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Amazon Pantry launches with flat-rate deliveries of grocery orders

04/24, 7:14am

Amazon delivers up to 45 pounds of groceries for flat $6 charge

Amazon is taking on warehouse clubs and wholesale retailers, by offering another grocery service alongside its existing AmazonFresh efforts. Amazon Pantry, first surfacing in a rumor at the end of last year, will allow Prime subscribers in the United States to purchase a large number of different household items in one order, and have them delivered for a flat fee.

Sony launches 4K Media Player for older European 4K Bravia televisions

04/24, 5:56am

4K Media Player adds HEVC decoding to 2013, 2012 Sony 4K TVs

Sony has launched a third iteration of its 4K Media Player, this time aimed at the European market. The FMP-X5 media streamer is said by Sony to be intended for models of its Bravia 4K televisions sold in 2012 and 2013 that do not have a built-in HEVC decoder, allowing those televisions the ability to watch Ultra HD-resolution streaming content.

Cook answers analyst questions on China, carriers, Apple

04/24, 3:02am

CEO delves into details to add color to Apple earnings announcements

Beyond the "big story" about Apple's analyst-beating earnings, profits and surprise stock split, financial analysts got a chance to ask some probing questions during Wednesday's Apple conference call discussing the company's fiscal Q2 results. In a Q&A session accompanying the announcements, Apple CFO Lucas Maestri and CEO Tim Cook revealed some details and their thoughts on diverse areas of the business, ranging from specifics on China to the changing US smartphone landscape.

Briefly: 'Bing in the Classroom', Codecademy redesigned

04/24, 1:41am

Microsoft rolls out classroom-targeted search engine with controls and zero ads

Microsoft has launched an ad-free search engine for school classroom use, dubbed as "Bing in the Classroom." A specialized search tool, the classroom-designed Bing has no advertisements, and offers strong privacy controls and parental settings to filter out adult content. Bing's ad-free search is available to all eligible K-12 schools for free.

Briefly: Sceptre's Color Series LED HDTV, Instagram's Explore tab

04/24, 1:32am

Sceptre releases 32-inch LED HDTV in four different colors

Sceptre has announced the release of its newest 32-inch LED HDTV, as part of its Color Series. Available in pink, purple, white and black, the LED HDTV features three HDMI ports that deliver digital video and audio from external sources through single cable. Its USB port allows for viewing content directly from a flash drive, and its LED panel offers 720p, 1366x768 resolution. Weighing 12.32 pounds including its optional stand, the HDTV can be easily wall-mounted. Priced at $500, Sceptre's Color Series 32-inch LED HDTV can be purchased from various online retailers.

Good numbers of note: 800M iTunes accounts, 20M Apple TVs, more

04/24, 12:36am

Apple products still finding new audiences even as leading lines mature

With the exception of iPads and the declining iPod, the numbers coming out of Apple's conference call with analysts mirror the title of Pixar's best movie: Up. Of primary importance to analysts were the better-than-expected iPhone sales, but Mac sales were also up from the year-ago quarter. Other numbers revealed in the course of the call were also positive; growth in China and Japan, strength in developing markets and new revelations on Apple TV and iTunes numbers.

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