Earlier this week, Amazon announced the Amazon Dash, which is basically a little silver remote-like device that buys groceries for you from Amazon’s new grocery service, Amazon Fresh. It only works with Fresh, and right now you can only use it if you buy an Amazon Fresh membership of $300 and you get the wand free. Only if you live in an area served by Amazon Fresh. Still though, a cool idea.
Jumping into a market already populated with products like Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast as well as game consoles like the Xbox One and PS4, Amazon announced yesterday the Amazon Fire TV, a set top streaming box with game controller. The $99 box (controller sold separately) streams movies, TV shows and Android games and apps through your TV like the other guys, but it also an X-ray that auto-populates your Kindle with IMDB info on what you’re watching as well as where on Amazon you can find different products in movies etc.
While it’s not official, it looks likely that Amazon will be branching out its Android hardware offerings with this uninspiring OnLive-like gaming controller. The controller would connect to an Amazon game box, probably some kind of teeny thing like a Chromecast stick or an Apple TV.
As if using flying robot drones to deliver your packages wasn’t crazy enough, Amazon’s next amazing, mind blowing trick of online retail will use fancy algorithms to predict items you’re going to buy in the near future before you know you’re going to buy them, having your future items already packaged and stocked at your closest Amazon warehouse, so that when you do inevitably click “buy”, your book or dildo or toilet paper or whatever ready to ship instantly. Magic.
First it was flying drone delivery, now Amazon is ready to launch a chain of wholesale stores in the US called Pantry that would kind of compete with the likes of Sam’s, Costco and BJ’s, but kinda different. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you’re already a Pantry member. From there, you can buy groceries and household items in bulk or buy a bunch of stuff from Amazon, as much as will fit in uniform sized boxes and pick it up locally.
Unbeknownst to anyone ahead of time, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pulled out the serious shit this weekend on 60 Minutes when in an interview with Charlie Rose, he unveiled “Amazon Prime Air”, a just-so-crazy-it-might-work plan to deliver packages within 30 minutes by aerial drone. Everyone can go home now, Amazon just won.
Starting November 24th, Amazon is going to be hitting you with dozens and dozens of lightning deals straight through Black Friday weekend. Many of these will be deep discounts that only last for about 10 minutes, so if you’ve got the grit and the quick trigger finger, you might be able to snag some pretty nice stuff for cheap.
Some of the highlights include TVs like a Seiki 32-inch 720p TV for $99, a 55-inch Vizio TV for $688, and a 65-inch 1080p Samsung TV for $999; last-gen consoles and games like a PS3 250GB with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins for $199, an Xbox 360 250GB with Halo 4 and Tomb Raider for $189.99, and titles like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Arkham Origins, FIFA 14, Madden 25, Battlefield 4 all at big discounts. Amazon will also be offering up to 90 percent off apps from its Android app store and countless other deals including an HTC One smartphone for just $0.01 with a two-year contract.
When Apple launched Apple TV, it was met with a lot of “meh”, and some wondered why it wasn’t killed by poor sales. And the answer to that is that Apple knew the next big fight for media gadget attention would be the living room. Now you’ve got Apple TV, Roku, the Xbox One and PS4 both being sold with media streaming and downloading in the forefront, Steam Box, and earlier this week, Amazon announced it was jumping into the game with its own video box. Watch and download all of your favorite movies, music and TV shows straight to your television.
When Amazon first introduced the Kindle Fire, its low price attracted a lot of attention. But for the price, you got a mediocre standard def tablet with a weird custom Android interface. With the Kindle Fire HDX, it’s got a better screen, processor and interface. And it’s even got a built in help button that will get you connected to a live Amazon help representative in seconds, 24 hours a day. Because that’s how they roll.
Amazon has already offered AutoRip service for CDs for a few years, so that if you buy a physical CD from Amazon, you get a digital copy for free. Now they’ve launched the service for vinyl, so if you’re a fan of vinyl (and you should be), whenever you buy a record from Amazon, you get the same album digitally burned out for your listening pleasure.
A Story of God and All of Us: A Novel Based on the Epic TV Miniseries “The Bible” has great Amazon reviews
'A Story of God and All of Us' is a book based on a TV show based on the Bible. So it's basically just a very condensed version of the Bible. This fact didn't get past Amazon reviewers, who gave the book some great reviews.
There’s been talk for a little while about a Zombieland TV series, but it wasn’t anything but talk. Now it looks like Amazon, yes the website, has announced it will be producing Zombieland via Amazon Studios.
Yesterday, Amazon put up a huge list of albums that have all been marked down to just $2.99. You won’t find any Bieber or Lady Gaga in the list, but there are plenty of albums to fill up your collection, whether you need more jazz or blues or country or classical.
Who says brick and mortar stores are at a competitive disadvantage against Amazon? Not if you’re Target and you’ve got the giant brass cojones to do something as crazy as saying that you’re going to price-match Amazon 365 days a year.