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Amazon's Kindle Fire to Get Performance Fix

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While Amazon's attractively-priced tablet still flies off the shelves, users are starting to realize that the bargain price came with some rather cut corners. With UI issues and too-easy purchasing being complained about, Amazon is promising to fix them with a software update soon.

iPad 3 vs. New Samsung Tablet: War Starts in February

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While the smartphone tech race is pretty much over, there's plenty of gold in them there tablet hills, as Apple and Samsung may clash, toe-to-toe, next February with new cutting-edge models. Grab your pom-poms and start cheering for your favorite now!

Amazon Updates to EC2 Will Force (Shudder) Reboots!

amazon_aws_logo.jpgSo, you move your company's apps, services or data to the cloud, and think everything will roll on smoothly, forever. Wrong! Even Amazon's systems need the odd update that requires a reboot within its mighty data centers.

Mobile Roundup: Apple Dumps Carrier IQ, Kindles on Fire

As the mobile industry gets ready to wind down for a few weeks, it's time to shout (or not) about those seasonal sales figures. And there was always going to be one last storm, provided by Carrier IQ, with its generic mobile networking monitoring software, now dumped by Apple. 

Black Friday, Cyber Monday: Rise of the Tablet

If you had little doubt what the most sought-after gadget was over the Thanksgiving break, the stats shows that tablets were the hottest ticket in town. Both online and in-store sales were through the roof as people seem hooked on tablets.

Black Friday Smartphone, Tablet Bargains: Mad, Sublime or Desperate?

amazon_store_logo_2011.jpgWith the big news that Amazon has put a great range of smartphones (except iPhones) on sale for just a cent on a two-year contract, others are slashing and burning, depending on need.

Amazon to Follow the Kindle Fire With A Smartphone?

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City investors suggest that Amazon's foray into Android tablets with the Kindle Fire could be followed up by a new smartphone in 2012.

Amazon Kindle Fire Might Overtake iPad Sales This Holiday Season

Amazon Kindle Fire Might Overtake iPad Sales This Holiday SeasonAmazon has just released its Kindle Fire tablet to the public through retail establishments and by online order. Amid mixed reviews, Amazon is optimistic that the US$ 199 price tag might hit the sweet spot among consumers and that the Amazon's new 7-inch tablet is poised to overtake Apple's iPad 2 in terms of holiday sales.

Amazon Kindle Fire Launches to Fair Reviews, Much Content

 

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The new tablet from Amazon is hitting doorsteps a day early across America with a great deal for users to download, but what do the critics think?

Amazon Acquires Yap Speech Recognition Startup, Might Compete Against Apple's Siri

Watch out, Siri. You're not the only speech-recognizing intelligent assistant out there. Amazon might have something in the works, having snapped up a speech-recognition startup a few weeks ago, which might suddenly crop up as a feature in the Kindle Fire in the future.

Yahoo!, AOL, Microsoft Form Online Advertising Troika

It’s a “corner the market strategy" in on-line ads that just might work. Today Yahoo!, Microsoft and Amazon joined in an Internet troika with hopes that ad sharing among their respective customers will boost both efficiency and revenue, creating a virtual “Maginot line” of defense against the Facebook and Google advertising onslaught. 

But can a unity and customer sharing strategy stand up against the power of social networking technology, delivering online ads on a rocket ship growth trajectory that’s gone from US$ 145 million in 2007 to a projected US$ 2.01 billion by the close of 2011, eclipsing market leader Yahoo in the process?

Take a Tour of the New HP Cloud Services Project

hp_logo_2010.jpgA couple of months back, HP unveiled its new Cloud Services project, but has been a bit quiet since then. Now you can at least take a virtual tour while you wait for your beta invite to arrive.

CMSWire Tweet Jam: Meet the Customer Experience Panelists #CXMChat

We are a little less than one full day away from our October tweet jam. This month we cover three important elements of customer experience: Content, Community and Commerce. Take a gander at who will be there and what we'll be talking about.

Attendees at Lucene EuroCon Learn Open Source Search Is Not All Sunshine and Rainbows #eurocon

Today was the second and final day of Lucid Imagination’s annual Lucene love fest, Apache Lucene EuroCon, in Barcelona, Spain. The information exchange, networking and new ideas continued to flow in sessions, halls and over the free wine at lunch.

Amazon Publishing to Launch Book Line, Cutting Off Publishers, Agents

Amazon Publishing to Launch Book Line, Cutting Off Publishers, AgentsAmazon is adopting a new business model, and it might hurt longtime relationships with publishers in the process. But will this be the future of publishing?

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