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  • Oprah’s Favorite Things Is Here And Now It’s All In One Place On Amazon

    Oprah’s Favorite Things Is Here And Now It’s All In One Place On Amazon

    Oprah has been sharing her “Favorite Things” list with us every holiday season for the last 20 years. But this year the “queen of television” penned a deal with Amazon to offer an easy way to buy all those items on her list in one place. “…this year’s list might just be my most versatile and fun ever,” Oprah said of her 87 picks, also featured in… Read More

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    Protect Yo-self: 9 Ways To See If A Company Has Your Best Interests at Heart

    I believe it’s paramount that in an increasingly digitized world you, as a proactive consumer, learn what exactly companies are doing with your data – and how to rate them on it, just like you rate a hotel on Trip Advisor or a product on Amazon. If they don’t have a passing grade, don’t give them your data! Read More

  • The Joy Of Watching Paint Dry On Twitch

    The Joy Of Watching Paint Dry On Twitch

    Bob Ross is taking over Twitch. There are currently more people watching Bob Ross paint a covered bridge than there are viewers of Dota 2 or Hearthstone. Twitch’s Creative channel has about 45,000 viewers, with the vast majority enjoying the calming brush strokes of Bob Ross. Twitch launched its new Creative channel two days back. As it notes in a blog post, creatives have used Twitch… Read More

  • ‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy Is Free For Amazon Prime Members In October

    ‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy Is Free For Amazon Prime Members In October

    Hold on to your 1.21 gigawatts. Amazon is offering the Back to the Future trilogy for free to Prime members for the whole month of October. This year marks the 30th anniversary for BTTF. Super fans may recall October 21, 2015, is also the date Marty McFly heads into the future to see what can be done about his kids. Read More

  • We Didn’t Start The Fire (Amazon Did)

    In honor of the new Amazon Fire Tablet, we decided to take a quick look at the history of the tablet that gives the iPad a run for its money. Amazon’s attempts to corner the tablet market have thus far been thwarted, but each of their improvements added much to the ecosystem and proved that the company could make some solid hardware. Read More

  • Backblaze Announces Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service To Compete With Amazon S3

    Backblaze Announces Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service To Compete With Amazon S3

    Backblaze is best known for its consumer and enterprise backup service — and how many hard drives it buys to power that service. Today, however, the company is taking a step in a slightly different direction by announcing the private beta of¬†Backblaze B2, a competitively priced cloud storage service that competes with the likes of Amazon S3 and the cloud storage services that are part… Read More

  • Shelfie Is Shazam For Your Bookshelf

    Shelfie Is Shazam For Your Bookshelf

    If you’re like me, you have a lot of Mad Magazine books from the 1970s, a classic copy of Oui from 1979, and three Hungarian cookbooks. In other words, you’re a well-read individual. But how do you get those books onto your reading device? Shelfie, that’s how. Read More

  • Latest Amazon Fire TV Features 4k Video, Alexa Voice Assistant

    Latest Amazon Fire TV Features 4k Video, Alexa Voice Assistant

    Amazon just took the wraps under the latest Fire TV, and just like the leak stated, it sports 4K video and improved voice search thanks to integrated Alexa support. Best of all, the new and improved Fire TV will still sell for the same price as its predecessor. The Fire TV packs a new 64-bit quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU. Combined with a new codec called High Efficiency Video Coding… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Heads To Florida To Take On Elon Musk’s SpaceX

    Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Heads To Florida To Take On Elon Musk’s SpaceX

    Today, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans around setting up a rocket manufacturing plant in good old Florida. The news was announced in Cape Canaveral, of course. The company that Bezos is using to take on SpaceX is called Blue Origin and he plans on investing $200M into getting it off of the ground…so to speak. New Shepard, a Blue Origin rocket, is already being developed… Read More

  • Amazon To Answer Apple With New Fire TV

    Amazon To Answer Apple With New Fire TV

    Don’t call it a hobby. Amazon is serious about its living room aspirations and is about to launch a second-generation Fire TV media receiver. The company launched the original Fire TV a year-and-a-half ago, and it includes a similar feature set as the newly revamped Apple TV. From voice search to apps to games, the original Fire TV packs a punch, and the new one seems to be even stronger. Read More

  • Kindle Unlimited Launches In India

    Kindle Unlimited Launches In India

    Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s “all-you-can-read” subscription service, is now available in India. Pricing currently starts at 99 rupees (about $1.50) for a one-month plan, though that will increase to 199 rupees at the end of this month. Read More

  • Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble Crunch Network

    Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble

    Service marketplaces have recently become Silicon Valley darlings. The marketplace model has been a popular way for VCs to efficiently tap into the local economies at scale, specifically the $800 billion home services space. It’s a model that dates back to the initial concept of Yellow Pages in 1883. And it makes sense — giving homeowners a convenient way to find local… Read More

  • YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

    YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

    Back in June, YouTube announced that it would be getting into the gaming game and launch its own Twitch competitor called YouTube Gaming. Tomorrow will be that day (in the US and UK), we’ve learned. The site sits at https://gaming.youtube.com. Twitch is a site, acquired by Amazon, that lets you watch others play video games…or stream your games and broadcast your own show. The… Read More

  • Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation Crunch Network

    Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

    On April 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is in hot water with government regulators in six European countries over its practice of tracking users’ movements across the web to sell targeted advertising. The kerfuffle illustrates the bind that the world finds itself in over tracking – the collection and sharing of data on users’ browsing habits to help sites… Read More

  • Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. We’ve received direct reports of customers… Read More

  • Rakuten Global E-commerce Expansion Weighs Down Q2 Profits

    Rakuten Global E-commerce Expansion Weighs Down Q2 Profits

    The aggressive international expansion of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has continued to put pressure on the firm’s bottom line but it is confident the “super sales” and B2B2C business model, popular in its homeland, will help it steal Amazon’s mantle as the world’s No. 1 e-commerce firm. Read More

  • Amazon Says Its Customer Review Guidelines Haven’t Changed, But It Is Cracking Down On ‘Promotional Content’

    Amazon Says Its Customer Review Guidelines Haven’t Changed, But It Is Cracking Down On ‘Promotional Content’

    Good news, everyone! We can totally start trusting Amazon reviews again. The company has been conducting a “sweeping but hazy purge” of customer reviews, according to a recent story in The New York Times.¬†And while Amazon is only barely commenting on the issue, a new FAQ page sheds a little more light on how the company’s position has changed. The page is undated, but an… Read More