Amazon's annual Prime Day event, which has become a veritable summertime Black Friday, kicked off today with an enormous number of deals on items throughout Amazon's expansive product catalog. Many bloggers and retail analysts have even made the claim that Amazon's Prime Day deals are better than those shoppers can find during the holiday season Black Friday and Cyber Monday events.
Now there's an easier way to find that random fastener, screw or bolt. Amazon has added a Find Parts feature to the camera search section of its iOS app. By placing the part you need next to a penny and snapping a photo, the iPhone can quickly calculate the length, diameter and other characteristics of the part. Amazon delivers specs, matching, and related parts almost immediately after scanning an existing piece of hardware.
Amazon Prime membership comes with a plethora of benefits aside from free shipping, including vast libraries of movies and music in Prime Video and Prime Music, cloud storage with Amazon Drive and more. Despite all of this, if you don't use it all that much you may not want to pay the annual $99 membership fee, or the monthly fee that recently increased to $12.99 from $10.99.
The thaw between Apple and Amazon continues. Hot on the heels of Amazon Prime Video coming to the Apple TV, Amazon has decided to start selling Apple's set top box in its online store. Amazon.com has already posted new product pages for different Apple TV models, although as of this writing they are still unavailable for purchase. Interested buyers can click a button to receive email notification when the products are ready to ship.
Amazon Prime is widely known for its member benefits that include free two day shipping, access to extensive movie and music libraries with Prime Video and Prime Music, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, access to a variety of deals and discounts, access to a library of audio books, free grocery and restaurant delivery in certain locations, and more.