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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 warns of PS3 Slim shortages

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2009

Amazon warns of PS3 Slim shortagesIf you’ve been putting off that pre-order for the new PS3 Slim, you might want to get moving on it. Amazon US has warned of shortages for the new slim PlayStation 3 when the system launches next month. It’s limiting Slim sales to just one per person per household.

It’s five-Slims-per-person in the UK, which doesn’t seem fair to us. Sony in Europe isn’t worried, since it has “trucks and trailers” of the new console already on the road . Are they taking a page from the Wii playbook and spiking demand? We’re not sure. All we know is that you best get your order in.

Panasonic adds Amazon VOD to Blu-ray players

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

panasonicPanasonic is making a lot of people happy today. This morning it gave all of its Viera Cast Blu-ray players support for Amazon’s Video On Demand service. The feature lets the company’s more advanced disc readers from 2009, stream purchases and rentals directly from the reader without needing storage for a complete copy. You don’t need a matching Panasonic TV and it supports HD with a fast connection.

An update to add Amazon’s service should be available for free today and will go well with existing support for Picasa photos, YouTube videos and the other services already available on the Blu-ray players.

Student sues Amazon after Kindle eats his homework

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

kindledx-sb1In the old days we blamed it on the dog, but today we can blame our gadgets. In this case, the Kindle. When Amazon pulled the novel 1984 from thousands of Kindles earlier this month, Justin Gawronski’s electronic notes for a summer assignment instantly became useless.

So now a class action lawsuit has been filed that seeks punitive damages for those affected by the deletion as well as an injunction that stops Amazon from improperly accessing Kindles in the future. Despite the fact that Bezos did apologize after the 1984 fiasco, most will likely agree that they had this coming.

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.

Amazon’s Kindle 2 now priced at $299

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Amazon's Kindle 2 now priced at $299How time flies. It’s been about five months since Amazon introduced the Kindle 2 e-reader. To celebrate, or maybe just to move more units, the company has slashed $60 off of the price tag, giving it a US price of $299.

Now that it’s under $300, they should be able to move more of the devices. The e-reader market is getting more competitive, so it’s a good move. Question of the day. Now that the Kindle 2 is under $300, does it make up your mind to get one?

Amazon releases Kindle source code to the world

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Amazon releases Kindle source code to the worldJeff Bezos wants the Kindle to have some healthy competition. That’s why Amazon just released their source code for all the Kindle devices. It’s basic Linux underneath (kernel 2.6.22 on the latest 2.1 software), but includes E Ink drivers and other hardware support.

We don’t know whether Amazon stripped out its various DRM and licensed codec support, MP3 and Audible seem very likely candidates for explosion, even if turns out Amazon did leave in its own Kindle Book DRM. Hopefully manufacturers can take and repurpose this code to build their own Kindle clone.

Amazon offers $50 discount on PlayStation 3 today

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Amazon offers $50 discount on PlayStation 3 todayToday’s Amazon Deal of the Day takes a nice chunk out of the price of an 80GB PlayStation 3 console. If you’ve been hoping to find a deal on the console, you can get one from the online retailer for $349.99.

Get in on this deal now. Amazon’s stock won’t last long. It may be the best deal you get until at least August. Don’t just sit there, hurry!

Amazon Kindle DX available for pre-order for $489

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2009

Amazon Kindle DX available for pre-order for $489Well, here it is, the Kindle DX 9.7″ “wireless reading device”. It’s now available for $489 on Amazon. Yes, it’s big. Yes, the Chiclets-style keyboard looks absurd. Some features include having the thinness of a Typical magazine. Holds up to 3,500 books, 9.7″ diagonal e-ink screen boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images.

It also features Auto-Rotating Screen, built in PDF reader and more. How many of you are ready to ditch your old Kindles for this guy? You can tell us. We promise we won’t call you a e-book worm or anything.

Amazon Kindle DX to feature 9.7-inch display

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

Amazon Kindle DX to feature 9.7-inch displayThe rumored larger-screened Kindle just had some basic specs leak out. The Kindle DX is rumored to have a 9.7-inch screen, the ability to add annotations and PDF support. Looks like this Kindle DX is designed to appeal to students and textbook publishers. The Wall Street Journal reports that some chemistry and computer science students at various American universities will receive the new textbook-friendly Kindle.

Some that have been specifically named so far are Case Western, Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State. Apparently it also includes an actual functional web browser.

Amazon ready to release a larger Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2009

Amazon silences the kindle after pressureWord on the street is that Amazon will be rolling out a larger version of its Kindle e-book reader sometime this week. A model designed to help the tanking newspaper business, with a larger screen for displaying newspapers and magazines, even textbooks.

The textbooks aspect should be interesting, as school kids have to carry all those heavy ass books in their backpack. Also this is bound to tick off the makers of those physical books who have until now profitted nicely on their overpriced tomes.

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.

Kindle 2 causing eye strain?

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2009

Kindle 2 official images and price leakFor the most part, Amazon Kindle 2 owners are happy. But a small minority has a real problem with the way fonts are rendered on the new device. That’s because the newest version of the e-reader has font smoothing algorithms and sixteen levels of gray (the original had four). This makes for nicer pictures, but it causes text to blur when displaying fonts in the smallest three sizes.

If you are one of the users who are bothered by this you do have some options. You could try the Unicode Fonts Hack, which will allow you to replace the system font. Or you could wait for that rumored Kindle with a larger screen. You could also downgrade to the original device.

Amazon developing a larger screen Kindle?

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2009

Kindle 2 official images and price leakThe Kindle has been a huge success. With that success, some copycats have emerged. Some of those plan to have a larger screen. So, to keep up, Amazon is planning to develop another Kindle according to the WSJ. Supposedly this comes from people who have seen a version of the device. This one would have “a larger screen”.

The idea is that the bigger screen would make it easier for newspaper companies to easily transition their content to a large form e-reader. No comment from Amazon which is not surprising. What’s surprising is that the report gives the device at least a chance of debuting before the 2009 holiday season.

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.