By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2014
Not sure about you, but holidays always stress me out. More Black Friday deals than I could possibly process isn’t the worst part, it’s hunting for great gifts that’s both time-consuming and exhausting.
This is especially true when shopping on Amazon. If only someone curated the best and finest products available for purchase on the Internet’s biggest catalog…
That’s where Canopy jumps in. Created by CanopyCo, Inc., this nifty little iPhone application presents you with a beautifully designed list of Amazon products, neatly organized by categories and brands and curated by “a community with great taste.”
In addition to shopping by categories and brands, the free app lets you find gifts by personality type, see what’s new, trending or the most popular in the product feeds, build a personal collection of your favorite Amazon products and much more. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014
Amazon joined Walmart and others in launching its Black Friday sale early today. The online retailer will be discounting a number of products over the next several days in a mix of limited-time deals, pre-Black Friday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday offerings.
Among the discounts we’re seeing on Amazon.com right now include select Beats headphones, which are being discounted by as much as $80 depending on the model, various iOS-connected wearables, and more. We’re even seeing some Apple products on sale. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2014
I’m not really sure what to think about Amazon’s crazy connected speaker with built-in personal digital assistant. What I do know is that the Echo could be a close approximation of what a next-generation Apple TV with built-in Siri might be like. Taking another swing at hardware, the Echo is well designed: it sports both sexy looks and the smarts.
It’s also got a few cool tricks up its sleeve to dazzle unsuspecting users. In a nutshell, the Echo will talk to you, play music, read your news headlines, check the weather, find facts online — and also sell you things — for $199. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2014
It’s gotten a lot easier to swallow the Amazon Prime membership fee of $99 per year now that the online retail giant is throwing in free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos.
Unveiled Tuesday, Prime Photos taps Amazon’s Cloud Drive service to allow Prime subscribers who are Apple users to upload photos from their mobile devices using Amazon’s free Cloud Drive Photos iOS app and have them stored for free in the Amazon cloud, in their original resolution.
Because the service keeps your snaps saved in full resolution, they aren’t compressed and no quality is lost. The Cloud Drive Photos app has a handy Auto-Save feature to automatically back up your photos.
Needless to say, Prime Photos is also accessible on Android devices, Amazon’s Fire tablet and Fire Phone series and through the web via Mac and Windows computers. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014
iPhone 6 related updates for your favorite apps continue to roll in more than a month following the release of Apple’s bigger handsets.
Following Plex’s iPhone 6 update earlier this morning, both Amazon and Path have now refreshed their respective iOS applications with native display support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus models.
If you’re an early iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus adopter, you know why these updates matter: not only do optimized apps look crisp as anyone would expect, but also take advantage of greater pixel count to display more content, thereby requiring fewer taps and less scrolling. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014
Having released its $99 set top box in April 2014, the Fire TV, that also doubles as an Android-driven games console, the online retail giant Amazon on Monday took on Google’s Chromecast with a $35 HDMI dongle dubbed the Fire TV Stick.
Amazon is calling the Fire TV Stick “the most powerful streaming media stick.” And at just $39, it’s within reach of average consumers who need a pocket-sized device to wirelessly beam their media and apps from an Android phone or tablet (iOS coming soon) to a big screen TV. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014
In just two short days following Amazon’s confirmation that it’s been working to enable its Chasse-issued Amazon.com Rewards Visa co-branded card for use on Apple Pay, users can now load that card in Apple’s mobile payments software, according to TechCrunch and reports on MacRumors forums, Reddit, Twitter and other social media channels on Friday.
Apple Pay users should now be able to add their Visa Rewards card in Apple Pay, either by entering the card details manually or snapping a picture of their card with the iPhone’s camera. Twitter reports prove that doing so puts the correct card image with the Amazon logo in the Passbook application. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014
The online retail giant Amazon confirmed to GeekWire that it is in fact working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card offered by Chase for use on Apple Pay, as MacRumors first noted on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Seattle, Washington headquartered company did not specify when it would be available. This is a major development as Amazon is among the companies not supporting Apple Pay initially. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2014
The online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday refreshed its Instant Video iOS client for the iPhone and iPad with iOS 8 compatibility and native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus display sizes.
Aside from these compatibility fixes, the release adds a pair of enhancements aimed at improving your video-watching experience.
The latest version 2.9 is available free of charge in the App Store, arriving a month following version 2.8 which brought us a brand new search history feature and quick resume capability. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014
Although Apple’s new iPhones have been in stores for more than a week now and developers are scrambling to update their apps with native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
And while users are still waiting for an iPhone 6 optimized edition of WhatsApp, the social networking giant Facebook has now updated the Messenger iOS app with native iPhone 6 support.
Another important piece of software has also received its iPhone 6-focused refresh today, Amazon’s Kindle for the iPhone and iPad. Both Facebook Messenger and Amazon Kindle are available free of charge in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2014
Goodreads, the popular social cataloging service owned by Amazon, on Wednesday pushed a major 3.0 update to its iPhone and iPad application.
Now with a revamped user interface and several new features such as friend updates, improved shelving, a handy reading progress indicator and streamlined navigation, the app gives reading aficionados greater flexibility in terms of content discovery and exploring their favorite books.
Goodreads boasts more than 20 million members who have added an enormous 570 million books to their shelves. The app is available free of charge in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014
Thursday morning, the online retail giant Amazon has released the new Kindle 4.5 for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store, bringing out a Today widget and compatibility fixes for Apple’s latest iOS 8 software update, in addition to the ability to copy passages of text from e-books, look up translations and more.
The 40.4-megabyte download is universal so any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is supported natively as long as it’s compatible with iOS 7.0 or later. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014
The online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday refreshed its Cloud Drive Photos application for the iPhone and iPad with some much-needed new features.
Used to synchronize and protect your photos and personal videos on your iOS device with Amazon’s cloud-based storage dubbed Cloud Drive, the free application now supports AirPlay, a media-streaming technology from Apple, so you can stream your photos and videos wirelessly to the big screen TV through the Apple TV box.
Also, you can finally rename albums and easily change an album’s cover photo by swiping left/right on the album artwork. Most importantly, the app finally applies proper metadata to your photos and videos, including date taken, resolution, image type and file name. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014
The online retail giant Amazon, which just purchased the gameplay streaming platform Twitch for nearly $1 billion, has given its Audible for iOS app a little love earlier this morning.
Now sitting at version 2.1 and featuring a revamped user interface — along with the minimalistic new app icon — the app does away with the outdated design in favor of a more modern iOS 7-friendly appearance.
Audible is an audiobook service owned by Amazon.
In addition to the brighter UI, the refreshed software offers a few new features such as an improved search, an all-new Discover tab, a 30-second forward button in the built-in player and more.
Audible for the iPhone and iPad is available free of charge. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014
Taking the likes of PayPal Here and Square head on, the online retail giant Amazon today unveiled an iOS-connected credit card reader. Dubbed the Local Register, the accessory allows iPhone and iPad owners to accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards on their device.
The tiny dongle connects to an iOS device via the headphone jack and has a magnetic stripe that reads data from your credit card and transfers it securely to the device as an audio waveform.
A free mobile app then verifies payment information and completes the transaction using Amazon’s processing backend. Amazon is savagely undercutting both Square and PayPal with lower transaction fees, starting at just 1.75 percent per swipe… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2014
Amazon posted a nice little update for its Instant Video app this weekend, bringing the client to version 2.8. The update includes a couple of new features and bug fixes that make searching for and watching content in the application much more enjoyable.
One of the new features has to do with video playback, and it enables you to quickly resume videos you’ve recently started from the app’s home screen. You can also now quickly find content you’ve previously searched for with the new search history feature… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 2, 2014
It’s been nearly 6 months since Dong Nguyen pulled his smash hit Flappy Bird from the App Store. The game was reportedly earning over $50,000 per day in revenue at that time, but Nguyen didn’t like the added attention it brought him, so he pulled the plug.
As he promised, though, Flappy Bird has made its triumphant return as ‘Flappy Birds Family,’ bringing along with it a new multiplayer mode and other additional features. Unfortunately, it looks like the title is exclusive to Amazon’s Fire TV platform for now… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014
Hot on the heels of announcing a standalone all-you-can-eat subscription for books and audiobooks costing ten bucks per month, the online retail behemoth Amazon has issued an interesting update to its free Kindle for iOS app.
In addressing customer complaints, the company has brought out several new features that make sync and navigation easier. For starters, Kindle 4.4 lets you create placeholders to explore other areas of the book without losing your current place.
I’m exited about Wikipedia integration: you can now easily learn more about a word by selecting it to read an entry from Wikipedia in the Info Card at the bottom of the page… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2014
At a media event on June 18, Amazon entered the smartphone fray with the Fire Phone. Sure the company is 7 years late to a market that is largely dominated by a handful of heavyweights, but it hoped the device’s unique features would set it apart.
Tonight, the embargo lifted on early reviews of the handset, and they aren’t pretty. The consensus is that the aforementioned features—tilt scrolling, etc.—are gimmicky at best, and the phone itself is a pain to use. Read on for other initial reactions… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2014
Last night, the online retail giant Amazon has begun airing the first television commercial for its Fire smartphone ahead of its debut next Friday in the United States.
Rather than take jabs at competitors as Amazon did with its launch ads for the Fire tablets, the Fire Phone commercial instead zeroes in on the fact that it comes with a full year of Prime membership, bundled free of charge.
It’s a major selling point which cleverly takes advantage of Amazon’s diverse interests in digital media and its continuos focus on undercutting the value proposition of its rivals… Read More