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Amazon Treasure Truck On US Tour

Amazon Treasure Amazon’s Treasure Truck is a truck loaded with daily deals and trendy products, and now it’s finally expanding to other US cities. The truck has been limited to Seattle, Amazon hometown since it was first launched 2016, a year after it was announced. The Treasure Truck initially appeared to be some sort of one-off marketing experiment. However, its recently granted patent and forthcoming nationwide launch now seem to indicate broader plans for Amazon’s attempt at crossing online and real-world shopping. US Tour So far, Amazon won’t give any further details on which cities the truck will hit next. This is most likely to keep up a sense of mystery. A tweet from the Treasure Truck suggests that the next city could be Ashburn, Virginia. From what we understand the plan is to send a fleet of trucks to more than a couple dozen cities across the U.S. It…

Amazon Fire: Is It Worth $50?

What can $50 buy? An inexpensive pair of sneakers, maybe dinner for two in San Francisco or a couple of tickets to the ballgame. But few ever imagined that it could also buy a tablet computer capable of running apps and streaming Netflix. Yet that is what Amazon has delivered with its Fire tablets, with starting prices of $50 for the seven-inch model and $80 for the eight-incher. The newest versions of these tablets, which are set to be released this week, are unabashedly slow and unflashy — but just capable enough to be worth this meager sum. This low-cost-for-no-frills strategy appears to be working well for the retail giant. Sales of Amazon’s touch-screen tablets jumped by double digits last year from a year earlier, the company has said. IDC, the research firm, said low-cost Fires had propelled Amazon to No. 3 in the tablet market, after Apple and Samsung.…

Fighting Stress? Here’s a Little Help From Amazon

Modern living can be busy, demanding and always switched on. While we are not able to control the external stress-inducing factors from our surroundings, we can better manage how we react to them. Sometimes it is as simple as clearing your head and taking full, slow breaths while collecting yourself. Other times, you need to detach yourself from the issue by doing something easy, low-maintenance and repetitive like fidgeting or being creative. The fidget spinner has taken over the schoolyard but what about us adults who have more stress than homework to worry about. Here are some adult gadgets to help you get through to the office induced stress. The Fidget Cube has the same principle as the spinner but is more a more subtle version. The cube has six sides, allowing you to glide, flip, roll and click for when you need to sharpen your focus. No batteries are…

Amazon Patents a Parachute Shipping Label for Drone Deliveries

Amazon has received a patent for a shipping label that includes a built-in parachute, “to enable the delivery of packages by [unpiloted] aerial vehicles (UAVs) or other aerial vehicles.” The patent, as reported by GeekWire, was filed in August 2015 and granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Monday. This means it may be possible in the near future that your Amazon package could be dropped from the sky without any damage thanks to this special label. It is unclear whether the patent will ever be put to use, though the patent may provide new insight into Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery project. The system calls for a packaging label that would be integrated with a folded parachute and a network of cords. It could also incorporate a breakaway cover, shock absorbers, and a network of sensors built into a drone to track the package’s descent. The…

Amazon Fire adds Alexa to the Android Tablet

Amazon has added its Alexa voice technology to its new Fire 7 Tablets, allowing users of the virtual assistant to carry it around the house. The Fire 7 is equipped with a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 display and is one of the most cost-efficient tablets costing only £50. The android tablet is available with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by 256GB through the microSD card slot, and comes with a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and claimed a battery life of eight hours. The #Amazon Fire 7 #tablet gets a specs bump — and keeps its $50 price https://t.co/t76nXQDUNP #FireHD pic.twitter.com/3uKOK8IlmA — CNET (@CNET) May 17, 2017 The big upgrade to these tablets is the addition of Alexa technology that features on the Amazon Echo. You can launch this new feature by holding the home key, unlike the original Alexa products which you woke up…

How Is Amazon’s 2013 Tablet Still the Best One It Ever Released?

It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than…

5 Tech Giants That Will Dominate The 21st Century

There’s a little parlor game that people in Silicon Valley like to play. Let’s call it, Who’s Losing? There are currently four undisputed rulers of the consumer technology industry: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, now a unit of a parent company called Alphabet. And there’s one more, Microsoft, whose influence once looked on the wane, but which is now rebounding. So which of these five is losing? A year ago, it was Google that looked to be in a tough spot as its ad business appeared more vulnerable to Facebook’s rise. Now, Google is looking up, and it’s Apple, hit by rising worries about a slowdown in iPhone sales, that may be headed for some pain. Over the next couple of weeks, as these companies issue earnings that show how they finished 2015, the state of play may shift once more. But don’t expect it to shift much. Asking “who’s…

Amazon Echo Show: The Video Phone We Have Been Promised For Decades?

The original Amazon Echo is a great device, capable of doing lots of things you can ask for. It can play your music from streaming services, answer questions, read news or audiobooks, give a heads up on traffic and weather etc. The intelligent personal assistant inside the device – Alexa is her name – can also control your smart lights, fans, doors, switches, locks, and always gets smarter thanks to constant updates. This little thing was so great that Google launched its own product – Google Home – aimed to rival Echo in a battle for people’s living rooms and kitchens. Amazon had been expected to announce a new version of the Echo for a long time. So it did – meet the new screen based Echo Show. It hasn’t lost any of its predecessor’s functions, and has a few great new tricks up its sleeve. In a nutshell, the…

The Ecobee Thermostat Has Amazon Alexa Built in So You Can Adjust the Temperature by Talking to It

This new smart thermostat now has an edge over its competition: a speaker, microphone, and Alexa built-in. The Ecobee 4, a Wi-Fi–enabled device with Amazon’s voice-enabled Alexa software integrated into it is similar to Google’s ‘Nest’. The Ecobee 4 has the full range of Alexa skills, you can also ask the thermostat things like the weather outside and football scores while also controlling your smart lights. The device takes advantage of the more than 12,000 voice commands supported by Alexa. The features that set The Ecobee apart are that it works with small, floss-sized individual room sensors (up to 32). The sensors, which can be affixed to a wall or stand on their own, detect each room’s occupancy and temperature so Ecobee can better manage a home’s hot and cold spots. The central thermostat and its sensors communicate with each other to determine whether you’re actually at home and where you…

Amazon Just Gave You A Way To Monitor What Your Kids Are Doing Online

Amazon launched its Fire Kids Edition tablet with the intention of giving peace of mind to parents who give their kids access to the latest technology. To make sure content available on kids’ Kindles is appropriate, Amazon content editors whitelist sites and YouTube videos as safe for kids. The tablets are aimed at kids between the ages of three and 12 and have 10 million users worldwide, according to Amazon, though it won’t say how many users have bought a subscription for access to premium content. Kids also can’t make in-app purchases in FreeTime. (The FTC recently fined the company over unauthorized in-app game purchases made by users’ children as they played on Amazon devices.) The Amazon parent dashboard will have moderators approving everything kids can access on the device, including more than 8,000 books and 40,000 white-listed webpages. The dashboard lives at parents.amazon.com and can be accessed from any web…