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If you don't like it, send it back
Amazon has apparently begun reaching out to some customers, inviting them to test drive the Kindle Fire HDX or other Kindle models totally free of charge. The promotion, which appears to be fairly limited in scope at the moment, is refreshingly consumer friendly – Amazon wants you to try a Kindle Fire HDX, and they’re willing to send you won with zero charge on your account. If you don’t like it, Amazon allows you to send it back free of charge – they’ll even pay for shipping. But if you decide to keep it after the thirty day trial, like Amazon hopes you will, only then will Amazon charge your account the price of the Kindle. Simple and easy.
We’ve yet to see an invitation from Amazon to participate in the program on any of our accounts, so we can’t say exactly how widespread this promotion is just yet – but if you’ve received an email, feel free to give us a shout and let us know how your experience went!
Source: The Verge
"But, I thought there was no post on Sunday!"
In the age of the internet and online shopping, it’s no stretch to say that we’re becoming more and more impatient as a culture, demanding faster and faster shipping times and instant gratification. Amazon is catering to our desire for speed with their new Sunday delivery shipping option, which utilizes a woefully under advertised US Postal Service shipping option that’s available to the general public.
The roll out of the program will be slow, and limited at first – only New York and Los Angeles will be able to use the option for now, however Amazon promises that the program will quickly expand to Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix in early 2014 with more to come at a later date.
So fear not, online shoppers – if you live in New York or Los Angeles and decide to shop at Amazon, that means that your precious Black Friday savings gifts could arrive as soon as Sunday. If you’re lucky.
A set top box for Amazon content
Amazon really wants you to consume its digital content, and they’re hoping to get it onto more screens than ever this holiday season. Amazon’s next big target, according to the trustworthy folks over at The Wall Street Journal, just so happens to be a highly contested area as of late – the television.
That’s right, Amazon is said to be working on a set top box to compete against the likes of Apple TV and Roku with a high definition box capable of streaming Amazon movies, music, shows, and more straight from the cloud to your television without the need for a dependent device, such as your phone. Amazon’s been making quite a splash with their digital delivery devices as of late, beefing up and putting an emphasis on the Kindle Fire lineup like never before with the Kindle Fire HDX. Amazon is also rumored to be working on not one, but two smartphones which are due for release in 2014.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
One of the best, better
Cheap tablets are a dime a dozen, but actual quality cheap tablets are as rare as gold. But if you’re looking for the absolute best deal in tablets today, look no further than Amazon’s newly updated Kindle Fire HD (not to be confused with the higher end just announced Kindle Fire HDX). Even though Amazon has made what was already one of the best even better, bundling the beautiful Kindle Fire HD body with an improved 1280×800 panel and “Fire OS 3.0″ (Amazon’s custom Android skin), Amazon has also lowered the price to an absolutely insane $139.
So let’s take a step back and re-evaluate the competition. The iPad mini, with a lower resolution but larger 1024×768 display, starts at $329. The beautiful new Nexus 7 with a higher resolution, though smaller (4:3 in the Fire HD vs. 16:9 in the Nexus 7) display starts at $229. The New Kindle Fire HDX 7″ has the new 4:3 higher resolution display, the fastest processor ever to appear in a 7″ tablet, and enhanced gaming capabilities starts at $229. Sure, the competition may be marginally more powerful or “better”, but the Kindle Fire HD is already more than good enough for 99% of the population and it’s now at an unbeatable price.
Game, set, match. The new Kindle Fire HD is now available for pre-order and ships October 2nd.
Not just HD, HDX
No spectacular event, no build up, no fanfare. With nary a significant leak in sight, Amazon has done the impossible and announced their new Kindle Fire lineup to the surprise of nearly everyone. Introducing the Kindle Fire HDX, a family of 7″ and 8.9″ (the same sizes as the previous generation Kindle HD lineup) tablets with screen resolutions so impressive, they give the new Nexus 7 and the iPad a run for their money.
Check out what’s new after the break.
One small step for Kindle
It’s been a while since we’ve heard any hard news on the Kindle side of things, but we’ve got our first big news to send your way in quite some time today. Amazon has just (unceremoniously) announced a brand new version of their Kindle Paperwhite device, which is Amazon’s flagship e-reader with a built in ambient backlight for reading in any lighting conditions.
The new version, which costs just $119 (with ads) or $139 (without ads) is a small improvement over last year’s already-excellent device, however there are some nice changes to be had. The display has been endowed with higher contrast and quicker refresh rates which should make for a smoother reading experience, while the device itself has been implanted with a quick and speedy new processor.
The main selling point of the book, the built in backlight, has been totally redesigned as well. Amazon says this “guides light toward the surface of the display” making prolonged reading just that much easier on the eyes. The new and improved Kindle Paperwhite is slated to be released on September 30th and can be pre-ordered today.
If you want to move from the 360 to the One
Since the Xbox One has no backwards compatibility with anything the 360 did, many people are going to have to literally throw away their entire library of games and buy them all over again for the One. Amazon feels your pain, so for the low fee of $10, you can trade in any eligible Xbox 360 game for the equal Xbox One version. All you have to do is go to their website and order the Xbox 360 game you want then select an Xbox One title and you’ll pay $10 for the One title when they start shipping. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Yes. All of it.
What do you do when you’re CEO of one of the most prominent companies of the twenty-first century, probably have more money than you realistically know what to do with, and have single handily changed the way society reads with a new class of eReader devices? Why, you go shopping, of course. Only instead of buying that new fancy pair of running shoes you’ve been eyeing, you buy an entire company.
Yes, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has just bought the Washington Post. Uhhuh, all of it. He paid a pretty penny for it – $25 million in all – and even Jeff Bezos doesn’t seem to know why he did it.
Make sure you click after the break to read what Jeff Bezos had to say to the staff of Washington Post about his little purchase.
Source: The Washington Post
A good deal for a good tablet
The Kindle Fire HD is undoubtably an excellent tablet, and Staples has just announced that for a limited time early you can get one of the best prices ever on one of the best tablets available on the market today. For $159, the Kindle Fire HD has an excellent Retina-class high DPI display, can take advantage of the Amazon App Store and all of the applications that exist on it, as well as the entirety of Amazon’s quality ecosystem that consists of the renting and buying of books, movies, television shows, music, and more.
The Kindle Fire HD 7″ has a 4:3 display well suited for books, magazines, and webpages, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Staples isn’t saying when this deal will end, so if you’re interested you best act quickly. Of course, if you’re the more tech savvy type you just might want to wait for that new Nexus 7 heading your way soon…
White flags from both sides
Good news to everyone who dislikes silly, frivolous, waste of time lawsuits – Apple and Amazon have both agreed to drop a lawsuit over the right to use the “App Store” name, with Amazon retaining the ability to advertise their Android App Store application as such. An Amazon spokesperson told Reuters that “this was a decision by Apple to unilaterally abandon the case.”, while Apple says that the lawsuit was now unnecessary as “With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps.”
The lawsuit began in March of 2011, with Apple initiating the suit in an effort to protect the App Store name, which they claimed they owned rights to. Amazon’s App Store hasn’t really seen the same level of success as iOS’s App Store nor Google’s Google Play app store for that matter, so at the end of the day Apple more than likely just decided it wasn’t worth their time any longer.
A limited but engaging product
Amazon’s always tried to do things a little different, and they’ve certainly tapped into a unique space with their new “Storyteller” service. Launched today, “Storyteller” automagically converts uploaded movie scripts to storyboards, complete with automatically generated illustrations sourced from “thousands” of character models, locations, and props that the company has on tap.
After you’re done with your creation, Amazon then allows you to upload the storyboard to their Cloud Servers, where other users can check it out and give feedback on creations.
In the blog post announcing Storyteller, Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios said the following about the new service:
Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department and assistant editor – everything you need to bring your story to life. We want to see great stories turned into movies and television shows and we’ll continue to develop new features and tools.
So what do you think? Amazon definitely has something here, but could this ever even remotely compete with a professionally put together Storyboard that professionals rely on? Can canned assets ever come close to the quality necessary to get an actual movie off the ground? Let us know what you think in the comments!