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Look out Square, Amazon Local Register is gunning for you

Look out Square, Amazon Local Register is gunning for you

Amazon has launched its Local Register card reader for retailers, taking on Square in the mobile payments space with what the online behemoth claims are segment-besting rates. Amazon's dinky dongle plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or Android tablet - including, unsurprisingly, the company's own Kindle Fire HD and HDX - and accepts swiped credit and debit cards, though you'll have to pay upfront for the reader itself.

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Amazon Appstore expands, has 30 free apps for 2 days

Amazon Appstore expands, has 30 free apps for 2 days

Amazon has a daily free app offering to entice users into its custom Android ecosystem as well as offer advertisement for the lucky app and developer. But like Google Play Store, it occasionally puts up themed bulk sales to hook in even more hits and users. To mark the shifting of the calendar, Amazon is giving away 30 apps all for free, for personal improvement, and for fun.

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Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Amazon's Fire Phone could have been a potent mid-range challenger had the retailer opted to leave out the 3D interface gimmicks, teardown analysis suggests, with the polarizing quad-camera system an outlier in what's otherwise an exercise in cost-cutting. The final bill of materials for the Fire Phone, released last week, comes to around $205 in components according to IHS iSuppli's calculations, undercutting what Samsung is believed to spend on each Galaxy S5, but more expensive than an iPhone 5s.

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