Amazon Prime Day has since passed and while many consumers felt disappointed with the deals it was amazing for Amazon. They sold 34.4 million items which is 398 per second! As well as 18% growth compared to Black Friday 2014. That is truly astonishing figures and no wonder why Amazon said they are excited to host it again next year.
“Prime Day was a record-breaker globally – it surpassed all of our expectations,” said Alexandre Gagnon, Country Manager for Amazon.ca. “This week has been the busiest ever for Prime signups and we saw more members shopping on Amazon.ca on Prime Day than on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”
Here are the top sold items on Prime Day per country:
Canada: Huggies Diapers
US: Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
UK: Lenovo FLEX 10 10.1-inch Multimode Touchscreen Notebook
Spain: SSD Drive
Japan: Green Smoothie mix
Italy: Logitech Keyboard
Germany: Croc Sandals
France: Monopoly Boardgame
Austria: Croc Sandals
A few other insane facts about Prime Day are they sold 51,000 Bose headphones, compared to only eight the previous Wednesday. A total of 56,000 Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy boxsets. Even 10,000 Meguiar’s X2020 Supreme Shine Microfiber Towels, compared to 244 on the same day last week.
Did you buy anything on Prime Day? Tell us in the comments.
Come comment on this article: Top selling items per country on Amazon Prime Day
We reported to you back in may that Microsoft’s Hyperlapse was now available in a closed beta, but now it’s available as a full fledged app. The app allows users to shoot time-lapse videos. You shoot a long video, but speed it up into a time-lapse that is very smooth to watch.
From Microsoft’s Hyperlapse:
Want to show your friends what you saw on that 12-mile hike you took last weekend, or let them experience how it felt to fly down the mountain on your recent ski trip? With Microsoft Hyperlapse, you can time lapse those experiences, distilling them into easily consumable, enjoyable experiences.
Come comment on this article: Microsoft’s Hyperlapse for Android has left beta
We are all familiar with Google Now and iOS Siri, but Microsoft has been working on their digital assistant Cortana for a little while now and it’s getting closer and closer to launching on Android. Cortana is already available on some Windows phones, but Microsoft said it will come to Android as soon as July.
Those who don’t want to wait that long will be excited to know an early build has leaked. Do realize this isn’t a final build so things won’t look or work as nice as it will once the final version is released, but you can still try it today. You will need to log into your Microsoft account once you download it meaning Microsoft will know you are using an early version, but I don’t see why that would matter. Once that is done feel free to ask it whatever questions you want.
It’s basically the same thing as Google Now, you can ask it things like “what is the weather” and it will respond. What sets it apart from the other digital assistant apps is it has built in location reminders. You can tell it to remind you things once you get close to somewhere. Ask it to remind you to get milk once you arrive at the grocery store for example.
The layout is similar to Google Now as it is card based. It shows you the most recent or most important things at the top. Feel free to try it today, but do be aware it is a beta app and it isn’t officially from the Google Play Store. If not you can always wait until July when it is released in the Google Play Store.
Come comment on this article: An early Cortana for Android has leaked which you can try today
Popular video game publisher Bandai Namco has finally released Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, its most recent action game in the DBZ franchise, to the Google Play Store. The game has been available for a small subset of users for the past few weeks, but now everyone who’s interested in the game can try it out for themselves.
Dokkan Battle is sort of a hybrid title, mixing board game-style gameplay with team-based battles, which makes for quite the interesting game. You’ll need to form teams with other popular Dragon Ball characters to go up against villains on the battlefield. A portion of the game takes place on a board game, which is how you’ll navigate around and find new battles. When you actually come across a battle, though, the game quickly turns into a puzzle-based brawler, and that’s when all of the fun starts.
Looking at the first two screenshots attached below, you can get a brief look at what the battle scenes look like. The goal here is to attack your opponent by finding a row of similarly-colored Ki Balls. The battles are actually quite fun, especially when you’ve formed a solid team.
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If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball series, you’ll love this game. But when it comes to actual gameplay there are a few caveats that come with this title. For starters, there’s a ton of dialogue. You can skip through most of it, but this game is heavily based around the storyline, which can actually be quite annoying at times. The game is also free-to-play, so there are a number of in-app purchases available as well.
Overall, though, if you need some more DBZ in your life, this might be the game for you. Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle is now available in the Google Play Store for free.
Over on the Android Developer Preview portal, Google has acknowledged an issue with battery life on Lollipop.
The problem occurs when a device running either 5.0 or 5.1 uses data. Internet apps will continue to drain the battery by keeping mobile data active unless they are forced to stop. On KitKat, apps stop doing so once they have completed their tasks. According to the user who reported it, this happens on Android M, as well. He or she also adds that the issue has been in the Android Issue Tracker since April, but Google has given it low priority.
A project member responded to the post with this:
Thank you for reporting this issue. We have passed this on to the development team and will update this issue with more information as it becomes available.
Personally, I’ve experienced this since my LG G3 updated to Lollipop some time ago. Battery life indeed was worse, as the personal anecdotes I had read had mentioned.
Still, Google realizes this complication, and hopefully, this means that Google will raise its priority and work to fix it, especially as Lollipop (and later, Android M) becomes the most used flavor of Android.
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It’s the middle of summer and we’re in between holidays, so deals this week are not super impressive, unless you’re looking for an older MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro. There are some acceptable discounts on the iPad Air 2, but not as good as we’ve seen in the past, and there are also a few models of the iMac available at reasonable prices.
This week, we’ve teamed up with GameAgent to offer MacRumors readers a complete BioShock Infinite bundle at a 75 percent discount, dropping the price to $10. We’ve also rounded up deals on quite a few Apple accessories, including iTunes gift cards and a discount on AppleCare with an iPad purchased from MacMall. As always, we’ve also rounded up a lengthy list of apps and games that are on sale.
iPad Air 2
B&H Photo is offering a small discount on most of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, 64GB model Wi-Fi only model in Space Gray is priced at $564 and the 128GB model in Gold is priced at $659. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had on quite a few of the site’s iPads.
Apple is objecting to GT Advanced Technologies’ financing plan over concerns that it would undermine its existing settlement reached with the bankrupt sapphire crystal supplier last year, reports Re/code. GT Advanced reached a settlement with Apple in October 2014 after failing to produce sapphire crystal of the quality desired by the Cupertino-based company for potential use in future products.
GT Advanced is attempting to restructure by raising $95 million through a loan agreement under the supervision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for New Hampshire, but the financing plan is contingent upon the company receiving enough insurance money to repair any damage to sapphire furnaces following a fire at its former Mesa, Arizona facility a few months ago.
GT Advanced’s inspection equipment damaged in Mesa facility fire last May
Apple argues that GT Advanced already determined damage at the facility to be minimal, adding that the terms of the loan agreement give lenders too much leverage to foreclose on the sapphire furnaces that GT Advanced is supposed to sell in order to repay Apple. A group of GT Advanced shareholders have also reportedly questioned why the company needs to raise money nine months into bankruptcy.
GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy last October after it became clear the company was spending over one million dollars per day to run its operations, despite being unable to produce sapphire acceptably by Apple’s standards. The company began winding down its sapphire production and decommissioning the furnaces to prepare them for storage and resale through the end of last year.
Apple Music appears to be experiencing some issues today, with some users reporting continual 503 errors for the last several hours. When attempting to play an Apple Music song via iTunes, an error message that says “The shared library ‘Cloud Music Library’ is not responding.”
More annoying than debilitating, the error can be dismissed and music will play after another attempt to connect. The error also seems to pop up occasionally when no music is being played. Errors are being reported by MacRumors readers, redditors, and people on Apple’s Support Communities.
Apple’s System Status page is not reporting an outage at this time and the 503 error does not appear to be affecting all users. It is not clear what is causing the issue or when it will be fixed by Apple.
Since its June 30 debut, Apple Music has experienced a few outages, including an hour-long Beats 1 radio outage on launch day.
Today Tesla announced a new “Ludicrous Mode” for its top-of-the-line Model S P85. The new mode reduces the 0-60 MPH time to 2.8 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds. The front engine now has 259 hp while the rear engine is pushing 503 hp. Wow! The new electronics pack that makes Ludicrous Mode possible for the Model S will cost new owners an additional $10,000. Current owners will be able to upgrade their vehicle for $5,000 for the next six months. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the new mode pushes the vehicle to 1.1Gs while accelerating and that it’s “faster than falling.” Musk also introduced a new 90kWh battery pack upgrade for the 85kWh Model S which increases the range five percent for $3,000. The 70 kWh rear-wheel drive Model S also got a price drop to $70,000.
Tesla’s previous Insane Mode pushed the Model S Performance to 0 – 60mph in 3.2 second. Musk said that customers love insane mode and with a chuckle noted that, “no one asked for Ludicrous mode because it’s too ludicrous.” He added that the company figured out how to go beyond Insane Mode and decided, “we should release that.”
Then Tesla teased an entirely new car according to Musk in today’s press release: “There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid.” Not sure if he’s joking about Maximum Plaid, but a new roadster is exciting news for folks wanting speed in a tiny package.
Model S product call at 11 today. Rocket discussion at noon on Monday.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 17, 2015
Earlier today Musk announced that in addition to today’s news, there will be a discussion about SpaceX rockets on Monday. A Falcon 9 rocket explosion in June put the company’s launch schedule on hold for a few months. Monday’s will probably be about the Falcon 9 accident and when SpaceX expects to resume it rocket launches.
Cortana is here for Android … sort of. Microsoft announced back in May that it would be bringing Cortana to Android, and it was expected to land this month to coincide with the release of Windows 10. But now it looks like an Android beta release of Microsoft’s digital assistant has hit the web early, reports the Finnish mobile site Suomimobiili. We’ve installed the app on an HTC One M9 and it works just like you’d expect. You can ask Cortana about the weather or basic facts; have her call someone on your contact list; or set reminders. Unfortunately, you can’t say “Hey Cortana” to get her attention yet — even when you’ve got the app open. We don’t expect this leaked Cortana copy to stick around for much longer, but it’s a good sign that Microsoft is indeed getting close to an official release.