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Amazon’s Prime Now service brings one-hour deliveries to London

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you live in London and have wished that your Amazon Prime deliveries would arrive even quicker, you may be happy to find out that Amazon has just announced the arrival of its Prime Now service to subscribers in the UK capital. Over 10,000 items are now available to have delivered within the hour if you are eligible for Prime Now. We have more details after the break. 

Depending in your postcode, your options will vary between 1-hour, 2-hour or same-day delivery when buying an eligible item ranging from nappies, gaming consoles or more importantly, coffee. Orders can be delivered between 8am – midnight, with 1-hour deliveries carrying a £6.99 charge, although 2-hour and same-day deliveries are free. We have the list of eligible postcodes below, and you can also download the Amazon Prime Now app from the Play Store via the QR code and link below to place your orders. If you are eligible for the Prime Now service and enter LONDONNOW at checkout, you can also get £20 off your first order of £50 or more.

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Amazon’s Prime Now service is available to the following postcodes: E1, E2, E3, E14, E1W, EC1A, EC1M, EC1N, EC1P, EC1R, EC1V, EC1Y, EC2A, EC2M, EC2N, EC2R, EC2V, EC2Y, EC3A, EC3M, EC3N, EC3R, EC3V, EC4A, EC4M, EC4N, EC4R, EC4V, EC4Y, SE1, SW1Y, W1B, W1C, W1D, W1F, W1G, W1H, W1J, W1K, W1S, W1T, W1U, W1W, WC1A, WC1B, WC1E, WC1H, WC1N, WC1R, WC1V, WC1X, WC2A, WC2B, WC2E, WC2H, WC2N, WC2R.

Currently, the Prime Now service is only being offered in London, although Amazon has stated that it plans to bring the service to other UK cities before the end of 2015.

We have the full press release below:

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LONDON — June 30th, 2015—Amazon.co.uk today announced Prime Now, the newest benefit for Prime members, which offers one-hour delivery on over ten thousand items through a mobile app. Prime Now is powered by Amazon’s growing network of fulfilment centres that utilise high-end technology to speed up order delivery times for customers. Now, Prime members can get daily essentials such as coffee, batteries and nappies, as well as other popular items like games consoles, toys and sports equipment, delivered right to their door in an hour or less. The service launches today in selected London postcodes and is expected to reach all of London and additional UK cities by the end of the year.

“Millions of customers across London can use the Prime Now app today and discover over ten thousand items for one-hour delivery, or select a free two-hour, same-day delivery slot,” said Christopher North, Managing Director of Amazon UK. “This is just the beginning. London is our first Prime Now city in the UK and we are already working on making Prime Now available in more postcodes in London and beyond.”

All Prime members can immediately download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, to find eligible delivery postcodes and request notification when the service is available in their area. Customers can also visit www.amazon.co.uk/primenow to discover eligible delivery postcodes. Prime Now customers can choose delivery within one hour of ordering for £6.99, or free delivery within a choice of two-hour, same-day delivery slots between 8am and midnight, seven days a week.

Prime Now is made available through Amazon Logistics, Amazon’s technology and logistics platform that empowers independent local, regional and national delivery companies across the UK to deliver Amazon parcels to customers seven days a week. Amazon Logistics’ delivery station in East London will serve as the first hub for delivery of Prime Now orders.

Amazon Prime is already an immensely popular service with millions of members in the UK. On a base of tens of millions, worldwide paid membership to Prime grew 53% last year. Prime members in the UK enjoy unlimited One-Day Shipping on more than 9 million items, unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 popular movies and TV shows through Prime Instant Video, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive, and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow for free with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Customers can sign up for the Amazon Prime Free 30-day trial at www.amazon.co.uk/prime.

 

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Android Authority this week – June 28, 2015

Posted by wicked June - 28 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Hello Android fans! This week brought us a look at the technology powering the next generation of cars –Android Auto and more; we checked out the new stock-like theme and the new RAW mode of the Galaxy S6; OnePlus continued to reveal key specs of the OnePlus 2; Google launched an ad-supported version of Play Music; BlackBerry’s CEO hinted at a possible Android release in the future; we got a look at the third-gen Moto G; Amazon opened up its Alexa platform to all; and Samsung claimed a major breakthrough in battery technology.

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We’re experimenting and branching out in new areas all the time, and this week’s new avenues are Twitch and Periscope.

Game streaming is exploding and Twitch is the biggest channel, even if Google is mounting a strong offensive with its YouTube Gaming initiative. And now we’re a part of it! Join our Joe Hindy on the Android Authority Twitch channel for a dose of mobile gaming and witty commentary.

Periscope seems to be the hot new trend in social media and it’s easy to see why. A simple smartphone and a wireless connection lets you stream anything, in real time, to thousands of followers. We’re applying this powerful concept to the world of Android: follow us on Periscope for live impressions of new devices, Q&A sessions, event impressions, and much more!

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Our special Opera Max giveaway is still open: enter for your chance to win three hot Android phones: Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 and LG G4. The sweepstakes end June 30 11:59PM EST. Good luck!

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Talk Android Weekly Recap: June 20 – June 27, 2015

Posted by wicked June - 27 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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This week flew by with all of the excitement! We posted our reviews of some awesome battery charger’s, OnePlus announced the OnePlus 2, T-Mobile began its Un-carrier Amped campaign, starting with some sweet changes to its JUMP! program. If you missed any of that, be sure to check out some of the top headlines for the week after the break.

That wraps up all the major headlines for the week. It’s looking like rain here on the east coast, but it’ll be good to get out of that way for the BBQ’ing for July 4 next week. Have a great weekend everybody!

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SanDisk’s Ultra 200GB Micro SD now shipping from Amazon

Posted by wicked June - 26 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Over at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last March, SanDisk surprised us all by introducing the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card Premium Edition. Such a long product name but it’s just a microSD card with 200GB storage capacity. What’s more impressive is that performance isn’t compromised and data transfer rate is still speedy at 90mbps.

We learned before that SanDisk would be asking $400 for the 200GB microSD card but good news, it’s more affordable now at $239 on Amazon. The price isn’t expensive as we first thought it would be and I’m sure a lot of pieces of this tiny card will fly off the shelves.

The 90MB per second data speed means you can transfer as much as 1,200 photos within one minute. It’s the premium transfer speed which is really fast these days. The 200GB storage capacity can hold a maximum of 20 hours of Full HD video files. SanDisk’s new card’s Class Rating is 10 for Full HD video playback and recording.

The SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD (model no. SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A) is also ready for rough use as it is shock proof, temperature proof, waterproof, magnet proof, and X-ray roof. Simply put, it can resist almost any harse elements so you know your files are safe for a long time, if not forever.

When you buy this microSD card from Amazon, it will come with an SD adapter so you can use it in your mirrorless interchangeable-lens (MIL) cameras.

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Invite-only is over: Amazon Echo speaker out now on general release

Posted by Tom June - 26 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The Amazon Echo Bluetooth speaker and Q&A home hub is now on general release.

It was first out last year on an invite-only basis but now the speaker that talks to you is available to all for US$180.

The internet-connected speaker gives on-demand answers to questions about the weather, news, and more, as well as working from voice commands for the likes of playing music and setting reminders.

Echos ordered now will ship on July 14.

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Amazon making its voice technology available for all, announces $100M in funding for devs

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Amazon just recently made the Amazon Echo available for all to purchase a few days ago, and now the company has yet another big announcement that will help bring the connected speaker into more consumers’ homes. The company has just announced that it’s now allowing third party developers to add Alexa, the software that powers the device, to be integrated into additional hardware. With only a few lines of code, devs will now be able to integrate the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) into their own hardware without needing extra experience with natural language understanding or speech recognition. The only requirement is that the hardware must contain a microphone, a speaker and an Internet connection. The AVS is free, and interested developers can download it from this website.

Here are a few nifty examples of what developers might be able to do with Alexa:

  • A Wi-Fi alarm clock that lets a customer talk to Alexa—“What’s the weather today?” or “What’s on my calendar today?”
  • A car that enables a driver to press the Alexa button on the steering wheel and request anything from Alexa, such as “Read my book” or “Remind me to pick up flowers after work.”
  • A movie ticket machine that lets a moviegoer say “Buy six tickets for the next showing of Jurassic World.”
  • A countertop weather station that enables customers to get more information by asking “What will the weather be next weekend?” or “What was the rainfall in June last year?”

Additionally, the company today announced the Alexa Fund, which will provide up to $100 million in investments to support developers and startups of all sizes to integrate the human voice in their products. The Alexa Fund has officially launched today with seven different hardware companies already onboard. The company says it’s looking to these particular areas of interest in which to place its investments:

  • New hardware products for inside or outside the home that would benefit from Alexa’s voice interface.
  • New features and functionality for Alexa.
  • New contributions to the science behind voice technology, including text-to-speech, natural language understanding, and automatic speech recognition.

The Amazon Echo is already a pretty nifty product, and now we should begin hearing Alexa’s voice in more products over the coming years.

Amazon offering 23 apps for free through end of month, running Dream Package contest

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Amazon offers a free app everyday through their own Appstore, but from time to time they offer a whole bunch of apps for free for a limited time. As people start to countdown the days until the long Independence Day weekend starts, Amazon has launched a special promotion through July 1st that makes 23 titles available for free. 

The apps that are available cover a spectrum of genres. There are several games, including Monument Valley from developer ustwo. There are also some utility applications available like AVG AntiVirus Pro or Alarm Clock Pro and a couple apps to help get content onto big screens, like Mirroring360 – AirPlay Receiver. You can hit the source to check out all of the titles that Amazon is making available as part of this special promotion.

With the help of ustwo, which is celebrating the release of a new chapter for Monument Valley called “Ida’s Dream”, Amazon is running a “Dream” Sweepstakes with the winner receiving a $500 Amazon gift card plus several pieces of Amazon hardware like a Fire HD 6 Tablet, an Amazon Fire TV, Fire Phone and Fire Stick. ustwo is also throwing in some goodies to the price package. To enter the sweepstakes, hit the source link below and hurry as entries are only being accepted through June 25, 2015.

source: Amazon “Dream” Sweepstakes, Amazon Appstore

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Amazon releases Free App of the Day Bundle for June worth over $50

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Every month, those who are app hoarders probably look forward to Amazon‘s treat every month, where they give away a whole bunch of apps for Android devices for free. The Free App of the Day Bundle for June includes some that have been previously part of the deal, like the all-important AVG AntiVirusPro, and some that have been included for the first time like Simply Yoga, and games like Crazy Rocket.

While a lot of the apps are unknown or untested games that are probably included as part of their marketing deal with Amazon, we still have some notable names in there, like hidden object favorite Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, a necessary tool like AVG AntiVirus PRO, Weather Live, popular RPG The Bard’s Tale, a fitness bonus app like Simply Yoga, remote surveillance app tinyCam Monitor PRO for IP Cam and default clock replacement Alarm Clock Pro among others.

Just like the previous app bundles, you would need to sideload the Amazon Appstore for Android so you can access and download these apps for your smartphone or tablet then follow the instructions on how to get and install the free apps. You can also visit each of the app’s respective pages on your desktop browser, log in to your Amazon account, then add the ones that you want onto your library.

The 22 paid apps and games offered for free are valued up to $78 and will only be free until July 1. The complete listing is as follows:

1. Weather Live – Detailed Forecasts and Live Weather Conditions ($1.99)
2. Fantastic 4 In A Row 2 ($1.99)
3. Mirroring360 – AirPlay Receiver ($6.99)
4. Deep Under the Sky ($2.99)
5. Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (Full) ($1.99)
6. Trouserheart ($2.99)
7. AVG AntiVirus PRO Android Security ($11.99)
8. Simply Yoga ($3.99)
9. Crazy Rocket ($0.99)
10. Table Top Racing ($2.97)
11. Alarm Clock Pro ($1.99)
12. tinyCam Monitor PRO for IP Cam ($2.99)
13. Exiles ($6.99)
14. AirReceiver ($2.99)
15. Quell Memento ($2.99)
16. Monkey Racing ($2.99)
17. M.A.C.E. ($3.99)
18. Knock-Knock ($3.99)
19. Endless Skater ($4.99)
20. No Gravity (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($3.00)
21. The Bard’s Tale ($2.99)
22. Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips ($0.99)

SOURCE: Amazon

Amazon Opens Up Alexa Voice Services to Third Party Hardware Makers

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 25 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Alexa, the software that powers the Amazon Echo, is being opened up to third party hardware makers. To be technical, the name is Alexa Voice Services (AVS), and Amazon is getting the ball rolling by throwing out ideas that hardware makers could implement for end users. 

For example, a movie ticket machine that lets a moviegoer say “Buy six tickets for the next showing of Jurassic World.” Or maybe a home sound system that lets users turn on music just by saying “Play my barbeque playlist on the back deck.” Sounds fancy, right?

Amazon states that integrating AVS will be completely free, and all it takes is a couple lines of code. The prerequisites for hardware will be a speaker, an Internet connection, and a microphone. It’s probably only a matter of time until we see Alexa all over the place.

If you are a developer or work for a hardware maker, you can sign up here.

Via: Amazon

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Amazon opens up Alexa platform as part of big voice technology move

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Earlier this week Amazon finally opened up the closed beta for their Amazon Echo voice-activated device to general consumers. However, Amazon was not anywhere close to being finished with a move into the voice-activated technology realm. Today they announced that they are opening up their software platform that powers Echo, Amazon Alexa, to developers via APIs, they are making APIs available for hardware makers to incorporate Alexa technology into new devices, and they are backing all of this with a $100 million fund to support developers.

According to Greg Hart with Amazon,

“When we launched Amazon Echo we immediately heard from developers about the innovative voice experiences they would create if they had access to an SDK. Today, we’re making the Alexa Skills Kit available to any developer, maker, or general hobbyist that wants to invent on behalf of customers, creating new skills and capabilities. We can’t wait to see what developers are going to invent with this technology.”

The ASK is free and can be used to enable voice-driven capabilities in existing applications with just a few lines of code or, if someone wants to put in additional effort, they could build a whole new application focused on voice interactions powered by Alexa. The Alexa technology itself is a cloud-based voice service made available via the Amazon AWS Cloud, meaning developers do not need to invest in servers and other hardware. The developer preview version of the ASK is available starting today.

If a developer is interested in bringing Alexa to some specific hardware, Amazon is helping with that as well. They are opening “the Alexa Voice Service to any device maker that wants to add Alexa into their products—for free.” According to Hart any device that includes a microphone, a speaker, and is capable of connecting to the Internet can integrate Alexa. The developer preview of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) will be available starting next month.

Finally, Amazon has announced a $100 million Alexa Fund to provide support for “developers, manufacturers, and start-ups of all sizes who are passionate about creating new experiences designed around the human voice.” Amazon says they will be looking for solutions that have the potential for unique or novel applications of voice technology using Alexa platforms and services. Already seven initial investments have been made in:

  • Orange Chef – developers of a mobile app called Countertop that connects to “smart” kitchen appliances;
  • Scout Alarm – a DIY home security system;
  • Garageio – a platform for controlling a garage door via a smartphone app;
  • Toymail – a form of voicemail that can be delivered to children via Alexa capable toys or devices;
  • Dragon Innovation – a service to support developers who want to incorporate Alexa in their products;
  • MARA – a voice-based running assistant; and
  • Mojio – a connected car system that uses an auto’s OBD-II port.

Amazon is now accepting applications for funding through the Alexa Fund.

With all of these moves, do you think Alexa can move to the front of the class ahead of Google Now, Siri, or Cortana for voice-enabled technology?

sources: Amazon (Alexa Skills Kit), Amazon (Alexa Voice Service), Amazon (Alexa Fund)

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