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Amazon chief says 'stay tuned' on possible tablet

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hints at tablet coming

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an interview later on Wednesday effectively confirmed plans for an Amazon-branded tablet. When asked, he used cautious language and said customers should "stay tuned" on what Amazon would do. He explained to Consumer Reports that the company would...


Washington Post print and online presence purchased by Jeff Bezos

Amazon has no role in the sale of the old media company

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has agreed to purchase the Washington Post. The Amazon executive will pay $250 million in cash for the paper and all of the associated publications. Amazon itself isn't involved in the purchase, with Bezos becoming the sole owner when the sale is completed, following regulatory...


Amazon says Kindle won't chase iPad, focused on reading

Amazon's Bezos not worried about color Kindle

Amazon won't try to copy the iPad with future versions of the Kindle, CEO Jeff Bezos said in an annual shareholders' meeting today. He stressed that the Kindle would emphasize e-reading and likened its role to that of a dedicated camera versus a phone camera. Just as a phone...


Amazon's Bezos: iPad in a 'different category' than Kindle

Amazon CEO sees Kindle and iPad separate

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said in an interview published today that he doesn't consider the iPad to be in the same category as the Kindle. He acknowledged that there would be "a bunch" of tablets on the market but saw the iPad and its kind as a "different product category."...


Analysis: Amazon's Fire Phone

Did Amazon hit a homerun with the Fire Phone? Or is it another shoehorned Android device?

During a small event in Seattle today, Amazon confirmed the numerous rumors circling the Internet about a smartphone from the company. The Fire Phone was introduced by CEO Jeff Bezos to a crowd of 300, showing off a number of features including a 3D display and Firefly. Electronista writers Mike and...


Amazon builds Firefly quick item, sound search into Fire Phone

Dedicated phone button allows for product search, keeps history for future purchases

During the unveiling of Amazon's most recent piece of tech, the Fire Phone, Jeff Bezos introduced a feature called Firefly. The technology will allow phone users to search for items through the camera by holding a button on the phone. The accompanying app will pull up an Amazon listing for a product...


Amazon unveils Prime Air drone delivery system

Amazon to deliver packages by drone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Sunday revealed a new service that could soon deliver Amazon orders directly to customers' doorsteps by unmanned aircraft. Bezos revealed Prime Air Sunday night on CBS' 60 minutes, telling CBS Anchor Charlie Rose that the company has been working on the technology in its Seattle...


No profit for Amazon off Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle hardware sold at cost, so Amazon breaks even

E-retail giant Amazon makes no profit on the sales of its Kindle Fire HD tablet or its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed this in an interview with the BBC today, making a point to highlight the differences between Amazon's device strategy and that of tablet market leader Apple,...


Not-quite hands on: Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Despite the Amazon skin, new Kindle Fire impresses

At AT&T's Unwrapped event, Electronista got to spend a little bit of not-quite-hands-on time with the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, the bigger brother to the Internet retailer's Kindle Fire HD 7. The new line of Kindle Fires are Amazon's attempt at realizing CEO Jeff Bezos' goal of having "the best tablet at any...


Amazon CEO: if just building a tablet, you won't succeed

Amazon CEO says ecosystem key to tablets, more

Most of those who have failed at tablets and other home electronics were too focused on the hardware alone, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview following the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet. He explained to TechCrunch that Amazon would do well with the Kindle Fire because...


Steve Jobs beats Schmidt, Bezos for CEO of the Decade award

Apple CEO named decade's best over Amazon, Google

A year-end wrap-up has named Apple chief Steve Jobs the CEO of the decade. The nod from MarketWatch put him ahead of other well-known tech executives that defined the period, including Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Google's Eric Schmidt. He also trumped those outside of the field,...


Amazon Q4 revenue up 42%, "millions" of Kindles sold

Net sales increased 28% for the year

Amazon on Thursday released its fourth-quarter earnings report, indicating a net income increase of 75 percent to reach $9.5 billion. CEO Jeff Bezos claims that "millions of people now own Kindles," although the company has yet to release specific distribution numbers for the...


Kindle format support to expand outward, inward

More Kindle format support

Plans are underway to spread the Kindle format, and open up access to the dedicated hardware, says Amazon's CEO. Speaking at a Wired conference, Jeff Bezos has explained that Kindle books should continue to sell for $10 as they go on sale through the iPhone plus "other mobile...


Color Kindle remains 'multiple' years away

Color Kindle years away

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, responding to a question presented at a shareholders meeting, has claimed that his company is unlikely to ever publicly reveal sales numbers for the Kindle, and according to Physorg. The executive also suggests a device utilizing a color display is still...


Amazon plans on-demand video, world Kindle

Amazon VOD and Kindle

Amazon is about to launch an on-demand video service, the company's chief Jeff Bezos said today at the Wall Street Journal's D Conference. Expanding on the company's existing Unbox download feature, the retailer will launch a paid streaming service "in the next few weeks,"...


Amazon still flooded with Kindle orders

Amazon Kindle Shortage

Amazon today took the unusual step of posting an open letter apologizing for the extended shortages of its Kindle e-book reader, also explaining the reasons behind the shortfall. Company chief Jeff Bezos notes that the e-paper device has essentially been sold out since just...


Tim Cook, Eddy Cue get invites to 2014 Sun Valley conference

Duo attended 2013 event

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, may be headed to the 2014 Sun Valley media and finance conference in Idaho, scheduled for next week, according to an invitation list. The extension of invitations doesn't necessarily mean the pair will show. Both attended...


Amazon streaming music service could have restricted song catalog

Possible June, July launch touted for launch as part of Prime subscription

Amazon's rumored music streaming service could be launching sometime this June or July, though it may have issues competing with Spotify, Beats Music, and other competitors, according to a report. Rather than aiming to provide a wide selection of music, including newer titles, it is rumored Amazon will...


Amazon smartphone launch anticipated for end of June, claims report

Wall Street Journal sources believe Amazon phone will ship by end of September

Amazon is preparing to release its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of this year, claims sources of the Wall Street Journal. The retailer has allegedly demonstrated the device to developers in Seattle and San Francisco, with an official announcement planned for the end of June, and for the...


Analyst claims Amazon will launch smartphone within six months

Amazon smartphone will use six cameras for gesture control

Amazon is still working on a smartphone, and will launch it within the next three to six months, claims an analyst. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes the online retailer will include six cameras, reiterating previous rumors, with the main and front cameras for standard photography and video purposes...


Fortune includes Apple CEO Cook among 'World's Greatest Leaders'

Pope Francis, Dalai Lama among other people on list

Apple CEO Tim Cook ranks 33rd on a first-ever Fortune list of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," defined as people who are currently active with "transformative" influence. "Following Steve Jobs has arguably been the toughest corporate leadership assignment in decades, yet Cook has carried it off with...


Amazon tops 'best ever' holiday season with 1M new Prime members

Amazon adds 1M new Prime members in third week of December

Amazon has wrapped up what it is calling its "best ever" holiday, and the online retailer has added an additional one million subscribers to its Amazon Prime service in a short span of time. A press release from the retailer pointed out that Amazon Prime gained another million subscribers - at $79...


Briefly: Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, Alienware Cyber Monday discounts

Amazon discounts Kindle Fire HD, HDX for Cyber Monday

Amazon has dropped the price of two new Kindle Fire tablets, as part of its Cyber Monday deals. The 16GB model of the Kindle Fire HD has been reduced from $169 to $119 in the United States, while the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX 16GB, normally priced at $229, is now at $179 until the end of Monday. Other...


Amazon losses continue, third quarter results in $25 million drop

Fourth quarter expected to fall within a $500 million loss and $500 million gain

Amazon today announced financial results for its third quarter that ended on September 30. Net sales increased 24 percent to $17.09 billion in the third quarter, compared with $13.81 billion in third quarter 2012. Despite the increase, operating loss was $25 million in the third quarter, compared with...


Review: Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon revamps Kindle Fire line

Since their introduction, Amazon's Kindle Fire line of devices have typically occupied the "good enough" tier in tablets, but the retail giant's newest offering represents a notable step toward the sort of real, quality device CEO Jeff Bezos has promised for two years now. Our full review takes a look...


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