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Amazon’s 300dpi Kindle Paperwhite is testing my ereader loyalties

Amazon’s 300dpi Kindle Paperwhite is testing my ereader loyalties

It can be tough being the middle child, but Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is having its moment in the sun by copying the best parts of its more expensive sibling. Revamped today, the new Paperwhite gets a 300dpi e-paper display like the Kindle Voyage we reviewed last October, as well as Amazon's new typesetting engine and the company's specially-created font, Bookerly. While the refreshed Kindle Paperwhite isn't expected to ship until the end of June, but I've been playing with one in advance.

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Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite features sharper screen, easy-to-read font

Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite features sharper screen, easy-to-read font

Amazon has just outed the latest version of its mid-range Kindle model, the Paperwhite, and it now has the single-best feature from the pricier Kindle Voyage model, while keeping its $119 price tag. The new Paperwhite has a 300 pixels-per-inch e-paper display, making text twice as sharp as the previous generation, and offering a reading experience that's much easier on the eyes. The new e-reader is available to order now, but Amazon says shipping will begin on June 30th.

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Amazon Uber-for-Prime crowd delivery rumored

Amazon Uber-for-Prime crowd delivery rumored

Amazon is developing an "Uber for deliveries" known internally as On My Way, insiders say, hoping to bypass traditional methods with citizen couriers. The project would see Amazon build a footprint in physical stores, though only to temporarily gather order boxes so that a network of contract staff could pick them up and deliver them to customers. The goal, it's said, is to trim Amazon's growing costs related to getting orders to shoppers, as well as alleviating bottlenecks at high-demand periods such as Christmas.

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Amazon patents ear-scanning technology for unlocking smartphones

Amazon patents ear-scanning technology for unlocking smartphones

Forget typing in a four-digit code, or drawing a specific shape as a passcode, and even using your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone. Amazon thinks that the next great way to secure your digital device is by scanning the shape of you ear. The company has just received a patent for technology that would scan your ear with a phone's front-facing camera, unlocking it as you hold the device to the side of your face when answering a call.

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Amazon’s first transparency report plays coy with details

Amazon’s first transparency report plays coy with details

Amazon has opened up on customer privacy, issuing its first ever transparency report and denying ever having participated in the notorious NSA PRISM program. While the online shopping behemoth may be best known by most consumers for its retail division, the other side to Jeff Bezos' empire is a huge cloud business, offering server and hosting services to startups and established names in enterprise alike. It's the reputation of that which Amazon is hoping to gild now.

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Amazon to have select Prime items shipped from merchants

Amazon to have select Prime items shipped from merchants

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you may find many more items eligible for the service's free two-day shipping option in the near future. That's because the internet retailing giant is testing a program that has Prime items shipped directly from the independent merchants selling who sell them. Normally, only items sold directly by Amazon, or merchants' items that are stored in Amazon's warehouses, are eligible for the Prime two-day shipping option. This change benefit both customers and sellers.

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European Commission targets Amazon with ebook antitrust investigation

European Commission targets Amazon with ebook antitrust investigation

Following a similar investigation into Apple, the European Commission is now targeting Amazon with an antitrust probe over its ebooks business and potentially anti-competitive practices. As Amazon is the largest ebooks distributor in Europe, the EC want to focus on the company's contracts with publishers. Of utmost concern is an apparent requirement that publishers tell Amazon about deals with their competitors, specifically if they are offering better prices. The EC believes clauses like these "seem to shield Amazon from competition."

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The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

LG has just fired the gun, signaling the widespread availability of its flagship in the US. Given the LG G4's rather high profile marketing, especially for its camera, and its admittedly enticing spec sheet, it might not be surprising to see quite a few interested buyers. Luckily for them, all major US carriers and even retailers like Best Buy and Amazon are game. Actually the number of sources and choices might be a bit overwhelming, so here we condense it into a few salient points on where to get your leather-back LG G4 and for how much.

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Amazon looking to move up in the PC gaming industry

Amazon looking to move up in the PC gaming industry

Amazon Games Studio is expanding with a new round of hiring. Amazon Senior designer, Kim Swift, posted the hiring news to Linkedin. According to the Swift's post, "My team here at Amazon Game Studios is hiring like crazy and we're looking for the best of the best for a new PC game project using the latest technology." The team is looking to hire a range of game developer positions. If you've got the talent and are looking for something new, it never hurts to check out a new opportunity.

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Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon has added audiobook reading to its Echo personal assistant, allowing the pillar-like speaker to regale owners with Audible ebooks. The update is the latest in a series of improvements to Echo which Amazon has pushed out, and follows Google Calendar integration which was installed late last month. Echo will also synchronize its place in each audiobook with Amazon's apps on other platforms, to make the listening experience effectively seamless.

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NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA and Verizon are working together on air traffic control for drones, aiming to use existing cellphone towers to track and even ground unmanned aircraft. The deal will see the space agency kick off trials at its Ames Research Center in California this summer, focusing on small, low-altitude drones which currently don't make it onto the radar of traditional air traffic management. The goal is an automated system which would open the skies to drone delivery, something which already has Amazon and Google throwing their money at NASA.

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Amazon announces Fire HD Kids Edition in the UK

Amazon announces Fire HD Kids Edition in the UK

It's been a while since we've last seen a mobile device that caters to the very young so it's mildly surprising to see Amazon make such an announcement in the middle of the year. The Fire HD Kids Edition is advertised to be a tablet designed with kids in mind from the ground up, though it's actually a Fire HD 6 just flooded with kid-friendly apps and features. As such, kids will be treated to a "real" Amazon-flavored Android tablet, which means parents can probably use them as well when the little ones are asleep.

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