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Amazon offers pre-order on StreamTV 3D TV needing no glasses

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on April 7th, 2010

I really want to get a 3D TV in my living room, but before that happens I need to see some 3D content come to DirectTV. I am also waiting for the tech to get cheaper and hopefully lose the need for glasses to watch.

Amazon.com has a 3D TV up for pre-order from a company that I have never heard about and can’t find any information about online called StreamTV. The TV is interesting, but even Amazon is very light on details for the set.

Amazon CEO says “millions of people” own a Kindle

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2010

Amazon.com has offered up its financials for Q4 2009, covering the holiday shopping season. We already know that the company sold what is technically known as a butt-load of Kindle readers during the holidays.

Despite issuing its financial info, Amazon still guards the number of Kindles sold with tight lips. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did say, “Millions of people own a Kindle.” I guess considering that its millions and not million that the company has sold at least 2 million of the things.

Amazon announces Kindle Development Kit

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2010

The Amazon Kindle is one of the coolest gadgets to hit the market in a long time. The eReader is a great way to carry a whole library of books with you wherever you go and avoid trips to the bookstore.

Amazon has announced that starting next month it will be running a limited beta for developers with a new Kindle Development Kit (KDK). The KDK will be offered in a limited beta to only a few developers to start with and new devs will be added later as space allows.

Amazon opens Kindle self-publishing program globally

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 18th, 2010

The Amazon Kindle is one of the most popular eReaders on the market today. One of the reasons it is so popular is that it has a great digital bookstore backing it. Amazon announced today that it is expanding its self-publishing platform to other other countries.

The Kindle Digital Text program prior to this announcement was only open to those in the US. Now users around the world can submit text written in English, German, and French.

Amazon Kindle ships free in time for Christmas

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on December 18th, 2009

kindledx-sbI think the new lot of eReaders are very cool. I would like to have a Barnes & Noble Nook myself, but alas, the things are sold out. If you have someone on your Christmas list that wants an eReader the Amazon Kindle is the only major choice this year.

Amazon announced today that it is offering free expedited shipping on the Kindle that will get it to you in two days. That means if you order by December 22 you will get the Kindle in time for Christmas. The price is still $259.

Amazon Disc+ on Demand: Buy a DVD, watch it instantly

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Amazon Disc+ on Demand: Buy a DVD, watch it instantlyHere’s something that makes perfect sense and we’re surprised that it has taken so long. With Amazon’s Disc+ on Demand, when you buy a DVD or Blu-ray movie, you will be able to stream it instantly via Amazon On Demand. Pretty awesome huh?

Looks like it applies to a few hundred titles so far and for the moment it’s just for those in the US, but it should have no problem being successful and should grow quickly. You’ll need to look for the Disc+ on Demand logo on movie pages to make sure it’s eligible.

Amazon Kindle breaks sales records in November

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on November 30th, 2009

kindledx-sbI don’t get why companies are so hesitant to tell how much of a certain product they are selling. Apple tells us how many iPhones it sells if for no other reason than to make other smartphone makers feel inferior.

Amazon has by most accounts the most successful eReader available, but the company will not tell us how many of the devices it sells. Amazon did come out today and announced that the Kindle has broken its single month sales record in November.

Amazon unveils AmazonBasics

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2009

amazonbasicsThere are a few basic things that people need for their home and office when it comes to technology. Things like cables, ink, recordable CDs and DVDs, and other things of that sort. The problem with massive stereos like Amazon is that it can be difficult to find these basic things and we all want them at a low price.

Amazon has introduced a new line of private branded AmazonBasics gear for consumers that are being sold all in one store to make it easy to find. The AmazonBasics line currently features video cables and blank CDs and such.

Amazon gets into Private Label Consumer Electronics with AmazonBasics

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2009

Amazon gets into Private Label Consumer Electronics with AmazonBasicsThe online retailer is getting into the consumer electronics market with the AmazonBasics line, a line of low-cost accessories. No worries, the products all come in “frustration free” packaging. Those products include HDMI cables, Ethernet cords blank DVDs and more.

Jeff Bezos has committed to expanding the line “in the coming months” and the products will be eligible for free shipping if you order $25 or more. Americans can begin ordering today, but the international scene will have to wait a bit.

Tenqa Bluetooth speakers debut on Amazon

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on September 14th, 2009

tenqawirelessspeaker-sbBluetooth technology in mobile phones and MP3 players is a great thing. The tech allows us to make and receive phone calls using hands free devices and we can stream stereo music wirelessly from one device to the next.

The new Tenqa line of Bluetooth Wireless speakers debuted on Amazon over the weekend. The line includes three devices that all support Bluetooth A2DP technology. The Tenqa SP-99 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is compact and is designed to be portable. Volume and track controls are built-in to the front of the device and it sells for $79.99.

Amazon announces next phase of Frustration-Free Packaging

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Amazon announces next phase of Frustration-Free PackagingThey may have taken the first steps in Frustration-Free Packaging last November, but now Amazon is ready for the next phase. I think we can all appreciate this one. Most of us are tired of struggling with the packaging that our gadgets come enshrined in.

Amazon is making good on their promise to kill clamshell plastic cases and other annoyances. With partners like Fisher-Price, Mattel, Microsoft and Transcend, Amazon has now announced that Kingston is also getting behind the initiative. David Sun, co-founder and chief operating officer of Kingston is also pointing out the eco-friendly benefits of the decision. Awesome news.

Amazon launches AmazonWireless

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on July 10th, 2009

amazonwirelessI am not a big fan of buying new mobile phones. I am with AT&T and I think that the sales people at my local store are mentally deficient. Every time I have ever been in the store it takes a good hour, most of which is waiting for one of the goons to stop harassing the person there before me to buy a memory card and a case with their phone.

Next time I need to upgrade, I might just go online and order. Amazon has launched a new wireless phone offering called AmazonWireless, which is in beta right now. The site offers mobile phones and plans for sale without having to mess with rebates and all phones include free two-day shipping.

The Economist comes to Kindle DX

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2009

kindledx-sbThe Kindle DX launched over the last few months and is being eyed by some print magazines and newspapers as the future of publishing. The larger screen means that full magazine and paper pages can be reproduced.

The Economist Magazine has announced that it will be offering its publication on the Kindle and Kindle DX e-readers for download on single issue of subscription basis. The subscription buyers will be able to have digital versions delivered weekly when new issues hit newsstands.

Amazon HD Video On Demand on Roku

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Amazon HD Video On Demand on RokuLooks like TiVo isn’t the only box offering HD content from Amazon VOD. Now Roku has also announced HD Amazon downloads, available today. The Amazon Video On Demand service came to Roku about a month ago and they seem to be keeping up with updates and supporting HD downloads, which is nice.

We don’t have any details on resolution but pricing should be the same as any other Amazon HD outlet like TiVo where HD TV shows are $3 and HD movies are $4-$5. I don’t think the resolution will disappoint. It seems like a good time to get a Roku box. With Netflix and Amazon support, that $99 purchase is looking pretty good.

Amazon selling Xbox Live Arcade game codes

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2009

Amazon selling Xbox Live Arcade game codesSure, Amazon makes most of it’s hard earned dough by selling and shipping physical items, but they don’t need a crystal ball to know that digital content is the future and they are positioning themselves accordingly. The company is expanding its downloadable video game catalog to include Xbox Live Arcade games today.

The process will no doubt be streamlined in the days to come, but for the moment you buy a code from Amazon that you have to enter into your Xbox. Amazon charges you real money instead of Xbox Live points. The service is live now if you want to take a gander. Does that make the digital content taxable? So many questions. Might as well just get shopping.