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Will Amazon.com Inc.’s Internet of Things Ambitions Pan Out?

13 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) recently unveiled the Dash Button, a tiny button that can be stuck or clipped to various surfaces around the home. When pressed, the device automatically orders preset consumable products such as Glad trash bags, Gillette razors, Cottonelle toilet paper, Huggies diapers, and Tide detergent. The Dash Button synchronizes to Amazon’s mobile shopping […]

Why Jill Solloway — the Creator of ‘Transparent’ — Has Never Watched Her Show on Amazon, Which Distributes It, and Other Secrets of Hi-Powered Showrunners

By Hillary Atkin A few secrets from Jill Soloway, creator and executive producer of Amazon Studios’ “Transparent”: “I used to say ‘marijuana’ [when someone asked me what I need to write], but that’s not true anymore,” Soloway said, as the audience erupted in laughter. “Pot doesn’t...

Some Food For Thought From Paul Schrader On The Shifting Tides Of TV And Prestige Pics

Writer/director Paul Schrader, on a byproduct of the growth of Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Amazon Prime and other non-theatrical showcases for content that once went theatrical, and how it is impacting dark prestige product like the new film Child 44 that continues to brave the theatrical release. Show More Summary

Energy Gang: Can NRG Become the Apple or Google of Electricity Delivery? [PODCAST]

Last March, NRG CEO David Crane wrote a passionate letter to investors. “There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry today,” he lamented. The plan, said Crane, was to make NRG the company “that enables the consumer to make their own energy choices.” read more

Amazon.com, Inc. Echo To Power Smart Home Push

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) had launched its voice-controlled smart speaker, the Amazon Echo, in November 2014. In the most prominent update to the move, the e-commerce giant today revealed a new innovation in its smart product: the ability to control lights and switches by the power of your words. The company sent an E-mail earlier today […]

Amazon Hints at Smart Home Future Through Echo Device

Amazon.com’s Echo voice-activated device is starting to take shape. The company is adding new capabilities to its Wi-Fi-connected speaker and virtual assistant, such as the ability to remotely operate lights and appliances. With just voice commands, for example, someone in bed could turn a television on and turn off the lights. Amazon informed Echo owners […]

Paul Haggis Circling Amazon Tale ‘Last Of The Tribe’

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Haggis is circling The Last Of The Tribe, a fact-based jungle thriller scripted by Mark Bailey, who co-wrote the Oscar nominated documentary Last Days In Vietnam. Here, he adapted The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest...Show More Summary

Amazon Dash + Poppy IoT Coffee Maker + Wink Home Automation = Wow

Amazon’s new Dash replenishment service is just one element of what will become a smart home full of IoT devices that can practically refill themselves, all while being controlled by the home automation system of choice, starting with Wink. Amazon went live with its Dash replenishment service last week: Stick a (free) Wi-Fi-enabled Tide button […]

‘Orphan Black’ Season 1 Gets Amazon Free Play Ahead Of New Episodes

Amazon has a little gift for folks who missed out on the first season of Orphan Black a couple of years ago. Season 1 of the BBC America clone drama starring Tatiana Maslany will stream for free on Amazon Instant Video for 24 hours starting Friday at 12:01 AM PT. Show More Summary

That's Not True! 3 Tips for Responding to False Reviews Online

Amazon and Yelp are both currently suing companies that sell fake online reviews, a major reminder that online reputation can have a major impact on the success or failure of a business. Reading just three negative reviews can be enough to change the mind of most consumers, according to......

Amazon Makes Season 1 of 'Orphan Black' Free to Watch on Friday, April 17—No Prime Membership Required

Amazon today announced that Prime Instant Video, the exclusive home for seasons one and two of BBC AMERICA’s Orphan Black, will offer season one of the gripping drama for free to all customers this Friday, April 17.

3 Count: Radio Parity

Fair Play Fair Pay act proposed to equalize music royalties, HarperCollins and Amazon reach a deal and Periscope talks piracy.

HarperCollins Settles Terms With Amazon

4 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

HarperCollins and Amazon have come to terms and renewed their multiyear publishing contract. “HarperCollins has reached an agreement with Amazon and our books will continue to be available on the Amazon print and digital platforms,”Show More Summary

Diego Luna To Star In Amazon’s Casanova Pilot Directed By Jean Pierre Jeunet

Amazon and Electus have set the cast for the Giacomo Casanova drama pilot, which is being directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jean Pierre Jeunet (Amelie). Diego Luna (Elysium, Y Tu Mamá También) has been tapped for the title role,Show More Summary

How Your Need For Detergent And Coffee Will Fuel Amazon’s Smart Home

Amazon has a bold new gadget, and it’s a button. It’s literally a stick-on, Internet-connected button that, when pressed, sends a “Bat-Signal” to Amazon to order more dog food, coffee, detergent or other common household goods. The new Dash Button looks like an April Fool’s Day joke, but it actually reveals quite a lot about the […]

Amazon Prime Subscribers Still Prefer Netflix

Consumers in the United States are more likely to subscribe to Amazon Prime for free two-day shipping than streaming video, according to Strategy Analytics. read more

Podcast #221 – Jacob Stoller, “The Lean CEO”

MP3 File (run time 38:22) My guest for episode #221 is Jacob Stoller, author of a book that was just released: The Lean CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. It’s available now through Amazon or you can learn more through his book’s website. As Jacob explains, he’s a journalist, not a Lean practitioner, and he interviewed […]

Kobo Takes on Amazon With New eReader

Rakuten’s eReader company Kobo has reveled a new eReader called the Kobo Glo HD which rivals Amazon’s Kindle Voyage. Kobo’s new device, which comes out on May 1st, features a high resolution 6-inch eInk display. The device is only $129.99,...Show More Summary

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