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Amazon Prime members will get even deeper discounts at Whole Foods

August 25th, 2017

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Amazon has the official green light to go through with its acquisition of Whole Foods, and customers will soon feel the difference in their wallets. According to a press release from Amazon, the company is set to lower prices of Whole Foods items the same day that the merger closes: Monday, August 28.

“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, wrote in the release. “Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality.”

Customers shopping at Whole Foods locations on Monday will see new, lower prices on various “grocery staples,” including organic bananas, apples, salmon, organic large brown eggs, lean ground beef, avocados, and more. Amazon didn’t detail how low those new prices would be, but any change is likely welcomed by Whole Foods customers. The store has been cheekily called “Whole Paycheck,” due to how much money one can spend on a week’s worth of groceries there.

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Military tech could be Amazon’s secret to cheap, non-refrigerated food

August 11th, 2017

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Amazon is using everything at its disposal to take on the grocery and food delivery business. The online retailer purchased Whole Foods Market in June for $13.7 billion, announced new meal-prep boxes that challenge Blue Apron in July, and now it’s turning to the military for its next move. According to a CNBC report, Amazon wants to use military food technology to create prepared meals that don’t need to be refrigerated. This would allow the company to store and ship more food more efficiently and to offer ready-to-eat, (hopefully) tasty meals at a lower price.

Amazon could debut ready-to-eat meals like beef stew and vegetable frittata as soon as next year. These kinds of prepared meals would be delivered through Amazon Fresh, the online retailer’s grocery delivery service. Amazon is still figuring out how these meals would be made, but it’s reportedly looking into MATS technology, or microwave assisted thermal sterilization. This food-prep process takes sealed food packages and puts them into pressurized water, heating them with microwaves. It’s different from the traditional way of processing foods with a pressure cooker, and researchers claim it better retains the food’s natural flavor and texture.

MATS technology was developed at Washington State University as a way to improve the quality of military rations. MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat) provide just enough calories to fuel military personnel, but they aren’t exactly the most mouth-watering things to eat. In addition to feeding troops, MREs were also designed to be efficiently transported and stored. That’s a concept that Amazon likely loves because if it can find a way to maximize the efficiency of its shipping and storing processes, it can deliver more prepared meals to customers and make more money.

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News in brief: Alexa as wiretap; Prankster fools White House; Amazon suspends Blu

August 1st, 2017

Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news!

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Amazon made a package delivery locker specifically for apartments

July 28th, 2017

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If you’ve ever lived in an apartment, you know how difficult it can be to receive packages. They get lost, misplaced, or dropped in front of the wrong door all the time. Amazon wants to change this with what is, essentially, a big digital storage unit for your apartment building. Amazon Hub is a new system that’s similar to the online retailer’s locker units that safely stores packages inside locked boxes so you can retrieve your items whenever is most convenient for you by using a special unlock code.

According to the Hub webpage, it’s built for use by residents of apartment buildings and housing complexes. Indoor and outdoor “hubs” are available, depending on the layout of the apartment structure, and the physical unit starts at 6 feet wide and includes over 20 compartments. When a package is delivered, it is safely stored in a locked box. Residents use the touchscreen keypad to enter a unique code that unlocks the individual unit that contains their package. Residents can pick up packages at any time since the hub doesn’t require personnel to operate. Amazon is billing it as “self-service delivery” and a system that can benefit apartment owners by “freeing you and your staff from daily package management.”

Hubs are not exclusively for Amazon packages either. The company says any delivery service can use hubs, meaning residents could get packages from USPS, FedEx, UPS, and others delivered to the locked boxes. It’s unclear how those companies would deliver unlock codes to residents, though. Amazon would likely send residents their unlock code via e-mail or through the Amazon mobile app.

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Amazon plans to check up on your price checks

June 19th, 2017

Thinking of shopping in one of Amazon’s new physical stores? Think twice about using their free Wi-Fi to do a price comparison while you’re there as a patent suggests they’ll be snooping on your browsing

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US Defense Contractor left Sensitive Files on Amazon Server Without Password

June 1st, 2017

Sensitive files linked to the United States intelligence agency were reportedly left on a public Amazon server by one of the nation’s top intelligence contractor without a password, according to a new report.

UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery discovered a cache of 60,000 documents from a US military project for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) left unsecured on Amazon

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US Defense Contractor left Sensitive Files on Amazon Server Without Password

June 1st, 2017

Sensitive files linked to the United States intelligence agency were reportedly left on a public Amazon server by one of the nation’s top intelligence contractor without a password, according to a new report.

UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery discovered a cache of 60,000 documents from a US military project for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) left unsecured on Amazon

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US Defense Contractor left Sensitive Files on Amazon Server Without Password

June 1st, 2017

Sensitive files linked to the United States intelligence agency were reportedly left on a public Amazon server by one of the nation’s top intelligence contractor without a password, according to a new report.

UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery discovered a cache of 60,000 documents from a US military project for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) left unsecured on Amazon

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US Defense Contractor left Sensitive Files on Amazon Server Without Password

June 1st, 2017

Sensitive files linked to the United States intelligence agency were reportedly left on a public Amazon server by one of the nation’s top intelligence contractor without a password, according to a new report.

UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery discovered a cache of 60,000 documents from a US military project for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) left unsecured on Amazon

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How A Simple Command Typo Took Down Amazon S3 and Big Chunk of the Internet

March 3rd, 2017

The major internet outage across the United States earlier this week was not due to any virus or malware or state-sponsored cyber attack, rather it was the result of a simple TYPO.

Amazon on Thursday admitted that an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of the company’s billing system caused the 5-hour-long outage of some Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers on Tuesday.

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