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Samsung gets cosy with Kindle, Tizen

Samsung is bringing the Kindle experience to its handsets

Amazon has partnered with Samsung to launch a custom ebook service, bundling a content subscription with the device.

The heat is on

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Just eleven days into his role as CEO, Brendan Eich looks like he is waving goodbye to the company he co-founded 15 years ago. Eich, best known for developing the Javascript programming language has resigned from his post as CEO of Mozilla Corporation as well as leaving the board of the non-profit organisation which owns Mozilla Corp over an equality row.

Amazon launches Fire TV set-top box

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.

Telecity builds vendor neutral cloud services hub

TelecityGroup has unveiled a “cloud neutral” hub platform

European builder of carrier-neutral datacentres, TelecityGroup, on Monday unveiled a “cloud neutral” hub platform designed to enable users to execute private, hybrid and public cloud deployments through direct connections with cloud and IT service providers.

Amazon beefs up mobile offering with cloud notifications

Application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices

Amazon has built up its presence in the mobile space this week with the launch of a cloud-based, cross platform push notification service, making large scale notifications more accessible to developers.

Using the Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) API, application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

Operator board members are less innovative than those at OTT players, claims European Leaders

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

Amazon builds development centre in Germany

Amazone is using Germany as a platform for European operations

Online powerhouse Amazon is stepping up its European cloud presence with the creation of a development centre in Germany. The new entity, based in Berlin and Dresden, will create 70 new engineering jobs and will focus on developing technologies to support the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business, including hypervisors, operating systems, management tools and other applications as well as the development of machine learning technologies for use across all of Amazon’s platforms.

Orange Digital moves to Amazon cloud

Orange Business Services has moved to Amazon Web Services' cloud solution

Citing its previous infrastructure as being expensive to run and time consuming to maintain Orange Digital, which manages the online portals for EE, has moved to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The firm claims that by moving to Amazon’s cloud, it is better able to support spikes in traffic and capacity and reduce costs by £2m over a three-year period.

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

Amazon can no longer compete with only annual updates

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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.

Et tu, Amazon? The real threat of the Amazon smartphone

Operators will have to fight for tablet retail revenues

The telecom industry press United States is all abuzz about the latest rumors that Amazon is in the process of testing a smartphone device that will expand the ranks of its growing Kindle line up. With the tremendous upheaval that the smartphone industry has undergone in the last five years, the opportunity for success seems increasingly limited to companies that have established business models that actually don’t require a device business to be profitable.

Amazon cloud mopping up 1% of internet traffic

Not bad for a company that started out as an online bookstore.

Amazon’s cloud is vast, so vast that it now accounts for around one per cent of all internet traffic, according to estimates released this week. This data underpins the importance of cloud services for service delivery and underscores the opportunities for those with the necessary infrastructure.

Come on Amazon light my Fire

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When it comes to the relationship between the devices and content they offer Amazon and Apple are two very different companies. Apple’s App Store was created to act as a differentiating feature that is available only to their end users, in order to compel consumers to purchase Apple devices rather than those of their rivals. While for Amazon it is the reverse, their devices exist to encourage the growth of the market for the sale of the digital content that is available on their online store.

Amazon Fires up tablet space

The Kindle Fire redefines the tablet space

Amazon this week formally announced the addition of four new products to its device portfolio: the Kindle (basic), the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Touch 3G and the Kindle Fire. They are all e-readers, with the exception of the Fire which is a tablet. The original Kindle e-readers have since been renamed the Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Keyboard 3G to avoid confusion. The lesser-spotted Kindle DX is still available too.

SAP: EC2 crash makes selling the cloud harder

SAP says Amazon's EC2 troubles could rain on everyone's Cloud parade

Business applications provider SAP has warned that Amazon’s recent EC2 cloud service crash will make it more difficult for the industry to convince business to move to the cloud.

AT&T launches online deals service

AT&T is entering the mobile coupons market

US carrier AT&T is to launch an online coupon service to rival Groupon and Facebook’s offerings. The discount site, which will run on the telco’s yellowpages.com subsidiary, launches in June with initial services in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth. To entice users to sign up, AT&T is offering a $10 credit. More cities are expected to follow after the initial launch, as well as national deals, all of which will be available to mobile device users, according to AT&T.

Amazon takes music to the cloud

Amazon's offering allows users to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, tablet, Mac or PC

Web giant Amazon upped the ante in the cloud services space on Tuesday with the launch of a cloud-based music platform for Android mobile devices as well as desktops and laptops.

Amazon joins app store action

Angry Birds Rio is an exclusive title

Web giant Amazon entered the app store fray on Tuesday, with the launch of its own, appropriately named Appstore, which is geared up for Android devices.

Microsoft rumoured to be eyeing up Adobe in mobile apps play

Microsoft and Adobe have yet to make any real or significant impact in the mobile apps market, and are thought to be considering joining forces. If the two companies were to merge then it would have to be the mobile apps market driving the deal, as this is where both companies need to score big time, say analysts at Ovum.

Ch-ch-changes

It’s the first sign of spring. As the Informer parked his trusty penny farthing in the unusually busy cycle shed this morning, squeezing the sturdy relic of a bygone era in among the shiny carbon frames and razor thin wheels newly purchased by the fair weather cyclists, he was struck by how things change.

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