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  • Why visual search still doesn't quite work 4 days ago

    New York: Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea - but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies are trying...
  • Project Wing: Google tests a fleet of package-delivering drones 4 days ago

    San Francisco: Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise...
  • Amazon snaps up live video startup Twitch for $970 million 1 week ago

    San Francisco: Amazon.com Inc snapped up live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, reflecting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos' resolve to transform Amazon into an Internet destination beyond its core retail operations. The move, announced by the two companies on Monday, is the largest deal in Amazon's...
  • Amazon plans to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, to take on Google's ad business: Report August 23, 2014

    Bangalore: Amazon is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon's own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft...
  • Barbados Tridents capture Caribbean Premier League title August 17, 2014

    Basseterre: Barbados Tridents beat Guyana Amazon Warriors to capture the 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title, after rain spoiled an absorbing contest that appeared headed for an enthralling end. Set 153 for victory, Amazon Warriors were fighting back at 107 for 4 in the 16th over, when the rains arrived at...
  • How online retail in India is shaping up August 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Finding a way into India's vast but vexing market has long frustrated foreign retailers. Now, overseas investors are pouring billions of dollars into e-commerce ventures that are circumventing the barriers holding back retail powers such as Wal-Mart and Ikea. Some investors see India as the world's next big e-commerce opportunity,...
  • Amazon stops some Disney movie pre-orders: Report August 11, 2014

    New York: Amazon.com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the online giant began a protracted spat with publisher Hachette Book Group this year. Physical copies of titles such as "Maleficent" and "Captain America: The...
  • Microsoft Xbox One launching in India on Sep 23 at Rs 39,990 as an Amazon exclusive August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: As expected, Microsoft's XBox One video game console is going on sale in India starting September 23. Microsoft's latest gaming console is coming to India as an Amazon exclusive and pre-orders have started on the online shopping website. Priced at Rs 39,990, every Xbox One system will include the...
  • CPL: Amazing Andre Russell steals victory for Jamaica Tallawahs August 3, 2014

    Kingston: Andre Russell blasted a huge six off the last ball of the game to crown an amazing half-century and Jamaica Tallawahs snatched an exciting six-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here. In a rematch of last season's final, the defending champions Tallawahs chased down...
  • Amazon infuses $2 billion into Indian arm, a day after Flipkart announced $1 billion funding July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: On Tuesday Flipkart announced that it raised a fresh round of funding worth $1 billion. This is seen as a part of Flipkart's aggressive scale up after Amazon's rapid expansion in India that has heated up competition. Now a day later, Amazon announced that it will invest an additional...
  • Flipkart adds $1 billion to its armoury to battle the Amazon invasion July 30, 2014

    Mumbai: India's top e-commerce company Flipkart said on Tuesday it had raised $1 billion (Rs 6,000 crore) in funds as it battles US giant Amazon for supremacy in the hyper-competitive local market. Flipkart, set up in 2007 by two former Amazon employees, said Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC was among those...
  • Amazon India to open 5 new centres for faster delivery July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Global e-commerce giant Amazon will open 5 new centres across India to ensure faster product delivery in the fiercely competitive online shopping space, which is dominated by homegrown players like Flipkart and Snapdeal. The US-based firm already has two fulfilment centres (FCs) in Mumbai and Bangalore. With the addition...
  • Amazon launches an online store for 3D printed goods; lets consumers customise items July 29, 2014

    San Francisco: Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3D printed items to allow consumers to customise and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls and other objects. The store offers more than 200 items including nylon wallets, wax seals, cookie cutters and bobbleheads. "The introduction of our 3D printed...
  • Amazon India to open 5 centres for faster delivery July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Global e-commerce giant Amazon will open 5 new centres across India to ensure faster product delivery in the fiercely competitive online shopping space, which is dominated by homegrown players like Flipkart and Snapdeal. The US-based firm already has two fulfilment centres (FCs) in Mumbai and Bangalore. With the addition...
  • Drone that captured stunning images of the Seattle Space Needle was piloted by an Amazon worker: police July 27, 2014

    Seattle: An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone...
  • Philips, Disney India join hands to create LED lighting products for kids July 25, 2014

    Mumbai: Philips Lighting has teamed up with entertainment company Disney India to create LED lighting products for kids. The range will be available exclusively on Amazon India's e-commerce platform, the two companies said in a statement. "The blend of Philips' expertise in lighting and Disney's beloved characters will transform kids rooms to...
  • Amazon's Fire smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm, Samsung, NXP, reveals iFixit teardown July 25, 2014

    San Francisco: Amazon.com's new Fire smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics, according to repair and teardown specialists iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday. The Fire phone also houses chips from Synaptics and Skyworks Solutions, said the repair outfit, which made a name for itself taking...
  • Reviewers pour cold water on Amazon's Kindle Fire smartphone July 25, 2014

    Amazon.com's new Fire smartphone features "gimmicks" - such as 3D effects and object scanner - that may not be enough to entice users away from similarly priced Apple iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S5, reviewers said. Among the features of its first smartphone, Amazon has introduced "Dynamic Perspective", four cameras that track...
  • Watch: Amazon Amanda is 6'3" tall, weighs 280 pounds, and loves her job where she gets paid to squash men! July 23, 2014

    This Amazon model has a towering personality, quite literally. Amazon Amanda is a 38-year-old supersized model who loves to dwarf men for a living. The model has admirers from different parts of the world who love spending time with her. They love to be squashed, crushed, wrestled and be seen...
  • Amazon Fire Phone review: This new Android phone offers a fresh approach to smartphones July 25, 2014

    New York What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone rivals...
  • Kindle Unlimited review: Amazon's ebook rental service is actually limited July 19, 2014

    New York: Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is bit like a small bookstore with a few current titles such...
  • Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription plan July 19, 2014

    New York: US online giant Amazon unveiled a Netflix-style subscription plan Friday for unlimited access to e-books, a move which could shake up the world of publishing. The $9.99 per month Kindle Unlimited program offers access to some 600,000 titles in the Amazon Kindle format. Subscribers will be able to access the...
  • Sunil Narine bowls the first maiden Super Over of Twenty20 cricket July 18, 2014

    West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has created history by becoming the first bowler in the history of T20 cricket to bowl a maiden Super Over - a feat he achieved in the Caribbean Premier League on Thursday. The game between Red Steel and Guyana Amazon Warriors culminated in tied scores at...
  • Kindle Unlimited: Amazon may launch new e-book subscription service offering unlimited access to more than 6 lakh titles July 17, 2014

    San Francisco: Amazon.com Inc is considering a new e-book subscription service called "Kindle Unlimited," that aims to replicate popular video-streaming models for the digital books market, according to several online reports and a test page that briefly appeared on the Internet retailer's website. The page, spotted by tech blog Gigaom but...
  • Amazon brings #AmazonCart to India July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Amazon.in announced the launch of its #AmazonCart service in India, using which customers can add products that they discover on Twitter to their shopping carts. Customers who have connected their Amazon and Twitter accounts can add items to their carts just by tweeting the link of an Amazon.in product...
  • Amazon sued over purchases by kids using mobile apps July 12, 2014

    Washington: The US government sued Amazon.com for allowing children to collectively run up millions of dollars in purchases on the credit cards of their unsuspecting parents while playing mobile apps like "Tap Zoo" and "Ice Age Village." The lawsuit, filed by the Federal Trade Commission, seeks to make the online retailer...
  • Amazon launches Zocalo, challenges Google Docs, Dropbox July 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Amazon on Thursday launched an online service for collaborating on work projects in a challenge to tech titan Google. Zocalo is being billed as a secure, managed venue for storing, sharing and amassing feedback on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, Web pages, and other digital tools typically used to get modern...
  • Adidas lifts ban on sales via eBay, Amazon and other online shopping websites July 2, 2014

    Duesseldorf: German sportswear maker Adidas has decided to allow the sale of its products via market-place sites like eBay and Amazon, an issue the German cartel office has been investigating. "We have decided to extend our e-commerce guidelines to also include open market places: if our retail partners adhere to our...
  • Amazon and Indian investment firm to help small businesses get online June 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Amazon.com Inc's Asia unit will provide back-end support in a venture with an Indian private investment firm formed by Infosys Ltd co-founder NR Narayana Murthy that aims to help get Indian companies online. Catamaran Ventures's partnership with Amazon Asia will target small- and medium-sized firms, Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, who heads...
  • Google to unveil new television set-top box on Wednesday: Report June 25, 2014

    Bangalore: Google Inc is expected to unveil at least one small set-top box that resembles products like the Roku, Amazon's Fire TV, and Apple Inc's Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported citing sources who have seen the device. Google will show off the set-top box on Wednesday during its developer...