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There's an old saying that essentially advises you not to buy much of anything that you can't afford to pay for immediately. Granted, that's tough to implement on things like homes and vehicles, but on tablets? Seems like pretty sage advice. Nevertheless, Amazon is taking advantage of the world's appetite for cheap credit, and it could be looking to boost those essential year-end numbers by moving more of its hardware than it would otherwise. The Kindle Fire HDX is a solid tablet in its own right, but it's still not "cheap" by most definitions. In order to combat that, Amazon's offering you the... Read more...
Given the fact that it was announced last summer, it's taken quite a while for Google's cloud-based Compute Engine to get here, but what's important is that it's here. Well, at least for "general availability", which is to say, "developers". To coincide with this milestone, Google has a number of new features to talk about that helps bolster its solution up a little bit. While Compute Engine has been squarely built with Linux in mind, the only two options to choose from up to this point were Debian and CentOS. Now, "any out-of-the-box" distribution can be used. This move shouldn't come as... Read more...
The past couple of years have been very good to tablets: They've become much more powerful, are being equipped with true HD resolutions, and best of all, have price tags that would have seemed impossible just a couple of years ago. But, when it comes to Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we sometimes have to reevaluate what an "awesome" price is. Amazon has long been offering some stellar tablets through its Kindle brand, especially at the 7-inch form-factor, of which there's a lot of competition. To make sure that it is Kindle that winds up in consumer's hands this holiday season, the company is slashing... Read more...
Who could've seen this coming? The online e-tailer that made waves by selling nearly every book in the universe is keeping the art of reading at the forefront of its sales... but in a very different way. As digital bookworms have emerged and Amazon's Kindle line of tablets and e-readers have exploded, Amazon has issued "Kindle First." The exclusive program is one that promises Kindle users the ability to snag new books well before their official release date. Here's how it works: Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select several titles from Kindle’s most popular categories a month ahead... Read more...
Believe it or not, it's earning seasons again, and a company that always seems to make things interesting in this regard is Amazon. While it's stock price is soaring, the past few quarters have shown tremendous revenue with next to no profit. This quarter, however, Amazon didn't manage to make a dime. While Q3 2013 sales were up 24% to $17.09 billion, and operating cash flow increased 48% to $4.98 billion, pure profit was down. All told, Amazon posted a net loss of $41 million in Q3, but in some ways, it's actually being viewed as a positive. Why? Because last Q3 the company posted a loss of $274... Read more...
Microsoft recently unveiled its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro products, both of which feel like premium upgrades over the original (we were on hand at the event and got to play with these devices). They're leaner, faster, and generally better equipped than the original Surface tablets, but if there's one area consumers will inevitably knock, it's the price tag. The Surface 2 starts at $449, and with the plethora of Android tablets selling for hundreds less, that could become a hurdle. One solution is to release a smaller version of Surface. It's been rumored before and it's happening again. Rhoda... 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...
Friendly gestures evidently only get you so far, and in the cutthroat world known as technology, it appears that RadioShack and Staples are tossing a cold shoulder in the direction of Amazon. As retail locations selling consumer electronics begin to fade, same-day delivery icons like Google and Amazon are beginning to gain major traction. The annoyance of having to visit a store to pick something up (compared to having it appear at one's doorstep) cannot be understated, and in a bid to get those straddling the divide into a B&M location that they may otherwise pass over, Staples and RadioShack... Read more...
Amazon's Instant Video service may have started out as a side benefit to its Prime membership, but it's quickly becoming the main focus and a worthy contender to Netflix. The service is now home to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes available for unlimited streaming, and over 140,000 videos available to rent or purchase, which you can then view on your television or mobile device. If you're an iOS users, you'll be happy to know the service now supports AirPlay as well. That's one of the new features that was rolled into version 2.1 released this week. Other added/updated features included in the... Read more...
What's that sound? It might just be the millions of people uttering "hipster" after reading the title of this post. With a new infographic published by Amazon, it's become strikingly clear that vinyl is hot, even though physical media as a whole is on the decline, and has been for quite some time. Clearly - vinyl can't offer the overall fidelity and clarity of a CD, so why has it suddenly become all the rage? Amazon hasn't divulged any thoughts into the matter outside of giving us stats to toy with, but it does seem likely that there are many different factors contributing to people's interest... Read more...
For better or worse, the Internet has made it nearly impossible to keep a secret these days. Just ask Rockstar Games, the developer of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Despite a brilliant marketing strategy consisting of frequent but limited updates on the progress of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V), arguably the most anticipated game of 2013, spoilers have come to light, though Rockstar Games isn't the one to blame. Back in August, hackers were able to decrypt certain elements of the game after downloading digital pre-order copies from Sony in Europe. Sony may have meant well -- serve up encrypted copies... Read more...
Rumors of a new generation of Kindle Fire tablets are starting to heat up, and it's probably no coincidence that Amazon recently lowered the price of its popular tablet family. Amid all the chatter is the first real glimpse of what the next generation slate will look like. What's been leaked to the web is in all likelihood a press photo of Amazon's next Kindle Fire. Twitter user "evleaks" frequently posts what turn out to be legitimate press shots of unannounced products, and the reason we think his latest photo is of the next Kindle Fire and not the HD version is because it lacks a front-facing... Read more...
Every so often a rumor pops up suggesting Amazon is working on its own brand smartphone, and one of these times, it's likely to be true. After all, the online retailer has had tremendous success in tablets, and though the smartphone sector is arguably more competitive, a company like Amazon has the savvy to pull it off, especially if it were to tie a smartphone into its Kindle platform. One thing Amazon won't do, however, is offer a free smartphone. Amazon came out and said so after a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal posted an article saying the online retailer was considering it. Not... Read more...
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