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Topic: Amazon

Amazon could open over 2,000 grocery stores in massive retail push

12/06/2016, 10:12 am

In a plan that could up-end both conventional grocery chains and app-based services like Instacart, Amazon is hoping to open more than 2,000 self-branded grocery stores, according to a report.

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Apple to use drones, indoor navigation data to improve Maps in 2017

12/01/2016, 08:12 am

Apple is preparing to use drones, indoor mapping, and better car navigation to improve its Maps apps for iOS and macOS, a report said on Thursday.

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Amazon working on touchscreen Echo speaker with higher-quality audio - report

11/29/2016, 11:11 am

Raising the bar even before Apple's rumored entry into the "smartspeaker" market, Amazon is at work on a new "Echo-like" model which will have a 7-inch touchscreen and high-end audio, a report said on Tuesday.

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Amazon plans major crackdown on counterfeit sellers for 2017

11/28/2016, 03:11 pm

Not long after related Apple efforts, Amazon is about to embark on eliminating counterfeit vendors from its online store -- making it a major focus for 2017, a report said on Monday.

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Amazon's Music Unlimited upgrades with monthly & annual Family plans

11/16/2016, 03:11 pm

Amazon on Wednesday launched two Family plans for subscribers to Music Unlimited, its recently-launched competitor to on-demand services like Spotify and Apple Music.

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Led by Air & mini, Apple's iPad grows lead in shrinking global tablet market

10/31/2016, 01:10 pm

Even with iPad shipments and the market as a whole shrinking year-over-year, Apple still managed to grow its share of the tablet industry in the September quarter, according to research data published on Monday.

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Apple claims huge swaths of 'genuine' accessories on Amazon are counterfeit in new lawsuit [u]

10/19/2016, 02:10 pm

Apple has filed a lawsuit against a vendor called Mobile Star, accusing it of violating copyrights and trademarks by selling counterfeit accessories on Amazon and Groupon. Coincidentally, the iPhone maker claimed that a large chunk of supposedly genuine Apple accessories sold on Amazon are fake. [Updated with Amazon statement]

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Amazon Channels may beat Apple to offering cable-like experience

10/18/2016, 06:10 pm

Amazon's Channels program -- which allows Prime subscribers to sign up for otherwise separate video services through a single platform -- is proving surprisingly popular with streaming partners, and could evolve into a live TV service before Apple reaches that point, a report hinted on Tuesday.

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Amazon launches Music Unlimited to challenge Spotify & Apple Music

10/12/2016, 09:10 am

Breaking out of the confines of its existing Prime Music service, Amazon on Wednesday launched Music Unlimited, directly targeted at the current leaders in on-demand streaming, Spotify and Apple Music.

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Google poaches ex-Apple senior director, Amazon Kindle head for hardware focus shift

10/04/2016, 08:10 am

Design executive David Foster, once a senior director at Apple, and most recently responsible for Amazon's Echo, Kindle, and Kindle Fire development has moved to Google, and will head up the search engine giant's smartphone push that is expected to start on Tuesday.

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AI initiative counts Google, Microsoft, IBM among its ranks, Apple declines invite

09/29/2016, 11:09 am

Six companies including Microsoft and Google have launched a cross-disciplinary partnership to steer the future of artificial intelligence development, but as of yet, Apple has not signed on.

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Plex Cloud beta launches, uses Amazon Drive subscription to store user media

09/26/2016, 12:09 pm

The Plex developers have commenced testing of Amazon Drive as a storage venue for media, with future versions of the Plex app on iOS and tvOS able to stream stored video without the need for a network attached storage device, or a home server.

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Amazon looks to debut Echo-only streaming music service, undercut industry pricing by half

08/22/2016, 09:08 pm

In a move that undercuts the entire streaming music industry, online retail giant Amazon is reportedly developing $4 or $5 per month subscription service that could see release next month. The catch: the service only works with Amazon Echo hardware.

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Apple iPad grows share of global tablet market despite declining sales

08/01/2016, 01:08 pm

Apple and its chief rival -- Samsung -- both saw worldwide tablet shipments decline in the June quarter, although Apple managed to increase iPad marketshare in spite of moving fewer units.

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iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice control

07/11/2016, 01:07 pm

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.

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Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon against Apple in podcasts

07/07/2016, 11:07 am

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.

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Amazon launches thinner, lighter $80 Kindle e-reader with double storage

06/22/2016, 12:06 pm

Amazon on Wednesday announced its latest entry-level black-and-white Kindle reader priced at $79.99, featuring a more rounded design than previous models, for easy holding in one hand or at any angle.

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Amazon preparing standalone streaming music service to compete with Spotify, Apple Music

06/10/2016, 05:06 pm

Putting it in more direct competition with rivals, Amazon is readying a standalone music streaming service independent of regular Prime subscriptions, a report claimed on Friday.

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WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

06/09/2016, 10:06 am

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

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I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on Apple's HomeKit and Siri

05/18/2016, 02:05 pm

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

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