Amazon launches Black Friday Deals Store to offer specials until Christmas

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Halloween 2015 has come and gone and that can only mean one thing – time for retailers to start up with their Christmas season sales events. Mega retailer Amazon has apparently decided that offering Black Friday deals on just one day is not enough, so they have launched a special Black Friday Deals Store site that spreads the deals out from now until December 22nd. To entice consumers to sign up for a Prime membership, Amazon says Prime members will get a 30 minute jump on all the Lightning Deals – 30,000 planned – before all customers can access them.

Steve Shure, vice president for Amazon Consumer Marketing says,

“Shoppers come to Amazon to discover the best deals on the best gifts and this year, we’re pulling out all of the stops. We’re giving Prime members early access to more than 30,000 Lightning Deals and for all customers, tens of thousands of great deals in the Black Friday Deals store. With incredible deals, fast delivery options, curated lists like our Electronics Holiday Gift Guide, gift recommendations, customer reviews and more, we’re making it easier than ever for customers to save time and money on their holiday shopping.”

If you do not want to wait for Black Friday to roll around or want to start adding sale items to your wish list, you can head over to the special Countdown to Black Friday Deals site at www.amazon.com/blackfriday. Amazon’s full press release is below.

The Countdown is On: Amazon.com Greets the Season with Launch of Black Friday Deals Store and Electronics Holiday Gift Guide

New this year, Prime members receive early access to more than 30,000 Lightning Deals

With over 600 top electronics and a Gift Finder tool, the Electronics Holiday Gift Guide takes the guesswork out of gifting

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 2, 2015– (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon.com today officially kicked off the countdown to Black Friday with the launch of the Black Friday Deals store and Electronics Holiday Gift Guide. This year, Prime members can access more than 30,000 Lightning Deals 30 minutes early and all customers will find tens of thousands of deals on more of the items they want. In addition, the curated Electronics Holiday Gift Guide and Gift Finder tool take the guesswork out of shopping and make it easy to discover all of the right gifts.

“Shoppers come to Amazon to discover the best deals on the best gifts and this year, we’re pulling out all of the stops,” said Steve Shure, Vice President, Amazon Consumer Marketing. “We’re giving Prime members early access to more than 30,000 Lightning Deals and for all customers, tens of thousands of great deals in the Black Friday Deals store. With incredible deals, fast delivery options, curated lists like our Electronics Holiday Gift Guide, gift recommendations, customer reviews and more, we’re making it easier than ever for customers to save time and money on their holiday shopping.”

Black Friday Deals: The Black Friday Deals store is the leading deals destination for customers this holiday season with tens of thousands of deals on top items including electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen, and more, now through December 22. Prime members will get the first crack at more than 30,000 deals through Prime Early Access and all customers can find great deals throughout the season at www.amazon.com/blackfriday, including:

  • 30% off Sony XBR55X900C 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV with a Blu-ray Player
  • $170 off the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens
  • 47% off Jaybird X Sport Bluetooth Headphones
  • Optima HD37 Full 3D 1080p 2600 Lumens DLP Home Cinema Projector for less than $800
  • 40% off select Frye shoes, handbags, accessories and luggage/travel for men and women
  • 40% off select toys from top construction brands including K’NEX, Tegu, and Magformer
  • Up to 50% off select Home Automation products
  • 20% or more off select Wilton and Pyrex bakeware products
  • Deals from top Kitchen brands including Rubbermaid, KitchenAid, Paderno, and Instant Pot
  • $10 off select $50 Black & Decker product purchases
  • Up to 50% off hundreds of PetSafe items

Electronics Holiday Gift Guide: With more than 600 of this year’s hottest items, organized by category and gift recipient, the Electronics Holiday Gift Guide and Gift Finder tool help customers discover the right gift for everyone on their list – from the Photographer who wants the latest gear from GoPro and Canon, to the Gadget Guru who is eyeing the latest innovations from the Amazon Launchpad programlike the Electric Objects Digital Art Display and Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage. Customers can explore exciting new features like never-before-seen 3D imagery of hot gifts, editor’s picks, exclusive product reviews, unboxing videos, and gift recommendations, with new content uploaded regularly from trusted sources including Gawker, Tom’s Guide, and The Wirecutter.

Tech Gifts and Shopping Trends to Watch

  • High-Tech, Low Budget: Tech gear is always at the top of shopping lists during the holidays, and now customers can find tech gifts to give and receive without paying a premium. The Electronics Holiday Gift Guide features affordable gifts including the all-new Fire tablet – the #1 best-selling product on Amazon.com since launch – portable speakers from JAM, and headphones fromPanasonic and Audio-Technica, all under $100!
  • Wanted Wearables and the Smart Home: Wearables and Home Automation items are wished-for year-round and customers will find the latest gear to make home life more efficient with products like the Belkin WeMo Netcam, Crock-Pot Smart Wi-Fi-Enabled Slow Cooker, and iRobot Roomba Vacuum. Customers will also find stylish wearables in new and exclusive colors from Jawbone,Fitbit, and Garmin to track fitness and monitor health.
  • Shop via Voice: More and more, devices are making our lives hands-free. Now, creating a holiday shopping list with Amazon Echo and Alexa is as easy as asking, and placing an order using voice control with the Amazon app on your mobile device is as simple as saying the word. This year, customers can shop in more ways without leaving their home or even touching a keyboard.

Customers will find even more fast delivery options with Amazon Prime, making last-minute shopping a thing of the past. A growing list of Prime services is making it easy for customers to shop and save this holiday season including unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 16 metro areas, and early access to Lightning Deals all year long. In addition, Prime members in 20 metro areas receive one and two hour delivery on tens of thousands of everyday essentials with the dedicated Prime Now mobile app.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visitwww.amazon.com/about.

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Celebrate 15 years of the ISS with NASA’s official country song

The International Space Station turns 15 years old today, and NASA is celebrating this fun anniversary in musical form. The space agency released a delightful video this morning about the orbiting lab, set to a very country and banjo-filled tune you’d likely hear at your local chili cook off or rodeo-themed bar; NASA headquarters are in Houston, Texas after all, so the music scene must be having some sort of influence on the rocket scientists. The singer (who I really hope is a NASA employee as well) details interesting facts about the station in twanging verse. Right out of the gate, he rhymes ISS with success, so you know it’s going to be a good time.

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New Star Trek TV Series: 5 Things Fans Need to Know

New Star Trek TV Series: 5 Things Fans Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new Star Trek TV series is coming to CBS in 2017 according to a new report that claims the new Star Trek Series will début under the direction of Alex Kutzman and it will go where no Star Trek TV show went before it — streaming direct to your iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV and computer on day one — even if you don’t have cable.

Here’s what you need to know about the new Star Trek TV series. This is unofficial for the time being, but after a leak this size we expect to hear something more from CBS in the near future.

The new Star Trek TV show will arrive after Star Trek Beyond hits theaters next year, but before a fourth film in the latest run of Star Trek movies arrives.

New Star Trek TV Show Details

The new Star Trek TV show will come to CBS All Access. Image: CBS.

The new Star Trek TV show will come to CBS All Access. Image: CBS.

The Hollywood Reporter leaks a full outline of what to expect from the new Star Trek TV series, and reports that we will see an official announcement from CBS by the end of the day.

Part of the New Star Trek TV series’ appeal is that Alex Kurtzman is supposedly signed on to the project. Kurtzman, who wrote the 2009 Star Trek movie and Star Trek Into Darkness, will produce the new Stat Trek series according to the leak.

New Star Trek TV Show Release Date

The New Star Trek TV show release date will be in January 2017 on CBS according to the report. That means there is a little over a year and a half until the new Star Trek series airs on CBS.

New Star Trek TV Series Story and Setting

We don’t know much about the setting of the New Star Trek TV show yet, but The Hollywood Reporter shares the following synopsis of the series,

“The new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”

This type of setting allows for a range of interactions between the crew and other civilizations and it will be interesting to see Star Trek tackle societal issues. In Plato’s Stepchildren Willliam Shatner and Nichelle Nichols kiss, in one of the earliest interracial kisses between a white man and a black woman on television, which caused concern for NBC in 1968.

New Star Trek TV Episodes on CBS All Access

Perhaps the most interesting part of this report is that while the premiere will be on the CBS network, this series is reportedly being shot with CBS All Access in mind.

The premiere of the new Star Trek TV show and the later episodes will go direct to CBS All Access.

CBS All Access is currently $5.99 a month and includes many CBS shows as well as the option to stream the local CBS channel live.

The new Star Trek TV show will stream on CBS All Access.

The new Star Trek TV show will stream on CBS All Access.

Watch Star Trek on CBS Access Now

If this news left you excited, you can watch Star Trek on CBS All Access now for $5.99 a month — with a one week free trial. The CBS All Access plan includes;

  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Star Trek Voyager
  • Star Trek Enterprise
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine

With CBS All Access you can watch hundreds of episodes from the Star Trek Series. Without a membership you can still watch a few episodes free of charge.

New Star Trek TV Series: 5 Things Fans Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Watch a bite-sized teaser for Girls’ upcoming fifth season

Lena Dunham’s Girls is coming back to HBO for its fifth season next February, and the network has just released a tiny preview of what’s to come. When I say tiny, I mean it: you’re getting under 30 seconds of Dunham’s Hannah Horvath dancing to Empire ISIS’ 2008 single “Get Up On It,” an intense, collaborative workout that’s ultimately interrupted by her mother’s wandering hips. It looks like fun, but it’s hard to understand why Hannah’s so frustrated — didn’t she know what she was getting into when she invited her mom to her class?

Girls is set to return on February 21st, 2016.

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