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Amazon Kindle Fire: the iPad Killer? Not So Fast.

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The Kindle Fire is a shockingly good product for a shockingly good price. For $200, you get a screen with a higher resolution than the iPad, with a dual-core processor and an Android OS. In other words, it's a Nook, only $50 cheaper, and it will likely be a hacker's delight. But for all the buzz, it's not going to be able to tackle the iPad in any meaningful way. Here's two reasons why.

Amazon and Wal-Mart Taking On Apple?

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Pretty much if you want to put out an application in this day and age, especially for anything mobile, you have to put out an iOS version. Apple pretty much controls the smartphone and the tablet computer market. Defying them is practically fiscal suicide. You've got to have deep pockets to defy the biggest company in the world. You know, like being the biggest web store in the world. Or...

Sony Vs. Amazon: Who'll Win the Streaming War?

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As you might be aware, yesterday Amazon launched the Cloud Player, a service that stores your music and lets you play it from anywhere you have a decent connection and a computer. No more copying MP3s, no more carrying around a music player, instead you'll have your music anywhere you go, at least until the server crashes. Or until Sony shuts it down, as they just told Amazon they're pretty...

Amazon Launches Video Streaming For Prime Customers

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I gotta be honest, when I first heard about Amazon's Prime service, I let out one of the biggest, loudest meeehhhhhssss of all time. Actually "meh" would indicate indifference, so I guess my sentiment was more like a "WTTTTFFF???"  A $79-a-year two-day shipping subscription? Count me out. Way out. But now Amazon has added something more tempting to the pot: free video streaming (or, more...

Amazon Selling More E-Books Than Paperback Books

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Amazon has sold more e-books than paperback books for short periods in the past, but today it reports that e-books outsold paperbacks during an extended period this holiday season. Amazon didn't expect the milestone to happen until spring, but thanks to increased e-book shopping over the holidays, it got there early.

Amazon Opens Its Android App Market To Developers

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If you think about nearly any small, consumer item that you'd ever want to buy, chances are that you could (or will) buy it through Amazon. Or at least check Amazon for prices. Apps have long been one of the few items that people buy on a regular basis for which they didn't need to bother checking Amazon. Soon, however, that will all change.

Amazon to Sell Kindles Through Best Buy

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You know what's so boring that it makes me want to gnaw my own testicles? The line-for-line breakdown of Apple's new App development guidelines. Brutal. So instead of torturing myself (and possibly you readers), I'll leave that news to bigger blogs today and focus on something that's instantly engaging: Amazon Kindle availability. Okay, it's really not more engaging at all, but it's much...

Amazon Kindle Gets Updated Smaller, Cheaper and More Options

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Amazon debuted a new pair of Kindles today, and instead of taking shot directly at the iPad, it chose to focus on improving its market-leading design--at least for now. The new Kindle moves into one-handed territory, shrinking down by nearly a quarter while maintaining the same six-inch reading area. Amazon dropped the weight down to just 8.7 ounces. The new Kindles keep the same e-ink...

Deal of the Day: $149 Amazon Kindle

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E-reader prices have recently been going down faster than Paris Hilton after a couple of adult beverages, and for a limited time, you can enjoy the biggest price break yet. Woot has the Amazon Kindle for a bargain-basement price of $150. If you'll recall, Amazon recently dropped the official price of the Kindle down to $189, so without trying too hard you'll save about 40 bucks. $35 once you get...

Amazon Kindle Takes the Price Plunge

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Well, that was fast, wasn't it? Earlier today, B&N dropped the price of the standard Nook down to $199, and the very same day, Amazon has done them one better: the Kindle is now $189, down from $259. So it looks like the e-reader market is officially a little more wallet-friendly. No news of a Wi-Fi-only Amazon Kindle to compete with the $149 model that B&N introduced today, but Amazon has done...

Kindle Will Be Available in Targets Nationwide

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The Kindle came to Target a few weeks ago, but it didn't come to all Targets. It's been slowly infiltrating retail locations around the country, and Target announced today that the Kindle will be go nationwide beginning this week on June 6. Target is selling the Kindle for the same lovable $259 price that it costs on Amazon and will give customers a chance to get hands on before they buy.

Amazon Kindle Not Getting Color Anytime Soon

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Amazon CEO Jeff  Bezos was quoted at a shareholder's meeting yesterday as stating that a color version of the Amazon Kindle is still a "long way out." Despite making some early moves that appeared like it was going to try to compete on the iPad's turf, Amazon looks like it will retain the Kindle's classic, black-and-white e-ink display for the forseeable future.

Deal of the Day: $150 HTC Droid Incredible at Amazon

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The HTC Droid Incredible officially launched last week. As was announced, the price with two-year contract through Verizon is $200. If you like what the Droid Incredible has to say, but want to hear it at a 25 percent savings, Amazon has what you're looking for. The retailer is selling the phone for $149.99, which includes free, two-day shipping (with a two-year Verizon service plan).

Amazon Updates the Kindle

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Amazon will be releasing an update for Kindle software. The v2.5 update brings a variety of new features that Kindle users may or may not love. Like every other electronic device out there, the Kindle is now more social thanks to the addition of Facebook and Twitter features that let you share parts of books via the social media sites. A similar feature called Popular Highlights lets you view...

Kindle May Be Coming to Target in Two Weeks

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With the recent launches of the Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iPad, the e-class-leading Amazon Kindle is at a distinct disadvantage: there's no where for potential buyers to get their germ-infested hands on it and try it before buying it. And there's no way of comparing it with those other two devices, so if you like one of them, there's really no reason to consider the Kindle.

IPad E-Book Prices Are Cheaper Than Expected, Bestsellers $9.99

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Remember that whole Amazon/publisher pricing war that went down right around the time the iPad was unveiled and its e-book prices were revealed? Well, if a new report on AppAdvice is to be believed, it looks like Apple was just f-ing with Amazon in a big way. A leaked preview of iPad book pricing shows that the overwhelming majority of bestsellers, including all of the top 10, are priced at...

Amazon Launches 'Kindle for Mac'

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Amazon is really covering all its bases in shoring up against iPad competition. The retailer launched a 'Kindle for Mac' app today and reminded consumers that Kindle content can be enjoyed on all types of devices including PCs, Blackberries, iPhones and, yes, iPads (soon). As the name spells out pretty clearly, the free application allows users to read Kindle books on Mac computers.

Amazon Working on Enhanced Browser for the Kindle

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The latest tech news by way of job posting relates to Amazon's continual improvement upon the Kindle. The retailer appears ready to greatly improve upon the rudimentary Web browsing experience offered on the Kindle and recently posted a job listing within its Lab126 e-reading division for a browser software engineer. The hire is tasked with helping to "provide an innovative Embedded Web...

$9.99 E-Book Pricing May Stick Around In the iPad Era

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Much attention has been given to the feud between Amazon and major publishers over e-book pricing. Amazon would like to keep its $9.99 pricing for bestsellers and new releases while publishers are looking to do away with the cap, opening up the market for higher prices between $12.99 and $14.99. Now that the publishers have some major back in the way of Apple, who signed deals that allow for the...

Amazon to Start Giving Away Kindles

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Here's a great way for Amazon to keep the Kindle competitive once the iPad hits the market: give it away for free. A piece in TechCrunch this morning says that the retailer wants to do just that, albeit to select customers. Citing a "reliable source", Michael Arrington says that Amazon is planning on rolling out a new program that will deliver Kindles to the doorsteps of all Amazon...