Amazon just officially announced its long rumoured grocery store in the US, and it actually looks pretty neat. The concept is that there's no place to checkout. You just tap your phone on some sort of detector when you walk in and then walk out with your food. Once you've left, you are billed through your Amazon account.
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Amazon is building a new version of its artificially intelligent Echo speaker with a screen, according to a Bloomberg report. The device is currently being worked on by the company's secretive Lab126 research team that was also responsible for some of Amazon's greatest flops and successes like the Fire Phone, Echo Dot and Fire tablet. It sounds weird and kind of unwieldy — but it might prove to be a great idea.
A day and a half — or less. That's how long there is until Amazon's new show The Grand Tour comes out, streaming on Amazon Prime. When do we get it in Australia? Not for at least another couple of weeks.
Two months — or more. That's how long there is until the BBC's visually stunning Planet Earth II airs in Australia, on standard definition free-to-air TV.
I want to watch both these shows, a lot. But I can't. Unless I pirate them, or use a VPN.
One of the world's biggest retailers, Amazon, is on track to launch bricks and mortar grocery stores and an online supermarket in Australia within two years. Amazon's stores would be smaller than a Woolworths or Coles, and similar in size to an Aldi store. It would stock only the items people like to inspect before purchasing, namely fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and alcohol.
We all love cheap stuff, but it's an incredibly bad idea to buy a cheap charger for your phone, digital camera, or other gadget. And unfortunately, it's incredibly easy to buy these online, even from sites like Amazon, who often mistakenly sell the products as genuine.
Amazon will add 120,000 seasonal employees for the holidays this year, up 20 per cent from last year's holiday season surge. It's not unusual for companies like Amazon to add thousands of workers in the final quarter of the year. Big retailers are particularly in need of extra helpers during the holiday season because of the surge in online sales. Amazon's increase in workers, however, is gigantic compared to its biggest competitors.