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Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

You've probably seen Amazon's work-in-progress spherical Seattle biodomes by this point -- they're essentially large glass spheres with a somewhat angular frame, and at least per the renders that have been released, they'll be gorgeous to look at upon completion. The company plans to fill these domes with thousands of plant species, turning them into a veritable earthy paradise for its workers to chill in. Amongst those plants will multi-storey 'treehouses,' as well.

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Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible has launched a new on-demand service called Channels, something it is offering to Premium members for free and on its own for $4.95/month for everyone else. The service focuses on exclusive and original content -- it's basically a podcast service to complement Audible's long running audiobook service. Content is split up into channels based on category, such as “20 Minutes of Relaxation,” “Meow! For Cat Lovers,” “Front Row Comedy,” and more.

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Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Amazon's second Prime Day is quickly approaching, with the online retailer kicking off the massive sale on July 12. Those with an Alexa-enabled device can get in on the action a little early, however, as Amazon is offering $10 off your first order of $20 or more when you place it through Alexa. That promotion runs from today, July 8, through the end of Prime Day.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Amazon and Warner Bros deal gives Prime Video tons of new movies

Amazon and Warner Bros deal gives Prime Video tons of new movies

Amazon has scored an exclusive movie deal with Warner Bros that brings a slew of movies, including some well regarded ones, to the Prime Video platform. The deal makes 33 movies exclusive to Amazon Prime Video (as far as streaming goes, that is), the roster of which includes all of the Lethal Weapon and Matrix movies, Ocean’s Eleven, three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, and more.

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Amazon bookstore and cafe may launch in NYC by early 2019

Amazon bookstore and cafe may launch in NYC by early 2019

Amazon Books, a physical retail store in which Amazon sells physical books, currently exists on the west coast and may be making its way east in the next couple of years. According to a new report, Amazon is planning to launch a New York City store in either late 2018 or early 2019, offering paper books and a cafe like all the brick-and-motor bookstores it put out of business years ago.

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Lexa app puts Amazon’s Alexa on your Android device

Lexa app puts Amazon’s Alexa on your Android device

There’s a new app that puts Amazon Alexa in your pocket, and it’s called Lexa. Available for Android, the Lexa app uses Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service to let mobile users interact with Alexa and get a response…the same way they would with an Amazon Echo device. The company bids its app as a way for developers and manufacturers to play around with Alex and test it for their own products; anyone with an Android device can use it, though, making it a low-barrier way to use Amazon’s personal assistant.

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Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon is looking make ordering products a whole lot easier for folks who have both an Amazon Prime account and an Alexa-enabled device. Today the company announced that it will now let customers place orders for products that qualify for Prime shipping through Alexa. Previously, Alexa only allowed for users to reorder items they had purchased in the past or make orders using suggestions from Amazon's Choice.

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Walmart puts pressure on Amazon with ShippingPass expansion

Walmart puts pressure on Amazon with ShippingPass expansion

Walmart has thrown down the gauntlet in its battle with Amazon, announcing today that ShippingPass - Walmart's version of Amazon Prime, which offers free two-day shipping for online orders - is now available to all customers in the US. Previously, ShippingPass was available to a select number of customers, but Walmart has determined that there's enough benefit to rolling out the program on a nationwide scale.

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Amazon Prime Day returns for a second round on July 12

Amazon Prime Day returns for a second round on July 12

As if you needed more of a reason to spend money on Amazon, today the company revealed the return date for Prime Day, an annual event that was kicked off last year. The day-long sale, which is exclusively available to Amazon Prime members, will be returning on July 12. Amazon says that it will have more than 100,000 deals prepared for Prime users who are ready to spend, and pointed out that those without Prime can sign up for a 30 day trial of the service to get in on the action.

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Amazon has cheap unlocked Android phones for you – but there’s a catch

Amazon has cheap unlocked Android phones for you – but there’s a catch

Amazon wants to lure you in to their trove of Android devices - and at first it would seem that they've got the right bait. They've got devices that are new. They've got devices that are unlocked. They've got devices that come from major name-brand companies like Motorola. These devices are discounted below where you'll probably find them anywhere else. But there's a catch. Not just anyone can partake in these machines.

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Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon's Echo may allow you to order from the retailer's virtual shelves and play its audiobooks, but it's third-party features that make Alexa smartest and they're getting a makeover today. A year after Amazon threw open the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service for others to tap into, there are now 1,400 extra abilities for the speech-controlled virtual assistant.

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