How to Set Up and Connect Your 1st Generation Echo Dot When it Seems Impossible
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How to Set Up and Connect Your 1st Generation Echo Dot When it Seems Impossible

Here in 2024 it seems nearly impossible to set up a first generation Echo Dot – but it’s not impossible! However it’s very true that there is little, if any, Amazon support for the 1st-gen Echo Dot. So here’s how to set up your 1st-gen Echo Dot, including how to deal with that pesky ‘Local network permission required’ message. Note that you will need to have the Alexa app installed on your phone. Also note that these instructions are for the iOS version of the Alexa app, however if you are using the Android app you should be able to figure it out from these instructions. But first things first!

Amazon to charge Prime customers $3 per month to keep ads out of movies and tv shows
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Wondering About a Suspicious Charge from Amazon of $151.57? Here’s What it Is

If you recently noticed a strange $151.57 charge from Amazon, you’re not alone. Many customers have been left scratching their heads and wondering about the reason behind this perplexing transaction. Here’s the deal about Amazon’s mysterious $151.57 charge.

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Exploring the Quirky World of AI-Generated Online Listings: A Lighthearted Dive

Have you ever stumbled upon online listings that seem just a tad off? Well, it turns out the rabbit hole of AI-generated product descriptions and titles on e-commerce platforms is deeper and more amusing than one might expect. Let’s embark on a whimsical exploration of these AI creations that are cropping up in places you wouldn’t believe!

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Amazon’s Latest Prime Video Move: A Step Too Far?

I recently received an email from Amazon that really got my gears grinding. It was about a big change to Prime Video, and trust me, it’s not the kind of news you’d welcome with open arms. From January 29, 2024, Prime Video is going to have ads. Yes, you read that right – ads in a service we’re already paying for. And here’s the kicker: if you want to keep your viewing experience ad-free, you’ll have to shell out an additional $2.99 every month.

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Reminder: Amazon Prime Cost has Gone Up to $139 per Year

Here’s a reminder, just in time for the holidays: If your Amazon Prime membership anniversary (i.e. the date on which your membership renews) falls between January and April, be prepared for that $20 jump in your membership fee at the beginning of next year (2024). In May of this year (2023) the cost for an annual Amazon Prime membership jumped from $119 to $139.

How to Give a $5 Tip to Your Amazon Delivery Driver on Amazon's Dime
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How to Give a $5 Tip to Your Amazon Delivery Driver on Amazon’s Dime

Yes, it’s true! Right now you can tip your Amazon delivery driver $5 for free, with Amazon covering the cost of the tip. And you can do it right from the Amazon website, with your browser – or you can do it through your Amazon Echo with Alexa. Here’s how to tip your Amazon delivery driver while taking $5.00 out of Jeff Bezos’ pocket.

Warning: Amazon Now Shipping in Clear Packaging Just in Time for Gift Giving Season
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Warning: Amazon Now Shipping in Clear Packaging Just in Time for Gift Giving Season and What to Do About It

With absolutely no warning to customers, and just in time for gift-giving season, Amazon has given a massive gift to porch pirates: shipping items in see-through packaging. Of course, even if your neighborhood isn’t plagued by porch pirates, this still presents another problem: people for whom you are purchasing gifts, or to whom you are sending gifts directly from Amazon, can see exactly what you are giving them. Here are two ways, neither of them without their downsides, to make sure that your gift recipients won’t know what’s inside, and that those porch pirates (i.e. people who steal deliveries that have been delivered outside such as on to the porch) won’t be further enticed.

Did Your Rewards Points on Amazon Disappear? Try This
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Did Your Reward Points on Amazon Disappear? Try This

Can’t find your rewards points from your Amazon Visa or other Amazon rewards card or program? Not showing up at checkout? In fact, not only have they vanished, but even the place where it tells you while you are checking out how many points you have is completely gone? Try this.

Amazon Nickel and Dimes Customers Yet Again: Amazon Key No Longer Free
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Amazon Nickel and Dimes Customers Yet Again: Amazon Key No Longer Free

With very little fanfare, and even less regard for its customers, Amazon has taken away yet another free perk of being an Amazon Prime customer, and is now charging $1.99 to use the Amazon Key In-Garage delivery service. This makes the 4th thing just this year which Amazon has removed, or up-charged; in addition to now newly charging for the Amazon Key service, Amazon took away Amazon Smile, changed the free delivery threshold for Amazon Fresh from $35 to $150, and announced that Amazon Prime video customers would have to pay an extra $3 per month if they didn’t want ads inserted into their previously free-with-Prime videos.

Amazon to charge Prime customers $3 per month to keep ads out of movies and tv shows
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Amazon Will Start Charging Prime Customers $3 per Month to Keep Ads Out of Movies and TV Shows

Amazon’s announcement that they are going to start charging Prime customers an additional $3 per month to keep ads out of movies and TV shows has sparked outrage. Of course while most would argue that this move is unfair and takes advantage of loyal subscribers, some Amazon apologists believe it is a justifiable decision for a company that claims to constantly strive to provide the best user experience. (What do you think?)

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How to Delete and Reset Your Amazon Prime Video Watch History (Includes TV Shows and Movies)

Have you ever started watching a television series on Amazon Prime Video, and then wanted to backtrack and start it again, but Amazon keeps taking you to the last episode that you watched, or some episode in the middle, instead of Season 1, Episode 1, because you’ve already watched further into the series? Or maybe you want to re-watch a movie on Amazon Prime, and you have to either rewind it or figure out the ‘start over’ option? Here’s how to delete and reset your Amazon Prime Video watch history.

How to Select and Add Multiple Songs to Your Amazon Music Playlist or Download List in 2023
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How to Select and Add Multiple Songs to Your Amazon Music Playlist or Download List in 2023

If you’re frustrated trying to figure out how to select and add multiple songs in Amazon Music, either to download them or to add them to a playlist, you are by far not alone. There is no visible check box next to songs in Amazon Music, and in fact no obvious way to select songs other than one at a time. Our instructions will tell you how to select and download several songs at once, or how to select and add multiple songs to an Amazon Music playlist, whether you are logged into Amazon Music on your browse, or using the desktop app (note that we are using the Mac version of the Amazon Music desktop app, it may be different if you are on a PC). This does does not cover how to do it in an iOS or Android app.

How to Return an Audible Book in 2023
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How to Return an Audible Book in 2023 Including from Your Mobile Device

Did you know that you are allowed to return Audible books if they fail to live up to your expectations? Maybe you did know that, and now you’re wondering where the option went because you can’t find it anywhere on your mobile device even though you know that it used to be there. Here’s how to return an Audible book using either your desktop or your mobile device.

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Amazon Ring Doorbell Footage Shared With Police Without User Consent

Amazon was caught red-handed, handing over Ring doorbell footage to law enforcement agencies without user permission, subpoenas, warrants, without any of the traditional legal controls which prevent liberal disclosure of non-public data to law enforcement. This disclosure was set to further ignite ongoing debates about privacy and civil liberties in relation to the tech giant’s video-sharing agreements with police departments nationwide.

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Did You Know Amazon Has Its Own Freight Company?

Amazon, the internet-based monopol-*ahem* er, giant, known for its e-commerce platform, has stealthily diversified into the realm of logistics and freight services. Offering a robust solution to shipping needs, Amazon Freight provides a comprehensive suite of features designed to cater to businesses large and small. But, as always, the journey to understanding a service begins with the first step—getting acquainted with the offering itself.