Amazon updates Cloud Drive Photos for iOS with video support
The Amazon Cloud Drive Photos app for iOS has received an update, bringing support for videos. Appearing on iOS months after Android, TechCrunch reports that the app allows for videos up to 2GB or 20 minutes in length to be uploaded, with the Cloud Photos Auto-Save also updated to allow existing videos on an iPhone or iPad to be automatically uploaded to the service. Other tweaks include a "large upload mode" that disables the iOS lock screen to let uploads finish, and an indicator in the Settings screen showing the usage of Cloud Drive by media.
Timely app allows logged hours to be scheduled in advance
New time-tracking app Timely has been launched this week on iTunes. Aiming to minimize the effort involved with logging one's work for invoicing, Timely allows users to schedule and plan work while simultaneously logging the hours. Its layout is like a calendar, though simplified to not display time stamps.
Amazon offers free storage for Note 3, S4, G2
Amazon is offering customers 50GB of free online storage when they purchase an on-contract Android smartphone through its marketplace. The storage is handled through Amazon's Cloud Drive service, which lets users store photos, files, music, and more. Amazon has more than 100 smartphones eligible for the offer, all listed on its site.
Decision effectively upholds existing law
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge against New York's sales-tax law for online purchases, according to a Reuters report. Retailers Amazon and Overstock had asked the court to determine if the tax regulations violate the Constitution, however the decision effectively upholds the New York Court of Appeals' March ruling that sided with the state.
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 variants, such as those without Special Offers or other sizes of the Kindle Fire HDX, also receive the $50 discount.
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 headquarters for months. The service isn't set to roll out for some time, but it could mark a revolution in the online retail market, as Amazon could bypass the current package delivery system entirely, delivering goods to customers in as little as half an hour.
Amazon taps Ive-esque voice actor to rib iPad Air
Online retailer Amazon has joined Microsoft and Nokia in making ads poking fun at Apple's iPad Air in order to boost their own tablet offerings. CNet on Sunday noted the release of a new ad for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 that lightly mocks Apple's marketing terminology and compares Apple's offering to Amazon's. The ad even makes use of a voice actor with a British accent reminiscent of Apple's Jony Ive.
Mega releases cloud storage app for iOS, iPad version due in future
Mega, the cloud storage service operated by Kim Dotcom, has launched an official iOS app. The free download allows users to browse their account, preview and stream specific documents and files, and to send links to files and folders to other people. Support for the iPad as well as photo synchronization are touted as future upgrades.
Amazon brings video streaming service to Japan
Amazon has now opened up the Japanese version of its Instant Video streaming service, it was revealed today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new service features more than 26,000 imported movie and television offerings. Rentals for the service start at 100 yen (about $0.98).
New Kindle may be on the way with lighter design
Amazon may release a new version of its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader as early as the second quarter of next year, according to a new report. TechCrunch reported on Sunday that the online retail giant is prepping a new Kindle Paperwhite for release early next year, one with a number of hardware improvements and design changes. The new device could sport an e-ink screen with a resolution of 300ppi, providing visuals nearly 50 percent denser than the current model.
Proposal could make use of 260 expected ticket office closures
Amazon is in discussions with Transport for London (TfL) to turn ticket offices for the London Underground system into delivery drop-off points, according to a report. Details of the talks surfaced after London mayor Boris Johnson revealed plans to make the Underground operate 24 hours per day by 2015, while also closing the majority of ticket offices in the network.
Google adds Designed for Tablets section to Play Store
The Google Play Store has been updated to showcase apps "Designed for tablets," something Google announced it would do last month. Tablet users will see the tablet-aimed apps as the default view in Google Play, according to an Android Developers Google+ post, with apps that do not meet specific criteria to be "Designed for tablets" to be marked as "Designed for phones" instead.
Newest Amazon e-reader gets Goodreads compatibility
Amazon has added Goodreads compatibility to its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader device. The feature addition will allow Paperwhite owners to rate books and share quoted passages directly to the Goodreads community. Users will also be able to import both print and digital books bought from Amazon into their Goodreads accounts.
Streaming to TV and second-screen functionality added in Fire OS update
Amazon has released the latest version of its Android implementation, Kindle Fire OS 3.1. The free update for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets adds a number of updates, with the integration of Goodreads adding book rating and quote sharing through the community, friend update feeds, and the option to import both print and digital books bought from Amazon into the Goodreads account.
Local site prices Amazon US Kindle Fire HD under Australian retailers
Amazon has made a large push in Australia for its Kindle tablet line. The retailer has launched its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets in the country, coming shortly after the Kindle Paperwhite became available in stores, and is accompanied by a regional version of the Kindle Store, with Kindle Direct Publishing also opening up in the territory.
Amazon listing confirms 4.5-inch display, Android KitKat upgrade in future
The Moto G could be shipping to customers the day after its expected launch on November 13th. A sales page for the phone on Amazon UK shows the device, under the previous name of the Motorola DVX, as being "due to be released on November 14th," as well as seemingly confirming a number of rumored specifications.
Customers in New York, Los Angeles can receive orders on a Sunday
Amazon will start offering deliveries of orders to customers on Sunday, thanks to an unusual deal with the US Postal Service. Customers in metropolitan areas will be able to place orders on a Friday for arrival on the Sunday, and is the latest move by the online retailer to provide more delivery options for its customers.
Does the new quad-core Amazon offering impress or disappoint?
Amazon has been a participant in the tablet wars for the better part of three years. Where competitors aim their devices at consumption, creation, or some other aspect of mobile computing use, Amazon is unapologetic for offering its tablets at a very low price for what you get, with the express intent of driving media sales. Amazon's latest offering, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch version hit our desks a few days ago, and we've been hauling the device along in our day-to-day travels.
Booksellers receive percentage for first two years
Amazon has launched a new program that aims to bring independent bookstores into the Kindle ecosystem. The online retailer promises to share 10 percent of e-book revenue for purchases made on Kindle devices sold through participating bookstores. A retailer's first order of Kindle readers or tablets is also covered by a buy-back guarantee, enabling any unsold devices to be repurchased by Amazon without penalty for up to six months.
Selected Kindle books to be sold cheaply before being officially released
Not content with just launching its Kindle MatchBook program in the United States, Amazon is now offering two more e-book services to its customers. Kindle Countdown Deals will offer Kindle titles at a discounted rate for a limited time, while Kindle First will let customers read specific titles before they are released for general purchase.
Customers can nominate charity to receive Amazon donation
Amazon has launched a program that will allow customers to donate money to charity using Amazon orders. AmazonSmile lets customers name a charity of their choice that will receive 0.5 percent of the price of their total Amazon purchase as a monetary donation, with the retailer advising that there is no cap on the amount that can be donated.
Compliments existing iOS client
Amazon has released a native Cloud Player app for the Mac. The software lets people both play and buy music from the Amazon MP3 Store. It can also automatically import music from iTunes or CDs, though, and be used to export libraries to other music players. Any music stored in Cloud Drive is accessible on other platforms with a Cloud Player app, including Windows, iOS, Android, Roku, Sonos, Samsung TVs, and the web.
Free, cheap e-books provided to compliment physical book purchases
Amazon has launched its program that provides digital versions of books they already own in physical form, which can be read on a Kindle device or the Kindle app. Kindle MatchBook will provide Amazon customers in the US with Kindle titles that match books bought from the retailer in the past, with the Kindle copies being provided either at no charge or priced between $0.99 and $2.99 each.
Disney's newest kids' show to hit tablets first
The next show from Disney will make its first appearance not on televisions, but on iPads and Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets. Speaking with The New York Times, the entertainment giant confirmed that "Sheriff Callie's Wild West" will launch first on the Watch Disney Junior app, as well as on a related website. The app version of the show will debut on November 24, and the television version will show up on Disney's traditional networks early next year.
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 an operating loss of $28 million in third quarter 2012.
Apple TV users see movies disappear completely
(Updated with Amazon disappearance) Some Disney and Pixar movies have been pulled without warning from the US and UK iTunes Stores, accounts say. These include titles like The Lion King and Mater's Tall Tales. The situation is worse in the case of Apple TV owners, who are no longer seeing the titles in their libraries. No refunds have been offered.
Amazon media streamer to use forked Android
The expected launch of Amazon's rumored set-top box, dubbed by some as "Firetube," for the living room has apparently been delayed by the company. The device, which is said to be a direct competitor with Apple TV and Roku for streaming video as well as running apps, will not receive its pre-holiday season shopping launch as allegedly planned.
Jab at iPad weight ignores smaller Kindle Fire HDX screen sizes
Amazon is attacking Apple's iPad Air just 24 hours after its launch, in order to promote its own tablet lines. A new promotional image on the online retailer's front page makes the claim that its Kindle Fire HDX models are "Lighter than Air," a hefty jab that claims its electronic devices are not as heavy as Apple's updated tablet range.
Amazon ups minimum free shipping cost
Amazon has increased the minimum order to qualify for free shipping to $35 in the first change to that requirement in more than a decade. The online retail giant announced the change Tuesday in a post that also touted Amazon Prime, the company's subscription-based offering that provides free shipping alongside access to a number of other Amazon services. The change affects only Super Saver Shipping from Amazon.
Details app that recognises item or media, returns Amazon store page
Rumors of an Amazon-created smartphone have had a boost, thanks to a recently filed patent application. The unearthed filing for "User guided object identification" provides details for how a smartphone can recognize an object and then provide the user with an appropriate Amazon product page, a feature that was mentioned in a rumor from earlier this month.
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 at the new Kindle Fire HDX to see what Amazon has learned with the third iteration generation of its budget tablet.
New units may be available immediately after Oct. 22nd event
The Apple TV is listed as out of stock or an upcoming product at Amazon's French and German websites, according to a German report. The sites mention that the product will become available again as of October 23rd. Since Apple is scheduled to hold a press event October 22nd, it's believed that the listings may back rumors that Apple is planning an imminent Apple TV refresh.
Amazon opens pre-orders for Kindle Fire HD, HDX in UK, Canada
Amazon has opened up pre-orders for its new Kindle Fire HDX and updated Kindle Fire HD in the United Kingdom and Canada. The lower-resolution Kindle Fire HD will be shipping in both countries from October 24th, starting from £119 and $149. While those in the UK will have to wait until November 19th to receive their HDX models in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch forms, starting from £199 and £329 respectively, Canada will have to wait until November 26th, with the tablets priced at $254 and $399.
One of three HTC-Amazon smartpones said to be in advanced development stage
HTC could be working with Amazon on a number of smartphones, according to a report. The two are apparently in "an advanced stage of development" on the mobile devices, and while a total of three smartphones are claimed, one of the devices is said to be close to completion, though it is unlikely to be released anytime this year.
Amazon to build private cloud
Amazon has reportedly won a legal battle with IBM over a $600 million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency. The companies have been competing for a ten-year agreement to help the agency build and manage a large-scale private cloud network for data-mining operations.
Amazon ships Google Chromecast internationally from US site
Amazon has started to ship the Google Chromecast to countries outside the United States. Android Central reports that the retailer's US site has accepted orders for the streaming dongle from the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Germany. Though the dongle is now available to buy in other countries, the Chromecast app is still only downloadable in the US forcing users to download the app through means other than Google Play for the moment.
New device allegedly to run apps, stream from multiple sources
Amazon is reportedly in the process of designing a set-top box, similar in form and function to an Apple TV or Roku media streamer, to be released before the holiday buying season. Divergent from Apple, Amazon is allegedly offering an app ecosystem for the device, allowing gaming or media streaming from sources other than just Amazon purchases.
Refreshed Amazon Kindle Fire HD improves repairability score
The updated Kindle Fire HD is a highly repairable tablet, and has received an iFixit repairability score of eight out of ten. Matching the original Kindle Fire in its scoring, the teardown found the new model does not fuse together the front glass and LCD, improving on last year's model by one point, while the majority of the internals is composed of components from the old HD. While the base Kindle Fire HD lacks a camera, there appears to be no obvious space left on the motherboard for one to be added in the future.
New Amazon report expands on earlier smartphone rumors
More rumors have surfaced concerning two possible Amazon smartphones. Fresh from the launch of refreshed Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet lines late last month, the online retailer is said to be still working on a pair of mobile devices, with one said to have a similar 3D user interface and eye tracking system as reported about earlier this year.
Service to compete with eBay, Amazon
Google has announced that its same-day shipping program is now available to the general public in much of the Bay Area peninsula, from San Francisco to San Jose. The service, known as Google Shopping Express, had begun as a limited pilot program early this year.
Angular design of new Amazon tablets, added Mayday support button
Amazon has revealed its refreshed Kindle Fire tablet lines, including a revised Kindle Fire HD, and new lines with HD displays. The seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX uses a 1920x1200-resolution display while the 8.9-inch version will have a 2560x1600 version, with both models also having the chiseled and unique design with rear-mounted buttons revealed earlier in leaks.
Utilities now work across platforms
Amazon has updated its GameCircle and WhisperSync for Games services for mobile apps, adding support for iOS devices. The refresh essentially brings true cross-platform gaming features between Android devices, including the Kindle Fire, and the iPhone and iPad, overcoming the previous incompatibility with Apple's own Game Center platform.
Locker delivery from Amazon does not meet Staples criteria
Amazon Lockers are being pulled from Staples and RadioShack stores, after both brick-and-mortar retailers decided to pull out of the agreements. The removal of the units, which allows customers to ship deliveries to code-locked storage systems based in nearby stores rather than to their home or work, comes just under a year after they were installed.
Update essential for Apple TV owners
Amazon has updated the iOS edition of its Instant Video app with a long-demanded feature, AirPlay support. For owners of both an iOS device and an Apple TV, AirPlay should offer a more convenient way of watching Instant Video on a larger screen. The Apple TV has native support for a number of video services, like Netflix and YouTube, but not Instant Video, in spite of it being on rival set-tops like the Roku.
New Kindle Fire render lacks webcam shown in earlier photographs
An image showing the possible new Kindle Fire has surfaced, this time in what appears to be a promotional render. The new image gives a clear view of the front face of the alleged Amazon tablet refresh, and follows earlier leaked photographs which showed the chiseled, angular nature of the back and side edges on the Kindle Fire HD.
Moto X flagship available for $100 on contract
Amazon is offering the standard black and white versions of the Moto X Sprint variant for just $100. Motorola's flagship handset was already predicted to hit $100, but Amazon appears to have jumped the gun slightly with the Sprint version. The $100 deal is contingent upon the commencement or renewal of a two-year contract with Sprint.
Angular chiseled design, shifted power buttons in new Amazon tablet
New images reportedly showing the next version of the Kindle Fire HD tablet line have surfaced. Photographs of the tablet, expected to be launched by the retailer in the coming months, appears to reveal that the previously rumored chiseled and angular design has made it through to the final product, with the side power and volume buttons now mounted on the back.
Failure to update could cause users to lose books after iOS 7 upgrade
In an unusual move, Amazon has released what it calls a "required" update -- v3.9.2 -- for the Kindle iOS app. The company warns that without the update, installing iOS 7 on a device could force people to have to re-register in the app, and re-download any saved books. It's unexplained why iOS 7 would cause the personal data to be lost.
Amazon says no phone this year, not free
Amazon has issued a statement rebutting earlier reports of a free smartphone in the works within the online retail giant. A spokesperson for Amazon contacted Jessica Lessin to counter her site's earlier report that the company was working on a smartphone for launch this year and that the device would be offered to consumers for free. Amazon did not go into detail, but its statement indicates that the retailer does want to keep a good deal of control over perceptions of its consumer electronics arm.
New device allegedly in production for two years
According to reports today, Amazon is attempting to make its long-rumored smartphone free when it becomes available. Details are sparse at the moment, but Amazon seems to want to not charge for the phone regardless of contract details, and likely requiring an $80 annual subscription to Amazon Prime.