Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 8, 2013 04:14 PM
Book lovers have long had a love/hate relationship with Amazon. It’s nice to have access to the world’s books at the click of a button but it has come at the expense of the local bookstore, putting plenty—from mom-and-pop owned storefronts to major chains like Borders—out of business because they can’t keep up with the amount of stock and low prices of their online counterpart.
Now Amazon hopes to appeal to those same shops by asking them if they’ll sell Kindle e-readers in their locations, the New York Times reports. In exchange, the bookseller gets “a small payment on each sale and a commission on all e-books that the reader buys in the next two years.” Previously, Target and Walmart stopped selling Kindle products due to the effects of showrooming, so perhaps this outreach to smaller sellers hopes to make up for the loss of retail presence.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 22, 2013 05:39 PM
Amazon isn't only expanding its e-commerce offerings. The leading e-tailer has nearly beat out IBM on a $600 million, 10-year US Central Intelligence Agency contract. Long the gold standard in advanced computing and data, IBM and others are increasingly challenged by Amazon's growing cloud data services.
IBM has stalled the process for now with an appeal, but it’s a fact that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has evolved into a robust competitor in supplying information technology and services to enterprise companies and government agencies.
"AWS is one of the main spokes of the bull case on Amazon shares," Ron Josey, analyst at JMP Securities, told Reuters. "Software and IT investors are aware of and are trying to size AWS, and what the impact could be on their sector."
Public cloud computing, pioneered by AWS in 2006, offers organizations power, storage and other services at prices cheaper than they can manage themselves. To date, AWS has worked with Samsung, Pfizer, PBS and NASA, generating $2 billion annually with expectations to hit $10 billion in the near future—growth largely spurred by government cloud spending.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 11, 2013 05:36 PM
At its recent Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced its plan for CityNext, an initiative that will utilize its partner network, big data capabilities and Azure, its cloud-based network, to create smarter cities.
"Cities play a vital role in our lives—both now and in the future,” said Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president of Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector in a press release. “Microsoft's CityNext initiative puts people first and builds on this new era of collaborative technology to engage citizens, business and government leaders in new ways."
One Microsoft CityNext partner, Socrata Inc., a cloud software company focused on the shift to data-driven government, leverages Azure to offer governments customizable dashboards, accessible by residents through mobile or Internet to monitor and interact real-time on how their leaders are doing on education, healthcare and job creation.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 11, 2011 05:00 PM
Ford researchers this week presented a conceptual case of how the Google Prediction API could alter the performance of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the 2011 Google I/O developer conference.
According to Ford's press release, it's been testing the Google API to convert information such as historical driving data – where a driver has traveled and at what time of day for example – into useful real-time predictions, such as where a driver is headed at the time of departure.
The automaker also released a video, above, to educate consumers who may be confused about the alphabet soup of terms (EV, BEV, HEV, PHEV) describing electric vehicles.
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 10, 2011 01:00 PM
Google's Music Beta service was the big news from the Android team at the Google I/O developers conference today.
The good news: it's live. The bad: It's accepting a limited number of requests to check it out — but only in the US.Continue reading...
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Posted by Shirley Brady on April 6, 2011 06:00 PM
Microsoft and Toyota today announced a partnership to build a global platform for Toyota's next-generation telematics services using the Windows Azure platform.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 29, 2011 08:00 AM
Amazon has some "big news" — a cloud computing-based virtual "locker" to give people access to their digital media on any computer and any Android phone. The pitch to customers: "Buy anywhere, play anywhere and keep all your music in one place." Amazon is now in the streaming music business.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on December 7, 2010 03:00 PM
While the above headline might look nonsensical to some, it is rich with meaning for the technology and gaming world. Microsoft's "To the Cloud" campaign, promoted of late in TV and online ads, is being featured within the world of GodFinger All-Stars, a mobile game played on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The deal makes Windows the first brand to find its way into any game made by ngmoco, a leading developer of mobile games.Continue reading...