Amazon Dash Available for Purchase

Posted in Amazon by Olivia Olson on August 5th, 2015

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Amazon Dash was recently made available to purchase for all Amazon Prime members. Since it was announced on March 31st, earlier this year, many people assumed it was an April Fool’s joke. It has become recently apparent that it is not. You can now choose from 255 Dash Buttons for different household items from Gatorade to diapers or an Amazon Dash which works through voice control or scanning the bar code on the item.

Amazon Dash connects to your home WiFi and your Amazon account and automatically puts the item in your shopping cart. You then view the purchase on your computer or mobile device and schedule delivery. Dash Buttons are available for $5.

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Amazon Drops Mystery Launch Event Teaser

Posted in Amazon by Darrin Olson on June 4th, 2014

Amazon Mystery Device Launch EventToday Amazon posted a notice on Twitter for a mysterious launch event in Seattle later this month, but was vague about what exactly is being launched. The notice did include a link to a YouTube video showing what appears to be people using some sort of handheld device, but a device was never really shown.

Rumors have previously circulated about Amazon working on a technology that will track a person’s retinas, allow a picture to move along with the angle of someones eyes providing a 3D-looking image without any type of 3D glasses. The movements people are making in the video seem consistent with something like this but it’s tough to say for sure. Take a look at the video below and come up with your own conclusion:

Amazon Tablet 7 & 10-Inch Variants Reportedly In Production

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

In June the rumor was that Amazon isn’t getting enough parts for the production of the company’s upcoming tablet devices. But now it looks like Amazon has found the right suppliers and is reportedly buying all parts that it can to ramp up production of the 7 and 10-inch tablets.

Vendor reports suggest that Amazon now comes second only to Apple when it comes to IC parts shipment from Taiwan. This synchs up with the previous report that Amazon is importing 2-finger touchscreen display solution for its devices. So we may be seeing three sizes of tablets.

Amazon temporarily suspends 3DS sales

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

Amazon has halted sales of it’s Nintendo 3DS units after a series of complaints from customers. What the complaint are about is a mystery, but the fault is not with the hardware, but instead on Amazon’s end. Here’s what Amazon had to say about the situation:

“While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page,” said the company, “it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it’s described here. We’re working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.”

Amazon intros textbook rentals for Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

We all love to save money and here’s a great new way to save on textbooks. Students can already save a few bucks by getting a digital version of a textbook over a hardcover, and they can now save even more thanks to Amazon.

The company has announced textbook rentals for Kindle, which will let students save “up to 80 percent” off the list price of textbooks. That discount varies depending on the rental period, which can be anywhere from 30 to 360 days. The option is already available on “tens of thousands” of textbooks from several publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. Your annotations will even be saved after the rental has expired, and will be accessible at any time on the Kindle website.

Amazon Sells ViewSonic ViewBook VB730 7-inch Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Amazon is now selling the ViewSonic ViewBook VB730 for just $230. The device features a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 512MB of RAM, an HDMI port with 1080p playback and a stylus for input.

That’s not all. The new Android Froyo tablet also features a 7-inch (800×400) touchscreen display, 8GB of storage space, a built-in microSD card slot for storage expansion and a front-facing camera for your video chat needs.

Amazon Kindle 3G AT&T Sponsored Version For $139

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Amazon already has a sponsored version of their WiFi Kindle that was launched earlier in the year for a reduced price thanks to advertisements. Now they have announced a 3G sponsored version of the Kindle 3, called the Kindle 3G with Special Offers.

The Kindle 3G with Special Offers comes with a data connection from AT&T with no monthly fees or connection charges since it is supported by advertisements. The device will retail for $139. Do you like the idea of paying less for gadgets with advertising?

Amazon tablet shipping in August?

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

It has been rumored for months that Amazon is about to get into the tablet market. The latest rumor is that Quanta Computer will be responsible for assembling the tablet with a TI processor and Wintek touch panel.

DigiTimes says that Amazon has it’s sights set on selling four million units in 2011 and has plans to launch the new tablet as early as August. It seems pretty likely this is true, but you never know. For now, grain of salt.

Samsung and Acer Chromebooks available for pre-order at Best Buy and Amazon

Posted in Notebooks by Reuben Drake on June 9th, 2011

If you want a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook you are in luck. You can get your order in at Best Buy and Amazon. Samsung’s Chromebook is available in white and silver starting at $430. They also have Acer’s Chrome OS-based notebook, the Acer Cromia, which starts at $380 for the WiFi-only model.

There is no ship date revealed by either retailer yet, but Google previously stated that they will be arriving on June 15th.

PAC-MAN is free app of the day on Amazon App Store for Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Are you in the mood to play some Pac Man on Android? The app is available today on the Amazon App Store for free. It beats pumping quarters in the machine each time.

The app usually sells for 99 cents. And this is the full game, not a lite version. Just head over to the Amazon App Store and download it now. The game has two control methods, a virtual joystick and a swipe method. I can already hear the music.

Amazon lets you trade-in electronics

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Do you have some spare gadgets laying around? An old GPS, maybe an old Zune or camera? Why not trade them in for a gift card. Several stores offer this already, but now Amazon is joining them by adding electronics as their latest category for trade-ins.

All you need to do is choose from the 2,550 items currently recognized and describe the condition of the gadget and Amazon will let you know how much credit it can give you along with a prepaid shipping label. It beats throwing it away right?

HTC Facebook phones, ChaCha and Salsa, available for Amazon pre-order

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on May 9th, 2011

So you’ve been waiting for a phone with a dedicated Facebook button. Drooling in fact. Well, Amazon UK is ready to take pre-orders for the Salsa and ChaCha handsets with a June 26th delivery. The ChaCha boasts a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6-inch touchscreen.

The Salsa packs in a 3.4 inches does without the keys. Both also have 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processors and 512MB of RAM, and Android with the Sense overlay. It is £250 ($409) for the ChaCha and £320 ($524) for the Salsa.

Amazon UK prices upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad X1 at $2,120

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on May 8th, 2011

Amazon UK has listed the upcoming 13-inch Lenovo Thinkpad X1 at the equivalent of $2,120. This Macbook Air competitor is set to arrive in the UK on May 20. It may be priced higher than an equivalent Macbook Air, but it packs in a current generation 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M and includes 4GB of Ram and 320GB of hard disk space.

As for thinness, the notebook is just 0.85-inches thin at it’s thinnest point and you can have the hard drive swapped for a 160GB SSD if you want, and it can accept an 8GB of ram in a single slot. There’s also a USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port and an SDXC slot. Battery life is 8 hours. Other features include a Gorilla Glass scratch resistant screen and a backlit keyboard.

Amazon tablet shipping later this year?

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2011

Well, we knew that it was on the way, but when will Amazon ship an LCD tablet? That’s the question. And according to DigiTimes, we have our answer. By the second half of 2011. The tablet is said to feature a Fringe Field Switching LCD display and touch panel from E Ink Holdings, the company behind the Kindle’s EPD e-paper displays.

Quanta will apparently be manufacturing the device and production should top out at about 700,000 – 800,000 units per month. Take this with a grain of salt for now. This isn’t confirmed by anyone yet.

Ad-supported Kindle ships today

Posted in kindle by Reuben Drake on April 27th, 2011

Great news for those of you who don’t mind a little advertising with your books. An Amazon executive has announced that the ad-supported Kindle is shipping out to customers almost a week early. It is called Kindle with Special Offers. Great name huh?

It ships out today and comes with advertisements from the likes of General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and Visa. So why bother with ads on your device? Well, with sponsored screensavers and ads at the bottom of your home screen, you get the latest generation WiFi-only Kindle for a only $114. Not too shabby for letting other people try to sell you stuff.