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Amazon Fire TV Stick Review – A Prime no-brainer

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review – A Prime no-brainer

Amazon may have been late to the streaming box game with the Fire TV, but the retail behemoth isn’t letting that initial tardiness hold it back, following up with an even more affordable way to bring on-demand content to your living room. The Amazon Fire TV Stick comes in at just $39, undercutting Roku and just a few dollars more than Google’s Chromecast, and offers - in broad strokes at least - the same multimedia prospect as its more expensive sibling. At less than half the price of a Fire TV, though, have so many corners been cut as to suddenly leave Jeff Bezos’ dongle unsatisfying? Read on for the full review.

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Amazon’s robots, and humans, work to keep Cyber Monday real

Amazon’s robots, and humans, work to keep Cyber Monday real

It is the place where your online shopping wishes and dreams come true, so Amazon aptly calls them fulfillment centers. But if you're thinking of happy elves busily packings gifts to be delivered by flying reindeer, you are definitely thinking of the wrong holiday. In Amazon's eighth generation fulfillment centers, the buzz and the noise don't come from cheery creatures with pointed ears but from robots of all shapes and sizes, working in unison to meet the hectic surge of demands this Cyber Monday.

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Fire Phone goes unlocked as Amazon scrabbles for sales

Fire Phone goes unlocked as Amazon scrabbles for sales

It's probably safe to say that Amazon's Fire Phone hasn't been the runaway success Jeff Bezos & Co. hoped it might be, and so the retailer is taking another attempt to push the shopping-centric handset over Thanksgiving. The Fire Phone is now available unlocked and SIM-free, at $199, rather than only with an AT&T contract as has been the case until now, so that any T-Mobile, AT&T, or other GSM subscriber in the US can simply drop in an existing SIM from their carrier that they might have. However, before you hit the "Add to Cart" button, there are a few more things you might want to consider.

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Amazon ‘Local Services’ sets you up with install pros

Amazon ‘Local Services’ sets you up with install pros

TVs, home security cameras, maybe even a ceiling fan. There are plenty of things you might want to buy from Amazon, but then that creeping doubt sets in. Do you know how to set this up? Does the person you’re buying it all for know how to mount a TV? It’s been a nagging part of the shop-from-home scenario for quite a while, but Amazon is taking steps to help you really get up and running. Their long-rumored ‘Local Services’ feature is now live.

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Amazon may announce a hotel booking website soon

Amazon may announce a hotel booking website soon

Amazon has their hands in a lot of things, and a new report suggests they’re preparing to get involved with a very unlikely revenue stream. Sites like hotels.com or Expedia take a cut of the reservation fee when you book a room, flight, or car rental. that’s their revenue model, and Amazon may want a cut/ According to travel site Skift, Amazon is preparing to launch a site dedicated to travel bookings, and will have a dedicated portal for booking through Amazon.

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Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Unless you have Amazon Prime, seeing their “Instant Video” app on your Roku or other streaming device is just one big tease. Unless you sign up for the $99/year quick-shipping Prime option, Instant Video is useless. Though we’ve heard this kind of rumor before, it’s back, and from a new source. It seems Amazon may be prepping an ad-supported Instant Video layer, which would make their service free or very low-cost to use for those without Prime. The new video streaming offering is said to be part of an “overhaul” at Amazon’s media branch.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick now shipping, out of stock until 2015

Amazon Fire TV Stick now shipping, out of stock until 2015

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick wants to keep pace with the competition, just like big-brother Fire TV. On both fronts, Amazon’s TV ambitions are to keep up with rivals like Roku or Chromecast. All three offer their own take on the plug-and-play TV dongle, and those who purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick will soon have theirs in-hand and on-TV. After what Amazon describes as their “most successful device launch ever”, the Fire TV Stick is now shipping.

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Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses are now available for pre-order on Amazon, and they'll be shipping out to buyers on November 27. This is the "prosumer" model, and the availability is exclusive to Amazon for the time being. With the smartglasses will come an eyeglasses frame designed by Rochester Optical, which will be offering prescription upgrades for buyers who need them through its 13,000+ optical partner locations. Vuzix made the announcement today, calling this a "major milestone" for the company.

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Black Friday begins: Walmart stores to match Amazon prices

Black Friday begins: Walmart stores to match Amazon prices

Black Friday, the day that holiday shoppers either love or hate, is quickly approaching. While a number of retailers, both physical and online, have already begun announcing some of their big deals to be available come November 28th, Walmart is getting an early start in this year's challenge to internet rival Amazon. As of November 14th, all Walmart retail stores are now price-matching with anything available on Amazon.com.

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Kindle gets Word Wise and Family Sharing update

Kindle gets Word Wise and Family Sharing update

Ebooks aren't the only thing Amazon's Kindle ereaders can get wirelessly, with the big online retailer pushing out new features to give extra insight into tricky words along with Family Library ebook sharing. Hitting the Kindle Voyage, $79 Kindle, and Kindle Paperwhite automatically over the next few weeks, the updated firmware enables Word Wise among other new tech, floating definitions over trickier words so that children and non-native-speakers can get a head-start on understanding without having to tap through to the regular dictionary.

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