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Amazon Prime Day may be delayed this year over coronavirus pandemic

Amazon Prime Day may be delayed this year over coronavirus pandemic

Amazon may be forced to delay its Prime Day event this year over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a massive uptick in orders through its service. The company went on a hiring spree to keep up with the demand last month, also temporarily increasing pay rates for both warehouse workers and grocery packers. Amid all of that, the company had to pause its Prime Pantry service due to an overwhelming number of orders.

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Amazon coronavirus delays: Shipping employees test positive for COVID-19

Amazon coronavirus delays: Shipping employees test positive for COVID-19

Several Amazon employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at shipment and/or fulfillment centers in the United States. Amazon seems to be enacting quarantine measures for these employees and asking that employees who had any "close contact" with their infected co-workers to self-quarantine for 14 days. There have also been notable delays in shipments of non-essential items in the last couple of weeks due to COVID-19 and the fallout.

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Prime Video makes a bunch of kids shows free for anyone to stream

Prime Video makes a bunch of kids shows free for anyone to stream

Amazon has made a bunch of children's programming available to stream for free, meaning you no longer need an Amazon Prime Video subscription to watch it. The content is a mixture of third-party and original shows from Amazon, including well-known offerings like Peppa Pig and Arthur, as well as newer things Just Add Magic and Pete the Cat.

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Amazon Prime Video just changed how families will watch [Update]

Amazon Prime Video just changed how families will watch [Update]

For a number of years now, Amazon Prime Video has been attempting to go toe-to-toe with other big streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, but all this time, it's been missing a feature that the other two offer: user profiles. While Netflix and Hulu allow you to create profiles for each user in the household - in turn giving each user their own set of recommendations and watch lists - Amazon has not. It looks like that's all beginning to change.

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Prime Video gets quality cap to ease coronavirus-loaded networks

Prime Video gets quality cap to ease coronavirus-loaded networks

Amazon will throttle Prime Video streaming in an attempt to alleviate pressure on coronavirus-hammered European internet providers, the latest on-demand service to trim bitrates. The move comes after Netflix and YouTube confirmed that they would be addressing bandwidth use by their streaming, after EU officials asked for help ensuring that internet connections weren't overloaded during self-isolation.

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Amazon temporarily suspends Prime Pantry: What you should know

Amazon temporarily suspends Prime Pantry: What you should know

Amazon offers multiple services to its customers, one of which is called Prime Pantry. With this, Prime customers can order household goods and non-fresh groceries to have them sent in a giant box directly to their doorstep. In an update on this service today, Amazon revealed that it is facing a huge amount of demand for this service and as a result, it has been forced to temporarily suspend Prime Pantry.

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Amazon’s new mini-fulfillment centers speed up same-day deliveries

Amazon’s new mini-fulfillment centers speed up same-day deliveries

It wasn't too long ago that Amazon revealed next-day deliveries would become increasingly common for Prime customers, building upon the two-day deliveries that have been common to the service. In a new announcement today, the company said that some of its Prime customers can now get faster same-day deliveries on a large number of items, including for orders placed as late as midnight, thanks to mini-fulfillment centers.

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Amazon expands free returns policy, but only for the holidays

Amazon expands free returns policy, but only for the holidays

Amazon has expanded its free return policy to cover millions of items that previously wouldn't have been eligible, but only for the holiday season. The expansion makes it easier to return the gifts you don't need or want, thereby ensuring the money comes back in the form of credits that guarantees a future purchase on Amazon. You only have until the New Year to take advantage of this policy change.

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Amazon Prime adds big discount for active military and veterans

Amazon Prime adds big discount for active military and veterans

Amazon has rolled out another discount to its Prime membership service, this one offered exclusively to active and retired military service members. The new discount cuts a substantial chunk off the membership's price tag, joining the existing discounts for students, Medicaid participants, and EBT cardholders. The company requires proof of eligibility: here's how to submit it.

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Free Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is the latest Prime perk

Free Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is the latest Prime perk

Amazon is making some big moves today with Amazon Fresh, its grocery delivery service. The company announced that it's rolling Amazon Fresh into Prime, making it one of Prime's baseline benefits. Before today, Amazon Fresh cost $14.99 per month, so this is a pretty big perk if you happen to be subscribed to Prime.

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Amazon Prime members now get free loot for popular mobile games

Amazon Prime members now get free loot for popular mobile games

Amazon Prime members are getting free in-game items for mobile games as part of their subscription, the company has announced. The new perks will kick off for popular battle royale game PUBG, specifically the mobile version of the game. Assuming you have a Prime membership, you can download one of the mobile game items now with several more to follow. Other games will be added to the perks list soon.

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Amazon Music app gives Garmin smartwatches an edge

Amazon Music app gives Garmin smartwatches an edge

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber and you happen to have a Garmin smartwatch on your wrist, then here's some good news: Amazon Music is landing on Garmin's smartwatch lineup today. In its announcement today, Garmin boasts that it's the "first wearable company to offer Amazon Music," so if you've been looking for a way to access your library on a smartwatch, then it sounds like Garmin is the pick.

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