Amazon has officially unveiled three new models of their tablet, 7- inch Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. All models have a new design for 2013, and prices vary from $139 for a basic 7-inch Kindlea Fire HD model with 8 GB of memory and support for WiFi , up to $ 579 for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with 64 GB of memory and support for LTE mobile network.
Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, bought one of the world's most respected newspaper publication, the famous Washington Post, for $250 million. He will pay with his own money, not the Amazon's, which obviously points out that Amazon will not have any business relationship with the newspaper, and Bezos himself said on this occasion that the publishing policy of the Washington Post will not change - all editors and all journalists remain in their positions until further notice.
Just two weeks after announcement of disappointing financial reports that showed that Barnes&Noble loses race with Amazon in e-book reader segment, William Lynch Jr., general manager of the company has resigned.
We have been following the Apple price fixing trial over the last few weeks and have been very interested in some of the coverage that has been coming out. One of the biggest things that we have noticed is a tendency from nay press outlets to try and skirt over the issues. In particular many news sites are more than willing to completely absolve Apple of all guilt simply because the most damning emails the DoJ is using were draft emails from Steve Jobs. What is unusual about this is that many of these same sites were not willing to do the same During the Samsung V Apple trial (and also the Intel Anti-Trust case). It begs the question; why does Apple get the free pass? Still press bias or bad reporting aside the fact that these emails are drafts is really irrelevant. They show knowledge or and/or intent to set prices and force them onto a competitor.
Apple is not having a good run of luck lately. They are sagging behind their rival and manufacturing partner Samsung by almost 2 to 1 in terms of unit sales which is hurting consumer confidence in their phone and tablet products. Apple is also probably going to lose their suit with the Department of Justice over eBook Price fixing which will impact the pile of cash they have an investor confidence. To further add insult to injury they are under investigation for their tax policies in the US an overseas. The Apple mythology is crumbling faster and faster while others jump in to pick up the pieces. Apple may even be delaying the launch of new products which is not doing them helping their situation considering Samsung and others have much faster refresh times than Apple can maintain.
Owners of Barnes&Noble e-books can soon expect a software upgrades that should significantly extends the functionality of the device. The upgrade will be available early next month, and they refer to readers Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with Glowlight.
Users of Google Reader, which is an online RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news reader, received the message that the service will stop working on first of July this year. This is part of Google's announced spring cleaning, even though people did not expect that the Reader will be the victim of it.
Amazon has released the results for the last quarter of 2012. The company has achieved 22.27 billion in revenue which is 22% better compared to the same period a year earlier. However, Amazon also reported relatively weak earnings, especially if we consider their high income.
In today's increasingly mobile environment, many students, particularly those in college, are no longer tolerating being weighed down by their textbooks. Instead, they are turning to eBooks, and accessing their texts from a myriad of devices, like their laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Two of the more popular multi platform eBook brandss are VitalSource and CourseSmart. Lets take a quick look at the main points of what each has to offer.
Although I am writing this article today the facts behind it have spanned the course of a few years going back to when Steve Jobs first fell out of the public eye and Tim Cook took over the day to day duties as CEO (although he did not have the title). At the time there were subtle indications that things were not going well at Apple even with the record sales and massive money pile in the bank. Some of the items that kept showing up in the media were about what would happen to Apple if and when Steve Jobs was gone. The articles a speculation were backed up every time there was a rumor about Steve Jobs’ health and Apple stock took a hit.