Amazon Blocking Non-Prime Members From Buying Certain Games

Amazon Prime started off as giving you quick one-day delivery options, expanding into the market for Video and music streaming, and with its latest offer of a monthly subscription system, its popularity keeps growing. That may change if you are a fan of big time games, with the latest news revealing that certain games may be locked behind the “prime wall”.

If you go on the Amazon site now and check out games like Grand Theft Auto 5 or Fallout 4, you may find yourself welcomed by a small blue button on the right-hand side. Replacing the welcoming yellow button that said buy now, the blue button instead asks you “join Prime”. Above the buttons it states that the games are “Exclusively for Prime Members”, giving you no option but to either seek them on different sites or use Amazon Prime to order your games from Amazon.

While you will still be able to buy the games through other sellers on Amazon, if you want to buy it directly from Amazon you will need Prime membership. With a yearly membership getting you 20% off pre-orders and new releases, if you like buying big releases when they come out it may be worth checking out the deals they offer.

For gamers and non-gamers alike, do you think its fair to have your ability to buy what you enjoy locked to an exclusive membership group or does the one-day delivery (or even one-hour delivery) tempt you to grab those new games that little bit sooner?

It should be noted that while the block originally seemed to affect both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com sales, some of the listings on Amazon.co.uk are now unrestricted, suggesting that the initial backlash may already have been enough to sway Amazons opinion on the “prime wall”. Currently, you can see the option featured on Amazon.com’s Grand Theft Auto 5 page.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

Netflix Isn’t Against Offline Viewing

Netflix is a huge company, with price increases to help cover the increased traffic that people use with the HD streaming experience. In a recent call though Netflix may look at helping you watch those movies on the go while avoiding the data usage costs that come with offline viewing.

CEO Reed Hastings responded to questions about the possibility of letting its subscribers watch shows offline by saying that they would “keep an open mind on all this”. Part of the reason Hastings gives for this open approach is the “uneven set of networks” that Netflix is noticing as they expand to new areas of the world.

With Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt, stating last year that they wouldn’t add the feature thanks to the “complexity [it brings] to your life”, directly followed by “with Amazon Prime”. Amazon Prime lets you download and stream shows, and with a new pricing model offering monthly subscriptions, Netflix may be changing their tone to help fight off the competition in the media streaming market.

With services like Sky Go, Amazon Prime and even BBC’s iPlayer letting you watch content offline, Netflix is one of the few services that doesn’t offer offline viewing, something that can often put people on or off services when their internet cuts out mid-show.

Amazon Prime Opts For Monthly Subs to Compete With Netflix

When it comes to video streaming service, there is currently a debate over which is best for you, Netflix or Amazon prime. With Netflix recently raising its prices, Amazon Prime looks to be a large contender thanks to some of the original content it now produces, but many are put off by the large upfront cost for the service. This could change as US users of the service could switch to a monthly service.

Previously Prime users had to pay a yearly subscription of $99, offering access to not only their fast delivery options but also Prime Video and Prime Music, the media providing aspects of the Prime service. The monthly subscription costs $10.99 a month if you wanted to keep all the benefits while if you only wanted Prime Video you could opt in for the $8.99 subscription.

With the yearly total costing you $131.88, a 25% increase overly the annual membership, users may want to take the monthly bundle around times like Christmas or large concentrations of birthdays, rather than using it as a go to package over the yearly service. It should also be noted that if you were to select the monthly subscription you won’t get the 25% prepayment discount that annual members of prime benefit from.

Amazon is Now Leasing Airplanes to Help With Deliveries

When it comes to ordering things online, Amazon is one of the places people first look. With distribution all over the world, the company is currently at the forefront of technology to help deliver their products, including being the leader in the “drones for deliveries” concept. In the companies latest move, Amazon is now leasing airplanes.

A step up from your garden delivery drone, Amazon has signed a lease on not one but 20 Boeing 767 freighter planes. With the ability to control and help organise international deliveries, could this be the first step in a truly global delivery system?

In an email to ArsTechnica, Dave Clark (Amazon SVP of Customer Service) provided the following:

We offer Earth’s largest selection, great prices, and ultra-fast delivery promises to a growing group of Prime members and we’re excited to supplement our existing delivery network with a great new provider, ATSG, by adding 20 planes to ensure air cargo capacity to support one and two-day delivery for customers.

From this statement, it would seem to be the case that the new planes will be there to help support and expand on Amazon’s Prime delivery scheme, something which offers quick delivery of their products.

Am I the only one who’s expecting Amazon to create a drone carrying aircraft to help deliver their products?

Samsung Printer Orders Itself More Ink When It Starts To Run Low

Amazon is a company known for being at the forefront of technology. With everything from their online streaming service to their hopes for drone deliveries. One of Amazon’s key selling points is their “Prime” service, offering you access to their online video collection and free one-day delivery. One of the lesser known features is the ability to re-order something when you get low, something that can now be built into technology.

Amazon announced its “dash” feature some time ago now, with the press of a button re-ordering your much needed supplies. Covering everything from your washing up and laundry supplies to your office needs, it would now seem that Samsung has caught on and built the function into some of their new printers.

While most printers monitoring ink levels, Samsung’s latest will go that step further and re-order more ink when you start to run low. With the orders at which you re-order cartridges adjustable it won’t be a case of one size fits all, even for your printing habits with hand ins and report deadlines destroying the ink that you thought you had in the printer.

With more and more devices offering the “dash” feature, all you have to remember is to pay and put the replacement where it’s needed. The service means that users don’t have to remember to re-order items, with everything from shaving foam and kitchen roll to Gatorade and nappies being supplied at the press of a button and soon, just by you finishing that last pack you had put away in the cupboard.

Amazon US Offers Prime Users Cheaper Games

You remember that feeling when you’ve really wanted a game and the best place to buy it is online? Releases in a few days and you want to make sure you have it ready for when you get in, ready to stare and watch as it starts up and the world disappears. Now remember that $99 Amazon asked you for that next day delivery through Prime? Seems like the two could now be one and the same, with Amazon Prime offering discounts on all new releases and pre-orders of video games.

Amazon’s site now reveals that when you are a prime member you will receive (if its Amazon shipping the game) 20% off. Have you been burned by recent pre-orders not living up to expectations? For those burned by games like Colonial Marines fear not, the discount not only counts towards pre-orders but also for the first two weeks after its release.

Not only does the offer extend to those who have already pre-ordered games via Prime but it will also include Collectors editions of games. I’m sorry to say that product bundles, such as consoles and games releasing at the same time, will not be included in the deal.

Saving 20% may not seem like much, but if you purchase several games over the year the savings quickly stack. Sadly the offer seems to be limited to Amazon.com for now, so hopefully other Amazon sites will quickly follow suit. Check out the terms and conditions and FAQ’s before buying all those games you’ve been putting off pre-ordering.

Jeremy Clarkson Reveals New Amazon 30-Minutes Delivery Drone

The last we heard from Amazon regarding their drones, they were still using a model that looked like a slightly enlarged version of a regular consumer drone. Their latest reveal though is nothing like what you’d find in a hobby store.

The new craft, as pictured above, would carry the package inside the fuselage (the body of the craft) rather than beneath the drone. The drone takes off vertically similar to a helicopter before flying straight towards your house. With an impressive range of 15 miles, the drone looks to be the first of a generation of more powerful drones, built for a range of environments; soon the Amazon drone army will be flying through the air delivering anything you need within the hour.

With sensors designed to search for and evaluate possible landing environments, the drone lands, releases your product and then takes back off. Of course, it doesn’t just appear and fly off, with a notification on your Amazon app you’re alerted so you can watch the device drop off your product and be ready to pick it up.

With development centers in the U.S, U.K and Israel you could soon see the drones flying once they receive approval. If that didn’t spark your interest then check out the video below, with none other than Jeremy Clarkson, explaining the details in his usual unique style.

Get Yourself Prepared for Black Friday 2015 with Amazon Prime

It’s that time of year again where retailers will stop at nothing to clinch that early Holiday season sale. In years gone by, Black Friday has been in the forefront of the news over the absolutely bonkers deals on or immediately after the last payday before December 25th; typically the last Friday in November.

This year we have heard that some UK retailers are actually pulling out of any Black Friday association due to the chaos it brought upon the outlets last year. This probably won’t stop them joining in with another event, retailer Argos has recently entered “Blue Friday“, with the tagline “It’s Black Friday Every Weekend”.

If you don’t fancy rambling out to the shops, Amazon has announced another repetitive, but outstanding £20 off Amazon Prime until Wednesday 18th November. This means you can enjoy that glass of wine while browsing the sales and knowing you will likely get the item the next day. As an added benefit, you will also have access Prime Video, Prime Music and Amazon Cloud drive meaning after you have bought your last gift you can settle down and watch the latest TV series or decorate that tree to uninterrupted Christmas songs.

For the fans of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, buying this now means you will have full access to the Amazon Exclusive show which will be streamed in 2016.

What are you waiting for? Some motivational music? Well, we’ve got you covered.

Amazon Prime Now Offers Same Day Delivery in Parts of UK

Amazons never been strangers to upgrading their services,  from the idea of delivering with drones, opening their own bookstore, offering offline video playback and even suing people who leave fake reviews about products. It should be no surprise then that Amazon prime users are to get yet another added bonus to their services with their new scheme Prime Same Day.

At the moment at the cost of £79 a  year you can get Amazon prime, giving you access to free next day delivery on a range of their products and their Amazon Prime Music and Video services, giving you access to a wide range of music and video streaming facilities at no extra cost. If that wasn’t enough the new scheme will see you getting the ability to place orders for delivery the same day.

There are a few restrictions on the deal’s though, currently only those within the M25 are eligible at the start of the scheme, and while there are no limitations on the value of the items ordered, there will be a set collection of items available. Don’t worry though, as the collection is set to range around a million items, with orders placed before noon delivered between 6 and 10 that evening.

If that wasn’t enough, Prime members ordering to London or Birmingham can have it delivered within the hour for £6.99 or for free within a two-hour window between 8am and midnight the same day.

Costing nothing extra and giving their users more choices and speedier returns on their purchases can only be a good thing for the customer and if it works, Amazon will soon see deliveries being placed every hour of the day ready for that adventure the next day.

Clarkson Takes a Cheeky Shot at BBC in New Fire TV Stick Ad

It’s no secret that things between the BBC and Clarkson are a little up in the air, especially after his fairly regular outbursts, things he’s said on TV that weren’t exactly PC, getting into the now historical ‘fracas’ with a co-worker and, of course, him being fired over the matter and jumping ship to Amazon. To make good on their new deal, Amazon is wasting little time putting Clarkson, and no doubt his two buddies, to good use.

As you can see in the video below, Clarkson is touting the new Amazon Fire TV Stick, in pretty much the style we’ve come to expect from him. Of course, with the new show on the way in 2016, Amazon don’t want fans of Clarkson and his crew to miss out. Watching on your PC or mobile device is one thing, but the Fire Stick is great for watching streamed content on the big screen; unless you already have one of the few smart TVs that has actually got a decent app/CPU combo to be usable.

With Amazon spending £160m for 36 episodes, there’s no doubt that they’ll want a lot of people to tune in to recoup some of their investment.

Are you looking forward to the new Clarkson show? Let us know in the comments section below.

Amazon to Boost Prime Video by Banning Apple and Google Streaming Devices

In a controversial move, Amazon will no longer be carrying competing video streaming devices that cannot serve Prime Video. Set to start October 29th, Amazon and its third-party marketplace sellers will no longer carry competing products like Google Chromecast and Apple TV. This effort is being done in an attempt to promote Prime Video, Amazon’s Video-On-Demand service, by removing devices that don’t work with said service.

Technically, there is nothing to stop Amazon from providing Prime Video on competing devices, said devices also come stock with competing streaming services. By removing competing devices, it also allows Amazon to promote their own streaming products like FireTV. Roku, Xbox and PlayStation devices will still be sold as they are compatible with Prime Video and for the last two, are way more than just streaming devices.

What is most interesting is that Amazon is banning marketplace sellers from carrying the banned items as well. It goes to show that Amazon is willing to lose some sales for these devices in the hopes of selling more of their own hardware and Prime service. It will be interesting to see how the marketplace sellers and users will respond to such heavy-handed tactics from Amazon.

Thank you Bloomberg for providing us with this information 

TteSports Challenger PRIME Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


PC gaming can be quite expensive sometimes, but it doesn’t always have to be. The latest keyboard from the legendary TteSports promises a huge range of features for a not so huge amount of money, something that I’m sure will appeal to a very large audience. TteSports have always been known for their competitive pricing, even on their high-end stuff, but the Challenger Prime was designed from the ground up to be affordable while still maintaining excellent value for money.

“The CHALLENGER Prime membrane gaming keyboard packs a whole lot of features at a budget-friendly price. The backlighting system features red, blue, and purple LEDs for static and pulse lighting; Brightness can further adjusted via the dial in the front center of the keyboard. As with the CHALLENGER series of keyboards, the CHALLENGER Prime also features onboard memory for setting the dedicated macro keys. In addition, there are multimedia keys, shortcut keys, repeat rate and poll rate adjustment keys.” – TteSports

It comes with a fairly standard full-size key layout, as well as additional dedicated macro keys, shortcut buttons across the top, multimedia controls, 3-colour LED lighting, a volume dial, built-in wrist rest and more! That’s already a pretty impressive feature set, wouldn’t you agree?

Here’s TteSports giving us a quick run through many of the features you can expect from the Challenger Prime.

First impressions are pretty good, with a nicely designed box that has a clear image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main features.

Around the back of the box, a much more in-depth set of features are detailed, but we’ll be taking an even closer look at those ourselves in just a moment.

Aside from the obvious, you’ll also find a couple of booklets in the box, nothing fancy, but we really only need the big item that was in the box.

HDR Video Streaming Coming to Amazon UK

There has been a lot of talk in the last few years about what will come after HD broadcasts. 1080p is great, but it has been around for quite a while now and it’s not always the best for those with larger screen sizes. 4K is the current thrill, with new TVs, media boxes, streaming services and more cropping up almost every week to supply us with content for the new format. One of the most popular formats is certainly streaming, with the likes of Amazon and NetFlix pushing hard for us to get more 4K content, but it seems Amazon is about to one-up the competition with the release of HDR video content in the UK.

The service will be available to Prime members in the UK and follows the launch of HDR video content in the US two months ago. HDR adds a greatly increased range of colours and brightness to the picture, giving huge improvements in detail on darker sections of the image, while enhancing colours and more to provide a more vivid and lifelike image.

Of course, you’ll also need an HDR compatible display, but with many newer 4K sets already supporting the extended colour format, there should be dozens of people in the whole country who can actually enjoy this content.

If you get a chance to watch some HDR 4K content, I highly recommend it!

thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Share Amazon Prime With Family Not Friends With New “Feature”

Amazon Prime already gives you one day free delivery, and also gives you access to everything from their movie streaming service, which will soon include a new show by Clarkson, Hammond and May, as well as one hour delivery in Manhatten, Dallas, Balitmore, Miami and now even London. One of the biggest benefits though was that for the yearly cost of £79, you could share the benefits with friends. This has now changed with the introduction to Amazon household.

Introduced on the 1st August 2015, Amazon Household lets you share the benefits of prime with upto six members. These members are limited though, firstly you may have only two adults connected to the Prime registration. The adults may have their own accounts, but the four children that can be connected to the account do not need an account to be registered as part of the “household”.

It should be noted though that in order to share and enjoy the benefits of Prime both adult account holders “need to authorise each other to use payment cards associated with their Amazon accounts for purchases at Amazon”. This means that when creating an account with your partner, they will have full access to your card details, as if they were on your account and also anything regarding those payment options. Furthermore the description goes on to state:

“..each adult will be able to copy the payment cards of the other account to his or her Amazon account and use them for purchases at Amazon.”

This means that when you share your account with your spouse or partner, they will have access to not only use your account but also to copy over your card details. The change in the system means that sharing it with your co-worker may not be the best course of action, and there may even be partnerships or relationships where avoiding this deal may be the best course of action. Sadly any future sharing will use this new system, but if you were sharing a prime account with someone before August 1st you can still use the old system, for now at least.

What do you think about Amazon Household? Is it a step forward or does it just open up problems for users and Amazon alike?

Amazon Signs Deal With Clarkson, Hammond and May!

It has been an absolute rollercoaster for Clarkson, Hammond and May this last few months. From the height of their fame as the stars of popular BBC motoring show Top Gear, to the “fracas” involving Clarkson and then the ensuing wall of mystery about what will happen to them next. We’ve had rumours that they were to move to NetFlix, ITV and a few other place, and industry rumours were pointing heavily at ITV, most likely due to leaked information about the semi-secret bidding wars that were happening.

Now it seems Amazon have stepped in with their sizable chequebook and snagged the trio for themselves. This is huge news for consumers and a great time for Amazon who will be pushing the new show, whatever that may be, via their Amazon Prime series.

Amazone already offer unlimited next day shipping, Amazon Prime, Amazon Music, Amazon Pictures, Book Lending and more through their £79 a year Amazon Prime service, adding these three and former executive producer Andy Wilman to their streaming catalogue is going to be a huge blow to the currently much more expensive (per year) streaming service NetFlix.

The ex-Top Gear team have signed on for a three-series deal with Amazon, production of the first is set to begin soon and it will launch next-year, no doubt just in time to go head to head with the new Chris Evans fronted Top Gear.

TV just got interesting again!

Amazon Promises Huge Sale to Prime Members on July 15th

Amazon has launched its latest incentive to lure customers into the Prime service and now offering the subscription at a reduced cost of £59 for a limited period. Current member benefits include unlimited One-Day Delivery, instant access to movies and TV shows and secure unrestricted photo storage. While this seems like excellent value, please remember the Prime Instant Video service is fairly weak in comparison to Netflix.

To make this offer more appetizing, Amazon will be slashing prices on July 15th with more discounts than 2014’s Black Friday extravaganza. Prime members are able to take advantage of lower prices across a wide array of categories including electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more!

Additionally, Amazon is holding a photograph competition and rewarding the winner a $10,000 gift card. The process is extremely simple and all you have to do is take a photo of your happiest moment. One winner will be selected from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA. Entrants can only use one photo per Prime account and no additional entries are acquired through social media sharing.

New deals commence at midnight BST and continue throughout the day as often as every ten minutes. Luckily, if you don’t want the pay the Prime fee, just create a new account and set up a 30 day trial. Make sure you disable the auto-renew function or you will be charged the full £79 after 30 days. Hopefully, the deals in the UK will be more substantial than they were during Black Friday and have a larger stock allocation. In the past, Lightning deals could sell their entire stock within 60 seconds and I hope this doesn’t leave people disappointed.

Are you an Amazon Prime member? Do you feel it’s worth the yearly cost?

Amazon Prime Now Opens One-Hour Delivery in London

Amazon launched their one-hour Amazon Prime Now delivery last December in Manhatten US and later expanded the experiment to Dallas, Baltimore, and Miami. Now Amazon has reached over the big pond to open up the service outside of the US for the first time and in a timely fashion compared to their usual expansion times that take a lot longer.

Amazon Prime Now is now available to several postcodes in central London. Zone 2 and zone 3 postcodes couldn’t get the speedy delivery yet, but several Zone 1 postcodes can now take advantage of this new delivery method.

Amazon says that Prime Now can deliver thousands of products in London, but you need to order for at least £20 each time and it will cost you £6.99 per order for this speedy delivery method. If you don’t need it that fast, you can get the delivery for free within a two-hour window between 8am and midnight.

The service is of course geared towards products that you’d need last-minute, but you can get anything from inkjet printers to microwave ovens and Apple TV devices. You can pick products from 27 of Amazon’s departments.

Users can also choose to tip the delivery courier if they wish too. You can read a lot more about Amazon Prime Now on the official page, download the mobile app, or check your postcode for availability.

Thank You TechCrunch for providing us with this information

Amazon Drones Granted Patent

Amazon has been granted a patent for its previously announced, potentially still just theoretical, drone delivery system. The online retailer originally announced ‘Amazon Prime Air’, a plan to deliver the less valuable goods such as books, DVD’s and toilet paper; by utilising the drones. Since December 2013, it has been seeking authorisation from the US federal Aviation Authority to start testing the drones in the real world.

With the recent approval in the US, the drones have been limited to testing within the sight of the pilot; it has also tested this in Canada and has a development centre in the UK. This sounds like a work of Science fiction, but Amazon maintains that it aims to “get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less” with this system.

“As part of that wider process Amazon submitted a patent application in September 2014 detailing how the unmanned craft would talk to each other, share weather information and get packages to homes and businesses safely.

The patent has now been published, revealing new details about the system. They include:

  • Amazon drones could bring packages directly to your location, not just an address. “The current location of the user may be based on, for example, a determined location of a portable device (e.g., mobile phone) associated with the user, the location of the network utilised by the user when placing the order, etc.”

  • There will be several types and sizes of drone depending on the package being delivered.

  • The drones will attempt to avoid both humans and animals. “If it is determined that the navigation path and/or failure path intersects with a human and/or other animals, roads, walkways, etc., the navigation path may be altered to avoid the humans, animals, roads, walkways.”

  • The drone would use a range of sensors including cameras and infrared light to work out its path and find landing areas.”

The timing couldn’t be better, the FAA this week said it would grant test of unmanned helicopters to be used to spray crops and also give experimental approval to drones for use in journalism.

How do you feel about drone being granted? I look forward to having some of my small computer parts delivered this way, especially if they can do it in 30 minutes. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Amazon Wants to Deliver to Inside Your Car

Amazon is at it again, first with the drone delivery and now delivery to the inside of you car. No this isn’t a teleportation scheme where they shoot your parcel into your car; this is a little less sci-fi and a lot more jittery.

First off, you have to be an Amazon Prime customer; ok easy enough. Next you have to own an Audi; well I do like the Audi A4. Lastly, you have to live in Munich; yes Munich.

Let’s delve a little deeper into this. Amazon’s short term goal is for DHL to deliver a parcel to the trunk (boot for UK) of your car; the means of access is by offering a single use keycard to the delivery driver. Audi says there will be no additional insurance problems, as the delivery driver won’t have access to the rest of your car. In the future Amazon are looking to also accept returns from your trunk too.

I like this idea, it means you don’t have to wait at home for the parcel; it would make a brilliant way of delivering a secret gift while the recipient is at home.

I see three problems with this:

  • You have to be super trust-worthy of the driver
  • You can’t use your trunk for that day
  • What if you own a hatchback without a separate trunk space?

Thank you to The Verge for providing this information

Amazon Fire TV Displays Information about TV shows and Movies

The Amazon Fire TV, a remarkably simple bit of tech that is packing a whopping amount of features.

Amazon have now released a feature called X-Ray that they promised at launch. This is already available on their Fire Tablet device and can provide some useful features.

X-ray provides on screen pop ups that contain information about the film or TV show, actors and actresses and more details onto the screen. The feature works inside the Amazon Instant Video app. X-ray cannot support other vendors applications such as Netflix, Hulu and NowTV.

X-ray interfaces with IMDB’s database of films and shows; this means that it has the ability to show information such as other films that the actor has starred in too. It can also provide a general background on new TV shows that you haven’t seen and a history of the shows lead characters.

To use the X-ray feature make sure that you have the latest updates for your device, then press the up button on the Amazon remote, this will then show the information you want without getting the way of the show.

The Fire Tablet already has the X-ray feature

Amazon are selling the Fire TV device for £64 and free delivery, you would also need an Amazon Prime account to make use of the Instant Video features.If you’re not wanting to pay the £79 per year for Prime you can still use the device, however you would be limited to using the other vendors apps such as Plex and Netflix.

Thank you to Amazon for the information

Images courtesy of XDA-Developers and tabletmonkeys.com

Amazon Prime Instant Video Finally Supports Android Tablets

In a move that has seemingly taken forever we now have the ability to watch Amazon Prime instant video on non-Fire and iOS tablets. Now Prime members can easily watch favorite shows on a mobile screen that you don’t have to squint to see.

To get started watching Prime instant video on your tablet you will need to install the Amazon app to be able to install from the Amazon Appstore. Then you can download the Prime Instant Video app and get started watching your favorites this weekend.

What’s new in version 2.0.45.1010:

Now watch Amazon Instant Video on your Android phones and tablets. Android tablet customers can search and browse for videos on Amazon.com in their web browser and tap Watch Now to have the Prime Instant Video app begin playing the video.

Source: Android Police

Amazon’s New Prime Credit Card Offers 5% Cash Back

Amazon is rolling out a brand new store card that gives holders that are Prime members 5% cash back on eligible Amazon.com purchases. The card is different than the current popular Amazon Rewards Visa from Chase, which does not offer the 5% cash back.

The new Amazon.com store card also gives holders the options of 5% cash back in the form of statement credit or 0% financing on purchases more than $149. The store card does not have an annual fee, is backed by Synchrony Bank and comes with fraud protection for piece of mind.  The holder must have their own Prime membership to be eligible for the cash back, as being an invited guest on a Prime account will not count. This card will be a good choice for those users who use Amazon Prime frequently and pay off cards every month, as it does carry a 25.99% APR.  Signing up for the card and being approved will get you a free $40 gift card to make the deal even better.

The only items that are not eligible are “Amazon Prime memberships, digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions, games and software downloads“, as stated by Amazon.

Source: LifeHacker

Amazon Experiences Europe-Wide Outage

Last night, users of Amazon in the UK, Denmark, Germany or many other places in Europe for that matter, found themselves locked out of the preeminent online store for quite some time.

With this and the company’s Instant Video service was also reported to be down as well, you’d think Amazon would have been eager to report the problems. Well, they didn’t – they’re status pages said everything was OK. These people certainly didn’t.

The site is now back up and running, to the delight of the many millions of click-happy shoppers.

Source: The Next Web

David Cameron Announces Free WiFi Coming to UK Trains in 2017

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the government is pledging £50 million towards the installation of free WiFi on UK trains by 2017.

He didn’t specify whether this would mean all trains or just some. Many are also suggesting that it may only be onboard trains that currently have WiFi and that the new deal is just to pay the rail companies so it becomes free.

Currently in the UK, WiFi is only found on long distance, inter-city services, such a those provided by Virgin, CrossCountry, First Great Western and East Coast Trains. Those companies operate services in and out of London to all the major UK cities.

Train WiFi at present in the UK is something many are often disgruntled by. It’s often slow with a number of websites blocked for seemingly no reason. It’s also highly expensive.

Let’s hope this new policy at least fixes that last issue.

Source: The Next Web

Amazon Wins Golden Globe for ‘Transparent’

That headline is not something you would have seen just a few years ago. Amazon has won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical for its Amazon Prime series ‘Transparent’.

The win is being seen as a significant development in the short history of ‘new media’ TV shows. Shows like ‘Breaking Bad’ have brought internet TV into the spotlight, but for ‘Transparent’ however – Amazon produced the show in-house, with CEO Jeff Bezos at the ceremony to pick up the award.

So is this a sign of things to come? An affirmation of ‘new media’? Only time will tell, but it may well already incite just a little fear into the ‘old media’ production companies.

Source: The Verge

Australian Prime Minister in Facebook Fan Scandal

Recently, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been receiving a lot of hate from the Australian public, with people noticing that the bulk of his Facebook likes were residents of India – ok lets be honest, he always receives hate no matter what.

This brought upon allegations that Mr. Abbott and his management were using a commonly seen scheme to purchase cheap ‘bot’ Facebook likes from various organizations in order to bolster his public appearance and make it look much more appealing to the unwary public. However, new news has come to light that apparently this bolstering of fans is due to a ‘selfie’ posted with the Indian Prime Minister, taken around the time of the recent G20 visit.

This image was taken in Victoria, Australia at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and saw Abbott’s fan-base skyrocket in New Delhi – ranking amongst the #1 location for all of his fans around the world. The original allegations were first brought to light by a local comedy duo called “The Bondi Hipsters“.

When confronted on this speculation, a spokesperson for Mr. Abbott claimed that the likes were due to the selfie being promoted by Indian Prime Minister and no like purchasing had taken place.

“It is no secret that the Prime Minister hosted a number of world leaders in recent times, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These visits attracted large international audiences to the Prime Minister’s social media channels, thus generating a spike in organic engagement with the page.”

Source: News.com.au.

Amazon Announces ‘Echo’ Virtual Assistant & Speaker With Awkward Video

Amazon has announced the ‘Amazon Echo‘ virtual assistant device in an attempt to get into the home automation market.

The black tube-like device is designed to sit in a room and be used like the many other virtual assistant systems we see in smartphones and tablets, such as Apple’s Siri, Google Voice and Microsoft’s Cortana. The tube contains a microphone to listen to you and speaker to talk back to you. The system responds to the name ‘Alexa’ and can deliver you news, weather, travel, inane facts or even jokes.

The device sells for $199 for anyone and everyone and $99 for Amazon Prime subscribers. It is on sale, but on an invitation only basis at the moment. It could be said that this device is Amazon’s attempt to get into the emerging home automation market, as the device could very well be told to switch off your lights and turn on your heating in the near future. Amazon has gradually been introducing a number of devices in recent years, most recently it’s terribly unsuccessful Fire Phone, with the hope of coming into profit (something the company has never achieved).

Most of the discussion surrounding this new device has been centred on the seemingly awkward video used to introduce it.

How do his kids understand what the cloud is?

Source: Mashable