Fire phone review: Amazon’s phone is a solid first try, but the magic tricks are a little much

Look closely at Amazon’s new Fire phone and you’ll notice four sensors, one in each corner on the front of the device. These are cameras and infrared LEDs that detect the position of your head relative to the phone in real time. This lets the Fire phone pull off some pretty amazing technological tricks. Move the phone around in your hand… Read More


Commentary: A teen’s take on the Pebble smartwatch

Over the last several months, I’ve been testing the Pebble smartwatch and thinking about the future of wearable technology. The Pebble links by Bluetooth wireless technology to my cell phone and allows me to access certain information on my wrist rather than on my phone. Here are the pros and cons of the Pebble smartwatch. One… Read More


Former Amazon employee who survived Bezos tirade: New book captures ‘fierce competition’ and ‘demanding environment’

It is January 2003. I am sitting in the Seattle headquarters of, surrounded by the “S-Team,” a group of the retail internet giant’s senior-most executives. I find myself the center of attention. Unfortunately, this is because our founding CEO, Jeff Bezos, is shouting at me. “The answer to that question begins with a number!” he… Read More