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Amazon Fire Phone nosedives on company’s bestsellers list, dropping to #61 after debuting in top five

Amazon’s first smartphone isn’t setting the world on fire, judging from the company’s own rankings. Less than two weeks after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the device, the Amazon Fire Phone has plummeted on the company’s list of bestselling electronics across Amazon.com. Today, Amazon’s 32 GB model is ranking as the 61st best-selling electronic, far below its fourth-place position two days… Read More

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Fire phone developers could get $15,000 in Amazon Coins to draw users to their apps

Amazon is offering Android developers up to $15,000 in Amazon Coins digital currency to attract more apps to the Amazon Appstore for its upcoming Fire smartphone, which the company announced earlier this week. Of course, there are a few catches before developers can get their hands on all that digital cash. Amazon is offering 500,000 coins… Read More

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Live: Amazon unveils its new Fire Phone

We’re getting set for the unveiling of Amazon’s new device, widely believed to be a smartphone, at a special event this morning here in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. My GeekWire colleague Todd Bishop and I will be live-blogging the action here in this post and following up with hands-on impressions throughout the day. Amazon has really… Read More

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Mayday button could broaden appeal of Amazon smartphone

The rumored 3D interface for Amazon’s expected smartphone may get the buzz later this week. But there is another potential killer feature for those tech-averse consumers. Eight months ago, Amazon launched the Kindle Fire HDX, and with it, the “Mayday” button, which allows users to connect to a live chat advisor who can help with whatever… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Behind the scenes of the Internet with F5 CEO John McAdam

One of the largest tech companies in the Seattle region is one you don’t often hear about: F5 Networks, whose technologies manage Internet traffic — helping online services and cloud applications run smoothly, securely and reliably. F5, based on the Seattle waterfront and traded on the NASDAQ, has more than 3,300 employees, $1.5 billion in annual revenue and a market… Read More

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Patents show how Amazon’s smartphone could use 3D, hand gestures, and more

Smartphones already do so much more than make calls: they talk to you, provide turn-by-turn directions, record-and-play back HD video, and some, have fancy doodads, like built-in heart rate monitors. But Amazon has apparently come up with something entirely new. A video released by the Seattle-based company today showed potential customers oohing and ahhing over the mystery device. Reactions included everything… Read More

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Investor group to buy BlackBerry for $4.7B

Ailing smartphone maker BlackBerry has finally found a buyer. Fairfax Financial Holdings, which has a 10 percent stake in BlackBerry, will lead a consortium that plans to buy back shares not held by Fairfax at $9 per share, which comes out to a total of roughly $4.7 billion, taking the company private in the process…. Read More

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Report: Amazon may offer its smartphone for free

Amazon wants to offer people a five-finger discount on their upcoming smartphone, according to a new report. Former Wall Street Journal reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin, citing sources at Amazon with knowledge of the company’s plans, say that the Seattle-based retail giant is contemplating a plan to make a big splash in the smartphone market… Read More

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Why is Jeff Bezos hanging out in Silicon Valley this summer?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is not enjoying this beautiful Seattle summer. Instead, it appears Bezos is camped out in Silicon Valley helping some of his employees with new hardware devices. Sources tell Brad Stone from Businessweek that Bezos is heads-down in the Bay Area working with Amazon’s Lab126 hardware-focused unit. Lab126 is responsible for the design and… Read More

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T-Mobile lambasts AT&T’s competing early upgrade plan

Less than a week after T-Mobile unveiled a program called JUMP! that allows customers to upgrade their phones twice a year with a $10 per month subscription fee, rival AT&T debuted its own upgrade program Tuesday called “Next” that gives customers a chance to ditch their two-year contracts and pay 20 monthly installments without a down payment in… Read More

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Nokia debuts Lumia 1020 with 41MP camera, available July 26 for $299 on AT&T

Nokia today officially unveiled its new Lumia 1020, complete with an impressive 41-megapixel — yes, 41-megapixel — camera. The obvious draw for Nokia’s newest device is the PureView 808 camera, which features optical image stabilization, 6-lens Zeiss optics, a xenon flash and the ability to capture 34 and 38 megapixel-photos in 16:9 or 4:3. The device also… Read More

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Apple gaining ground on Android thanks to T-Mobile

The latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers from Kantar show Apple gaining ground on rival Android. While Google still led the way with 52 percent of the market, Apple’s iOS share increased 3.5 percent to 41.9 percent in the three-month period ending in May, compared to just a 0.1 percent growth on Android. Windows Phone,… Read More

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Want to pay lower cell phone taxes? Move to Oregon

If you want to save money on state and local cell phones taxes, living in Oregon, Nevada or Idaho might be a good idea. The Tax Foundation just put together this map from a study that was conducted earlier this year detailing combined federal-state-local wireless service tax rates for each state. Nebraska had the highest… Read More