As expected, Amazon debuted its long-awaited smartphone, dubbed Fire, that will be sold exclusively by AT&T Mobility. One of the highlights of the retail-oriented device is a service called Firefly service that identifies more than 100 million different items, including books, music and TV episodes, and lets users purchase them with the click of a button.
AT&T Mobility is hoping to hit another home run by becoming the exclusive operator to offer Amazon's new smartphone, which is expected to make its debut tomorrow. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited sources familiar with the plans, AT&T will extend its existing relationship with Amazon, in which it provides cellular connectivity for Amazon's Kindle e-reader and tablets, to the smartphone.
Amazon's is poised to introduce its first smartphone at an event on June 18, according to various reports, but a big question hanging over the launch is: why? A report in the New York Times speculates that the real reason the retailing giant wants to get into the smartphone business is to remove friction from the retail experience, or to "close any remaining gap between the impulse to buy and the completed act."
Amazon's fabled smartphone, which the retailing giant will likely introduce at an event on June 18, will use Omron's Okao Vision face sensing technology for its 3D user interface, according to a TechCrunch report.
Amazon said it will hold an event in Seattle hosted by CEO Jeff Bezos on June 18 for a new device unveiling--the company is widely expected to announce its much-rumored 3D smartphone.
It's been a good news, bad news situation for Netflix of late. On the good news front, the online streaming media player signed a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Television Group for complete previous seasons of serialized dramas. This was tempered by the bad news that HBO, in extending its deal with Universal Pictures for movie rights through 2022, effectively shut Netflix out.
Netflix had to be happy to ring out the old year and ring in the new--especially after the way the old year ended. First the streaming service suffered a major malfunction on Christmas Eve; then its DVD website started acting up on New Year's Eve.
Leaving itself open to claims that it's spreading itself too thin, Netflix has confirmed that it's launching its service in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
Netflix announced second-quarter earnings that included a return to profitability that still included 91 percent drop in net income. On top of that, the service provider announced mediocre subscriber gains and cautioned that things could be muddled in the third quarter because viewers might drift away to watch the London Summer Olympics.
Fringe and The West Wing, are two television programs that share common thread of incredulity (Fringe is sci-fi, The West Wing is about collaborative politics). Now they have something else in common: they're both part of the Amazon Prime instant video catalog.