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Amazon beats quarterly estimates, posts $23 billion in revenue

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

amazon-accounts-hackedAmazon posted their Q2 earnings for 2015, and the internet retail giant smashed analyst estimates. The company pulled in $23.18 billion in revenue with a profit of 19 cents per share, which is significantly better than their estimated 14 cent loss per share. Amazon’s share prices obviously soared, and ended up well above $500 per share.

Amazon’s operating expenses were still as high as ever, chewing up almost all of their revenue for the quarter. At this point, that’s pretty typical for Amazon, but it did help that the company’s web services grew about 81% from last year, bringing in $1.82 billion. That’s still a small part of Amazon as a whole, but it’s a quickly growing portion of their business.

North America still accounts for Amazon’s biggest source of revenue, growing 26% this year, compared to international growth of just 3% year-over-year.

Amazon is projected net sales of between $23.5 and $25.5 billion next quarter, and between a $480 million loss and a $70 million profit.

source: Amazon

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Micromax YU rolls out new Yu Yureka Plus, an Amazon India exclusize

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

If you’re not familiar with YU, it’s a brand under Micromax. And who is Micromax again you ask? It’s the company that Cyanogen partnered with instead of OnePlus which resulted to a number of issues and temporary injunctions. Amidst all these, Micromax still was able to unveil a YUreka Cynagon smartphone in India last December. A few months after, we heard a follow up phone dubbed the “Project Caesar” would be revealed.

True enough, a few months later, we’re seeing a new YUreka phone in the form of the Yu Yureka Plus, this new phone is different from the YUphoria phone exlusively revealed in India last May. This one runs Cyanogen OS 12 as expected and still features the same size as the first-gen Yureka (5.5 inches) but now with a Full HD 1080p display. Right now, this unit is exclusive from Amazon India. You can register now before it goes on sale this coming July 24.

Other specs include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 processor, Adreno 405 GPU, 16GB built-in storage, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot for expansion, 13 megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX214 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, 5MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G/LTE, NFC, GPS, and a 2500 mAH battery.

Battery life is good enough to last 210 hours or almost 8 days on standby mode, eight hours of talk time, and seven hours of browsing time. The Cyanogen OS 12 is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop but it features a number of options for optimization, AudioFX, App themer, and Cyanogen Mail among others.

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Amazon Shopping updated with voice control, now available in Mexico

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Amazon recently updated its Shopping app to well…make your shopping experience better. Those who regularly use the app to solve their shopaholic problems will be glad to know that there are new features and some major changes that will benefit them. For one, the app is now available in Mexico. If you’re in that country, you are free to shop on the app to your heart’s content.

The update was released more than a couple of weeks ago. In this version, you can now use your smartphone’s camera to scan your Amazon Gift Card and load the balance to your Amazon Account to start shopping. For those who need reorder stuff or track current orders, you can use voice control by simply tapping on the mic icon. You can say “where is my camera?”, “track my last order”, or “track order” to know the status of you orders.

You can also reorder the previous items you’ve purchased using the app. Just say “buy more this” or “reorder that” to order the same items again. The microphone icon can be found on the main search interface. The app will automatically interpret any key phrases you say. The Amazon Shopping app will make use the same language technology Amazon is using on the Echo device. It only makes sense to use the same tech because voice commands should be the same or at least close to the natural language.

Using the Amazon Shopping app, feel free to shop for new products and manage orders even when you are on-the-go. Before even making a purchase, you can read reviews, compare prices, check availability, and share products with anyone. Type any keyword of products or scan an image or a barcode to search for the product that you need. As with any Amazon order, you can always sign up for notifications. You can also use the Amazon Shopping app and start shopping right from your Android Wear-powered smartwatch.

Anything you can access from Amazon.com, you can now fully access right from the app including your Wish Lists, Shopping Cart, Payment options, Prime shipping choices, 1-Click settings, and your Subscribe & Save order history.

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Updated Yureka Plus announced with new camera and 1080p display

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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It has been less than eight months since Micromax launched its Cyanogen OS powered Yureka smartphone, which offered compelling mid-range hardware specifications at a competitive price. The company has now announced an updated version of the handset with improved specifications, known as the Yureka Plus.

Gone is the old 720p display, which has been updated to a Full HD (1080p) pixel count. This is a more suitable resolution for the large 5.5-inch screen, which results in an excellent 401 pixels per inch. The smartphone’s rear camera has also been updated. The resolution remains at 13 megapixels, but there’s a new Sony IMX214 image sensor with 5 element Largan Blue lens and f/2.2 architecture, which should produce better looking snaps. The 5 megapixel front facing camera is the same module as before.

The rest of the smartphone’s internal hardware remains unchanged from the previous launch. The Yureka Plus still comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, dual-SIM support, category 4 LTE, a 2,500mAh battery and Cyanogen OS 12.

The Yureka Plus is already available for pre-registration through Amazon India, which started today, and will go on sale on the 24th of July at 12pm. The smartphone will retail with a price tag of just Rs. 9,999 (approximately $155) and is available in a moondust grey and white finish.

Amazon Prime rumored for Indian launch later this year

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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India is becoming an increasingly important market for gadget manufacturers and retailers, and Amazon apparently wants a bigger slice of the pie. The e-commerce giant is preparing to invest $5 billion into the country in a bid to rival local retailers such as Flipkart and Snapdeal, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

As part of its India expansion, Amazon is apparently planning to launch its music, instant video and Amazon Prime subscription delivery service in the country later this year.

In order to bundle an impressive line-up of music and video content for its regional Prime service, Amazon has already apparently begun talks with music labels and content producers. Amazon appointed former Sony Entertainment executive Nitesh Kripalani to spearhead this initiative late last year.

“Overall, the bet on India will pay off well for Amazon it’s a high-volume, low-margin business in the US; Amazon India will be similar. I don’t expect high profits from India but definitely good scale” – Kartik Hosanagar, professor at The Wharton School

The Indian retail market has become increasingly competitive over the past few years and Amazon’s rivals have also been raising funds for further investments. Flipkart recently generated around $3 billion following several rounds of funding, and Snapdeal raised nearly $1 billion since 2011. Amazon itself raised $2 billion in India last year.

Amazon is already one of the most popular e-commerce websites in India after just a couple of years operating within the country, but it isn’t the most profitable. Expanding its range of services in India could help Amazon realize additional revenue.

We’ll keep an ear to the ground for some official details later in the year.

Podcast 024: Prime Day, Shmimeday

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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With Andrew Grush out with his family and Joe Hindy nursing a little illness, we have a panel including Nirave Gondhia and Jonathan Feist for this week’s Android Authority Podcast! The guys talk about Prime Day and how much it pretty much sucked (but Amazon Prime is still amazing), how awesome the Huawei Nexus might be because it means more than just the device itself, and how mad Josh is about the new Galaxy A8.

It’s another great episode of the Android Authority Podcast – discussing topics in Android every single week.

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Deal: JBL Micro Wireless speaker now only $28.99 from Amazon

Posted by wicked July - 19 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Even mobile devices with the best in-class sound quality pale in comparison to most Bluetooth speakers. This is especially the case with JBL audio products, which offer great sound while staying relatively affordable.

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deals comes to you from the Woot store and further sweetens JBL’s offers by giving you a 55% discount on the JBL Micro Wireless. This ultra-portable speaker usually costs $60-$70, but today you can have it for only $28.99.

It’s not easy to beat this deal when you consider JBL is well-known for its quality products. One of its Bluetooth speakers made it to our Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2014 list (which you can always refer to if this option doesn’t convince you). Though we haven’t tested this specific unit before, we are sure it can provide more than enough bang for your buck.

The JBL Micro Wireless comes with an integrated bass port, said to generate a thump that’s “superior to comparable portable products”. And if one of these is not enough for you, you can even connect multiple of JBL Micro Wireless speakers to generate a much fuller sound. Battery life should average at about 5 hours of playback, which is definitely not bad tiny speaker like this one.

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Interested? You best sign up for this deal now, as Amazon’s Gold Box Deals only last for one day. You can opt between three colors: black, red and white. The only downside is it doesn’t include Prime shipping, but you can get free standard shipping for orders above $35. Who’s buying?

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Update brings the ability to listen to live concerts on the Amazon Echo

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Amazon are adding some new features to their smart speaker the Amazon Echo. Users can now ask it sports scores and team schedules for the WNBA women’s basketball league. Another cool feature is the ability to ask to listen to live concerts and events using TuneIn.

Amazon already offers scores and schedules from the MLB, MLS, NHL, NFL, NCAA, and NBA. The addition of the WNBA is welcomed. To access scores simply ask questions like “Alexa, who won the world series?” or “Alexa, when is the next Toronto Maple Leafs game?”. The Echo will then quickly look it up and respond back an answer similar to how Google Now or Siri would. To listen to TuneIn live events you can just say “Alexa, play BBC Live Event on TuneIn.”

If you already have an Amazon Echo you can also download the Google Play app to control the Echo from your phone or use it to stream music etc to it.

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HBO NOW already on Android, Amazon Fire devices

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Network and cable TV entities have already accepted the reality that consumers are now more likely to watch their favorite programs not on standard TV sets but rather whenever they want to and wherever they are. So instead of lamenting the death of TV (which is actually a fallacy), they are now scrambling to be where the people are. HBO NOW, the cable network’s Internet only service, will now be available for Android devices and Amazon Fire tablets, and soon, for Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick as well.

HBO NOW has all of their original series, blockbuster (and not so blockbuster) movies, documentaries, sports programs, and other entertainment specials, in an on-demand model, which is practically what everyone wants from their devices nowadays. Instead of waiting for your favorite show or movie to come around while you’re tuned in, you can now access them at your convenience, and even when you’re away from the TV. It may be on a smaller screen like your tablet or smartphone, but at least you can still watch them, pause them when you need to do something and then resume when you’re free again.

HBO is offering a 30-day introductory trial if you sign up for HBO NOW through Google Play or the Amazon Appstore and download the app as well. Once your trial has ended, if you want to continue accessing all of the shows, movies, documentaries, etc, then you’d need to shell out $14.99 per month. At least, you don’t have to continue your HBO cable subscription anymore if you decided you’d rather be on their Internet only service. You can also access your videos through HBONOW.com if you’re on your laptop or desktop.

HBO NOW will only work on Android devices that are running version 4.1 and above. Soon, your smart TV sets will also be able to access it, as it will be available on Google Cast-enabled devices, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and the Fire TV stick, ensuring that almost all devices in the market will be able to stream all these HBO shows and movies.

SOURCES: HBO, Amazon

Top selling items per country on Amazon Prime Day

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Amazon Prime Day has since passed and while many consumers felt disappointed with the deals it was amazing for Amazon. They sold 34.4 million items which is 398 per second! As well as 18% growth compared to Black Friday 2014. That is truly astonishing figures and no wonder why Amazon said they are excited to host it again next year.

“Prime Day was a record-breaker globally – it surpassed all of our expectations,” said Alexandre Gagnon, Country Manager for Amazon.ca. “This week has been the busiest ever for Prime signups and we saw more members shopping on Amazon.ca on Prime Day than on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Here are the top sold items on Prime Day per country:

  • Canada: Huggies Diapers

  • US: Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

  • UK: Lenovo FLEX 10 10.1-inch Multimode Touchscreen Notebook

  • Spain: SSD Drive

  • Japan: Green Smoothie mix

  • Italy: Logitech Keyboard

  • Germany: Croc Sandals

  • France: Monopoly Boardgame

  • Austria: Croc Sandals

A few other insane facts about Prime Day are they sold 51,000 Bose headphones, compared to only eight the previous Wednesday. A total of 56,000 Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy boxsets. Even 10,000 Meguiar’s X2020 Supreme Shine Microfiber Towels, compared to 244 on the same day last week.

Did you buy anything on Prime Day? Tell us in the comments.

Source: iphoneincanada, Telegraph

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