THE NEWS WRAP: Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in US

Amazon has officially launched its new one-hour delivery service Prime Now.


The service, which promises delivery within an hour of purchasing an item, or a two-hour timeframe from 6-12am, is now available across Manhattan for $US7.99.


Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, Dave Clark, said in a statement the new service will allow members to receive the items they need immediately or if they do not have time to go down to a physical store.


“We’ve long felt that Amazon Prime is the best deal in the history of shopping and now it has gotten even better,” he says.


“Prime members in Manhattan are going to love this service and we cannot wait to roll out Prime Now to additional cities in 2015.”


Apple orders more than 5 million smartwatches ahead of launch


Apple has ordered between five and six million Apple Watches from its suppliers in Asia ahead of the product’s release in April.


The Wall Street Journal reports half of the initial product run will be devoted to the Apple Watch sport model, while the mid-tier Apple Watch model is expected to make up one-third of production.


The sporting model of Apple’s smartwatch will sell for around $US349 ($A450).


Twitter launches TweetDeck Teams


Twitter has announced the introduction of a new TweetDeck feature called TweetDeck Teams.


The announcement means Twitter users can share their Twitter accounts with other users without needing to share passwords.


The changes will begin to roll out across TweetDeck for web, Chrome and Windows as of today.




The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 0.04%, rising 0.04 points to 18,019.39. The Australian dollar is currently trading at 78.21 US cents.


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