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Friendly gestures evidently only get you so far, and in the cutthroat world known as technology, it appears that RadioShack and Staples are tossing a cold shoulder in the direction of Amazon. As retail locations selling consumer electronics begin to fade, same-day delivery icons like Google and Amazon are beginning to gain major traction. The annoyance of having to visit a store to pick something up (compared to having it appear at one's doorstep) cannot be understated, and in a bid to get those straddling the divide into a B&M location that they may otherwise pass over, Staples and RadioShack previously agreed to install Amazon Lockers in their stores. For those unaware, Amazon's Locker... 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 view on your television or mobile device. If you're an iOS users, you'll be happy to know the service now supports AirPlay as well. That's one of the new features that was rolled into version 2.1 released this week. Other added/updated features included in the 2.1 release include: IMDB case and director information, ratings, goofs, trivia, and quotes Read customer... Read more...
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 can't offer the overall fidelity and clarity of a CD, so why has it suddenly become all the rage? Amazon hasn't divulged any thoughts into the matter outside of giving us stats to toy with, but it does seem likely that there are many different factors contributing to people's interest in vinyl. Personally, and as ridiculous as it might be, I consider vinyl to be artwork that I can hang... Read more...
For better or worse, the Internet has made it nearly impossible to keep a secret these days. Just ask Rockstar Games, the developer of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Despite a brilliant marketing strategy consisting of frequent but limited updates on the progress of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V), arguably the most anticipated game of 2013, spoilers have come to light, though Rockstar Games isn't the one to blame. Back in August, hackers were able to decrypt certain elements of the game after downloading digital pre-order copies from Sony in Europe. Sony may have meant well -- serve up encrypted copies of the game beforehand and then dole out unlock codes the moment the game launches -- but on hindsight,... 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 likelihood a press photo of Amazon's next Kindle Fire. Twitter user "evleaks" frequently posts what turn out to be legitimate press shots of unannounced products, and the reason we think his latest photo is of the next Kindle Fire and not the HD version is because it lacks a front-facing camera. It wouldn't make sense for Amazon to yank this feature. Based on previous rumors, the next... 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 off, especially if it were to tie a smartphone into its Kindle platform. One thing Amazon won't do, however, is offer a free smartphone. Amazon came out and said so after a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal posted an article saying the online retailer was considering it. Not only that, but Amazon said it definitely isn't going to launch a smartphone in 2013. "We have no plans... 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 the site back up, but Amazon is now accepting pre-orders. It's not clear if Amazon intended to launch its new Kindle Paperwhite today all along, or if it realized there are no do-overs on the Internet, so it might as well re-list the item and forge ahead. Either way, it's online now, and you can secure yours for $119 with Special Offers, or $139 without the homescreen ads. There... 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 actual items on Amazon from within the app, including physical products and digital ones alike. Users can see a product ad pop up and buy an item with Amazon’s 1-Click purchasing. The kicker is that the developer can take home up to 6% of the purchase in ad fees. Amazon gives the following examples: Sell a single item from Amazon in your app or game: The boss at the end of... Read more...
If you pre-ordered an Xbox One or otherwise plan to purchase one when it comes out but already own an Xbox 360, you may find yourself in a bit of pickle when it comes to new game releases. After all, games aren't cheap, and do you really want to pay a premium for a new title today when you'll be sitting pretty with a brand new console in a few months? To help you make that decision, Amazon just kicked off a new promotion that allows you to upgrade select Xbox 360 titles to the Xbox One version for $10. The promotion runs until the end of the year (December 31, 2013) and is valid for eight games, including Madden NFL 25, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed... 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 stayed that way for three days before Microsoft was able to alleviate the problem, which turned out to be a failure in a caching service that interfaces with devices using Exchange ActiveSync. Capping off a forgettable weekend in cloud computing, Amazon suffered an outage yesterday that, according to various reports, lasted anywhere from 15 minutes to 40 minutes. During the outage,... Read more...
TiVo Mini owners were apparently thrown a bone this weekend, as several of them discovered that they can now (finally) stream Netflix on their devices, a new addition that's been absent for far too long. All is not entirely copacetic, however, as users are complaining of system reboots, an anomaly that may be related to resolution. "I think it has something to do with 1080p," a TiVo Community forum user posted. "I tried a 720p title and played it for a few minutes with no issues. But as soon as I tried a title with a 1080p stream, when it goes to the 1080p bitrate, the Mini reboots." Image Source: TiVo Community user "sbiller" Several others reported seeing the same thing. On the bright side,... 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 tablet offering, we'd imagine will share OUYA's goals of being affordable. There's little information on the console at the moment, but somewhat unbelievably, it's apparently set to launch before the end of the year - potentially by Black Friday (November 30). If that's the case, then this has to be one of the best-kept secrets in the industry. Somehow, Amazon has managed to build up... Read more...
When you follow the consumer electronics industry at large, a few key moves generally lead to a few other moves. Case in point: when a major, hot-selling product sees an unexpected price drop amidst a great sales season, there's a great chance that a new iteration of said product is en route. That's likely what's happening with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The company just hacked a full $50 from the price of that slate, making the 7" version a palatable $160, and far more in a position to rival the Nexus 7. Of course, the existing Fire HD has been around a while, and Amazon has used September to launch new editions of its reading slate the past two years. If history continues to repeat itself,... Read more...
How's this for perspective? A two-year old startup by the name of Instagram sold to Facebook for $1 billion. A newspaper housed in a nation's capitol city, which has been around over a century, has just sold for one quarter of that. It's a strange, wild, and completely digital world that we're living in today, which may help explain why the founder of Amazon has paid $250 million in cash for The Washington Post. It's important to note that Amazon isn't buying the paper, but Bezos himself. Moreover, this isn't the first time Bezos has invested in the news business; he has also invested in the Business Insider website. The transfer is expected to be completed within two months, making Bezos the... 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 Amazon, median pay inside its fulfillment centers is 30 percent higher than that of people who work in traditional retail stores, and that's before factoring in stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually. "We’re hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate... 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 stick at.  From chip suppliers to board partners and software developers, the market was teaming with growth and opportunity.  We're about to turn the corner on the birth of a burgeoning new market and eventually everybody will want in on the action. 3D Printer support, native for Windows 8.1 When Microsoft stepped out and offered native support for... Read more...
It appears that the Swiss have turned a reputation for having the most secure banks in the world into a possible refuge for corporations trying to keep data from the spying eyes of the NSA. The NSA’s PRISM program used the shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and a secret court to request data on U.S. citizens from major providers of Internet services such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. If you missed it, we’ve had quite a bit to say about the subject. Now, according to Ibtimes, it seems that U.S. companies are losing faith in domestic cloud storage providers, from large-scale operations such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to smaller-scale (but frequently... Read more...
Vine sure has been making the rounds the lately. After amassing 13 million users on iOS since launching in late January, Vine saw fit to swing over to Android earlier this month. Lest anyone think the video sharing service is leaving any stone unturned, it's now available to Kindle Fire users in the Amazon Appstore for Android. This is a critical time for Vine as it looks to remain relevant in the wake of Facebook adding video recording capabilities to Instagram, the photo sharing service it purchased for $1 billion. By making its way over to Amazon, Kindle Fire users can record looping videos up to 6 seconds in length using the front-facing camera on their tablet. Speaking of which, support... Read more...
Ladies and gentlemen, the gaming business is just fine. You wouldn't know it from the declining figures posted by The NPD Group time and again, but as some suspected, gamers have grown stingy with their spending because they're waiting on next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. One need only look at the mad dash consumers made to Amazon in the wake of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 being offered up for pre-order. According to a press release Amazon's been emailing the media, the Amazon Video Games store had its biggest pre-order week of all time thanks to the launch of the aforementioned consoles. At the "peak of demand" a week ago, Amazon was processing more than 2,500 Xbox One and... Read more...
Got a Kindle? Got a kid? Amazon has you in mind, as the company announced updates to its Kindle FreeTime Unlimited content service that delivers as much kid-friendly content as they can consume. The service originally rolled out in December of last year, and since then Amazon says it has added over a thousand titles to its lineup of books, games, movies, TV shows, and other apps, including content from Disney, Warner Brothers, Interactive Entertainment, and Electronic Arts. The service has no in-app payment system so you don’t have to worry about Junior racking up hundreds of dollars in fees, and there are no ads or social media links, either. There’s just a flat monthly fee, too,... Read more...
Amazon is serious about shoring up its catalog of streaming titles, so much so that it went and cut its biggest check ever for a subscription-streaming license. The Prime video provider struck a deal with Viacom, forking over more than $200 million to secure the rights to hundreds of kids' shows, including the wildly popular Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer franchises. Citing a "person familiar with the deal," Reuters says the deal is good for more than two years and includes a deeper library of titles than what Netflix previously had access to. Speaking of which, the timing of the deal comes only a few days after Netflix stopped streaming Nickelodeon shows, as that deal just expired.... Read more...
There's been so much chatter regarding an Amazon smartphone that we're more inclined to think it's a matter of "when" and not "if" the mega online retailer will release one. The latest buzz coming from "people familiar with the plans" is that Amazon's handset will feature a 3D display that doesn't require any special glasses. It will use retinal-tracking technology so that images on the smartphone appear to hover above the display no matter which angle you're holding the device. Even more nifty is that users will be able to navigate the menus and content using their eyeballs, The Wall Street Journal reports. There are challenges with such technology, of course, such as figuring out how that would... Read more...
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