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Google has all that it needs for an Amazon Echo killer

Google has all that it needs for an Amazon Echo killer

When Amazon surprisingly announced the Echo in late 2014, it was the odd duck among the voice-controlled products of the time. Fast forward a year and a half later, however, Amazon Echo would become the poster boy, or girl in this case, for an at-home, voice-enabled personal butler. Recently, it announced two new products, more portable than the first, that aims to make Echo a household name, no pun intended. But while it does have monopoly of that niche market for now, it should always be on its toes. Google is all but primed to take on Amazon at its own game. That is, provided it wants to at all.

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Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Gamers who like to import titles from Japan take notice, the Japanese version of Amazon will now ship select games and hardware to international locations, potentially offering a cheaper option than turning to dedicated importers. While Amazon Japan has offered international shipping on other types of products, this is a first for video games. The change went without a formal announcement, and was only recently noticed by users on Twitter and the NeoGAF forums.

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Amazon leases 20 Boeing 767 freighters for shipping service

Amazon leases 20 Boeing 767 freighters for shipping service

When a good portion of your business relies on you being able to ship items quickly and inexpensively, you have to get creative. For years, Amazon has been pushing the envelope on how they ship products to their customers. Well now it seems that they're ready to lease 20 Boeing 767 aircraft to take their shipping to the next level.

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Amazon developing its own VR platform, job listing hints

Amazon developing its own VR platform, job listing hints

We should've seen it coming, but it looks like Amazon has its own virtual reality ambitions. A recently discovered job listing reveals that the e-commerce giant is working to develop a VR platform to operate within its Amazon Video service. The details are slim at this point, but it looks like the goal is an app or service that will provide entertainment experiences, rather than another piece of hardware to enter the rapidly developing VR headset market.

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Amazon’s next victim is QVC

Amazon’s next victim is QVC

Amazon may have a huge catalog of on-demand video, but the retail behemoth is branching out into live streaming, and home shopping stalwarts like QVC should be worried. "Style Code Live" will be Amazon's first ever live show, streaming a mixture of fashion and beauty content for thirty minutes each day.

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Sources: Amazon warehouses have TVs for public shaming

Sources: Amazon warehouses have TVs for public shaming

Amazon warehouse employees past and present paint a picture far from wholesome — they tell of long, hard, hot days spent running from one place to another, assembling orders at breakneck speeds for hours on end. While Amazon has previously fired back at these claims, there's no shortage of new ones being made, and the most recent is a spat of warehouse workers describing flatscreen TVs in warehouses that continuously threaten staff with termination.

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Amazon Fire tablet encryption to return as retailer backtracks

Amazon Fire tablet encryption to return as retailer backtracks

Amazon has backtracked on Fire tablet encryption, having triggered an outpouring of criticism after removing support in the latest Fire OS 5 release. The retail giant blamed minimal customer interest for the decision, which saw Android's data encryption option stripped from the Fire tablet platform, though communications with Amazon's own servers were still secured.

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Amazon: Fire owners didn’t care about encryption

Amazon: Fire owners didn’t care about encryption

Amazon has pushed back at suggestions it's selling out Fire tablet users on data encryption, arguing that it was a Spring clean not a security lapse. The online behemoth faced vocal criticism this week over its Fire OS 5 software for its affordable Android-based tablets, which quietly removed support for encrypting data.

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Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Alexa will become friends soon

Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Alexa will become friends soon

Nest might now be owned by Google, but that doesn't mean it's beyond making friends outside Mountain View. Amazon, considered a rival of Google in more ways than one, is one such new acquaintance. Nest has announced that, in a few weeks time, Nest Thermostat and Amazon's Alexa will become familiar with each other, allowing users to turn the heat up or down with their voice, in case they also happen to have an Amazon Echo or Fire TV sitting around the house.

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Amazon nixes Fire tablet encryption as government battles on [UPDATE]

Amazon nixes Fire tablet encryption as government battles on [UPDATE]

Apple’s legal battle over encryption with governments around the world has received support from a bunch of companies, including Microsoft and Google. Meanwhile, Amazon has quietly removed support for encryption from Fire OS 5, forcing Fire tablet owners to either update and lose the encryption support or continue running an outdated version of the operating system.

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Amazon is using Dot to make you more comfortable with Echo

Amazon is using Dot to make you more comfortable with Echo

If you want to get your customers to take your product and utilize all of its features, there are a lot of good ways that you can do it. Amazon has been pushing Alexa pretty hard, and with today's newest additions to the family, they found one way to encourage owners to use their Echo for ordering products from them. And not everyone likes the idea.

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Amazon Tap and Echo Dot join Alexa in the connected home

Amazon Tap and Echo Dot join Alexa in the connected home

In an unexpected surprise this Thursday morning, Amazon has just announced two new devices in its Echo connected speaker lineup. Dubbed the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, both units feature the Echo's digital assistant Alexa, or connect to it in some way. Both are available for pre-order starting today, although the Echo Dot has a pretty interesting buying process, which we'll get to in a moment.

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