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Nintendo 3DS now available for pre order on Amazon

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

We know that you can’t wait for the Nintendo 3DS. Good news Nintendo fans. You can now pre-order the device on Amazon. It won’t be long until you are playing 3D games without glasses and connecting to other 3DS gamers online.

It will be launched in Europe on March 25 and the US on March 27. 30 games will be available at launch. You can buy it on Amazon at $249.99, but they are limiting the order to one console per household until the launch date.

Amazon to buy UK movie streaming and rental service Lovefilm

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Amazon has announced that it has some spare change and has agreed to buy up all the remaining shares of Lovefilm that it didn’t already own. The British company is a subscription-based movie rental and streaming service for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Looks like Amazon might have the final piece in place to battle Netflix. The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of Q1 of this year.

Read Kindle books on your hacked NOOKcolor

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Rooting a device will allow you to install any app you want on it. It’s a pretty useful trick if you have the know-how. And now the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor has fallen victim to this. The result is a NOOKcolor that allows you to read Kindle books. How do you like that irony?

Obviously Barnes & Noble is not happy about this. It doesn’t just stop at Amazon’s Kindle app, though. The rooting process in this case also added Gmail, YouTube and some other Android tricks to the NOOKcolor.

Amazon’s third-gen Kindle is now its bestselling product ever

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

New Kindle Pre-Order SalesAmazon offers a lot of items to buy. Almost anything you can imagine. But which of those items is it’s bestselling product? Well, that honor now goes to the third-generation Kindle. Amazon has announced that their latest and greatest Kindle has become their bestselling product of all time.

That’s largely due to an aggressive price that’s been “low enough that people don’t have to choose,” between an e-reader and a tablet. Sadly, we still don’t know the exact figure of Kindle sales, but at least we know that it is a runaway success.

Amazon may ship 8 million Kindles

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Amazon could exceed expectations and ship as many as eight million Kindles this year, according to two tipsters. Analysts have estimated five million, but the new figure would be about 60 percent higher. About 2.4 million Kindles shipped in 2009, according to Bloomberg.

The claims aren’t verified yet but were supported by Amazon’s own public results. The company shipped “millions” of Kindles in 73 days this fall and exceeded all of its 2009 sales in that period.

Amazon promises to replace problem Kindle covers

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

Some Kindle owners who purchased the non-lighted Kindle cover from Amazon have been having some issues with the eBook reader after using it. Many users are reporting that the covers are causing the eBook reader to freeze or reboot.

Speculation is that the metal hooks on the cover are the problem. They conduct electricity and are used to power the lighted case, however they are pretty useless for the non-lighted version. Amazon is looking into the problem and has agreed to replace the units.

Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry launched

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

RIM and Amazon.com have teamed up to launch Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones. That means that Blackberry addicts will be able to access Amazon’s catalog of over 14 million songs and enjoy them on the go. Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry allows users to browse, preview, download, store, and even inform their friends about their favorite music.

It will let you download music via Wi-Fi or over the air (OTA), browse through what’s new, check out deals, top songs, top albums, genres, and sub genres among other things. Just like iTunes, you can also check out a 30-second sample of a track before buying.

Amazon has sold millions of new Kindles this quarter

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

Amazon has been keeping their Kindle sales figures to themselves, until now. They recently announced that “in just the first 73 days of this holiday quarter, we’ve already sold millions of our all-new Kindles.” Well, we know that this at least means that they have sold 2 million of the new Kindles.

We aren’t sure what prompted them to make such an announcement, but they seem pretty happy about the sales, even if they aren’t high enough to give us concrete numbers.

Amazon working on Streaming Service to compete with Netflix

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Netflix owns subscription-based streaming TV at the moment, but it may have some new competition soon. Word is that Amazon is in the early stages of developing a subscription streaming service that will compete with Netflix.

If these rumors are true, the service will be included as a bundle with the company’s Amazon Prime shipping service which costs $79 a year. In case you are not familiar with it, Amazon Prime offers members free two-day shipping on all Amazon orders and allows for overnight shipping at $3.99 per item.

Amazon’s new iPhone app offers in-store price comparisons

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

Amazon already allows you to scan a barcode on a product to purchase it online with an iPhone app and now the company has launched a new way to compare and shop with a free iPhone app called Price Check. The app lets you scan a barcode, or take a picture of the product, or even simply say the product’s name to access product listings on Amazon’s site.

Many of us will be using this one often. Right now users can take a photo of the item and match the picture to books, DVDs, CDs and video games, though Amazon says that it will be adding more categories very soon. This should make Xmas shopping a breeze this year.

New Amazon Patent guarantees perfect holiday gifts

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

Amazon has an interesting patent registration for a gift conversion system. The idea is that you’ll end up with the gift that you really want, instead of getting socks or a sweater from your grandmother. The patent describes a system that allows gift recipients to set parameters for the things they want.

For instance “convert all gifts from Aunt Mildred,” or “no clothes with wool,” and “convert VHS to DVD,” etc. So if Aunt Boringpants buys you a VHS movie, you could easily convert it to a DVD.

Amazon expands Disc+ program

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2010

Amazon has announced that its Disc+ program is growing, from about 300 titles last year to more than 10,000 DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Disc+ means that when you buy the disc, not only is the disc shipped to you, but you also get a free downloadable copy to watch right away. So, no waiting.

You can check out the site for a full list of available titles. Good news for those who love discs, but have no patience.

Amazon Kindle Singles for Shorter Books and Longer Articles

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Amazon has announced a new style of book for the Kindle called ‘Kindle Singles’ that are twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book. Kindle Singles will have it own section within the Kindle Store and will be priced much cheaper than books in the Kindle Store.

Kindle Singles will be the usual “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”. Buyers will be able to read them on their Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices.

Amazon announces Kindle for the web

Posted in Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

In addition to announcing their new Amazon app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook, Amazon has also announced a new way to read its electronic books, Amazon Kindle for the Web.

Amazon Kindle for the Web lets you read samples of books online in your web browser, without having to download or install anything extra. You can also share samples of books with your friends through a variety of social networks as well. Amazon Kindle for the Web has been released in beta.

Android-powered Tablet coming from Amazon?

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

After announcing the Kindle app for the BlackBerry PlayBook there was also the rumor of an upcoming Amazon Android store. And now we hear word that Amazon may be gearing up to release some Android-powered hardware.

We don’t have any specific details, but if Amazon is bringing an Android app store, it does lend some credibility to the possibility of an Android-powered tablet from the company. I guess we just have to wait and see.