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Amazon launches German Kindle Store

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

Amazon had already entered the UK’s e-book market last year and now the company has it’s sights set on Germany as it has now launched the German Kindle Store, with more than 650,000 titles. With the launch, the German Kindle Store instantly becomes Germany’s biggest e-bookstore.

It has about 25,000 German-language titles, thousands of free classics, and a large collection of independent newspapers and magazines. Customers also have the ability to buy the latest Kindle and Kindle 3G models directly from Amazon.de, along with free, German Kindle apps for iPhone, iPad, PC and Android. I bet the site is extremely busy today.

Amazon Android tablet may be made by Samsung

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Rumors of an Amazon-branded tablet are back again thanks to a rumor that it had picked a contractor. Amazon is reportedly looking at none other than Samsung to make their tablet. There aren’t many other details, but Peter Rojas said he was “99% certain”.

It would likely have Android 3.0, but Amazon might be concerned with tighter limits on customization, so they could use a phone-oriented Android build like 2.3 maybe and have some freedom to customize the interface. It will be interesting to see what Amazon does with this.

Amazon ships WiFi-only Streak 7 in the US

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Here’s some good news for those of you who have been eagerly waiting for that $380 WiFi-only Dell Streak 7 you pre-ordered. Amazon has now started to ship them out to it’s US customers.

You might remember, the device features a dual-core 1GHz Tegra T20 processor, 16GB of storage, dual cameras, and an upgrade to Android Honeycomb (3.0) at some point. So if you pre-ordered one, it should be arriving soon. Check that mailbox regularly.

Samsung’s 11.6-inch Series 9 available for pre-order at Amazon

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Good news. You can get Samsung’s sleek new laptop for $1,200. Even better news. Amazon is now listing the 11.6-inch Series 9 at $1,149, saving you some hard earned dough. However we still don’t have a release date.

The specs include an Intel Core i3-380UM, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5680mAh battery, and a 1366 x 768 display with 400 nits of brightness. If you want an Amazon alternative, the laptop is showing up at a bunch of retailers for pre-order.

Amazon exploring Mobile-Payment Service for Handsets

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

Amazon.com is considering the introduction of a service that would let customers pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores using their mobile phones. This info comes from “two people with knowledge of the project” so we don’t have any confirmation just yet.

This service would use near field communication (NFC) technology, which allows devices to transmit data like payment information, loyalty points and coupons by simply tapping them against special cash registers. It makes sense for Amazon to venture into this field since Microsoft, Apple and Google are said to be planning software, devices or services with NFC themselves. If this does happen it should happen within six months time.

Amazon Cloud Player is live

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Earlier this morning Amazon rolled out their own music streaming service called the Amazon Cloud Player. If you are an existing Amazon customer in the US, you can upload your MP3 purchases to your 5GB cloud space. It’s upgradable to a one-year 20GB plan for free when you purchase an MP3 album and additional plans start at $20 a year.

The other good news is that this service is free of charge too. Those other big guys will have to do some catching up here. We won’t mention any names. This should help you clear some hard drive space and keep those tunes safe.

Amazon Android App Store lets you try before you buy

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

Amazon has added new feature to their Android App Store that now allows you to try applications before you buy them. We can all appreciate that. We will get stuck with fewer apps we don’t like. The feature is called ‘Test Drive’. It’s an online emulator that allows you to try the Android app within the browser. This gives Amazon an edge against Google’s Android Market which doesn’t have a feature like this.

The new ‘Test Drive’ feature is only available to users in the US right now and it does have some restrictions. The service is also not available on every app in the Amazon App Store just yet. It’s only available on a few hundred apps, but more are being added as we type.

HTC Arrive now available, $200 from Sprint, $150 at Amazon

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2011

It’s March 20th and you know what that means. Sprint has started taking orders for its first Windows Phone 7 handset. The HTC 7 Pro, now renamed the Arrive, will cost you $200 after rebate when bought with the two-year contract.

Amazon is undercutting the carriers’ own pricing by offering for 50 dollars less at $150, helping to make it nice and affordable. Others will be offering it at that price soon as well. So, who is getting this one? Let us know in the comments below.

Angry Birds Rio for Android to be Amazon Appstore exclusive

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2011

Angry birds are all the rage. The new Angry Birds Rio game was announced back in January. The game is based on the new animated film RIO and Rovio mobile has just announced that the Android version will be available exclusively through Amazon’s App store.

The Angry Birds Rio game is a collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Rovio Mobile. It will be available for Google Android and there will also be a version available for Apple’s ios devices. Google Android devices will have two versions of the game available, a free version which is supported by advertisements and a paid version which wont come with any advertisements.

AT&T offers Amazon Kindle 3G starting March 6th

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

AT&T will be rolling out an e-book reader in the form of the Amazon Kindle 3G, which will be available from March 6th onwards, for the same price that Amazon is offering the device. That price is $189. To refresh your memory, the Amazon Kindle 3G is one of the better e-book readers thus far. It features a 6-inch electronic paper display and 4GB of internal storage.

If you feel that you don’t need always-on connectivity, there is also a model that offers just Wi-Fi built in. However, it looks like AT&T is only offering the 3G version.

Amazon launches unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers

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

We knew it was coming and now Amazon has unveiled its “free” video streaming for Prime members. If you are a Prime member and get your subscription-based two-day shipping, you can now enjoy streaming of 5,000 pieces of “prime eligible” content. This includes some recent movies and a whole bunch of TV shows.

On some foreign films you even have the choice of subtitles or dubbed, and a large portion of this content is still available to “rent” or “buy”. This is only for paid Prime subscribers in the US right now.

Amazon takes a shot at the iPad’s readability again in new TV ad

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Amazon took another opportunity to hit the iPad where it hurts, namely it’s readability, in a new TV commercial for the Kindle. The 30-second ad points to the Apple tablet’s glossy LCD as a weakness, whihe e-paper on the Kindle reader has “no glare” to interfere with reading and can even be read in bright sunlight.

The ad also paints the Kindle as the savior of books, saying that “the book lives on:” the Kindle Store has over 800,000 titles. And they also focus on battery life is a quick focus, as the Kindle will last on a charge for a month.

Amazon Kindle update to give real page numbers, public notes

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2011

Amazon has posted a preview version of a new 3.1 firmware update for the Kindle, which will bring some of its most requested features. Now you will finally have the option of real page numbers that match those from the paper edition and markers give students the ability to refer back to the real page if they follow along in class. Both are very handy features.

Book notes can also now be made public. This creates a social aspect that lets a book club or friends see what others have said about a title. That should make Oprah happy anyway. There’s also a new layout for magazines and newspapers to provide a better overview and a way to quickly jump to an article. Also, when you reach the end of a book, you will get the option to rate it at that time.

Droid Bionic shows up on Amazon for $149

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2011

The Motorola Droid Bionic is now making an appearance on Amazon with a $150 price tag, with contract of course. Sadly the product page was removed shortly after word spread, but screenshots had already been captured and it’s existence proven.

The price could change over the next few months and that number could be just a place-holder, but $150 sounds pretty awesome to us. It’s supposed to arrive in May or June.

Star Wars Blu-ray discs to arrive September 27th

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Fox and George Lucas didn’t even give a release date for the arrival of Star Wars on Blu-ray at CES, but now we have some info. Amazon has updated its preorder ship dates to September 27th. It has 30 hours of special features and I’m guessing that none of them show Han firing first.

No official word other than that. They come in full Complete Saga form or either trilogy set by itself. Jar Jar says, “Mesa so happy!” Lucas says “Mesa make money!”.