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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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Apple Offers iPhone 5s In-Store Pickup, Availability Check

Apple is now allowing customers to check the availability of its iPhone 5s and arrange for in-store pickup through its online store. Currently, all 5s models on all carriers are showing an October shipping date. Although it differs by store, a search of numerous zip codes shows very few models are available for in-store pickup at this time, however, some iPhone 5s units—particularly in Space Gray—are available for certain carriers. By comparison, the iPhone 5c is still shipping within 24 hours, and many models appear to be available for in-store pickup.

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Introducing PayPal Beacon: Shopping Made Seamless

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Merchants now have the ability to plug in PayPal Beacon to provide their customers with a completely new shopping experience. The first device of its kind, PayPal Beacon allows merchants to connect directly to their customers PayPal app for automatic check-in.

Faster than swiping a credit card or tapping a mobile phone at the point of sale, PayPal Beacon will make the payment experience get out of the way. It will leverage Bluetooth Low Energy; a breakthrough technology that enables connected devices to communicate with each other seamlessly, while keeping the energy consumption at a very low level. By using BLE, transactions can take place without having to open up an app, without GPS being turned on, and even without a phone signal. When its time to pay, customers don’t have to lift a finger to take advantage of offers or complete the payment — its all done securely with no cash, no card and no signature required.

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Consumers will have full control of stores they will want to check in to, those they will want to get prompted to confirm payment for, and stores they will want to enable a complete hands-free experience for. We value our customers’ privacy, so PayPal Beacon won’t constantly track a user’s location. If a consumer enters a store and declines to check in, or just ignores the prompt entirely, no information is transmitted to PayPal or the merchant.

PayPal Beacon devices will be available for merchants to purchase early next year. At that time, consumers will be able to download or update a new version of the PayPal app to take advantage of Beacon-enabled shopping experiences.

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Paying With Your Phone Has Never Been So Easy With The New PayPal App

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Yesterday, PayPal launched their completely reimagined PayPal app on iPhone and Android, making it easier for customers to pay when they’re in-store and send money to friends.

Thousands of restaurants, cafes, clothing stores and other retail locations now allow shoppers to pay just using their mobile phones.

The PayPal app has a new tab called ‘Shop’, which you can use to find shops or restaurants nearby that accept PayPal payments. You can then ‘check in’ and open a tab with just a swipe. You can change how you want to pay right on the “check in” screen, meaning you’ve really got access to your entire wallet in the app. After you’ve paid, you’ll see a confirmation alert and our usual PayPal email receipt.

Download the new app on your iPhone or Android smartphone and check it out.

 

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The $12,900 Basketball

To commemorate the September 4th reopening of Hermès 12,000-square-foot Beverly Hills boutique (434 N. Rodeo Drive) that’s undergoing renovation, the brand is rolling out its first-ever basketball for a whopping $12,900.

Hermès has turned out footballs and soccer balls in the past, avoiding its signature orange in favor of a California-chic, cool blue for the bull calfskin ball that’s made using the same hand-stitched technique as Hermes’ coveted Birkin bags.

“It represents the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California,” says Robert Chavez, Hermes U.S. CEO, who says that the exceptional quality of the leather as well as the artisanal craftsmanship account for the ball’s price.

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Whole Foods Market Selling Vinyl Records

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Whole Foods Market is on track to launch a new noteworthy endeavor. Whole Foods Market’s Third and Fairfax, West Hollywood, Arroyo, Santa Barbara and Venice stores will each carry a carefully curated selection of vinyl records, along with a line of locally sourced LSTN Headphones.

Whole Foods Market will be offering a wide selection of records, including Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, Daft Punk and Bob Marley. Alongside vinyl records, shoppers will find a selection of LSTN Headphones, where for every pair sold, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. LSTN Headphones are made from reclaimed, exotic woods sourced from furniture and flooring manufacturers, making each pair of headphones truly unique. LSTN Headphones are designed locally in West Hollywood by LSTN, a music startup that aims to give back through the power of music while providing unique products that sound amazing and look great.

Whole Foods Market will also be celebrating the addition of vinyl records with giveaways and events at each participating store throughout the month of August. Shoppers can contact their local Whole Foods Market store for full details.

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Astronaut Duvet

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If your child is an aspiring rocketeer, then the Astronaut duvet cover ($80) will fill their dreams of exploring outer space.

It is available to pre-order at the Dutch company Snurk (estimated delivery March 2013).

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Harry Potter Fan Shop Opens at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Station in UK

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An exclusive Harry Potter Merchandise store has opened at King’s Cross Station in London, alongside the series’ iconic platform 9 ¾.

The store will sell licensed merchandise from the Harry Potter franchise and is the only one of its kind in London.

Items on sale at the Platform 9 ¾ store include character’s wands, Hogwarts clothing, collectors jewelry, crafted figures, golden platform 9 ¾ tickets as well as the series of books themselves.

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Warwick Davis, who played both Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the series, was on site to cut the red tape.

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Target Draw & Go Gift Card

This new Target gift card ($5 – $1,000) was created by the Design firm Invisible Creatures.

Unfold the map, flip the switch and watch Bullseye cruise along!

Or better yet, turn the map over and draw your own track (using the complimentary marker) – Bullseye follows along the path you’ve created!

  

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