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Podcast: What is Amazon Prime Gaming?

Amazon Prime has announced a new initiative for its Prime members in India, it’s called Amazon Gaming with Prime. As part of this new gaming content plan, Amazon Prime subscribers will receive free, complimentary access to in-game content on a variety of popular smartphone games. Amazon also says its offerings are refreshed frequently.

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The purpose of Amazon Gaming with Prime is to allow Prime subscribers to gain access to in-game content without having to pay anything. For example, if you are playing a game, let’s say Mafia City — well, I haven’t played Mafia City in particular — but nearly all mobile games out there support in-app purchases, where you need to pay the actual money to unlock a specific part of the game, PUBG allows users to pay for a lot of stuff, but unfortunately it’s not supported yet.

The content would be available for free to all Amazon Prime members. So, as long as you have a valid Prime membership, you can easily unlock new items — but only on supported games.

For now, Amazon Gaming with Prime supports a limited number of games. For example, it supports Mobile Legends, World Cricket Championship, Black Desert Mobile, Words with Friends 2, Mafia City, and The Seven Deadly Sins.

Claiming in-game content on these games is a fairly simple and straightforward process. All you need to do is download and start supported games. Once you start the game, discover the option to log in with Amazon. But before that, make sure you have an active Amazon Prime membership.

In case you don’t have active Amazon Prime membership, make sure to subscribe to Prime before you can avail free in-game content on your favorite, supported mobile games.

In addition to Gaming with Prime, Amazon offers certain logistical benefits to Prime members such as unlimited, free one-day, and two-day delivery on products you want to purchase on Amazon. Also here is an Amazon Prime Video that offers a wide range of popular movies and TV shows, including my all-time favorite, the American version of The Office.

Then comes Amazon Prime Music. Well, Amazon Prime Music is free to stream for all users any way but you are a prime member, you enjoy an ad-free music streaming experience.

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Podcast: Airbnb lays off 25 percent of its global workforce

Home rental company Airbnb is laying off nearly 1,900 employees, which constitutes 25% of Airbnb’s total workforce, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought global travel to a near standstill. The laid-off employees in the U.S. will get 14 weeks of base pay, in addition to one additional week for every year at the company.

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Podcast: New phishing campaign uses fake Microsoft Teams notification emails

A new phishing campaign is spreading these days. In this attack, hackers use a notification from Microsoft Teams to trick their victims into disclosing their credentials. While Microsoft Teams might not seem like an obvious target, the fact that it’s linked to Microsoft Office subscription makes it highly valuable to attackers. Meanwhile, a security company Abnormal Security Corporation has released an advisory.

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Podcast: Silver Lake investing $750 million into India’s Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio has announced that American private equity firm Silver Lake is investing $750 million into Jio Platforms. This investment represents a 12.5 percent premium to the equity valuation of the Facebook investment, which was announced a few days ago. Reliance Jio says the investment led by Silver Lake is further testament to the world-class digital platform that Jio has built, powered by Cloud and Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, among other technologies.

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Podcast: The Dialogue on social media fuelling new wave of coronavirus misinformation

The number of false claims is worrying, as is the way people are spreading them in large numbers. To discuss the issue, The Next Crunch producer Tanmay Patange recently spoke with Kazim Rizvi, founder of The Dialogue, an emerging policy think-tank. Listen to what Kazim had to say.

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