Google and Amazon are having a moment right now. It’s not often that either of the two tech firms really go public with their disdain for another competitor. Sure, there’s the well-documented retail war happening between Amazon and Wal-mart, but other than that there aren’t many major public spats for Jeff Bezos. Google has Apple as its big public enemy number one in the Android-iPhone Wars, but even those trickle down to the manufacturers in the smartphone space and not so much Google itself.
All that said, Amazon and Google are really going after one another. Things escalated this week when Google said it would begin blocking Amazon devices from streaming off of their YouTube video platform. That news follows Google’s recent criticism of Amazon for not selling any of the company’s hardware.
In a statement provided to Reuters, Google said, “Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest’s latest products. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”
According to Reuters’ timeline, the break has been a long time coming. Google’s Chromecast—a television attachment similar to Amazon’s Fire Stick—was removed from Amazon’s retail website in 2015, along with Apple TV. At the time, Amazon said the decision was made so as to not confuse consumers who might expect to see its Prime Video service available on those devices.
Ironically, Apple and Amazon announced this week that Prime Video is now available for Apple TV. Google, meanwhile, has yet to reach an agreement with Amazon to bring the service to its products.
A Snack-Proof Keyboard
Stress testing a snack-proof keyboard pic.twitter.com/SVHaFa5beu
— The Verge (@verge) December 6, 2017
Keyboards go through a lot during their relatively short lifespans. Gaming keyboard in particular—between late night gaming marathons that are fueled by chips and Red Bull—experience far greater wear and tear than your normal keyboard. So, having an option that’s IP63 rated seems like a real solid option for the snack (and spill) happy gamer or office worker.