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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... 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... 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... Read more...
Following the initial leaks against the NSA by Edward Snowden this past summer, there was speculation that what was being exposed would end up hurting the business of US-based tech companies overseas. It's easy to understand why - when it's discovered that a country has been literally spying on those in friendly... Read more...
It's hard to believe that this is a headline in 2013, given IMAP has been around for decades and is extremely useful, but when the company in question is wrapped into its own email protocol, it becomes a little less surprising. Simply put: If you use Outlook.com as your email provider, you now have the option of using IMAP, a protocol that... 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... Read more...
Years ago, privacy never stuck me as being a truly hot topic online, and if there's a reason for that, it's likely because many of us didn't realize the extent that some companies go to, to make it almost nonexistent. As has been proven time and time again, your privacy online is almost nil if you make use of any social networking site, but... Read more...
Free phones are everywhere, really. For years now, downmarket handsets have been given away for $0.00 with a new two-year agreement, as a means to milk customers for subscription fees while enticing them with a gratis handset. Even smartphones, if aged enough, can fall to that magical free price point, but this is... Read more...
Amazon may have inadvertently let the cat out of the bag about its new model Kindle Paperwhite. Prior to any official announcement, a user on a Croatian web forum noticed that Amazon listed the second generation Kindle Paperwhite device on its website, though it was pulled offline as news began to spread. Not only is... Read more...
Target is launching its own online video rental service called Target Ticket to compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, and more direct retailer-come-content servers Walmart (Vudu) and Best Buy (CinemaNow). The service is still in beta, but it appears that some employees as well as REDcard holders have been able to participate... Read more...
Making money on mobile apps has always been a bit of a challenge, generally speaking, for developers, but Amazon has unveiled a new way for them to generate a revenue stream with its new Amazon Mobile Associates API for Android devices. Essentially, devs can integrate an API in their apps that will allow them to sell... Read more...
The sky isn't falling, but it sure feels like the web is falling apart lately. Last Friday, Google went dark for full 5 minutes, resulting in a 40 percent drop in Internet traffic and highlighting just how dependent we are on the company's various online services. Around the same time, Outlook.com went offline and... Read more...
We're all pretty much assuming Amazon has another Kindle Fire HD refresh up its sleeve, as it would be foolish to abandon what's become a highly successful product line and a significant driver of the e-tailer's online content. That said, there hasn't been an official announcement of an upcoming upgrade just yet... Read more...
A mere week after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' acquisition of Washington Post comes one of the tastier rumors that has surrounded the company. According to a source close to Game Informer, Amazon is currently knees-deep in the production of its own game console, which, given the price point of the company's Kindle... Read more...
CBS and Time Warner have been engaged in a public battle over network access fees and the result has been a blackout in key markets that's left TWC customers unable to access certain CBS properties, including Showtime. These sorts of battles are ill-received by a public that's generally sick of paying an average of... Read more...
President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on jobs at Amazon's Chattanooga warehouse later today, and in anticipation of his visit, the e-commerce site announced that it's looking to hire 5,000 full-time warehouse employees to work throughout its growing network of U.S. fulfillment centers. According to... Read more...
As the Internet evolves, so too has the domain name. For years, everything was a .com, .net, .org, .edu, and so on, but now the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has enabled a greater variety of top-level domains (TLDs). Amazon, which has been accused of hoarding the new TLDs, was obviously... Read more...
Once in a while there's a sort of early confluence in technology, where the writing is on the wall for all to see and the opportunity so obvious that the big guns turn their sites to it. Back in the heyday of 3D graphics there were more manufacturers clamoring over each other in the space than you could shake a dynamically-lit, bump-mapped... Read more...
A federal judge has ruled that Apple is guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise the prices of ebooks from late 2009 to early 2010, which is a violation of antitrust laws and lands Apple in hot water. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote wrote in her decision, "Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants... Read more...
As far as Google's doodles are concerned, the search giant has been upping its game, both literally and figuratively. The latest doodle is a point-n-click adventure celebrating the famous Roswell UFO incident that occurred on this day in 1947, a full 66 years ago. U.S. officials contend that what crashed on a ranch... Read more...
Being in charge of a brick-and-mortar bookstore chain in this day and age of digital media is no easy task. If you don't want to take our word for it, then ask William Lynch, the former Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Barnes & Noble who on Monday resigned from his position effectively immediately. He's also... Read more...
Amazon likes to drop prices on its own products from time to time to goose sales, and indeed, it’s done it again with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. The company dropped the price for the 16GB model to $169 from $199, and the 32GB is down to $199 from $229. The deals include “special offers” that you’ll be stuck looking... Read more...
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