One show to rule them all: everything we know about Amazon’s Middle-earth series

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Amazon acquired the rights to the franchise for $ 250 million

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[Deal Alert] Today only, Top Greener USB wall outlet for $12.79 (36% off) on Amazon’s Gold Box Deal

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These days, many — if not most — of the electronics we charge or plug in use USB. Sure, your lamp and your fridge probably don’t have a USB plug, but your phone, tablet, bluetooth speaker, portable battery pack, and maybe even laptop likely do. It’s sort of an overkill to use a whole outlet just to plug in a single USB cable, which is why there are now several places where you can buy USB wall outlets that you can install directly on a wall.

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Amazon’s Alexa can now set DVR recordings

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Alexa’s ability to control DVRs is going to improve in the near future. Amazon announced today that it’s updated its Video Skill API so that Alexa can now start recordings, launch an app, or carry out playback commands. Multiple set-top box makers already committed to updating or building Alexa skills with these features, including Dish, Verizon, TiVo, and DirecTV. Amazon says some have already been experimenting with these new features.

Users will be able to say things like, “Alexa, record the Cubs game,” and the set-top box will plan a recording. They’ll also be able to tell the assistant to launch specific apps or services, like, “Alexa, launch Netflix.” Finally, they’ll be able to say, “Alexa, pause,” without having to explicitly…

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Amazon’s Music Storage service will remove your MP3 files on April 30th

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We’ve known since last year that Amazon Music was planning to shut down its dedicated cloud music locker. Now, we have a date for when that process will begin. In an email to Amazon Music users, the company says uploaded songs will be removed from a user’s library on April 30th, 2018. You can however keep any music in the cloud by proactively going to your Music Settings and clicking the “Keep my songs” button.

Back in December, Amazon stopped letting users upload new tracks to Music Storage, which holds up to 250 songs for free. The company said at the time that by January 2019, users wouldn’t be able to download or stream tracks they’ve uploaded to Music Storage, so it sounds like you’ll still have many months between April and next…

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Amazon’s stock always recovers after a Trump tweet makes it fall

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In the past year, Amazon’s average daily price change has been about 0.3 percent.

Today President Trump again took to Twitter to accuse Amazon of paying “little or no taxes.” His tweet sent the stock down about 4 percent this morning as investors feared Trump could raise taxes on the e-commerce company or try to break it apart.

But, just a few hours later, the stock has recovered and is up about 1 percent today. In fact, that’s the recurring theme to any Trump-induced stock plunge for Amazon. After it falls, it always recovers, either within a few hours, or up to a month at the longest count.

In the past year, Amazon’s average daily price change has been about 0.3 percent, so sending the stock down several percentage points is a big drop. However, the fall is usually short-lived, like today:

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As you can see, after this morning’s tweet, Amazon stock came back up to pre-tweet levels at around 1:30 pm.

(Yesterday, there was another Trump-induced Amazon’s stock plunge after a news report outlined his obsession with reining in Amazon. That sent the stock down about 5 percent, but, technically, that wasn’t a tweet.)

Below is a look at some of Trump’s other tweets about Amazon and how the stock has behaved in their wake. It’s important to note that there are lots of other things going on in the world besides Trump’s tweets that could affect the stock, but the president certainly has an impact.

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In general, these tweets seem to have no lasting effect on Amazon’s stock price. In the last twelve months, the stock has climbed 67 percent:

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Amazon’s 4K Fire TV is down to $55 today only

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Cut. That. Cord.

Amazon has dropped the price of its 4K Fire TV streaming device down to $ 54.99. This is about $ 15 off the normal price and one of the better deals we’ve seen. While this price isn’t quite as low as a deal we saw in early March, that sale was exclusive to Prime members and this one is not.

The 4K Fire TV deal is part of a huge one-day only sale from Amazon taking 20% off select Alexa-enabled devices.

If you’ve been considering cutting the cord, or want to add some streaming options to a new TV in your home, this is one of the best ways to do it. You can also get the 4K Fire TV for $ 35 when you prepay for one month worth of DIRECTV NOW service.

There are plenty of other devices on sale, too, like the Echo Spot and Fire TV tablets

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Amazon’s Latest Patent Would Make Drones Responsive To Yelling and Arm-Flailing

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Amazon is finally making a delivery drone that doesn’t just keep attacking flying at you if you’re yelling and waving your arms.

Some context: in an effort to fuel our endless addiction for same-day delivery, Amazon and its competitors have been looking to the skies to skip highways and roads congested with delivery trucks and morning commuters.

Amazon Prime Air — the retail giant’s drone delivery system concept — has been in the works since December of 2013, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promised the company wuld make 30-minute deliveries of packages up to 5 pounds (2.25 kg). In 2016, the first public trial took place in Cambridge, England.

If Amazon has its way, drones are going to be delivering those nose-hair clippers you ordered, lickety-split. But what’s not yet clear is how those drones are going to fit in with the rest of society. The U.S. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is still catching up, creating and modifying its regulations to allow for drones to operate commercially.

Now, Amazon has filed a patent for a delivery drone more responsive to the humans around it. The drone would be equipped with technology that would make it responsive to the frantic calls and hand-waving of nearby humans. According to GeekWire, the concept dates back to 2014, and is a continuation of an earlier patent intended to smooth over UAV-human interaction.

A quick glance at the patent’s A+ illustrations indicates the huge comedic potential of having your neighbor yelling “SIT!” and “LAND!” while waving his arms at the UAV delivering his electric toothbrush.

 

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To do this, a drone would have to be equipped with a host of sensors, from depth sensors and infrared, along with extremely sensitive microphones.

But the drones already on the market today are nearly there. For instance, the DJI Spark released in 2017 can be controlled Jedi-mind-tricks-style with a raised arm.

According to the patent, Amazon drones will be able to do this, plus follow bystanders’ directions from the roof of the delivery vehicle to the recipient’s home (though it’s hard to imagine that neighbors would necessarily know that you ordered something 30 minutes ago, or, if they’re like mine, that they would, you know, actually be helpful).

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But the patent raises more questions than answers. Could the drone still deliver to your home when you’re not there? What if, when you flail your arms to get the drone to back off, it kept going and chopped off your arm instead? Would Amazon cover the return shipping of your medical bill?

As with countless other patents of this kind, there’s a pretty decent chance this technology will never see the light of day. After all, we’re still waiting on Amazon’s self-destructing delivery drone and a giant floating fulfillment center.

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Amazon’s latest patent is a delivery drone that understands when you shout at it

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Amazon has filed a patent for a delivery drone that responds when you call or wave at it. The patent was spotted by GeekWire and the concept drone is designed to recognize human gestures, and then respond accordingly. Gestures the drone would recognize include, for example, waving arms, pointing, the flashing of lights, and speech. (The illustration shows a man wildly waving his arms and with a speech bubble next to his mouth).

The patent was initially filed in July 2016 and published this week. “The human recipient and / or the other humans can communicate with the vehicle using human gestures to aid the vehicle along its path to the delivery location,” the patent states. The patent gives an example of a “shooing” motion, which the…

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Amazon’s Michigan Wolverines ‘All or Nothing’ series debuts April 6th

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Amazon's found great success with its All or Nothing series focused on NFL teams. Now the online giant has announced that Prime Video will host additional sports documentaries under this banner. The previously announced eight-episode series All or No…
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Amazon’s in-home delivery service app now has fingerprint authentication

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Amazon Key, the service that lets the company’s couriers access your home to drop off parcels, works via a home security camera and a smart door lock. The service was introduced last October and runs in tandem with the Amazon Key app, which has been updated today on Android to include fingerprint authentication, as spotted by Android Police.

Amazon Key allows you to remotely lock / unlock your door and check delivery footage, so the extra layer of security is useful for people who might leave a secondary phone or tablet lying around the house. Reviewers have previously expressed concern that the app launches with automatic access to the camera, guest profiles, and the door lock — problems that should be mitigated with fingerprint…

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