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Amazon’s Alexa App Gains ‘Hands-Free’ Voice Activation Feature

Amazon is making it possible to use Alexa "hands free" from within its Alexa mobile app for iOS, reports TechCrunch.

How to sell books on Amazon

Do you want to earn online? Selling books is one of the many options to consider. It’s no secret that Amazon, the biggest online retail marketplace, started as a vendor for both new and used books. Amazon sold books, carrying 2.5 million titles, and earning over $150 million between 1994-1997. Amazon continued to sell books exclusively until 1999 when the company started expanding into selling electronics, toys, hardware, and tools.Why sell books on Amazon?Selling books on Amazon is still a smart choice as Amazon’s growth continues at a steady and outstanding rate. There has also been a continued emergence of many brick-and-mortar Amazon bookstores.How Can I Sell Books On Amazon?Before you can start selling books on Amazon, you have to consider three things:The fulfillment method (FBA or FBM)What type of seller would you be (Individual or Professional)?How to source your inventoryOnce these decisions have been taken care of, you can immediately list your books on Amazon and await your first sale! If you are looking for useful tools for Amazon, IOScout is what you need: https://ioscout.io/listing-builder. With these tools you can easily optimize your listings instantly with a proven keyword strategy to rank high!How Will Your Orders Be Fulfilled?There are two ways your orders on Amazon can be fulfilled: FBM and FBA.Fulfillment by Merchant (FBM)Using this method, when a sale is completed on Amazon, you will pick, pack, and ship the book by yourself, using your preferred carrier (e.g., UPS, FedEx, etc.). As an FBM seller, you are also responsible for warehousing your inventory.When calculating your costs, always remember to consider storage fees if you aren’t storing your books at home. Additionally, consider things like shipping and handling expenses, time spent packing, and shipping your orders.It is recommended that you utilize FBM if there are only a few orders for you to fulfill or if your operation is large enough that the shipping costs for your orders are significantly lesser than those of Amazon.Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)If you are using this method, when a sale is completed on Amazon, Amazon will pick, pack, and ship the book on your behalf. Amazon is also responsible for storing your inventory and taking care of customer service. Therefore, in contrast to taking care of the warehousing, handling, shipping expenses, and labor by yourself, Amazon collects a charge (FBA fee) to cover these processes.It is recommended you use FBA if you have numerous orders for you to fulfill or if your operation is not large enough that the shipping costs for your orders are significantly lesser than Amazon’s FBA fees. Plus, there is no need to worry about book storage as Amazon’s fulfillment centers are obligated to hold your books pending sales. Use a free IO Scout FBA calculator https://ioscout.io/fba to calculate product revenue and fees.What Type Of Seller Would You Be?There are two categories of Amazon sellers.Individual sellersThese sellers characteristically sell less than 40 products monthly. This is the recommended method for Amazon sellers who only have limited products to sell or engage in selling only as a hobby. The individual sellers have different fees compared to professional sellers.Professional sellersThese sellers characteristically sell over 40 products monthly. This is the recommended method for Amazon sellers with massive inventories and wants to generate steady monthly revenue from their Amazon sales.How To Source Your BooksMany sellers look to sell books they presently have online; however, your inventory source can come from many different areas to continue the growth of your Amazon book sales. Some of the most popular methods includeSelling your booksThis is the simplest method to discover books to sell on Amazon. Search around your home or office and see if there are any old books gathering dust. Some of the book categories to consider include textbooks, old comic books, rare topics, etc. These are among the Amazon best-selling books.Book salesMany sellers relish attending book sales as the atmosphere makes it seem like some treasure hunt. Plus, there is continuously a book sale going on at a particular place, especially at libraries. Attend these sales with your book scanner and search for good picks to purchase and list online.Online arbitrageWell, if you don’t relish the idea of going out, no worries. Some Amazon sellers search on websites outside the Amazon website for books with lower prices compared to what the same book sells for on Amazon itself. This is typically referred to as online arbitrage. Just follow these simple steps:Purchase the books from the third-party websiteWait for your orders to arriveList them on AmazonOther ways to source for your book inventory include:Bulk purchase/wholesale,Estate/closing sales, andFree booksHowever, be careful when taking in free books as they could be listed by other Amazon sellers who want to get rid of their books that didn’t sell.ConclusionLearning to sell books on Amazon is one of the best ways to grow your e-commerce business. Additionally, you can also sell books to Amazon. Selling books to Amazon can be done as an Amazon vendor. These books will be significantly cheaper; however, it is the fastest way to upload your books if you are considering closing down your brick-and-mortar bookstore.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) review: How good can a $90 tablet be?

How good can a $90 tablet be? The Amazon Fire HD 8 might surprise you.

What is Audible? Amazon’s audiobook service explained

What do you get for subscribing to Audible? Here’s more info on the gargantuan audiobook company from Amazon.

Amazon Fire HD 8 review (2020): Cheap for a reason

With the inexpensive Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, you really do get what you pay for. And you don't pay for much.

The 5 best tech deals in the Amazon Memorial Day Sale

We've smoked out the 5 best tech deals in the Amazon Memorial Day Sale so you don't miss your chance to save.

Greenpeace: Big Tech won’t reach emissions goals until it cuts ties with Big Oil

Efficient data centers don't matter if you're helping release carbon emissions elsewhere

Amazon Fire HD 8 refreshed with USB Type-C and wireless charging

In October, Amazon upgraded the Fire HD 10, giving the Fire line USB Type-C support for the first time.Now the Fire HD 8 is getting the same treatment, with the following features:12 hour battery life32GB/64GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 1TBMediaTek 8168 Processor with 2GB of RAMUSB-C chargingDolby speakersDual band Wi-FiPicture-in-picture mode2MP front and rear camerasAmazon FreeTime24/7 Amazon support via remote screen sharingHands-free AlexaThe latest Fire OS based on Android PThe Kids Edition features a two-year replacement guarantee, a year of FreeTime Unlimited, and a padded case with a built-in stand.As far as the Fire HD 8 Plus, that includes:3GB of RAM as opposed to 2GB in the base modelWireless charging with a dock mode that turns the device into an Echo Show-like smart display9W chargingSix months of Kindle Unlimited for freePricingThe Fire HD 8, available in plum, twilight blue, black, and white, costs $90 for 32GB of storage, $120 for 64GB.The Kids Edition runs $120GB for the same color options, but with only 32GB of storage.The Plus only comes in slate, at $110 for 32GB of storage, $140 for 64GB, or $140 for 32GB including the Wireless Charging Dock.You can preorder all configurations of the Fire HD 8 starting today, and they will be shipping June 3.

Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 line has USB-C, wireless charging, durable Kids Edition

It's joined by a Fire HD 8 Plus with wireless charging

Don’t miss these last-minute Mother’s Day sales with delivery before May 10

It's not too late, but if you wait until tomorrow you could be out of luck for delivery by Mother's Day 2020.

Don’t miss these last-minute Mother’s Day sales with delivery before May 10

It's not too late, but if you wait until tomorrow you could be out of luck for delivery by Mother's Day 2020.

Apple Lets Amazon Prime Video App Offer In-App Purchases on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

The Amazon Prime Video apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV now allow customers to purchase and rent movies and

Beat the boredom with a free Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription

Whether you want to read a great piece of fiction or listen to an audiobook, Amazon has two months free of Kindle Unlimited.

Samsung Galaxy S20 sales see flagship getting $200 discount

Samsung has dropped the price of its Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ phones by some $200 at a couple of major retailers. With the discount it puts the starting prices of each model at just $800 and $1,000, respectively.Whether related to the coronavirus or not, the lower price comes quickly. The phones were just released a few weeks back (March 6) so the timing is interesting.Given the current economic uncertainty, and the fact that people aren’t all too excited to fork over huge chunks of money right now, we can understand why Samsung might drop the price.It’s not clear how long Samsung will keep this price down. It hasn’t exactly advertised the $200 discount so we’d assume it’s short term.If you want to take advantage of the major savings, head to Amazon and Best Buy before it ends. Look for the phone in a variety of colors and storage options.

Supercomputer consortium to fight coronavirus with processing power

Google, NASA, and Amazon are all contributing supercomputer resources

Keep kids learning: Amazon discounts Fire 7 Kids Edition and Kindle Kids Edition

Isolation from school and friends puts a strain on kids and parents. Social distancing is hard for kids.

Got young kids? Get three months of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for only $1

Entertainment tailored for each kid in your family can be a parental survival tool when we're all at home.

Expect more cashier-free stores as Amazon starts selling its Go technology

The company says it's already inked deals with several retailers

Why India is the newest hotbed for tech experimentation

Western tech giants have been actively trying to break into the Indian market

Just $30, this bundle can put you on the path to serious money with AWS

Cloud computing is growing in popularity, and an increasing number of businesses are embracing it. Just about every major business has a go-to person for IT and back-end administrative technology.The ever-changing structure of how work is done creates huge opportunities, particularly for aspiring IT professionals and developers. Amazon Web Services is the perhaps the biggest name in the space, offering its leading cloud computing platform with reliable and scalable services. AWS cloud services are where it’s at.The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a 4-piece set of training around AWS architecture and development. Valued upwards of $8,000, we’re offering it for just $30, a savings of more than 95 percent.SEE ALSOGoogle Takeout: What it is and how do you use it?How to delete your Google Search historyTips and tricks for Google PhotosHow to change your Google Assistant voiceThere are nearly 130 lessons spread out over more than nine hours of education awaiting you. You’ll start with a general understanding of what AWS is and how it works and then move into more specifics.Once you come out the other side of this online training you’ll be prepared to sit for certification exams — and pass them the first time.Your full bundle includes:AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 1: Continuous Delivery & AutomationAWS DevOps Engineer Professional 2: Basics of Amazon CloudWatchAWS DevOps Engineer Professional 3: AWS Identity & Access ManagementAWS DevOps Engineer Professional 4: Basics of High Availability & ElasticityWhere to buyYou can purchase the entire Complete AWS Dev & Ops Certification Training Bundle for just $30 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Hurry, though, this incredible deal will not last forever. If you want the 96% discount, you will need to act fast.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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Reviewing the ASUS ROG Phone II one year later

I am not a gamer. Well, let me clarify that; I’m not a “mobile gamer”. I’ve been gaming on PC and console for basically my entire life but mobile gaming has never really taken off for me.I’ve had top of the line Android and Apple phones capable of playing whatever games were out there. I’ve had an NVIDIA Shield TV that can play games from the Google Play Store. Hell, I even have a Nintendo Switch. For whatever reason, they just don’t do it for me.So, when I started my review of the ASUS ROG Phone II, I knew I was going to have to approach it a little bit differently. I can’t speak intelligently about the gaming performance of this phone, because frankly, I don’t have experience with Android gaming.I decided to look at it through a different lens. I might not be a gamer, but I am a “power user”. And as much as I hate that term, I do fit it. I’m on my phone for 7-8 hours a day working, entertaining myself, and keeping in contact with friends and family. Even though ASUS wants this to be known as the best gaming phone out there, I think they need to accept that they didn’t make the best gaming phone of 2019. They made the best phone of 2019. Period.While every phone manufacturer wants to market its device as “an experience” or a life-changing event, they’re just phones. They’re a collection of components that run Android and live in either our pocket or our hand. The ASUS ROG Phone II is exactly that, but it’s one of the devices that I feel ends up being more than the sum of its parts. Very few phones are able to jump this hurdle but the ROG Phone II does.So, what does that actually mean?Picture this: you’re in the carrier store looking for a new phone. Lined up on the wall you have the newest releases from Samsung, Apple, LG, and OnePlus. They’re all same-y looking with displays that cover the entire face of a phone, almost no bezels and bright screens. They’re sleek, they’re sexy, and they scream out to be held.The ROG Phone II is not that. It is huge and is unconcerned about being skinny or small. Its design is aggressive, not svelte. It is powerful and unapologetic about it.The 6.59-inch 120Hz AMOLED display isn’t the biggest on the market, but it’s close. But the phone feels absolutely massive in your hands because above and below that display are front-facing speakers.Between the beautiful display and the class-leading speakers, this is a media powerhouse. Sure, it’s great for gaming but if you watch videos on your phone, this is the phone you want. The speakers sound better than some Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed and max volume is insane. You could sit this thing down in a corner at a party, pump the volume and provide music for the whole crew. It’s that good.Poco F2 Pro ReviewAnd that display is excellent. While I was happy with the 90Hz options last year, the ROG Phone II pumps it up a notch to a 120Hz refresh display. That means the display is refreshing itself 120 times a second.The standard in the past has been 60Hz, or 60 times a second. This added refresh rate gives us silky smooth animations that makes everything feel faster and more fluid. While this is a feature that most can live without, I think it adds to the overall package in a way that most features can’t. It enhances everything else.Speaking of enhancements, the 6,000mAh battery means you can keep all of those enhancements enabled. Battery life is the biggest feature for me when selecting a device because nothing else really matters if my phone is dead halfway through the day, or if I’m unable to use it because it’s sitting on a charger.Simply stated, this is the best battery life I’ve ever seen on an Android device and comes second only to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in my in-person testing.I don’t run benchmarks or do scientific battery testing because real people don’t do that either. In my experience I was getting 1.5 days of usage with close to 10 hours of screen-on-time. Again, take note that I’m not a gamer and mostly work in documents, read Reddit, watch YouTube, message, and deal with a ton of email. You will absolutely get through a day of use with this unless you’re playing PUBG all day.One of the last things I want to focus on here is software. ASUS has a reputation of putting terrible skins on its devices in the past, but I’m happy to report you can pretty much bypass that here on the ROG Phone II.ASUS does give you the option to use its theme, but you can choose stock Android if you like, and that’s what I did during my usage. It felt quite a bit like the Nexus/Pixel experience with some added features.We’ve seen this approach by more and more companies over the last few years. Motorola started the trend and others like OnePlus have picked up the mantle.ASUS let Google focus on the core of Android while putting its focus into features like Armory Crate, which allows you to fine-tune almost every aspect of your device from the clock speed of your processor to hiding notifications while you’re gaming.You can even dial in custom settings depending on which app or game you have open. It’s crazy good and gamers and average users alike will find features in there they love.ASUS also took the time to add in an audio wizard. This is an area that most companies are shying away from, just like how they’re getting rid of the headphone jack. The headphone jack is a feature here on the ROG Phone II and the audio wizard makes sure you get the most out of it. There are a ton of EQ scenes and DTS X spacial audio so you can dial in audio exactly how you want it.My biggest issue with the ASUS ROG Phone II’s software is the unknown. Who knows how many updates this phone will get? Who knows how fast they’ll come?ASUS is not the company you think of when you think of fast updates or long-term support. If those things matter to you, I’d tell you to really do your research first-hand and make sure you’re comfortable with whatever the results are before dropping your money on one of these.If you do decide to pick one up, I think you need to be prepared to be stuck on that software for the duration of the phone’s life.Cameras and pictures are an area where the big boys tend to separate from the other guys. You used to get what you paid for in this area, but then Samsung, Google, and Apple started putting class-leading cameras in their mid-range devices and that all changed. Now, you can get a great photography experience by spending a few hundred dollars less than flagship prices.All that being said, if photography matters to you, you’ll want to grab one of those other devices. That’s not to say the ASUS ROG Phone II has a bad camera, but it’s nowhere near class-leading. Pictures come out cool and the lack of OIS is a real bummer when you’re trying to get that perfect action shot or shoot some video.The ultra-wide camera is a ton of fun but the sharpness is a disappointment. As long as you don’t try to push in too much on these pictures, you’ll enjoy them but once you do, it’s a different story.The most frustrating part for me was the over-sharpening on the main camera. Everyone seems to do it these days, and ASUS isn’t among the worse, but there have been some pictures that could have been better with some better photo processing. Are the pictures still fine for social media and sending to friends and family? Sure. But not much more than that.ConclusionDespite its flaws, I truly believe that the ASUS ROG Phone II was the best phone released in 2019. In fact, I think its still the best buy on the market right now. If you can find one of these used or open-box for the $500-$600 price range, you should absolutely do it.That is to say, as long as you’re comfortable using an absolutely massive phone. I can’t overstate just how big this thing seems in the hand. It’s definitely a two-hander if I’ve ever seen one.I’m not a big phone guy, but I don’t mind it here. It’s allowed ASUS to pack in a ton of stuff I love like a 6,000mAh battery that supports reverse charging (but not wireless charging), a 120Hz AMOLED display with 240Hz touch-sampling and HDR10, amazing front-facing speakers, and a headphone jack.I’d say this is a phone you can buy and use for years upon years as long as you’re comfortable with the software situation. I never felt a slowdown nor did I see any stuttering when using the device and I used it for well over a month. It’s flawless in that regard. Even with apps getting bigger and demanding more processor resources, I still think that the ROG Phone II will keep up with newer devices many years down the road.The ASUS ROG Phone II is one of my favorite Android devices of all time and I can’t recommend it enough.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G with focus on gaming

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865, powering the Samsung Galaxy S20, the OnePlus 8, and many more phones in the first half of 2020.Now, Qualcomm has decided to give the 865 a little bit of an upgrade with the Snapdragon 865+ 5G.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, with Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features, such as updateable GPU drivers, better rendering, up to 144fps gameplay, 10-bit HDR, and more.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G also features upgrades to the CPU, GPU, AI Engine, and connectivity technology over the original 865.Considering the 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, it’s no surprise that the first devices to be announced with the processor are the ASUS ROG Phone 3(Read our new review of last year’s ROG Phone II here. ) and new devices coming out of the Lenovo Legion sub-brand later this year, though hopefully we’ll see more announcements within the third quarter.You can read more about the 865+ here.

Sony Xperia 1 II review: Sony finally made a phone I’d love to keep in my pocket

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a fantastic smartphone built around a "just okay" camera. Even so, it is a

Poco M2 Pro review: A better Redmi Note 9 Pro

Excellent battery life, good performance and no ads. What's not to like?