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Amazon picks up five original series for production

May 29th, 2013
The online giant will release full seasons of two comedies, "Alpha House" and "Betas;" and three kids shows -- "Annebots," "Creative Galaxy," and "Tumbleaf." [Read more]
    




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George Takei wins at Amazon reviews, too

May 24th, 2013
"Star Trek" alum George Takei is known for his meme savvy, but he also takes time to offer hilariously unhelpful reviews of Amazon products. [Read more]
    




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Kindle Fire HD to be available in Canada in June

May 23rd, 2013

Canadians will finally be able to purchase Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablet starting June 13, two years after the first generation of the device became available in the U.S., the company announced Thursday.



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Kindle Fire HD spreads to 170 countries

May 23rd, 2013
Starting in June, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets will be available in over 170 countries worldwide. [Read more]
    




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NBBJ Unveils Striking Biosphere Greenhouses for Amazon’s Seattle HQ

May 22nd, 2013
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Amazon proposes a colossal biospherelike Seattle campus

May 22nd, 2013
Forget the Space Needle, the e-commerce giant is planning to bring 3.3 million square feet of office space to Seattle in the form of mirrored towers and giant spherical domes filled with plant life. [Read more]
    




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Amazon Offers Discount Coins To Boost Kindle App Sales

May 13th, 2013
Since its inception in 1994, Amazon.com has made quite a bit of coin on the Internet. Now, the nation's biggest online retailer, based in Seattle, Wa., is offering a virtual coin currency that users can buy and use for discounted payments via the Kindle Fire tablet for in-app and other purchases.

Amazon Coins were first announced in Feburary, but visitors to the site on Monday (May 13) were greeted with a message from founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that Kindle Fire owners have been awarded a credit of 500 coins, worth a penny each.

Discounts For Users

"You can use the coins to buy apps and games, as well as items inside apps and games," writes Bezos. "And if you want to purchase additional coins for yourself or your family, you get to do so at a discount."

As an incentive, Amazon offers a more substantial discount when you buy larger increments of Coins, beginning with a four percent discount off a 500 coin purchase ($4.80), 5 percent off 100 ($9.50), 8 percent off 2500, and capping at 10 percent off 5,000 and 10,000 virtual coins ($5 and $90, respectively).

The availability of Coins comes as a Kindle Fire competitor, Barnes and Noble's Nook HD, is getting an upgrade to the full, unforked Android operating system, with access to the myriad offerings of Google Play for apps, games and media.

"I'd say this salvo is aimed directly at Google and the Play Store," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT told us.

"In essence, Amazon is selling its 'currency' as up to a 10 percent discount over real money but is still selling apps at full cost and guaranteeing its app developers their 70 percent revenue share. That means the difference is coming out of the company's pocket."

Essentially, King adds, it's the same strategy of a "loss...



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Amazon’s 3D Phone Could Simply Be a Wonder to Behold

May 10th, 2013
Amazon is rumored to be developing two high-end smartphones, as well as an audio-streaming device, broadening its range of branded hardware products well beyond its current Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets and its expected -- though as yet unconfirmed -- TV set-top box. The big surprise in the latest rumor is that one of the smartphones might actually support 3D video, using retina-tracking technology to display an image much like a hologram, which would appear three-dimensional at nearly all angles.


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Amazon Reportedly Developing a 3D Smartphone

May 9th, 2013
In what could be the latest example of smartphone one-upsmanship, a new report says Amazon is developing a no-glasses, 3D smartphone. The retailing giant has been rumored for some time to be working on a line of branded phones, but this is the first time 3D capability has been mentioned.

The report, in The Wall Street Journal, said that the Seattle-based company is also developing an audio-only, Wi-Fi streaming device. Amazon owns Audible, the publisher of audio books and other audio content. The publication cited "people familiar with the company's plans."

The Journal said the high-end, 3D device would use retina-tracking to enable images to appear hologram-like, although the device would not actually be using that technology, with images floating above the screen and appearing from all angles to be three-dimensional. In fact, the sources told the paper, the retina-tracking may allow users to navigate through content simply by moving their eyes.

The Alphabet Projects

The report said the 3D phone would have 4G LTE connectivity, with chips provided by Qualcomm. If such 3D technology is offered and works well, the key question is whether it actually adds value to the device or is simply a frill.

Amazon is also reportedly developing at least one other smartphone besides the 3D one, although the Journal did not describe any of its specifics. The retailer has also been rumored to be developing a set-top box that allows streaming of video content from the Web.

The four devices are said to be under development at Amazon's Lab126 facility, not far from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. They are among the company's next steps in hardware, and, because they are called Projects A, B, C and D, the hardware effort is collectively known as the Alphabet Projects.

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Amazon said to be developing 3D smartphone

May 9th, 2013
The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is working on two new smartphones, including one that would offer hologram-like images and, perhaps, let users navigate with just their eyes. [Read more]
    




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