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    Amazon Just Made it Possible to Buy Stuff Without a Credit Card

    A popular term in finance tech circles is ‘the unbanked’ — those without a bank account, whether they be low-income people or younger people who seem to get by fine only using services like PayPal (which itself has become something of a bank). It’s been tabbed as a huge growth market for anyone in the financial […]

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    The Alcatel A30 is a $60 Smartphone, But There’s a Catch

    Since last year, Amazon has been running their Prime Exclusive Phones program, which knocks down the price of phones by placing ads on the lock screen. The phones generally range from budget to mid-tier, and the two newest additions are no different — the Alcatel A30 and the Moto G5 Plus were already solid budget options, […]

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    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is Your New Robot Overlord

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one before — a billionaire suits up in robot armor. We’re one step closer to the Avengers being real today, and it looks like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is going to be our Iron Man. Bezos hopped into a Korean-made robot suit at Amazon’s MARS conference over the weekend, and […]

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    Netflix and Hulu Could Come to the Nintendo Switch

    From the beginning, Nintendo has made it clear that the Switch was intended neither as a tablet nor as a direct competitor to the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One. That makes sense — Nintendo is still a games company, and they’ve long been more concerned with making fun games than with having the most power […]

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    The Amazon Tap Can Now Be Used Without Touching the Device

    Showing a total disregard for naming, Amazon is pushing out an update that goes against the Amazon Tap’s name. Starting this week, instead of pushing the microphone button on a Tap to activate Alexa, you can simply say her name — same as most other Alexa-enabled speakers. The update basically turns the Amazon Tap into a […]

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    Logitech Brings Alexa to Your Car

    Not too long ago we took a look at the Logi ZeroTouch smart car system, a way for owners of older cars to turn their smartphones into a driver safe smart car interface. Snapping an Android phone into one of Logitech’s dash or vent mounts automatically launches the ZeroTouch app, which enables simple voice commands […]

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    The Top 10 Apps of the Year Will Not Surprise You

    It’s been like this for a while, but the Wild West has been tamed. The world of apps has been whittled down to a few giants, and it’s those giants that dominate the top 10 apps of 2016. Nielsen has been getting into mobile analytics lately, and they’ve put together the list based on average […]

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    18 Ways Amazon Alexa Can Make Your Holidays Brighter

    Amazon Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo, Dot and Tap are quickly finding their way into our homes and some would say into our hearts. Those of us who already rely on her every day to turn on the lights, make the house comfortable and order dinner will surely be asking for new ways to […]

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    Amazon Has Successfully Completed Their First Drone Delivery

    Chipotle and Domino’s have already gotten into the act, but the era of drone delivery was never going to truly begin until Amazon got started. Last week, they did just that — earlier today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted out the revelation that Amazon has completed their first drone delivery in Cambridge, England. Amazon is currently […]

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    Amazon Go Will Be A Grocery Store That Eliminates Checkout Lines

    Back when self-checkout first arrived at retail and grocery stores nationwide, fears of millions of job losses for cashiers were stoked. That hasn’t happened, in large part because self-checkout is awful — too many terminals are out of order, the scales don’t always work properly, and some of them try to tell you to use a […]

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    You Can Now Tell Alexa to Vacuum the House Thanks to Neato

    It’s not exactly Rosie, but maybe it’s close enough — thanks to Neato, we now have a voice-activated vacuum cleaner. Yesterday, the company announced that the Neato Botvac Connected now works with Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa. The Botvac Connected can now be used with Amazon’s smart home speakers, including the Echo and Dot, or any of […]

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    TCL Updates Their 17-Inch Xess Tablet With Amazon Alexa

    When TCL introduced their 17″ Xess tablet earlier this year, it was meant to be a family communication hub ideal for the kitchen. It could be used by family members or roommates to leave notes and reminders for each other, and parents got the benefit of free Nickelodeon shows for their kids. But, family hub […]

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    Amazon Music Unlimited is Yet Another Streaming Music Service

    Dissatisfied with all the streaming options out there? No? Well, here’s another option anyway. Amazon Music Unlimited is joining the ranks of Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, Napster (formerly Rhapsody), and probably a bunch of others I’m neglecting to mention. So, why is Amazon getting into the game? They think they […]

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    Plex Cloud Eliminates the Need for an Always-on-PC or NAS

    Plex has been the darling of heavy movie and TV watchers for a while now. The service takes media files that you have stored on drives at home (as opposed to streaming-only services like Netflix) and makes them available from anywhere that has an internet connection. Only problem was that Plex merely organized and served […]

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    Many More Amazon Pop-Up Shops Are Coming to Malls Across the Nation

    It’s a grim idea — Amazon occupying space in a shopping mall, selling the tools of the mall’s own destruction. The online retail giant has been putting small pop-up shops — shops out in the open on the mall concourse — in a handful of malls across the nation. Some of those supposedly temporary pop-up shops have been around […]

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    Sonos Will Work With Amazon Alexa and the Spotify App in 2017

    Sonos has long been a terrific choice for setting up a simple wireless home audio system. Their speakers are all connected using Wi-Fi, with a central app enabling control over one, some, or all of those speakers. But, the technology Sonos used wasn’t something that meshed well with other products and services, which held it […]

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    The Amazon Kindle and Paperwhite Get Upgraded, Are Now Available in White

    Amazon opened up their eighth generation of e-readers in April with the release of the very expensive Oasis, but it looks like they haven’t completely neglected their cheaper models. Both the Kindle and the Paperwhite will get new models in the coming weeks, and while they’re not that much different from last year, they’re worth […]

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    Amazon is Taking On YouTube With Amazon Video Direct

    Amazon is looking to lure in more professional and semi-professional media creators from the likes of Netflix with their new Amazon Video Direct service, and they’ve got a pretty good pitch to do it. The new service helps those creators make money off all of their content in any way they want. On the consumer […]

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    The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s Crazy Thin New E-reader

    Well, the Kindle Voyage had a good (and short) run at the top. This week, Amazon is announcing a brand new model of Kindle called the Oasis, and it’s an almost complete design overhaul. The company is so keen on that new design that they’re expecting it to command a very high price — you don’t […]

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    Brita’s Smart Water Pitcher Orders Its Own Replacement Filters

    Now that Brita has gotten the home water filtration thing down, there’s not much left for them to improve on besides maybe not having so many of those (admittedly safe) carbon flakes getting through the filter. So, that’s it right? They can just kick back, keep selling replacement filters, and call it a day. Nope, […]