If you’re a Hilton Honors reward member, you now have a new reason to hold onto your points. You can now use them to pay for items through Amazon. Not everything is available to be used with your points, like digital content. But most everything else. All you need to do is sign in to your Amazon Account, and then click “Shop with Points”. From there you select “Hilton Honors”. It’s that simple. If you have specific questions about the program or your account, you can go to Amazon’s Shop with Points Page to get more detail.
When you are making your purchase, you will see an option to choose the amount of points you want to use. When your order is placed, the points applied will be deducted from the order total and displayed as “Rewards Points”. You can also click on “changed” under the Payment method option to use any available points. According to Amazon’s FAQ page, 500 Hilton Points will equal one dollar on Amazon.com. There are a ton of products available to be purchased through Amazon using points.
Like I mentioned earlier, however, you can’t use the points for Amazon Kindle downloads, digital music, Amazon video titles, Amazon Appstore apps, AmazonFresh items, Subscribe and Save items, Prime Memberships (unless they’re a gift), pre-order items, texbook rentals, or to reload gift cards. Which kind of makes it feel like there isn’t a lot to purchase. But there is. … Read the rest
Samsung-owned Harman International has just announced three new JBL Link Speakers, each with a voice activated speaker with Google Assistant built in. The company also revealed the Harmon Kardon Allure, which is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker with 360 degree sound. Which sounds a lot like what Sony announced just the other day. The Link speakers come in two portable sizes as well as a larger design. These can all be linked together for multi-room listening and also have Chromecast built in. The Allure will retail for $250, starting this winter. While the Link speakers will debut in the UK this fall.
Both Google and Amazon have been putting their respective assistants on more devices, lately. Google has plans to bring Assistant to upcoming Anker and Panasonic speakers and LG washing machines (umm… yes!) while Amazon has already linked up with Ulimate Ears’ line of Bluetooth speakers as well.
According to Harman:
“We’re excited, to integrate with Amazon Alexa to deliver a beautiful speaker with astounding audio coupled with all the intelligent features of Alexa,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio Division at HARMAN. “Research shows the number one use of digital voice services is music streaming and Allure with its premium sound quality, iconic design, and exceptional voice-enabled technology, will produce a spectacular sound experience while delivering on our promise of elevating a connected life through smart technology.”
I wonder if there are too many smart speakers on the market right now. … Read the rest
You can already shop online using one of Amazon’s devices that supports Alexa. But now Google has teamed up with Walmart to provide the same kind of service. Of course, they want you to use Google Home, but you get the picture. And this makes a lot of sense, considering that Google doesn’t have an online store, like Amazon does. But it does have a competitor to Alexa. Let’s also throw Walmart into the mix and note that they don’t have a personal assistant, but their massive retail presence rivals Amazon’s. Which makes this an incredible three way head-to-head.
Walmart made the announcement on their blog. Walmart CEO and President Marc Lore outlined how the two companies would improve their online shopping, to provide you with a better experience. Starting in late September, hundreds of thousands of Walmart items will be available for shopping using Google’s Assistant. Users will be able to build a basket of previously purchased every day essentials, with the help of Google Express, which is getting a Walmart Easy Reorder feature.
You will also get personalized recommendations based on purchase history as soon as you link your walmart.com and Google Express accounts.
Is this something that you would be interested in? Personally, I don’t think Walmart is going to be able to give Amazon a run for it’s money. That’s just my opinion though. I rarely shop online at Walmart. But I do purchase from Amazon a few times a month. … Read the rest