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Amazon launches improbable IoT button

Despite today’s date all the signs are this is a genuine story. E-commerce giant Amazon has made its latest move to do to FMCGs what it already has to consumer durables by introducing a physical button that is used for one-click ordering of consumables such as washing powder and printer ink.

Telefonica, Ericsson bring 4G to Peruvian Amazon

Telefónica and Ericsson have collaborated on a project to bring 4G to Amazon’s Peruvians connecting schools, healthcare facilities and other public body entities to the internet. The two partners said this marks the first time LTE technology has been brought to the Amazon communities.

Karbonn Mobile Sparkle V launches in the UK, £99 Black Friday deal

Indian affordable smartphone maker Karbonn Mobile has announced it is launching in the UK with its Sparkle V on Friday exclusively via Amazon. As a Black Friday special offer, the device will be available for £99 for one day only, after which it will be available at £129.

Amazon in Fire sale, other smartphone vendors feeling the heat

Amazon has taken another hit on its faltering Fire phone, by conceding a second price slash on its first smartphone offering. The online retailer has now listed the phone for $199.00 unlocked, which also includes a full year of its Prime service worth $99.

Google Glass creator jumps to Amazon

The brains behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, has left one internet giant for another, this week revealing his departure from Google and new employment at Amazon. The move comes as interest in the wearable computing space continues to heat up.

Amazon has made its Fire smartphone too expensive

Almost three years after Amazon got into the Android device game with the Kindle Fire, the giant etailer has finally decided to take the plunge into handsets with a smartphone simply named Fire. The Fire has many novel features but the main point of it, surely, is to encourage as many people to conduct as much m-commerce as possible through Amazon. So the decision to position it as a high-end device is a strange one.

Amazon launches Fire TV set-top box

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.

Telecity builds vendor neutral cloud services hub

European builder of carrier-neutral datacentres, TelecityGroup, on Monday unveiled a “cloud neutral” hub platform designed to enable users to execute private, hybrid and public cloud deployments through direct connections with cloud and IT service providers.

Amazon beefs up mobile offering with cloud notifications

Amazon has built up its presence in the mobile space this week with the launch of a cloud-based, cross platform push notification service, making large scale notifications more accessible to developers.

Using the Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) API, application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

Amazon builds development centre in Germany

Online powerhouse Amazon is stepping up its European cloud presence with the creation of a development centre in Germany. The new entity, based in Berlin and Dresden, will create 70 new engineering jobs and will focus on developing technologies to support the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business, including hypervisors, operating systems, management tools and other applications as well as the development of machine learning technologies for use across all of Amazon’s platforms.

Orange Digital moves to Amazon cloud

Citing its previous infrastructure as being expensive to run and time consuming to maintain Orange Digital, which manages the online portals for EE, has moved to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The firm claims that by moving to Amazon’s cloud, it is better able to support spikes in traffic and capacity and reduce costs by £2m over a three-year period.

Amazon updates tablets and e-reader

Online bookstore Amazon is stepping up its efforts in the hardware market by launching a suite of Kindle Fire tablets and a new e-reader. The firm revealed four new versions of the Kindle Fire tablet including three Kindle Fire HD versions in two format sizes; 7in for $199 and 8.9-in for $299 ($499 with LTE). In addition it launched an updated non-HD version of the tablet.

Amazon cloud mopping up 1% of internet traffic

Amazon’s cloud is vast, so vast that it now accounts for around one per cent of all internet traffic, according to estimates released this week. This data underpins the importance of cloud services for service delivery and underscores the opportunities for those with the necessary infrastructure.

Amazon Fires up tablet space

Amazon this week formally announced the addition of four new products to its device portfolio: the Kindle (basic), the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Touch 3G and the Kindle Fire. They are all e-readers, with the exception of the Fire which is a tablet. The original Kindle e-readers have since been renamed the Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Keyboard 3G to avoid confusion. The lesser-spotted Kindle DX is still available too.

SAP: EC2 crash makes selling the cloud harder

Business applications provider SAP has warned that Amazon’s recent EC2 cloud service crash will make it more difficult for the industry to convince business to move to the cloud.

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