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Amazon Fire TV comes to the UK

Amazon’s FireTV set-top-box is finally making its way to the UK, six months after its debut in the States. Essentially a rival to Google’s Chomecast and Apple TV, Amazon’s packed a lot of punch into the box. The FireTV supports a tonne of different streaming services – including Amazon’s own Instant Video, Netflix and even apps from the likes of …

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Google testing Project Wing drone delivery service

Amazon is not the only company investigating the possibility of using drones to deliver goods to customers – now search giant Google is testing a drone delivery system. Google is conducting tests on Project Wing, a delivery-by-drone service, in Australia. The project is being developed by Google X, the company’s Califfornia-based tech research branch which is also responsible for its self-driving …

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LG G3 to hit 10 million sales… Amazon Fire Phone to receive patronising “good effort” award?

We’ve seen some big launches over the last year – but that doesn’t ever mean companies launching phones can expect big results. First, the good news for LG, which according to the Korea Times, reckons that it is going to hit 10 million LG G3 units sold for the first time since it entered the smartphone market. That’s pretty impressive …

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James O'MalleyLG G3 to hit 10 million sales… Amazon Fire Phone to receive patronising “good effort” award?
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Netflix now in 10% of British homes

Streaming film and television service Netflix is now hooked up to more than three million British households. A report in the Daily Telegraph says that the new figure means more than one in 10 households have joined the service, and signals a rise in take-up over the past year. The report says that Netflix is well ahead of its nearest …

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Amazon drops pre-orders for Disney titles

Amazon in the US has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies in what appears to be another contract dispute, according the Wall Street Journal. Copies of films such as Muppets Most Wanted, Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier were unavailable for order on DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.com on Sunday, although digital copies were still available for pre-order. Pre-orders …

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Greenpeace and Amazon in war of words over clean power

Greenpeace does not appear to be a big fan of Amazon, or its Amazon Web Services In a recent Green Internet report, Greenpeace praised companies such as Microsoft, Google  and Apple for their green credentials, while claiming that AWS had the “dirtiest” cloud. “AWS has dropped further and further behind its competitors in building an internet that runs on renewable …

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Netflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double

Streaming video may not have supplanted broadcast TV, DVD or Blu-ray quite yet, but it appears to be well on its way. Online TV and movie streaming service Netflix announced this week that it now had more than 50 million subscribers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Releasing its results for the second quarter of 2014 on Monday, Netflix also …

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Amazon Prime coming to Android at last!

A good spot from our pals at Shiny Shiny – an Amazon spokesperson has told PC Advisor that Amazon Instant Video is coming to Android “imminently”. Instant Video has been a curious omission from the platform – only previously being made available on iOS and Amazon’s own Kindle Fire tablets. Given that the Kindle Fire runs Android, albeit a distinct …

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Facebook is testing a ‘buy’ button

Amazon recently rolled out a “buy now” feature for its followers on Twitter, and now it seems that Facebook is looking at a similar feature for its website. Facebook said this week that it is testing a Buy button to help businesses drive sales through the News Feed and on their Facebook Pages. “With this feature, people on desktop or …

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Amazon appears to be testing ebook subscription service

It seems that Amazon is preparing to give readers something to get excited about – a Netflix-style digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with access to a potential library of more than 600,000 titles for about £6 a month. The discovery was first reported by the news site GigaOm. Amazon has since deleted the details, but …

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