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The Kindle Fire turned out to be a popular device largely because of its comparatively low price tag. it was the first sub-$200 tablet (by a buck) that didn't feel like a $25 device you'd expect to find in a Fisher Price catalog, and as a result, Amazon closed out the fourth quarter of 2011 with a 14 percent share of the global tablet market,... Read more...
Amazon sold nearly 3.9 million Kindle Fire devices in the fourth quarter of 2011, enough to come roaring out the gates and grab a 14 percent share of the media tablet market, according to data released today by market research firm IHS iSuppli. But believe it or not, it's Apple's own iPhone 4S that's been giving the... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet continue to sell like hotcakes, assuming hotcakes sell like, well, Kindle Fire devices. The point is Amazon successfully launched a 7-inch competitor to the iPad and all the also-rans in the tablet space, so if you're Amazon, what do you do for a second act? Launch a bigger version, of... Read more...
Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) is cloud storage at its most strighforward, offering a simple (hence the name) way for individuals and enterprises alike to stash files on Amazon’s massive data centers. Today, Amazon told customers in an email that prices are going down. “With this price change, all Amazon S3 standard... Read more...
If you’re looking to cut your IT budget and simplify your operations, Amazon is as usual more than happy to oblige. The company announced the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Storage Gateway, a (beta) service that connects on-premises software applications to cloud storage. The service will also mirror your on-premises storage to Amazon’s... Read more...
In a recent announcement, Amazon said the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Free Usage Tier will now include Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) instances running Microsoft Windows Server. If your business is eligible for the AWS Free Usage tier, you'll be able to run Windows Server in Amazon's cloud for up to 750 hours per month at no charge. Amazon... Read more...
If you've ever hacked or considered hacking your Android device, you're probably familiar with CyanogenMod. Although there are plenty of custom Android ROMs out there, CyanogenMod is one of the most well-known.  In fact, CyanogenMod just passed 1 million active users. CyanogenMod was created by Steve... Read more...
As PC users first and foremost, we can't help but sometimes feel as though we're the red-headed stepchildren of technology (with all due respect to red-headed stepchildren). We're sometimes ignored completely by exclusives that skip the PC platform, and that's why it's so rad to find out Amazon's porting its "Send to Kindle" over to the PC.... Read more...
Digital pirates in search of free reading material are turning to illicit download sites where they can obtain copyrighted eBooks free of charge. The obvious allure for eBook pirates is just like anything else -- free treasure -- but in addition to not having to fork over pieces of eight, pirates are attracted to... Read more...
Every now and then, Amazon claims to have the best season ever. Oh, it's the holidays! Just like clockwork, Amazon is celebrating a post-Christmas success, with 2011 being the 'best holiday ever for Kindle.' The company oday announced that 2011 was the best holiday ever for the Kindle family as customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires... Read more...
Own a Kindle? No? Don't worry -- Amazon's still got you covered. The company has just announced all new features for Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone/iPod touch, which -- they'll have you know -- wsa the most popular reading app last year. And with a name like Amazon behind it, is anyone really surprised? Some of the new features of the... Read more...
How do you make a splash in an Android tablet market that's suddenly fleshed out with a high-end Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet (or soon will be, courtesy of the Eee Prime Transformer 2 by Asus) and low-cost 7-inch slates built by Amazon and Barnes & Noble? By being the first to release a Honeycomb tablet for less than 200 bones,... Read more...
It's almost Christmas, haven't you heard? And if you aren't quite ready for the holidays, there's really no better way to get there than by picking up a new Kindle Fire and a set of iGloLEDset lights. Basically, these wireless Christmas tree lights can be wirelessly controlled through Amazon's white-hot new e-reader /... Read more...
Tis the season to go shopping, for someone else or on yourself, and when it comes to swank hardware electronics, it seems everyone wants a Kindle. According to Amazon, customers are purchasing Kindle devices at a rate of more than 1 million per week, and not just for the past 7 days, but for the third week in a row!... Read more...
Although it launched with much hype and eager anticipation, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet has received lukewarm reception by some of its users. The most disgruntled new owners of the tablet are even packing it up and returning it to Amazon. There are a number of complaints surrounding the new tablet, including the lack of external volume controls.... Read more...
Amazon is hoping people will once again discover fire -- the Kindle Fire, that is. Perhaps you've heard of it? Of course you have, because the Kindle Fire is Amazon's comparatively low cost ($199) 7-inch slate that, prior to its launch, was garnering all kinds of pre-release hype. Well, now it's here and while initial... Read more...
Toppling the iPad has proved more difficult than some manufacturers might have anticipated. Is it because the iPad is a superior tablet to everything else that's available? Some would argue that's precisely why Apple's magical slate is able to conjure up so many sales, but as far as Nvidia is concerned, there are... Read more...
A Reuters report cited remarks from Citigroup research analyst Mark Mahaney indicating that Amazon may be developing a mid-range smartphone for release by in Q4 2012. Amazon appears to be working with device maker Foxconn on the project. Other partners making components and actually building the devices may include Hon Hai Precision Industry... Read more...
Barnes & Noble recently sent out invitations to members of the media and certain publishing bigwigs inviting them to a press event in New York on Monday. That prompted immediate speculation that B&N was likely getting ready to announce a new tablet device to compete with Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire, a notion that's virtually confirmed... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle just keeps spreading its wings. What started as a wait-and-see thing for Amazon has blossomed into a full-on product category, and with the introduction of the Kindle Fire, things are certainly not cooling off. Now, the company's introducing the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. With an Amazon Prime... Read more...
Where there's smoke, there's fire. And where there's Fire, there's Amazon, which is ready to cash in on the tablet frenzy with a $200 Android device of its own. But where's Barnes & Noble? Probably huddled in a board room discussing the upcoming launch of a new Nook device unlike any other, that's where. B&N has begun inviting media... Read more...
Amazon is ditching the Mobi 7 file system in favor of the new Kindle Format 8 (KF8). The new file system, which has already been showcased on the soon-to-be-released Kindle Fire, is designed to enable publishers to use HTML5 for rich formatting in everything from children’s books to engineering textbooks. The basic new features include... Read more...
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