Amazon vs FTC: In-App Purchases Lawsuit

Amazon’s in for a good fight with the FTC over in-app purchases

By on July 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Amazon’s in for a good fight with the FTC over in-app purchases

Apple recently acknowledged its in-app purchases issues that allowed children to purchase content without requiring verification and settled the FTC case agreeing to refund some $32 million in fraudulent in-app charges. But Amazon doesn’t want to go down without a fight, GigaOm reports, as the same Commission is investigating its own in-app purchase problems related to the Amazon Appstore that’s available on Android devices. More →

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Amazon Book Sales in France

How Amazon is trolling the French government

By on July 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

How Amazon is trolling the French government

The French government has successfully passed an “anti-Amazon” law that prevents booksellers, mainly Amazon, from offering 5% discounts on books and free shipping, The Wall Street Journal reports. The law, meant to protect local bookstores from the giant retail store, isn’t necessarily scaring Amazon, which has already found a clever way of trolling the government — it’s now chargin €0.01 for shipping in the region.  More →

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iPhone 6 Accessories on Amazon

You can already buy accessories for the iPhone 6

By on July 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

You can already buy accessories for the iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 isn’t even out yet – although the web is filled with many rumors and leaks offering design and launch details – and accessory makers already appear to be confident they know enough about Apple’s upcoming device to start selling iPhone 6 cases. Spigen has already listed a slew of cases and bumpers on Amazon for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. A slim fit case retails for $6.99, or $18 off its regular price, and has a September 30 ship date, while a bumper is more expensive at $10.99, shipping to buyers on the same date. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Sales

Amazon’s brand new Fire Phone is tanking on the best sellers list

By on July 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Amazon’s brand new Fire Phone is tanking on the best sellers list

The announcement of Amazon’s Fire Phone was met with a mixed reaction. Many of the innovative features of the device were intriguing, but we questioned whether Amazon was innovating in the right areas. GeekWire has been keeping track of the Fire Phone’s rankings on the Amazon Best Sellers list, and it appears that consumers are also questioning the viability of Amazon’s new hardware. More →

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Fire TV Monthly Data Cap

Watch out: Fire TV could become the most expensive device in your home

By on June 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Watch out: Fire TV could become the most expensive device in your home

The announcement of the Fire TV set-top box was inevitable. With a huge catalog of streaming movies, TV shows and original series, it only made sense that Amazon would eventually take on the likes of Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast with a powerful device of its own. But as Tyler Hayes learned, one of the most interesting features of Fire TV could quickly result in unexpected costs. More →

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Android Apps Free Download

Get $100+ worth of paid Android apps right now for free

By on June 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Get $100+ worth of paid Android apps right now for free

We try to tell you as often as possible when good paid apps are made available for free, and today we’ve hit the mother lode. For a limited time, Amazon is offering more than $100 worth of paid Android apps for free in its popular Amazon Appstore portal. More →

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Amazon Best Customer Service

Amazon’s amazing customer service still finds ways to surprise you

By on June 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Amazon’s amazing customer service still finds ways to surprise you

I was at this grim Helsinki airport hotel two days ago and decided to watch an old horror flick on my laptop since Finnish television stations were running wolverine documentaries and cooking shows. I ended up renting Don’t Look Now for $2.99 on Amazon to figure out whether it really was an overrated piece of pseudo-art or a horror masterpiece. I’m still not sure either way, but the movie was interesting enough. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Vs. Galaxy S5

Why Samsung might actually be scared of the Fire Phone

By on June 23, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Why Samsung might actually be scared of the Fire Phone

The general reaction to Amazon’s Fire Phone in the United States has been underwhelming to say the least, with some well-respected critics going so far as to say it’s “dead on arrival” and could be an even bigger flop than last year’s HTC-made Facebook phone. However, The Korea Times’ sources are hearing that local mobile powerhouses Samsung and LG are actually worried about the Fire Phone for reasons that seemingly don’t make a lot of sense. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Discount

Here’s when you can expect to see a Fire Phone fire sale

By on June 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Here’s when you can expect to see a Fire Phone fire sale

No matter how excited you are by the Fire Phone, it might be in your best interest to wait before you preorder. DealNews took a look back through its archives to try and find a pattern that the Fire Phone may end up following, and according to the data, “mainstream Android phones see a 50% discount just two months after their release” on average. Those deals are coming even sooner as the market becomes increasingly competitive. For example, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was discounted by up to 55% one month after its release, and is currently on track to hit $0 (with a two-year contract) before Black Friday. More →

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Fire Phone Features: Firefly

The Fire Phone’s best feature may also be a crazy invasion of privacy

By on June 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM.

The Fire Phone’s best feature may also be a crazy invasion of privacy

The newly unveiled Fire Phone has at least one interesting feature – the smart, cloud-based Firefly assistant that can recognize objects, text, languages, TV shows and music tracks – that also happens to be a potentially major invasion of privacy, VentureBeat says. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone

Acclaimed critic rips apart Amazon’s Fire Phone, calls it ‘dead on arrival’

By on June 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Acclaimed critic rips apart Amazon’s Fire Phone, calls it ‘dead on arrival’

Bob Lefsetz is best known for his commentary on the music industry, but he branches out from time to time. The acclaimed critic’s analyses on consumer tech are most interesting to us, of course, and on Thursday night he set his sights on Amazon’s newly announced Fire Phone. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Vs. HTC First

Could the Fire Phone be an even bigger dud than HTC’s Facebook phone?

By on June 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM.

Could the Fire Phone be an even bigger dud than HTC’s Facebook phone?

When T-Mobile CEO John Legere this week brutally compared Amazon’s Fire Phone to the HTC First, was he being optimistic? In a new video, popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee makes the case that the Fire Phone really might be as big of a dud as HTC’s Facebook-centric phone and might actually do worse because of Amazon’s pricing decisions. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Vs iPhone

Amazon CEO Bezos explains why you should buy a Fire Phone instead of an iPhone

By on June 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Amazon CEO Bezos explains why you should buy a Fire Phone instead of an iPhone

After years of rumors followed by a string of exclusive BGR reports that exposed nearly everything there was to know about Amazon’s first smartphone, the company finally unveiled the Fire Phone earlier this week. Despite its somewhat lackluster specs, the phone includes a good amount of unique technology and related features that might help justify its sky-high price point. Industry watchers had expected Amazon to use aggressive pricing as a key weapon, however, and many have now written off the phone’s chances as a result of its $650-$750 price tag.

In an interview following the Fire Phone’s unveiling, however, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made his case for the new handset and explained why he thinks it’s a better option than top rival phones. More →

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