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Amazon’s newest Kindle gets lighter, thinner, and comes in white

Amazon’s newest Kindle gets lighter, thinner, and comes in white

Amazon may have ushered in a new flagship model of its Kindle e-reader with the release of the Oasis several weeks ago, but that doesn't mean they've forgotten about the entry-level model. The basic Kindle has just been refreshed today, with improvements including a thinner and lighter chassis, more RAM, and a color choice of black or white. The price remains $80, however, making the Kindle one of the best bargains around.

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Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

If you're an Amazon customer who has bought ebooks in the past, you might have a pleasant surprise waiting for you in your account today as the retail behemoth starts delivering Apple credits. The refund comes as part of Apple's settlement over ebook price fixing allegations, with anybody who bought Kindle titles from five specific publishers due to get a percentage of the purchase price back: today, it's the turn of Amazon's customers.

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Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

The internet's having a bit of a problem today. It would seem that TeliaSonera's translatlantic network is having an issue which is slowing - or straight up stopping - information flow between Europe and the United States. TeliaSonera's translatlantic network assists in connecting the USA to larger Europe with a series of cables that run through tubes under the ocean. Yes, if you weren't already aware, the internet is sometimes literally fitting inside and traveling through tubes.

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Amazon may be fined $350k for improperly shipping ‘liquid fire’

Amazon may be fined $350k for improperly shipping ‘liquid fire’

Amazon could be hit with a $350,000 fine from the FAA for allegedly shipping a package that contained the corrosive drain cleaner “Amazing! LIQUID FIRE.” The package is said to have been shipped in violation of regulations against hazardous materials, and it reportedly resulted in multiple UPS workers sustaining minor injuries; they had to be treated with a chemical wash after touching the leaking package, which caused a burning sensation.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon will be launching its own non-Prime music streaming service soon, according to sources, and it’ll be designed to compete with Spotify and similar music services. The service will cost $9.99/month when it launches, according to a couple of people, with that launch being set for later this summer or possibly early autumn. This music streaming service will be a standalone product, and won’t require subscribers to have a Prime subscription.

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Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon's line of Echo speakers and the virtual assistant Alexa are constantly getting updated with new features and connected services, but the company has now revealed that the number of third-party skills available has topped 1,000. That's a lot of new abilities for Alexa that developers have created, resulting in useful features like the ability to check bank accounts, make travel plans, and even order a pizza, all via voice commands.

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The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

With more than 1,000 Skills under its belt, Amazon's Alexa leads the pack in voice-controlled smart home assistants, but which should you try first and why? Read on for our pick of some of the best third-party integrations with Alexa, including why they're important, and how you can try them out without splashing out any cash in the first place.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet gets new 64GB aluminum version

Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet gets new 64GB aluminum version

Amazon has some cheap Fire tablets, and they're great for kids who are probably going to break them regardless of quality. Adults, though, want something more robust, and Amazon is giving them what they want. The company has rolled out an all-aluminum Fire 10 tablet, and you can get it with up to 64GB of storage space. The aluminum version joins the white and black version of the Fire 10.

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Amazon exclusive Segway miniPro cruises 14 miles per charge

Amazon exclusive Segway miniPro cruises 14 miles per charge

Segway has been around with electric personal transportation devices for a long time and has announced the launch of a new self-balancing personal transport called Ninebot by Segway miniPro. The miniPro promises to be an exciting way to enable recreational outdoor lifestyles for consumers. The self-balancing device has an on-board computer that tracks rider movements at over 100 times per second and has sensors along with a processor to keep it upright.

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The Apple TV will never come to Amazon, here’s why

The Apple TV will never come to Amazon, here’s why

These days it seems like you can buy almost anything from Amazon. It doesn't seem to matter who the manufacturer is, if it's sold in stores, it's also on Amazon. There's just one strange little exception to that rule. You won't find the Apple TV for sale on the site. Not even from third-party sellers.

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Amazon builds virtual Echo in the browser to spread Alexa

Amazon builds virtual Echo in the browser to spread Alexa

A browser-based version of Amazon's Echo speaker should make Alexa even easier to try, with Amazon hoping the hardware-free experience encourages more developers to code for the platform. Echosim.io basically recreates the Echo hardware in virtual form, powered by the very same cloud-based processing that those with the physical device get to engage with.

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Apple’s rumored Echo rival might be watching you, too

Apple’s rumored Echo rival might be watching you, too

Apple is rumored to be creating an Amazon Echo-like device that will go beyond recognizing your voice - it'll recognize your face, as well. The base device would not be unlike what Google just revealed at Google I/O this past week - save the ability to see you. It's been suggested by anonymous sources that Apple is testing this device's ability to recognize your face for a variety of functions - one of which would almost certainly be logging in to the system in the first place.

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