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Before the iPad came around, tablets were just another has-been sector that didn’t show much promise (does anyone remember Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?). However, following the introduction of the iPad in 2010, the sector exploded in popularity. Numerous manufacturers have jumped onboard in the years since, although Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer, with Samsung taking up the second place position. But over the past year, we’ve seen some softness in the tablet market. Apple’s iPad has seen sales declines for the past few quarters. For fiscal Q1 2015 (actual Q4 2014), iPad shipments fell... Read more...
Amazon Prime was introduced in 2005 and originally provided customers with free two-day shipping, but has grown over the years to include a multitude of digital services including streaming movies and music. The yearly subscription fee held firm for nine years, but the added perks to the service (along with increased shipping costs and costs associated with acquiring movies/TV shows for streaming) meant that Amazon had to pass those costs along to the consumer. As a result, the online retailer raised the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 in early 2014. Amazon is giving customers... Read more...
Amazon may have started out as a bookseller, but these days, it's so much more. It's a one-stop online shop for almost everything under the sun, as well as an entertainment portal where you can buy or rent electronic books, store music, stream movies, and more. On top of it all, the company's Amazon Studios arm will soon produce (and acquire) original movies for the big screen. The decision to expand its reach into movie theaters comes hot the heels of multiple Golden Globe award wins for television series Transparent, along with Emmy-nominated Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the... Read more...
The Fire Phone has been a disaster for Amazon, with initial reviews panning its gimmicky 3D interface and its high price of entry compared to more established players in the smartphone market. In addition, the fact that the smartphone runs a forked version of Android means that Google apps that many of us take for granted like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube aren’t even available to use. Amazon already has plans in place to get its Research and Development division back on track for future hardware launches, but in the mean time, the company is advertising a pretty hot deal on the Fire Phone. Amazon is... Read more...
Amazon had high hopes for its Fire Phone; especially after the success it's seen with its Kindle and Kindle Fire tablet releases. Unfortunately for Amazon, it's not as easy to compete in the mobile phone space, and to compound the problem, Amazon now admits that it priced its Fire Phone all wrong at launch. This was a pretty big flop for Amazon, and probably not by coincidence, it's now being reported that Amazon is reorganizing operations at Lab126, its R&D group based in Silicon Valley. News of the reshuffle comes from Fast Company, which cites multiple unnamed sources... Read more...
Now that Christmas is behind us, the first thing to do as we head into 2015 is relax for a moment -- you survived the hustle and bustle of what will likely rank as the busiest holiday shopping season ever. Once you've taken a deep breath and composed yourself, go ahead and assess your gifts. Tie? Check. Socks? Check. Number One Dad/Mom/Grandpa/Whatever mug? Check. Upgrades for your computer? Hmm, we're guessing the kids didn't stick their noses inside your rig to see what PC parts you could use, which is just as well -- this sort of thing is best handled by ourselves. And if we guessed right, here's... Read more...
It was yet another record shopping holiday period for Amazon, this one being its 20th holiday season, which saw lots of online activity. More than 10 million new members tried out Amazon's Prime service for the first time, benefiting from free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items, plus a host of other perks that comes from being a member. "We are excited to welcome more than ten million new members to Amazon Prime this holiday season, who benefited from unlimited free two-day shipping on their holiday gifts. Prime members can also borrow more than 700,000 books, listen to one million... Read more...
For those who celebrate the occasion, Christmas is just a day away, and it certainly has Amazon in the giving mood. Getting into the holiday spirit, the mega online retailer kicked off Christmas week with sale prices on a bunch of gadgets, and here on the home stretch, the company is offering a bodacious bundle of apps and games at no cost! Starting today and running until December 26th, the Amazon Appstore will offer a number of paid apps and games from a range of developers like Halfbrick Studios, Rovio Entertainment, and Sega of America. The apps being given away... Read more...
We thought that the Nokia Lumia 520 hit rock bottom pricing when it was made available for a mere $29 from the Microsoft Store earlier this month. But we were [thankfully] wrong -- Amazon is now offering Microsoft's entry-level smartphone for a bargain basement price of $19.99. Everyone thought that the Lumia was a true bargain when it was offered at the "low" price of $39.99 this past summer, and we doubt that anyone would scoff at another 50 percent reduction in pricing. As we've indicated previously, the Lumia 520 was first announced back in 2013, and its budget-minded hardware wasn't exactly... Read more...
Amazon is getting dangerously close to delivering faster than your favorite pizza place. The new Prime Now service, which is available in Manhattan, promises that you’ll have that new TV within an hour of clicking the Place Your Order button. You’ll pay $7.99 for one-hour delivery, but if you have the restraint to hold out another hour, Amazon waives the delivery fee altogether. And, you can watch the courier’s progress on a map, thanks to the Prime Now app.  Need something right away? Amazon can deliver in under an hour now - if you live in Manhatten. Image Credit: Amazon Prime... Read more...
The hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season can be overwhelming, especially when there are so many other things on the never-ending to-do list. You know, like shop for an ugly sweater, print up a recipe book for the relatives, prepare the guest room for the holidays, and stock up on booze (you're going to need it). Before you know it, the deadline to shop online has passed, meaning you have to head to a crowded mall and shove your way through rude shoppers. Well, luckily for you, Amazon saw this coming and decided to extend its free shipping cutoff date. Now you have until December... Read more...
There have been a lot tablets and smartphones to receive the teardown treatment, so it's nice to see a different kind of product get taken apart. This time it's the Amazon Echo in-home personal assistant thingamabob -- essentially a know-it-all smart speaker that acts like Siri but comes in the shape of a tube with a 2.5-inc woofer, 2-inch tweeter, 7-microphone array, and light ring volume adjustments. Cool stuff, but is it easy to repair?In a word, yes. The nimble fingered folks at iFixIt said there's just a little bit of stickiness holding the bottom rubber lid in place, which is easy to peel... Read more...
Amazon's same-day delivery service helps to offset one of the advantages that brick-and-mortar stores have over the online shopping experience. However, it's only available in a select few areas, all of which are big cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago, and New York City. Nevertheless, the largest retailer in the U.S. feels it's ready to expand its same-day delivery service globally. Several job listings hint at Amazon's planned expansion -- there are more than half a dozen job openings for senior product and marketing jobs based at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, three... Read more...
Amazon is embracing haggling with its Make An Offer feature, but if you’re hoping for the chance to talk the company down on a new HDTV, think again. Make An Offer is a tool for Amazon’s 150,000 sellers, rather than for the company itself, and will apply only to items like art and collectibles. Amazon's Make An Offer section. The mechanics of the new tool are pretty straightforward. If you see a "Make An Offer" button on an item’s page, you can click it to start haggling. Name your price, and the seller will have a chance to accept it, counter-offer, or swat away your lowball with an outright rejection.... Read more...
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