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Amazon Throws the Books at Prime Subscribers

Amazon last week launched Prime Reading — a new benefit for subscribers to its US$100-a-year Amazon Prime service that lets them access content for free. That content will come from more than 1,000 top Kindle books, Kindle Singles, magazines, comic books, children’s books, and classic works from writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Gloria Steinem. The content can …

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Amazon Music Unlimited Rolls Gently Down the Stream

Amazon on Wednesday rolled out its Music Unlimited cut-rate subscription streaming service, available on its Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap devices for as little as US$4 a month for a single device. Setting a low-entry price point “is a logical move, given that the company has invested heavily into the AI and voice recognition powering Alexa in its move …

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Tech on TV: A Little Realism Goes a Long Way

Watching TV shows often requires the suspension of disbelief — that is, a willingness to press pause on one’s critical faculties in order to believe the unbelievable. Realism often must be secondary to story, in other words. This very often is necessary when computers are used to advance plot lines, when programmers and hackers alike can bang away on their …

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Battlefield 1: Big, Bombastic and Very Loosely Based

If filmmaker Michael Bay — known for over-the-top films such as the Transformers series — were to decide to make a film about World War I, and if he chose to rely on comic books as his research materials, the result would be very much like Electronic Arts’ newly released video game Battlefield 1. This latest entry in the popular …

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