Amazon Prime

  1. Tech

    It’s Finally Happening: Amazon’s Raising Their Yearly Prime Price to $99

    For the first time since Amazon introduced their free-shipping Prime membership to customers nine years ago, it's raising its prices on us -- from $79 a year to $99. Probably to pay for all those drones they're working on, we expect.

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  2. Tech

    Amazon Prime Matches Netflix Monthly Plan, Still Offers Everything From Before

    Amazon's really wanting to bolster their Amazon Prime subscriptions, apparently. The annual subscription, which runs $79, wasn't cutting it for them. If you're the type of person that regularly purchases items from the online retailer, the annual account's worth it for the free two-day delivery alone. In addition to that, Amazon Prime also offers a collection of television shows and films that subscribers can watch, like Netflix. Also like Netflix, Amazon Prime's just added a $7.99 monthly plan. That means streaming plus all the other goodies associated with an Amazon Prime account for the same price as just streaming elsewhere.

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  3. Gaming

    Amazon Prime Movie Streaming Comes To PS3

    Amazon Prime's "Amazon Instant Video" pack-in is now getting a little cooler and a little more of a threat to services like Netflix. Amazon Instant Video is now available on the PS3, and by extension, your TV. If you've got Prime and you want to get things going, all you have to do is hop on to your PS3, download the app and let her rip. With console support, Amazon Instant Video seems like more of a direct competitor to Netflix, and by going with PS3 instead of Xbox, they've saved viewers the cost of an Xbox Live subscription.

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  4. Tech

    Amazon Announces Kindle Fire at $199 Price Point

    The Internet has been buzzing about the possibility (the inevitability, really) of a new Kindle-branded Amazon tablet for a while. Now it's finally here. Announced officially at an Amazon press conference this morning, the Kindle Fire is the newest addition to the Kindle family and brings some remarkably new functionality to the Kindle we're familiar with, all for a competitive, come-at-me-iPad price of $199.

    So, let's break it down, the Kindle Fire is a touchpad. Although it only has two-finger touch support, it has touch support, which sort of elevates it to the big boy tablet arena. As for physical specs, the Kindle Fire operates on Android, weighs about 14.6 ounces and has a 7-inch touchscreen which clocks in at around 3 inches smaller than competitor iPad. Whether you see that last bit as an advantage or a flaw is matter of preference.

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  5. Tech

    Amazon Reportedly Looking to Launch Netflix Style Service for Books

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is currently talking with a variety of book publishers in hopes of launching an eBook rental service in the same vein as Netflix. While book renting has been around as long as libraries have been, the prevalence of eBooks could, and probably will, permanently change the book rental landscape.

    Considering the amount of control publishers have historically had over the publication and distribution of the books in their stables, it's understandable that they might not be willing to surrender control to Amazon. It doesn't help that Amazon is looking to distrubute eBooks of all things, a product many publishing companies are still wary of. As such, it's reported that Amazon is prepared to offer publishers a sizable chunk of change if they agree to get involved in the program.

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  6. Tech

    Amazon Rolls Out Free Streaming Video for Prime Subscribers

    If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you've just gotten another goodie beyond cheap shipping: As of this morning, Prime subscribers have unlimited free access to a streaming library of about 5,000 movies and TV shows. If you don't subscribe to Amazon Prime, the service costs $79 per year ($6.60/month) and allows for unlimited free two-day shipping and $3.99/item one-day shipping.

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  7. Tech

    Is Amazon Competing with Netflix Now?

    Amazon has reported major profits selling books. Is it trying to take over streaming online video as well? Engadget reports that for a little while, Amazon Prime subscribers saw a screen offering free streaming video, which looks a lot like Netflix Watch Instantly. Does this mean Netflix might have something to worry about?

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  8. Tech

    Hey Students: Free Amazon Prime for a Year

    If you haven't already heard, is currently offering a pretty sweet deal to currently enrolled students. Provide them with a valid .edu email address, a college or university, and a major, and you can get Amazon Prime free for one year under the name "Amazon Student."

    For those not familiar with the service, Amazon Prime lets you get free two-day shipping for many Amazon items, with a one-day shipping upgrade of $3.99 per item and some occasional exclusive offers; normally, it costs $79 for a year-long subscription.

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