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Amazon Home Services briefly appears ahead of tipped launch

Amazon Home Services briefly appears ahead of tipped launch

An Amazon marketplace called "Amazon Home Services" briefly appeared today as a rebranded version of its "Amazon Local Services". It has since been pulled, but a source has cropped up to say that the service will be officially launching this upcoming Monday, and with that launch will come availability much larger than the previous limited Local availability. This includes major cities across the United States (from Boston to San Francisco and many in between), and more are reportedly in the pipeline for inclusion.

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Amazon slams FAA drone delay with international shaming

Amazon slams FAA drone delay with international shaming

Thought Amazon would be ecstatic the FAA had given it permission to test its Prime Air delivery drones? Think again: Amazon execs have slammed the US government agency, despite finally getting the green-light. The Federal Aviation Administration delivered what it thought was good news last week, telling the online retailer that it could cautiously try flying its remote-control delivery drones in US airspace as a prelude to perhaps one day dropping off packages from the sky. Instead, it opened a can of worms, with Amazon claiming the FAA's tardiness meant it had already scrapped the prototype.

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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Amazon Unlocked service tipped, will offer paid apps for free

Amazon Unlocked service tipped, will offer paid apps for free

A new Amazon service called "Amazon Unlocked" has surfaced in leaked materials, and in them we get a look at what the company has up its sleeve: free for-pay apps that will, ultimately, encourage mobile users to download the Amazon app. With Unlocked, paid apps will be offered as "unlocked" free offerings -- says Amazon in the leaked documents, "Paid apps and in-app purchasing now completely FREE from Amazon." Free apps with in-app purchases are also included, with those in-app purchases being unlocked as part of the perk.

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Amazon drones get FAA test approval (but don’t get excited)

Amazon drones get FAA test approval (but don’t get excited)

Amazon has been granted special permission to test its drone delivery service, but while the FAA may have given PrimeAir trials the green-light, don't expect it at your front door any time soon. PrimeAir was announced in late 2013, Amazon's grand scheme to deliver smaller packages by remotely-controlled drone within thirty minutes of an order being placed, but in addition to doubts around whether the project was practical, the Federal Aviation Administration took a dim view of commercial UAV use. Now, the leash has been loosened a little, allowing Amazon to at least begin conducting feasibility trials.

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Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Stuff you order online, delivered to your door in about an hour. While nobody was certain anyone could do for — well, just about everything — what Dominos did for pizza, Amazon has. In December, the company unveiled Prime Now delivery in Manhattan, which brings things Amazon deems ‘essential’ right to your door. The limited availability and app were as much beta as rollout, which obviously paid off. Today, Amazon is announcing they’ll bring their Prime Now delivery outside of Manhattan, with Baltimore and Miami joining in the one-hour-or-so delivery fun.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Studios just renewed their gritty L.A. detective series, Bosch, for a second season. Bosch debuted in 2014 as a pilot for Amazon Prime Instant Video and has found success with cord-cutters and binge-watchers alike. Bosch has over 31,000 5-star reviews and has become another draw for the streaming service as it looks for anything to set itself apart from its competitors. It appears that Amazon is following Netflix's successful lead by not only get exclusives to TV series like FX's spy drama The Americans. Amazon Studios wants to make a mark with its original content as well.

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Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon may already be the online big box retailer of choice for many, but Jeff Bezos & Co. are hoping to be your boutique option too, with the launch of Amazon Exclusives. Designed to highlight new and niche products, including those successfully pitched on hit TV show Shark Tank, the new storefront promises a more curated catalog than the regular Amazon shelves. The initial line-up is pretty eclectic, too, spanning designer portable power chargers through Olloclip add-on lenses to shoes, with the promise that there are very few other places you can find such items if you're interested.

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Amazon Game Studios bringing four titles to iOS

Amazon Game Studios bringing four titles to iOS

The Fire Phone was a flop. Part of the potential allure of the Fire Phone was its four-camera array, which was meant to give a depth to gaming without the need for clumsy headsets. Still, the Fire Phone was an overall terrible device, and consumers saw right through it. Amazon Game Studios, who designed games exclusively for Fire devices, will be bringing some of their games to iOS. No release date has been announced yet, and we should expect them to cost north of $5 each.

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Amazon patent outlines plans for 3D printers inside delivery trucks

Amazon patent outlines plans for 3D printers inside delivery trucks

Amazon is very serious about getting the items that customers purchase on the website into their hands as fast as possible. The faster items get to the customers, the more people are likely to buy from the online giant. In the past Amazon had big plans to deliver goods via drone aircraft to get items into buyer's hands in 30 minutes, but the FAA may have killed those plans with regulations.

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