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Amazon’s Appstore is sort of the “other” Android app store (after the Google Play store) but the former is expanding broadly. The store will launch internationally this summer, thus making the Appstore available to about 200 new countries, including the usual suspects (Australia, Brazil, Mexico... Read more...
Amazon has plenty of experience building quality, light-weight displays, thanks to the Kindle. So, it’s not too surprising that Amazon is working on an advanced display – but what will make you do a double-take is just how advanced this display is: it looks like the thing will never need charging and will... Read more...
EMC and VMware have pooled their resources to create Pivotal, a competitor to Amazon and its cloud services dominance, and according to the New York Times, Pivotal is now officially a company. Paul Maritz (pictured, inset), former CEO of VMware and a past executive at Microsoft will head the new company. Further details on senior leadership... Read more...
A wise man once said, "I pity the fool... who doesn't backup their data", and despite having just made that up, it's a piece of guidance that I stand behind 100%. Part of the reason I feel so strongly about backing-up important data is that on two occasions in the past, I have been foolish enough to lose data because I... Read more...
What's the company that owns the Kindle brand to do? Why, buy a social reading engine, of course! Some deals just don't make sense (anyone recall HP buying Palm?), but others -- like this one -- couldn't be more perfect. Amazon's reading ecosystem has grown into its own monster, with the Kindle brand becoming nearly... Read more...
The future of television may not rest in the hands of typical content creators. Or, perhaps not directly in the hands of the same distribution channels that we're used to. While ISPs have typically been the ultimate gatekeepers for content, smaller firms like Amazon and Netflix are quietly paving the way for a new type of distribution that... Read more...
Walmart hopes to put the hurt on Amazon by taking a page from its online rival and using in-store lockers to holder items ordered on the Internet. In doing so, customers will be able to get their hands on their purchased goods much faster than waiting for delivery. The mega chain said it will put lockers in about a... Read more...
Amazon just greenlit an original TV series pilot based on the 2009 cult-comedy Zombieland, which is one of 13 pilots that will be made into full-season productions for its Prime Instant Video service. If that doesn't excite you, then you've obviously never seen Zombieland, or you're one of the infected and dead inside. Sadly, there's no cure... Read more...
eBay announced that it's restructuring its fees for sellers on its online auction site, the timing of which has everything to do with Amazon recently raising fees for merchants on its e-commerce portal. As the price of doing business through Amazon goes up, eBay hopes to attract disgruntled sellers looking to jump ship. In order to do that,... Read more...
A pair of publishing groups -- the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers -- are against Amazon's plans to take control of new top-level domain (TLD) names that recently became available. The publishing groups argue that giving Amazon access to addresses that end in ".book," ."author," and ".read"... Read more...
Google apparently isn’t going to be opening any brick and mortar stores anytime soon to compete with Apple and Microsoft on that front, and it appears as though that’s because the company isn’t interested in piddly local retail. Instead, the tech behemoth has its sights on a far greater retail prize... Read more...
I doubt it needs to be said, but curing cancer is far from easy. Today, gathering required data isn't so much the problem, but rather having enough people to analyze it is. Wouldn't it be great, then, if there were a way for ordinary people to chip in? It might seem a little outlandish, given we're not all scientists... Read more...
The music streaming market is already kind of crowded (and Spotify might have already perfected it, obviating the need for any more players anyway), but because Google is Google, the company is reportedly in talks with music labels to develop its own music streaming service. According to the Financial Times... Read more...
Intel is trying to break into the streaming content business -- again. At the AllThingsDigital media conference today, Erik Huggers, vice president of Intel Media, told assembled journalists that the company has been hatching a new idea for the TV space. "We have been working for (the past) year to set up Intel media, a new group focused on... Read more...
In the world of exploding markets, video streaming is high atop the list. Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft -- pretty much every major consumer electronics name is wrapped up in video streaming in some way. And now, even a name that's linked tightly to nightly DVD rentals is venturing into the virtual world after... Read more...
Much like it's possible to sue for anything these days, it's apparently not all that difficult to patent anything. While that's something of a stretch, Amazon has just nailed a surprisingly broad patent that could have an impact on the consumer electronics economy as a whole. At its most basic level, the patent -- which was awarded in the... Read more...
If you're not yet ready to buy that special someone a diamond for Valentine's Day, perhaps an Android tablet is in order. It sends a message that you care on a level higher than chocolates and flowers, but without the clingy commitment that a diamond suggests. Lucky for you, Amazon has slashed the price of its Kindle... Read more...
History will ultimately tell us whether or not Microsoft's Surface tablet strategy was a sound one, but for now, we don't have the benefit of time and hindsight. In their absence, we have to rely on data and analysis from market research firms (as well as our own impressions), and it just so happens that IHS iSuppli has some interesting figures... Read more...
Wondering how Amazon seems to consistently offer excellent pricing on products? Because it barely makes any profit per item sold. In the company's latest quarterly earnings report, we're told that Amazon raked in an astounding $21.27 billion dollars in the past three months alone. No, there's no typographical error... Read more...
Libraries may feel like an item of a past era, and books themselves are already starting to feel a little antiquated. It's an Internet-driven world, and e-books are slowly but surely taking the place of many hardcovers. The education world has caught on in the past few years, and many students already have the option of getting their new books... Read more...
Amazon on Thursday announced the acquisition of Ivona Software, a text-to-speech firm out of Poland. Ivona Software's voice recognition technologies are already utilized by Amazon's line of Kindle Fire tablets, and the company also provides text-to-speech products and services for thousands of developers, businesses, and customers around the... Read more...
These days, you aren't getting much attention in the streaming TV universe if you aren't named Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, or Apple. But Crackle, billed as a "multi-platform entertainment network," is hoping to get a bit of that limelight with a new announcement. In a bid to get onto more devices and in front of more... Read more...
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