Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 28, 2011 03:13 PM
Amazon today unveiled "Found new Kindles, four amazing price points," but it was the top-end of the range that's garnering the most attention.
The $199 Kindle Fire (available Nov. 15) is burning up Twitter and Facebook, with consumers poring over the just-released details of the tablet computer seen as a direct shot across the bow of Apple’s iPad.
More than 'just' an e-reader, the smaller and cheaper-than-an-iPad Kindle Fire has a 7-inch display, Wi-Fi connectivity, (but not 3G access) comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime and runs on Google’s Android software.
Announced at a press event in New York, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees Kindle Fire — the flagship device in its newly expanded Kindle line — as more than just a tablet — it's a digital hub and services platform that leads right to his store.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 28, 2011 10:45 AM
Here's the new Amazon commercial for Kindle Fire, the $199 tablet Jeff Bezos revealed today in New York to take on the iPad. The description: "Meet the all-new Kindle Fire — a Kindle for movies, music, apps, games, reading & more. Only $199."
Below, watch the commercials for the new lower-priced ($79) Kindle, whose pricing drew gasps from the reporters at the press conference; Silk, Amazon's new cloud-based browser; plus Kindle customer testimonials taped two weeks ago ... and let us know what you think of it all in the comments below!Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 26, 2011 05:59 PM
Amazon is set to unveil the Kindle Fire e-reader on Wednesday, with Conde Nast, Hearst and Meredith on board, but Time Inc. negotiations going down to the wire.
Boeing confident about Dreamliner output as All Nippon Airways prepares for aircraft's first commercial flight.
Chrysler lets car buyers track production and delivery.
Coca-Cola CEO is "cautiously pleased" with company outlook.
Jay-Z announces the New Jersey Nets will be renamed the Brooklyn Nets, and that he'll kick off the NBA team's new home at the Barclays Center with an eight-concert series in Sept. 2012.
John Hancock extends "Who Knew?" campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 12, 2011 03:01 PM
Having the exclusive contract to be the wireless network for the Apple iPhone was a pretty sweet deal for AT&T, but that ended earlier this year when Verizon was allowed to start servicing the devices. That as a good part of the reason that AT&T had a 10% net income drop in the second quarter from the same period of time last year.
Soon, Sprint will be offering iPhones as well, meaning another potential rough time financially to get through. According to USA Today, the company that hauled in $124 billion last year is hoping to find its next bump in revenue from iPads and other tablets.
“From April to June, AT&T gained 627,000 new connected-device customers — not counting its 5.6 million in smartphone sales,” USA Today reports. AT&T rolls out the $480 Acer Iconia today, while Amazon's Kindle is “the fastest-growing connected device on AT&T’s wireless network.”Continue reading...
Posted by Chana Mayefsky on August 10, 2011 09:00 AM
Apple accused of e-book price fixing, as Amazon Kindles social interactions and rolls out cloud-based reader.
AT&T bid for T-Mobile faces California review.
Baidu shuts down Twitter-like service in China.
Banana Republic Facebook fans get first dibs on Banana Republic's Mad Men collection.
BlackBerry's fall from C-Suite to High Street riots in U.K. could damage brand.
Disney CEO Bob Iger seeks "great characters, great stories."
Kate Moss-inspired web ad banned in the U.K.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 1, 2011 06:00 PM
U.S. House is expected to pass debt ceiling bill tonight, with the Senate set to vote Tuesday.
Amazon launches AmazonLocal daily deals in Groupon's hometown of Chicago; launches MyHabit app to compete with Gilt Groupe; beefs up streaming offering to compete with Hulu by adding Universal titles; and looks to expand Kindle library.
Apple iPhone 5 now rumored for October; Apple TV lets users buy TV shows with streaming update; and Apple blocks Samsung tablet release in Australia.
Twitter confirms "significant" ($800M?) funding round led by Russia's DST Global; adds Dutch and Indonesian local sites; and opens NYC office.
Adobe bows to Apple and builds Flash alternative.
Airbnb looks to defuse user security concerns by offering $50,000 guarantee to homeowners.
Allstate to shut banking unit, posts $620M in losses on tornado claims.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 26, 2011 06:30 PM
Amazon results beat Wall Street estimates as ad-supported Kindle tops e-reader sales.
American Apparel partners with eBay.
Comcast and NBC launch TV's "holy grail" — dynamic VOD advertising.
Dunkin' Brands prices IPO at $19/share for $2.4 billion valuation; but can it grow coffee biz?
Facebook launches new portal to help brands better target their marketing.
FOX narrows window on free streaming of network programming, with Dish Network first to sign on.
Google targets small business ad market, while interest in Hulu raises speculation.
Kraft begins global pitch for Trident.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 20, 2011 02:00 PM
South Korea is the world’s most wired nation with the fastest global broadband connections (seven times the world average), and students there have been experimenting with digital since 2008, using e-textbooks on tablet-like Fujitsu PCs and Samsung Galaxy Tabs.
Now, the nation is pushing for all elementary-level educational materials to be digitized by 2014, while by 2015, the entire school-age curriculum will be administered by computers, smart phones and tablets.
The national initiative has a $2.4 billion budget, with Samsung poised to get the bulk of the deal. Not only will this move redefine primary school education, it will spawn a huge market for home-grown electronics including the iPad, the Galaxy Tab and other branded tablets.Continue reading...