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Whole Foods Shareholders Say Yes to Amazon Deal

Whole Foods shareholders voted Wednesday to bless a $13.7 billion union with Amazon that the organic grocery chain’s CEO had called “love at first sight.”   That approval is one step required to close the deal, which is a bold move into physical stores for Amazon and has the possibility of making big changes to the supermarket industry and online grocery ordering. The deal also needs the go-ahead from government regulators.   By buying Whole Foods, Amazon will get more than 460 stores and potentially very lucrative data about how…

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Echo Show gives you a reason to actually use Amazon Prime Photos

The Echo Show is a great digital picture frame. Now you’ll just have to start using Amazon Prime Photos. There are too many ways to manage your photos online. That’s a good thing, actually, because choice is good. It’s just that I’ve never had any reason to use Amazon Prime Photos, and so I’d never bothered taking a look at Amazon Prime Photos. Turns out it’s actually pretty good. Probably not as good or use as Google Photos, or Apple’s own scheme. But it’s definitely something you should check out…

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. Fire TV 4K: Which should you buy?

Two streaming solutions, both alike in dignity, from fair Amazon, where we make our choice. … Which should you buy? We’ve got your answer. When it comes to plugging into your television, Amazon has two options that’ll tempt you to open your wallet. There’s the Fire TV, and the Fire TV Stick. Neither one should bust your budget. In fact, the more expensive of the two is less than $100. And both do generally the same thing — they give you access to Amazon’s Appstore (and Amazon Music, let you…

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What’s new on Amazon Prime Video in September 2017

There’s a lot to watch on Amazon Video. Here’s what’s coming up in September 2017. Amazon Prime Video has quickly become one of the go-to destinations for on-demand content, thanks in no small part to devices like the $50 Amazon Fire Stick, the $90 Amazon Fire TV, and now the $229 Amazon Echo Show. That’s the easy part. What’s not quite so easy is keeping up with everything that’s new on Amazon Prime Video — because new shows are always coming and going. On deck in the coming weeks is one…

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Amazon Alexa: Everything you need to know about the heart of the Echo

You wouldn’t have the Amazon Echo (or Echo Dot, or Echo Show, or whatever) without Amazon Alexa. Here’s what you need to know about the two. Amazon Echo. Or Alexa. They’re one and the same, really. That is, an Amazon Echo without Alexa really isn’t any more than just a speaker. And Alexa without a speaker is just … Well, nothing. Confused yet. I don’t blame you. Let’s explain the difference this way: Echo is hardware, Alexa is software Amazon Echo — and all of its permutations — is hardware. Alexa is…

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What devices can play Amazon Music?

You can listen to Amazon Music on nearly any device that’s out there. String up two tin cans on a flag pole, and that might work, too. (Or not.) Here’s a more definitive list, though. Amazon Music is as ubiquitous as just about any other music service out there. Tens of millions of songs. Available on nearly any device you can think of. In your car. On your phone. On a TV. On your computer. Here’s the breakdown of all the devices you can use with Amazon Music, and where…

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Which Amazon Music subscription should you get?

Amazon has a really good music service that you might have overlooked. Here’s what you need to know about Amazon Music. Fun fact you might not be aware of: Amazon has a really good music service. It’s called, as you might expect, Amazon Music. And just like Apple Music or Google Play Music or Spotify or Pandora or whatever, it, uh, plays music. Lots and lots of music. That’s not really the exciting part. The real reason you might want to consider Amazon Music comes down to the options, and…

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Grab a 2-pack of TP-Link Smart Plugs for $40 at Amazon

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a $15 discount on Smart plugs Smart plugs are a great addition to any house. If you don’t have any smart home equipment and want to get started, these plugs are one of the best purchases that you can make. Amazon currently has a 2-pack of TP-Link smart plugs priced at just $39.99 when you use the coupon code 15SMARTKIT at checkout. For two of them you’d normally pay around $55, so this is a $15 savings, bringing the cost…

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Pick up an unlocked Huawei Mate 9 for $450 at Amazon

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a nice price drop on the Huawei Mate 9. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, Huawei’s Mate 9 may have crossed your radar. Right now you can pick one up for just $449.99 at Amazon, which is a savings of $50 from its regular price. Being unlocked, you can buy this and pop in the SIM card of your choice (from a compatible GSM carrier) and be on your way with the phone. Unfortunately, it will not…

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Technology 

AWS unveils AI monitoring for Amazon S3, other improvements

AWS launched Amazon Macie today, a service that leverages machine learning to help customers prevent inadvertent exposure of sensitive data and unauthorized access to data in Amazon S3. The company said Amazon Macie will support additional AWS storage services later this year.  Inside the company’s S3 (Simple Cloud Storage Service) platform, Amazon Macie will use natural language processing to discover and classify sensitive data, looking at factors such as personally identifiable information, private keys, and credit card information. The Macie service will also continuously monitor data access for unusual activity….

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