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Amazon Go grocery store fires the human checkout for AI

Amazon Go grocery store fires the human checkout for AI

Amazon Go has just been announced, looking to put a connected spin on grocery shopping. We didn't believe it at first either, but apparently it's true: Amazon is going to open up its own retail store, and when it arrives next year, you won't have to wait in checkout lanes to buy your items. Instead, you'll simply scan your phone on your way into the store, grab the stuff you need, and then leave.

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Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

With the holidays now upon us, the shopping season is about to get into full swing. Like most people do nowadays, the majority of your shopping is done online, probably from a certain retailer by the name of Amazon, and that means plenty of packages arriving within a short time period. To help with this, Amazon has updated its iOS app with a new "Package X-Ray" feature that allows users to see what's inside a certain box with the iPhone's camera.

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Now you can buy Fiat Chrysler cars on Amazon (if you’re in Italy)

Now you can buy Fiat Chrysler cars on Amazon (if you’re in Italy)

Fiat Chrysler and Amazon have joined forces to make online car sales through the latter's massive storefront a reality. The program will start small - only offering three different models initially - but the implications for the future of car sales are easy to see. Unfortunately, only folks living in Italy are getting the chance to take advantage of this new program.

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Amazon Black Friday 2016 is already underway: Here’s what you want

Amazon Black Friday 2016 is already underway: Here’s what you want

With Halloween barely in the books, it's time to look forward to every retailer's favorite time of year: Black Friday. While most stores will wait until we're a little closer to Thanskgiving to begin advertising Black Friday deals, Amazon doesn't play by those rules. If you can believe it, Amazon has opened the floodgates on Black Friday deals a little early this year, kicking off its sale today.

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Google Express now covers 90% of US: what it means for you

Google Express now covers 90% of US: what it means for you

Not too long ago, Google Express ditched fresh grocery delivery plans, a move that has enabled it to make a huge expansion across the US. With this latest expansion, Google's alternative to Amazon Prime now covers about 90-percent of the United States. The company has partnered with a bunch of well-known retailers to offer their goods, but what does all this mean for you?

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Google will open NY pop-up store for Pixel phone & other hardware

Google will open NY pop-up store for Pixel phone & other hardware

Now that Google has announced a pair of new smartphones and other additional hardware, it's opening a similarly branded "Made by Google" physical retail location. The company has revealed it will open a pop-up store on 96 Spring Street in Manhattan, New York on October 20th, offering customers the chance to check out the hardware announced earlier this week, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the Google Home smart speaker, and the Google WiFi.

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Google Store financing options expand beyond Pixel

Google Store financing options expand beyond Pixel

Google's Pixel reveal yesterday has a lot of people talking, with more than a few of those people choosing to focus on the price. There's no way around it: the Google Pixel will be an expensive phone, especially when compared to some of its Nexus predecessors. The Google Store will be offering a financing option for those who don't want to drop $649 all at once, and today we're seeing it expand those financing options to products beyond the Pixel.

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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 expected to open 100 pop-up stores to demo Echo, Kindle, more

Amazon expected to open 100 pop-up stores to demo Echo, Kindle, more

Despite helping to revolutionize online shopping, e-commerce giant Amazon is going to continue its push into the physical retail environment. Shortly after the news that Amazon will be opening more physical bookstores in new cities across the US comes word that the next year will see 100 or so pop-up stores come to shopping malls around the country.

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Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon's Dash Button service has become fairly common in the US after launching a year and a half ago with the small, WiFi-connected devices that let shoppers re-order household items and snacks with just a single press, and now totaling over 100 brands and products. But in all that time, Amazon has never made the buttons available outside the US — until now. Dash Buttons have officially launched in the UK, Germany, and Austria.

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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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Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Amazon held its second annual Prime Day event yesterday, and it looks like it was a smashing success for the online retailer. In a statement today, Amazon said that worldwide orders were up 60% over 2015's Prime Day, with orders in the US jumping an impressive 50%. The increase in orders helped turn Prime Day 2016 into the single biggest sales day in Amazon's history.

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