Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy S5 smartphone just debuted a few short days ago, but the device is already being sold at a big discount. Verizon Wireless’ version of the new flagship phone, which normally starts at $199.99 on contract for the 16GB model, can now be ordered from Amazon for just $99.99 — a discount of 50% off the up-front cost of the phone. More →
After years of development, Amazon is finally close to unveiling the first of several own-brand smartphones.
At a distance, Amazon’s upcoming flagship phone looks much like any other touchscreen phone on the market. But the company has spent years creating a unique and, at times, novel user experience that has two main focuses: Amazon products and services, and a custom 3D interface unlike anything we have seen before on a smartphone.
And so begins the story of Amazon’s first smartphone. More →
Every year at around this time, we get word that Amazon will at long last launch a smartphone of its own to go along with its popular Kindle Fire line of tablets. However, CNBC points us to a new Wall Street Journal report that claims Amazon’s smartphone will at long last be announced in June and will have a screen capable of displaying 3D images without having to wear any glasses. The Journal’s sources say that the phone will be able to display 3D images by employing “retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram.” We heard about Amazon testing out a 3D smartphone last year and now it looks like Amazon is ready to take the wraps off it. The Journal says that the phone will start shipping by the start of September.
Amazon’s Mayday customer service feature introduced last year is one of the company’s inventions that was highlighted in Jeff Bezos’ recent letter to investors. The executive happily proclaimed that the service is a success, but in doing so, he also revealed some of the crazier things people contact Amazon customer care for with the company’s Mayday service. More →
Amazon announced on Thursday that it will acquire Comixology, the most popular digital comic platform on the market. Comixology shot up the download charts when it first hit the iPad, bringing comic books from all of the top publishers to screens around the world. In 2011 and 2012, Comixology ranked as one of the ten top grossing apps on the App Store. More →
Uber is not happy simply “shipping” people from place to place with its transportation services. As it turns out, the company may also be interested in shipping goods as well. Before taking on larger projects, Uber is deploying an interesting UberRUSH service that will offer same-day deliveries of certain goods in Manhattan, using bike riders and foot messengers. More →
Amazon’s announcement of the Fire TV on Wednesday didn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone keeping track of the countless leaks, but the specifications of the device did manage to cause a stir. iFixit has given the Fire TV its standard teardown treatment in order to take a look at the parts that power a set-top box three times as powerful as the Apple TV, and to see how easy it would be to repair. More →
Three years ago, Apple was slammed by Greenpeace for being one of the dirtiest tech companies in the industry, due in part to its decision to locate its data center in North Carolina. In 2014, Apple appears to have made a complete recovery as Greenpeace now lists Apple as one of the leaders of “green internet” innovation. The latest report from Greenpeace awards Apple straight A ratings in transparency, policy and advocacy, and a B in efficiency. More →
What better way to introduce an exciting new product than by inviting Gary Busey to star in the premiere commercial? Amazon’s just-announced Fire TV set-top box is one of the most dynamic devices of its kind, powered by a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and featuring video, music and gaming all in a single box. One of the key features of the Fire TV is its voice activated search functionality. No more fumbling through endless letters to find what you want — just hit the microphone button, say the name any actor or movie, and the results will appear. Gary Busey, a man who has admittedly spoken to his fair share of inanimate devices, is overjoyed at Amazon’s inclusion of simple voice search. View the insanity below. More →
Pretend to be surprised: Amazon just unveiled a new streaming video product during a press conference on Wednesday. Reports of Amazon’s Apple TV competitor have been coming hot and heavy over the past few weeks, and now the box is finally official. Dubbed Fire TV, the new device will plug into a television set and allow users to stream video content over the Internet to their screens. Amazon’s Prime video will take center stage on the device, but it will also support content from third-party providers including Netflix and Hulu Plus (other apps such as HBO Go and Showtime Anytime will be added in the future). The device will run a customized version of Android, as is the case with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. More →
Between a rumored set-top box and the evolving price of Prime, Amazon has been making headlines on a daily basis. Now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon will shake things up once again with an ad-supported media service which will stream TV shows and music videos for free. The new service apparently will not require a Prime subscription, but rather takes a page from Hulu, offering original and licensed programming free of charge. Considering the myriad projects Amazon has been rumored to be producing as of late, from a game console to a smartphone, a streaming service doesn’t sound too far-fetched. As expected, Amazon was unwilling to comment on the report, but we might hear something about the service as early as next week, when Amazon debuts its Chromecast competitor.
After countless months of rumors, it looks like Amazon is finally getting ready to take the wraps off its TV set-top box. Unnamed sources tell Re/code that Amazon will unveil its new video streaming device on April 2nd, which just happens to be next Wednesday. It’s still unknown at this time whether Amazon’s device will be a full set-top box like Apple TV or whether it will be a USB dongle capable of streaming video from the web like Chromecast. The other wild card at play here will be the new device’s gaming capabilities: Some reports we’ve read have claimed that the device will let you stream all your PC games to your television, which would essentially make it act as something of a poor man’s gaming console. At any rate, whatever Amazon is up to we’ll find out about it in less than a week.