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When Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveiled Amazon Prime Air in late 2013 via 60 Minutes, a lot of people took it as a joke -- an easy way for Amazon to hog the limelight for a little bit. It took only a few months more to realize that the company was very serious about the venture, and while it might still seem a little bit outlandish to use drones to deliver packages, it can and has been done. Of course, deploying drones for commercial use is easier said than done. The amount of regulatory work that needs to be done is massive, and we're still not at the point where we're much closer, something proven... Read more...
It's long been rumored that Amazon has been itching to move into the traditional retail store market, but doing so is not a small endeavor. One of the biggest hurdles is simply finding available retail space, especially when it comes to wanting to get close to competitors, or appear in a one of the busier parts of some cities. What can make all of that a lot easier is to takeover retail space from an outgoing company. Say, for example, one with over 4,000 pre-existing stores. Yes, we're talking about the ill-fated RadioShack, which hasn't instilled us with the... Read more...
If you're going to release a new product in a competitive market, it's best to make sure it either beats all of the others on features, or price. Walmart has decided to take the latter route with its VUDU Spark TV stick, pricing it at a mere $24.95. That's ten bucks cheaper than the Google Chromecast, and about fourteen less than Amazon's Fire TV Stick. It gets even more tempting: for the first five months, $5 will be credited to the account each month. That means that the device effectively pays for itself after five months, something that's bound to catch the attention of many a Walmart... Read more...
If there's one thing Google loves doing, it's barging into an area of the market where its biggest competitors excel and make its presence known. The latest proof of that comes to us in the form of a "Buy Now" button, mimicking the one-click purchase mechanic Amazon has enjoyed for quite some time. Should Amazon be scared? Probably not, but there's little denying that Google's impact could be notable. It might seem a little odd for Google to pursue something like a "Buy Now" button if it doesn't even have a marketplace like Amazon, but it'd come into play through the search results. If you search... Read more...
It looks as though Amazon has been up to some shenanigans with its main app on Google Play. The online retailer launched a hidden and functional app store inside of its Android application, which resulted in Google removing it from the Play Store. Back in September, Amazon rolled out a new feature within its main app that contained a fully functional Appstore, circumventing Google’s standard operating procedure for installing apps from rival app stores. Within two weeks of releasing its "app store within an app", Google updated its Developer Distribution Agreement to forbid... Read more...
Back on November 13, Wal-Mart announced that it would price match select online retailers which included Amazon.com. However, consumers took advantage of this and were recently able to scam Wal-Mart into price matching Sony’s $400 PlayStation 4 for only $90. Proof of the fraud was noticed by CNBC as photos of receipts were posted on Twitter and Reddit by consumers who were able to get Wal-Mart to match the price of third-party sellers on Amazon by tricking the employees into thinking it was an authentic-looking Amazon page. The problem is, any Amazon member that has a registered selling account... Read more...
Scribd received a shot in the arm today with the announcement that the e-book subscription service now also offers more than 30,000 audiobooks. Among the highlights are audio versions of books written by Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, and Haruki Murakami. The Hunger Games Trilogy is also available in audiobook and e-book formats. The addition of audiobooks improves Scribd’s competitiveness among rivals like e-book-only subscriptions Entitle and Oyster, as well as industry heavyweights like Amazon. Some popular titles from Scrib's new audiobook catalog. Image Credit: Scribd Despite the new... Read more...
It's no secret that Amazon's Fire smartphone (our review) hasn't taken off quite like the company has hoped, but let's face it: It's worth $0.99. Well, at least if you're willing to enter into a 2-year contract with AT&T, that is. It's undoubtedly a little odd that Amazon would drop the price of its Fire from $199 to $0.99 mere months after the phone's launch, but when you realize that Apple's about to launch its iPhone 6, it begins to make all the sense in the world. There's more than meets the eye, though: Not only has the phone dropped to $0.99, Amazon is also tossing in a free one-year... Read more...
It looks like Google is soon to get some serious competition in the advertising space, as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon has something cooking. Called "Amazon Sponsored Links", Amazon's advertising solution would take Google's AdWords head-on, where relevant ads would be displayed based on the context of a search. Amazon's target: Google AdWords Google's advertising platforms make up a huge portion of its overall revenue, and Amazon happens to contribute a fair bit to that. You'd be hard-pressed to search for a product on Google and not see an Amazon link up top, and further,... Read more...
It really goes without saying that 3D printing is awesome, but whether or not a printer is going to be a common sight in our homes down the road is yet to be seen. Unlike a paper printer, a 3D printer has far different uses, and most people might not have the need for something like that outside of experimentation. This is something that Amazon realizes well, and its just-launched '3D Printing Store' is proof of it. Similar to eBay's 'Exact' store that we talked about last July, Amazon's 3D Printing Store will allow consumers to pick an item, customize it to their liking, and then place an order.... Read more...
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...
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