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Amazon Go

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Amazon Go is a new kind of store with no checkout required. Amazon created the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line. With their “Just Walk Out” Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout!

The checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. Their Just Walk Out technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, your Amazon account will be charged and a receipt will be sent to you.

The future stores will roughly measure 1,800 square feet which is conveniently compact so busy customers can get in and out fast.

To get started, all you need is an Amazon account, a supported smartphone, and the free Amazon Go app.

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Amazon Go offers delicious ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh every day by on-site chefs and favorite local kitchens and bakeries. The selection of grocery essentials ranges from staples like bread and milk to artisan cheeses and locally made chocolates. You’ll find well-known brands plus special finds.

Currently there is a single store which is located at 2131 7th Ave, Seattle, WA, on the corner of 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street. Amazon Go is currently open to Amazon employees in a Beta program, and will open to the public in early 2017.

Click HERE to be updated when an Amazon Go store is coming to your neighborhood.

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Amazon Opens A Physical Bookstore In Seattle

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Amazon got its start as an online bookseller, and now — over 20 years later — it’s decided to sell books the old-fashioned way. On Tuesday, Amazon will open a store in Seattle called Amazon Books. Not only is it one of Amazon’s first physical locations, but it’s also Amazon’s first physical bookstore. Amazon says that it won’t entirely be doing things like a traditional store, however; it’ll be relying on Amazon.com data — including customer ratings, sales totals, and Goodread’s popularity — to decide which books to stock. Curators will have some say, too.

In addition to selling books, Amazon is also going to be putting its devices on display. Visitors will be able to try Kindles, the Echo, the Fire TV, and Fire Tablets.

The store is located in Seattle’s University Village and will be open seven days a week, except for holidays. Amazon says that this is a permanent location — not just a pop-up shop.

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Amazon Announces Prime Day, A Global Shopping Event On July 15, 2015

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Amazon Prime Day is a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. On Wednesday, July 15 new and existing members will be able to shop thousands of Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day, and will receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping. Members will find deals starting at midnight PST, with new deals starting throughout the day, as often as every ten minutes. Not a Prime member? Try Prime today and get immediate access to deals on July 15.

Prime members can find deals on products across categories including electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more. Members will enjoy deals on items perfect for summer adventures, their to-do list, family road trips, back to school supplies, and everyday essentials. Prime members can shop on any device, including smartphones and tablets and enjoy deals anytime, and anywhere.

Click HERE for more information.

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Amazon Dash Button

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Never worry about running out of your essentials again with the Amazon Dash Button (Free). This intelligent series of physical buttons link to your Amazon account, allowing you to instantly reorder a variety of products from well-known brands like Gillette, Gatorade, Clorox, and more with a single press. Running low on toilet paper? Press the Cottonelle button. Trash bags? Glad button. Laundry Detergent, simply press the Tide button.

The button comes with a reusable adhesive and a hook so you can hang, stick, or place it right where you need it. Keep Dash Button handy in the kitchen, bath, laundry, or anywhere you store your favorite products.

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The button is simple to set up. Use the Amazon app on your smartphone to easily connect to your home Wi-Fi network and select the product you want to reorder with Dash Button. Once connected, a single press automatically places your order. Amazon sends an order alert to your phone, so it’s easy to cancel if you change your mind. Unless you elect otherwise, Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered.

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Magic, A Text Message-Based Service That Promises to Get Users Anything They Want (As Long As It’s Not Illegal)

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Magic is a new text message-based service by Mountain View, California based startup Plus Labs, Inc. with operators standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week that promises to get users anything they want as long as its not illegal.

In essence, a user sends a request for, say, groceries or plane tickets, and Magic goes to work, returning with a price that includes a built-in “tip.”

The service works anywhere in the United States and happily accepts Bitcoin.

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Apple Announces Product(RED) Gift Cards For Black Friday

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Apple has released information on the Product(RED) iTunes Gift Cards that it will be giving out with qualifying purchases on Black Friday, with a percentage of each Gift Card donated to the (RED) Global Fund. Qualifying products include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, all iPad Air and iPad mini models, iPod touch, iPod nano, Apple TV, all current iMac and MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, and Beats Headphones and Speakers. iPhone and iPad buyers will receive a $50 gift card, Mac buyers a $100 card, and iPod, Apple TV, and Beats buyers will receive a $25 card. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus purchases are limited to two gift cards per household, as are iPad Air and iPad mini purchases.

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IKEA Singapore Parodies The Apple iPad Launch Video For Their New 2015 Catalog

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IKEA Singapore has parodied the Apple iPad launch video for their new 2015 catalog. The video specifically calls attention to the fact that the catalog is a physical item, and invites interested parties to “experience the power of a bookbook.”

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Amazon Dash

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Amazon launched a new product named Amazon Dash today (April 4, 2014) that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company’s AmazonFresh service.

A black-and-white hand-held wand-shaped remote-control features a microphone, speaker as well as a bar-code reader and links directly to the user’s AmazonFresh account.

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Dash connects to your home Wi-Fi network and works directly with your AmazonFresh account. Say or scan items into your Dash, and then view the list on your desktop or mobile device to purchase and schedule delivery.

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Every member of the family can use Dash to easily add items to your AmazonFresh shopping list. Keep it on your kitchen counter or hang it on the refrigerator. Did your kids just eat the last of the cereal? Conveniently refill and restock your home’s everyday essentials, and have fun doing it.

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The device is available only for users of the AmazonFresh which currently operates exclusively in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle. The device is free during the trial period, according to the product’s website.

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Amazon Prime Air: Your Amazon Packages Could Soon Arrive By Flying Drones

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed tonight on 60 Minutes the company’s future delivery method: drones. You can watch the segment below (The drone portion kicks in at the 11:15 mark):

The goal of this new delivery system called Prime Air is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. The airborne robots will be capable of delivering packages up to five pounds (86 percent of orders are apparently less than that) with a range of 10 miles.


As Amazon puts it, “Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations” and Bezos himself added in the TV segment that it won’t be before 2015 at the very earliest.

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Hammacher Schlemmer Offering The Authentic 1966 Batmobile For Only $200,000

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So accurate it requires almost a year to complete, this is the officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile featured in the iconic 1960s TV show and it will only set you back a mere $200,000.

Built on a custom Lincoln chassis, this crime-fighting cruiser comes standard with a 430-horsepower, 383 Blueprint Crate engine and a Monster TH350 automatic transmission. Though equipped with neither atomic batteries for power nor turbines for speed, a rear-facing propane tank creates the same afterburner effect as the original. The vehicle’s cockpit honors the gadgetry of the TV series with a blinking Batphone, switch-operated electric actuators that open the hood and trunk, and a rotating red beacon to alert citizens while in pursuit of fiendish criminals. Other intriguing, if less functional, accessories include a glowing detect-a-scope screen, a Batbeam ray that raises from a hood-mounted antenna, and empty rear parachute packs. The vehicle’s exterior bears all the hallmarks of its namesake, from bubble-canopy windshields to chrome “rocket” tubes behind the rear windshield. Though the original Batmobile lacked rearview mirrors, this street-legal model comes with clamp-on side mirrors as well as a rear video camera.

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To order The Authentic 1966 Batmobile call 1-800-227-3528 and a Hammacher Schlemmer Product Specialists will gladly answer all questions and provide additional information.

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