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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month

Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon.

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Amazon launches a dedicated storefront for wearable devices

Amazon UK has launched a dedicated store that features various wearable devices across categories like activity trackers, smartwatches, smartglasses, wearable cameras and more. With over a 100 different products already listed, Amazon's wearable technology store currently offers the largest selection of wearable devices.

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Amazon Instant Video brings ad-supported streaming, new playback controls and more

Amazon Instant Video for iPhone and iPad has been updated, allowing non-Prime members to stream the first episodes of certain TV shows for free. The update also includes new playback controls and other improvements.

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Amazon announces perplexing Fire Phone, matters nothing for Apple and iPhone

Amazon has finally announced their long-rumored handset, the Fire Phone and... it's kind of perplexing. See Android Central's complete Amazon Fire Phone coverage. On the face of it, the Fire Phone looks like a high-end Android handset from a year or two ago with some whacky 3D stuff thrown in and some amazing services that's locked up in Amazon's all-too typical U.S. jail. So, what does it mean for Apple and the iPhone?

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Amazon launches a free music streaming service for Amazon Prime subscribers

Amazon has unveiled a music streaming service, dubbed Prime Music, that will be offered for free to all existing Amazon Prime subscribers. Amazon mentions that consumers can choose from over 1 million songs from the catalog at launch, and is also offering a 30-day fee trail for non-Prime members to check out the service.

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Buy a Sonos speaker from Amazon, get a $50 credit

It's a good time to invest in a wireless speaker from Sonos. Today, Amazon announced that it will offer its customers a $50 credit in its online store for the purchase of select Sonos products.

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Amazon brings Audible integration to the Kindle app

Amazon is integrating professional narration into its Kindle app through a software update. The new version of the app allow you to switch from reading a book to an audiobook version of the same for as low as $0.99.

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With iBooks tied up by courts, Amazon runs roughshod over publishers

When the U.S. government sued Apple over its entry into the ebooks market there was a fear that the action would result in Amazon, who already enjoyed a dominant market position, increasing their power to potentially abusive levels. So, was that fear justified?

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HBO shows start arriving in Amazon Instant Video, just as promised

The first wave of HBO shows on Amazon Instant Video just went live, including big-name shows like The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Big Love, and Rome. Prime subscribers are getting access to a whole bunch of other great shows that will never be coming to Netflix, as Amazon has locked down HBO as an exclusive as far as online-only streaming services go. HBO Go will be coming to the Fire TV later this year. And while Amazon still doesn't have an Instant Video app for Android, they mercifully do make one an Amazon Instant Video app for iPhone and iPad

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Apple App Store 'freemium' apps being investigated by Italian regulator

Google, Apple and Amazon are being investigated by Italian regulators over freemium apps. It's no secret that the freemium model for financing apps on mobile app stores have taken off in recent years. Simply doing a quick search on popular mobile platforms today will yield hundreds of results for freemium games and apps, initially free-of-charge to download, but sporting in-app purchases. The issue is whether or not consumers are being misled.

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