Amazon, one of the world's leading sellers of both e-readers and tablets, has confirmed that it has hit a deal with Samsung to acquire display manufacturer Liquavista.
Liquavista makes use of electrowetting technology to produce colour displays for portable media players and e-readers.
Confirming the deal, Amazon said, "We are always looking for new technologies we may be able to incorporate into our products. The Liquavista team shares our passion for invention and is creating exciting new technologies with a lot of potential."
In a move which clearly underscores Amazon Web Services' (AWS) ability to add economies of scale to its IT infrastructure, the cloud provider said in a recent announcement that it will be offering its customers a reduced price for its storage options.
According to the AWS announcement, made at the cloud provider's re: Invent conference in Las Vegas, its 24th price reduction will bring down the prices of the Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3) and Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS).
Online retail giant Amazon has recently announced that its Cloud Drive tool, which was earlier available for desktop computers and the company's own branded Kindle Fire tablets, has now been expanded to all Android-based devices.
The Amazon Cloud Drive for the Android is essentially an alternative to SkyDrive for Android-device users who are keen on exploring photo storing options. The tool gives the Android users the advantage of uploading pictures, storing them on Amazon servers, and viewing as well as sharing the photos from their Android-based handsets and tablets.
On Tuesday, Apple announced its much-rumored smaller tablet - the iPad Mini - which marks the company's foray into the 7-inch tablet arena; and will chiefly challenge the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets.
The iPad Mini features a 7.9-inch screen which is significantly bigger than the 7-inch screen of both the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD. However, the iPad Mini's 162 pixels per inch (ppi) resolution is lower than the 216 ppi resolution of both its closest rivals.
At a Thursday, September 6, event, online retailer Amazon unveiled four Kindle Fire tablets - two of which comprise a much improved Kindle Fire HD lineup - as well as a new Kindle e-reader.
One of the new Kindle Fire HD tablets is a 4G LTE-enabled device, boasting an 8.9-inch screen and 32GB storage capacity. The tablet will directly challenge the Apple's new iPad; especially since its $599 price-tag will be notably lower than the $729-priced 9.7-inch, 32GB iPad with 4G capability.
Broadening its reach into the US economy, bigwig online retailer Amazon. com has recently forayed into the social-gaming arena, with the launch of its studio - Amazon Game Studios – as well as its first social game, Living Classics, which is being hosted on the popular Facebook social network.
Amazon’s decision to go after social-gaming margins comes at a time when two social-gaming pioneers, Facebook and Zynga, are apparently struggling to come up with new ways of improving their revenue figures.
According to a recent disclosure from industry tracker DisplaySearch, online retail giant Amazon apparently has plans underway to manufacture three new Kindle Fire tablets, to compete with Apple's iPad and Google's recently-announced 7-inch Nexus tablet.
Going by the DisplaySearch report, the three new tablets which Amazon is planning to produce will all have 7-inch screens, and will probably be scheduled for release in time for the holiday shopping season this year.
According to the latest statistics released by ComScore, the Android tablet arena is now being dominated by online retail biggie Amazon, with the company's aggressively-priced 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet holding nearly 55 percent of the market share by February this year.
In spite of reports that Kindle Fire sales had started plunging at the beginning of 2012, the ComScore data has revealed that the Amazon tablet dominated the Android tablet market with a nearly 30 percent share in December
On Wednesday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) debuted a managed NoSQL database service – the DynamoDB database service - which marks a widespread attempt in the direction of building a new type of database for “unstructured” information, so as to enable the users not only to launch a database but also to scale it up or down as per their requirements.
The new DynamoDB database service will be of immense significance to the web companies which are engaged in the collection, storing and processing of an increasing amount of data.
The team behind XDA-developers has posted a video showing how they successfully hacked Amazon's Kindle Fire and installed Android 4.0 (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich) on it.
It is the first time that the Kindle Fire has been showed running a tablet version of Android, and not its customized version of Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread), which is smartphone version of the Google's mobile operating system.
The innovative folks at XDA-developers have called it "pre-alpha", apparently because it technically works, but it is extremely buggy.
Online retailer Amazon has issued a software update for its Kindle Fire to address problems like unreliable scrolling, inept apps and coldness of touch navigation.
The newly released update improves the responsiveness of touch navigation and the swiftness of actions on the tablet. Thus, users will now be able to load webpages swiftly in the tablet's Web browser.
The software update also adds some new features like the one that allows Fire tablet users to edit what shows up in their "carousel" of recent apps as well as content displayed on the devise's home-screen.
According to the most detailed sales figures released by the online retail biggie Amazon, the sales of the company's Kindle brand of e-book readers and tablets is currently topping 1 million units per week.
In a recent statement, Seattle-based Amazon said that the last three weeks in succession have witnessed consumers purchasing nearly 1 million units of the Kindle line-up of products.
Amazon's recently launched Kindle Fire is selling like hot cakes and is on the right track to grab second place in the global media tablet business in the final three months of this year, research firm HIS said.
According to HIS, Amazon will manage to sell around 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets during the fourth quarter of 2011, accounting for 13.8 per cent share of the total tablet shipments across the globe.
But, Apple's iPad will continue to dominate the global tablet market, with around 65.6 per cent share of the tablet market.
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