Amazon is the largest Internet company in the world. Originally started as an online book store, there is now almost nothing you can’t buy at amazon.com.

In addition to its ecommerce store, Amazon offers video streaming, music streaming, a publishing company and cloud services. It has also diversified into manufacturing its own branded consumer electronics products, ranging from Amazon Basics cables to Kindle ebook readers, Fire tablets and TV boxes and Echo speakers.

Amazon has its own intelligent assistant, Alexa. Created for its Echo range of smart speakers, Alexa is also supported by a wide range of third-party products, including speakers, TVs, printers, phones, laptops, cars and more. Over 100 million Alexa devices had been sold as of early 2019.

Amazon Stories November 9

Apple is facing a new antitrust class-action lawsuit, and this time it’s being accused of colluding with Amazon to raise prices. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, accuses Apple and Amazon of working together to “stifle competition” by eliminating third-party Apple resellers on Amazon Marketplace.

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Amazon Stories October 25

Amazon is adding a new way for shoppers to pay for their purchases, and it’s not Apple Pay. Despite being one of the largest online retailers to resist Apple’s payment platform, Amazon is opting for Venmo instead. Here’s how the new Venmo integration will work via Amazon…

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Amazon Stories October 20

CNN has pointed to upcoming tech earnings reports from Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Meta, Microsoft, Twitter – and suggested that they aren’t going to be pretty.

The site argues that this may be the quarter in which tech giants reveal that their seeming immunity to the broader economic climate is at an end …

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Amazon Stories October 3

An Apple and Amazon antitrust investigation in Italy last year found both companies guilty of price-fixing, fining them $225M. Both companies appealed, and a court has now cancelled the fines.

The basis of the decision has not yet been announced, and Apple had not commented at the time of writing …

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Amazon Stories July 29

Amazon Drive is shutting down in 2023, no impact to Amazon Photos

In an email to customers this morning, Amazon announced that its “Drive” cloud storage service is shutting down at the end of 2023.

Amazon Stories July 26

After US increase, Amazon Prime subscription rising by up to 43% in Europe

The cost of an Amazon Prime subscription rose by 16% in the US back in February, but those of us in Europe continued to pay the same rate. That seemed unlikely to last, and indeed the company has today notified European customers of some steep increases in the cost …

Amazon Stories July 18

Amazon Prime Video will soon receive its biggest update in years, with a very Apple TV app-like with carousel and sports tab. While the iPhone and iPad version will land later this year, Apple TV users will be able to experience this redesign later this week alongside Fire TV and Android app users.

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Amazon Stories June 9

Amazon Virtual Try-On for Shoes uses augmented reality to show them on your feet

Shopping for clothes and shoes online can be hit-and-miss, as you really need to see how they fit, as well as how they look on you. Amazon’s new Virtual Try-On for Shoes feature in its iOS app aims to solve the latter problem, using augmented reality to let you see virtual shoes on your own feet …

Amazon Stories May 31

As regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of smart home tech. But there’s a trend we’re increasingly seeing with this and other technology where we never fully own the product.

That’s true in a couple of ways, and there’s both an upside and downside to that – each illustrated by a different story I spotted this morning …

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Amazon Stories February 17

The popular comics and manga app Comixology was updated this week with multiple new features and a major change in functionality as it merged into Amazon’s platform. Users of the app, which was acquired by Amazon in 2014, don’t seem to have liked the update.

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Amazon Stories December 22, 2021

Fewer Americans trust Apple than Google and Amazon, claims WP poll

A new poll today claims that fewer Americans trust Apple than Google and Amazon. The results show that 44% of respondents trust Apple, against 48% for Google and 53% for Amazon.

Amazon Stories November 23, 2021

An Italian investigation into alleged Apple and Amazon price fixing in the sale of both Apple and Beats products has found the companies guilty. They have each been fined by the antitrust regulator.

The two companies have also been ordered to end their restrictive agreement on the sale of Beats products on Amazon …

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Amazon Stories November 16, 2021

Amazon is releasing a new Amazon Photos app for iOS devices with a redesigned experience. Version 8.0 makes it easier than ever to find photos, revisit memories, and more.

Amazon announced this update in a blog post. This “comprehensive redesign” also brings a more secure experience with private storage of users’ photos and video, as well as more personalized content with auto-curated slideshows and collages.

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Amazon Stories November 15, 2021

Amazon has announced today that it is rolling out a native macOS app on the Mac App Store. The new application offers the full catalog of Amazon Prime Video content, including support for offline viewing, purchases, and more. Head below for the full details.

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Amazon Stories October 27, 2021

Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it would start making its own self-branded TVs, described as “Amazon-built TVs” for the first time. Now, the company is also promising that its Omni and 4-Series Fire TVs will “soon” add support for both Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features.

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Amazon Stories October 6, 2021

Amazon Alexa for iOS gets new speech settings focused on improving accessibility

Amazon is updating its Alexa app with a new feature. Alexa will wait longer to reply in order to help those who have speech impairments finish commands.

Amazon Stories August 5, 2021

Amazon has now launched IMDb TV iPhone and iPad apps, letting US Apple users easily stream a mix of popular TV shows and Amazon originals at no cost. An Android app is also available.

The app will also provide early access to Universal movies under a recently signed deal …

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Amazon Stories July 19, 2021

Apple on Friday removed the Fakespot app from the iOS App Store. Fakespot, which is a service for filtering and hiding fake product reviews on Amazon, launched its iOS app last month, but now, the app has been taken down following a request from Amazon itself.

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Amazon Stories July 15, 2021

New Amazon serialized fiction platform launched on iOS Kindle app, ahead of Kindle devices

A new Amazon serialized fiction platform is coming first to the iOS Kindle app, ahead of availability on the company’s own hardware Kindle devices

Amazon Stories July 2, 2021

An Apple and Amazon antitrust investigation has opened in Spain, following a similar one in Italy, and earlier concern in the US.

While the Spanish authorities don’t go into much detail, it seems likely this relates to the global deal reached between the two companies back in 2018, and follow-on developments to this …

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Amazon Stories June 17, 2021

The Amazon Appstore has now joined Google in following Apple’s lead in reducing commissions for smaller developers – but with an interesting twist. The Amazon Appstore is an alternative place for people to download Android apps.

Apple last year announced its Small Business Program, a clever way to reduce antitrust pressure by reducing its cut of app sales to 15% for all but the very largest developers. Google did the same this year, in a rather fairer way, and now Amazon has come up with its own twist …

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Amazon Stories May 31, 2021

PSA: If you have Amazon devices, you may want to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk

If you own any one of a number of Amazon devices, and are in the US, you have just over a week to opt out of a feature the company calls Amazon Sidewalk, to avoid potential security and privacy issues …

Amazon Stories May 26, 2021

Amazon buying MGM for $8.45B after talks with Apple fizzled out

It’s been announced today that Amazon is buying MGM Studios for $8.45B, in a move likely to see existing franchises see new life via the company’s film and TV division, Amazon Studios

Amazon Stories May 17, 2021

On the same day as Apple Music HiFi launch, Amazon drops price of its HD streaming service

A few moments before Apple announced its HiFi plan, Amazon announced that its higher-quality music plan, Amazon Music HD, is now available to Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no extra cost.

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