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Amazon Prime price just rose, did you notice?

Amazon Prime price just rose, did you notice?

Depending on how much you use Amazon for your shopping, Amazon Prime could be a very worthwhile service. Amazon charges $99 per year for access to Amazon Prime - which offers free two day shipping on a lot of items, along with movie and music streaming (among other things) - but a couple of years ago, it rolled out a monthly subscription option for those who can't afford to pay a yearly subscription all at once. As with most monthly vs. yearly subscriptions, you total cost works out to be more if you go the monthly route, but you have the benefit of being able to spread that cost out instead of paying it all in one big transaction.

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Amazon’s second headquarters will be built in one of these 20 locations

Amazon’s second headquarters will be built in one of these 20 locations

Last year, Amazon set off something of a frenzy when it revealed plans to build a second headquarters somewhere within North America. Ever since then, cities and local governments across the country have been attempting to woo Amazon to their neck of the woods. Many of those cities are out of the running today, as Amazon has delivered its short list of 20 finalists for its next headquarters.

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Amazon $10 and Under category launches with free shipping

Amazon $10 and Under category launches with free shipping

Amazon has launched a new section called "$10 and Under" that, as the name suggests, presents customers with items that cost no more than $10 each. The category is full of trinkets, clothing, jewelry, and other inexpensive items. Notable is the section's free shipping, keeping the cost very low for those times you have money to burn. The section appears to be a direct response to the website Wish.

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OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

There's potentially bad news cropping up for OnePlus this morning, as some users are reporting that their credit cards have been compromised after making a purchase on the OnePlus website. Over the weekend, a thread on the OnePlus support forum has been filling up with claims of compromised credit cards, with a fair few customers saying they fell victim to fraud after making a purchasing their phones. Though OnePlus has made a statement about these claims, that statement doesn't really say much about the accuracy of them.

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August Access battles Amazon Key for in-home delivery

August Access battles Amazon Key for in-home delivery

Back at the end of October, Amazon revealed a new service called Key. With Amazon Key, you can schedule in-home delivery using a specific smart lock offered as part of the service, thereby preventing your packages from being stolen while they wait on your front porch. A service like Amazon Key has been suggested and even rumored for almost as long as smart locks have been a thing, so it should come as no surprise that we're seeing competitors spring up before Amazon Key really gets off the ground.

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Kroger’s mobile scanning tech will cut checkout lines in 2018

Kroger’s mobile scanning tech will cut checkout lines in 2018

Kroger plans to expand use of technology that enables customers to scan products as they're put into the shopping cart, eliminating the need to stand in traditional checkout lines. Though the Scan, Bag, Go system isn't new, Kroger has revealed that it will be expanding it to 400 stores next year, a move perhaps spurred by Amazon Go and Walmart's own rumored alternative.

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Amazon Digital Day Sale is on: Here’s what’s good

Amazon Digital Day Sale is on: Here’s what’s good

While we'd normally expect to moving into a silent time for sales now that we're past the holiday shopping frenzy, Amazon has one last day of discounts to close out 2017. Today Amazon launched its Digital Day Sale which, as you can probably guess, sees it discounting a variety of digital products. If you're looking for a movie to watch or a book to read, this is definitely the sale for you.

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Pinterest reinvents QR codes with its own Pincodes

Pinterest reinvents QR codes with its own Pincodes

Pinterest has reinvented the QR code, in a manner of speaking, with the launch of its own Pincodes. These Pincodes are colorful, circular codes composed of differently sized and colored dots around the circumference of a circle. There's also a design inside of the Pincode, though it isn't clear whether the inner image is part of the code or is just to improve the looks.

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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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Amazon Key in-home delivery is asking for your trust

Amazon Key in-home delivery is asking for your trust

As expected, Amazon has turned its eye toward in-home delivery with today's introduction of Amazon Key. The service, which will be available to Prime members beginning next month, will grant Amazon delivery drivers with keyless access to your house so they can drop off your packages safely inside. Amazon Key will be available in "37 cities and surrounding areas" throughout the US to start, with more locations coming online after launch.

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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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