Mobile payments are becoming the future of transactions and a few companies have tried to jump in to the competition. Amazon released its Wallet beta app 6 months back, but has now thrown in the towel. Amazon announced today that it’s no longer continuing with the Wallet beta app. Don’t try to visit the site as all the links are no longer in existence.
Netflix has dominated public attention when it comes to original series, but competitor Amazon has scored its first big series' win with Transparent , a cleverly named series that touches on some heavy issues through a series of characters including Maura.
As Android phones go, the Fire Phone is not the best. It’s not even close, and many would consider Fire OS and the Amazon App Store very un-Android. A world of its own, the Fire Phone launched with big hopes, and crashed hard almost immediately afterward. A mis-fire, Amazon was able to write down $170 million on their last earnings call due to the Fire Phone’s existence.
Canada is getting some love from Amazon and it’s nothing but good news. To be more specific, Amazon Prime members who reside in Canada now have access to an unlimited amount of photo storage space through Amazon with Prime Photos. Tacking on more good news is that Amazon Student and Amazon Family members in Canada also have unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive.
According to Amazon, over 10 million new Prime users signed up over the holidays. That’s 10 million brand new users who are trying Prime for the very first time in 2014, enjoying streaming media as well as “free” two-day shipping. Amazon also says we’re lazy; their numbers show those who are in areas where same-day delivery is possible ordered 10 times more via Amazon than in 2013.
After making a dent in the television industry with their Amazon original series, specifically with the Golden Globe-winning Transparent, the world's leading distributor is further expanding their content creation. Now they're taking on full-length movies with Amazon Original Movies, planning to release them both in the theaters and through their Prime streaming service.
The Amazon Fire Phone is a neat little device, with its robust specs and proprietary but efficient Fire OS. The “proprietary” part – which means the device is locked to Amazon’s App ecosystem – also means that the phone does not have full access to the Google Play Store, until now, that is.
Amazon is disruptive, which means it is divisive. So inevitably the retailer’s new all-you-can-read venture, Kindle Unlimited, is the subject of heated debate, pro and con, among self-published writers.The program allows people to pay a flat monthly fee for as many e-books as they can read.
Amazon has introduced its new Kindle Textbook Creator, a tool that lets users create digital textbooks and related materials that include educational elements, not the least of which are flashcards. Students will then be able to access this content on the same devices other Kindle content can be accessed on, including their Fire tablets.
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