Today only: get a 1-year Amazon Prime membership for just $67

By Cody Lee on Sep 24, 2015

Amazon is currently offering a significant discount on its popular Prime service, cutting the one-year membership fee from $99 to $67. The promotion is in celebration of the company’s 5 Emmy wins earlier this week, and is good through 11:59 p.m. PT Friday night.

For those unfamiliar with Amazon Prime, the service includes a number of benefits. There’s free 2-day shipping (and same-day in some areas) on millions of products, and free access to Prime Video, Prime Photos, Prime Music and the Kindle Lending Library. Read More


Amazon responds to new Apple TV with updated Fire TV box with 4K support and Alexa search

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Eight days have passed since Apple has taken the wraps off its fourth-generation $149 Apple TV featuring downloadable apps and games, universal search with Siri and more, and now Amazon has conveniently rolled out its second-generation Fire TV.

Unlike the new Apple TV which disables 4K video output in software, the new Fire TV supports 4K video streaming right out of the box. It includes a new voice-enabled remote and comes outfitted with Alexa, which is basically Amazon’s version of Siri. Read More


Amazon Prime Music gains search suggestions, curated collections, sleep timer and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2015

Following a major update to Amazon’s video-streaming client for iOS which now allows offline playback for Prime movies and television shows, the online retail giant today gave its Prime Music app a little love, too.

The new Amazon Prime Music 5.0 for iOS introduces curated collections featuring hand-picked music, search suggestions to make music discovery even easier, a brand new sleep timer feature and more. Read More


Amazon Video app updated to allow offline playback for Prime movies and TV shows

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 1, 2015

Amazon Video received a fairly significant update today, which brings a compelling new feature to its video streaming app—offline viewing for Prime movies and TV shows. In version version 3.2 of the app, users can now download videos for offline viewing, which means that you can queue up TV shows and movies for watching when you’re low on signal, using airplane mode, or for the purpose of saving on mobile data usage.

The addition of offline viewing may not seem like a huge deal to some, but it could signal a change for mainstream video streaming apps in general, which for the most part, have only been capable off online viewing.  Read More


Study shows Apple TV fell to fourth most popular streaming device in U.S. last year

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2015

The Apple TV fell to the spot of the fourth most popular streaming media device in the US last year, according to a newly-released study by Parks Associates. The research firm says that sales for Apple’s set-top box were eclipsed by those from Roku, Google and Amazon.

“Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the U.S.,” said Barbara Kraus, the director of research at Parks Associates. Their data shows that Roku accounted for 34% of units sold in 2014, with Google in second at 23%, and Amazon overtaking Apple for third. Read More


Amazon launches dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Online retail giant Amazon on Monday launched a brand new application in the App Store to give iPhone and iPad owners a quick way to access their documents, spreadsheets, music, photos and videos stored in Cloud Drive, Amazon’s storage locker in the cloud.

The new app, called Amazon Cloud Drive, is available at no charge in the App Store. For the uninitiated, Amazon’s Cloud Drive service offers you a choice between unlimited storage for your photos in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or $60 per year for an Unlimited Everything plan.

A free 90-day trial of Cloud Drive is available here. Read More


Amazon removed as a Cydia payment option

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 1, 2015

If you’ve tried to make a purchase on Cydia lately, you may have noticed one big difference with the available payment options. Amazon is no longer available as a means to make payment, leaving only PayPal as an option.

For me, this is really unfortunate, because Amazon allowed you to authorize a set number of dollars in advance, making it easy to make multiple Cydia purchases over a period of months without necessitating a reauth. I’ve never been a fan of PayPal and its business practices, but I also hate how cumbersome it can be to simply log in to PayPal.

As of today, we’re down to a single option for Cydia purchases, but that could be changing soon.

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Kindle update adds new font and a number of readability enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

Amazon’s Kindle for iOS app received an update this morning adding new features for “faster reading, less eye strain.”

Kindle 4.9 for the iPhone and iPad now includes larger font sizes, in addition to an exclusive new font that was specifically crafted for prolonged reading on digital screens.

The application now does hyphenation and has smoother word spacing, with layouts that dynamically adapt drop caps, text and images as you change fonts and adjust font sizes. Read More


Audible audiobooks service gains support for Apple’s CarPlay in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

Audible, an audiobooks service owned by Amazon, pushed a major update to its iPhone and iPad application this morning which added CarPlay functionality along with a couple nice-to-have improvements in the app’s iOS edition.

After downloading today’s update, the Audible app will automatically appear on the dashboard of CarPlay-enabled vehicles and those supporting CarPlay via aftermarket solutions from Pioneer, Alpine and other companies. Read More


Amazon’s Lightning cable gives you six feet of charging flexibility for cheap

By Lory Gil on May 1, 2015

Apple’s included Lightning cable just seems to fall short of useful. Maybe that is because it is too short. The charging cable that comes with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is only about 3 feet long. If your wall plug is right next to your bed, then you will be OK, but otherwise, you need extra feet.

Amazon makes an MFi-certified Lightning cable that is six feet long, twice the length of Apple’s. So, if you need the extra length, or just want a second cable, Amazon has you covered. Read More


Amazon’s Instant Video for iOS can now stream content in HD and over cellular

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2015

Amazon’s Instant Video client for the iPhone and iPad has received an update Thursday, bumping version number to 3.0 and bringing out several improvements to streaming video quality.

Users can now stream Instant Video content on their iOS device through their carrier’s cellular network while controlling their mobile data usage settings. In addition, the ability to watch video streams in high-definition has been added, too. Read More


Amazon launches survival horror game ‘Lost Within’ for iOS

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2015

Amazon’s Game Studios made good on its promise today to bring mobile games to iOS, launching Lost Within in the App Store. The title falls in the ‘survival horror’ genre, costs $6.99, and supports both the iPhone and iPad.

Set within an abandoned asylum that “holds a horrific secret,” Lost Within tasks players with solving mysteries, fighting monstrous inhabitants and using stealth tactics to sneak down haunted hallways in an effort to survive. Read More


Apple said to currently not have 4K plans for new Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

So you thought the new 4K television you paid ridiculous amounts of money for during Christmas was going to be supported by Apple soon enough? Sorry bud, maybe a couple more years.

Apple scoopster John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed reports that when Apple’s next-generation Apple TV is released to the market later this year, it will lack 4K video capability, even as the television industry grasps onto the new technology that provides a more detailed and immersive viewing experience. Read More


Amazon offers to store all your files for $60 per year, or just photos for 99 cents per month

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015

Amazon has just upped the ante in the cloud-storage arena by announcing Thursday a pair of disruptive cloud storage plans, with a new Unlimited Everything tier available to store as many photographs, video clips and documents as you possibly have, for a flat fee of sixty bucks per year, a massive price reduction over previous prices.

Another, lower-priced tier called Unlimited Photos will keep an unlimited number of photos backed up in the Amazon cloud, and up to five gigabytes of videos and files, in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or just 99 cents per month.

Both new plans store your files securely on Amazon’s Cloud Drive services and are available now on the web. Read More


Apple named as potential tech company to buy Boeing internet satellite

By Jake Smith on Mar 16, 2015

Apple is among technology companies who Boeing is looking to strike a deal with this year to build a high-throughput communications satellite, according to Reuters. Read More


New Amazon commercial says Kindle Fire HD is twice as durable as iPad mini 3

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2015

Forget about side-by-side software and hardware comparison, Apple’s iPad mini 3 is twice as likely to break into pieces should it slip out of your hand than Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.

That’s the key message of Amazon’s latest television commercial which paints its tablet “twice as durable” as the iPad mini 3.

The 30-second video, which shows the Kindle Fire HD being subjected to various durability tests, is meant to reinforce the notion that Amazon tablets are sturdier than Apple’s. Read More


Amazon working on Apple Watch shopping app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 13, 2015

Online retail giant Amazon is working on an official Apple Watch app that will permit its users to purchase goods on right from their wrist, TechCrunch reported Friday.

“The company does have an Apple Watch version of its mobile shopping app in the works, we understand,” reads the report. Read More


Amazon Game Studios announces four new mobile games coming to iOS platform

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Amazon Game Studios, a games-publishing arm of the online retail giant, announced it will soon be bringing four new iPhone and iPad games to the iOS platform.

“We’re excited to share that two new games, Lost Within and Til Morning’s Light along with customer favorites Tales From Deep Space and To-Fu Fury, will be coming soon to iOS and more Fire devices,” said the studio in a media release Friday. Read More


Kindle update brings eTextbooks and Book Browser to iPhone, and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Amazon’s free Kindle for iOS app has received a refresh this morning. Bumped to version 4.7, it lets students access Kindle eTextbooks from their iPhone and filter their notes by chapter for easy studying, thanks to an enhanced Notebook feature.

Book Browser, another new feature created with iPhone owners in mind, lets you tap on a book cover to reveal additional information like the book description and customer reviews. Read More


Amazon releases Kindle Textbook Creator for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015

The online retail giant Amazon on Thursday announced a brand new application for the Mac which allows anyone to create and publish textbooks on Kindle. Currently in beta and available in English only, the applications can be downloaded to Mac or Windows PCs through Amazon’s website.

Similar to Apple’s iBooks Author app for the Mac, which debuted in 2012, Kindle Textbook Creator makes it easy to create textbooks and other educational material with by augmenting text with graphs, charts and equations and other graphically rich content.

In addition, the app can convert existing PDFs into a digital book, ready for distribution on the Kindle Store. Read More

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