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Amazon Prime Day 2020 may finally have a new date

Amazon Prime Day 2020 may finally have a new date

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed or outright cancelled a lot of events over the summer, with one of the most notable delays being that of Amazon's Prime Day. Prime Day usually happens summer with a lot of fanfare behind it, but this year, Amazon opted to delay the event, noting that it still had plans to host Prime Day at some point later that its typical mid-July timing. As it turns out, Prime Day might be quickly approaching, with Amazon apparently planning to hold it in October.

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Amazon Studios officially nabs Joe Exotic TV show starring Nicolas Cage

Amazon Studios officially nabs Joe Exotic TV show starring Nicolas Cage

Back in May, we heard that a TV show based on Joe Exotic, the subject of popular Netflix documentary Tiger King, was being shopped around with Nicolas Cage attached for the starring role. Fast-forward a few months and it has been confirmed that Amazon Studios has nabbed the series for the company's Prime Video streaming service. As expected, the show will be scripted.

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LG smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

LG smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Although its mobile business has definitely seen better days, LG remains one of the big names in the TV and display markets. It is also one of the few in that market that develops and uses its own smart TV platform rather than adopting something like Android TV. While that has the benefit of giving LG more control over the experience, it also means it has less access to some of the apps and services consumers might expect are already there. Case in point, it's only now that Amazon Music is coming to the TV but at least it will be coming even to four-year-old products.

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Walmart+ finally launched with very basic grocery perks

Walmart+ finally launched with very basic grocery perks

The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed some plans and even scrapped others and, for a time, things didn't seem to look good for Walmart's subscription program. Nearly half a year delayed, grocery king has finally taken the veils off Walmart+ and it might not be all that it was rumored and expected to be. With only three exclusive features, many will probably call it dead on arrival but the company seems to believe its "ultimate life hack" has much more to offer.

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Amazon Prime Air drone delivery platform just hit a huge milestone

Amazon Prime Air drone delivery platform just hit a huge milestone

It's no secret that Amazon envisions a future in which autonomous drones will be able to make many package deliveries, reducing congestion on the road and reliance on third-party delivery services. We're still quite a few years away from that becoming an everyday reality, but there are signs of the inevitability of this future everywhere. Underscoring that is a new milestone achievement for Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery platform.

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Amazon’s ambitious Iain M. Banks TV show for Prime is canceled

Amazon’s ambitious Iain M. Banks TV show for Prime is canceled

Amazon Prime's adaptation of Iain M. Banks' science-fiction novels has been axed, with "Consider Phlebas" no longer being produced the writer of the project has confirmed. Work on the show was announced back in February 2018, with Dennis Kelly - known for TV series "Utopia" - tapped to translate Banks' Culture into the small screen.

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Amazon Prime Gaming is more than a Twitch Prime name change

Amazon Prime Gaming is more than a Twitch Prime name change

Amazon re-named the entity known as Twitch Prime, a subscription service to the Twitch game streaming system. This is not an upgrade, nor is it a downgrade - it's juts a name change. Amazon owns Twitch, and with the name change from Twitch Prime to the more Amazon-like "Prime Gaming", we see a glimpse of the future of the platform.

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Walmart+ tipped to take on Amazon Prime later this month

Walmart+ tipped to take on Amazon Prime later this month

Amazon has practically won the e-commerce race and much of that isn't simply because of the convenience of online shopping. Its subscription-based Prime membership is a major factor in its success, providing exclusive perks that even go beyond the act of buying things. Amazon's biggest rival isn't taking the threat sitting down, of course, and Walmart may soon launch its own Walmart+ loyalty program within just a few weeks.

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Amazon Prime Video adds user profiles following successful test

Amazon Prime Video adds user profiles following successful test

Amazon Prime Video has finally added a feature that has already been available on a number of competing platforms: user profiles. With these, multiple people in the same household can separate their viewing habits, preventing someone from having their personalized recommendations messed up when another person views their own favorite shows. The profiles are only rolling out on certain devices to start with.

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Amazon Prime Video Windows app lets you download videos with a catch

Amazon Prime Video Windows app lets you download videos with a catch

Microsoft has long been trying to populate its app store, pushing every development framework, from UPWs to PWAs, to entice developers to jump in. There have been, however, some movement going in the opposite direction, with developers and brands exiting the Microsoft Store instead. That store just got one big addition to its list of apps but while the Amazon Prime Video app does offer some convenience, it curiously comes with an undisclosed limitation as well.

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Amazon Prime Video could get 24/7 live TV soon

Amazon Prime Video could get 24/7 live TV soon

There has been a surge in the use of video streaming services, putting the video-on-demand market in the spotlight again. But while it has long had its own VoD platform, Amazon Prime Video's name still lagged behind Netflix and even behind the Disney+ upstart. Now it seems that the e-commerce giant is coming up with a new strategy to get the upper hand, one that ironically bets on one of the most traditional forms of video consumption around, linear TV.

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Twitch Watch Parties get a major expansion as COVID-19 keeps us at home

Twitch Watch Parties get a major expansion as COVID-19 keeps us at home

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping a lot of us inside at the moment, there are a bunch of people who are turning to streaming for entertainment. One website that's probably seen a big uptick in traffic is Twitch, which got its start as a video game streaming website but has since branched out to many different categories. Last month, Amazon rolled out a new feature called Watch Parties to all Twitch partners in the US in direct response to the stay-at-home orders issued by governments across the country, and today, it's getting a pretty major expansion.

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