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All posts tagged "amazon"

  • Amazon threatens with 6 new tablets, cue rolling eyes

    According to US retail store Staples, Amazon is readying for not only a new Kindle Tablet, but six new devices. Or is it? Staples has listed six new SKUs or Stock Keeping Units. Now, it could point to six new devices, but it may also mean that six versions of similar tablets will soon be available. Let's say that there'll be six shiny tablets from Amazon. What's it's goal then, to saturate the market...

  • Amazon launches GameConnect for MMO games

    Woah, this feels familiar. Amazon has launched a brand new service called GameConnect, not to be confused with GameCircle -- which it launched less than 24 hours ago. The new service allows developers to deliver virtual goods straight to people's Amazon game accounts. In a bid to get gamers using the service, Amazon is offering them "exclusive in-game content", because, you know, people go crazy for free stuff. “Customers can now discover a new...

  • Coming soon: the Amazon Android smartphone

    Google and Amazon are pairing up to release an Android smartphone, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Working hand in hand with Amazon is the notorious Foxconn, otherwise known as that company with the bizarrely high suicide rate. Want details of the Amazon Android phone? Tough, there are none. This is leaked information at the very highest level, but let's pretend that the phone will be a tiny version of the Kindle Fire, Amazon's...

  • New Amazon Kindle set to drop late July

    Round two, Fight! Amazon's prepping itself to release the successor to the Kindle Fire. Very little is known but we're happy to share the tiny snippets of information provided by the web. This tablet's on fire Release: Late July. Hardware upgrades: a back-facing camera and a physical volume rocker. OS upgrade: Jellybean, or Android 4.1. Price: US$200. And that's all we know folks. It's going to be the same 7-incher we all know and love. At...

  • Amazon set to launch colour eReader by mid 2012

    Amazon is set launch a colour eReader later this year. That’s the skinny from industry watchdog publication Digitimes, which bases its report on industry insiders saying the manufacturers have been shipping in related parts. The reports also says the new colour Kindle will come standard with multi-touch capacitive touch panels instead of the infra-red touch panels found on the current line of Kindles. As TechCrunch notes, this puts Amazon in the slightly...

  • Review: The cheap, chunky, sometimes funky Gobii eReader

    A load of gadgets recently came into the 'burn offices. You'd think we’d be a little jaded by now, but we still tend to act a little like small children on Christmas morning. The boxes were unpacked with glee, I was handed the action camera...I had requested it after all. A moment later, the collective heads of the editorial team popped up in unison. "You don’t really do any kind of action activities do you?", said one member of the team. "Well unless you count..." I began. "Shut up! This is a family site," said my erstwhile editor, "You...

  • Kindle Fire firmware update out soon

    Amazon will have a software update out within two weeks to improve the performance of its Kindle Fire tablets. Users had been complaining about Internet browsing speed and wireless connection troubles since its launch in mid-November. Amazon did not released exact sales figures but said that it has sold millions of Fire tablets and that demand remained strong. "Kindle Fire is the most successful product we've ever launched," Amazon said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. "In fact, in less than two weeks, we're rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire that will improve performance, touch navigation, and...

  • Nook Tablet vs Kindle Fire — the experts weigh in

    Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet is bold, competitive and, at US$250, reasonably priced. But is it worth snatching up in a post-Kindle Fire world? Reviews for the Nook Tablet have trickled in and the critics seemingly love this heavily modified Android tablet. MSNBC Wilson Rothman loves the speed of the Nook, calling it "superior to the Kindle Fire" thanks to an overnight power test which saw a 27% improvement in battery life over the...

  • Amazon maybe making smartphone, speculation rages

    Evidence is thin, but it’s enough to have the tech analysts in a tizzy. Decide for yourself: “Based on our supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst, we believe an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12. Based on our supply chain check, we believe FIH (ed: Foxconn, which also manufactures Apple’s gear) is now jointly developing the phone with Amazon.” “We believe the smartphone will adopt Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor and is very likely to adopt QCOM’s dual mode 6-series standalone baseband given QCOM has been a long-time baseband supplier...

  • Kindle Fire: The reviews are in

    Reviews for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet are trickling in. The US$200 "iPad Killer", unveiled on 28 September, is seven inches of Android-powered goodness combined with a responsive multi-touch display. Here's what a selection of the web’s most trusted sites have to say about the device: Engadget Tim Stevens praised the price of the Kindle Fire, calling it "an achievement at US$200". He notes that while it is a perfectly useable tablet, the so-called "power users" will become frustrated with the Kindle Fire. The tablet is slightly underpowered with 512MB of memory and an 8GB solid state drive. When the battery life...