We all know that Apple dosen’t approve of other companies being ahead of them in the market. One of their typical actions occurred again today. They have removed a third party App from the App Store which allows people to access their music and more on their iOS devices. Amazon’s Cloud Drive is a competitor to Apple’s iCloud service. Like iCloud it allows you to access photos, contacts, calendars and the addition of music and books. This App links directly with your Amazon ID and pushes your data to all of your iOS devices that you have the App installed on. Again, much like iCloud.
Amazon has finally unveiled its long anticipated tablet, the Kindle Fire, which may challenge the Apple iPad in the tablet market.
Amazon showed off the tablet with a 7 inch screen on Wednesday, in New York. The Kindle Fire sports a colored 7 inch touch screen display and runs on a totally redesigned version of Google’s Android. Amazon is also using its web-based experience to make browsing the web extremely smooth and fast with its new tablet. In-fact, the techniques that Amazon is using could make webpages load faster on the Kindle Fire than the iPad 2 with A5. Amazon Silk the browser that powers the tablet learns users behaviors and starts caching often visited pages for quicker load times. It offloads content to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) that shrinks it to a more efficient size. The iPad however, has a larger screen of 9.7 inches, which has its own advantages. Read More
As is everything on Amazon.com, their Appstore has been a great place to pick up Apps for your Android devices. With the one paid App for free for a day program, Amazon has managed to capture a lot of Android hearts. However ever since it’s launch, this AppStore has only been available in the U.S.A, which is of disadvantage to users outside the country such as myself. It now appears though as if the restrictions have been lifted.
Om Malik of GigaOM has got a tip from an unidentified source who told him that Apple has acquired iCloud.com for $4.5 million. Apple has not brought the company, but rather the domain name iCloud.com for $4.5 million. The company has changed its name to CloudMe.com, and it appears that Apple is building a cloud based locker service similar to Amazon’s cloud storage services. Read More
According to reports, Google hasn’t been able to sign deals with major record companies for its next cloud based music platform. Apple is way ahead in this arena, and apparently Google lacks somebody as dynamic as Steve Jobs to convince the music industry. To overcome this hurdle, it is reported that Google may partner with European based Spotify to power Google Music.
Amazon has just revealed its new cloud based music streaming and storage service dubbed “Amazon Cloud Player” and “Amazon Cloud Drive” that will kill Apple and Google’s music services. The new service from Amazon allows users to store music in the cloud, and then stream it from the cloud using the Web or an Android device. iOS devices are not yet supported by the Cloud Player. Read More
Amazon has released a new advertisement that promotes its flagship product, Kindle and takes a shot at Apple as well as the iPad (indirectly). The new Kindle Ad is titled “The Book Lives On” and showcases the Kindle Store which boasts more than 80,000 titles.
Amazon has pushed out an update for its Kindle App for iPad and iPhone that takes the most amazing book reading application to version 2.5. The App now completely optimizes the iOS background capabilities and allows you to download a book in the background while you spend time on some other App.