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Surprise: Amazon tests physical retail with ‘Kindle Kiosk’ vending machines

LAS VEGAS — Amazon, the company that defined the world of online commerce, is venturing further into the world of physical retail — experimenting with standalone, automated “Kindle Kiosk” vending machines in selected airports and shopping malls. The machines sell everything from the $379 Kindle Fire HDX to a $20 Kindle PowerFast adapter, in addition… Read More

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Amazon ‘Developer Select’ offers rewards to app makers, Amazon Coins to their users

Amazon says it will offer extra promotion and cloud computing credits to app developers who optimize their software for the company’s Kindle Fire tablets and exclusively use Amazon’s services for in-app purchasing, mobile ads and video games. The Amazon “Developer Select” program, announced this morning, also will give users an incentive to buy apps from… Read More

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Jeff Bezos explains the next step in Amazon’s strategy — the ‘hardest and coolest’ part

In a series of briefings with reporters this week at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, Jeff Bezos started by going to the white board and describing the company’s strategy in three steps. The first two were familiar to anyone who has been following the company closely. “Premium products @ non-premium prices.” “Make money when people use our… Read More

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire dips back below 4% market share

Maybe the Kindle Fire really is the “fruitcake of tablets.” Worldwide market share for Amazon’s family of tablets dropped to 3.7 percent in the first quarter, according to new data from the IDC research firm, which says the Kindle Fire was the “victim of a highly seasonal product cycle.” In other words, lots of people are… Read More

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Microsoft releases Xbox SmartGlass for Kindle Fire

Microsoft debuted its Xbox SmartGlass app for Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD this morning, giving Xbox 360 users with one of the Amazon tablets a new way to interact with their living room consoles. SmartGlass is Microsoft’s “second screen” experience, offering the ability to use a tablet or phone to enter text, select content,… Read More

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Amazon pokes at iPad price, display in Kindle Fire HD ad

Amazon is challenging one of the iPad’s signature features, its Retina display, in a new video ad that aims to convince tablet buyers to take a closer look at Amazon’s considerably less expensive 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. The video, above, is the latest swipe from Amazon at the Apple tablet, following up on the Seattle company’s… Read More