Tablet Comparison

These are the thinnest and lightest tablets in the world

By on March 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM.

These are the thinnest and lightest tablets in the world

The advent of media tablets has been a fantastic development for consumers ,who now have a great inexpensive option for mobile devices with big displays. It has also added a nice additional source of revenue for many top consumer electronics companies. Tablets are still stuck in an awkward place for most users, however, since they can’t really replace a laptop computer or a cell phone. As such, these mobile devices had better be as light and portable as possible if we’re going to carry them with us and not leave anything else behind.

With that in mind, CNET has compiled a nice little list of the thinnest and lightest tablets in the world. More →

No Comments
Amazon Google Game Consoles

Could Amazon and Google be the competition the game industry needs?

By on March 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Could Amazon and Google be the competition the game industry needs?

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are powerful, exciting machines, but in many ways, they aren’t much more than the latest iterations on a very familiar concept. These consoles still take the shape of large, black boxes and they still play games that come on discs, which is why the rumored gaming machines from Google and Amazon are even more exciting. More →

No Comments
Amazon Smartphone Release Date

Insider reveals launch timing and specs for mysterious Amazon smartphone

By on March 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Insider reveals launch timing and specs for mysterious Amazon smartphone

After years of rumors, Amazon will finally launch an own brand smartphone within the next three to six months. So says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose reputation for accurately revealing device vendors’ plans long before they are announced definitely precedes him. More →

No Comments
Amazon 'Fire' Set-Top Box Release Date

Amazon will again fork Android for its Chromecast rival

By on March 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM.

Amazon will again fork Android for its Chromecast rival

Not only will the Amazon “set-top box” look more like a Google Chromecast than an Apple TV, but the device will actually run a version of Android just like Amazon’s tablets when it launches early next month, The Wall Street Journal has learned. Furthermore, the device will carry the “Fire” name the company also uses for its Kindle tablets, although it’s not clear whether that’s the complete name for the device. More →

No Comments
Amazon Prime Price Increase

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

By on March 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

Amazon is about to raise the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year, and although the increase is likely worth it, Amazon has been trying to prepare its customers for the price hike for the past couple months. In January, Amazon hinted that it may increase the Prime subscription price to as high as $119 per year. With the final price settling at $99 per year, Amazon was hoping its customers who love Amazon Prime would be more amenable to the price increase. It turns out this has not worked out so well. More →

No Comments
Amazon Android Smartphone Release Date

Amazon’s exciting new 3D smartphone is reportedly launching this year

By on March 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Amazon’s exciting new 3D smartphone is reportedly launching this year

Amazon has been rumored to be prepping an Android smartphone of its own since 2011, but the company has not released such a device in spite of numerous reports that suggested the phone was imminent. However, the company may finally launch its first smartphone later this year, Digitimes claims, as “supply chain is starting to prepare smartphone component orders for Amazon, for a device set to release in 2014.” More →

No Comments
Amazon Set-Top Box Dongle

Amazon’s ‘set-top box’ will reportedly be a Chromecast-style dongle

By on March 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM.

Amazon’s ‘set-top box’ will reportedly be a Chromecast-style dongle

It looks like Amazon is taking a page from Google and not Apple with its soon-to-be-announced TV streaming device that reportedly isn’t a set-top box but is instead a Chromecast-style dongle. And unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that not only will the new device resemble the Chromecast but that it may also do Google one better by having “support for streaming full PC game titles, and as such might be able to compete with consoles including the Xbox and PlayStation, instead of just Android-powered living room game devices.” More →

No Comments
Amazon Set-Top Box Game Controller

Our first look at Amazon’s game controller for its rumored set-top box

By on March 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Our first look at Amazon’s game controller for its rumored set-top box

We hadn’t heard much about the rumored set-top box from Amazon this month, but on Friday we finally got a glimpse of what looks to be the official game controller that the device will support. Zatz Not Funny has leaked the first images of the controller, which appears to draw heavily from the Xbox controller design, with similar placement for the analog sticks, the d-pad, the face buttons and the shoulder buttons. More →

No Comments
Amazon Project Aria Smartphone Release Date

New details emerge on Amazon’s ‘Project Aria’ smartphone

By on March 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

New details emerge on Amazon’s ‘Project Aria’ smartphone

A new report reveals that Amazon is going forward with its smartphone plans, and may launch such devices in multiple markets later this year, including the U.S. The Information has learned that the phone is called “Project Aria” internally, with Amazon already exploring markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America for potential launches. Project Aria will apparently appeal to customers in emerging markets as well. More →

No Comments
Amazon Prime Price Increase

Here’s the real reason Amazon is jacking up Prime prices

By on March 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

Here’s the real reason Amazon is jacking up Prime prices

To the surprise of almost no one, Amazon finally announced that it was raising prices on annual Amazon Prime subscriptions by 25%, going from $79 to $99 a year. Although Amazon is officially saying that it had to increase its Prime prices due to increased shipping costs, Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson isn’t buying it. Instead of shipping costs, Dawson thinks that Amazon is jacking up Prime prices in anticipation of its upcoming music streaming service that will put it head-to-head with Pandora, iTunes Radio and Spotify. More →

No Comments
Amazon Prime Price Increase

It’s official: Amazon Prime price will increase by 25% next week

By on March 13, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

It’s official: Amazon Prime price will increase by 25% next week

Bad news, Amazon customers: the cost of Amazon Prime goes up next week. After batting around the idea of increasing the annual cost of its Prime subscription service by as much as $40, Amazon finally settled on a slightly lower figure. As of next week, Amazon Prime will cost $99 per year instead of $79, CNBC reported.

The company is encouraging customers to sign up for Prime within the next seven days in order to lock in their first year of service at the current $79 rate. More →

No Comments
Amazon Kindle Phone Analysis

Amazon looks primed to give HTC, Motorola and LG a knockout punch

By on March 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

Amazon looks primed to give HTC, Motorola and LG a knockout punch

The latest Chitika statistics show Samsung gobbling up 55% of web traffic that Android devices generate in North America. No surprise. But what is intriguing is that Amazon generates the second largest chunk of web traffic. This means that on the strength of its Kindle tablets alone, Amazon muscles ahead of Motorola and HTC, even though these fading Android vendors both have wide ranges of smartphones. Amazon’s plan all along was to grab big enough a chunk of mobile content market to bootstrap a whole device operation into life. That plan is on track and may have surprising implications on the smartphone and tablet market in America in coming years. More →

No Comments
Amazon Prime Music Streaming Service

Amazon is reportedly in talks to bring a music streaming service to Prime

By on February 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM.

Amazon is reportedly in talks to bring a music streaming service to Prime

Ever since Amazon announced it was considering raising the price of Prime subscriptions, customers of the gargantuan online marketplace have been very vocal about their disapproval. Increasing the price of a service without adding any value is typically grounds for outrage on the Internet, but Amazon might be looking into a solution to appease its subscribers. Sources say that Amazon is currently in talks with recording labels in order to lay the groundwork for its own music streaming service, one which could come bundled with every Prime subscription, according to Re/code. More →

No Comments