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Amazon on Wednesday announced new accessibility features for the Kindle reading app that will make it easier for blind and visually impaired users to navigate the Kindle libraries, read and interact with their books, and more. Those rocking an iOS device get first crack at the new features, which are available starting today on Kindle for iOS. Amazon says they'll be ported over to other platforms in the future. “We’re excited to introduce these new features to our Kindle for iOS app, making it easier than ever for our blind and visually impaired customers to access the vast selection of over 1.8 million books in the Kindle Store on their iPhone or iPad," said Dorothy Nicholls, Vice... Read more...
Given the success of Amazon's Kindle family of tablets, it almost seems inevitable that the e-tailer will eventually launch its own brand smartphone, though nothing has been announced. In place of a formal announcement are several rumors and speculation, the latest of which follows Amazon's reported acquisition of True Know knowledge, a British startup that a developed a Siri-like app. The app is called Evi, which uses voice recognition technology licensed from Nuance and works on any iPhone or Android device. Citing unidentified sources, TechCrunch says Amazon struck a deal to buy the company responsible for Evi for $26 million. All sides are keeping mum on requests for comment, a possible indication... Read more...
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, Canada, India, etc.) as well as smaller areas such as Papua New Guinea and Vatican City. Previously, the Amazon Appstore for Android was available in the U.S., the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Before the big summer expansion, developers can get going by hitting up the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal. Amazon isn’t shy about claiming that its Appstore is a... 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 be thin (and translucent) enough to be embedded in car windows. Intrigued yet? The Primary Station will be the device that handles the heavy lifting and then transmits everything, including power, to the remote display. Image credit: Amazon, USPTO It’s too soon to know exactly what Amazon has up its sleeve, and the company is trying to keep its cards close to its chest, but... 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 will emerge at Pivotal’s official launch on April 29th. Pivotal is taking on Amazon; if there was any doubt that Amazon needed a competition in the cloud services market, just note how much of the Internet disappears every time Amazon’s AWS experiences an outage. From Pivotal's teaser website The new company’s goals are summarized in a statement... 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 for the latter, though it's easy to rectify the former. "Zombieland is a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format," said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. "We’ve been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, and Justified, and... 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, but Cancer Research UK would like to correct our way of thinking. In conjunction with Facebook, Amazon and Google, a mobile game is being developed that will allow regular citizens to solve important puzzles, that when combined en masse, will give researchers the data they need to speed along their progress, quicker. What the game will look like, we're unsure. There's also the question... 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 globe. "Ivona’s exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of use. Ivona is already instrumental in helping us deliver excellent accessibility features on Kindle Fire, including Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "The Ivona team shares... Read more...
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