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 Prime Music

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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Free Android Apps

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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Amazon Sunday Delivery Expansion

Amazon expands Sunday delivery service to 15 more cities

By on May 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Amazon expands Sunday delivery service to 15 more cities

Amazon pleasantly surprised its customers late last year when the company announced it would begin delivering packages on Sundays. Partnering with the United States Postal Service, Amazon brought Sunday deliveries to New York and Los Angeles last November, but on Thursday the biggest online retailer in the world revealed that the service would be expanding to 15 more cities. More →

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Best Android Phone 2014

Here are all the most exciting unreleased Android phones coming in 2014

By on May 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Here are all the most exciting unreleased Android phones coming in 2014

HTC’s One (M8) and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 are two of the best Android smartphones that will launch in 2014. In fact, they’re two of the best smartphones that have ever existed, period. But there are plenty of other fantastic phones set to debut this year and people in the market for a new handset might want to think twice before rushing into a new contract right now. More →

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Negative Amazon Products Reviews

Criticizing products in Amazon reviews might get you sued

By on May 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Criticizing products in Amazon reviews might get you sued

Amazon shoppers who like to review the products they purchase from the giant retailer should know that the companies that sell those products can go as far as to threaten serious legal action against them for negative reviews. Redditor trevely that had criticized a router on Amazon received such a threat from Mediabridge Products lawyers, Ars Technica reports, with the company asking him to remove his negative review of one of the products. Apparently, that review quickly became the “most helpful” negative review on Amazon for the Medialink Wireless Router. More →

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