Tempted to buy an Amazon tablet or Fire TV? Read this first

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USA Today's Jefferson Graham suggests tips on the best way to shop through Amazon's home assistant, Alexa. When it comes to the Amazon Prime Day sales, a frequently discounted staple is the company's line of Fire tablets, Fire TV sticks and boxes. Both sets of devices are both already relatively cheap -- the Fire TV Stick is $39.99 while Fire 7 tablet starts at $49.99 -- but Amazon's "Black Friday in July" event is a particularly good time to find deals. Here's what you should know about the company's latest line of tablets and TV devices. Prime Day price: $29.99 (regularly $49.99) Pro: Very cheap, available in multiple colors, Kids Edition case ($69.99 on Prime Day, regularly $99.99) is very durable Con: Slow, screen is unimpressive, cameras are underpowered, will need to buy a memory card if you plan to save pictures or download videos.


Internet of Shopping (IoS) - Is this the future? - BlockDelta

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Internet of Things (IoT) and Automation are disrupting and revolutionizing the retail Industry. CES 2018 unveiled significant advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. These groundbreaking transformations will create a paradigm shift in the world of retail and how we shop. The concept of conventional grocery stores and supermarkets have taken a big hit with the advent of IoT, and online retail is continuing to thrive in the golden era of digitization. The burgeoning of the Intelligent technologies is leading the world towards Automation.


Seven from ten Americans worried about holiday shopping identity theft

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Although pundits predict that online shopping is stealing a march on in-store buying, and use technology to spend more of their cash, cyber security fears still abound. Louisville, Kentucky is building a unique bridge between the smart city and the smart home. Here's what communities and citizens can learn about the benefits of the onrushing digital transformation. According to a new survey by Bethesda, MD-based identity and digital protection solutions Generali Global Assistance, seven out of ten Americans (71 percent) are concerned that their financial and personal information could be compromised due to data breaches while shopping during this holiday season. The company surveyed 1,004 US adults in November 2018.


Amazon customers' names and email addresses exposed in 'technical error'

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Amazon says it has'inadvertently disclosed' customer information during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year. The firm revealed a technical error caused customer names and email addresses to be exposed on its website. The e-commerce giant said it has emailed all affected customers and insists there is'no need' to take action as Black Friday approaches. Amazon says it has'inadvertently disclosed' customer information during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year. The firm revealed a technical error caused customer names and email addresses to be exposed on its website.


Yikes! Online phishing attacks up 297% over last year

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To prevent criminals from opening bank, utility and phone accounts in your name, you need more than a credit freeze. College-age kids are computer savvy, but they are on their own, perhaps for the first time, have disposable income and have little experience in dealing with financial ruses or phishing expeditions seeking personal information. It's no question that online shopping has continued to grow over the past few years, making it easy to order anything you like from practically wherever you like. But what's not so convenient is the slew of cybercriminals who have come along for the ride to steal your data and charge your credit card for goods you'll never receive. As retailers increasingly focus on selling merchandise through a variety of online channels such as Facebook and SnapChat, fraudsters are discovering new avenues to lure in unsuspecting victims.