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  • Everything We Know About Amazon’s Radical New Smartphone

    Everything We Know About Amazon’s Radical New Smartphone

    All signs point to Amazon announcing a smartphone with novel features tomorrow. TechCrunch has revealed much about the phone over the last nine months but a few questions remain. At this point, all of the phone’s features are known and about the only thing left to know is the name, price and release date. Amazon will likely reveal all those details tomorrow morning at an event in Seattle… Read More

  • Amazon’s Smartphone To Be An AT&T Exclusive, Per Report

    Amazon’s Smartphone To Be An AT&T Exclusive, Per Report

    Amazon is likely announcing its first smartphone tomorrow and all signs point to it being something special with a novel head-tracking technology. While we’ve announced most of the phone’s features over the last few months, a few questions remain including carrier support. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the phone will only be available through AT&T, extending the… Read More

  • Ahead Of Smartphone Launch, Amazon Announces Its Appstore Has Tripled Year-Over-Year To 240,000 Apps

    Ahead Of Smartphone Launch, Amazon Announces Its Appstore Has Tripled Year-Over-Year To 240,000 Apps

    Ahead of a press conference this week where Amazon is expected to introduce its first-ever Amazon smartphone, the company is making a point to call out how much its mobile app ecosystem has grown in recent months. According to news released by the company this morning, the Amazon Appstore now has over 240,000 applications – a number which has nearly tripled year-over-year. In addition… Read More

  • The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    Did you know that the book publishing industry is at war with itself? No, wait, you’re a TechCrunch reader, wrong question. Did you know that the book publishing industry still exists? …This is kind of an awkward time for those of us who love both books and technology. It’s almost like you can’t cheer for both. This week’s example: the ongoing dirty war between… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos Sent Me A Book

    Jeff Bezos Sent Me A Book

    It’s not every day that Jeff Bezos sends you a copy of his favorite childhood book — Mr. Pine’s Purple House — to hype Amazon’s next major event. Read More

  • Kindle Fire Mayday Customer Service Provides Angry Birds Walkthroughs, Dragon Drawings

    Kindle Fire Mayday Customer Service Provides Angry Birds Walkthroughs, Dragon Drawings

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire Mayday service launched eight months ago, and in not quite a year it’s already the first place Kindle Fire HDX users go when they’re seeking support and advice on how to use their devices. Amazon is boasting that the average response time through its on-demand video and voice chat support system is just 9.75 seconds, which definitely beats waiting on hold… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Music Is Actually About Selling More Physical Goods

    Amazon Prime Music Is Actually About Selling More Physical Goods

    We are entering the age of the omnibundle, where what you see isn’t what you’re paying for. Take Amazon adding a “free” music-streaming service to its $99 a year Prime club. The goal is to lure more people into Prime because its free two-day shipping encourages more impulse buying of physical packages, which is where Amazon makes real money. That’s why it… Read More

  • Prime Music’s Clunky Interface Should Make Customers Feel At Home, Says Amazon

    Prime Music’s Clunky Interface Should Make Customers Feel At Home, Says Amazon

    Spotify has nothing to worry about. Prime Music is not going to eat its lunch yet. But not because of the lack of available tracks: The interface is from a by-gone era yet Amazon says its should be familiar with its Prime customers. The retailer giant launched its first music streaming service today. Called Prime Music, the service offers over 1 million tracks but lacks releases less than 6… Read More

  • Amazon Turns On Prime Music Streaming, Sans Current Hits

    Amazon Turns On Prime Music Streaming, Sans Current Hits

    There have been a lot of murmurs that Amazon would turn on a new music-streaming service this week, and it looks like that’s just what it quietly did a little while ago. A link to Amazon Prime Music, if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber that is, now takes you to a page heavy on playlists, promising over 1 million songs ready for your streaming pleasure, on top of the downloading… Read More

  • Amazon Launching Streaming Music Service As Soon As This Week, Says NYT

    Amazon Launching Streaming Music Service As Soon As This Week, Says NYT

    Ecommerce giant Amazon is planning a streaming music service of its own, in order to join the ranks of virtually every other tech company in existence, according to the New York Times. The streaming feature would give Amazon Prime subscribers free access to a library of thousands of songs, sans any advertising. It won’t include new releases, however, and Universal Music Group artists will… Read More