Amazon Prime increases price $20 to $99 per year

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amazonprimeAmazon is increasing the price of Prime by $20, to $99 per year. It’s a smart move for the company to increase the price, with the demand for the service higher than ever. There were rumors that they would increase the price by as much as $40, but they did us a favor with a more reasonable increase. The service is still a remarkable deal that everyone should take advantage of, offering free two-day shipping on over 20 million items, Prime Instant Video, and the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

 

Amazon to include competing services on upcoming TV box

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Amazon reportedly will include apps from competing services when it launches its new set top TV box. The launch of an Amazon device to compete with hardware from Roku and others has been delayed since last year’s holiday season. At that time it was reported Amazon had struck a deal to include Netflix. The latest report indicates Hulu Plus has been added to the mix. In addition, support for the DIAL protocol is apparently in the works.

With the inclusion of the DIAL protocol, Amazon’s new device will be in a better position to compete with a device like the Google Chromecast that lets users launch streams from their smartphones and tablets. The device is expected to come with its own dedicated remote as well. Like other Amazon devices, the set top box is expected to be powered by a forked version of Android. This means Google apps, including YouTube, likely would not come loaded on the device.

Does the release of a device giving you access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, along with other potential streaming services, interest you?

source: Gigaom

Amazon’s upcoming music service might not feature unlimited music streaming

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Last month, Amazon held talks with a large number of record labels in order to start its own music streaming service like Spotify, Beats etc. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company has talked with major record labels and music publishers to license their musics for the upcoming streaming service.

The company is looking to provide music streaming service to its Amazon Prime program customers who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon’s video-streaming service. However, according to the journal, Amazon might limit how many times a person can listen to a song. After a few replays of a song, Amazon would ask the user to buy the music if he/she likes it.  » Read the rest

Amazon set to take out HTC and LG with new phone

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According to Chitika statistics, while Samsung devices generate the most mobile traffic in the US at 55%, Amazon generates the second most. This isn’t really that surprising, but it does mean that Kindle tablets outdo Motorola, HTC and LG devices when it comes to web traffic. Because of that, it is only a matter of time before we see an Amazon mobile device.

Amazon’s plan was to take over a large enough portion of the mobile content market to be able to release a smartphone of their own. Well that plan is well on track.

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Amazon offering a slew of apps for free, savings total more than $15

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Usually Amazon has a free app of the day to entice customers to utilize their Appstore. But today, the company is offering an additional eight applications to be picked up for absolutely nothing. And the apps available are quite impressive — Wheel of Fortune, Sonic Jump, and Wreck-It Ralph among others. Excluding the usual free app of the day, Amazon’s set of free apps total about $17.

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Amazon Spain and UK-based retailer, Clove, list Galaxy S 5 price

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Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S 5 flagship at the MWC 2014 earlier this week. The device comes with some new features such as heart sensor and fingerprint sensor and has got a slightly similar look to its predecessor.

Samsung hasn’t yet announced the price tag for the Galaxy S 5 however, if you’re living in the UK, you’ll be glad to find out that a UK-based retailer, Clove, has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5 and has priced the 16GB model at £499.99 (£599.99 after taxes) which will cost $1,000. Unfortunately, there’s no information how much the 32GB will cost.

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Amazon talking to music labels about streaming service

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It seems that Amazon is in talked with a number of the major record labels about putting together their own Spotify style streaming service. Sources reveal that Amazon has been engaging in talks with labels to try and make this service happen, though that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will happen.

A source from a music label has reported that Amazon isn’t really close to getting the service off the ground because of the fact that Amazon is asking for a large discount off of the price that labels have given to services like Spotify, Beats, and so on.

The idea is that the service will be part of Amazon Prime, with Amazon reportedly considering raising the price of Amazon Prime by as much as $40 per year, up to $119 per year.

Amazon has been hiring a number of executives with a music industry background, such as Michael Paull from Sony, who is now the head of Amazon’s digital music operations.

Source: Recode

Amazon’s set-top box may finally launch next month

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We have heard it time and time again. Amazon is working on a set-top box… and it gets delayed. But now it looks like next month will be the company’s lucky month. According to Re/code, sources say that Amazon is hoping that March will be the month in which its set-top box is available. Like their Kindle Fire tablets, the set-top box will run a forked version of Android. While there are so many questions still surrounding it, it is also unknown if this product will also be the gaming device that Amazon is reportedly working on. It should be interesting to see just how man capabilities Amazon throws into its first set-top box.

Source: Re/code

Galaxy S 5 makes an appearance on Amazon while confirming ‘Standard’ and ‘Prime’ versions

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Now that it is no secret that the Galaxy S 5 will be unveiled this Monday, the big question still remains on if there will only be one “Standard” version or will there also be a “Prime” version as well. Rumors indicate that Samsung is readying a higher-end “Prime” version, but many are speculating that it won’t launch until possibly the summer.

If you’re looking for another clue, you might want to check out the Spigen cases for the upcoming flagship on Amazon. The description clearly reads, “Premium Protection SF Coated Non-Slip Matte Hard Case for Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Prime (2014).” This not only confirms a “Prime” version, but it might mean that we will see it sooner rather than later.

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Amazon makes its digital currency, Amazon Coins, available on all Android devices in US, UK, Germany

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Amazon Coins, Amazon’s digital currency, was originally only available on Kindle Fire devices. But today, Amazon made the Coins available to all Android users in the US, UK and Germany. You’ll need the latest version of the Amazon Appstore, and once you do, you can purchase the Coins, or download free apps to reach achievements to earn the Coins.

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