Friday, 1 of August of 2014

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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. 

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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.

Microsoft Cortana to land in China this Week

Microsoft’s virtual assistant for windows phone Cortana will be launched in China this week.  Microsoft have sent invites with a Microsoft Cortana logo to an event in China on the 30th July.

Microsoft previously said that Cortana will be launched in China regions after it would be launched in the UK and Chinese version of Cortana could get a new name called “Huna” in China.

Microsoft announced earlier that Windows platform across all devices will be unified including desktop, tablets, notebook, Xbox console and Windows Phone handset.

There were rumours previously that Microsoft intends to expand Microsoft Cortana beyond Windows Phone to other devices which could come as a part of the new unified Windows experience.

There is no information on when Windows Phone will get Cortana in the UK.  It is a known fact that UK mobile carrier O2 will add service to their Windows Phone device in the fourth quarter, let’s hope that Cortana will be released in UK before Q4.

Apple’s ‘phablet ’iPhone Release Delayed: 5.5 Inch And Set Will Not be Sold Till 2015

iPhone 6, Apple’s ‘phablet’ will not launch until 2015, analysts have claimed.  They firmly believe that Apple is facing problems in the manufacturing of case and screen of the handset and only 4.7 inch version will be launched this year.

It is expected that the new handset will have a new ‘indestructible sapphire glass screen.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, said that Apple face problem during the production of smaller handset, according to 9to5mac.

Color unevenness is an issue under the new manufacturing process for the metal casing of iPhone 6 and according to analysts, this problem may become more complicated with the larger iPhone 6 of 5.5 inches.

The new concerns about the iPhone 6 are coupled with the earlier concerns of sapphire display production for the larger devices and analysts strongly believe that iPhone 5.5-inch may not launch by the end of 2014 or it may launch in limited quantities after October.

Apple denies iPhones are a National Security Threat to China

The Chinese state broadcaster has made allegations the location-tracking function of iPhone poses a ‘National security threat’. Apple has denied the allegation.

Apple replied for the allegation on its Chines website stating that the firm has never worked with any country’s government agency to create a backdoor in any of its services or products.

It has also stated that “We have also never allowed access to our servers and we never will.  It’s something we feel very strongly about.”

The head of the online security institute at People’s Public Security, University of China, Ma Ding has reported recently on China Central Television – the state-owned television broadcaster that the location function of iPhone can collect data and may result in leakage of secrets of the state.

The “frequent locations” tracking function of the iPhone is used to record the locations which are frequently visited in order to speed up the applications that show a user’s location for speeding up the application that show the location of the user or for getting driving directions to avoid traffic.

Apple says that the information of personal location is solely stored on the smartphone and is protected by the user with a password and it is not shared with third parties.

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited is Not Expected to be Launched in the UK, to be Only Launched in US

It seems that UK will miss out on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited plan. Kindle subscription service for books is launched in the US, which will work like Netflix or Spotify, but only for books.  In US, Kindle Unlimited is available for $9.99 (about £6) per month. 

However, here is an interesting statistic. Amazon does not have a good track record of delivering the products quickly what it launches in the US.

Kindle Unlimited might prove to be an underwhelming service.  Amazon boasts that The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Life of Pi will be available on the Kindle Unlimited, but five big publishers Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster and Macmillan have declined to make their titles on Kindle Unlimited.  This means the service will lack the old favourites and much awaited new books.

Amazon is paying a wholesale fee to the publishers who are participating and indie authors will only be offered a percentage of the pool of money.


Amazon version of the Smartphone: The new Kindle Fire

It seems the rumors weren’t wrong. Amazon launched their first Smartphone ever called as the Amazon Kindle Fire.  The new phone can accommodate “the shopping experience” of its millions of users.  The phone is competitive, running on a quad core processor and boasting a 13 MP camera..

The all new Kindle Fire also has an exclusive feature which allows the users to take photos of any retail product and receive immediately the imprinted data.  This new feature is similar to the footprint tool that many of the large chain retailers make use for the consumers and quickly retrieve a price on a particular item and view the special features of the product before purchasing the products.

Apple and Google are considered as the “middle men” for providing smartphones.  Apple has a net worth of $600 billion, with a little overhead and fewer employees, the company grew up high on the economical business chain.  The net worth of Amazon is $68 billion.  Amazon is continuously evolving its technology effortlessly to increase its massive online sales.

Amazon Sued Over Kindle and Fire TV’s Freetime Trademark Abuse

Freesat, a Satellite TV platform is suing the Amazon for using their trademarked brand ‘Freetime’ on a video streaming service with the Kindle Fire tablet.

The British TV, Freesat will face the giant online retailer at the High court in London to settle the issue who owns the trademark which was given to both of them.

Freesat has launched its next generation satellite and catch-up TV product in the year 2012, while Amazon started its Freetime stream kid’s TV show and hit the UK in late 2013.

Freesat claims that it has spent more than £ 5.6 million for the promotion of Freetime since 2011, and wants the compensation for ‘loss and damage’.

Trademark of Freesat covers both ‘FREETIME’ and ‘FREE TIME’, although it was launched as <free time> and was rebranded ‘freetime’ in 2013 September.

The brand covers satellite receivers of Freesat and TVs, as well as the features such as catch-up TV and Streaming video, Remote control app for smartphones and tablets.



Google Faces German Motorola Phone Patent Ban

Motorola is forced to remove its handset sale and to recall the phones already bought by business customers in Germany.

A local court has ruled that google-owed business has used antennas whose patent is owned by a German laser specialist.

Now the German firm, LPKF, as now all the rights to block the sale of Google product unless Google comes in to some other agreement. The company is not yet decided how to proceed further.

A Patent consultant of Germany said, it was not at all a simple decision to make.

An ex-advisor to Microsoft and Oracle Florian Mueller says” If LPKF want to enforce the action, then it faces economic risk”.

Google is all set to sell its Motorola business to the Chinese tech firm Lenovo, and the deal is yet to be completed.

A spokesman of the Google says “we are disappointed in the decision but Motorola has taken steps to avoid any interruption in supply”.


Amazon’s New Phone is Playing with Fire, at a Price Tag of $649

Amazon captured a big chunk of the smartphone market with its small tablet at $200 when the companies like Samsung were selling the 7-inch tablet for the cost of $600.  The Kindle Fire was sold for a lesser price and made profit from the promotion of services of Amazon.

Kindle Fire tablets weren’t perfect.  They ran on the Android operating system but didn’t have access to Google Play, and other best Android products were off limits to the Kindle Fire.  Even third party apps were a problem.  Outdated versions of Android were ran on the Fire devices and they didn’t have access to Google APIs, the Google Maps API, Location API and in-app purchasing.  Many of the third party apps didn’t work on Amazon’s platform.  Finding the required app became an oft-cited problem for the owners of the Fire.

Amazon discovered a winning formula of simpler and well-made devices aimed at a super low price point.  The disruptively cheap company that offered free mobile services to Kindle owners, now employing the same strategy as its competitors, except that its hardware is in a tough position, with an unproven aspects of 3D, old software, fewer apps and a much higher price tag.