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Rumors have been flying (har!) for nearly a year that the Federal Aviation Administration would at long last enable carriers to relax the archaic rules that barred passengers from using electronic devices during take-off and landing. The spiel has always been that those devices and their mysterious frequencies could potentially screw with the navigation system on the aircraft, and in a worst-case scenario, could cause a crash. Of course, that really never proved to be true. Still, change in the airline industry happens at a comically slow pace, so it's no real surprise to see that it has taken... Read more...
The tablet wars rage on, and believe it or not, what used to be an online book seller is now at the forefront of the slate battle. Amazon has just unleashed a bevy of new products this evening, designed to tempt your wallet just as the holidays draw near. Let's take a look at what's on offer: The all-new Kindle Fire HDX was announced with a 7" or 8.9" display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor with 3x the processing power, 2x more memory as the prior flagship, 11 hours of battery life, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio. Amazon claims that the display has reduced glare and improved... Read more...
Yesterday was a big day for Apple device owners. The Cupertino company released its much anticipated iOS 7 update, and if you managed to update your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad device, hopefully it went smoother for you than it did for Conan. Apple wasn't the only one dishing out new software, however. Coinciding with iOS 7, Amazon revamped its Kindle app, which the company says has been optimized for the newest version of iOS. One of the new additions to the updated app is Collections. Using Collections, you can easily categorize books, documents, and magazines with a few easy taps, Amazon says.... Read more...
When you follow the consumer electronics industry at large, a few key moves generally lead to a few other moves. Case in point: when a major, hot-selling product sees an unexpected price drop amidst a great sales season, there's a great chance that a new iteration of said product is en route. That's likely what's happening with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The company just hacked a full $50 from the price of that slate, making the 7" version a palatable $160, and far more in a position to rival the Nexus 7. Of course, the existing Fire HD has been around a while, and Amazon has used September to... Read more...
How's this for perspective? A two-year old startup by the name of Instagram sold to Facebook for $1 billion. A newspaper housed in a nation's capitol city, which has been around over a century, has just sold for one quarter of that. It's a strange, wild, and completely digital world that we're living in today, which may help explain why the founder of Amazon has paid $250 million in cash for The Washington Post. It's important to note that Amazon isn't buying the paper, but Bezos himself. Moreover, this isn't the first time Bezos has invested in the news business; he has also invested in the Business... Read more...
Amazon likes to drop prices on its own products from time to time to goose sales, and indeed, it’s done it again with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. The company dropped the price for the 16GB model to $169 from $199, and the 32GB is down to $199 from $229. The deals include “special offers” that you’ll be stuck looking at on your lock screen from time to time, such as sponsored screensavers for books and movies, discounts on Kindle books, and alerts on electronics deals. Amazon slashed the prices of its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD (to $269 from $299) and Kindle Fire HD 4G (to $399... Read more...
Got a Kindle? Got a kid? Amazon has you in mind, as the company announced updates to its Kindle FreeTime Unlimited content service that delivers as much kid-friendly content as they can consume. The service originally rolled out in December of last year, and since then Amazon says it has added over a thousand titles to its lineup of books, games, movies, TV shows, and other apps, including content from Disney, Warner Brothers, Interactive Entertainment, and Electronic Arts. The service has no in-app payment system so you don’t have to worry about Junior racking up hundreds of dollars in fees,... Read more...
Despite Amazon being a mega-marketplace for just about anything, it's the company's reading-centric initiatives that are largely defining it these days. And now, Amazon Publishing is introducing yet another product in that category with Kindle Worlds. It's a new publishing model for independent authors, and it's described as the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment... Read more...
Amazon on Wednesday announced new accessibility features for the Kindle reading app that will make it easier for blind and visually impaired users to navigate the Kindle libraries, read and interact with their books, and more. Those rocking an iOS device get first crack at the new features, which are available starting today on Kindle for iOS. Amazon says they'll be ported over to other platforms in the future. “We’re excited to introduce these new features to our Kindle for iOS app, making it easier than ever for our blind and visually impaired customers to access the vast selection... Read more...
Amazon has plenty of experience building quality, light-weight displays, thanks to the Kindle. So, it’s not too surprising that Amazon is working on an advanced display – but what will make you do a double-take is just how advanced this display is: it looks like the thing will never need charging and will be thin (and translucent) enough to be embedded in car windows. Intrigued yet? The Primary Station will be the device that handles the heavy lifting and then transmits everything, including power, to the remote display. Image credit: Amazon, USPTO It’s too soon to know exactly... Read more...
What's the company that owns the Kindle brand to do? Why, buy a social reading engine, of course! Some deals just don't make sense (anyone recall HP buying Palm?), but others -- like this one -- couldn't be more perfect. Amazon's reading ecosystem has grown into its own monster, with the Kindle brand becoming nearly as powerful and recognizable as the Amazon brand. Over the years, Kindle has grown to mean more than just E Ink-based readers. Now, there's the tablet line, the reader line, and even the app line, bringing Kindle to Android, iOS, Windows 8 and more. It's clear that Amazon understands... Read more...
Anyone who finds themselves strapped in an airplane on a regular basis knows that "chime" all too well. It's the sound of hitting 10,000 feet on the way up (liberating) and the sound of hitting 10,000 feet on the way down (depressing). Kidding aside, this arbitrary measure has somehow forced modern passengers to hold tight on booting up their tablets, phones, MP3 players and laptops... and for what reason? The myth of cellular radios screwing with a plane's GPS system has been busted time and time again, yet still, the runway is seemingly no place for a notebook. Oddly, it's okay to read a 50lb.... Read more...
Wondering how Amazon seems to consistently offer excellent pricing on products? Because it barely makes any profit per item sold. In the company's latest quarterly earnings report, we're told that Amazon raked in an astounding $21.27 billion dollars in the past three months alone. No, there's no typographical error there. But on the net profit side, it counted just $97 million. In other words, margins are about as thin as you could imagine, but it's making it up in volume. Operating cash flow increased 7% to $4.18 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.90 billion for the trailing... Read more...
Well, it's time to start mentioning "Amazon" in the same breath as HBO and Netflix. While the company once did little beyond ship a myriad items from random warehouses to customers across the globe, lately it has been dabbling in far more. There's the Kindle line of hardware, of course, but then there's the video service, which is slowly but surely becoming a force in the industry. Now, Amazon's Studio branch has ordered six original comedy pilots for its Prime Instant Video service, which is no small feat. The release states that we'll see an original series created by a mix of Emmy-winning writers,... Read more...
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