Translate Plugin made by Free Rider 2

Amazon

Amazon launches Fire TV set-top box

Amazon has launched its TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has launched its TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.

Available to order now in the US, the small US$ 99 (€72) box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Watch ESPN and Showtime.

Among the features of the device is voice search, which users can activate by pressing a button and speaking into their remote. The box can also be paired with an Amazon Fire Game Controller, letting users play video games from major firms including EA, Disney and Ubisoft.

“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. “Our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”

Amazon claims that the set-top includes a quad-core processor that has three times the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3 devices.

It also comes with 2GB of memory – four times the memory of these rivals, allowing content to load faster and games to run smoother, according to Amazon.

At launch Amazon said that the device will offer more than 200,000 movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video alone. More than 100 games are also available with “thousands more” coming in the next month.

A feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) will also help to predict which movies and TV episodes viewers will want to watch and pre-buffers them for playback so that they will start instantly.

Users can also use Amazon Fire TV to view their own photos and personal videos on their TV, and to access music streaming services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.

Fire TV is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and supports 1080p HD video as well as 7.1 Dolby surround sound.

Telecoms.com

Amazon Reportedly Launching ‘Project Aria’ Smartphone This Year

That might be the case, according to The Information. The site is reporting that Amazon is working on a smartphone – dubbed “Project Aria” – that could launch sometime this year Click here for more.


cellular-news

Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia Mulled Takeover Bids for Research in Motion

Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia all took a look at a possible takeover bid for ailing BlackBerry manufacturer, Research in Motion, a couple of news reports have claimed. Click here for more.


cellular-news

Apdata migra para a nuvem com Amazon Web Services e Google Apps

Torre de celular (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Apdata migra para a nuvem com Amazon Web Services e Google Apps
Empresa amplia os processos de comunicação, reduz custos, acelera a decisão de negócios,…



Planeta Celular Tecnologia Mobilidade e Gadgets


PlanetaCelular

Amazon can no longer compete with only annual updates

At its press conference, Amazon emphasized the unique nature of its business model – “We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices” – by announcing a flurry of new valued-priced products and updates to its growing line of tablets and e-readers.

Updating its flagship Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon revealed four new versions of the tablet including three Kindle Fire HD versions in two format sizes (7-inch for $ 199 and 8.9-inch for $ 299, $ 499 with LTE) along with an updated base version of the Kindle Fire. The new tablets have received substantial improvements in screen resolution and anti-glare capabilities, speedier OMAP processors from Texas Instruments, faster dual-band MIMO wifi design, and a new front-facing camera among other updates, all with competitive price points. In keeping with the latest connectivity standards, the $ 499 top 8.9-inch model also includes LTE connectivity through AT&T with a subsidized 250MB/month plan costing only $ 50 per year. While that plan’s data limitations will force heavy users to take advantage of the faster Wi-Fi capabilities for video content, it does offer a substantial discount over similar plans offered directly from AT&T.

The new Kindle Fire HD lineup, which runs on Android 4.0, will provide Amazon with a much needed boost for its device sales, but faces an increasingly competitive field, especially from Google’s Nexus 7 and Samsung’s top tablet models. Amazon’s combination of an expanded hardware offering and well-integrated and robust media services are well positioned for the short-term, but the online innovator will no longer be able to compete with only annual updates to its devices portfolio.

Even with the improved quality and continued value pricing, Amazon will need to issue semi-annual updates and include the most recent version of Android (Jelly Bean) in order to fend off Android competitors in the coming months. For faithful Amazon customers, the new line-up offers excellent improvements and better engagement with Amazon’s expanding media and applications offering. However, Amazon’s value proposition leadership will be increasingly challenged by the likes of Google’s $ 250 Nexus 7, making it more difficult to convert users of other Android tablets to the Amazon family of services.

telecoms.com – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

Amazon updates tablets and e-reader

The new Kindle Fire HD

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: 7-in for $ 199 and 8.9-in for $ 299 ($ 499 with LTE). In addition it launched an updated non-HD version of the tablet.

“The new tablets have received substantial improvements in screen resolution and anti-glare capabilities, speedier OMAP processors from Texas Instruments, faster dual-band MIMO wifi design, and a new front-facing camera among other updates, all with competitive price points,” commented Andy Castonguay, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media.

Amazon successfully made an impact with its Kindle e-book reader, and later with the initial Fire tablet. However, as the tablet market in particular becomes increasingly competitive, the launch of updated tablets is necessary for the firm to keep pace with competitors.

“Amazon is clearly spooked by Google’s Nexus 7 coming in at $ 200 for a much more capable device, and it’s upped its own hardware specs while reducing the price to $ 159, which is clearly an attempt to keep it somewhat attractive in the face of that new competition from Google and Asus,” said Jan Dawson, chief telecoms analyst at Ovum.

The firm also unveiled the fifth generation Kindle e-readers: Kindle Paperwhite. According to Amazon, the e-reader has 62 per cent more pixels and 25 per cent increased contrast than previous versions, a built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions and up to 8 weeks of battery life. It will be available from $ 69 in the US.

Dawson commented: “The new pure e-readers reaffirm Amazon as the clear leader in this space. The $ 69 price point for the basic Kindle is unbeatable, and the Paperwhite devices are now the best in class for backlit e-readers. There’s no-one else that does these things this well, this cheaply.”

Meanwhile, the online retailer also announced that it will create more than 2,000 jobs in the UK over the next two years, after opening a distribution centre in Hemel Hempstead. The depot has created 600 new roles and the firm plans to open another two in the coming months.

telecoms.com – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

Moovin contrata Dedalus para projeto Amazon Web Services visando crescimento

Mangrove and woodland near the Amazon river – Salinopolis – Para – Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Moovin contrata Dedalus para projeto Amazon Web Services visando crescimento

Fornecedora de…



Planeta Celular Tecnologia Mobilidade e Gadgets


PlanetaCelular

Apple Beats Microsoft While Amazon Primes the Low End of the Tablet Market

First quarter seasonality combined with an overall disinterested customer base led to an annual decline of 14.7% in worldwide tablet shipments during the first quarter of 2016 Click here for more.


Cellular News

Amazon Makes Move on Apple’s Siri with Voice to Text Purchase

Amazon has bought a USA based voice-to-text software developer in a move that is raising speculation that it is seeking to develop its own competitor to Apple’s Siri service. Click here for more.


cellular-news

Amazon Launches Paid App Store in China

Amazon has beaten Google in allowing paid downloads of mobile apps in China. Currently, Google only offerd free app downloads. Click here for more.


cellular-news