Amazon has been placing its Lockers delivery service into locations around the country to cater to folks that don’t want packages delivered to their home or office. There are all sorts of reasons why delivering to home or office won’t work for some people, one of those reasons is fear of theft.
A big draw for the recently announced Amazon Fire TV is obviously the streaming video. And while that side of the set-top box appears to be full featured -- there is more involved here. The Amazon Fire TV is also a gaming box which has an optional game controller for improved game play.
The Amazon event is still underway, but we now have another streaming set-top box to consider. We are talking about the Amazon Fire TV, which is a device that will attach to your television and allow you to stream from a few services. As one would expect, those services include Amazon Instant Video.
If you’re a fan of sending documents to your Kindle device, Amazon has a trick up their sleeve to coax you into their cloud storage. Any document, text from a website, eBook or the like you send to your Kindle will now be added to a folder in your Amazon Cloud Drive.
Hinting to deeper forays into the gaming scene, Amazon has quietly added two high-profile game designers to its employee roster. Kim Swift of Portal fame and Far Cry 2's Clint Hocking was reported to have joined the nascent Amazon Game Studios.
After I wrote my article on Wednesday about Amazon’s new Fire TV set-top box, I received an email from a reader that summed up the retailer’s challenge — and opportunity.“I am just writing with a follow-up question about these boxes being offered by Amazon, Roku, Apple and others,” Mary Woodhead wrote.
Login with Amazon was first introduced about a year earlier. Amazon had been touting this as a secure sign-in solution that makes use of the OAuth 2.0 protocol. It had been pushed as something beneficial for developers and users.
Janet: I used to use my Roku 3 as my Time Warner Cable box for my bedroom TV, in addition to watching Netflix and Hulu Plus. I eventually cancelled the Netflix and Hulu Plus because we just didn’t watch either of them very much. Now that we’ve moved, I don’t need the Roku as a cable box, either. I had just been using the Apple TV boxes (latest versions) we have to watch the programming we’d buy or rent on iTunes. I’ve been a long-time Amazon Prime member, and I didn’t have a good way to watch the streaming programming that Amazon makes available to Prime members. Yes, I could have used my iPad and AirPlay to watch it on my TV, but I just didn’t want to go to that much trouble. I was excited to try the Fire TV because I wanted to get more than just the free shipping benefits from my soon-to-be-even-more-expensive Amazon Prime membership.
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