Posts tagged with: Amazon
  • by | March 27, 2013 1:03 PM

    Where are we now with rumors of an Amazon smartphone? There was a lull for a couple months, but we started hearing some new chatter a little earlier in March, looking at the idea that Amazon could be ready to start selling its phone in the second half of the year, following manufacturing not really getting started until June. Now a new rumor is out, suggesting a possibly revised timetable, as well as tackling one of the phone's hardware specs. That's important, because throughout all this, specific hardware details have been sorely lacking. Supposedly, Amazon has scrapped plans for a ...

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  • by | March 20, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's Cash-For-Apps program and how this is being complained about by the community. Then we turn the page to Amazon, as a $100 tablet seems to be in the works. Later we talk about a new BlackBerry Playbook in the works, even though we doubt it'll be big either. Later it's all about Motorola as Guy Kawasaki begins teasing about the X Phone customization capabilities. We end today's show talking about Nokia's Solar Charging smartphones in the works. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Defends Cash-for-Apps Program - ...

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  • by | March 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    What's the ideal price for a budget Android tablet from a respectable manufacturer? Lately, all the players have been hovering around the $200 mark, but can we do even better than that? Amazon may be trying to undercut its competition by making a model available for substantially less, according to rumors suggesting the company intends to release a new version of the seven-inch Kindle Fire HD for just under $100 later this year. How could Amazon produce the tablet so cheaply? That's good question, because what little we've heard about its hardware so far suggests that it will be remarkably ...

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  • by | March 14, 2013 12:32 PM

    Smartphone nuts like us demand the newest and best hardware. Retailers like Amazon are all too aware of this, so when something better comes along, you'd better believe that it's interested in offloading old stock. With the Galaxy S IV just about to go official, Samsung is trying to wring a few more sales out of the Galaxy S III towel, offering some big savings on both it and the Galaxy Note II. The biggest discount is for the Galaxy S III on Verizon, which Amazon is knocking down to just one cent on-contract, down from around $70. Sprint's GS3 sports the same offer, though it already had ...

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  • by | March 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    Are we getting any closer to seeing an Amazon-branded smartphone? Ever since the company got into the Android game with the introduction of the Kindle Fire, we've wondered if Amazon might use that experience to branch out into smartphones, taking advantage of the kind of connectivity that phones offer to find new ways to expose customers to its retail offerings. That rumor's been kicking around ever since, and last year we saw a few blips on the radar claiming to offer details about how Amazon would manufacture such a device. Last we heard, a mid-2013 launch was supposedly in the works. ...

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  • by | February 5, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Android 4.2.2 and a possible release date before Key Lime Pie comes to town. Then we talk about HTC as new rumors have the company bringing more than just another cool name for the future camera technology on the M7. The iPad is next as we found a "Radio Buy Button" we're trying to make some sense out of. Then we talk about the rumors of Apple working on an iPhablet, and yes, we dismissed it just as quick as we began. We end today's show talking about Amazon Coins and why it doesn't make sense. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | February 5, 2013 11:45 AM

    In-app purchases are a huge source of income for app developers, allowing them to remove some of the initial hesitance users might have in dropping a few bucks on an app, and instead letting them make their money bit-by-bit, as users pay a little here and there to unlock new features or add functionality. Today Amazon announced a new way for Kindle Fire users to make such purchases, with plans for the launch of its Amazon Coins virtual currency. The Coins will arrive this May, but we're left asking ourselves, what's the point of all this? Amazon promotes these Coins as an easy way to both ...

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  • by | February 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    Amazon's Kindle Fire HD models aren't even six months old yet, but things move fast in the Android tablet world, and as even the budget-priced end of the scale sees the move to quad-core chips and A15-based designs, Amazon may be starting to feel a little pressure to make its tablets (despite their huge sales figures) just a tad more competitive. To that end, the company has a short-lived promotion on the 8.9-inch versions of the Kindle Fire HD underway, offering what amounts to 10% savings. As part of what's being positioned as a Valentine's Day sale, shoppers who enter the code ...

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  • by | January 31, 2013 3:55 AM

    The latest International Data Corporation preliminary date figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 are in for tablets and worldwide shipments reached a record at 52.5 million. To put this into context, the tablet market grew 75.3% year over year in 4Q12 compared to 29.9 million units in 4Q11. As far as units are concerned, the last quarter of 2012 saw figures growing 74.3% from 30.1 million units in the third quarter of 2012. Apple is still the market leader with 22.9 million units sold in Q4 2012, representing a 48.1% growth over the same quarter of the previous. The iPad mini as well ...

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  • by | January 26, 2013 2:19 AM

    Facebook on iOS, Dropbox, and Google's Plus are some offerings which allow you to automatically upload pictures taken on the go with your phone (or tablet) for safe keeping and/or sharing. Amazon is now joining these with its Cloud Drive Photos and the description: "never lose the photos from your phone again". Initially, Cloud Drive Photos allowed you to upload pictures manually for safe keeping but the latest update introduces automatic uploads. The default setting after installation is for images to automatically be saved on the cloud so you might want to check that if you worry about ...

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  • by | January 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    It's coming up on two years since the first legal volley was launched in the battle between Apple and Amazon over the latter's use of the word "Appstore" for its Android app marketplace. Apple did not waste any time getting the case off the ground, filing suit before we even saw the Appstore launch. Since March of 2011, the case has been taking its sweet time in even getting to arguments. Recently, Amazon scored a small victory with the court recognizing that it didn't engage in false advertising through its promotion off the Appstore. Now, before a full trial even begins, the judge ...

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  • by | December 28, 2012 3:11 AM

    While we're still waiting for official numbers as far as activations are concerned for this Holiday season both from Google and Apple (and, why not, Microsoft too), analytics company Flurry has published its own figures which talk about a whopping 17.4 million devices, up 332% from the average December baseline. You can also compare this number with Christmas 2011 when 6.8 million devices were activated. The interesting bit here is that tablets seem to have overtaken smartphones on December 25th, 51% to 49%. Leading the pack are Apple and its iPad, iPad mini, joined by Amazon and ...

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  • by | December 27, 2012 12:36 PM

    Shortly after Apple introduced its new Lightning connector alongside the launch of the iPhone 5, we learned that the circuitry inside Lightning cables included an authentication chip, apparently to stop companies from producing cheap, unlicensed Lightning accessories. Well, it didn't take long for manufacturers to break Apple's security, and we've since seen the arrival of just the sort of cheap knock-off Lightning cables Apple was trying to prevent. Could Amazon have just gotten on Apple's bad side by trying to sell such a product itself? That's what we're wondering, following the quick ...

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  • by | December 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    Ever since Amazon started selling the Kindle Fire, we've wondered if the company would really stay content with tablets, or use that as a stepping stone towards releasing its own smartphone. This past summer, rumors along those lines started picking up, and late last month we heard that Foxconn might be the company Amazon partners with to manufacture its phone hardware. Now, a new rumor out of Taiwan mirrors some of those claims, as well as attempts to answer a few lingering questions about this Amazon phone. According to the "industry sources" behind this news, Foxconn is preparing to ...

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  • by | December 4, 2012 7:41 AM

    The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is one of the newest Amazon tablets and in case you missed our unboxing you should watch it right now, especially the software parts, because the ROM from this tablet has been ported to the Samsung Nexus S. We've seen ports left and right but this Kindle Fire HD 8.9 port is among the select few Amazon-made ROMs to run on another device. Expect a lot of unstable operation and bugs but if you have to check it out, and you know you do, you should know that it boots just fine, if you do you it right. However, the camera doesn't work (since there's none on the Kindle ...

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