Amazon can't lure you into a bricks-and-mortar store, but it can chase you on Twitter, with the online retail behemoth launching #AmazonCart to make adding products to your cart as straightforward as tweeting about them. The new system - launching in the US as well as the UK, where it will be known as #AmazonBasket - keeps an eye out for Amazon product links; reply to a tweet with one, tagging #AmazonCart, and it'll automatically be added to your latest shopping spree.
A new image reportedly showing the upcoming Amazon smartphone has leaked, tipping a handset that borrows design elements from the iPhone 5s, among other devices. The picture - said to be a render prepared for internal use by graphic designers at the retail behemoth - is the clearest look at the handset so far, though the device itself has been rumored for some years, as well as what innovative twist on subscription charges Amazon might launch alongside it.
Evidence is mounting that Amazon is gearing up to design its own chip hardware. Reports indicate that Amazon has been on a hiring rampage of late and has been gobbling up chip engineers who previously worked for a company called Calxeda. Calxeda was an ARM-based startup based in Austin, Texas that closed up shop last year.
The way the industry works is that if you make an in-app purchase, the app host has to pay a hefty cut to the service provider. For example, if you buy a product or service via Apple's App Store, the app provider pays Apple a 30% cut from the sales; this is the Store policy. To nip this problem and maintain it's pricing, Comixology will no longer be offering its comics for sale via the Apple app.
This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.
In the future, your Amazon packages could arrive in an Amazon-branded delivery truck, rather than the FedEx and UPS staples currently in use. Such would follow a test the company is carrying out in select cities, something that will both address shipping delays and could lead to same-day deliveries.
The tablet market may have more options in it than ever before, but Apple's iPad still dominates usage in North America according to the latest research. Samsung made gains on the iPad in Q2 2014, stats firm Chitika says, but its 8.3-percent of the tablet web traffic pie pales in comparison to Apple's 77.2-percent, with the iPad's share declining slightly year-on-year but not enough to shift the chart considerably.
The folks at Amazon interested most in making certain they’ve got the largest cross-section of Android-based apps possible have let it be known that Pokemon TV has hit their device library. In the Amazon Appstore, users will be able to access Pokemon TV starting this week. This app will allow users to access a library of more than 700 episodes of Pokemon TV shows spanning 16 seasons.
Amazon has inked a deal with HBO which will see Fire TV gain an HBO GO app, and Prime Instant Video the home for select back-catalog access to shows like The Wire, True Blood, and The Sopranos, as well as new content in the future. The agreement, which Amazon - sparing no hyperbole - is describing as "unprecedented", is the first time HBO has licensed out its content to an online streaming service, and comes only days after Netflix announced it would be putting up its rates to offset the increased cost of bolstering the shows it offers.