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Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Look out Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and all the other streaming music services: Jeff Bezos is out to poach your subscriptions. Amazon Music Unlimited has broken cover today, another player in the heated on-demand streaming market that aims to differentiate itself by working particularly nicely with the company's own Alexa AI. Question is, does that do enough to differentiate from everything else on the market today?

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Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service has finally arrived

Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service has finally arrived

The music streaming business has just gotten even more crowded. Although no stranger to streaming music, Amazon has only offered a rather limited catalog via its Prime-exclusive Amazon Music service. Now, it is directly taking a bite out of Spotify’s and Apple Music’s pies. Offering “tens of millions” of songs, Amazon Music Unlimited is might have a bit of trouble squeezing itself into the crowded space. But it has one ace up its sleeve with a cheaper but somewhat more stationary “Echo-only” subscription.

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Amazon plans to launch physical convenience stores, sources claim

Amazon plans to launch physical convenience stores, sources claim

Sources have surfaced with a twist on the Amazon grocery store rumors we’ve been hearing — the company reportedly plans to launch physical convenience stores, as well as curbside grocery pickup locations for those who place an order online. This news follows a previous report in which we heard Samsung was considering opening its own grocery stores with a drive-thru of some sort, allowing customers to order online, then have the groceries loaded directly into their vehicle.

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GE unveils first dishwasher with Amazon Dash Replenishment

GE unveils first dishwasher with Amazon Dash Replenishment

In the house of the future, our appliances and furniture will be so smart, sometimes smarter than us, that they will never forget to buy milk or eggs when they run out. Or to buy detergent when you need it the most. For GE, that future has already arrived, thanks to Amazon’s Dash Replenishment service. Following a smart washing machine with the same feature, GE is announcing a new smart dishwasher, the first of its kind to directly connect with the retail giant to order detergent automatically, so you won’t have to remember at all.

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Amazon’s Prime Reading offers 1000 free books to Prime members

Amazon’s Prime Reading offers 1000 free books to Prime members

If Amazon's recent decision to roll Twitch Turbo into Prime hasn't been enough to sway you to sign up for the service, the company is hoping that this might do the trick: starting today Prime members can take advantage of a new feature called Prime Reading. Through Prime Reading, users get access to a rotating smattering of books, magazines, short stories, and comics.

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Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap will soon be able to control the Blink security system. This comes after the company announced that they'd be working with Amazon to integrate functionality into the smart voice assistant system, allowing users to "use voice alone to make their homes more secure." This system will allow Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap users to ask Alexa to arm and disarm their Blink security system. Users can also ask for information about their security system at any time.

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Amazon curbs incentivized reviews with new community guidelines

Amazon curbs incentivized reviews with new community guidelines

If you've noticed a rise in "incentivized reviews" on Amazon, which are user reviews where the customer is provided an item at a discount or for free in exchange for their opinion, you're not alone. Amazon has taken notice too, and since it's concerned that these reviews may be misleading or not entirely unbiased, it has updated its community guidelines to deal with them.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon may have all-but stumbled onto its hit Echo speaker and the smart Alexa assistant that powers it, but the new $49.99 Echo Dot proves the retailer has no intention of letting that momentum slip. Resembling a hockey puck rather than the column of its sibling Echo, the smaller, cheaper Echo Dot actually has two goals: be the new entry-level device for those just getting started with Alexa, as well as making it affordable for existing users to spread her skills around the home.

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Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

At this weekend's Twitch Con 2016 in San Diego, the Amazon-owned video game live-streaming service announced that it was replacing its premium subscription plan in favor of a closer relationship with Amazon's Prime service. Now, instead of paying $9/month for the ad-free Twitch Turbo, Amazon Prime subscribers will automatically get the ad-free Twitch experience, in addition to deals on games and bonus content.

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Amazon Game Studios reveals its first three Twitch-integrated games

Amazon Game Studios reveals its first three Twitch-integrated games

Amazon Game Studios is looking to get off the ground in a big way, announcing a total of three new games at TwitchCon 2016. What's notable about these games doesn't end at the fact that they'll be the first titles from Amazon Game Studios, but also that they're being built with Twitch integration baked in.

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‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

A tech alliance composed of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and Amazon has formed ‘Partnership on AI,’ a collective effort ‘to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.' The team states big goals for the partnership, not the least of which is helping the general public understand artificial intelligence and addressing concerns they may have about it.

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Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

We've already heard rumor that Amazon was planning to launch its own delivery fleet that would, in some way, compete with FedEx and UPS rather than just augment them. Now new sources have cropped up with a little more details about those alleged plans, and amongst the details is one that'll likely make the big three shipping services unhappy: Amazon's own delivery fleet may one day deliver packages for other retailers, too, not just Amazon's own orders.

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