Amazon is said to be looking to create its own version of Apple's popular iTunes Radio. According to The Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant has reportedly been in talks with major record labels to create its own music-streaming service.
The service would reportedly be available to Amazon Prime customers -- who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon's video-streaming service. The music service is said to be like iTunes Radio that plays music based on user preferences, rather than a subscription service like Spotify that gives users unlimited music access.
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Amazon released a software update Tuesday for the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite.
The the e-reader now supports many of the popular features of Amazon's second-gen Paperwhite, including Goodreads integration, FreeTime parental controls, and Page Flip. The update also brings a Smart Lookup feature and Cloud Collections, which lets users organize content in to custom categories.
The Paperwhite update is available as a free automatic download, but Amazon also has a link on its site for those who want to manually download the upgrade.
It's barely March, and Roku is already having a big year.
In January, the device maker unveiled partnerships with TV manufacturers TCL and Hisense to integrate Roku streaming right into their televisions, without requiring any of the streaming-media set-top boxes the company is known for. On Tuesday, it detailed its new Streaming Stick, a clear response to the popularity of Chromecast, Google's low-price, thumb-sized streamer. With Streaming Stick coming in April and Roku TV slated for the fall, the company has a lot in store for 2014.
However, so do others. Amazon, Apple and possibly even Google are … Read more
The US Supreme Court selects very few cases to hear, but it appears a case involving Amazon workers is on its way to the country's highest court.
The Supreme Court decided on Monday to hear a case about employees having to wait in long lines to go through security checks at the end of their shifts, according to Reuters. The case will address whether the e-commerce giant should pay workers for this time spent, which can last as long as 30 minutes.
The employees involved in this case worked at Amazon warehouses in Nevada; they are former temporary workers … Read more
Apple's long-neglected set-top box may finally get a revamp this year, but for now you can get a $25 gift card for iTunes to binge on Oscar movies if you don't mind buying the current hockey-puck Apple TV.
As reported by 9to5 Mac, Apple is offering a $25 iTunes Gift Card that can be redeemed at the iTunes Store, the App Store, or the iBooks Store to anyone who purchases an Apple TV from now until Wednesday in an Apple US retail store or at its online store.
The terms and conditions of the deal say it's … Read more
Device encryption can be a great way to keep your data secure in case it falls into the wrong hands. For many users, however, it can be overkill and there's usually a performance hit to a device that's been encrypted. Using a PIN code to lock the device is usually an effective deterrent and software tools like Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager can help track, lock, or wipe lost devices.
What would be the fastest way to get DVD rentals to materialize in users' hands the moment they added them to their queue? The US Postal Service? No. Bike messenger? No. Delivery drones? Just maybe...
With a tongue-in-cheek YouTube video, Netflix takes a friendly jab at its competitor Amazon and its announcement last year that it was working on delivery drones. The parody video broadcasts the roll out of a "groundbreaking" new feature called "Drone 2 Home."
"Now we are getting back to our creative roots with our groundbreaking, same-day, home delivery subscription service: Drone … Read more