Amazon has always been pretty reluctant about revealing its hardware sales numbers, let alone for a device that was just released, such as the Kindle Fire HD. One way to gauge its popularity is to look at the number of users that use the device to browse the web. This is where ad analytics from Chitika Insights come into play.
Nook Video is B&N’s answer to existing Amazon Prime Video
The epic battle between Amazon and Barnes & Noble continues to heat up, thanks to a new video service coming for B&N. Alright, so the battle isn't exactly that hot. Amazon is clearly the winner when it comes both to e-readers and its highly successful Kindle Fire line. Can Nook Video change thing's up, though?
Coby discounts Kyros 7-inch tab, now available starting at $80 via Amazon
Out on the prowl for an Android tablet with some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness, but can’t really afford to spend more than a hundred bucks? Worry not, as today seems to be the perfect day to shop for tabs priced like alarm clocks.
New Google Play Books update lets you look up words, highlight passages
Google's just announced a new update to their Google Play Books application that finally makes it somewhat comparable to the competition. Starting today, people who buy books from the Google Play Store will be able to define words, which comes in handy when you're reading about a complicated topic; see places on a map, so say for example you're reading something about Mali, you can finally see where that is; and best of all you'll now be able to highlight and scribble in the margins, just like you'd do in a real book.
Amazon leases bigger office space for Lab126 R&D center. Is it working on an Android phone?
Lab126 is currently based in Cupertino, where Apple has its HQ, but it has recently leased more than 500,000 square feet of space in an office complex in Sunnyvale, California. The new offices, which are in Moffett Towers, can hold more than 2,500 employees. What is interesting is that Lab126 currently employs only half that number of people. Clearly Amazon is looking to expand the resources of Lab126.
Internet Association lobby group launched, includes Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Facebook
The Internet Association is considering itself the "unified voice of the Internet economy in Washington," and is made up of 14 companies, so far. These include Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster, Rackspace, Salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo and Zynga (in alphabetical order). What the lobby group aims to achieve is a "free and innovative Internet," which is considered "vital to our nation's growth."
Amazon previews social gaming experience on Kindle Fire with GameCircle
Along with Amazon's launch of its latest Kindle Fire tablet line, the e-commerce company also has a major gaming oriented feature in the works. GameCircle, launched in July this year, is basically a developer toolset that enables game publishers and developers to offer features like achievement tracking, leaderboards, game sync and social networking. Amazon has recently published a sneak peek at GameCircle, highlighting these features, and how both users and developers can benefit from the platform.
Confirmed: Amazon Kindle Fire’s mapping technology is powered by Nokia
Have you ever used one of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets? If so, you probably quickly started to realize that the Fire OS is so customized and skinned that it essentially feels like its own OS. That being said, at the root it is still just an app-compatible fork of Android.