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Amazon Prime makes same-day delivery free in 14 cities

Amazon Prime makes same-day delivery free in 14 cities

It seems Amazon is continuing its push to improve delivery service in the face of rivals trying to challenge the internet shopping giant. The company just announced that it is making its same-day delivery option free for select Prime subscribers, doing away with the previous $5.99 fee. Amazon says orders will need to be over $35 and placed before noon on the day of delivery. The other limitations include that the service is only available in 14 metropolitan areas, and on roughly one million products.

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Apple Store app updated with same-day delivery via Postmates

Apple Store app updated with same-day delivery via Postmates

Apple updated its Apple Store app for iOS this week, and to our surprise is now offering same-day delivery for some of the items offered in the app. The choice seems to be in testing at this point as it's only available in select cities, but is an alternative to using Apple's in-store pickup option. The same-day delivery comes via a new partnership with Postmates, the on-demand logistics service. For customers where the service is available, they will see the option to have an item delivered that day, usually within a few hours, for a flat price of $19.

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eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

Ever since Amazon first launched its Prime subscription service it is has grown in popularity, starting out as unlimited quick delivery and expanding into the media content we see today. Well, eBay is looking into a similar subscription-based loyalty plan, taking on Amazon in the fast, free shipping area. Called eBay+, the company is already testing the service on a limited basis in parts of Germany, with plans to launch nation-wide by the end of the year. eBay buyers who become subscribers pay a yearly fee in exchange for free shipping and returns on all items they purchase.

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Amazon’s Prime Now to deliver items from local stores in Manhattan

Amazon’s Prime Now to deliver items from local stores in Manhattan

Amazon took a big step today in not only competing with just about every online retailer on the web, but also local merchants in the Manhattan, New York area. The company has announced that its Prime Now service will now also deliver goods from local shops and grocery stores to people living in select Manhattan zip codes. This is offered in combination with the service offering one-hour delivery times of items purchased from Amazon's own online store.

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Amazon Echo is finally becoming your shopping assistant

Amazon Echo is finally becoming your shopping assistant

Back when Amazon launched its Echo, a digital personal assistant squeezed inside a cylindrical speaker, the obvious question was "why can't I shop?" Now, roughly six months into its slowly-staged roll out, Echo is finally getting the ability to do voice-controlled shopping, with a new firmware update pushed out today adding support for re-ordering items you've previously purchased, all using nothing more than spoken commands.

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Mother’s Day gift guide 2015: Five ways to say thanks, Mom

Mother’s Day gift guide 2015: Five ways to say thanks, Mom

Gone are the days, thankfully, when "tech" was primarily a man's world. Gadgets, devices, and trinkets now appeal to a much wider audience, including the ladies of the household. With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a perfect time to dwell on some of the perfect tech gifts to give that special woman in our lives. But mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and inclinations so there really isn't a one size fits all kind of list. Nonetheless, here are five gift suggestions that mothers, or even fathers, would definitely appreciate. Some of them are even on a Mother's Day sale!

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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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Microsoft woos Asia-Pacific with flagship store in Australia

Microsoft woos Asia-Pacific with flagship store in Australia

Microsoft is spreading its wings further east and down under. In an attempt to cover regions farthest from its home country, Redmond is opening up a new flagship in Sydney, Australia. While yet another Microsoft physical store to add to over a hundred existing ones is probably no big deal to some, iit is a monumental occasion for Microsoft. Not only is it their first flagship store in the country, it also marks their first formal store to be located in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

The European Union is aiming for Google this month with a statement of objections. They've made allegations that Google isn't doing what they should when it comes to their super-dominant search engine. They suggest that what Google is doing with their search engine is selling products when they should simply be providing the public with this service without destroying their competition in the process. The European Union suggests that Google can keep doing what they're doing now - just so long as they're not found guilty of doing so in a way that allows no competition to realistically compete.

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Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Amazon brings Prime Now to Baltimore, Miami

Stuff you order online, delivered to your door in about an hour. While nobody was certain anyone could do for — well, just about everything — what Dominos did for pizza, Amazon has. In December, the company unveiled Prime Now delivery in Manhattan, which brings things Amazon deems ‘essential’ right to your door. The limited availability and app were as much beta as rollout, which obviously paid off. Today, Amazon is announcing they’ll bring their Prime Now delivery outside of Manhattan, with Baltimore and Miami joining in the one-hour-or-so delivery fun.

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