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Amazon wants FAA to let them stretch their drone wings

Amazon wants FAA to let them stretch their drone wings

Do you remember those Amazon drones, the ones the company thinks will be delivering your packages? Those are a real thing, and Amazon is trying to make a go of it. They’ve sent a letter to the FAA asking to test the drones on longer flights. Their goal is innovation, as they say they need to let the little guys stretch their proverbial wings.

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Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

In-app purchases have come under fire again, both domestically and abroad. A couple in China have been arrested for selling their kids (yes, plural) to fund in-app purchases, and Amazon has been officially sued by the FTC for billing of in-app purchases. They’re the latest in a series of incidents that has everyone taking a long, hard look at our mobile purchasing habits.

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Google Shopping Express to expand, ‘democratize’ delivery biz

Google Shopping Express to expand, ‘democratize’ delivery biz

Google may be where you turn for simple search queries, but it’s likely not where you go to find (and ultimately buy) products. Amazon is squeezing the competition out for product searches, and a large part of that is the ease with which we can buy items we like. It seems Google may be gearing up to challenge them for product search-and-ship queries, though.

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Fire TV gobbling up data? Mosaic may be the issue

Fire TV gobbling up data? Mosaic may be the issue

Fire TV users may be getting more than they bargained for — literally. If you have a Fire TV, and have noticed your data usage going way up, we might know why. It turns out a few instances have been reported with built-in features. Here’s how to identify — and hopefully solve — the issue.

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Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Amazon has quietly updated its Fire TV set-top box to push its Prime video content as well as bring streaming music to the platform, raising its game in the aftermath of Google announcing Android TV. A revamp over the weekend added Amazon Cloudplayer to the supported services for Fire TV, as well as answering a common complaint by making it easier to find Prime movie and TV content that's free to watch for Prime subscribers.

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Amazon Prime Air shot down by anti-drone FAA

Amazon Prime Air shot down by anti-drone FAA

The FAA has shut down Amazon's ambitions to deliver packages by drone, reiterating that it will take legal action if Prime Air or any other delivery scheme tries to operate in the guise of a hobby aircraft. Confusion around the status of drones had flourished earlier this year, when courts overturned a $10,000 fine handed out by the Federal Aviation Administration to a pilot, but the agency is aiming to make it crystal clear that its stance hasn't changed.

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Why the Fire Phone is no gimmick

Why the Fire Phone is no gimmick

Amazon’s Fire Phone, set to launch next month, comes with a wide range of features that some critics are calling gimmicks. They argue that the device’s four cameras on the front that allow it to deliver a 3D-like effect and some extra Dynamic Perspective features, like tilt and swivel, makes little sense. And Firefly, they say, is little more than a way for Amazon to make more money off a given product. The truth, however, is much different.

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