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Uber planning a same-day delivery service to rival Amazon Prime Now

Uber planning a same-day delivery service to rival Amazon Prime Now

Uber is rumored to be preparing for a new undertaking: Uber Merchant Delivery. The new service will provide same-day service by UberRush couriers and regular Uber drivers. The prototype service for faster, on-the-ground delivery is in the same vein as Amazon's accelerated delivery service, Amazon Prime Now, which uses bike messengers to deliver "essential" goods to your doorstep. Although Uber is just getting started in merchant delivery, Amazon is already expanding Prime Now from Manhattan to Miami and Baltimore.

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Amazon Apple Watch app 1-Click works, even accidentally

Amazon Apple Watch app 1-Click works, even accidentally

There's a saying that goes "be careful what you wish for", and it seems that the adage applies even more so to the Apple Watch. And quite literally too. To be fair, the Amazon app for the smartwatch is probably to blame. Or to be more precise, its sometimes handy "1-Click" to buy feature can actually become a nightmare for Apple Watch users, especially when the large orange Purchase button sits precariously on top of a very small "Add to wishlist" line in the smartwatch app.

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Amazon Apple Watch app puts shopping on your wrist

Amazon Apple Watch app puts shopping on your wrist

Amazon has updated its iPhone app to support Apple Watch, turning the new wearable into a mobile voice-controlled shopping accessory. The new version of the app, released just as the first Apple Watch orders are shipping out, not only works as a scratchpad for the Wish List, but entire purchases can be carried out directly from the wrist. It's one of around 3,000 Apple Watch apps already waiting for Apple's new toy in the App Store today.

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Amazon and Audi want to put junk directly into your trunk

Amazon and Audi want to put junk directly into your trunk

In our undying quest to connect all the things to all the other things, we’re bound to have some failures and missteps. We’re also bound to have those redeeming moments of glory where we’ve stumbled onto brilliance. I’m not sure where this concept ends up, but Amazon is trying to deliver your web purchases to your car. It’s as if Amazon is skipping the middle man (you) and putting your deliveries where they’ll end up anyway. Brilliant! Maybe. I’m not sure.

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Amazon ‘Destinations’ will take your hotel reservations

Amazon ‘Destinations’ will take your hotel reservations

Next time you want to plan a trip, or even a quick weekend getaway, you’ll probably find yourself on Expedia or hotels.com. If you need a few sundry items for the trip, you might find yourself on Amazon. Today, Amazon has quietly launched their hotel booking engine, which falls under their ‘Local’ tab. Currently, the feature is limited to the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and parts of the Northeast. If Amazon’s hotel booking engine sounds familiar, it’s likely because it was rumored to be coming way back in November of last year.

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Amazon ditches TestDrive, Developers everywhere shrug

Amazon ditches TestDrive, Developers everywhere shrug

Yesterday (April 16 — that’s an important footnote for all this), Amazon blogged on their Developer site to let everyone know TestDrive was being cancelled. Corey Badcock from Amazon wrote “since its launch in March 2011, over 16,000 apps have been launched on TestDrive, giving customers the experience of running the app and discovering new features before committing to purchase.” So why is Amazon ditching TestDrive? Freemium apps. Those free-to-use apps and games rendered TestDrive nearly useless, it seems.

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Amazon rolls out Machine Learning as an AI developer tool

Amazon rolls out Machine Learning as an AI developer tool

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now offering Amazon Machine Learning (AML) to developers who are looking to use predictive modeling AI in their apps and web-services. AML has the potential to save time as calculation-intense computation can consume a lot of time and server space. Amazon is already envisioning a myriad of ways developers can put Machine Learning to use. It could be used to build predictive models capable of identifying fraudulent transactions or reviews. So, review based apps like Yelp could prevent being clogged by fake reviews.

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Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Based on the principle that there's nothing so frustrating as watching a show and thinking "who is that guy?" Amazon is adding X-Ray to Fire TV. The system, which has been flagging up actors and songs on Amazon Fire tablets for the past few years, will now be pulling up those details on Fire TV's streaming movies and shows, accessed with a stab at the "up" button on the remote, as well as offering easy navigation to the relevant point in the show.

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Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Amazon has pushed out a new Kindle for Android update, and with it comes the Word Wise feature, as well as a handful of other changes that round out the overall product. Word Wise allows users to have definitions for hard words automatically displayed above the word, aiding in the reading process without slowing the user down. Other features include the ability to make flash cards and improved manga navigation, among others. Also coming with the update are some bug fixes.

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Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon has quietly announced plans to add HDR video support to its Prime Instant Video service, with improved picture quality on the cards for later this year. The boost will come with Amazon's own Originals content initially, though the company says that it's working with Hollywood to deliver third-party shows and movies in HDR too. However, while the rollout may be fairly ambitious, not everyone will be able to enjoy it.

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Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations have finally made it to Android, with the ad-free streaming service now compatible with regular phones and tablets running Google's OS. Amazon's rough equivalent of Pandora, Prime Music Stations kick off with an initial genre or artist as the "seed", and then automatically curate a playlist to match. Until now, though, Android has been the odd one out from the main platforms, with Prime Stations already offered across web and desktop on Mac and PC, on iOS, and on Amazon's own Android-forked Fire HD and HDX tablets.

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Amazon suing sites that submit fake product reviews

Amazon suing sites that submit fake product reviews

If you’re like many people (myself included), you look to Amazon for product reviews, whether you buy there or not. If you’re like many people (I’m guilty, too), you just buy via Amazon and have the product shipped right to your door. Sometimes, reviews on Amazon are bogus. Sometimes, those reviews are even the result of review factories that pay people to flop out fake reviews to build a product up. Now, Amazon is taking umbrage with those entities, and is filing a lawsuit against one known purveyor of fake reviews.

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