Amazon Reportedly Working on 4.7-inch Kindle Smartphone

Amazon Smartphone - Kindle Phone

New rumors say Amazon will release a Kindle smartphone sometime this year with a 4.7-inch display. Citing “supply chain sources” DigiTimes notes that Amazon’s smartphone may come out sometime during the second quarter of 2013. The rumor would place the smartphone’s release sometime between April 1 and June 30, 2013. Amazon may miss that window, […]

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Gets IMDB Based X-Ray Info with TV Shows

amazon kindle fire with x-ray movie and tv service form imdb

When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire HD they also announced a new feature called X-Ray, which grabs information about movies watched on a Kindle Fire HD from IMDB. Amazon purchased IMDB, a website that shows a vast amount of information about movies and TV shows: cast and crew names, past movies they’ve worked on and […]

Amazon Reportedly Working on $99 7-inch Kindle Fire HD

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TechCrunch claims Amazon may introduce a $99 7-inch Kindle Fire HD later this year, making it the cheapest Kindle Fire tablet yet. The rumored $99 Kindle Fire HD would have a 7-inch 1280×800 display, like the current 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. The tablet will use a TI processor like the rest of the Kindle Fire lineup, […]

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Price Slashed

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Deals 2012

Today Amazon lowered the price of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, bringing the base model of the down to $269. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 now costs $269 instead of $299, saving new buyers $30 on Amazon’s larger tablet. The same price drop brings the 32GB Wi-Fi only model […]

Apple, Amazon Pave Way for Digital Garage Sale


The problem with owning digital media today, such as copies of TV shows, movies, e-books, and music through services like Amazon and iTunes, is that you cannot transfer ownership of your content to someone if you want to clean house. Thanks to two recent, but separate, patents filed by Apple and Amazon, this could all […]

Is Amazon Planning to Put Kindle in Your Car?

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When Ford developed AppLink and introduced it in the 2011 Ford Fiesta they touted the API and developer platform allowing people to create apps that would integrate into the vehicle. Recently Amazon announced support for its Cloud Music Player with AppLink. People for years have been listening to Audible (owned by Amazon) audiobooks in their […]

Google May Focus on E-Commerce Rather Than Stores for Retail Strategy


After denying rumors that it would be building retail stores similar to those operated by Apple and Microsoft, it appears that Google may be gunning instead for Amazon with a new e-commerce strategy. The Internet search giant is now speculated to be partnering with physical retailers with promises for same-day delivery to take on Amazon’s […]

Mobile Drives Apple to #1 Most Admired Company, Beats Samsung & Google

Apple's mobile lineup helps Apple maintain the #1 spot.

Apple is once again the most admired company in the world according to the annual Fortune ranking. This marks the sixth year Apple took the number one spot, beating out competitors such as Google, Amazon and Samsung. The Fortune ranking comes from a list of 1,400 companies which are narrowed down based on criteria ranging […]

Amazon Instant Video Adds Justified, The Shield, HGTV and Food Network


Amazon recently added a number of TV shows to its Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant video, including shows such as Justified, The Shield and Iron Chef America. Earlier this week Amazon announced it acquired exclusive streaming rights for the FX TV shows Justified, which included both past and future seasons. As part of the […]

Lightning Cables: Cheaper, Better iPhone 5 & iPad 4 Charging Cables


Now that Apple lets companies in the Made for iPhone program create Lightning accessories, a number of accessory makers have their own Lightning cables. These third-party Lightning accessories are generally less expensive than Apple’s $19 cable, or offer varying lengths to fit users’ needs. While there are some very inexpensive Lightning cables around the Internet, […]

Best Buy Reportedly Keeping Online Price Matching, Cutting Return Window


Best Buy will soon cut its return and exchange window in half and let customers price match items from online retailers according to The Consumerist. Best Buy currently has a 30 day return and exchange policy, giving its customers about a month to return or exchange items they change their mind about. On March 3 […]

Ford Sync Gains Amazon Cloud Player Support in AppLink


When Ford introduced the Fiesta for the 2011 model year, it introduced a new feature to the Ford Sync platform: AppLink.  AppLink is a technology that allows you to connect the phone to the car and access advanced controls for certain apps. The apps that support AppLink on your phone can be controlled by the […]

Amazon Announces Coins, A Virtual Currency For The Kindle Fire


Today Amazon announced plans to bring a new virtual currency it calls Amazon Coins to Kindle Fire users in May. Amazon wants Kindle Fire users to use the new Coins virtual currency to buy apps, games and in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire. The currency won’t affect users who don’t have a Kindle Fire, as […]

Amazon Offers $50 Discount on Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE


Today through February 8, Amazon will give users a $50 discount on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE with the coupon code FIRELOVE. The same coupon code will also give users a $30 discount on the Wi-Fi only Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which will bring the tablet down to $269 from $299. The discount knocks […]

Happy New Year: A Wish List for 2013


A Wish List for 2013 Happy New Year! Many of our GBM readers are already celebrating the arrival of 2013 while the clock ticks down on 2012 here in the states. Each new year brings hope of things new, or different, or changed, but if you’ve lived long enough, you know that much will stay […]

Official Galaxy S3 Extended Battery Almost Here, Stays Thin


It appears as though the official Samsung Galaxy S3 extended battery release date is almost here with Amazon seemingly set to release the highly anticipated accessory in Germany in early January. Read: Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Update Rolls Out to LTE Model. According to a listing from Amazon Germany, found by Android Central, the […]

Mobile Tech Predictions for 2013: Warner’s Take


Trying to predict what is going to happen in mobile tech during 2013 is like trying to sharpen the edge of Occam’s Razor in one of those knife sharpeners that come with an electric can opener. While it would be nice to have some simple explanations for what we’ll see and hear throughout the year, […]

Zagg, Twitter searches, Say iPad Was Popular Gift This Christmas

Zagg iPad traffic

Some anecdotal website traffic from Zagg shows the iPad was a popular gift this Christmas. According to Zagg, daily iPad traffic to its website increased by 169 percent on Christmas Day. That measurement is for all iPad models, including the iPad mini. The increase is likely from new iPad owners looking for accessories for their […]

Amazon Sells, Then Pulls, Cheaper Amazon Basics Lightning Cables


Earlier this week Amazon started selling its own branded Lightning cables for newer iOS devices, but it recently pulled the cables from its website, according to 9To5Mac. The Lightning cables are part of Amazon Basics, Amazon’s line of inexpensive cables and accessories with easy packaging. The Amazon Lightning Cables were available through the online retailer […]