Amazon's Gold Box Forum Is A Beautiful Pocket Of Internet Insanity

It’s an inviolable rule of the internet that if you provide people with a place to type words in public, chaos will follow close behind. Nowhere is this more true than the Amazon Gold Box forum, one of the internet’s more delightful clearing houses of crazy.

How To Make Sure Amazon's Recommendations Actually Work

Amazon has a lot of information about you, which it uses to suggest other stuff you might like (to buy). If you notice that your recommendations are frequently unhelpful, then there are some tweaks you can make inside your user account to try and improve them. Here are the screens and the settings you need to head for.

Amazon Might Soon Look Like This

Amazon’s been testing a new design for its homepage, and it appears that this rather dark-and-stormy front page has today been appearing for far more users across the US.

Here's How Microsoft Imagined The Smart Home Of The Future In 1999

Early rumours may have hinted that Apple had a fully integrated smart home up its sleeve. But after a few WWDCs, we know that’s not the case. And it’s unclear what developers are going to do with Apple’s HomeKit, a piecemeal tease that implies you’ll soon be able to control your smart toaster with your iPhone. But in the meantime, we have this Microsoft concept video from circa 1999, showing the amazing interconnected smart home of tomorrow.

Amazon Pulls Werewolf Novel Sequel For Surprisingly Non-Werewolf Reasons

Amazon is no stranger to independent publishing drama. But when it pulled books in the past, it at least purported to have some sort of legitimate reason. In the case of High Moor 2: Moonstruck (the story of one werewolf gang’s quest to keep its existence hidden and the extreme lengths to which it goes to protect its deadly secret) that reason appears to be… hyphens.

Meet Amazon's #1 Reviewer, A Quirky Woman Who Loves Battery Chargers

Ali Julia may or may not be her real name. But to the complex and influential world of Amazon reviews, Ali Julia is a name to be reckoned with. The mysterious Boston woman with an affection for computers and battery chargers is the number one ranked reviewer on Amazon. She sounds a little quirky, too.

The Best-Selling Music On Amazon This Year Was Somehow Not Taylor Swift

Amazon just released its list of top-selling MP3 songs and albums of the year, and Taylor Swift was surprisingly not at the top slot of either. Shake it off, girl.

Amazon Echo Teardown: A Dark Tower Of Voice Control

Amazon’s Echo speaker promises to make your life better by being a Siri for your kitchen, an always-listening assistant you can ask for help when your hands are covered in batter. The folks at iFixit got one, and naturally started ripping it apart. Once you dive in, it looks like spare parts for the Death Star.

HOT Christmas Deals: Chromecast Twin Pack, Sony Speakers, Kindle And More

More Christmas tech gear for all budgets! From Gizmodo Australia’s newly crowned Best TV Of 2014 (slashed to just $779) to sub-$100 gift options like a special Chromecast twin pack or Jabra Bluetooth streamer to safely make calls while while driving.

You Can Now Barter With Amazon Sellers

Amazon has today added a new Make An Offer option to its site, which allows customers to negotiate prices with sellers. But it’s not an auction; these discussions are done in private, and you’ll only ever pay less than the asking price (unless you do something really dumb).