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Amazon Streamlines Payment Tools, Goes After PayPal

October 8, 2013 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon had decided to take on PayPal with today's release of a new service that streamlines how customers transact with online merchants. Called "Login and Pay with Amazon", the service allows customers of participating companies to purchase items using their Amazon account information.

Amazon, Sony Ask FCC to Waive E-Readers From Handicap Accessibility Rules

August 8, 2013 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A coalition consisting of Amazon, Sony and Kobo has petitioned the FCC to waive e-readers from...

Amazon’s 2Q Revenues Jump 22% as Retailer Loses $7M

July 26, 2013 9:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Amazon second quarter revenues jumped 22 percent annually to $15.7 billion from $12.8 billion....

Amazon Posts Lower 4Q Net Income but Stock Jumps

January 30, 2013 9:21 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon's fourth-quarter net income fell 45 percent, as sharply higher revenue failed to keep...

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First News Briefs for December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012 10:07 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Amazon today announced that it is bringing “Voice Guide” and “Explore by Touch”—two new accessibility features previously available on Kindle Fire HD 8.9”—to its new standard definition Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD 7”. The features aim to help vision-impaired customers to more easily navigate the menus and content on the device.

First News Briefs for December 6, 2012

December 6, 2012 9:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Mitek’s Mobile Deposit technology makes it possible for consumers to use their smartphone or tablet camera to snap a picture of their check and make an instant deposit. Mitek is now bringing that service to paying bills anytime, anywhere. The company has partnered with U.S. Bank to offer Mobile Photo Bill Pay, a service that will be offered beginning in 2013.

Amazon Launches Kindle Content Service for Kids

December 5, 2012 9:58 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is launching a subscription service for children's games, videos and books aimed at getting more kids to use its Kindle Fire tablet devices. Amazon.com Inc. plans to announce Wednesday that the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service will be available in the next few weeks as part of an automatic software update...

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Amazon Keeps Pressure on Apple, Bolsters Ecosystem

August 1, 2012 7:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid rumors of a possible smartphone offering to complement its line of eReaders and media tablet, Amazon continues to put pressure on Apple with its content and cloud-based offerings.

DOJ Threatens to Sue Apple, Publishers for eBook Price Fixing

March 8, 2012 6:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has threatened to sue Apple and others for colluding with publishers to fix eBook prices.

Amazon Shares Fall 10 Percent on Poor Q4

February 1, 2012 6:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon.com yesterday reported a 58 percent drop in revenue during the fourth quarter...

Amazon, B & N Slates Have Big Christmas; iPad Slips

January 5, 2012 7:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Results trickling in from this year's holiday tablet faceoff reveal Apple's iPad might have slipped a bit, while Amazon's Kindle Fire burned bright...

Review: Gift Guide to eReaders, Tablets, $99-$500

December 7, 2011 7:07 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Flat, hard packages will be welcome this year. Tablet computers are extremely popular, and electronic reading devices such as the Kindle have matured and come down in price.

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Hot, Not So Hot & Most Important Devices of 2011

December 3, 2011 2:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Some players have hit it big in the mobile device market this year (Samsung Galaxy S II), while others have fallen flat (HP Touchpad). But even some of 2011’s misses (BlackBerry PlayBook) have been critical for their respective companies, proving that in the device market, a product doesn’t necessarily have to be successful to be important.

Report: Kindle Fire Clinches No. 2 Spot in Tablet Wars

December 2, 2011 7:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Just two weeks after its introduction, the Kindle Fire has taken second place in the global media tablet business in the fourth quarter...

Amazon Boasts Black Friday Fire Sales

November 28, 2011 7:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While it's not releasing any hard numbers, Amazon.com yesterday announced that this past Black Friday was the best ever for its Kindle family...

How the Nook Tablet Compares to the Kindle Fire

November 22, 2011 6:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A comparison of the major features of Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Tablet computer and Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire...

Research Firm: Amazon Tablet Costs $201.70 to Make

November 18, 2011 6:59 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet, which started shipping this week, costs $201.70 to make, a research firm said Friday.

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Review: Kindle Fire Sacrifices to Get under $200

November 14, 2011 7:04 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

The Kindle was always an odd product name. Amazon used a verb to name a thing, raising the question: Kindle what? Now we have the answer: Kindle Fire.

Lack of Cellular in Tablets Begs Use Case Question

November 9, 2011 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Barnes & Noble's Wi-Fi only Nook Tablet adds one more media slate to the mix that doesn't have a 3G or 4G modem at launch. The Kindle Fire doesn't have one, either.

Amazon Throws Lots of Apps on Fire

November 9, 2011 7:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Given that Amazon is selling the Kindle Fire at a loss in order to sell more of its own content, no one has been sure what kinds of apps it would allow users to download...

Amazon Ads Fuel to Fire with Disney-ABC Content

October 31, 2011 8:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As Netflix struggles, Amazon's streaming service has inked brand new deals with major studios to bring more content to its Kindle Fire tablets.

Report: Amazon Sells Kindle Fire at a Loss

October 3, 2011 7:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon is selling the Kindle Fire tablet at a loss, according to research from IHS iSuppli.

Big Sales Forecasts for Fire

September 30, 2011 8:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Some believe it's an iPad contender, while others say it's nothing of the sort.

First Thoughts on the Kindle Fire

September 28, 2011 12:58 pm | Blogs | Comments

Amazon's Fire Tablet seems clearly positioned as a very real iPad contender because it delivers on both price and ease-of-use in the purchasing and consuming of media.

Amazon Drops Kindle Touch, Fire Tablet

September 28, 2011 8:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It was an Apple-style event that Amazon held today, with CEO Jeff Bezos announcing the arrival of four new devices...

Kindle with Special Offers Goes Local

September 15, 2011 8:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon today announced that it will bring local deals to the Wi-Fi and 3G version of its Kindle with Special Offers.

Study: 12 Percent of U.S. Households Own eReader

June 28, 2011 8:12 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A study finds that 12 percent of U.S. households now own a reading device for electronic books...

E-Book Report: Nook is up, iPad Still Catching up

May 27, 2011 7:55 am | by Hillel Italie, AP National Writer | News | Comments

As the publishing industry wrapped up four days of digital talk at its annual national convention, Amazon.com's Kindle was seen as the clear, if not dominant, player in the growing e-market...

Amazon Says eBook Sales Surpass Printed Books

May 20, 2011 8:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com on Thursday said that, after less than four years of selling electronic books, it's now selling more of them than printed books.

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