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Amazon Mayday delivers Bezos’ promise, avoids Kindle Fire meltdown

Amazon Mayday delivers Bezos’ promise, avoids Kindle Fire meltdown

Amazon's Mayday system for the Kindle Fire HDX, putting a live customer services assistant on the screen of the Android-based tablet, saw the retailer beat its self-imposed time-to-answer target, though highlights lingering questions as to how many new owners needed hand-holding to understand the media-centric slate. Mayday, launched alongside the 7- and 8.9-inch Fire HDX models earlier this year, connects to remote tech support who can either guide users through setting up or troubleshooting their tablets, or take control and do the hard work themselves.

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Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

A couple of Italian newspapers are reporting that Amazon acquired a mobile payment startup, Gopago, something reportedly taking place amidst work on an "ambitious project". What this project is wasn't detailed, but it reportedly is the basis for Amazon's interest in Gopago -- namely, in the startup's technology. Amazon and Gopago haven't announced the business move, but it seems founder Vincenzo Di Nicola has spoken with Italian newspaper Repubblica.

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Xbox One availability online and in-store bleak: scammers take aim [UPDATE]

Xbox One availability online and in-store bleak: scammers take aim [UPDATE]

Gamers in search of the Xbox One will be met with less than optimal stock in stores and online this week as even Microsoft itself brings out the Out of Stock signs. Though the Microsoft Store brought on a new wave of consoles earlier this week, even the most expensive bundles have sold out in favor of a happy holiday morning. Meanwhile scammers are taking advantage of innocent auction-seekers, with incidents such as the "paper scam" appearing far more often than they should.

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Amazon Cloud Player for iOS hits BMW and MINI Cooper

Amazon Cloud Player for iOS hits BMW and MINI Cooper

A hearty collection of BMW and MINI Cooper vehicles have just joined the cloud music universe with a boost to Amazon Cloud Player starting this month. This addition of Amazon Cloud Player app goodness will allow BMW Apps and MINI Connected equipped vehicles from model year 2011 and forward to partake, just so long as they're working with Amazon Cloud Player for iOS. This service is, indeed, connected between a MINI Cooper or BMW user and his or her iPhone, and iPhone only - for now.

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Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

There's nothing like a good push on the biggest shopping day of the year, especially when you've got a device that's just about the size of your traditional stocking for stuffing. That's what's up with Pebble this weekend when they reveal that they've released the device to Amazon as well as on their own site with special cut just for this weekend. This device is also getting ramped up for a bit of a rebirth as their version 2.0 software brews in beta, mind you, with developers chomping at the bit.

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Amazon LOVEFiLM hits iPhone and iPod touch with Airplay in tow

Amazon LOVEFiLM hits iPhone and iPod touch with Airplay in tow

It’s time to move into the LOVEFiLM universe for the likes of the iPhone and iPod touch this week as the Amazon app spreads beyond the iPad in the UK. This allows the iPhone and iPod touch to take part in the LOVEFiLM experience where users before were only able to work with the iPad, and now streamed to the Apple TV easier than ever. This push allows users to see television shows galore with a collection of series that’ve been up on the service for quite some time as well as a new collection added more recently just in time for the addition of Airplay.

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Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Here near the end of 2013 the comic adventure universe of Calvin & Hobbes has reached the digital realm at last, being presented as a set of ebooks for several platforms. While it's not entirely clear whether this is the doing of Bill Watterson himself or those that he'd battled for years over the rights to his own artwork, the results are in: three of the most over-produced treasury books of this century are now digital.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the second half of what Amazon hopes will be a one-two knockout punch to rival tablets, sliming down the last-gen Fire HD 8.9 and boosting speed and screen resolution in the process. As we found with the 7-inch Fire HDX, that can make for a compelling slate if you're already onboard with Amazon's ecosystem, but with a bigger price along with its bigger screen, does the 8.9-inch version hit the same sweet spot? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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PLAiR 2 aims to one-up Chromecast with on-device apps

PLAiR 2 aims to one-up Chromecast with on-device apps

There's a big competitor out in the wild today for the Chromecast called the PLAiR 2, a new generation of the original PLAiR, made to connect to your television's HDMI port and act as a full-fledged smart TV. You'll be able to connect to and control this machine from your Android smartphone or iPhone - or iPad, for that matter - and stream media with ease. This updated version of the device also ads Android TV action, allowing you to browse and install apps straight to the dongle itself.

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Amazon Cloud Player app for Mac users launches

Amazon Cloud Player app for Mac users launches

Earlier this year Amazon launched its Cloud Player for PC users. That application has proven to be popular for computer users and Amazon has now announced that the Cloud Player is available for Mac users. Cloud Player for Mac gives Mac computer users a new way to manage their entire music library whether music is stored directly on the computer or the cloud.

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