Amazon acquires popular e-comic book company ComiXology

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Apparently owning the biggest ebook brand isn’t enough for Amazon, who today acquired the biggest e-comic company, ComiXology. This is likely to expand its library of comics for Kindle.

ComiXology also has a number of very popular Android comic book reading apps, and its Guided View technology allows users to easily read and flip through comics. This will likely be integrated into the Kindle at some point down the road. Details about the acquisition have yet to be released, and its expected that the deal will close in Q2 of this year. Hit the break for the press release!

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Amazon offering Galaxy S 5 with trade-in program

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With the Samsung Galaxy S 5 going on sale tomorrow many will be wanting to get their hands on the device. Despite this, not everyone will be abel to afford it. If you want some extra cash to go towards the device, however, Amazon is offering the Galaxy S5 through their trade-in program.

Essentially the program allows users to be able to trade in their old phones for Amazon gift cards, which you can use to buy a new device such as Samsung‘s new flagship. Trade-ins aren’t just limited to phones, however. You can trade in almost anything for an Amazon gift card!

Geeksphone Revolution now available for sale on Amazon in the Europe

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Geeksphone, a spain-based smartphone manufacturer, released it’s new flagship, the Revolution, back in February which dual-boots Android and Firefox OS.

A few weeks ago, you could get the device through the company’s website, however, it is now available for sale on Amazon in the Europe. If you’re interested to get your hands on it, you can order one from Amazon Spain, Germany, France and the U.K and it will be available in Italy soon. If you order it before April 15, you’ll get a 30% discount reducing the price to €240 which is equivalent to $330. 

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Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is now available for pre-order via Amazon

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Samsung officially announced the new Chromebook 2 back in March and is to expected to launch in April. Starting today, customers can now pre-order the new Chromebook 2 from Amazon, which will ship sometime in April.

Two variants of the laptop are up for sale, one is the 11.6-inch model for $320 and another is the 13-inch model for $400. They will have a faux leather lid just like the Galaxy Note 3. The 13-inch model comes with a full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution and both the models will have Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor with 4GB of RAM and will be able to run for up to 8.5 hours on a single battery charge. » Read the rest

AllCast mirroring to Amazon Fire TV revealed in new video

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Koushik Dutta, the developer behind the popular AllCast app, has released a new video showing mirroring capability between his Android device and Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box. The work follows up on his efforts to get the AllCast app to successfully cast content to Fire TV, a chore he disposed of quite quickly. In his latest video, he shows the screen being mirrored to Fire TV. » Read the rest

Amazon has Samsung’s Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit available for pre-order

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Samsung’s newest wearables are now up for pre-order through Amazon. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches along with the Gear Fit smartband can all be pre-ordered today. The Gear 2 costs $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit both carry a $199 price tag.

Hit one of the source links below to pre-order yours.

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Amazon’s new Dash device makes grocery shopping extremely easy

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Amazon recently announced a new device that will make grocery shopping with AmazonFresh extremely easy.

Amazon’s new Dash is a thin long device that works much like a remote control. The device has a microphone and a barcode scanner to which you can speak into the microphone with the name of a product or even scan the barcode of a particular product to have it added to your Amazon Fresh account.

Amazon is offering the device as a trial-basis and to get one, you’ll have to be a customer of Amazon Prime Fresh which is only available to customers in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Prime Fresh subscription costs $300 year and is only available in a few cities. » Read the rest

Developer takes just two hours to make AllCast work with Amazon Fire TV

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That didn’t take long. Koushik Dutta, the man behind AllCast, has gotten his application to play nice with the new Amazon Fire TV set-top box. Dutta was able to get AllCast to mirror content from his smartphone to the set-top box in just two hours. He says the APIs found in Fire TV are actually much better to use than the ones found in Chromecast. While the APIs are not easier to use, they are much more flexible with Fire TV. Dutta also feels it functions better than Apple TV.

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Gameloft optimizing games for Amazon’s Fire TV

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As Amazon finally moves into the market of devices meant to help consumers get digital content displayed on their TVs with the release of their Fire TV device, one of the big factors that may influence their success will be apps, including games. We’ve already seen Google’s strategy with Chromecast play out as they slowly dribbled out the ability for services and apps to make use of the device. Amazon appears to have done more work to ensure content is ready with the shipment of the devices, but there is still room for more apps to join the party. One example is Gameloft, which has already started optimizing their titles for use on Fire TV.

Initially, Gameloft has made three titles ready for Fire TV – Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Gameloft says they will be optimizing more titles in the future. The company thinks “Amazon’s broad consumer base” will help drive the reach of their titles on the platform and ultimately the success of Fire TV.

Does the ability to access leading game titles, like those from Gameloft, have an impact on your interest in a device like the Amazon Fire TV?

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Amazon Fire TV gets its innards exposed by iFixit

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Open it up! That is exactly what iFixit has done, in usual fashion, to Amazon’s new set-top box. Fire TV has gotten the teardown treatment. iFixit rates devices from 1 to 10 when experiencing a teardown in terms of ease. Getting a 10 would solidify an easy fix when the time comes. In this case, the Fire TV set-top box earned an average 6. Not hard, but not easy. » Read the rest