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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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Amazon Cloud Drive mobile app launched perhaps prematurely

Amazon Cloud Drive mobile app launched perhaps prematurely

Amazon may have a booming business when it comes to enterprise cloud and remote computing services, but for consumer storage, Google and Dropbox, and sometimes even OneDrive, lead the race. Trying to catch up with the big players, Amazon has launched its own mobile app for its Cloud Drive, but that might be doing it more harm than good. It's not that the app is plagued with broken features. It's that there are very few features to speak of, earning many disappointed, even irate, reviews from mobile users.

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Amazon celebrates 20th birthday with ‘Prime Day’ sale to rival Black Friday

Amazon celebrates 20th birthday with ‘Prime Day’ sale to rival Black Friday

This coming July 15th, Amazon is celebrating its 20th birthday with a huge global sales event its calling "Prime Day." The e-commerce giant is touting that they will have more deals throughout the day than they do on Black Friday, the shopping extravaganza that takes place every year in the US in November on the Friday after Thanksgiving. There are a few conditions that need to be met in order to take advantage of the sale. Namely, users need to be Prime subscribers.

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Amazon Prime Now launches in London bringing 1hr delivery

Amazon Prime Now launches in London bringing 1hr delivery

In some larger cities in the US Amazon has been offering a service called Prime Now that lets buyers get some items delivered to their location in only an hour. Amazon is rolling Prime Now out to locations outside the US with London being the first place to gain access. For now, only certain postcodes in London are covered by Prime Now's one-hour shipping offer.

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Amazon adds Instant Previews for Kindle shares

Amazon adds Instant Previews for Kindle shares

Amazon has expanded Kindle users’ ability to converse about their favorite literature, announcing what it calls Instant Previews. With Instant Previews, a Kindle user can share recommendations and quotes from Kindle books to individual friends, and those on the receiving end will then be given “instant” access to a free preview of that book. It'll come in handy for book lovers who often share recommendations among themselves, but ultimately serves to benefits Amazon as it ropes in new customers.

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Amazon to offer special deals from its Treasure Truck in Seattle

Amazon to offer special deals from its Treasure Truck in Seattle

Amazon has changed the way we shop, turning just about everything that was retail-based to being available online. Now they're doing an about-face and making a move into selling things physically, but with a twist: it's from a real, moving truck. Ok, so maybe this isn't a revamp of how they'll do business, but it is a special event/promotion taking place in the company's hometown of Seattle. Called the Amazon Treasure Truck, the vehicle will drive around the city offering a special, limited-quantity item at a crazy discount.

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Amazon Echo adds SDK as Alexa spreads to other gadgets

Amazon Echo adds SDK as Alexa spreads to other gadgets

Amazon's Echo may have seemed like a gimmick, but the retail behemoth has kicked the digital assistant into overdrive by throwing it open to developers. Third-party apps will be able to integrate themselves with Echo courtesy of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), while hardware manufacturers that want to bake Amazon's speech-controlled helper into their devices can do so with the new Alexa Voice Service (AVS). To sweeten the deal and encourage voice-tech adoption, Amazon is also launching a $100m Alexa Fund.

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Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Back in April, we heard word that Amazon would be adding HDR video support to Prime Instant Video some time later on in the year, doing so with the promise of improved image quality. The new viewing options would be arriving on its own original shows, but the company had said that it was also working with other entities to bring HDR to other content, too. Fortunately, Amazon didn't make us wait too long for the feature to arrive. Today the company announced that Prime members can watch HDR versions of episodes from its own original shows.

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