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Telefonica, Ericsson bring 4G to Peruvian Amazon

Ericsson says it is committed to connecting the unconnected

Telefónica and Ericsson have collaborated on a project to bring 4G to Amazon’s Peruvians connecting schools, healthcare facilities and other public body entities to the internet. The two partners said this marks the first time LTE technology has been brought to the Amazon communities.

Karbonn Mobile Sparkle V launches in the UK, £99 Black Friday deal

Karbonn Mobile's Sparkle V

Indian affordable smartphone maker Karbonn Mobile has announced it is launching in the UK with its Sparkle V on Friday exclusively via Amazon. As a Black Friday special offer, the device will be available for £99 for one day only, after which it will be available at £129.

Amazon in Fire sale, other smartphone vendors feeling the heat

Amazon slashes cost of Fire again

Amazon has taken another hit on its faltering Fire phone, by conceding a second price slash on its first smartphone offering. The online retailer has now listed the phone for $199.00 unlocked, which also includes a full year of its Prime service worth $99.

Telefónica partners with Amazon and Bango for carrier billing in Germany

Germany is up for carrier billing

UK mobile payments outfit Bango has announced it’s working with Amazon and Telefónica Deutschland for carrier billing services on its O2 network in Germany. Starting next year O2 Germany subscribers will be able to pay for certain goods bought on Amazon with their phone bills.

Alibaba set for record IPO and international expansion

Alibaba looking to raise $24.3 billion investment before IPO launch

The Chinese e-commerce giant is to commence its investor roadshow in the USA this week, ahead of one of the most highly anticipated Initial Public Offerings in the history of the New York Stock Exchange.

Google Glass creator jumps to Amazon

The brains behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, has left one internet giant for another

The brains behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, has left one internet giant for another, this week revealing his departure from Google and new employment at Amazon. The move comes as interest in the wearable computing space continues to heat up.

Amazon has made its Fire smartphone too expensive

Why should we buy the Amazon Fire instead of another flagship smartphone?

Almost three years after Amazon got into the Android device game with the Kindle Fire, the giant etailer has finally decided to take the plunge into handsets with a smartphone simply named Fire. The Fire has many novel features but the main point of it, surely, is to encourage as many people to conduct as much m-commerce as possible through Amazon. So the decision to position it as a high-end device is a strange one.

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.

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