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April 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Over the weekend, Amazon announced the Dash, a small device that makes it quick and easy for users to add groceries and household items to their AmazonFresh shopping list. The Dash is a black-and-white, wand-shaped gadget that adds to a customer's shopping list when he or she uses it to scan an item's barcode or holds down a microphone button and says a product's name. The Dash connects to users' Wi-Fi networks so that it can add items to customers' lists. "Conveniently refill and restock your home's everyday essentials, and have fun doing it," an Amazon Web page reads.
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BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung and Amazon.com began taking preorders for the Samsung Chromebook 2 on Monday. The laptop, which runs Google's Chrome OS software, is the follow-up to Samsung's 2012 Chromebook, which was for about a year was the best-selling laptop on Amazon's website, where it currently sits in third place. The Chromebook 2 is available in two sizes: a $319.99 11.6-inch screen model and a 13.3-inch model that retails for $399.99. Shoppers can head to Amazon.com or Samsung.com to preorder the device.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
What wines are selling best on Amazon.com ? You might be surprised. There's more than just the expected popular brands of Cabernet and Chardonnay. Curious about what the top-selling wines on Amazon.com are at the moment, I approached the Seattle-based mega-company to see if anyone could tell me. After much back and forth, I got a list of 10: There are some of the expected  - two Pinot Noirs, two Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style reds, and a Chardonnay; but there are also the unexpected - a Roussanne, a Semillon, and a sweet Black Muscat.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Amazon.com Inc. has officially entered the Internet video streaming set-top box market. Dubbed Fire TV, the Seattle online retailer's new $99 offering features a small remote control, voice search capability, online gaming and video applications including Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime and YouTube. Notably, HBO Go is not yet on Fire TV, but an Amazon spokesman said the company is working with the pay-TV network to make it available. To be sure, Amazon Fire TV users would still need a pay-TV subscription to HBO to access HBO Go. The long-anticipated device is also the latest platform for Amazon's own Netflix rival Prime Instant Video, which the company hopes will attract people to its $99-a-year Prime service that gives subscribers free two-day shipping and access to its on-demand streaming library as well as original shows.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Amazon has been making deals with programmers to get more content for its service.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As expected for some time, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire TV, an Internet video-streaming set-top box that will compete against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Though Amazon was expected to announce a small dongle similar to Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick, the company instead revealed a black rectangular box about the same size as the Apple TV and Roku's various set-top devices. The new box will retail for $99 and is on sale now . Amazon Fire TV comes with a small control, just like Roku and Apple TV. But unlike its rivals, Amazon Fire TV's remote comes with a microphone that users can speak into to search for content with their voice.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Amazon.com on Wednesday jumped into the crowded world of video-streaming devices by announcing the Fire TV, a $99 set-top box. The Amazon Fire TV will now go head to head against the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and four Roku devices. These devices allow users to stream video and audio content from the Internet onto TV sets with HDMI ports. Here's how the four company's stack up in various areas: Streaming capabilities When video-streaming devices first came out a few years ago, not all of them could stream video at 1080p HD, but that is no longer the case.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
April Fools' Day is always busy on the Internet. And for some reason, it's a day that seems especially fertile for the British comic sensibility. Amazon, the massive online retailer, is opening its first brick-and-mortar bookstore. Only it won't be made of brick and mortar. It will be housed inside a tube of certain space-friendly metals. If you are up on certain moonless nights, you might see it floating overhead. That historic news comes to us, on this momentous April 1, courtesy of the British trade publication the Bookseller . “It will be the first time that the company has opened a physical bookstore,” the Bookseller writes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Michael Connelly has been publishing books featuring detective Harry Bosch since 1992. More than two decades later, Bosch is finally headed to screens. Computer screens, that is. Amazon announced Monday that Amazon Studios has picked up "Bosch" as one of six new shows that will run via its streaming service. "I am so excited about this," Connelly wrote on his website.  "Bosch" was one of several pilots that Amazon shot and shared online; viewers voted for those they liked best.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com has sent out invitations to members of the media for an April 2 event at which the company is expected to unveil a video-streaming device. The online retailer is scheduled to hold the event in New York at 8 a.m. PDT, according to a screenshot of the invitation posted by Business Insider . The event is to be led by Peter Larsen, vice president of the company's Kindle division. "Please join us for an update on our video business," the invitation reads. VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety. Online services crave good recommendation engines. Back in 2006, Netflix launched a contest with a $1-million prize to the team that could improve its algorithm by at least 10%. It gave programmers up to five years to reach the goal, and awarded the prize after just three, in 2009.
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