Amazon unveils SmileCodes, its own version of QR codes

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The online marketplace will be using their own form of quick response codes to share offers and discounts. Amazon has announced it is rolling out its own branded form of QR codes, which it has called SmileCodes. These logo shaped quick response codes will let shoppers activate the company’s offers through a fast and easy scan. When shoppers spot the smile shaped QR codes in the real world, they can scan them to access the offer. Shoppers will be able to see the SmileCodes and their associated offers in real…

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Amazon tablet lineup includes new low-cost options and kids models, too

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The massive online marketplace is now offering a thinner, lighter and cheaper model of Kindle Fire. The latest Amazon tablet offerings have been unveiled and it’s clear that affordability and children are two areas of central focus for the company. The spotlight has fallen on a new version of the company’s 7-inch tablet, which is now lighter and thinner. Moreover, the larger 8-inch version of it is $10 cheaper. This newly unveiled Fire 7 is the latest bare bones and yet very affordable Amazon mobile device. This new Amazon tablet…

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Your Amazon Alexa may soon make phone calls

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An upcoming version of the device may also be able to work as an intercom, say certain reports. According to a number of sources, a future version of Amazon Alexa will be unveiled which makes it possible to make phone calls initiated via voice command. The system would also make it possible for people to talk to each other through an intercom feature. The sources, which have been cited in several reports, have said that the company has been beta testing the new Amazon Alexa hardware internally. Moreover, they said…

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Will the Amazon wireless experiment receive government approval?

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The online marketplace company is seeking the FCC’s approval to test technology in Seattle and rural Washington. An Amazon wireless experiment is in the works to test out mobile devices and fixed-base stations in Seattle and rural areas of Washington state. Amazon revealed this much of its mysterious plans in recent government filings to the Federal Communications Commission. The filings do not specifically describe what will be involved in Amazon’s technology tests. However, what is known about this Amazon wireless experiment is that it looks like it is testing a…

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Will Amazon Echo help investigators to solve a murder?

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Officials in a current case under investigation have issued a warrant to learn what the device “heard.” The Amazon Echo is making headlines not only because it was the e-commerce giant’s top selling item during the holiday season this year. It may also provide evidence to investigators in a murder case. Bentonville, Arkansas police have issued a warrant to Amazon, requesting the Echo’s data. The investigators are hoping that the Amazon Echo was “listening” at the time of the murder of Victor Collins. Prosecutors would use the connected device’s data…

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