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Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

With a range of skills at its disposal, Amazon's Alexa platform is capable of a lot of things. Strangely, one thing Alexa hasn't been able to do is place orders through Amazon Prime Now. You'd think we would have seen that kind of functionality early on, but in any case, it's arriving today, letting you place same-day orders through Amazon's service.

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Amazon patent details delivery drone drops using parachutes

Amazon patent details delivery drone drops using parachutes

Amazon has been testing its drone technology for a while now, and we’ve seen some demonstrations and patents related to this testing. The latest patent to surface details one method by which Amazon delivery drones may get packages directly to customers — via a parachute, allowing the package to be dropped from the sky. This would prevent the drone from having to land, though it would monitor the package’s descent before taking off.

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Walmart’s new two-day shipping is free and subscription-free

Walmart’s new two-day shipping is free and subscription-free

Walmart has fired yet volley at Amazon. Barely two years after it launched it, Walmart is killing its two-day ShippingPass service. But rising from its ashes is an offer that would give online shoppers pause. Still offering that same two-day shipping, Walmart’s new service won’t charge you shipping fees at all. And even better, you don’t even have to be a member of some exclusive club to avail of that convenience. Free and subscription free, your groceries, toiletries, and toys will be there at your door (or at a store) in two-days flat.

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Amazon rolls out Dash buttons for more than 50 new brands

Amazon rolls out Dash buttons for more than 50 new brands

If you absolutely love Amazon's Dash buttons, then today is going to be a very good day for you, because more than 50 items are joining the Dash button lineup. That brings the total number of Dash buttons available up over 250, and at this point, it seems like there should be a Dash button for whatever household item you may need.

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Amazon Dash one-click ordering goes digital

Amazon Dash one-click ordering goes digital

Amazon Dash is a strange but oddly reasonable product.It removes every excuse not to get your groceries done, especially for essential supplies. Or seen in another way, it appeals to the human propensity for laziness. But apparently even the act of physically pushing a button might be too much work. Or that people are not so keen on buying a $5 button. So what is poor Amazon to do? Why, make a virtual Amazon Dash button, of course! And that is exactly what smart Amazon did.

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Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

It sounds like Amazon's Alexa devices were a big hit over the holidays. Amazon announced today that sales of the Echo family were up 9x over 2015's holiday season, which puts sales of Alexa devices well into the millions for 2016. As is usually the case with Amazon, it didn't share specific numbers, and that's something of a shame, as it would offer good insight into how the Alexa ecosystem is performing in the face of increased competition from Google Home.

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NES Classic Edition in stock for some Amazon Prime Now customers

NES Classic Edition in stock for some Amazon Prime Now customers

Do you want an NES Classic Edition? Do you use Amazon Prime Now? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you might be able to get one of the hard-to-find consoles. Amazon announced earlier today that the NES Classic Edition is available for Prime Now delivery, however that's only true for a select number of cities.

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Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon has announced that its Prime customers can now subscribe to Cinemax and HBO as add-on video subscriptions to flesh out the Prime Video library. The HBO subscription option is the most expensive of the two at $14.99/month, the same price you’d pay if you sign up for HBO NOW directly. The subscription options are part of Amazon Channels, which already offered Starz, Showtime, Sundance Now, and a bunch more.

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Amazon Prime sports may be streaming’s next big cable-cutter lure

Amazon Prime sports may be streaming’s next big cable-cutter lure

Amazon Prime subscribers may soon get live sports streaming as part of their Prime Video, with the retail behemoth said to be in talks with multiple leagues about a potential deal. Prime, Amazon's $99.99 a year membership scheme, began originally as a way for shoppers to get faster shipping on all of their orders with no individual surcharges, but has subsequently expanded to include a variety of content as well. In addition to Prime Video, which offers on-demand TV shows and movies, there's Prime Music, a lending library of Kindle ebooks, and more.

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Amazon Prime on sale for one day only in US

Amazon Prime on sale for one day only in US

If you've been on the fence about subscribing to Amazon Prime, then you might like to know that the yearly cost is currently discounted. The sale, which drops the price down to $79 for your first year of Prime, will only last as long as November 18 does. That means when the clock hits 11:59 PM, Amazon Prime's price jumps back up to $99 per year.

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Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Right now Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service rather like Netflix that is available in only a few countries around the world. Those countries include the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. A launch in India is planned as well. Hints have started to surface about the global rollout, most notably via a tweet from "The Grand Tour" and former "Top Gear" star Jeremy Clarkson.

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The Grand Tour premieres tonight as Amazon cuts Prime prices

The Grand Tour premieres tonight as Amazon cuts Prime prices

After waiting nearly a year and a half, The Grand Tour is set to premiere on Amazon Prime video tonight. That means fans of former TopGear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond will once again be able to see them in front of the camera and behind the wheel. The show was first announced back in July of last year, and since then, Clarkson, May, and Hammond have been travelling the world filming episodes for their new series.

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