Posts Tagged ‘Amazon’

New arrival: Amazon launches Amazon Prime in Singapore

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Prime members can get unlimited free shipping on millions of local and international items, unlimited access to popular movies and TV shows on Prime Video and video game benefits with Twitch Prime. Prices & launch promotions below.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Prime is Amazon’s popular membership program that provides exclusive access to benefits such as fast shipping, streaming and gaming.

“We want to make the lives of customers living in Singapore better every day. Customers in Singapore have been enjoying ultra-fast delivery with Prime Now since July, and now, the introduction of Amazon Prime will take their shopping experience to the next level. Now with an even wider selection of international items available for unlimited free international shipping, along with unlimited access to Prime Video and Twitch Prime, this membership is designed to offer the best of Amazon. And this is just the beginning. We will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits,” said Jamil Ghani, Vice President Amazon Prime International.

This week, Singapore customers will be able to enjoy Prime benefits including exclusive access to free two-hour delivery on orders over S$40 with tens of thousands of items and unlimited free international shipping on orders above S$60 on more than 5 million items from Amazon US – all available in the Prime Now App.

Plus, Prime members in Singapore will enjoy unlimited access to popular and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly-anticipated second season of The Grand Tour premiering December 8, as well as other shows, movies and more on Prime Video.

They will also enjoy access to gaming benefits with Twitch Prime, at no additional cost.

Amazon Prime in Singapore will be available for S$8.99 per month; however, for a limited time, customers can sign up for S$2.99 per month.

Everyone can try Prime by signing up for a free 30-day trial at www.amazon.com.sg.

More details below from the press release about Prime membership benefits in Singapore.

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ActuateOne and BIRT onDemand integrated with Amazon Redshift

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

This integration is another addition to Actuate’s rapidly growing stable of ActuateOne connectors for Big-Data-ready data sources that enable developers, IT departments and OEMs to deliver world-class BI applications.

The ActuateOne platform empowers developers to rapidly develop custom, BIRT-based business analytics and customer communications applications, and provides analytic self-service for data-savvy users of BIRT Analytics.

The ActuateOne platform empowers developers to rapidly develop custom, BIRT-based business analytics and customer communications applications, and provides analytic self-service for data-savvy users of BIRT Analytics.

ActuateOne is Actuate’s BIRT-based suite of commercial products for development and deployment of custom business analytics applications, while BIRT onDemand is Actuate’s SaaS version of ActuateOne.

“When integrated with Amazon Redshift, ActuateOne users are suddenly able to scale data at the same rate as ActuateOne scales users,” said Jeff Morris, VP of Product Marketing at Actuate.

Actuate announced today that both have been integrated with Amazon Redshift – AWS’s new petabyte-scale cloud warehouse service.

ActuateOne offers fast visualisation and rich analysis features while Amazon Redshift brings to the table its performance, scalability and low cost (under US$1,000/terabyte/year).

Combining the two enables organizations of all sizes to reap the benefits of ultra-fast access and near-speed-of-thought visualization for Cloud-based business analytics – on real-time Big Data workloads of any size or complexity.

Specific features and benefits of ActuateOne and BIRT onDemand using Amazon Redshift.

Visit the Amazon on Google Street View

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Ever fancied taking an adventure tour of the Amazon River to explore its nature and culture? Now you can – right from your armchair in the comfort of your home.

Armchair explorers can now trek through the forests of the Amazon Basin from the comfort of their home.

Armchair explorers can now trek through the forests of the Amazon Basin from the comfort of their home.

In conjunction with World Forest Day on 21 March, Google has brought more than 50,000 photos of the Amazon Basin onto your computer in the form of immersive, 360-degree panoramic views within Google Street View.

Spot a critter while cruising down the Amazon river.

Spot a critter while cruising down the Amazon river.

Cruise down Amazon river, trek through the jungles, try to spot a forest critter, or peer into life in the local community.

Many areas of the Amazon, including Rio Negro Reserve, are under the protection of the Brazilian government with restricted access to the public.

Many of us would therefore not have the chance to visit these areas even if we wanted to.

Google’s photographers were invited by Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the local non-profit conservation organisation to collect ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve.

Check out the depths of the Amazon via Google Maps Street View.

Check out the depths of the Amazon via Google Maps Street View.

These images are now available in Google Maps via its Street View feature.

The images were collected by a Street View trike, and a tripod camera with a fisheye lens—typically used to capture imagery of business interiors —to capture both the natural landscape and the local communities.

The apparatus allows access to rugged terrain inaccessible to the usual Google Street cars.

A similar trike was used to capture 360-degree street-level images of iconic landmarks in Singapore last year.

Amazon beats Apple and Google to music streaming service

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Amazon launches the service ahead of rivals Apple and Google who are both preparing to release similar services.

Amazon unveiled Cloud Player – its music streaming service that allows users to buy tracks, store them on the company’s servers and play them on Android smartphones and browsers on computers.

Amazon targets cloud storage for consumersMusic libraries can be uploaded to Amazon’s new Cloud Drive, which provides 5 gigabytes of free memory space. Users who purchase an album from Amazon.com will have their Cloud Drive space upgraded to 20 gigabytes. This can can be used to store music, photos, videos and other digital files.

The service targets users who find it a hassle to download music to their work computer or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices.

It is unlikely that the service will win over existing customers of iTunes since Apple’s own music streaming service will likely be launched soon.

Observers believe Amazon’s sights are well beyond the music arena. It is hoping to capture market share of users storing their data online. They want to get – not just music – but the user’s entire hard drives on its cloud.

Apple could face inquiry about online music

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Brad Stone reports in the New York Times that:

Though the Justice Department’s inquiry is preliminary, it represents additional evidence that Apple, once the perennial underdog in high tech, is now viewed by government regulators as a dominant company with considerable market power.

Apple logoThis is consistent with my earlier observation about how Apple seems on its way to overtaking Microsoft as the biggest IT company in terms of market capitalisation. In April, Apple had already dethroned Microsoft as the most heavily weighted technology stock in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

The US Justice Department has spoken with major music labels and Internet music companies to scrutinise Apple’s tactics in the online digital music market.

The antitrust inquiry is still in the early stages. Investigators seemed to be examining recent allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to get music labels to deny exclusive access to Amazon.com for music about to be released, according to sources who had been briefed on the inquiries and who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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