September 29, 2011
"WE'RE MAKING premium products and selling them at non-premium products prices," twice declared Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos this morning, as he took the wraps off several new tablet devices. On the surface, it appears Amazon.com is pricing the new hardware with little or no profit but is expecting to make it up on software sales. Customers will be locked into buying books, magazines, newspapers, movies, music, games and apps through Amazon.com's updated Kindle e-readers and its first color tablet, dubbed the Kindle Fire.
May 25, 2011
"God Bless the Spectrum," produced by the Daily News , is now available in paperback. The 160-page book, which covers the history of sporting events, concerts and other special nights at the recently leveled building in stories and more than 200 original photographs, can be purchased now for $19.95 at amazon.com or caminobooks.com. It also will be in area bookstores soon.
May 20, 2011
MEADOWLARK LEMON. The very name makes you smile. For those too young to remember, Lemon is "The Clown Prince of Basketball," best known for his 25-plus-year career with the Harlem Globetrotters. But he has been with other teams and still finds time to play 60 to 80 games a year with the Meadowlark Lemon Harlem All-Stars. To date, he's played 16,125 consecutive games. Take that Cal Ripken. "I'm ageless," Meadowlark said with a laugh. He's in town to promote his new book, "Trust Your Next Shot," which covers everything from how to live to what to eat. "It's more than just a title," he explained.
May 3, 2011 |
SEATTLE - Amazon.com launched a new private-sale website Tuesday, becoming the latest online retailer to offer limited-time deals on designer clothing. The new site, called MyHabit.com, promises discounts of high-end brands beginning daily at 9 a.m. on the West Coast. On Tuesday, for example, MyHabit offered a Doo.Ri women's halter dress for $398, down from $995, and Saurette girl's sundresses for under $50, rather than the regular $79-and-up price tag, giving shoppers until Friday morning to make a purchase.
April 22, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Major websites, including Foursquare and Reddit, crashed or suffered slowdowns yesterday after technical problems rattled Amazon.com's widely used Web servers, frustrating millions of people who couldn't access their favorite sites. Though better known for selling books, DVDs and other consumer goods, Amazon also rents out space on huge computer servers that run many websites and other online services. The problems began at an Amazon data center near Dulles Airport outside Washington and persisted into the afternoon.
March 24, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon.com Inc. is getting into the app-selling arena by opening an online store to distribute software for smartphones and tablet computers running Google Inc.'s Android operating system. The Amazon Appstore, unveiled Tuesday, includes free and paid apps from Android software developers. The online retailer decided to focus on the market for Android apps because of its rapid growth, said Aaron Rubenson, who is in charge of the Appstore's business operations. Since 2008, a slew of phones and tablets running Android have been released, and Google's own Android Market app store, which is available on these devices and online, now offers more than 150,000 apps.
January 28, 2011 |
If you wanted to debate the existence of extraterrestrials, or believed you might even be one yourself, the place to go was Germ Bookstore & Gallery in Fishtown. It offered all manner of lectures, artworks, books, and magazines on the prospect of alien life - and on government conspiracy, ghosts, weird science, unusual religion, and the apocalypse. Germ was always fun, never less than smart, and invariably on the edge. And now it's closing, effective Sunday. Owner-operator David E. Williams doesn't care to dwell on the reasons.
January 26, 2011
GIZMO: Case controversies plague the Kindle (with M-Edge to the rescue!) and taunt Apple's iPad 2 "secrecy. " Also, a cautionary tale about tech magazine cover headlines. KINDLE KLUNK-UP: Just a month ago, Amazon.com was bragging about the huge success of its third-generation Kindle, the best-selling item in company history. Now, and only under duress, has the online giant come clean (kinda) about problems with this e-reader when it's installed in a $34.99, made-for-Kindle carrying case.
January 21, 2011 |
DuckDuckGo.com, the stripped-down, Google-alternative Internet search site that Valley Forge resident Gabriel Weinberg started in 2008, is looking more like a business. Weinberg, a 2001 MIT grad, cashed in when he sold NamesDatabase.com, to Classmates Online Inc. in 2006. He moved here from New England to start a family with his wife, who worked at GlaxoSmithKline. DuckDuckGo has begun linking searches to Amazon.com offers, "If they're for good products," to those users "who search for stuff that may be shopping-related," Weinberg says.
June 17, 2008 |
TV journalist Tim Russert's books have risen to the top of Amazon.com's sales chart since his death Friday. Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life , in paperback, ranked No. 1, while Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons , was No. 2, over the 24-hour period through 3 p.m. yesterday, the largest online bookseller said. "Interest in Tim Russert's books has increased since his untimely death," said Tammy Hovey, Amazon's public relations manager for media products.