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Amazon's Cheap 4K TVs Are Good Enough for Almost Anyone
Remember when 4Ks used to cost a damn fortune? Those days are quickly coming to an end, and if you need proof, look no further than Amazon’s new line of budget televisions, manufactured under the Westinghouse and Element brands. They come with all the smarts of Amazon’s excellent Fire TV set-top box as well as a price-to-quality ratio that makes them appealing to just about anyone who isn’t willing to take out a mortgage to watch the game in higher quality.
lifehacker  gear  tv  amazon  4k 
11 hours ago by kger
Training for the Alexa Skills Kit - Amazon Developer Portal
Learn to design and build engaging voice experiences. Check out these training resources by our own Alexa evangelists as well as third-party education organizations. Community members like our Alexa Champions have also contributed helpful materials to share their passion for Alexa skill building. Dive in and start learning!
amazon  alexa  voice  technology  education 
11 hours ago by oheredia
Paxful - Buy bitcoin with gift & debit cards
Buy bitcoin with gift cards, debit cards, safely, easily and instantly at Paxful.
bitcoin  gift-card  amazon 
12 hours ago by lazy.lightning
Amazon has so many interns that the Seattle transit system is expanding its bus service | Quartz
King County Metro is increasing the frequency of buses after hundreds of summer interns overwhelmed services on some routes. About 900 Amazon interns are staying at the UW for the summer.
Quartz  !UWitM  2017  amazon 
16 hours ago by uwnews
Amazon Bites Off Even More Monopoly Power -
Because of their gatekeeper role, railroads had power to discriminate, both among users and in favor of their own wares. These middlemen could tax the farmers and oil producers who depended on their rails — or deny them a ride and sink their livelihoods....And like the railroads of yore, Amazon dictates terms and prices to those dependent on its rails. During negotiations with the publisher Hachette over e-book pricing, Amazon showed its might by effectively disabling sales of thousands of Hachette’s books overnight.
amazon  antitrust 
16 hours ago by jomc
The Amazon effect: Metro adds buses to handle new flock of summer interns | The Seattle Times
However you measure it, Amazon’s impact on Seattle is indisputable. Here’s a new metric: summer interns. Amazon has so many that King County Metro has adjusted bus service just for them. More than 99 of them will live in UW dorms and apartments this summer. UW spokesperson Victor Balta is quoted.
Seattle.Times  !UWitM  2017  Balta.Victor  amazon 
16 hours ago by uwnews
The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes
In this interactive map, explore the magical landscapes and indigenous cultures of the the Colombian Amazon through the travels of the legendary ethobotanist Richard Evan Schultes.
schultes  ethnobotany  ACT  amazon  botany  travel  travelogue 
18 hours ago by kafka4prez
Ebay will now match Amazon’s, Walmart’s and others’ prices on over 50,000 items | TechCrunch
As Amazon and Walmart continue their battle to become the world’s largest retailer, another longtime rival in the e-commerce business, eBay, is now stepping up its game as well. The company this morning announced a new Price Match Guarantee for over 50,000 items across its site – promising that it will have the best deal online, or it will match the lowest price of a competitor.

The move is a significant effort on eBay’s part to ensure that it doesn’t lose customers to Amazon, Walmart and other online stores as the market consolidates behind the industry’s major players.
ecommerce  price  amazon 
23 hours ago by dancall
Amazon doubles video subs in India |
Amazon has been offering membership to its Prime Video OTT service for barely six months in India, and it has doubled its subscriber numbers in that time, and according to its Indian boss Nitesh Kripalani subscriber membership is growing “beyond our expectations”.

In an interview with India’s Television Post Kripalani says customer sign-ups for Prime have doubled since Amazon launched Prime Video. He added that Amazon continues to see exponential growth month on month.
amazon  ecommerce  stats  india  video  tv 
23 hours ago by dancall
Wal-Mart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon’s Cloud - WSJ
RT : to Vendors: Get Off Cloud-Requiring some tech providers to build services on AWS cloud rivals
WalMart  Amazon  from twitter
yesterday by TomRaftery
Amazon’s New Customer – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

This is the key to understanding the purchase of Whole Foods: to the outside it may seem that Amazon is buying a retailer. The truth, though, is that Amazon is buying a customer — the first-and-best customer that will instantly bring its grocery efforts to scale.

Today, all of the logistics that go into a Whole Foods store are for the purpose of stocking physical shelves: the entire operation is integrated. What I expect Amazon to do over the next few years is transform the Whole Foods supply chain into a service architecture based on primitives: meat, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, non-perishables (Whole Foods’ outsized reliance on store brands is something that I’m sure was very attractive to Amazon). What will make this massive investment worth it, though, is that there will be a guaranteed customer: Whole Foods Markets.
amazon  business  economics  retail  food 
yesterday by jefframnani
Architecting Serverless Notifications on AWS | Vmoksha
Architecting Serverless Notifications on AWS Real-time notification plays an important role in use cases like you need to notify the users when there is an update available for the app or when a comment/inquiry is received on a website. via Pocket
ifttt  pocket  amazon  architecture  aws  lambda  notifications  programming  serverless  tutorial 
yesterday by jeremyday
envisions giant drone towers in your city to speed up delivery
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yesterday by audrey
Amazon’s Echo Show gets more practical by adding support for smart home camera feeds • TechCrunch
Sarah Perez:
<p>Amazon today announced a notable new trick for its next-generation Echo device, the Echo Show (aka the one with the screen), which could make it a more compelling purchase: it will be able to display the live streams from a number of smart home cameras. Already, companies like Ring, Arlo, Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, Logitech Circle 2, and IC Realtime have created Alexa Skills that will use the new functionality, Amazon says.

In addition, Amazon is introducing a Smart Home Skill API that will allow developers to integrate live video feeds from their smart home cameras with the device.

The Echo Show, announced in May, is due to begin shipping next week.

The $230 Wi-Fi enabled device offers the same features found in Amazon’s smart speaker Echo – like the ability to talk to Alexa, play music, listen to news and weather, and more. But because it also includes a seven-inch screen, it enables a number of new uses as well, like being able to make video calls, see the lyrics to your songs as they play, watch video flash briefings and YouTube, along with other things that leverage the device’s screen.

One of those promised use cases was the ability to watch your smart home’s cameras, Amazon had said.</p>

Amazon is really hurrying to make the Echo useful in as many ways as it can. Though this really just replicates what you'd do with a tablet, which you'd probably have anyway. Or of course a phone, which you'll probably be carrying.
amazon  video 
yesterday by charlesarthur

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