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Apple and Amazon Face Antitrust Scrutiny in Germany Over 'Brandgating'

Thursday October 29, 2020 8:39 am PDT by
Apple and Amazon are set to face antitrust scrutiny in Germany over a policy that forbids independent sellers from retailing Apple products on Amazon, Bloomberg reports. Germany's antitrust regulator, the Federal Cartel Office, has launched a probe into Apple and Amazon over the policy of "brandgating." The policy allows the makers of branded products, such as the iPhone, to have...

Amazon's Luna Gaming Service Available on Mac and iOS as Part of Early Access Rollout

Tuesday October 20, 2020 3:51 pm PDT by
Amazon today announced that its Luna cloud-based gaming service is available in the United States as part of an early access test, with Luna able to be used on Macs, PCs, Fire TV, and iOS devices through web apps. Amazon is not able to develop a native app for the iPhone because of Apple's restrictions that would require each cloud-based streaming game to be submitted to the App Store...

Amazon's 48-Hour 'Prime Day' Event Takes Place October 13 and 14

Monday September 28, 2020 5:30 am PDT by
For the last few years, Amazon has been hosting an epic Prime Day sale that offers up deals and discounts on a huge range of products, and like 2019, this year's Prime Day will actually take place over two days, kicking off at midnight on October 13. As usual, Amazon already has some early Prime Day deals on its website exclusively for Prime subscribers, with early discounts on Alexa devices ...

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee Alliance Standard for Smart Home Technology on Track for 2021 Release

Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:17 am PDT by
Last year, Apple, Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance, which includes Ikea, Samsung, and Philips, announced a new working group known as "Project Connected Home over IP" that set about developing an IP-based open-source connectivity standard for smart home products, with a focus on increased compatibility, security, and simplified development for manufacturers. The group has today announced a ...

Amazon Unveils 'Halo' Health and Fitness Wristband for $99.99 to Compete with Apple Watch

Thursday August 27, 2020 8:25 am PDT by
Amazon has today announced "Halo," a new wearable with health and fitness tracking capabilities, reports The Verge. The Amazon Halo wristband consists of a sensor module and a band that attaches to the top of it. The sensor contains an accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a heart rate monitor, two microphones, an LED indicator light, and a button to turn the microphone on or off. The Halo...

Podcasts Coming to Amazon Music and Audible

Tuesday August 11, 2020 8:14 am PDT by
Amazon will add podcasts to its Amazon Music and Audible services, according to a confidential email obtained by The Desk. Amazon said in the email that it would soon allow Amazon Music and Audible users to subscribe, download, and stream free podcasts on the services. Podcasts will also be available to customers of Amazon Music's ad-supported free tier, in addition to its premium paid...

Amazon Debuts Revamped Alexa App That's Rolling Out to iOS Users Soon

Monday July 27, 2020 4:15 pm PDT by
Amazon today unveiled a new version of its Alexa mobile app for iOS and Android users, which as TechCrunch explains, is designed to offer a more personalized experience that provides better instruction on when and how consumers can use Alexa. There's a new home screen with a large Alexa button at the top that encourages users to tap the button or say Alexa to get started. Amazon recommends...

Amazon's New 'Alexa for Apps' Feature Lets iPhone Users Ask Alexa to Launch Apps

Wednesday July 22, 2020 10:41 am PDT by
Amazon's Alexa assistant will soon be able to open Android and iOS apps using voice commands, thanks to a new feature called Alexa for Apps that Amazon is launching for app developers as of today. With Alexa for Apps, iPhone and Android users can make requests using the Alexa app, Alexa built-in phones, or Alexa accessories like Echo Buds and interact directly with mobile apps similar to Siri...

Amazon's Alexa App Gains 'Hands-Free' Voice Activation Feature

Wednesday July 8, 2020 4:49 am PDT by
Amazon is making it possible to use Alexa "hands free" from within its Alexa mobile app for iOS, reports TechCrunch. Up until now, you had to tap the blue Alexa button at the bottom of the screen before you could issue a voice command. After updating the app, users will be able to simply speak to Alexa to make lists, control smart home devices, and more, without having to touch their iPh...

Apple Lets Amazon Prime Video App Offer In-App Purchases on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:10 pm PDT by
The Amazon Prime Video apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV now allow customers to purchase and rent movies and TV shows within the app, and Apple appears to be allowing Amazon to use its own payment system, skirting the traditional in-app purchase screens. Opening up the Prime Video app now includes the message "Browse, rent, or buy new release movies, popular TV shows, and more -- now...

Amazon Continues to Dominate U.S. Smart Speaker Market

Monday February 10, 2020 12:52 pm PST by
Amazon's Echo speakers continue to be the most popular smart speakers in the United States, and will remain in the dominant spot through at least 2021, according to new smart speaker user estimates shared today by eMarketer (via TechCrunch). An estimated 69.7 percent of U.S. smart speaker users will use an Amazon Echo product in 2020, a number that's down slightly from the estimated 72.9...

Amazon Mysteriously Pulls All New Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 Listings [Update: Listings Are Back]

Friday January 17, 2020 1:34 pm PST by
Amazon is no longer selling new versions of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 models through its online store in the United States, with the listings disappearing earlier today. There is no word on why Amazon has pulled Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 models, but these are the Apple Watches that feature ECG functionality. All models, capacities, and colors are missing from Amazon's...

Amazon Offers Free Ad-Supported Music Through Amazon Music App on iOS

Monday November 18, 2019 3:33 pm PST by
Amazon today announced that Amazon Music users without an Amazon Prime membership or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited can listen to an ad-supported selection of playlists and radio stations for free on iOS devices. Amazon has been offering free music access on its Echo devices, but is today expanding that access to the iPhone and iPad along with Android and Fire TV devices. Free Amazon ...

Apple TV App Now Available on Amazon Fire TV Sticks

Thursday October 24, 2019 7:47 am PDT by
Following in the footsteps of Roku, Amazon today announced that the Apple TV app is now available on select Fire TV devices, including the second-generation Fire TV Stick, the Fire TV Stick 4K, and the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. Available through the Amazon Appstore, the Apple TV app allows users to access their iTunes libraries of movies and TV shows and the Apple TV Channels feature...

Amazon Music Launches on Apple TV

Thursday October 10, 2019 11:10 am PDT by
Amazon Music today expanded to the Apple TV, and a new Amazon Music app is now available for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. Amazon says that ‌Apple TV‌ owners can now download the Amazon Music app from the tvOS App Store to get access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists and stations. Amazon Music listeners on the ‌Apple TV‌ are also able to browse and search...

Amazon Prime Video Currently Unavailable in App Store Across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV [Update: It's Back]

Friday October 4, 2019 12:17 pm PDT by
Amazon Prime Video is currently unavailable in the App Store across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Amazon had updated the iOS version of the app shortly before it was removed from the App Store, but it is unclear why the app was pulled or whether this is a temporary move. Apple deferred comment to Amazon, which has yet to respond to our email. We'll update as we learn more. Update: MacRumors...

Amazon Unveils Multiple New Echo Devices, Including HomePod and AirPods Competitors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 12:25 pm PDT by
At an event in Seattle, Amazon today unveiled a series of new Alexa-enabled Echo products, ranging from a new high-end speaker to a lamp. Amazon's Echo Studio, a new higher-end version of its Echo smart speaker, is designed to compete with Apple's HomePod. The Alexa-equipped Echo Studio, which is priced at $199, supports 3D Dolby sound and, like the ‌HomePod‌, is designed to optimize sound...

Amazon Music Adds Lossless Streaming Tier for $14.99/Month ($12.99 for Prime)

Tuesday September 17, 2019 7:43 am PDT by
Amazon today introduced a new tier of Amazon Music, called Amazon Music HD, which offers lossless versions of audio files for streaming or downloading. This tier will cost $14.99/month, or $12.99/month for Amazon Prime members (via The Verge). Amazon is offering a catalog of over 50 million songs in "High Definition," which are songs with CD-quality bit depth of 16 bits and a 44.1kHz sample...

Google and Amazon Put Brakes on Human Review of Voice Assistant Recordings

Monday August 5, 2019 6:01 am PDT by
Following Apple's decision last week to suspend a Siri program that allows employees to listen to audio recordings for quality control purposes, Amazon and Google have both chosen to make their policies on human reviews of voice assistant audio more clear. Late last month, Apple confirmed that a small number of anonymized ‌Siri‌ requests are analyzed for the purpose of improving ‌Siri‌,...

FTC Looking Into Impact of Apple's Sales Agreement With Amazon on Independent Resellers

Friday August 2, 2019 9:02 am PDT by
Last year, Apple began selling many of its products on Amazon, including the latest iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch models. As part of Apple's agreement with Amazon, unauthorized resellers who offered new or refurbished Apple products on Amazon had their listings removed after January 4, 2019. Since then, independent sellers have been required to apply for Apple Authorized Reseller status ...