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Amazon Brings Cloud Drive Apps to iOS

July 6, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The online retailer had earlier rolled out Android apps for the service and just pushed the new iOS apps live over the weekend. 

Seattle Wary of Amazon's Rapid Growth

July 6, 2015 9:39 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thickets of yellow cranes have crowded the skyline, where new glass-sided office buildings,...

EU Scrutinizes Amazon's e-Book Business over Antitrust Concerns

June 11, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's executive branch has launched an antitrust investigation into online...

Amazon Leans Heavily on Cloud Services in 1Q

April 24, 2015 9:19 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon Web Services is a suite of products and services offered to businesses by way of the "...

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Amazon Kills Appstore TestDrive Service

April 17, 2015 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In a post on the company's blog, Amazon said that due to the increasing use of 'free to play' business models, it has seen a significant decline in customers...

Amazon Announces Connected Buttons for Ordering Products

April 1, 2015 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Amazon customers can request an invitation to the initial testing phase of the product on the company's website, and the online retailer is working with partners to help them develop their own buttons. 

New Outlook App Spotlights Apple's Software Problem

February 3, 2015 4:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

There's no doubt that Apple makes great hardware, but the iPhone maker continues to drop the ball in the software department...                                       

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Report: Amazon Interested in Radio Shack Stores

February 3, 2015 9:11 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Amazon is reportedly intersted in using the stores as a showroom for its hardware, as well as place for customers pick up and drop off...                                              

Amazon Echo App Extends to Smartphones, Tablets

November 7, 2014 11:11 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is introducing a voice-recognition service called Amazon Echo that comes with a speaker-like wireless device...                                         

Tablet Review: Amazon's Fire vs Google's Nexus 9

November 4, 2014 9:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

New tablet computers from Amazon and Google both run on Google's Android operating system, but that doesn't mean they work the same. In the new Fire HDX 8.9, Amazon continues...    

Amazon Fire Sale After Smartphone Flames Out

October 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon said it took a charge of $170 million related to "inventory evaluation and supplier commitment costs" for the Fire, although it...                              

Amazon Absorbs Huge Loss on Fire Phone

October 24, 2014 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

It was suspected and now it’s official: the Amazon Fire Phone is a flop. During the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak put it in perspective by primarily attributing a...

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Alibaba Sets Sights on Global Market, Major Players

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba readies what could be the biggest initial public offering ever on the New York Stock Exchange, it is quietly hinting at plans to expand into the U.S. The company controls nearly 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, and founder and chairman Jack Ma has ambitions that go beyond the country's borders.

Amazon Slashes Price of Fire Phone

September 9, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon slashed the price of its Fire smartphone Monday, a day before Apple is expected to unveil its latest version of the iPhone. The online retailer said the Fire with 32 gigabytes of memory will now cost 99 cents when customers sign a two-year contract with AT&T. That's down from $199.

Amazon CFO to Retire

September 3, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com says its chief financial officer, Thomas Szkutak, will retire after 12 years on the job in June 2015. The e-commerce site says he will be replaced by Brian Olsavsky, vice president of finance for the company's global consumer business. Szkutak and Olsavsky joined Amazon in 2002, Szkutak as CFO and Olsavsky vice president of finance.

Amazon Buys Game Network Twitch for $970M

August 26, 2014 10:56 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The deal is the latest example of Amazon expanding into new commercial arenas. It introduced its own smartphone, the Fire, this month. Earlier this summer, it added same-day delivery, a set-top video streaming device to its list of services for members of Prime, its $99 annual loyalty program.

Study: AT&T Exclusivity Holding Back Amazon Fire Phone

August 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Amazon Fire Phone’s exclusivity with AT&T could be holding back early adoption for the high-profile smartphone, according to advertising group Chitika. By analyzing millions of U.S. and Canada smartphone-based online ad impressions, Chitika found that North American usage of the Fire Phone only increased incrementally in the three weeks since its launch.

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Amazon Goes After Mobile Payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. Amazon Local Registers sees the online retailers directly competing with payment providers like PayPal, Square and others. 

Amazon Shares Continue Slide as Fire Phone Launches

July 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In its second quarter earnings, Amazon reported a $126 million loss even as revenue jumped by 23 percent. Shares fell 10 percent on the report. Many believe that continued investment in big projects like the development of the Fire Phone and the a new grocery delivery serivce are weighing profits at the company. 

Amazon's Spending Habits Worry Investors, Stock Falls on 2Q Report

July 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon posted a loss of $126 million, or 27 cents per share, compared with $7 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 13 cents per share.

Amazon’s First Fire Phone Ad Puts Content Ahead of Features

July 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The company’s choice to highlight Prime over the much-hyped features of the phone like the 3D “dynamic perspective” further proves the Fire Phone is being positioned as a shopping machine. The phone’s other big feature is a dedicated Firefly button that recognizes video, music, print and objects before telling you how to buy the related item. The device is built for showrooming.

Amazon Rolls Out 'Netflix-for-Books' Style Service

July 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Kids

July 10, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. The FTC is seeking refunds for consumers and is looking to permanently stop Amazon from billing account holders for purchases made without their consent. According to the complaint, Amazon keeps 30 percent of all revenue from in-app purchases.

Amazon Appstore Offers 30 Paid Apps for Free

June 27, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon is offering up the apps as part of the company's Free App of the Day. The apps include titles such as Travel Interpreter ($9.99) and PUZZINGO Puzzles ($14.99). Amazon said the apps have a combined value in excess of $100. The apps will be available for free download on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.

Following Amazon Deal, BlackBerry Cuts 65 Consumer Apps Jobs

June 25, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry laid off 65 employees who worked on consumer applications development for the company. The cuts come shortly after BlackBerry announced a deal giving its customers access to the Amazon Appstore beginning in the fall. BlackBerry World, the company’s consumer app storefront, will stay open but BlackBerry will close the music and video portion of the store on July 21.

Amazon Up for More Appstore Licensing Like BlackBerry’s Deal

June 23, 2014 10:49 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Re/code he is open to seeing his company’s Appstore on more OEM’s devices. Amazon just signed a licensing deal with BlackBerry that will open access to Amazon’s consumer application storefront for BB devices starting with the BlackBerry 10.3 update expected in the fall.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Apologizes for Comments

June 19, 2014 4:43 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today took to Twitter to apologize to any offended by his remarks he made during the carrier’s Uncarrier 5.0 event Wednesday. The usually brash Legere regularly picks on the other three major U.S. carriers—AT&T, in particular—but his choice of words last night may have gone too far. Legere said AT&T and Verizon are “raping” their customers.

Amazon Unveils 3D Fire Phone, Out July 25

June 18, 2014 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SEATTLE - Amazon Wednesday took the wraps off its new 3D smartphone, Fire. As rumored, the Fire smartphone is exclusive to AT&T. The device goes up for pre-order today and ships July 25. The 32-GB model will cost $200 with a two-year contract—a 64-GB model is available for $300— or zero down and $28/monthly on AT&T’s Next program. For a limited time, Fire comes with a free 12-month Amazon Prime subscription.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Goes Off on AT&T-Amazon Exclusive Deal

June 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that exclusivity “sucks” for consumers and for the industry as a whole. He also jabbed AT&T for the Facebook Phone, another high-profile exclusive for the carrier and a flop with consumers and critics alike. The HTC phone quickly dropped in price all the way down to 99 cents on-contract.

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