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Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon is looking to give its original series greater reach among viewers, today announcing that it will place episodes for those series on Facebook and YouTube. Obviously viewers won't be able to watch the whole series on these sites, but they will get to watch pilot episodes in their entirety, potentially getting them hooked on the series and more willing to shell out for an Amazon Prime subscription.

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Amazon orders ‘Jack Ryan’ exclusive series for Prime Video

Amazon orders ‘Jack Ryan’ exclusive series for Prime Video

It’s official: Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” is heading to Amazon Prime Video as part of an exclusive episodic series. The first season will be comprised of ten episodes; both Skydance Television and Paramount are co-producing the show with Carlton Cuse serving as executive producer alongside Graham Roland, Michael Bay, and several others. John Krasinski from “The Office” will be staring as the character Jack Ryan.

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Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon has decided to launch a new original series: “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.” The company describes its latest original show as a “docuseries,” saying it draws from more than 17,000 hours of video footage and more than 2600 scrapbooks as the basis for its show. The docuseries will include reenactments and some archival footage, as well as interviews relevant to the show, to tell Hefner’s story. The show’s first season will span 13 episodes, and will be available in five different regions starting next year.

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Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon has a pretty effective method for choosing which original shows it is going to proceed with — it makes the pilot episodes for its most promising upcoming shows available to Prime subscribers, using their feedback in part to determine whether they’re going to proceed with a series. In a first, Amazon is also going to make the pilots available to the general public for one day by streaming them on Twitch.

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Amazon One is the retail giant’s first branded air cargo plane

Amazon One is the retail giant’s first branded air cargo plane

Amazon has dreams to conquer the skies with its packages just as it does on land. But its ambitious drone plans still have a long way to go. And those drones won't cut it anyway when it comes to heavy duty, long distance deliveries. That is why Amazon is leasing 40 airplanes to carry the load for it. And to make sure there's no mistake that the plane is an Amazon bearer, it is pouring paint over them to give them Amazon oh so recognizable branding. Introducing Amazon One.

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Amazon’s next Alexa skill is “choose your own adventure” gaming

Amazon’s next Alexa skill is “choose your own adventure” gaming

Amazon's Echo may not seem like the obvious candidate for gaming, but Alexa is hoping to get developers to think beyond the gamepad with its latest voice-control skill. The new gaming category for the Alexa Skills Kit is initially targeting "choose your own adventure" style titles, with Amazon hoping to build on the success of The Wayne Investigation, a Batman-themed mystery game that has already proved wildly popular.

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IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a new report with preliminary data that shows tablet shipments around the world continuing to fall. This continues a trend we've seen in quite a few previous quarters, with tablet shipments dropping year-over-year as prospective buyers continue to either opt for detachable form factors over the more traditional slate form or wait on their tablet purchase altogether.

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Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Last month, Amazon was granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that listen for a specific keyword in order to suspend the noise-cancelling feature. They could, it seems, be set up with something like your name as the keyword, causing the headphones to suspend the noise-cancelling aspect whenever someone nearby says your name. The headphones can also listen for specific noises or patterns of noises — a car horn, perhaps, for extra safety while jogging.

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“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise of books and films who are hot to read the script for the play titled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be able to get their hands on the book early, or late as it may be, Amazon has announced that it will be offering midnight BST deliveries of the book to fans who order on the night the book launches, Saturday July 30. To get the order at midnight fans have to choose the Prime Now delivery service, which is no extra cost.

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August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

As time goes on, Amazon keeps bolstering the smart home capabilities of Alexa. The company announced today that it's adding the first Alexa Skill for door locks, with the August Home Smart Lock getting the distinction of being the first smart lock that's Alexa-enabled. Now owners of Alexa devices like the Echo or Tap can lock their front doors or check if the doors are locked using Alexa voice commands.

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Amazon Dash launches for AmazonFresh customers in London

Amazon Dash launches for AmazonFresh customers in London

Amazon UK has announced a new gadget that will make it easier for Londoners who live in a postal code serviced by AmazonFresh to get their grocery orders without having to go to the store. Dash is a small device that facilitates placing grocery orders on Amazon.co.uk. Using Dash the customer can scan a product barcode or say the name of a product to add items automatically to their Amazon.co.uk basket.

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Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad has added a new category specifically for successful Kickstarter products, making it easier to find crowdfunded gizmos and gadgets that were successfully brought to market. The products themselves aren't necessarily new to Amazon -- launchpad is the destination where you find such items -- but this tweak makes it easier to find Kickstarter-funded items specifically.

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