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Amazon Digital Media Innovation Hub will push next-gen content delivery

Amazon Digital Media Innovation Hub will push next-gen content delivery

Amazon is boosting its R&D work into digital media, including "interactive digital services" for consoles, smart TV, tablets and other mobile devices, with a new Digital Media Innovation Hub opening in the UK. The new 47,000 sq. ft. center in Central London will pull together software engineers, UI experts and graphic designers, who will likely be responsible for not only bringing Amazon's site up to date, but for developing the next-gen Kindle Fire tablet interface and software for the much-rumored Kindle smartphone.

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10-inch Kindle Fire tipped as Amazon new iPad challenge imminent

10-inch Kindle Fire tipped as Amazon new iPad challenge imminent

Amazon's larger Kindle Fire is still in the pipeline, sources insist, scaling up from the existing 7-inch slate as Apple reportedly scales down to tweener tablet levels. A namedrop in the same NYT article that threw further weight against the iPad mini rumors, according to unnamed developers the retailer is pushing ahead with what's tipped to be a roughly 10-inch variant of the Kindle Fire, bringing the challenge to Apple's new iPad.

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Next-gen Kindle suffering screen-light setbacks tip insiders

Next-gen Kindle suffering screen-light setbacks tip insiders

Amazon's next-gen Kindle faces manufacturing delays because of its new e-paper illumination system, insiders in the production process are whispering, potentially pushing availability back into September. At fault is the front light system Amazon is reportedly implementing to improve low-light ebook readability, DigiTimes' sources claim, as the company takes on Barnes & Noble's NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.

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Amazon grabs ex-Windows Phone app chief amid Kindle phone chatter

Amazon grabs ex-Windows Phone app chief amid Kindle phone chatter

A former Microsoft Windows Phone exec has jumped ship to Amazon, where he will head the retailer's Appstore efforts, lending further weight to rumors that the company plans a smartphone of its own. Robert Williams was, until last month, Microsoft's senior director of business development in the Windows Phone division, but according to his LinkedIn profile is now working with Amazon to feather the app nest for what's speculated to be the company's push into mobile.

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Amazon smartphone 4-5 inches and already in testing tip manufacturers

Amazon smartphone 4-5 inches and already in testing tip manufacturers

Amazon is currently testing prototype smartphones, with mass production potentially starting late in 2012 or early next year, with a screen size of 4-5 inches according to insiders. The online retailer is working with component suppliers on the hardware, sources at those suppliers confirmed to the WSJ, echoing reports last week that a smaller version of the Kindle Fire tablet was in the pipeline.

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Amazon Kindle smartphone near tip insiders

Amazon Kindle smartphone near tip insiders

The smartphone wars are about to crank up a notch, with retailer Amazon tipped to be readying a handset of its own that, while likely based on Android, would undoubtedly diverge from Google's ambitions for the platform. Amazon is working with Foxconn - the company that also produces Apple's iPhone - according to insider whispers to Bloomberg, with the retailer apparently quietly building up its mobile patent portfolio in a pre-emptive defense against smartphone lawsuits.

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Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Barely was the e-ink dry on Microsoft and Barnes & Noble's $300m NOOK agreement when pundits were questioning the wisdom of adding Amazon to the software company's existing roster of big-name rivals. Microsoft is already under attack in mobile and computing, so the commentary went; throwing one of the biggest retailers around into the mixture was at best foolish and at worst evidence of Microsoft spreading itself thin when it needs to be extra lavish with its strokes. That analysis is wrong, though. Make no mistake: Apple, not Amazon, is in Microsoft's sights today.

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