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Amazon Prime Now for iOS. Photo: Amazon

Amazon Prime Now for iOS. Photo: Amazon

Amazon is upping its delivery game this week by launching a new delivery service called Prime Now that will bring diapers, Fitbits, televisions, and thousands of other essential items, to your doorstep in under an hour.

Prime Now is available today in select areas of New York City from 6 a.m. to midnight, with more cities planned for 2015. The new service is being packaged as part of your annual Amazon Prime subscription, and includes over 25,000 items.

Amazon even created a video to show what you can order:

iPhone 6 is on every googler's mind. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android

iPhone 6 is on every googler’s mind. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android

Google’s ‘Year in Search’ report was released this morning providing an insight into what’s on the mind of world’s internet users, and when it comes to technology, the iPhone 6 was the most popular tech search of 2014.

The Apple Watch also appeared on the top 10 list, taking the number 8 spot followed by the iPad Air as number 10 in the Consumer Electronic category. The Nexus 6 managed to pull in to third place, while Samsung had two devices in the top 5.

Here’s the full top 10:

Hugo Barra, former Android chief, now works at Xiaomi. Photo: Xiaomi

Hugo Barra, former Android chief, now works at Xiaomi. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi has quickly become the world’s third most popular smartphone maker, but according to a 2013 financial filing released by the privately held company, it doesn’t pay to copy your way to the top.

In 2013 Xiaomi made a meager $51 million in profit even though it’s valued at more than $10 billion by investors. ┬áThe filing reveals Xiaomi’s low profits are on account of the No. 3 smartphone maker’s razor-thin margins. It brought in about $4.2 billion in revenue in 2013, giving the company an operating margin of just 1.8 percent.

This means war. Photo: The Pirate Bay app

This means war. Photo: The Pirate Bay app

Google has been tightening up its policies on piracy services the last few weeks and today it just gave The Pirate Bay one its biggest blows on Android by banning its apps from Google Play.

Pirate Bay developers were sent an email from Google today notifying them that their apps had been removed. Apps that provided optimized browsers for the Pirate Bay were Google’s main target in the ban. Many of the apps, which included “The Pirate Bay Proxy,” “PirateApp,” and “The Pirate Bay Premium,” also had proxy sites for users to circumvent ISP restrictions.

The sudden banishment apparently came without a DMCA takedown notice, reports TorrentFreak, who spoke with one of the developers that claims his app really isn’t any different than Google Chome.

Chromebooks are only going to get more popular. Photo: Acer

Chromebooks are only going to get more popular. Photo: Acer

Apple and Google are very interested in taking over the U.S. education market from Microsoft, but when it comes to capturing marketshare, the Chromebook is teaching Apple an important lesson: Price matters.

For the first time ever, Google has passed Apple in the U.S. education market, according to IDC data obtained by The Financial Times, which shows Google’s Chromebook laptops are more popular now in the K-12 classrooms than the iPad.

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