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Report: Amazon’s smartphone will feature “Prime Data” package

Amazon is expected to launch its first smartphone this year. The handset will likely feature Amazon’s custom version of Android and tight integration with Amazon’s app, book, music, and video stores. It could also have an unusual 3D user interface and support for tilt-based navigation. But BGR reports the Amazon smartphone may have one other unusual […]

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Amazon Prime to stream HBO shows… but no Game of Thrones yet

Amazon and HBO have announced a deal to let Amazon Prime subscribers stream select HBO shows including Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, and The Sopranos. But one of the most popular current HBO shows is still unavailable: You still need to be an HBO subscriber to watch Game of Thrones online (or you could buy individual […]

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Amazon Appstore tops 200k apps, Prime has tens of millions of subscribers

Amazon’s annual report is out today, and tucked away in the lengthy document are some details about the company’s achievements over the past year. Amazon has a habit of being very selective with the details it provides, so we still don’t know how many Kindle eReaders or Kindle Fire tablets were sold in the past […]

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Amazon Prime Instant Video hits the UK, Germany

Amazon Prime Instant Video lets subscribers in the US stream thousands of movies and TV shows for $79 per year. The service launched a few years ago as an add-on for the Prime service which offers subscribers free 2-day shipping but Amazon hasn’t increased the price in the US… yet. Now Amazon is rolling out […]

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Newegg Premier offers free shipping for $50 year, isn’t quite Amazon Prime

Just as Amazon is considering raising the price of its Amazon Prime subscription service, competitor Newegg is launching its own subscription-based program that offers free shipping to frequent shoppers. Newegg Premier offers free 3-day shipping or discounts on faster shipping to customers who pay $50 per year. There’s also no restocking fee for returns and […]

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Amazon Prime now available for $7.99/month (or $79/year) Update: not anymore

Amazon Prime started out as a service that let Amazon customers receive free 2-day shipping for $79 per year. But over the past year Amazon has sweetened the deal by launching a Netflix competitor called Prime instant videos and a Kindle Owners’ Lending Library that Kindle users borrow one book per month at no additional […]

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Amazon launches Lending Library for Kindle owners

Amazon really wants you to pay $79 per year to become an Amazon Prime member. Initially that subscription fee only entitled customers to free 2-day shipping on all packages. But earlier this year the company started letting Prime members stream thousands of TV shows and movies for free. Now Amazon is adding free eBook loans to […]