Yet Another Way to Get a Super-Cheap Web TV Box

What’s that? You say you’re intrigued by the notion of a Web TV box, but $35 for a Google Chromecast is too rich for your blood? Here you go – if you live in the U.K.: Satellite TV service BSkyB has rolled out a Web TV box for 9.99. That works out to about $15, … Continue reading

Why Wall Street Should Care About Marketing Data

Image copyright leungchopan Today’s CMOs are making major investments to reach their target audiences across dozens of touchpoints – on their own websites, through search, display advertising and email, and increasingly on social channels and mobile devices. The problem is, most of the technology platforms marketers are using to accomplish this don’t talk to each … Continue reading

Amazon Cloud Drive Photos App Expands To Support Video Upload & Playback On Android

Amazon Cloud Drive Photos, the photo-uploading utility that helps move photos from a mobile device into Amazon’s online storage, may have to change its name. Now, the tool doesn’t just support photo uploads, it supports videos, as well. Videos can be manually uploaded one by one, or users can opt to have videos auto-save from … Continue reading

Amazon’s Q2 Disappoints, Sales Up 22 Percent To $15.7B, Net Loss Of $7M

Amazon just reported second-quarter earnings, with sales increasing 22 percent to $15.7 billion in the second quarter, compared with $12.83 billion in second quarter 2012. Net loss was $7 million in the second quarter, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in second quarter 2012. … Continue reading

Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

As with Apple, Facebook, Samsung and many other tech companies, Amazon and Google are in the analog building business of late. According to the Seattle Times, the e-commerce giant had its plan for a “five-story office building formed by three intersecting spheres” unanimously thumbs-upped by that city’s design-review board. There are still other approvals to … Continue reading

Amazon UK Workers Petition for Better Working Environment

An online campaign asking Amazon’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos, to pay the agency staff working for Amazon UK the living wage has received more than 40,000 signatories in two days. Launched on Change.org, the petition featured an image of workers in a warehouse with the caption, “Amazon UK: all we want for Christmas is a … Continue reading

Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles

Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race. So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings’s service. But now Jeff Bezos has something new: Offline viewing. Amazon’s new line of Kindle Fire HDX tablets will … Continue reading

Can LivingSocial Reignite Its Once-Bright Future?

It has certainly been a rough 2013 for LivingSocial. The daily deals company had to cope with an erroneous report about its $110 million funding round, a hack of customer information and a sloppy shutdown of its local-events business. And, of course, the growing perception by many investors and consumers that daily deals companies are … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on Amazon now

The seven-inch display-having Samsung Galaxy Tab with a “Plus” at the end of it is now available for pre-order on Amazon. This recently revealed device has not had its shipping date revealed, but you’ll be able to pre-order the device from the big A right this very moment. This appears to be the first place … Continue reading

Hopster Promises Netflix for Kids, and No One Else

If you’re a certain kind of parent, then you know that Netflix is a pretty excellent babysitter.* But Netflix, and rival services like Amazon’s Instant Prime, have lots of movies and TV shows that aren’t aimed at kids. What about a subscription video service that only caters to children? That’s what Hopster promises. We won’t … Continue reading