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Amazon Introduces Eight Days of Black Friday Deals, With New Deals Every Ten Minutes

November 20, 2014 Comments off

Amazon.comSEATTLE – Nov. 20, 2014 (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Today, Amazon.com announced BlackFriday deals will start even earlier this year, beginning on Friday, November 21, and adding new deals as often as every ten minutes for eight straight days. Plus, Amazon will introduce three coveted Deals of the Day starting on Thanksgiving at midnight, as well as three more on Black Friday – this is in addition to thousands of limited-time Lightning Deals at amazon.com/blackfriday. Customers can shop Amazon on any device, including smartphones and tablets, and enjoy top Black Friday deals anytime and anywhere. Amazon Prime members will continue to receive 30-minutes early access to select Lightning Deals, including many sought-after Black Friday deals. By taking advantage of Prime early access, members will get the first pick of some of the hottest gifts and holiday essentials.  Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

“Our customers are redefining Black Friday shopping. They want to stay home with family, enjoy some turkey and football and shop the hottest deals from their phone, tablet or PC,”said Steve Shure, Amazon Vice President Worldwide Marketing. “Starting November 21, we will add new deals as often as every 10 minutes, for eight days, including tech, toys, tools and more.”

This year, Amazon customers can also shop Black Friday deals while also giving to the charity of their choice. Start at smile.amazon.com/blackfriday, find the same deals, but with one added bonus – Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase to the favorite charity.

Following are examples of some of the door-buster deals that will be available at various times between November 21 and Black Friday atamazon.com/blackfriday:

Electronics:

  • Up to 45% off select Samsung TVs including: Samsung 40-inch Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV for $598; Samsung 55-inch Curved Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV for $1,298
  • 32-inch LED TV, $79
  • 40-inch 1080p LED TV, $119
  • Toshiba 50-inch LED TV, $199
  • VIZIO 55-inch Smart LED TV, $478
  • LG 65-inch 120 Hz LED TV, $648
  • Samsung 55-inch Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV, $899
  • Save up to 20% on Intel-powered laptops and 2-in-1s
  • LG G3 and HTC One M8 smart phones for $0.01 with a new 2 year contract
  • Top selling DSLR with two-lenses for under $500
  • Select Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones, $199.99
  • Xbox One console at the lowest price ever from Amazon, plus over $150 value in digital content
  • Roku LT Streaming Media Player, $28
  • Panasonic Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player, $35
  • Plantronics Bluetooth Headset, $19.99

Toys:

Books, Movies and Music:

  • More than 50 Kindle books for $1.99 each including titles from Philip K. Dick and Ann Patchett
  • 80% off The Complete Sherlock Holmes Heirloom Collection
  • More than 80% off Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, Collector’s Edition
  • 50% off Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 1-8, plus The Do-It-Yourself Book
  • Save on popular books starting at 40% off
  • Save on autographed albums including Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Michael W Smith’s The Spirit of Christmas
  • Hourly Lightning Deals with savings up to 90% on over 90 movies and TV shows
  • Up to 58% off 11,000+ popular movies and TV shows including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Friends: The Complete Series, Downton Abbey, and more

Wine:

  • Amazon Wine will feature deep discounts starting at 60% off on over 100 unique wines

Sports:

  • Up to 40% off TaylorMade Drivers (11/28 only)
  • Save Over 40% Off FT7 Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Kitchen:

Patio, Lawn & Garden:

Arts, Crafts & Sewing:

Tools and Home Improvement:

Home and Pets:

  • Up to 30% off select Dyson products, including vacuums and heating/cooling fans
  • Up to 20% off select Petmate Chuckit! Pet Toys

Automotive:

Baby:

  • Save on car seats and strollers including 35% off select Graco strollers, car seats and 20% off Maxi-Cosi car seats, strollers and accessories
  • Save $250 or more on Samsung baby care washers
  • 50% off Levana Sophia Video Baby Monitor
  • Save up to 40% on select BABYBJORN bouncers, travel cribs and carriers
  • Save up to 30% on select Skip Hop diaper bags
  • Select Columbia fleece for baby boys and girls, $17.99
  • Baby girls Calvin Klein and Nautica clothing sets, under $15
  • Baby boys Calvin Klein clothing sets, under $15

Fashion:

  • Select women’s and men’s sweaters, under $20
  • Select women’s boots, under $50
  • 50% off Vince Camuto Handbag
  • 50% off men’s Patagonia shoes
  • $14 Amazon exclusive Girls’ Bathrobe and Slipper Sets
  • 50% off Amazon exclusive ‘The LEGO Movie’ Watch Set
  • $10 and under for Frozen apparel  for girls
  • 50% off Nina dress shoes for girls
  • 60% off Calvin Klein for boys
  • $17 and under Nautica hoodies and sweaters for boys
  • Under Armour clothing sets for boys, $29.99
  • 50% off Hush Puppies dress shoes for boys

Jewelry:

  • $99.99 14K gold .025 carats diamond stud earrings
  • $29 Swarovski Crystal earrings and necklaces
  • $29.99 Freshwater pearl 3-piece jewelry set
  • $19.99 and under fashion statement bracelets
  • Invicta Women’s Angel Multifunction watches starting at $69.99
  • 60% off or more on select men’s Kenneth Cole watches

Health & Beauty:

  • Save up to $75 on Men’s Grooming products including the Braun Series 7-790cc Pulsonic Men’s Shaving System and the Panasonic ER-GB40-S cordless moustache and beard trimmer
  • Save up to $30 on Oral-B toothbrushes
  • Save 30% on Nivea Men skin care products including Nivea For Men Active3 Body Wash for body, hair & shave (Pack of 3)
  • 60% off CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor Brazen Raisin Holiday Gift Set
  • 20% off 31″ SpaMaster Stationary LX
  • 40% off Shany cosmetics
  • 22% off Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

All prices available at select times and while supplies last.

Amazon Appstore Offers Over $115 in Top Paid Apps for Free on Android Devices

To get into the spirit of Thanksgiving, today only, Amazon Appstore is offering SpinArt for free. Starting on Thanksgiving and for a limited time, Amazon Appstore will offer a Free App of the Day bundle, featuring over $115 in top paid apps and games for free on Android devices. Throughout the holiday season, the Amazon Appstore will have hundreds of titles that are either free, or available between 50% – 90% off. The Amazon Appstore is available directly on Fire devices, from any computer, and on Android devices. Find out more at amazon.com/appstore.

Thanksgiving Becomes a Mobile Shopping Holiday

Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest mobile shopping days on Amazon. Between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday last year, Amazon customers ordered more than five toys per second from a mobile device. With Amazon’s free mobile shopping app, customers can go from “I want that” to “I bought that” in under 30 seconds. Plus, the latest Amazon app for Android phones includes support for Android Wear devices, extending the mobile shopping experience to smart watches and making Amazon accessible anywhere your watch can go.

Follow Amazon on Instagram

Amazon’s Instagram feed is now shoppable. For any products Amazon posts on Instagram, simply click the URL on Amazon’s profile page in Instagram and you will land on amazon.com/Instagram to shop those clever and giftable products featured weekly on the popular social network.

Amazon.com is now on Snapchat

Customers can now follow ‘amazon.com’ on Snapchat.  Amazon will be publishing fun and funny gift ideas, exclusive content, and other interesting products on Snapchat.  Amazon will also periodically release deals – customers should note the deal code from Snapchat and visit amazon.com/snapchat for more details.

Fast, Free Shipping Everyday on Amazon
Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items. To become a member or to learn more about the membership program, customers can visit amazon.com/prime.  Amazon also offers free shipping on millions of items every day, year-round, on eligible orders $35 and over.

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 phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Introducing the Microsoft Migration Accelerator for Azure

September 4, 2014 Comments off

Announcing the limited preview of the Migration Accelerator (MA), for Azure. Spawned from the technology of Microsoft’s InMage acquisition announced July 11th  the MA is designed to seamlessly migrate physical, VMware, AWS and Hyper-V workloads into Azure.  It automates all aspects of migration including discovery of source workloads, remote agent installation, network adaptation and endpoint configuration. With MA, transitions into Azure can occur in mere minutes!

MA changes the cloud migration paradigm by offering:

  • Heterogeneity:  With MA you can migrate workloads running on a broad range of platforms such as VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services and/or Physical servers within your environment. MA can support workloads running on Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems.
  • Simple, Automated Migration:  The MA portal allows you to automatically discover your enterprise workloads, remotely from the cloud.  With few clicks you can configure end-to-end migration scenarios.  MA allows you to test your workload in the cloud without impacting the existing on premise production workload, offering the ability to validate workload functionality before a cutover is performed.
  • Migrate Multi-tier Applications: MA boasts the unique ability to migrate multi-tier production system with application level consistency, orchestrated across tiers. This ensures multi-tier applications run the same in Azure, as they ran at the source. Application startup order is even honored, without the need for any manual configuration.
  • Continuous Replication, Least Cutover Time: MA for Azure provides full-system replication including the OS and application data.  This continuous replication and in-memory change tracking reduces the cutover time to mere minutes, minimizing impact to production workloads.

How MA works

MA uses multiple components to orchestrate your migration project as shown below:

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  1. Mobility Service: A light weight (guest based) centrally deployed agent which gets installed on source servers (on-premises physical or virtual) to be migrated to the target virtual machines on Azure.  It is responsible for real time data capture and synchronization of the selected volumes of source servers to target servers.
  2. Process Server (PS): A physical or virtual server that is installed on premise. It facilitates the communication between the Mobility Service and target virtual machines in Azure. It provides caching, queuing, compression, encryption and bandwidth management.
  3. Master Target (MT):  A target for replicating disks of on premises servers. It is installed within a dedicated Azure VM in your Azure subscription.  Disks are attached to the MT to maintain duplicate copies.
  4. Configuration Server (CS): Manages the communication between the Master Target and the MA Portal. It is installed on a dedicated Azure VM in your Azure subscription. Regular synchronization occurs between the CS and MA Portal.
  5. MA Portal: It is a multitenant portal by which you can discover, configure protection and migrate your on premise workloads into Azure.

MA automates all critical processes required to migrate a source workload within an Enterprise into Azure Cloud. It can discover on premise workloads running in ESX/Hyper-V, AWS or physical servers. The workloads are discovered using a Process Server which is connected to MA portal. The discovered instances are listed in MA portal as shown below:

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You can choose particular instance(s) from the discovered list of workload for migration. The next step is to install the Mobility Service (agent) on the source servers. This can be remotely orchestrated from the MA portal by choosing ‘Install Mobility Service’ option as shown below:

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After installing the Mobility Service, you can configure replication for selected servers by choosing the Protect option.  MA uses the configuration details garnered from the discovery process for the protected source servers to determine and provision the most suitable sizing for the environment within Azure. In addition, the target VHDs are provisioned on the Master Target. Once replication is setup, synchronization of the on premise server disk to the target VHD in the Azure cloud begins.

Now, that you have configured the initial sync, wait to ensure the initial replication is complete. After initial replication, select the Migration option from the Cloud Services menu.

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From the list of protected servers that appear under Protected Application, select the “protection plan” or list of assets you wish to migrate.

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Once you choose a protection plan it will appear under Migration > Selected Hosts. Click Migrate to start the migration process.

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You can now monitor the progress of migration under Migration Scenarios > Migration Status.

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After successful migration, Virtual Machines are created in Azure Cloud.  You can now logon to the migrated VMs to validate if the running instances on the cloud is identical to your source.

Summary

In summary, MA offers an unprecedented level of automation to provide seamless migrations of heterogeneous assets, into Azure.

Key Highlights:

  • Automated asset discovery and migration – MA portal orchestrates the discovery and migration of workloads from a single pane of glass.
  • Migration cutovers to Azure in minutes – continuous replication and in-memory change tracking significantly reduce cutover time.
  • Self-provisioned target Azure VM’s – Target VMs are dormant during synchronization saving compute cost and are then automatically provisioned during cutover.
  • Heterogeneous platform support – support for broad range of environments and platforms.
  • Continuous replication – lightweight agents on the source servers continuously replicate all changes to target ensuring near zero downtime during migrations.
  • Multi-tier application support – migrate your multi-tier production system with application level consistency orchestrated across tiers.
  • Target VM Network and Endpoint Adaptation – support for automated network adaptation and endpoint reconfiguration.
  • Integrated compression, encryption and bandwidth management.

To get started visit Microsoft Migration Accelerator and sign-up for preview.

Introducing the Jackery Leaf Integrated Battery and Case for iPhone 5 and 5S

January 21, 2014 Comments off

The Jackery Leaf portable power source for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5SiPhone 5 and 5S Users Enjoy Extended Talk and App Time with the Jackery Leaf Integrated Battery/Case Solution Powerful and Lightweight Battery Enables Fast Charging on the Go –Jackery Leaf Doubles the Operational Time of the iPhone Battery

Santa Clara, CA (January 21, 2014) — Jackery, Amazon’s #1 provider of premium portable battery products for mobile devices, announced today the release of the Jackery Leaf, the company’s first powerful rechargeable battery for iPhone 5 and 5S devices that is integrated within a protective phone case.

Available in Jackery’s signature orange, black, or white, the Jackery Leaf allows iPhone users to charge their phone while they are mobile due to the battery being integrated within the protective case. The Apple Certified product features a micro-USB to Lightning connector converter, so users can plug in and charge the battery and their iPhone at the same time for optimal efficiency. Full charging takes only two and a half hours. The capacity of the Jackery Leaf gives users up to 50 extra hours of operational time depending on what types of applications they are running or tasks they are performing.

“The Jackery Leaf was built to fit specifically with iPhone 5 and 5S devices within a protective case structure” said York Wu, CEO of Jackery. “A significant differentiator for our product is the battery is detachable from the case, so users can still have the benefits of our great case while the Jackery Leaf is charging. It’s also a considerable value, as users get Jackery’s legendary craftsmanship with two protection cases and an additional battery at a price that is very reasonable. It’s this relentless focus on quality and value that has established us as the industry’s number one provider of premium portable batteries.”

Leaf #5The Jackery Leaf features a three-color LED charging status indicator for simple operation and a four-layer smart safety protection circuit. Each order includes two cases, the battery, a premium audio extension cable and micro-USB charging cable. It is available now at Amazon.com.

In 2013 Jackery established itself as the provider of the most affordable and powerful portable chargers available in the marketplace. Many of Jackery’s products are compatible with Android and iOS devices and also Windows phones, various smartphone and tablet platforms, multiple gaming devices, and MP3 players. The Jackery Leaf joins the Jackery Air, Jackery Fit, Jackery Giant+, Jackery Giant, Jackery Bar and Jackery Mini products. Consumers can purchase the entire Jackery lineup at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=AZF6YB7UVA7OU or http://store.jackeryusa.com/.

About Jackery

Leaf #3Jackery is a Santa Clara, California-based technology company focused on developing premium battery products for smartphones and tablets. The company offers a lineup of four products, the Jackery Air, Jackery Giant+, Jackery Giant, Jackery Bar, and Jackery Mini, which all offer considerable charging time and small form factors for owners of the most popular smartphones, tablet devices, MP3 players and gaming devices. For more information, visit www.jackeryusa.com.

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