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Amazon Go launch: here’s what to expect

Amazon Go launch: here’s what to expect

Amazon may not always get dragged onto the hot seat the way Google or Facebook do, but when it does, it does so in a very big way. After all, the world’s biggest e-tailer is anything but meek when it comes to business, having no qualms about putting its competitors out of that business. In just a few hours, Amazon will be opening wide Amazon Go, it’s ambitious attempt to revolutionize and modernize convenience stores. And if it becomes a raging hit, it could pretty much rock that industry to its core.

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Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

It seems that Amazon has become such a dominant force in the online shopping market that even big box retail stores are bending over backwards to cooperate with the company. Best Buy is the latest to add support for Alexa, the Echo speaker's digital assistant, allowing users to both shop and place orders using a simple voice command.

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Square Register is so pretty, you’ll be pleased to spend money

Square Register is so pretty, you’ll be pleased to spend money

If you're going to spend money, it may as well be via something as charmingly handsome as the new Square Register. The payments company may be best-known for its smartphone dongles, but now has a completely redesigned dual-touchscreen payments terminal with dedicated hardware. That's as opposed to using an iPad or some other tablet as a register workaround.

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iPhone X costs $100 more at Best Buy

iPhone X costs $100 more at Best Buy

Apple finally opened pre-orders for the iPhone X on Friday, and as many expected the initial shipments sold out in seconds, leaving wait times stretching into December. But among all the excitement and commotion over the new smartphone, one retailer's prices for the iPhone X stood out: specifically, Best Buy charges an extra $100 on top of the already expensive device.

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Samsung Smart TVs now lets you pay for apps, subscriptions directly

Samsung Smart TVs now lets you pay for apps, subscriptions directly

Remember the days when TVs were used just for watching? Those days, are, of course, long gone and TVs have become almost like giant versions of our smartphones. But, somewhat like older TVs, not everything that you see on the screen can be yours. At least not immediately. But unlike the old days where you had to pick up the phone or go to a website, these days you won't even have to leave the screen or the touch. You can do everything directly on the TV. That is, if you have a Samsung Smart TV.

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Kohl’s will soon accept your Amazon returns

Kohl’s will soon accept your Amazon returns

Earlier this month a new partnership between Amazon and Kohl's was announced, with the brick-and-mortar retailer starting to sell the online giant's branded hardware, like the Echo speakers, in dedicated areas called the Amazon Smart Home Experience. It looks like that deal is already expanding, as Kohl's has revealed that it will begin accepting return orders from Amazon customers for free.

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Kohl’s to sell Amazon hardware, Home Depot partners with Google

Kohl’s to sell Amazon hardware, Home Depot partners with Google

Amazon is easily one of the world's biggest online retailers, which makes them a rival to pretty much any kind of brick-and-mortar store. That's what makes a partnership between Kohl’s and Amazon an interesting one. The two have revealed that the big box retailer will start to sell Amazon's own branded hardware inside their stores, while Google also announced that Home Depot has partnered with their Google Assistant and Google Express services.

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Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple has a new flagship retail store currently under construction in the city of Chicago, and as you'd expect from the company's other flashy stores from the last few years, it features an impressive, striking design. But new footage from the building process has revealed that the store's roof has its own interesting design element: it strongly resembles a giant MacBook.

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Amazon Prime subscriber? Amazon Reload is a no-brainer

Amazon Prime subscriber? Amazon Reload is a no-brainer

Amazon has quietly launched Amazon Reload, promising Prime subscribers a 2-percent reward back on every purchase as long as they jump through a few hoops. The deal builds on Amazon's gift card system, though it can be funded with any debit card or bank account. Effectively, in return for preloading cash into your Amazon account, the retail behemoth is promising 2-percent cash back on whatever you buy.

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Amazon planning entry into Australian retail market

Amazon planning entry into Australian retail market

As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon has already managed to find success outside of North America, including countries like the UK, Germany, and Japan. But now it seems the company's next target is Australia, a country that has yet to fully embrace online shopping, and where physical retail stores still dominate consumers' shopping habits.

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Apple opens flagship Singapore store, its first retail outlet in Southeast Asia

Apple opens flagship Singapore store, its first retail outlet in Southeast Asia

Saturday saw the official opening of Apple's new retail store in Singapore, also marking the first Apple Store to open in Southeast Asia. Officially known as Apple Orchard Road, the store is the latest of Apple's next-generation retail stores, feature design elements like a large, all-glass front, open spaces to be used for community-focused events such as Today at Apple, tree planters inside, and custom wood furniture.

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Amazon Cash leaves you no excuse not to shop online

Amazon Cash leaves you no excuse not to shop online

As convenient and easy as online shopping maybe, almost all online retailers have one hard requirement: a credit or debit card, or, at the very least, a bank account. That leaves out a lot of people who may have the cash but don't have the card to do so. For Amazon, that means dozens if not hundreds of potential customers that it can't reach. That is why it's launching Amazon Cash to provide a dead easy way for Amazon users to "top up" their account, no card or bank account needed.

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