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It's hard to believe that Amazon came into this world selling books, and while that business still thrives in digital form (Amazon makes a killing off its Kindle devices), the online retail giant has big plans for streaming video. With its Prime Instant Video service already in full swing and winning favor, Amazon has reportedly begun chatting with media companies about licensing TV channels. The idea is to offer users a new online pay-TV option delivered through its Prime Instant Video service. It's a move that would allow Amazon to cash in on the customers who dropped their cable or satellite service, which is an increasingly popular trend with so many streaming options available (Netflix,... Read more...
Usually when bleeding edge software and hardware first come out, there's a chicken or the egg scenario. We're not seeing that with the shift to 4K ultra high definition (UHD) -- hardware makers aren't waiting on media companies to come out with content and vice versa. As we've said in the past, this doesn't mean you should trash your 1080p television, but if you're willing to invest in a 4K TV or monitor, there are going to be 4K videos for you to watch. Amazon and several key partners are making sure of that. While hardware makers are announcing 4K displays at CES, Amazon on Monday said it is working with the leading consumer electronic companies, top Hollywood studios, and TV programmers, including... Read more...
Amazon knocked it out of the park this holiday season. After announcing that it was able to keep the wait time for its "Mayday" live tech support feature on Kindle Fire HDX devices to just 9 seconds on Christmas day, the online retailer now says it also added more than 1 million customers to its Amazon Prime membership program, making it a record-setting holiday. Up until last month, it wasn't possible to purchase an Amazon Prime membership for anyone but yourself. Citing customer demand, Amazon rolled out the ability to gift Prime memberships just in time for the holiday shopping season. Amazon hasn't said how many Prime memberships have been gifted since the feature went live, but we'd be surprised... Read more...
You've probably seen one of Amazon's commercials touting the new "Mayday" support feature in Kindle Fire HDX devices. Just tap the button and moments later a helpful support representative like Amy in the TV commercials will appear and guide you through whatever tablet troubles you might be having. We were always a bit skeptical that users would have access to live support in a timely fashion, but if Christmas Day is any indication, our fears are unfounded. According to Amazon, the average response time when a customer tapped the Mayday button on Kindle Fire HDX was just 9 seconds on Christmas, which is significantly faster than the 15-second goal Amazon had set for itself. That might not sound... Read more...
Bah, humbug. Just as the holidays approach, Amazon.com has an issue on its hands over in Germany. The company, which prides itself on tremendously quick turnarounds and lightning-fast shipping, is now dealing with hundreds of employees who began striking on Monday. The strike was no doubt timed to coincide with the annual holiday rush of orders, as consumers flock to the site and attempt to snap up gifts for those that they haven't addressed yet. The issue at hand? Pay and conditions, as these usually go. For Amazon, Germany is a region worth paying attention to. It's actually the company's second-largest market behind its homeland (U.S.), with sales growing over 20% there in 2012 to nearly $9... Read more...
Amazon's newly formed original film and TV production arm, Amazon Studios, is wasting no time making a name for itself by announcing plans to shoot all 2014 full original series content, including comedies and dramas, in 4K Ultra HD. A year from now it might be easy to downplay such an announcement, but as it currently stands, we're at the very beginning of a mainstream transition from Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) to 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160, or 8.3 million pixels). Typically these kinds of shifts take a long time as hardware makers and content providers both wait for the other to make the first move. However, we've seen a number of 4K monitors and TVs enter the retail sector in the past several months,... Read more...
Amazon isn't taking any chances with our future robotic overlords. To show that it's willing to play ball under a mechanical regime, Jeff Bezos recently went on "60 Minutes" and unveiled plans to use delivery drones to drop off packages to flesh and blood customers (or "servants," as robots will call them after the uprising). Of course, the logistics of drones is still a ways off, but in the interim, Amazon is turning to robot helpers in its warehouses. The e-commerce site is putting to use its acquisition of Kiva Systems, a company that builds these robot things that can zip shelves full of merchandise across the warehouse floor to workers as opposed to the other way around. It's already happened... Read more...
You can stop beating yourself up over missing out on Amazon's Kindle Fire sale prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you missed out on both opportunities to save a little pocket change on a tablet purchase, today is your day of redemption, depending on the model you're interested in. That's because the mega e-tailer has quietly slashed certain SKUs by 20 percent, though you'll have to decide fast because the sale is valid for today only. You can score an ordinary Kindle (6-inch display, Wi-Fi connectivity) for $55.20 with Special Offers or $71.20 without Special Offers. The Kindle normally sells for $69 and $89, respectively. Amazon is also offering its Kindle Fire HD 16GB tablet for sale.... Read more...
Tonight on CBS' "60 Minutes," Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, sat down for an extended interview. Amazon is an online superstore that has morphed into a technological powerhouse on so many other levels -- tablets and eReaders included, that they're effecting a dramatic change in the way people shop. The company has historically operated on thin profits and a volume model and there is no doubt, Amazon is a disruptive force in etail. Amazon also typically invests excess cash into new fulfillment centers and other R&D projects. Why? So that Amazon itself doesn't get disrupted by whatever big innovation is bound to come next. One way to stay ahead of the curve is to innovate in shipping, which Amazon... Read more...
In case you forgot, Cyber Monday is coming, and although you very well could spend more money tomorrow than you did on Black Friday, you definitely won’t be trampled to death. Put that in the plus column right there, friend. Amazon, of course, has a plethora of Cyber Monday deals, but the e-commerce behemoth is extending many of its sales for the whole first week of December. Here are a few good deals waiting for you: In Laptops & Tablets, you can get 15% off an Alienware ALW-17-3745sLV gaming notebook, dropping the price from $1,700 down to $1,449.99. This beastly 17-inch thing rocks an Intel Core i7-4700MQ (2.4GHz) processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 750GB (7200RPM) HDD. Samsung’s... Read more...
One of the more affordable smartwatch options out there is from Pebble. Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Gear, which sells for $299 outright, you can snag yourself a Pebble smartwatch for $150, or even less. Pebble is offering a $20 discount on its website, a sale that it decided to extend beyond Black Friday, bringing the cost of ownership down to $130 with free shipping. Pebble also found its way to Amazon where it's being offered for a slight discount, though pay attention to the actual seller. For the Pebble smartwatches that are shipped and sold directly from Amazon, the going rate is $147.49 with Prime eligibility (free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members). Not all colors are in stock, and unfortunately... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is here and that means coming up with gift ideas for family and friends. If you're stuck on what to get, you may want to consider an Amazon Prime membership, both for yourself and for someone else. For the first time ever, Amazon is allowing shoppers to give the gift of its Prime service, and there are a couple of reasons why someone might like that sort of thing. For one, Prime offers instant streaming of over 41,000 movies and TV episodes through Primate Instant Video, along with over 350,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Secondly, Prime members receive unlimited free two-day shipping on over 15 million items. "Members have told us they... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets run a customized version of Android called Fire OS. Compared to stock Android, Fire OS is heavily skinned and tightly tied into Amazon's e-commerce ecosystem, so much in fact that you can hardly recognize it as being Android. Amazon has been able to do some neat things with Fire OS, and if you own a Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX, you'll be able to do even more with the company's Fire OS 3.1 update. It's a free, over-the-air (OTA) update that will be delivered over the coming weeks, though if you don't feel like waiting, you can grab the download direct from Amazon and install it immediately. Fire OS 3.1 introduces several new features and enhancements, including... Read more...
These days, premier smartphones usually cost a good bit of cash even on contract, but it appears that the Google Nexus 5 can be had for as little as $49 on contract from Sprint. According to a listing on Amazon, prices for the Sprint version of the phone range from $49 to $449.99, and at least one rater said that he got the $49 option. Deals can certainly be funky on Amazon--for example, that $449.99 price tag is absurd because you can buy a Nexus 5 outright from Google for just $349--so take it all with a grain of salt, but fifty bucks is a great deal for the Nexus 5. In our own performance preview, we found that the Nexus 5 boasted strong performance, landing at or near the top in a lot of... Read more...
Amazon is expanding its cloud reach into the world of graphically intensive, 3D, GPU-accelerated applications in fields such as media creation, design, and even gaming with its Amazon AppStream. AppStream runs on Amazon’s EC2, which includes NVIDIA’s Kepler-based GRID GPUs (a G2 instance), and is designed to make it possible to run applications on devices that would not necessarily be able to handle the processing required. The service deploys and renders applications in the cloud and streams them to just about any device, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Currently, the Amazon AppStream SDK supports streaming from Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 to devices with Microsoft... Read more...
Amazon is taking on an IT unicorn: virtual desktops for enterprises. As Amazon is quick to point out, virtual desktops are fairly rare in large companies at the moment, due to the logistics of managing the hardware and software necessary to pull off the feat. If the cheering stick figures at the end of Amazon’s new promotional video are to be believed, Amazon WorkSpaces will solve your virtual desktop problem. On the face of it, Amazon WorkSpaces sounds fairly easy to use and very scalable. Once you sign up for the service, you have a dashboard you can use to assign desktops to employees, and they can access those desktops on PCs (or Macs) or mobile devices running Android (including the... Read more...
The U.S. Postal Service has struck a deal with ecommerce juggernaut Amazon to deliver the latter’s packages on Sundays, which seems to be the perfect way for both parties to benefit at the expense of the competition. It’s no secret that the USPS has been in financial trouble for a while, and one idea for saving the agency money--ceasing delivery on Saturdays--seemed like a fruitless idea from the get go and would certainly be unpopular with consumers and businesses alike. USPS headquarters in D.C. Increasing the reach of its services while also opening up a huge pipeline of products to be delivered is a much better idea. Everybody wants Sunday deliveries, and as a New York Times piece... Read more...
If you've been jonesing for Amazon's recently announced 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet, we have good new for you today. Amazon has begun shipping out its large screen slate, which up to this point was available as a pre-order item. It's now in stock, and if you didn't reserve one via pre-order prior to today, you can still have one arrive at your doorstep super fast, and without getting gouged on shipping -- it's eligible for Amazon's Prime shipping service. "The 8.9-inch Fire HDX is startlingly light—at just 13.2 ounces, it’s the lightest large-screen tablet. This is combined with a 339 ppi, perfect-color HDX display, 3x the processing power, 2x the memory, 4x the graphics performance,... Read more...
Amazon on Tuesday launched its Kindle MatchBook service, which allows you to purchase -- or receive for free -- the Kindle edition of print books that you've previously purchased new from the online site. Perhaps you want to free up some space on your bookshelf and donate your dead tree copies, or maybe you're getting ready to go on vacation and don't want to clutter your suitcase with physical copies. Whatever your reason for wanting to archive your physical collection electronically, Amazon will happily oblige. There are over 70,000 books enrolled in Kindle MatchBook. Some are free to convert, others cost $0.99, $1.99, or $2.99, Amazon says. To see if yours are eligible -- and how much it will... Read more...
While most of us look forward to the weekend as a time to relax, Amazon will be busy shipping orders for its new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet, the e-tailer announced today. Amazon unveiled the latest generation of Kindle Fire tablets just over three weeks ago, alongside an 8.9-inch model (still in pre-order status) and a new Kindle Fire HD model. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX sports a 1920x1200 display resolution (323 ppi), quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, dual-band and dual-antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi, dual-stereo speakers, built-in microphone, front-facing HD camera, and optional 4G LTE connectivity. "With a beautiful 323 ppi perfect-color HDX display, 3x the processing power, 2x the memory,... Read more...
What happens when the world's largest online retailer teams up with the smartphone maker that helped pioneer Android as viable alternative to iOS in the smartphone space? We may soon find out. Word on the web is that Amazon and HTC are in discussions about building a handset for users of Amazon's Prime service. There have been several rumors in the past of Amazon developing a smartphone, but so far, none of them have come to fruition. However, the timing feels right for the these two companies to make a splash in the smartphone sector, as both would have a lot to gain. For HTC, the potential for massive sales could turn the company's fortunes around after posting its first ever quarterly loss.... Read more...
Showtime's popular Dexter series might have come to an end (don't worry, no spoilers here), but if you're still interested in seeing things gutted, iFixIt is your go-to place for the same level of carnage, albeit in the realm of electronics. The newest candidate to fall on iFixIt's operating table is Amazon's recently announced Kindle Fire HDX, which is available in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch form factors (iFixIt opted for the 7-inch model). The Kindle Fire HDX 7 sports a 7-inch display with a 1920x1200 resolution (323 ppi), 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB of built-in storage, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, 720p front-facing camera, dual-stereo speakers, and a battery... Read more...
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