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Amazon to Permanently Disable Cloud Cam, Offers Affected Customers a Free Blink Mini and/or Echo

Friday May 27, 2022 2:05 pm PDT by
Amazon today announced that it is dropping support for its Cloud Cam indoor security camera, which launched in 2017. In an email, Amazon said customers will no longer be able to use the Cloud Cam and all companion apps starting December 2, 2022. Cloud Cam users will be able to download any video recordings until December 2, 2022, at which point all video history will be deleted, according to ...
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Amazon Freevee Service Now Available on Apple TV

Monday May 16, 2022 9:41 am PDT by
Amazon Freevee, aka the ad-supported video service that used to be called IMDb TV, now has an app that's available on the App Store for the Apple TV (via Variety). According to Amazon's website, Freevee is an ad-supported streaming video service that is available in the United States. It is separate from Amazon Prime Video, which requires an Amazon Prime subscription, and it is entirely free ...
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Amazon Hints at Extended-Reality Device as Apple Readies Mixed-Reality Headset

Tuesday April 19, 2022 7:38 am PDT by
Amazon is seemingly working on an extended-reality (XR) device that could rival similar efforts from Apple, Meta, Google, and Samsung, according to several job listings. Concept render of Apple's mixed-reality headset by Ian Zelbo, based on purported leaked information According to a number of job listings spotted by protocol, Amazon has been looking to fill senior roles for computer vision...
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Amazon Set to Increase Prime Membership Fee By 17% for US Customers

Friday February 4, 2022 1:21 am PST by
Amazon is increasing its Prime membership subscription prices in the U.S., the company has revealed in its Q4 2021 earnings results. According to the company, the fee for a Prime subscription is set to increase for the first time in four years, rising to $15 per month (up from $13), or $139 per year (up from $119). The price hike, representing an almost 17% increase, will go into effect...
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Amazon's EC2 Service to Offer M1 Mac Mini Instances for Faster Build Times

Thursday December 2, 2021 8:43 am PST by
Amazon today announced that its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service is now offering a "preview" of M1 Mac mini instances in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) regions of U.S. East and U.S. West, with other regions to be available when the instances are fully released. An "instance" is a virtual server available for rent through Amazon's EC2 service for running apps on AWS infrastructure....
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Amazon Launches Prime Video App for Mac

Monday November 15, 2021 8:05 am PST by
Amazon today introduced a native macOS app for its Amazon Prime Video service, with the app now available from the Mac App Store. Prime Video subscribers can stream content using the new app, or download content on Macs for offline viewing. All Amazon Prime content is available through the Mac app. Picture-in-Picture and AirPlay are both supported features that work with Amazon's new app, ...
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Amazon TVs to Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

Wednesday October 27, 2021 7:40 am PDT by
Amazon's Omni and 4-Series Fire TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in a future update, the company has announced (via The Verge). Amazon's Omni and 4-Series Omni TVs launch today, featuring 4K HDR, voice controls with Amazon Alexa, and close integration with the Fire TV user experience. Upon the launch of the new TVs, Amazon today announced that it plans to add support for ‌AirPlay‌ 2...
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Amazon Announces 'Astro' Home Robot, Echo Show 15, Apple Fitness+ Competitor and More

Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:35 am PDT by
Amazon today held a media event that saw the introduction of a slew of new products, ranging from an in-home Alexa robot to a new fitness service that mimics Apple Fitness+. We've rounded up all of Amazon's most interesting announcements below. Astro Household Robot Astro is an Alexa-integrated home robot that can monitor the home, help users keep in touch with family, and more. Astro can...
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Windows Microsoft Store Adds Support for Alternate App Stores Like Epic Games

Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:38 am PDT by
Microsoft today announced that it is opening up the Microsoft Store for Windows to third-party storefront apps, including the Epic Games Store and the Amazon Appstore. Epic and Amazon's stores will be discoverable on the Microsoft Store for Windows and can be downloaded like any other app. As a reason for the change, Microsoft said that it wants to ensure that its "business terms are fair"...
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'Fakespot' Removed From Apple's App Store After Complaint From Amazon [Updated]

Friday July 16, 2021 2:37 pm PDT by
Fakespot, which is known for analyzing reviews from popular websites to determine their accuracy, today had its iOS app removed from Apple's App Store. According to The Verge, Amazon sent Apple a takedown request, which led to the app being pulled. Fakespot's iOS app just launched in June, and it was designed to allow users to log into Amazon and buy items while using the Fakespot engine to...
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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Available on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia Fire TVs

Wednesday July 14, 2021 10:22 am PDT by
Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features have been rolling out to a number of smart TVs, and as of today, the functionality is available on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K UHD Smart Fire TVs. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 is designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to stream content to an AirPlay-compatible device, and with built-in support in Toshiba and Insignia TVs, an Apple TV is not required to use ‌AirPl...
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Apple and Amazon Under Investigation in Spain for Possible Anti-Competitive Practices

Friday July 2, 2021 2:27 am PDT by
Apple and Amazon are facing antitrust disciplinary proceedings in Spain for possible restrictive competition practices around the sale of Apple products, it has emerged. In a >press release, the country's National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC) said it had initiated the proceedings against both companies for "possible anti-competition practices in the sectors of Internet sales...
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Amazon to Acquire MGM for $8.45 Billion Amid Competition With the Likes of Netflix and Apple TV+

Wednesday May 26, 2021 7:11 am PDT by
Amazon today announced it has reached an agreement with MGM to acquire the entertainment company for $8.45 billion, following a report last year that claimed MGM had reached out to Apple to gauge interest in a potential acquisition. The acquisition of MGM will likely bolster Amazon Prime Video's catalog of movies and TV shows amid increasing competition from the likes of Netflix, Disney+,...
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Tile to Leverage Amazon Echo and Ring Devices to Better Compete With AirTags

Friday May 7, 2021 2:07 pm PDT by
Amazon today announced that it is teaming up with Tile to add Amazon Sidewalk integration to Tile's Bluetooth trackers. Amazon Sidewalk, for those unfamiliar, is a network of Amazon Bluetooth devices that's designed to improve the connectivity of devices like the Ring and Amazon Echo. Tile will now be joining Amazon Sidewalk, and through this integration, Amazon Echo and Ring devices will be ...
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New Amazon Echo Buds Take on AirPods Pro With Improved Design and Better Noise Cancellation

Wednesday April 14, 2021 8:51 am PDT by
Amazon has today introduced its second-generation Echo Buds with a 21 percent smaller design and enhanced active noise cancellation. The second-generation Echo Buds introduce a white color option, and it is difficult to see past the clear design cues that Amazon has taken from the AirPods Pro's charging case, which looks almost exactly the same with an elongated design, a single centered...
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Should You Buy a Super Cheap Refurbished iPhone From Amazon?

Tuesday March 9, 2021 8:42 am PST by
Amazon maintains lists of its best selling products, and right now, the best-selling smartphone that's available from Amazon is an Amazon "Renewed" iPhone 8, which is priced starting at $178. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. That's super cheap for an ‌iPhone‌, and cheaper than Apple's own refurbished price for the same device, so in our latest YouTube video, we...
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Amazon Launches GameOn Clip Recording App On iOS

Wednesday March 3, 2021 4:10 am PST by
GameOn, Amazon's mobile gameplay recording platform, has been released on iPhone and iPad. The app lets game players capture video clips from a range of mobile titles that support screen recording and share them on the platform or to other sites. Amazon is the owner of Twitch, one of the market's biggest platforms for gameplay streaming. However, Twitch features long videos that can last...
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Amazon Acquires Podcast Startup Wondery

Thursday December 31, 2020 3:07 am PST by
Amazon has announced it is acquiring Wondery, the podcast startup that reportedly held talks with Apple last month as it shopped for a buyer. In a press release, Amazon said that Wondery had signed an agreement to join Amazon Music, bringing popular podcasts like "Dirty John" and "Dr. Death" into the streaming service's existing podcast offering. We're pleased to announce that Wondery has...
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Amazon iOS Users Can Now Text Alexa Questions and Requests

Thursday December 3, 2020 12:03 pm PST by
Amazon has added a new feature to its Alexa app for iOS devices, which is designed to allow users to type Alexa commands rather than having to use voice commands to interact with the personal assistant. In a statement provided to The Verge, Amazon says that Type with Alexa is a new feature that's available as of today in public preview capacity in the United States. Alexa iOS users can type...
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$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Wednesday December 2, 2020 2:12 pm PST by
Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the ‌HomePod mini‌ can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The ‌HomePod mini‌ has been praised for its high-quality sound at...