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Back in May, rumors surfaced that Google might purchase video game broadcasting service Twitch for $1 billion. Then, in July, Venturebeat claimed that its sources had confirmed that the deal between had been sealed. However, that confirmation may not have been accurate. It appears that Amazon is looking to snatch... 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... Read more...
It's said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but if you tick off Amazon, you'll feel its unpleasant wrath, as well. Just ask Disney. As the two industry behemoths feud over contract terms, Amazon has resorted to stopping pre-orders for upcoming Disney titles on DVD and Blu-ray, including popular flicks like... Read more...
Amazon's Fire smartphone received a lot of flack from critics before its launch, with some claiming that it wasn't polished enough, and that its app selection was too poor. When the phone first debuted, we had high hopes for it simply because it was so feature-packed - but sometimes it takes more than that for a phone... 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... Read more...
Well this is surprising (and in a totally good way) -- Comixology, the cloud-based digital comic book distributor founded in 2007 and acquired by Amazon this past April, is now allowing customers to backup  comics stripped of Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection. DRM-free backups are available to save in PDF or CBZ format. "We're... Read more...
It seems like a century has passed since Facebook's IPO and subsequent stock performance came under scrutiny. Turns out all Facebook needed was to post a stellar earnings report, as it did earlier this week, and investors would be frothing at the mouth to own a chunk of the world's most popular social playground. In... Read more...
Amazon turned the tablet market upside down with its low cost Kindle Fire family, and now it will try to do the same thing in the smartphone sector with its recently launched Fire Phone. While that plays out, the Fire Phone has already received the teardown treatment, and lucky for Amazon, passing the test with flying colors isn't a prerequisite... Read more...
If there was one word to describe Amazon, it would be “disruptive”. The company has been dominant in the online retail market, but it has also pushed into other services such as video streaming with Amazon Prime, tablets, and even drones. Amazon’s recently-announced Fire smartphone is an intriguing a product within a given... Read more...
Top level talent is hard to come by in the tech sector, so it's not unusual to see major players jump from one company to the next. It can sometimes be pretty cutthroat in Silicon Valley, though in other cases, engineers and other high level workers sometimes simply need a change after burying themselves in a project... Read more...
A federal judge has authorized a nutritional supplement manufacturer, Ubervita, to subpoena Craigslist and Amazon for the personal details of reviewers who reportedly posted negative things about the company and its products. We've seen this question come up more than once in the context of an individual's right to... Read more...
Drones aren't what they used to be. Once reserved for tactical purposes, drones of all shapes, sizes, and prices are flying around now, with Parrot enabling normal consumers to pick one up to goof off with, and Amazon even going so far as proposing to use drones for package delivery. Of course, Prime from the sky... Read more...
Amazon is willing to go to court if the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decides to sue the e-commerce giant for refusing to pay a penalty over mobile in-app purchases made by children on smartphone applications. The FTC wants Amazon to enter into a settlement similar to the one it reached with Apple earlier this year... Read more...
Do you know what's better than paying for apps? Not paying for apps! Whoa there, young fella, slow your roll and close out that torrent site -- we're not encouraging software piracy, which even beyond the moral implications is risky business due to the amount of malware that's out there. But fear not, if it's a bevy... Read more...
T-Mobile considers itself the "Un-carrier" in the wireless industry, part of which entails shooting it straight. That's something T-Mobile chief John Legere has no problem doing, and though sometimes his words could benefit from a filter, he gets his point across. With that in mind, you can bet he had some things to... Read more...
Amazon's long-awaited smartphone is finally here, and sticking to tradition, the company's named it "Fire". Many of the rumors surrounding the device over the past month have proven true, such as the four cameras at the front, and its AT&T exclusivity. Admittedly, the hardware strikes me as the least-interesting... Read more...
Word around the web is that AT&T is going to be the exclusive carrier of Amazon's rumored smartphone, which the online retailer is expected is finally introduce this week (perhaps as early as tomorrow). News of AT&T's reported agreement brings up a sense of déjà vu --the wireless carrier also... Read more...
Ever since Tom Wheeler unveiled a plan last month that would allow Internet Service Providers to charge for paid content prioritization, accusations have flown thick and fast that the proposed rules would effectively kill net neutrality. On the side of "Scrap Wheeler's net neutrality plan" you have more than 100... Read more...
It's widely believed that Amazon will take advantage of an event on Wednesday to launch its first-ever smartphone, and now, and even after the launch, there will be much speculation about what the company will be able to pull off. One thing's for sure: Things are about to get interesting. The smartphone realm is one rife of fierce competition,... Read more...
Time will tell, but we might look back one day and talk about how Amazon reinvented tech support. How so? The company's Mayday button that connects Kindle Fire HDX owners to a live tech support agent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. There were no shortage of concerns when Amazon first announced its... Read more...
As someone who doesn't own any of the current-gen consoles, there hasn't been too much coming out of the ongoing E3 to truly grab me. A major exception, though, is Sony's PlayStation TV, a "microconsole" device that's set to compete with the likes of Amazon's Fire TV. Released in Japan this past winter as "PlayStation... Read more...
If you're not grooving to the funk of your favorite songs on a daily basis, it's certainly not for a lack of options. Music is everywhere these days, including all-you-can-consume on-demand streaming services, which are ultra popular (and competitive) at the moment. On top of the all the existing options already... Read more...
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