Amazon just raised their Prime monthly subscription from $10.99 to $12.99. The price for a yearly subscription remains at $99 per year. Prime Student went up by a dollar from $5.49 to $6.49. The yearly subscription for Prime Student remains at $49. Amazon Prime offers 2 day shipping and access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Photos and special discounts at Whole Foods.
Amazon Prime Day started last night July 10 at 9 pm Eastern time and will run for about 30 hours. Prime Day is basically the Cyber Monday in July. It’s for Prime members only, which costs members about $99 per year. Of course, you’ll get free 1 day shipping for all orders, as well as deep discounts on special days such as Prime Day. This year’s big discounts are:
- Amazon Echo Dot at $34.99 (30% off)
- Amazon Echo at $89.99 (50% off)
- Fire 7 at $29.99 (40% off)
- Bose Soundlink Mini at $129.00 (35% off)
- Sony 55 inch 4K TV at $499.00 (37% off)
Prime Day ends in less than 17 hours.
Amazon announced today a new product called Light Sail. It’s a virtual machine that’s preconfigured with either Amazon Linux AMI or Ubuntu Server. It’s comes with SSD storage, DNS management and a static IP address.
You can choose your developer stack whether it’s LAMP, LEMP, MEAN or Node.js. You can then run applications such as Drupal, Joomla, Redmine, Gitlab and countless others.
The pricing is flat-rate starting at $5 per month all the way up to $80 per month depending on number of vCPUs, memory and storage.
Running small virtual machines was an impediment to most independent developers due to steep price of running EC2 instances. With Light Sail, it opens up for smaller websites to be hosted at Amazon.
Read Amazon’s blog about the new Light Sail offering.
Amazon planes just got a new coat of paint. If you’re not aware, Amazon has leased 20 cargo planes, back in March 2016, from a Wilmington, Ohio company called Air Transport Services Group. In addition to its own fleet, Amazon relies on UPS, Fedex and USPS for the delivery of the products it sells online. The new paint have the words “Prime Air” emblazoned on them. This is in addition to a fleet of drones Amazon plans to use in metropolitan areas.
Here’s a fun project. Turn your Raspberry Pi 2 into an Alexa Voice Service.
This project demonstrates how to access and test the Alexa Voice Service using a Java client (running on a Raspberry Pi), and a Node.js server. You will be using the Node.js server to get a Login with Amazon authorization code by visiting a website using your computer’s (Raspberry Pi in this case) web browser.
Follow this guide.
Based on first read, it looks like a fairly involved project.
You can now purchase reserved instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. From Amazon:
You can now purchase Amazon EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. Reserved Instances provide a capacity reservation so that you can have confidence in your ability to launch the number of instances you have reserved when you need them.
Starting today, the new Scheduled Reserved Instances option allows you to reserve capacity on recurring daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. For example, you can purchase a daily reservation such as midnight to 6am every day, a weekly reservation such as 8am-5pm every weekday, or a monthly reservation such as the first five days of each month.
How would you like to be able to re-order household items, groceries and many more items on Amazon by simply clicking on a button. Introducing Amazon Dash. For $5, you can get one of these Dash buttons to re-order a dozen or so household items available from Amazon. Just program it once, and press the button every time you feel you’re running out of supply. The Dash button will place an order for you and deliver it within days. You can cancel the order if you think you’ve made a mistake.
Amazon will release a 6 inch tablet for just $50. It’s half the price of the current 6-inch Fire HD tablet. In addition, Amazon plans to sell an 8-inch and a 10-inch versions as well later in the year. Read the rest of the article from WSJ.
What is Prime Day? Prime Day is a new sales holiday invented by Amazon. It was held on a Wednesday in the middle of the summer. It proved a huge success for the company. How successful was Prime Day? It sold more units than the biggest Black Friday ever back in 2014. You have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the discounts, meaning you pay an annual fee of $99 for free two-day shipping and other benefits. Not everyone is happy with Prime Day. Some critics say that Amazon didn’t offer enough in-demand tech gadgets. Some say Amazon was selling useless crap. Despite the criticism, Amazon did quite well that they are thinking about bringing it back. No details yet as to when that will take place again.
Amazon Web Services has a new G2 instance called g2.8xlarge. It has 4 high-performance NVidia GPUs for those needing a system capable of doing large scale video rendering, transcoding, or parallel processing. The g2.8xlarge is available in just about all regions. The on-demand pricing is $2.60 per hour. Spot and reserved instances are a little bit cheaper but require an entire month use.