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Amazon Go checkout-free store expansion tipped for 2018

Amazon Go checkout-free store expansion tipped for 2018

Amazon plans to open as many as six new Amazon Go locations this year, insiders claim, its AI-staffed brick & mortar stores that do away with traditional checkouts. The online retail behemoth opened its first Amazon Go store last month, using a combination of person-tracking and smartphone connectivity to automatically figure out what people were buying and charge them accordingly.

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Amazon is bringing Iain M. Banks’ Culture to Prime Video

Amazon is bringing Iain M. Banks’ Culture to Prime Video

Iain M. Banks' Culture Series is headed to Amazon Prime Video, with the studio snapping up the rights to "Consider Phlebas." The TV series will be adapted by Dennis Kelly, who created TV series "Utopia," while Plan B Entertainment, responsible for "World War Z" and "Moonlight," will produce.

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Amazon dangles Prime credit card cashback deal as Whole Foods lure

Amazon dangles Prime credit card cashback deal as Whole Foods lure

Amazon's post-acquisition price cuts at Whole Foods probably provided enough reason to keep shopping there for a lot of people, but if you still haven't converted, Amazon has another way to tempt you in. Today Amazon announced a new promotion that's aimed at getting Prime members into its numerous Whole Food stores, but this one only applies to those who have a Prime Visa Rewards credit card.

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Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone features Alexa built-in

Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone features Alexa built-in

It's only been a day since Essential announced three new limited edition color options for its flagship PH-1 phone, but it turns out Andy Rubin’s startup has one more surprise to add to the mix. Dubbed Halo Gray, this new version sports a stylish look like the previously announced Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black, however, it's only available from Amazon, and includes a few other noticeable differences.

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Canary security cameras get Alexa skill for viewing video feeds

Canary security cameras get Alexa skill for viewing video feeds

Canary has added Amazon Alexa support for all of its customers, enabling users to view their security camera feeds on video-equipped Echo devices and Fire TVs using voice commands. This new Alexa skill supports all Canary devices; with it, device owners can say something like, "Alexa, show me Camera Name" to pull up a video feed on their preferred device.

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Amazon Prime phones now get an ad-removed refund

Amazon Prime phones now get an ad-removed refund

Just about a week ago, Amazon revealed that it would be removing the lockscreen advertisements from Prime Exclusive phones. Those advertisements allowed Amazon to offer phones to Prime members at a lower cost, as presumably the revenue made from putting ads on the lock screen would make up the difference. Lockscreen advertisements apparently didn't work out the way Amazon was expecting, though officially, the company said it was removing them so that users would be able to take advantage of modern unlocking methods like facial recognition.

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well as further differentiating its assistant technology, it could also open Amazon up to a potentially lucrative new market.

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Here’s how to remove Amazon Prime Exclusive locksreen ads now

Here’s how to remove Amazon Prime Exclusive locksreen ads now

In a rather surprising turn of events, Amazon has announced that it will be changing its Prime Exclusive phone program in significant ways. It has promised to remove lockscreen ads, and only the lockscreen ads, on its phones, though in exchange for a slightly higher price tag. But that is only going to happen with an update that hasn’t rolled out yet to all users. If you’re feeling a bit impatient, you can actually get rid of those pesky ads now just by sideloading this APK.

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Amazon in-house FedEx and UPS rival could shake up shipping

Amazon in-house FedEx and UPS rival could shake up shipping

For the past few years, we've seen Amazon attempting to expand beyond its core business as an online retailer. The most recent move that will spring to mind for many is its acqusition of Whole Foods, which turned it into a brick-and-mortar grocer overnight. However, Amazon has also been making significant strides when it comes to logisitics, and today we're hearing about the next step in those efforts.

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Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Whole Foods customers in a Prime Now service area can now get their groceries delivered in two hours for free. Amazon has announced the new expansion of its Prime Now service, which is available in certain markets where ultra-fast deliveries for certain items are possible. Amazon recently wrapped up its acquisition of grocery store chain Whole Foods and has now added it as an option on its Prime Now service.

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How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

Gordon Ramsay, foul-mouthed chef and TV star, was one of the celebrities featured in Amazon's Super Bowl commercial over the weekend. The commercial featured various celebrities offering their voices to fill in for Alexa after she lost her voice. It was a fun look at what Alexa could be like with a different personality, and now you can sort of experience that yourself with a new Gordon Ramsay skill.

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Amazon taps Arnold Schwarzenegger for original western series Outrider

Amazon taps Arnold Schwarzenegger for original western series Outrider

Amazon has a new original series in the works, a western drama dubbed Outrider. The series will be starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to sources, as both a show star and as an executive producer. Schwarzenegger will be executive producing alongside Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan executive producer Mace Neufeld, Trey Callaway, and Mark Montgomery.

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