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Apple & Amazon end exclusive audiobook deal to escape German antitrust complaints

01/19/2017, 09:01 am

Apple and Amazon have agreed to end a deal in which the latter's Audible division was the exclusive source of audiobooks for iTunes, putting an end to antitrust complaints by the German government.

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Amazon steps up video offerings with Anime Strike, its first self-branded content on Channels

01/12/2017, 10:01 am

Amazon on Thursday launched Anime Strike, its first self-branded option under the Amazon Channels subscription program -- with more coming soon, the company said.

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Is Apple getting Siri-ous in the face of Amazon's Alexa Echo?

01/07/2017, 07:01 pm

There's a new gold rush in tech, related to voice assistance and a voice-first interface for everything we do at home, in the car and while out and about. What happens if the world's best positioned, most profitable tech company fails to capitalize on it?

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Absent an Apple Siri alternative, Alexa hardware family tops Amazon holiday sales charts

12/27/2016, 01:12 pm

Amazon has declared the holiday 2016 shopping season as "the best-ever season" for its voice-driven personal assistant Alexa, despite having problems keeping the sought-after devices in stock.

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App Store trends suggest top Christmas gifts: VR, drones, cameras, Amazon Echo

12/26/2016, 10:12 am

Apps for iPhone-connected accessories are among the most popular downloads and search terms following Christmas, offering some insight into the types of toys that proved to be popular gifts this holiday.

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Amazon brings shopping to big screen with new Apple TV app

12/13/2016, 07:12 pm

Online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday released a new tvOS app that lets users browse digital shelves, read product reviews and make purchases directly from a fourth-generation Apple TV.

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macOS Safari compatibility added to Amazon Prime Video HTML5 streaming, with limitations

12/12/2016, 12:12 pm

Amazon has made a recent change to video distribution methods, with the company adding Apple Safari HTML5 support on macOS, making the browser fully compatible with Amazon Prime Video streaming without plug-ins for the first time.

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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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