Thursday, 27 of November of 2014

Amazon and Xbox One – A winning combination

Thankfully, the end user has a choice when it comes to buying a Smart Phone but when it is gaming there are only two names that rings a bell in everyone’s minds – the Xbox One and the PS4. If you’re a gaming buff, you probably know about the two, and are probably taking sides. This isn’t for you if you’re a PS4 addict but if you love Microsoft’s offering, then you would love the Black Friday deals from Amazon.

Microsoft Xbox One is one that sets the pace for others to follow. The product is one of its kinds and has to be experienced by anyone who wants to have the combination of the Play Station and many other features built in to last. Use it the way you want to as it is the least expensive piece of electronic equipment that you can lay your hands on which can be used in several different ways.

Selling on its own merit seems a little vague and hence the need to reposition the competition by Amazon in boosting the image of the Xbox One that Microsoft treasures as one of its brands that they wish to hold although not much of development has happened on the up gradation of the product per se.

Black Friday could make the difference for the product positioning and effectively give it the necessary flesh and blood it badly requires.

All That You Need to Know About Kindle Voyage

If you’re on a journey to read, get ready to dig into the Kindle Voyage. This one will definitely be great company on your frequent trips to places. With a 300 ppi high resolution display screen, you can read under your covers after lights-out. Hold it with one hand or two; this super-light biscuit thing reader is the thinnest Kindle at 7.6mm thickness only! You won’t even know that’s it’s in your bag!

What’s more, with the new PagePress sensors, it’s almost like you’ve imagines the page to turn and it has been done without having to life a single finger!! By simply giving the Kindle a little pressure on the bezel, it recognizes your need to turn the page and provides an immediate feedback! Amazon has given great thought to convenience and efficiency with every change that they bring out in the Kindle.

You probably won’t miss your paperback version of the book because the Kindle Voyage has even taken care of that. As you swipe the glass screen to flip the pages of the e-book, you will be reminded of your paperback pages as the etching on the screen is specially made to try and match the feel of paper! Talk about attention to details!

The Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition

Why should kids be left behind in all the madness and fun of the Kindle? If you thought Kindle was all about the grownups, with its focus on making reading better – you’re wrong. Amazon has recently come out with the Fire HD Kids edition, that can understand all your kid needs.

Here is a look at what it offers.

Amazon has specially launched the Fire HD 6 and the Fire HD 7 tablet along with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a cute kid-proof case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee, amounting to up to $95 in savings! While the kid remains happy, what more would a parent want?

This amazing tablet is built keeping in mind every child, the background colour and the font is made to fit a child’s perspective. With stress-free navigation controls built in for the child to operate the Kindle with ease, there is also a parental control fully equipped with child-locks and passwords if the parent feels it to be necessary.

One of the best parts about the Kids Edition is the fact that it comes with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so kids gets free access to a collection of over 5,000 books, movies, magazines, TV Shows and educational apps and games at no additional cost! So parents needn’t worry about having to monitor the child’s purchases for the first couple of months at least! Let your child learn and grow with the Kindle Kids Edition.

You have all the other regular features of Kindle as well and with the festive season approaching, you surely can get some good deals. In a few weeks, we would have Black Friday and Cyber Monday with us – and that’s one time you can surely but the Fire HD.

Where does the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Score?

If you are an avid reader, and your bookshelves are bursting with the weight, what you are looking out for is the latest Kindle that’s out there. So you need to get out of your cosy homes and step into that warm winter clothing for the deals out there will definitely give you the shivers!

Have a look at what it’s got…

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX is one of the finest e-book readers that exist. With a 7” touch-screen display that is smooth, the 1920 X 1200 resolution of the screen makes you want to not let go! Built-in with Wi-Fi and 4G facilities, this quad-core processing unit gives the iPad mini and the other tablets, tough competition! In fact, the Kindle Fire HDX can do all that your iPad can do, and a whole lot more. You get it for a price that’s less than half of what you would pay for an iPad and do note, the iPad Air 2 is light but reports suggest that it can bend and break easily too. You don’t have to worry the same with your Kindle Fire HDX.

Amazon buffs are in for a treat, as they can enter into a world of Amazon with just a single touch, especially for holders of premium accounts. The Kindle Fire HDX doubles up as an excellent Android tablet too, and lets you reach out to some of the greatest magazines, comic books and articles and even movies. But let’s face it, when it comes to the touch inter-face, it has a lot to learn from Apple.

Apart from that, with a thickness of 0.35 inches, the makers have kept in mind that this e-book reader needs to be carried around and cannot have any extra weight, thus keeping it very light at 10.7 ounces! With the festive season approaching, this can be one of your must-buys.

Which City is the Best to Become a Billionaire? has come out with an interesting article on the World’s billionaires based on research carried out by U.K.-based luxury magazine Spear’s and research company WealthInsight. They state that most of the world’s billionaires are born in a particular city of the world. And the number of billionaires in these two cities is far more than any other city of the world. Here is a snapshot of the article.

More billionaires have been born in New York City than in any other city in the world, according new research by U.K.-based luxury magazine Spear’s and research company WealthInsight.

One in forty of the world’s billionaires were born in the American city – more than double the next most prolific billionaire-producing cities, London and Moscow.

According to data from WealthInsight’s database of 100,000 high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), New York produced a whopping 52 of the worlds’ billionaires, followed by Moscow with 22 and London at 21.
“New York not only tops the list for billionaire birth rates, it was also the birthplace of the world’s first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller,” said WealthInsight analyst Oliver Williams in a statement.

“Today, more billionaires were born in New York than any other city in the world, proving that the Big Apple has enjoyed almost a century of inspiring successful future entrepreneurs.”

Although the birthplaces of the world’s HNWIs span the globe, on a country-specific level it was far more concentrated.

Some 40 percent of the U.K.’s billionaires where born in London, and almost 20 percent of the U.S.’ billionaires hail from New York.

The Big Apple’s topping the list for billionaire births came as no surprise to Spear’s Editor Josh Spero, who said in a statement: “If you’re going to be an entrepreneur or an innovator, there are few better places.”



The Kindle Conundrum: Should you Buy the Digital stuff or Rent?

Amazon announced Kindle Unlimited on last Friday for $9.99 a month, with unlimited access to some 600,000 titles.  By adding this all-you-can-read service to the Kindle store, Amazon has provided an opportunity to examine an ongoing digital quandary: Should you buy or rent the stuff you want to watch, read or hear?

It is yours if you want to buy.  Many books, music and movies sites “sell” you.  The content that has “digital rights management” rigid restrictions on it.  These constraints make a purchase like a lease:  You will be given some rights to the content, but you don’t own it.

The new Kindle Owners’ lending library suffers from a limited selection.  But while Kindle Unlimited with a cost of $9.99 a month- if you subscribe to Amazon Prime- your local library demands no unnecessary extra payments.

Amazon looks good as a digital purveyor.  Surely its brand new all-you-can read program will be pro-consumer.

Microsoft Tops Revenue Forecast

Microsoft beat all the revenue expectations of the Wall Street but it fell short on the profits in its fiscal fourth quarter results.  This is the first since the company’s new CEO Satya Nadella outlined his directions for the company and disclosed that almost 18.000 employees will be layoff from the company.

Nadella and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood spoke about direction their company is taking in the fiscal year 2015, especially on the cloud and productivity offering.

Microsoft reported a revenue of $23.38 for the first quarter which ended on June 30, net income of $4.61 billion and earnings per share of 55 cents.

Analysts were expecting a $23.01 billion revenue report from Microsoft, a profit of $5.04 billion and 60 cents of earnings per share according to the Bloomberg survey of analysts.

Microsoft’s general manager of investors relations, Chris Suh says the lower-than-expected earnings per share of Microsoft reflects the fact that it was not offered the guidance on the impact of its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business.



Amazon Wallet App Released

Amazon has launched a new app called Amazon Wallet ahead of the release of its first smartphone in the US.

In the US version of the Amazon Appstore and the Google Play Store, the new app is available as a free download.

Amazon Wallet is an app for making mobile payments.  It is still beta at the moment and appears to be with light features.

All UCS customers can store their loyalty and gift card information on the new Wallet app and access it when required.  The facility to store credit or debit card details on it is not available on it still and you cannot make actual mobile payment through it.

The app is going to be useful for those whose physical Wallets are crowded with store cards.  The app allows you to scan the details of each card using the camera on your phone.  The card can be stored as a QR code, barcode or a digital image.  Your card details can also be stored from your computer which will then appear on the phone’s Amazon Wallet app.

Save $50 with the best Deal on Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon is offering a nice deal on their own tablets.  The Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch with 16 GB storage, Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch with 64 GB storage and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch are all on sale now.  Some tablets are offered at $50 off, which is a decent deal right now.  Although the new Kindle Fire tablets are due to see, although they have announced a Kindle Fire every fall for the last three years.  All  new Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor-3x powerful than the tablets of the previous generation with a RAM of 2GB and Adreno 330 GPU for fast and fluid gaming as well as video.  The introduction of “Mayday” button is revolutionary, which is an on-device tech support exclusively for Kindle Fire HDX tablets. 

Connect to Amazon for support 24 x 7, 365 days a year.  You can stay productive with ultra-fast web browsing, updated e-mail and built-in Officesuite and calendar support for Outlook, Gmail and more.

Amazon Offers to Donate the Proceeds of Hachette Book to Charity

Amazon has offered Authors United, a group of writers who are protesting against the online retailing giant because of its dispute with the group of Hachette Book, a new deal to restock all HBG titles and donate the proceeds from the sales to a literacy charity. 

Douglas Preston, an author behind a letter which has been signed by about 1,000 authors, told that the he had been called by Amazon’s V.P of Kindle content, Russ Grandinetti to discuss the new proposal.

Amazon has offered previously 100% of the revenue from their e-book sales.

The new offer of Grandinetti would involve Amazon going back to stocking up of all the HBG titles and authors will be paid standard rates of royalty.  He has also proposed that the earnings of e-book sales would be donated to an agreed upon literacy charity.