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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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NBC’s Seeso service launches on Roku and Fire TV

NBC’s Seeso service launches on Roku and Fire TV

Back in October, NBC announced a subscription video service called ‘Seeso’ that focuses on comedy shows and charges $3.99 per month. The service is still around, and it’ll be making its way in front of more viewers now that it has launched on both Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku set-top boxes. With the new channels, cord cutters and more will be able to more easily watch the content on their television.

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Amazon tipped in talks to offer live TV streaming service

Amazon tipped in talks to offer live TV streaming service

Amazon is in talks with networks over a live TV streaming service, according to a new report. If true, Amazon could be the next company to take on traditional cable by offering live content over the Internet, something Dish Network has wholly embraced via its Sling TV subscription service. References to such a service have recently been made by both ESPN and AMC Networks’ respective bosses.

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Brita releases first “smart” water pitcher

Brita releases first “smart” water pitcher

I've got a water pitcher that I keep in my fridge, for when I want to drink a glass or a bottle of water. As you can guess, it has a filter in it, to keep all the bad stuff out of my drinking water. Of course, I have a bad habit of forgetting when it was that I changed the filter last, as it doesn't have anything on it to tell me when to replace it. Well with the latest Brita pitcher, I won't have to think about when to replace the filter, or even have to remember to buy a new one.

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Amazon shells out $15m for Woody Allen’s upcoming movie

Amazon shells out $15m for Woody Allen’s upcoming movie

Amazon Studios has muscled out the competition with a $15 million acquisition of Woody Allen's upcoming -- and unnamed -- movie. The film, which stars Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart, follows the eight movies Allen offered up to Sony Pictures, and reportedly will include another $5 million or so in advertisement costs.

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Samsung printers get Amazon Dash Replenishment features

Samsung printers get Amazon Dash Replenishment features

It's an all-too-common problem. You've got something very important that you need to print out, and you're in a hurry. The printer kicks on and starts going through its motions. And after a few minutes of kicking around, it finally tells you that you're out of ink. Now you have to run to the store to get a replacement, and you're already behind schedule. Sound familiar? Well, this may soon be a problem of the past.

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Doctor Who is coming to Amazon Prime

Doctor Who is coming to Amazon Prime

This hasn't been a great year for Doctor Who fans. It's the first time since the series was rebooted that will get no new episodes, save for the Christmas Special. It'll be sometime in 2017 before we see regular episodes return, and as a kicker, the show was pulled from both Netflix and Hulu. This means that it is currently not streaming anywhere that's accessible in the US. But that's about to change.

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Amazon ups minimum purchase amount for free shipping

Amazon ups minimum purchase amount for free shipping

If you are a fan of Amazon shopping who is of the sort that waits to purchase items until you cross the free shipping threshold, your wait will be a little longer now. Amazon has upped the minimum purchase amount for buyers to qualify for free shipping. That minimum purchase amount was previously $35 and has now been changed to $49.

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Amazon may compete with FedEx, UPS via its own delivery fleet

Amazon may compete with FedEx, UPS via its own delivery fleet

In September, Amazon rolled out a service called Amazon Flex, which seeks drivers who will use their own cars to deliver Amazon packages to customers. According to a new report, Amazon is secretly inviting its Flex drivers to a new “on-demand” delivery service that will task them with standard packages, signaling an expansion beyond just Prime Now deliveries and a possible shakeup to how the company handles standard deliveries in general.

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Better Call Saul season 2 debuts on UK Netflix, US Amazon

Better Call Saul season 2 debuts on UK Netflix, US Amazon

Better Call Saul, AMC's Breaking Bad spin-off, has just kicked off its second season, and now fans have another option to catch the latest episodes should they miss the original broadcast (and aren't able to save them on a DVR). The season premier is already available on streaming services in Europe and the US, although not the same one. Both Netflix and Amazon have grabbed the licensing agreements for the show, it just depends on which side of the ocean you're on.

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