Amazon Smartphone AT&T Exclusivity Deal

Legere rips Amazon with brutal ‘Facebook phone’ comparison

By on June 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM.

Legere rips Amazon with brutal ‘Facebook phone’ comparison

If you don’t understand why Amazon is releasing its first smartphone as an exclusive device for AT&T, you aren’t alone. T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter on Tuesday to bash Amazon for its reported decision to go with AT&T as its exclusive carrier for the new smartphone it will unveil on Wednesday. More →

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Everything you need to know about Amazon’s smartphone

By on June 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM.

Everything you need to know about Amazon’s smartphone

Amazon is about to unveil its first own-brand smartphone. Perhaps you’ve read about it. Maybe you’ve even seen it. And if you’ve done either, the odds are good whatever you’ve read or seen originated right here on BGR. We have reported a number of exclusive details surrounding the first Amazon phone, and we also gave the world its first look at the device. With Amazon seemingly set to unveil the phone during a press conference on Wednesday, now is the perfect time to take a look at all of the exclusive details we have reported over the past two months. More →

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Amazon Smartphone AT&T Exclusive

Amazon’s first smartphone confirmed to be an AT&T exclusive

By on June 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Amazon’s first smartphone confirmed to be an AT&T exclusive

Last month amid a string of exclusive reports detailing just about everything there is to know about Amazon’s first smartphone, BGR reported that one of the handset’s key selling points will be a special data plan called “Prime Data.” Our sources were able to confirm as much, however details surrounding the special new plan were not known at the time. Multiple sources told us that Amazon’s phone would likely be an AT&T exclusive in the U.S., and they speculated that Prime Data could be an offering that provides free streaming of Prime videos and music that will not apply toward users’ data caps.

Now, one of the last few puzzle pieces has fallen into place. More →

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Amazon Appstore Selection Triples

Amazon wants to take on Apple’s App Store and Google Play

By on June 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Amazon wants to take on Apple’s App Store and Google Play

After some very revealing leaks earlier in the year, Amazon is now just days away from unveiling its one-of-a-kind 3D smartphone and the online retailer is already looking for ways to convert customers in a very crowded market. Amazon published a press release on Monday announcing that the Amazon Appstore now contains over 240,000 apps, tripling its content over the past year. Amazon’s digital currency, Amazon Coins, have also been hugely popular with games and services in the Appstore. More →

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Amazon Prime Music

Acclaimed music industry critic rips into Amazon and its Prime Music service

By on June 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM.

Acclaimed music industry critic rips into Amazon and its Prime Music service

Some people like Amazon’s new Prime Music service and think it’s a nice value-add for current Amazon Prime subscribers. Others think it’s a lackluster offering that can’t hold a candle to similar services on the market. And some people think Prime Music is an absolute disaster that is horrible for musicians and undermines the industry’s efforts to keep music profitable. More →

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Amazon launches lackluster streaming music service ahead of smartphone debut

By on June 12, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Amazon launches lackluster streaming music service ahead of smartphone debut

If 3D effects and tilt controls weren’t enough to sell you on Amazon’s upcoming smartphone, perhaps a halfhearted streaming music service will do the trick. In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, Amazon quietly launched Prime Music, a streaming service that has been tumbling around the rumor mill for more than a year. Prime Music is a free add-on for Amazon Prime subscribers, though the recent Prime price increase likely had something to do with its imminent arrival. More →

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Amazon Prime Vs. Spotify

It sounds like Spotify has nothing to fear from Amazon’s music streaming service

By on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

It sounds like Spotify has nothing to fear from Amazon’s music streaming service

Remember when some of us thought that Apple’s iTunes Radio might be a significant competitor with Pandora when it was announced last year? Well, we were definitely laughably wrong about that but we do feel confident in saying that Amazon’s new music streaming service won’t pose much of a threat to Spotify. The New York Times reports that Amazon’s new music streaming service will launch as soon as next week but it won’t feature any new releases and it won’t have any albums from the Universal Music Group, which just happens to be the world’s largest music company. More →

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Amazon Smartphone Launch Event

Amazon will finally unveil its 3D smartphone on June 18th

By on June 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM.

Amazon will finally unveil its 3D smartphone on June 18th

We’ve played our part in spoiling the surprise, but it looks like Amazon is finally ready to unveil its 3D smartphone at a launch event on June 18th in Seattle. The news comes from a video Amazon published this afternoon on its YouTube account, and although the phone doesn’t get any screen time, we can’t think of any other upcoming Amazon devices that would elicit the responses shown in the video.

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Preventing The Next Heartbleed

Google, Amazon among tech companies trying to prevent the next Heartbleed

By on May 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Google, Amazon among tech companies trying to prevent the next Heartbleed

If there’s one thing that can make the competitive tech industry band together, it’s security. Last month, the Heartbleed bug affected nearly everyone in the industry, requiring millions of customers to change their passwords and rethink the safety that their services provide them. The Wall Street Journal reports that several of the biggest tech firms on the planet are doing what they can to prevent the next Heartbleed by helping to pay the salaries of full-time employees and funding an audit for the OpenSSL Project. More →

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Free Android Apps

Amazon will pay you $10 to download these 5 free Android apps

By on May 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Amazon will pay you $10 to download these 5 free Android apps

What’s better than a nice paid Android app? A nice free Android app. And what’s better than a nice free Android app? Getting paid to download a free Android app. Amazon on Thursday announced a special Memorial Day promotion unlike like any we’ve seen in the past. Rather than simply offering a few nice paid apps for free like most app sales do, Amazon is offering to pay customers to download five specific free apps from the Amazon Appstore. More →

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These 9 awesome Android photo apps are free for one day only

By on May 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM.

These 9 awesome Android photo apps are free for one day only

What’s the only thing better than an awesome Android app? That’s right — an awesome paid Android app that becomes available for free. Amazon’s Google Play store rival, the Amazon Appstore, is perhaps best known for providing users with one paid app for free each day. For one day only, however, Amazon is apparently feeling particularly generous. Instead of offering just one paid app for free on Friday, the company has made 9 awesome photo editing apps completely free for 24 hours. More →

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Amazon Photography Background Patent

The silliest patent ever awarded may already be infringed by millions of people

By on May 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

The silliest patent ever awarded may already be infringed by millions of people

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded Amazon what appears to be the silliest patent yet – detailed by Photography Bay, the patent describes ways of taking pictures of subjects or products on a white background – which could turn the company into the a giant patent troll, assuming it ever finds a way to enforce it. Titled “Studio arrangement,” the patent was awarded to Amazon on March 18. More →

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Mediabridge Amazon Selling License Revoked

Amazon bans seller that threatened to sue customer over negative review

By on May 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Amazon bans seller that threatened to sue customer over negative review

Remember the Amazon shopper that was suddenly faced with the threat of a lawsuit after posting a negative review for a router? That shopper was vindicated on Thursday, shortly after the story of his predicament began to spread, as Amazon removed all Mediabridge products from their online store in response to the company’s explosive reaction to the review. Ars Technica updated its story, pointing to a lengthy Facebook post from Mediabridge defending the company’s actions. The post has since been deleted, but Ars Technica managed to gather some of the highlights beforehand. More →

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