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Yet another punch is being thrown in the e-reader war. With Kobo and B&N both launching new e-readers this week, Amazon just had to step in with news of their own. And they did. The company introduced an ad-supported version of the 3G Kindle, a $164 version that costs $25 less than the non-ad-supported variant. It still includes free 3G... Read more...
There's a new non-profit lobbying group in town, the Download Fairness Coalition, and it wants to stop double or triple taxation practices that states charge on digitally downloaded purchases, like music, movies or books. The group has pushed for, and gotten, a new bill dubbed the Digital Goods and Services Tax... Read more...
PopCap Games, makers of the highly popular (and super fun) Plants vs Zombies defense game, just signed an agreement with Amazon to offer its first Android games to the U.S. market, exclusively on the Amazon Appstore for Android during two different two-week periods. Pay attention and you can score both Chuzzle and PvZ... Read more...
Is Apple planning to go toe-to-toe with yet another company in the tablet business? There's nothing confirming as much just yet, but it sounds like Amazon may be next in line. The company's Kindle has done well in the e-reader market, very well, in fact. But that might not be enough. Amazon's reportedly thinking of doing yet another piece... Read more...
Guess where you can find a Kindle now? Wal-mart! While Amazon sold their famed e-reader for years without any retail prescence, that has changed recently. Now, Wally World will be stocking the Kobo Wireless Reader, the NOOK and the Kindle, giving digital readers plenty of choice should they wander into a store. This is obviously a huge move... Read more...
According to Reuters, Apple is developing an online music storage service that will let iTunes customers store their songs on a remote server and access them from anywhere they have an Internet connection. As you may recall, Amazon launched a music locker service known as Cloud Player earlier this month. It didn't have any licensing agreements... Read more...
Kindle for Android is nothing new; the app has been around for a long while, giving users of Google's mobile OS the ability to tap into Amazon's vast e-book store and buy / read material right on their Android device. But the swarm of Android tablets have had to use a non-optimized version for awhile now. Thankfully, Amazon's fixing that.... Read more...
There's been quite a heavy flow of Kindle-related news this week, hitting just as rumors started flying that the company behind it may be interested in doing their own tablet, too. Amazon has just introduced a new Direct Publishing model that will allow authors and publishers to independently publish their books in the Amazon.de Kindle Store.... Read more...
Psst, you over there. Come closer. How would you like a brand new, never opened Kindle for $114? Yes, this is the third-generation Kindle, the letters are all in English, and no, it didn't fall off of a truck. What's that, you're still skeptical? Alright, there is a catch. In order to receive the $25 price break, you have to put up with special... Read more...
Well, if there's anything creating tons of buzz this year, it's 3D and tablets. But if there's anything else, it's NFC. Near-field Communication has taken America by storm, just years after taking other continents for a ride. NFC is short for a technology that allows users to pay for items with just a tap of their... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered Amazon's announcement of its new 5GB Cloud Drive service. Amazon is pushing the free service as a "upload once, access anywhere" option that allows users to play the music they want, wherever they are. When questions of licensing were raised, Amazon spokesperson Cat Griffin told Ars Technica: "Cloud Player is... Read more...
Amazon launched Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android. These new will services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, regardless of where they are. Customers can upload their own music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and... Read more...
Amazon rolled out a new Appstore that is designed to compete with the Android Marketplace for Android smartphones. Through the store, Amazon promises you will find, discover, and have the ability to test new applications using a similar experience to what you're already accustomed to using on Amazon.com. It's certainly interesting to see a... Read more...
A recent leak at Amazon.com has many people wondering if Amazon will undercut the Android Market with its new app store. Not long ago, Amazon's upcoming app store was leaked to the Internet. Although it wasn't working to the point that you could purchase apps, a German Android site was able to see some of the apps the store will offer as well... Read more...
Retrevo.com, an online gadget review aggregator, recently launched its own online store that is designed to compete with the likes of Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. Retrevo marketing vice president Manish Rathi touted the new online store as a combination of product reviews with a virtual shopping cart. One of the unique... Read more...
Recently, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that will require in-state affiliates to collect state sales tax on purchases made by Illinois residents. Shortly after this bill was signed, Amazon.com announced that it intends to end its affiliates program with Illinois residents. Amazon has previously opposed similar efforts in other... Read more...
We knew there was the possibility that Amazon was looking into a Netflix-style streaming service to accompany its Prime membership option. Now, the online retailer has officially confirmed the service. With a paid subscription to Amazon Prime (which costs $79 per year), users will get the ability to stream unlimited, commercial-free content.... Read more...
Did you know that Amazon will soon be launching their very own App Store for Android? It's true. Soon, Android users will have access to the standard Android Market (ran by Google) and the Amazon Appstore for Android (ran by Amazon). Why does Amazon need their own app store? The reasons are numerous and complicated... Read more...
Amazon has a history of producing Kindle updates on a regular basis, and that's not changing anytime soon. The company has just introduced an early preview release of the Kindle Software Update Version 3.1, and the new additions are pretty impressive. The Kindle is still largely leading the e-reader market, despite competition popping up all... Read more...
Motorola has made big claims for its upcoming Atrix 4G smartphone, calling it the world's most powerful smartphone. Indeed, the Atrix 4G has impressive specs, but many have expected that power to come at a price. Now that pricing details have leaked for the Atrix 4G, you may be pleasantly surprised or you may be disappointed, depending on... Read more...
Let's be real here, trying to take on Netflix in the streaming media space is like, well, trying to take on Netflix in the streaming space. It's hard to imagine an upstart coming in and dethroning Netflix's growing business, but what about Amazon? No one in their right mind would describe Amazon as a Johnny Come Lately, and with the recent... Read more...
Times may have been tough for the corporate world in 2009, but things are definitely different now that it's 2011. A lot of companies are finishing up their 2010 earnings with Q4 announcements this week, with Amazon having a particularly great outlook. The company managed to score their first $10 billion quarter (talking about sales), with... Read more...
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