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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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Augmented reality tool applies virtual makeup in real time

Augmented reality tool applies virtual makeup in real time

Using augmented reality technology to try on clothes and jewelry isn't something new, with users able to see items as a virtual overlay on their body, but they all require specific hardware, such as a smart mirror outfitted with cameras and software. But FaceCake has created an AR platform that work right from the browser, with no downloads required, and users don't need to upload a still photo, as the display works in real time.

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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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Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Home appliance maker Whirlpool has just announced a new smart washer and dryer set that can connect with Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service, allowing automatic orders of detergent and fabric softener to be a painless process. Amazon announced Dash Replenishment Service last October as an extension of its physical, WiFi-connected Dash Buttons, which let customers order a specific product, like dish soap, coffee, and pet food, with a single press. Now appliance makers can implement the service directly into products, so users are notified when supplies run low, and orders can be placed with a single tap.

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Samsung Pay to get online payment support next year

Samsung Pay to get online payment support next year

When it comes to mobile payment systems, you might immediately think of Apple Pay or Android Pay, mostly because of the brands behind them. But Samsung Pay might actually trump both when it comes to wider merchant support, and it won't be stopping there. Samsung plans to expand the service's coverage next year by also including paying for goods purchased online, taking Samsung Pay dangerously close to PayPal's and Amazon Payments' territory.

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Google breaks down Black Friday, shows best time to shop

Google breaks down Black Friday, shows best time to shop

Black Friday is nearly upon us, and if you're one of the brave souls planning to venture out into the madness, some data Google has laid out might be of interest to you. The company recently published some infographics for retailers with the goal of helping them make more effective business decisions, but the data could be useful to the lowly shopper, too. For example, Google’s data suggests heading out between 4AM and 6AM is optimal for avoiding the crowd.

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Nintendo debuts official eBay storefront

Nintendo debuts official eBay storefront

As Black Friday, and its partnering Cyber Monday, are quickly approaching to kick off the holiday shopping season, gaming giant Nintendo has chosen auction giant eBay to launch its newest official web store. The store gives shoppers another option when it comes to buying Nintendo hardware, games, and accessories online, with the security of ordering directly from the company.

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Amazon Pantry grocery service launches in UK for Prime members

Amazon Pantry grocery service launches in UK for Prime members

Amazon has just announced the debut of a new delivery service for UK Prime subscribers: Amazon Pantry. The service goes beyond the Prime Now option here in the US, which focuses on same-day delivery of items from local merchants, including fresh food. Instead, pantry is the standard grocery items people use daily, including food like cereal and soup, drinks, as well as cleaning supplies. Basically, things that can keep for a while, and aren't reliant on being fresh.

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Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

With Black Friday quickly approaching in the US, and thus the onslaught of the holiday shopping season, Amazon has just announced that its Echo, the internet-connected speaker and digital assistant, is making a formal move from the online marketplace to the physical retail environment. Amazon says that in the near future over 3,000 stores will begin selling the Echo, including Home Depot, Staples, Sears, BJ’s, P.C. Richard & Son, Brookstone, RadioShack, and Fred Meyer locations.

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Hiku takes on Amazon Dash Button with help from Walmart, Peapod

Hiku takes on Amazon Dash Button with help from Walmart, Peapod

A few months ago, Amazon revealed that what was thought to be a late April Fool's joke was actually a real product. While the Dash Button may have some merits, offering some degree of convenience or laziness, it was practically wasteful and limited. It seems, however, that idea caught someone else's imagination. Hiku Labs has just announced its second gen hiku shopping button, or sphere if you wish, that helps you remember your shopping list and even buys them for you thanks to Walmart Online Grocery and Peapod.

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Amazon launches Black Friday Deals Store, Prime Day users wary

Amazon launches Black Friday Deals Store, Prime Day users wary

Over the summer, Amazon created a lot of hype surrounding their newly-created shopping holiday, dubbed “Prime Day.” They promised “more deals than Black Friday.” Well, while it's possible that they might have been technically correct, shoppers didn't seem to think that there was anything worth celebrating. However, the real Black Friday is around the corner, and Amazon is changing up the game this year.

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Etsy ASAP takes on Amazon with same-day delivery

Etsy ASAP takes on Amazon with same-day delivery

Your anniversary is tomorrow, and you need something special, fast. The internet is full of options with next-day shipping, but sometimes you want something with a more personal touch. Etsy is one of my favorite places to find unique creations, and now it looks like you'll be able to get those creations even faster than before.

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