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  • The Industrialist’s Dilemma Crunch Network

    The Industrialist’s Dilemma

    Ford made headlines at CES this week when it announced a major partnership that will integrate Amazon’s technology into its cars, also following rumors that the company is working with Google to develop and manufacture self-driving cars. Even a couple of years ago, these combinations would have seemed shockingly strange, but today the only thing remotely surprising is that it took… Read More

  • Google And Amazon Talk About Managing Drone Traffic At CES

    Google And Amazon Talk About Managing Drone Traffic At CES

    Figuring out how to manage drone traffic over the United States to allow for drone delivery services and other drone-based service is going to be critical if Amazon and Google ever want to deliver packages to the backyards of their customers. Earlier this week, Amazon’s VP of Global Public Policy Paul Misener and Dave Vos, Google’s lead of Project Wing, as well as… Read More

  • Even In The Face Of Ebook Hegemony Used Bookstores Are Still Popular

    Even In The Face Of Ebook Hegemony Used Bookstores Are Still Popular

    In an article that should bring you and yours a bit of holiday warmth, the Washington Post has found that despite Amazon used bookstores are still thriving – for now. They have found that various factors including the aging of the Baby Boom generation, the headwinds of digital adoption, and the general need for a place of community have all led to a resurgence in used bookstores. The… Read More

  • AWS Launches Its Smallest And Cheapest EC2 Instance Type Yet

    AWS Launches Its Smallest And Cheapest EC2 Instance Type Yet

    Earlier this year, at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas, Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform announced that it would soon launch a very small (but burstable) instance type for its EC2 computing service. These new t2.nano instances are now live. Running these new instances in Amazon’s US regions will only cost $4.75 per month (or$0.0065 per hour) — making them… Read More

  • Backblaze’s Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service Comes Out Of Beta

    Backblaze’s Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service Comes Out Of Beta

    After a short beta, Backblaze today opened up its new low-cost cloud storage service for all developers. Backblaze made a name for itself as a backup service for individuals and small businesses. But as the company’s CEO Gleb Budman told me when the company first announced this new product, the technology it developed to run those services (and all the hard drives it buys) is also a… Read More

  • Amazon’s AWS Is Growing Up; Should You Be Scared? Crunch Network

    Amazon’s AWS Is Growing Up; Should You Be Scared?

    AWS’ once welcoming waters turn murky as the platform continues to aggressively expand its footprint. Here’s how startups can stay competitive. Read More

  • AWS Plans To Launch A UK Region By The End Of 2016

    AWS Plans To Launch A UK Region By The End Of 2016

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is aggressively expanding the number of different geographic regions it offers its services in. As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced today, the company plans to launch a UK region by the end of 2016 (“or early 2017”). That’s Amazon’s third region in the European Union. Amazon’s facilities in Dublin were long the only option for… Read More

  • Oprah’s Favorite Things Is Here And Now It’s All In One Place On Amazon

    Oprah’s Favorite Things Is Here And Now It’s All In One Place On Amazon

    Oprah has been sharing her “Favorite Things” list with us every holiday season for the last 20 years. But this year the “queen of television” penned a deal with Amazon to offer an easy way to buy all those items on her list in one place. “…this year’s list might just be my most versatile and fun ever,” Oprah said of her 87 picks, also featured in… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Protect Yo-self: 9 Ways To See If A Company Has Your Best Interests at Heart

    I believe it’s paramount that in an increasingly digitized world you, as a proactive consumer, learn what exactly companies are doing with your data – and how to rate them on it, just like you rate a hotel on Trip Advisor or a product on Amazon. If they don’t have a passing grade, don’t give them your data! Read More

  • The Joy Of Watching Paint Dry On Twitch

    The Joy Of Watching Paint Dry On Twitch

    Bob Ross is taking over Twitch. There are currently more people watching Bob Ross paint a covered bridge than there are viewers of Dota 2 or Hearthstone. Twitch’s Creative channel has about 45,000 viewers, with the vast majority enjoying the calming brush strokes of Bob Ross. Twitch launched its new Creative channel two days back. As it notes in a blog post, creatives have used Twitch… Read More

  • ‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy Is Free For Amazon Prime Members In October

    ‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy Is Free For Amazon Prime Members In October

    Hold on to your 1.21 gigawatts. Amazon is offering the Back to the Future trilogy for free to Prime members for the whole month of October. This year marks the 30th anniversary for BTTF. Super fans may recall October 21, 2015, is also the date Marty McFly heads into the future to see what can be done about his kids. Read More

  • Amazon’s New Fire HD 8 Adds Removable Memory And More

    Amazon’s New Fire HD 8 Adds Removable Memory And More

    It’s a pretty sad state of affairs in the tablet world when removable memory is a way to lead off a review but there you have it – the Fire HD 8, Amazon’s latest addition to its tablet family, has a removable memory slot. This means you can expand things beyond the included 8 or 16 GB of memory that the device comes with. That’s a good thing and Amazon should be praised… Read More

  • We Didn’t Start The Fire (Amazon Did)

    In honor of the new Amazon Fire Tablet, we decided to take a quick look at the history of the tablet that gives the iPad a run for its money. Amazon’s attempts to corner the tablet market have thus far been thwarted, but each of their improvements added much to the ecosystem and proved that the company could make some solid hardware. Read More

  • Backblaze Announces Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service To Compete With Amazon S3

    Backblaze Announces Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service To Compete With Amazon S3

    Backblaze is best known for its consumer and enterprise backup service — and how many hard drives it buys to power that service. Today, however, the company is taking a step in a slightly different direction by announcing the private beta of Backblaze B2, a competitively priced cloud storage service that competes with the likes of Amazon S3 and the cloud storage services that are part… Read More

  • Shelfie Is Shazam For Your Bookshelf

    Shelfie Is Shazam For Your Bookshelf

    If you’re like me, you have a lot of Mad Magazine books from the 1970s, a classic copy of Oui from 1979, and three Hungarian cookbooks. In other words, you’re a well-read individual. But how do you get those books onto your reading device? Shelfie, that’s how. Read More

  • Amazon Releases Jolly Candy Fire HDs In Tangerine And Blue Along With A Cheaper Fire

    Amazon Releases Jolly Candy Fire HDs In Tangerine And Blue Along With A Cheaper Fire

    Amazon has announced a number of interesting improvements to their Fire HD and tablet line today, improvements that bump the processor speed and tweak the styling of the Fire HD 8- and 10.1-inch line and adds a new device, the Fire, priced at $49 (or a six-pack for $250). The Fire HD tablets have long had high-resolution screens and solid processors. Now, however, the company has moved… Read More

  • Latest Amazon Fire TV Features 4k Video, Alexa Voice Assistant

    Latest Amazon Fire TV Features 4k Video, Alexa Voice Assistant

    Amazon just took the wraps under the latest Fire TV, and just like the leak stated, it sports 4K video and improved voice search thanks to integrated Alexa support. Best of all, the new and improved Fire TV will still sell for the same price as its predecessor. The Fire TV packs a new 64-bit quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU. Combined with a new codec called High Efficiency Video Coding… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Heads To Florida To Take On Elon Musk’s SpaceX

    Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Heads To Florida To Take On Elon Musk’s SpaceX

    Today, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans around setting up a rocket manufacturing plant in good old Florida. The news was announced in Cape Canaveral, of course. The company that Bezos is using to take on SpaceX is called Blue Origin and he plans on investing $200M into getting it off of the ground…so to speak. New Shepard, a Blue Origin rocket, is already being developed… Read More

  • Amazon To Answer Apple With New Fire TV

    Amazon To Answer Apple With New Fire TV

    Don’t call it a hobby. Amazon is serious about its living room aspirations and is about to launch a second-generation Fire TV media receiver. The company launched the original Fire TV a year-and-a-half ago, and it includes a similar feature set as the newly revamped Apple TV. From voice search to apps to games, the original Fire TV packs a punch, and the new one seems to be even stronger. Read More

  • Kindle Unlimited Launches In India

    Kindle Unlimited Launches In India

    Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s “all-you-can-read” subscription service, is now available in India. Pricing currently starts at 99 rupees (about $1.50) for a one-month plan, though that will increase to 199 rupees at the end of this month. Read More

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