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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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There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

This week the folks at Amazon have added 50 new Dash Buttons to their collection, bringing the full set up to over 150. This set of buttons works for Amazon Prime members, allowing them to press said button once to see products delivered to their home soon thereafter. What's more, this newest set includes such baffling buttons as NERF and PLAY-DOH, making certain you're fully stocked on soft arrow and doh for forming fake cookies.

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With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

Ebooks have made it easier to carry a library's worth of novels and textbooks, and now Amazon's new Page Flip feature for Kindle adds a virtual finger to temporarily hold your place. If you've ever wanted to flip between two points in an ebook without losing your place in the process, the update - coming to Kindle ereaders, Fire tablets, and the Kindle apps - might do the trick.

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Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

In this Internet age, a lot of information flows freely on the Web, but not all of them are reliable or even factually correct. A whole market, led by the likes of Coursera and Udacity, have sprung up to give a bit of formality to "online education." Now Amazon is jumping in with its new Amazon Inspire platform, but with a very different twist. Instead of catering to students looking online instruction, Inspire practically crowdsources educational materials and resources that other teachers and educators can use and customize for their particular use cases.

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Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video has added support for Dolby Vision HDR content, the company has announced. Service users located in the United States can now watch certain videos in Dolby Vision, assuming their television supports it. This new support joins Amazon’s previously launched UHD high dynamic range content, though depending on who you’re talking to, the Dolby Vision content is usually favored for having higher quality.

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FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

On the heels of a recent proposed $350,000 fine against Amazon over the alleged improper shipment of hazardous materials comes another two notices from the FAA: a proposed fine of $78,000 and a proposed fine of $52,000, both likewise over the claimed violations of hazardous materials shipment regulations. The shipping instances took place in 2014, and are said to have involved a total of three cardboard boxes.

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Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh, the company’s same-day grocery service for Prime members, has expanded into Boston. Though Amazon Fresh isn’t available throughout the entire city, it is available in most of it, and it makes more than 95,000 items available to residents. This includes fresh foods like meat and vegetables, hence the name. Depending on what time of the day the items are ordered, the food will be delivered on the same day or the next morning.

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Amazon’s newest Kindle gets lighter, thinner, and comes in white

Amazon’s newest Kindle gets lighter, thinner, and comes in white

Amazon may have ushered in a new flagship model of its Kindle e-reader with the release of the Oasis several weeks ago, but that doesn't mean they've forgotten about the entry-level model. The basic Kindle has just been refreshed today, with improvements including a thinner and lighter chassis, more RAM, and a color choice of black or white. The price remains $80, however, making the Kindle one of the best bargains around.

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Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

If you're an Amazon customer who has bought ebooks in the past, you might have a pleasant surprise waiting for you in your account today as the retail behemoth starts delivering Apple credits. The refund comes as part of Apple's settlement over ebook price fixing allegations, with anybody who bought Kindle titles from five specific publishers due to get a percentage of the purchase price back: today, it's the turn of Amazon's customers.

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