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  • How e-commerce is fuelling commercial property boom in India 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Internet retailer Amazon and its fast-growing local rivals are driving a boom in commercial property leasing in India as their storage needs rise, with shoppers in the country going online to buy everything from televisions to groceries. Demand from e-commerce firms, a tiny fraction of India's retail industry, accounted...
  • Amazon in talks to buy Israeli startup Annapurna Labs: Report 4 days ago

    Jerusalem: US tech giant Amazon is in talks to buy Israeli chipmaker Annapurna Labs for up to $370 million (244 million pounds), financial newspaper Calcalist reported on Thursday. The companies are in the final stages of negotiations, the Israeli paper said, adding that the proposal includes an agreement by Amazon to...
  • Amazon forays into movie production; aims to produce 12 movies a year 6 days ago

    Bengaluru: Amazon.com is making a high-stakes foray into the challenging realm of independent movies, the latest step in its attempt to move beyond simply distributing digital entertainment content to creating it. Amazon said on Monday it was aiming to produce close to 12 movies a year for theatrical release which would...
  • Woody Allen to make his first foray on the small screen; set to write, direct online series for Amazon January 14, 2015

    Los Angeles/ San Francisco: Woody Allen will make his first foray onto the small screen, writing and directing an online series for Amazon.com, the latest coup by deep-pocketed cable and streaming companies in luring the biggest names in film to television. The Internet retailer rolled out the news of Allen's series...
  • Drones can do a lot of things, but they can't January 8, 2015

    Boulevard: The drones are coming. Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to much fanfare a little more than a year ago. Instead, drones will help spray crops, inspect high-voltage power lines and hover over movie...
  • Fundraising site Kickstarter drops Amazon for payments January 7, 2015

    San Francisco: Crowdsourced fundraising site Kickstarter has dropped Amazon.com as its global payments processor in favour of Stripe, the fast-growing startup used by Twitter, Facebook and Apple . The switch comes as the Internet retailer begins to move clients from its customisable checkout service to an Amazon-branded one. In a blog post...
  • Amazon draws 10 million new Prime members over holidays December 27, 2014

    Bangalore: Amazon.com said it drew more than 10 million new members to its Prime shipping and digital content service over the holidays and intends to offer one-hour shipping to more cities in 2015. Amazon considers its $99-a-year Prime membership, which confers free two-day shipping and streaming of select movies and songs,...
  • Popular websites not serious about user password security? December 26, 2014

    London: Very few of the online giants give detailed guidance about the importance of providing secure passwords when users create or update accounts, shows research. "In the seven years of conducting this study, there has not been the level of improvement one might have expected," said lead researcher and professor Steven...
  • Tech in 2014: The first-of-its-kind products launched this year December 24, 2014

    Though the year 2014, in consumer technology, has not been the year of anything that we can remember it by, it, however, witnessed the arrival of a few first-of-its-kind products and ideas that might have laid the foundation for coming trends. For instance, Apple that had redefined the smartphone market...
  • Tech in 2014: The year of nothing December 22, 2014

    2014 has been a happening year. In politics, in sports, in cinema and elsewhere. But not in consumer technology. The year has almost passed by, and we are still waiting for something that we can remember the year by. Though we saw a lot of new products coming, new categories emerging...
  • Amazon adds bidding option to site for fine art, collectables December 9, 2014

    New York: Amazon.com added a new feature to its website on Tuesday that allows customers to bid for lower prices on more than 150,000 items, including fine art and rare coins, sold by third-party vendors. The new feature represents a renewed attempt by Amazon to move beyond the fixed-price model on...
  • Amazon to use bike messengers for one-hour delivery in New York City: Report December 9, 2014

    Bengaluru: E-commerce giant Amazon.com plans to experiment with bike messengers to offer deliveries in New York City within an hour, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. The company was not immediately available for comment. The superfast service, dubbed "Amazon Prime Now", attempts to replicate shopping in...
  • Amazon Elements launch underscores migration of grocery shopping online December 6, 2014

    London: Amazon.com's launch of its own private label brand of consumer goods, starting with diapers and baby wipes, underscores the website's maturity as a grocery retailer and the migration of grocery shopping online. And if successful, the line's sharp prices could pressure profit margins for other makers of consumer goods, such...
  • Amazon Elements: Amazon launches its own brand of diapers; takes on Huggies, Pampers December 5, 2014

    Washington: Online retailing giant Amazon launched its own brand of diapers on Thursday, opening a new front in retail battles with a direct challenge to name-brand vendors already selling on its website. Amazon said the first offerings in its new Amazon Elements line of consumer products would be diapers and baby...
  • CEO Jeff Bezos defends Amazon's flop projects, lack of profits December 3, 2014

    New York: Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com Inc, was unapologetic about his twenty-year-old company's lack of profit during a rare public appearance on Tuesday, noting he spends just six hours a year on investor relations. Bezos also discussed Amazon's acrimonious dispute with publisher Hachette Book Group and his purchase...
  • How Amazon is taking help of robots to speed up delivery process December 1, 2014

    Tracy: Amazon.com has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 US warehouses, a move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas. The orange 320-pound (145 kg) robots, which scoot around the floor on wheels, show how Amazon...
  • OnePlus One coming to India on December 2; to be exclusively available on Amazon.in November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: OnePlus, the startup founded by former Oppo VP Pete Lau, has announced its entry into the Indian market. Named OnePlus One, the phone will be available to purchase in India from December 2. The phone, which features a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display, will...
  • Battle of the best streaming TV devices: Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Roku 3 vs Apple TV vs Google Nexus Player November 23, 2014

    New York: Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV. For about $100, you can get a great streaming TV device to do that. Or for about a third of that, you can get a pretty good one. Content selection varies, but...
  • Amazon plans to release a new ad-supported video streaming service: Report November 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Online retailer Amazon.com will release a new ad-supported video streaming service early next year, the New York Post reported, citing sources. The service will be separate from the company's $99-a-year Prime membership, which includes a video service, the Post reported. The Post did not say if the new service would be...
  • Microsoft cloud service suffers outage, MSN web portal unavailable November 19, 2014

    Seattle: Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing service, which hosts websites and lets customers store and manage data remotely, suffered serious outages on Tuesday taking its popular MSN web portal offline. According to Microsoft's Azure status page, the problems started around 5pm Pacific time and have still not been fully solved. "We are experiencing...
  • Hachette and Amazon bury the hatchet, reach agreement on e-book sales November 14, 2014

    Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com said on Thursday they reached a multi-year agreement for e-book and print book sales after months of bitter fighting that pitted writers and publishers against the world's largest online retail store. Hachette, a unit of France's Lagardere SCA and the fourth-largest US book publisher, said the...
  • Amazon Echo: Amazon launches a speaker you can talk to; listens to your voice commands and works as a virtual assistant for your home November 7, 2014

    Bangalore: Do you want to talk to your speaker? Amazon.com has launched Amazon Echo, a speaker you leave on all day and give it voice directions, like Siri on an Apple iPhone. As well as taking commands such as "play music by Bruno Mars" or "add gelato to my shopping list",...
  • Amazon India launches Kannada books, movies, music store November 1, 2014

    Bangalore: Amazon.in, has announced the launch of its Kannada books, movies and music store. The store with a wide selection of more than 7,300 books, 4,700 movies and 2,500 music albums are available at "great" prices and convenience of shopping online, making it thus the largest selection in India, Amazon...
  • Kindle Voyage review: Significant improvements over the Paperwhite make Amazon's new e-reader a recommended buy October 28, 2014

    Grapevine: As stand-alone e-book readers go, I have yet to find anything as comfortable and easy to use as Amazon's Kindle. Last year's Kindle Paperwhite was small and sturdy, and came packed with useful features such as the ability to jump to another part of a book without losing your place....
  • Amazon unveils $39 Fire TV Stick, challenging Google's Chromecast October 28, 2014

    New York: Amazon on Monday unveiled a new media stick allowing users to stream content to television sets, challenging Google's Chromecast device released last year. The plug-in Fire TV Stick, a device the size of a pack of gum, provides access to Amazon Instant Video as well as other services including...
  • Amazon.com removes leggings showing Hindu gods after protests October 15, 2014

    Amazon.com, world's largest online retailer headquartered in Seattle (USA), has removed the women's leggings carrying images of various Hindu gods and goddesses from its website within 24 hours after Hindus protested. Hindu cleric Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, thanked Amazon.com for understanding the concerns of Hindu community, which thought images...
  • Amazon.in founder advices to start something you are passionate about October 10, 2014

    Amazon.in founder Jeff Bezos who is in India advices to start something you are passionate about. ...
  • Amazon to open its first physical store: Report October 10, 2014

    New York: Amazon is planning to open its first physical store. That's according to a report in The Wall Street Journal that said Thursday the largest US e-commerce retailer will open a store in Manhattan ahead of the holiday shopping season. It cites anonymous sources familiar with the matter. It is not...
  • Tinkle debuts merchandise sector with comic figurines October 9, 2014

    Mumbai: Children's magazine Tinkle is all set to debut in the merchandise sector and create a new category in collectibles by launching figurines of its renowned comic characters. Bobble Heads on 'Suppandi', the blundering village simpleton, 'Shikari Shambu' and 'Billy the Vampire' are among the first set of merchandise to be...
  • After Microsoft, Amazon may now set up data centre in India October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: World's largest e-tailer Amazon is evaluating setting up a data centre in India to tap into the multi-billion cloud opportunity in India. Amazon, which offers cloud services under Amazon Web Services (AWS), is looking to aggressively expand its foothold in the Indian market, which has players like Google and...