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Topic: Amazon

Amazon's premium Fire Phone seeks to reverse Android's ratchet status

06/22/2014, 05:06 pm

When Amazon launched its Kindle Fire in 2011, the mini tablet's most compelling feature was its discounted low price. With its latest Fire Phone introduction, Amazon has sought to "reverse the ratchet," attempting to distance itself from Android's cheap identity.

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Amazon announces Fire Phone with 4.7" 3D head tracking display & Firefly smart scanner, exclusive to AT&T

06/18/2014, 03:06 pm

Amazon announced its long awaited entrance into the smartphone market on Wednesday in unveiling the new Fire Phone, a device the retailer plans to pit against Apple's iPhone by integrating advanced head tracking technology for dynamic 3D content viewing, as well as new scanning functions that intelligently interpret data from the physical world.

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Apple puts some Hachette e-books on sale as Amazon dispute drags on

06/17/2014, 03:06 pm

With publishing house Hachette locked in a battle with Amazon that has seen the imprint's titles pulled from Amazon's virtual shelves, Apple's iBookstore has become the next-best place for readers to shop as a number of Hachette e-books are now discounted to just $9.99.

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Amazon launches free 'Prime Music' streaming service for Prime members

06/12/2014, 03:06 am

Amazon on Thursday threw its hat into the streaming music service game with Prime Music, a "free" value-added service that touts access to more than one million songs for paying Amazon Prime members.

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Amazon halts preorders of Warner Bros. Blu-rays & DVDs in latest contract dispute

06/11/2014, 08:06 am

Amazon has continued to refuse sales of certain products in its efforts to gain leverage in negotiations with content providers, this time blocking preorders of physical copies of popular upcoming releases from Warner Home Video, including blockbuster hits "The Lego Movie" and "300: Rise of an Empire."

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Amazon Kindle app for iPad & iPhone gains Audible audio book integration

06/10/2014, 10:06 am

Amazon's official Kindle app for iPad and iPhone has been updated to include integration with audio versions of titles when purchased through the service Audible, as well as cloud syncing with Whispersync for Voice.

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Amazon expected to announce 3D sensing smartphone at June 18 event

06/04/2014, 04:06 pm

Amazon on Wednesday announced it will be holding a special media event on June 18 for an as-yet-unannounced product that many expect will be the Internet retailer's first foray into the smartphone business.

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Amazon breaks silence on Hachette dispute, says it is negotiating 'on behalf of customers'

05/28/2014, 09:05 am

After blocking preorders and delaying shipments for titles in the midst of ongoing negotiations with publisher Hachette, Amazon has now spoken out on the dispute, attempting to portray its decisions as advantageous to customers, while also admitting that the issues are not likely to be solved soon.

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With Apple's hands tied in e-book market, Amazon stops taking some preorders from publisher Hachette

05/23/2014, 03:05 pm

Amazon is currently in the midst of a fight with Hachette, one of the so-called "Big Five" largest publishing companies, and has stopped taking preorders for high-profile upcoming titles, including the latest from "Harry Potter" series author J.K. Rowling.

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Apple's iPad business isn't collapsing, but the rest of the tablet industry sure is

05/04/2014, 02:05 pm

When Apple announced its most recent quarterly earnings, the worst news out of Cupertino was that sales of iPads weren't greater than in the year-ago quarter, a fact that a few pundits have now jumped on to declare that "Apple's iPad Businesses Is Collapsing." That's wrong, here's why.

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Leaked renders purportedly show 3D sensing phone Amazon plans to pit against Apple's iPhone

05/01/2014, 01:05 pm

Signs that Amazon plans to enter the smartphone market later this year continue to grow, as newly leaked renders allegedly from the online retailer claim to show the expected final appearance of the company's anticipated 3D-sensing handset.

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IDC forecasts 'challenging' year for tablets as Apple's iPad continues to lead

05/01/2014, 10:05 am

Though its total shipments fell year over year last quarter, Apple and its iPad still accounts for about a third of all tablets pushed to market last quarter, though research firm IDC has predicted overall tablet growth will be slow throughout 2014.

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ComiXology ceases iOS in-app purchases following Amazon acquisition

04/26/2014, 06:04 pm

After being bought by online retailer Amazon, digital comics platform ComiXology has discontinued its legacy iOS application and issued an entirely new release that lacks a digital storefront, allowing the company to avoid Apple's 30 percent cut of in-app purchases.

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Amazon to expand Fire TV voice search to third-party apps and services

04/17/2014, 09:04 pm

Amazon on Thursday confirmed that Fire TV will add unified voice search compatibility with Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime this summer, extending the capability of the Apple TV competitor.

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Amazon's iPhone competitor purportedly revealed in photos with 6 cameras, 3D UI

04/15/2014, 12:04 pm

A series of snapshots hit the web Tuesday showing what is alleged to be a prototype of Amazon's upcoming first-party smartphone, with a 4.7-inch display and 6 cameras that are said to power a unique three-dimensional user interface.

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Review follow-up: Gaming on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire Controller

04/12/2014, 07:04 am

When Amazon launched its Fire TV earlier this month, the company positioned casual gaming as one of the set-top streamer's "bonus" features. In this review follow-up, AppleInsider picks up the controller to find out if mobile gaming is ready for the living room.

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WSJ: Amazon to announce smartphone with 3D eye and gesture tracking in June

04/11/2014, 05:04 pm

Adding to previous reports of an Amazon-built smartphone, The Wall Street Journal on Friday said the Internet retail giant will announce its entry into the handset market in June.

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Review: Amazon's Fire TV makes iterative improvements in set-top streaming

04/07/2014, 09:04 am

The set-top streaming business got a little more crowded when Amazon announced the Fire TV last week. With voice-activated search, predictive content loading and a gaming "bonus feature," the Internet retail giant is positioning its new device as a cure-all usability for problems plaguing existing products.

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Amazon fireTV launch 'aggressively' highlights need for Apple TV revamp, Piper Jaffray says

04/02/2014, 04:04 pm

Analyst Gene Munster, who has long held out hope for a more fully functional Apple TV and even a full television set from the company, believes that Wednesday's launch of the Amazon fireTV should serve as further motivation for Apple to make major moves in the television space.

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Amazon takes on Apple TV with new $99 fireTV streaming & gaming set-top box

04/02/2014, 12:04 pm

Already a content creator and seller, Amazon will now enter the set-top box business with the new $99 fireTV, launching today with video streaming and gaming capabilities, taking on the likes of the Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

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