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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.

AT&T launches online deals service

US carrier AT&T is to launch an online coupon service to rival Groupon and Facebook’s offerings. The discount site, which will run on the telco’s yellowpages.com subsidiary, launches in June with initial services in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth. To entice users to sign up, AT&T is offering a $10 credit. More cities are expected to follow after the initial launch, as well as national deals, all of which will be available to mobile device users, according to AT&T.

Amazon takes music to the cloud

Web giant Amazon upped the ante in the cloud services space on Tuesday with the launch of a cloud-based music platform for Android mobile devices as well as desktops and laptops.

Amazon joins app store action

Web giant Amazon entered the app store fray on Tuesday, with the launch of its own, appropriately named Appstore, which is geared up for Android devices.

Microsoft rumoured to be eyeing up Adobe in mobile apps play

Microsoft and Adobe have yet to make any real or significant impact in the mobile apps market, and are thought to be considering joining forces. If the two companies were to merge then it would have to be the mobile apps market driving the deal, as this is where both companies need to score big time, say analysts at Ovum.

Amazon opens app store of sorts

Social network cum online retailer Amazon expanded its empire with the launch of an app store of sorts for the e-reader market.

Kindle opens new chapter, goes global

Online retailer Amazon went some way towards validating the Kindle e-book reader’s nascent business model this week, when it announced plans to launch the device in 100 countries outside the US.

E-book readers Kindle new interest

While analysts expect e-book readers to become a new competition arena for device manufacturers, content producers like News Corp. threaten to derail the model with new pricing schemes.

Amazon intros next generation Kindle

Online retailer Amazon is seeking to shake up the wireless consumer electronics space with a revamped version of its Kindle electronic book.

Amazon, Apple in music price war

Online music giants Apple and Amazon are duking it out in an MP3 price war, which looks likely to spill over into the mobile space.

Amazon to provide music for Android G1

The curtain is about to be lifted on Google’s mobile progeny, but it looks like online retailer Amazon has spilled at least some of the beans on the device. The web store said Tuesday that the T-Mobile G1 will come preloaded with Amazon MP3, allowing users to search, download, buy and play music from a […]

Back to the future

With December almost upon us and Thanksgiving taking place in the US, you can already feel the telecoms industry settling down to hibernate until January. With not an awful lot else going on Amazon managed to grab good coverage for the launch of its Kindle electronic book thingy. Given the science fiction heritage of the […]

Amazon Kindles a wireless plan

The mobile services market is turning into a free for all at the moment, with online retailer Amazon announcing an innovative assault on the mobile content space this week. From November 29, the internet book shop will start selling ‘Kindle’, a wireless-enabled electronic book, in the US. The gadget is basically an internet terminal with […]

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