Amazon Fire Phone goes on fire sale

Amazon Fire Phone goes on fire sale

As Android phones go, the Fire Phone is not the best. It’s not even close, and many would consider Fire OS and the Amazon App Store very un-Android. A world of its own, the Fire Phone launched with big hopes, and crashed hard almost immediately afterward. A mis-fire, Amazon was able to write down $170 million on their last earnings call due to the Fire Phone’s existence. Now, it seems the company is just trying to unload the device, and has cut the price drastically.

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Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

According to Amazon, over 10 million new Prime users signed up over the holidays. That’s 10 million brand new users who are trying Prime for the very first time in 2014, enjoying streaming media as well as “free” two-day shipping. Amazon also says we’re lazy; their numbers show those who are in areas where same-day delivery is possible ordered 10 times more via Amazon than in 2013. It also seems all we really want to do is watch TV via Fire TV.

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Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

As early as this Friday you'll begin to see an update on the Amazon Fire phone that'll bring new functionality to several key features. You'll get artwork recognition via Wikipedia, you'll get "Best Shot" for ideal photo taking, and you'll get better battery life. Is this the update set Amazon intends to use to sell the rest of their stock of this phone whose launch was utterly blunder-full? Not likely. Instead, this is another sign that Amazon does not intend to give up so easily.

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Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Amazon has given the Fire Phone a high-brow update, adding the ability to recognize famous works of art with its Firefly visual search system, in addition to making the little-loved handset more capable for business users. The update, taking Fire OS to v3.6.5 for AT&T versions of the phone, also adds flexibility to how the Fire Phone's camera processes images as part of its "Best Shot" feature, adds music controls to the lock screen, and challenges Google Calendar with Amazon Cloud Calendar synchronization of schedules across any other Amazon devices users might own.

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Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Two days? That’s a long time. Instead, how about two hours? Amazon is upping their delivery game with Amazon Prime Now, an accelerated version of their already popular Prime scheme. The quick delivery program is currently rolling out in one of the only places it really could, Manhattan, with no other cities being announced just yet. The two hour delivery is also free, and offers an even faster delivery time of one hour for a charge. For the impatient, Amazon is making all deliveries a bit more like pizza delivery.

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BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

This week with the full detailed reveal of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone comes word that the BlackBerry company is ramping up collaborative efforts with Amazon. Inside the BlackBerry Classic you'll find BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, an Android Runtime layer that allows you to work with Android apps, and the Amazon Appstore. Preloaded on the BlackBerry Classic, Amazon Appstore will give users access to a wide variety of popular apps - everything that runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and below has a pretty good chance of running here.

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Amazon Echo teardown: easy to fix if you know how

Amazon Echo teardown: easy to fix if you know how

Listen up! The Amazon Echo has been given the teardown treatment. The device that’s always listening, waiting for you to give instructions or tell it what you want to buy from Amazon, has been torn apart by iFixit. Not holding much back, the Amazon Echo is a lot of speaker and simple circuitry; but it’s not got a lot to do, so we’ll forgive the simple internals on this one. We also appreciate how easily repairable the Echo is, scoring a 7 out of 10 on iFixit’s scale.

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HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

Though it's been launched for some time now on basically every other web TV platform, HBO has finally decided it's time to hit Amazon Fire TV. According to Amazon, HBO is currently working on the HBO GO app for Amazon Fire TV stick as well, bringing their pay TV platform to all Amazon devices. This launch is one of several for Amazon TV, the group suggesting that "Amazon Fire TV app selection [is] up 4x since launch" - that means there are a whole lot more apps than there used to be.

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