Fire

  • Charge It With Fire! FlameStower Turns Your Campfire Into A USB Phone-Charger

    Charge It With Fire! FlameStower Turns Your Campfire Into A USB Phone-Charger

    Charge your gadgets with fire! FlameStower, a startup that came out of Stanford’s StartX Summer 2013 class, has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to get its alternative charger to market. The gizmo lets you harness the heat from a campfire/gas stove/naked flame heat source to add some juice to a phone or other USB-charged device. Read More

  • The Kindle Fire HD Is Amazon’s Lean, Mean, Content-Selling Machine

    The Kindle Fire HD Is Amazon’s Lean, Mean, Content-Selling Machine

    The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s digital strategy incarnate. When it launched a year ago, the Fire seemed almost rushed. It looked like RIM’s failed Playbook tablet and it worked, at best, like the low cost tablet it was. But, in the end, it was the best device ever made to access Amazon’s own content. It delivered a seamless read experience, a compelling video collection, and… Read More

  • FCC Filing Points To Larger Kindle Fire

    FCC Filing Points To Larger Kindle Fire

    The Digital Reader has done some clever sleuthing to find a filing by Amazon’s shell company, Harpers LLC. The filing shows a fairly large, 10-inch 4:3 screen device that should launch in the fall. You can see the filing here. Read More

  • Target Neutralized: Amazon Beats Tablet Makers At Their Own Game

    Target Neutralized: Amazon Beats Tablet Makers At Their Own Game

    With the announcement that the Kindle Fire has grabbed 54.4% of the Android Tablet market, it’s clear to see that Amazon’s Trojan Horse strategy paid off. As I wrote back in December, the Fire is Amazon’s way of making all of their offerings “real.” Movies, books, and games were Amazon’s core competency back when all of that stuff was on disks and on paper… Read More

  • Amazon Plays The Price Card In The Battle Against iPads

    Amazon used to be able to sell the Kindle based on its readability in sunlight. That’s a fair comparison to make and the old advertising featured little more than people being happy reading. To wit: Read More

  • Amazon’s Trojan Horse: Don’t Underestimate The Kindle Fire

    Amazon’s Trojan Horse: Don’t Underestimate The Kindle Fire

    A number of prominent folks have been ripping into the Kindle Fire lately, claiming that it is slow, exhibits poor UX choices, and that consumers are returning them en masse. Heck, even the affable Marco Arment writes “If I didn’t need the Fire for Instapaper testing, I’d return it.” Tough crowd. But there’s another narrative that says this is a secret success. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Amazon's Mobile Devices

    Gillmor Gang 10.1.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Danny Sullivan, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — lauded Amazon’s entry into the mobile media universe with the Fire. We were unanimous in our praise for the impact the device will have on the tablet scene, with a price within reach of a whole new audience that has found the iPad resistable and Android tablets even less or… Read More

  • Amazon Fire First Look

    TCTV: Hands On With The Kindle Fire

    The Kindle Fire is the device we were all waiting for and when it arrived it did not disappoint. The Fire is a 7-inch media device that plays well with all of Amazon’s media services including the book store, the video store, and the music store. It includes a web browser and supports Amazon’s own Amazon App Store, a branch of the Android App Store that focuses on apps optimized… Read More

  • Live At The Amazon Event In New York City

    Live At The Amazon Event In New York City

    Watch this space because beginning at 10am Eastern/7am Pacific we will be live from the Amazon event in New York City. What are we expecting? The Fire, of course – Amazon’s newest Kindle that will come with a full-color, touch-sensitive screen and perhaps a few other tricks including Prime ebook subscriptions and a more robust and compelling Amazon app store. We’ll update… Read More

  • Following Fire Incidents, Apple Japan Replaces 5,000 iPod Batteries In 3 Weeks

    The never ending story between Apple Japan and the local government may have finally come to an end. Following months of disputes whether overheating first generation iPod nanos pose a security risk (some iPods caused fire) or not, Apple last month announced it will put up a special warning message on its Japanese company site and offer to replace batteries in all models affected for free. Read More

  • Apple Japan Now Ready To Replace Overheating 1st Gen iPod nanos

    As we reported last week, Apple Japan had to admit to the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that its local subsidiary failed to report 34 mostly minor accidents involving the iPod nano. Big A has a somewhat problematic history with the Japanese government, mostly because of overheating iPods. Read More

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