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Amazon offers a range of hardware, including its Kindle e-readers and tablets, but now it’s looking to expand the line with two new smartphones and an audio-only device that streams music, according to the Wall Street Journal. The phones include a high-end one with a glasses-free 3D screen, as well as another about which details were not included in the report, which presumably would be a more traditional design.
Amazon has been rumored to have been working on a phone for a while now, and the recent hiring of top Windows Phone evangelist Charlie Kindel also raised alarms that Amazon might be in the smartphone business soon. Natasha wrote about how Kindel had previously discussed Android’s fragmentation problem, and how it provided opportunity for other players to step up and innovate. This could be what he’s attempting at Amazon, and these devices might be part of that project, although nothing about its plans have been officially revealed as of yet.
The rumored 3D device is said to use some kind of retina-tracking technology to present a holographic image that’s viewable without glasses, and that hovers above the screen. It sounds a little like a gimmick to be honest, especially considering how CE devices with 3D have fared so far, like the 3DS, which recently has downplayed its 3D capabilities in recent marketing. Other phone makers, including HTC and Sony, have also dabbled with 3D displays on phones, all of which have essentially failed to make an impact.
Lately, however, a lot of companies have been creating hardware which doesn’t necessarily have an immediately apparent niche. There’s the Chromebook Pixel, for instance, as well as Google Glass and rumors of the Apple smart watch. There’s the Acer Aspire R7 more recently, too, all of which essentially point to a need to have a big, splashy marquee product that isn’t necessarily the hottest consumer device.
Amazon’s other phone could be the more mass-market play, and the dedicated audio player sounds like it might want to become the iPhone of the streaming music generation. WSJ says that some of these devices might launch as soon as in the next few months, though there’s no guarantee that they won’t be shelved, so 3D screens could also just be something Amazon is testing internally.
We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment and have yet to hear back, but will update this post if they provide any official comment.
There’s a fairly good chance that Mark Zuckerberg’s heading Home today without a massive bonus check. Zuck’s social network, Facebook, hasn’t quite reached the level of profitability that some investors once expected — its first year of public trading brought highs and lows (though, mostly lows). But, revenues steadily grew, and, in the final quarter of 2012, the company finally turned a profit. And now, for the most recent quarter, Facebook is reporting revenue of $ 1.46 billion, with earnings at 12 cents per share. Mobile is clearly in focus this year, though the company’s efforts in that arena may be reflected in the future — the site’s legacy products are responsible for Q1 2013′s figures. We hope to get some more insight during the earnings call this afternoon, and we’ll be sure to share any notable tidbits as they’re made public.
Nokia looks like it’s hoping to turn up the volume of its Windows Phone-based Lumia smartphones in the U.S. by signing another carrier to its cause. Bloomberg is reporting that Nokia and Verizon have struck a deal that will see the carrier offer a forthcoming flagship, the Lumia 928, starting from next month. Neither the deal nor the device have been made public by Nokia or Verizon but Bloomberg said two people familiar with the situation have confirmed the impending launch.
Bloomberg’s report follows previous leaks in which the Lumia 928 was spotted in the FCC’s and Verizon’s systems. An apparent image of the handset was also leaked earlier this month. When approached for comment a Nokia spokesman told TechCrunch it does not comment on rumour and speculation.
If the Verizon deal is true, the Lumia 928 will be the first high end Lumia the carrier has ranged (it does already carry the mid-range Nokia Lumia 822). In the U.S. Lumia devices such as the flagship Lumia 920 have been exclusively carried by AT&T to date. Getting another major carrier on board with a flagship is vital for the once Mighty Finn to try to capture more marketshare. Verizon has some 100 million subscribers.
According to Bloomberg’s sources, the Lumia device that will launch on Verizon will have a metal body, a 4.5-inch touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera and wireless charging. Earlier rumours have suggested it will have a polycarbonate body, however, while the internals have generally been expected to remain the same as the Lumia 920.
North America has traditionally been a weak market for Nokia — historically, back in the Symbian days, but also since Nokia’s Windows Phone reboot. But in its Q1 results last week, the region was the only market in which Nokia saw a small increase in sales (up by 9%) compared to last year. Nokia reported selling a total of 5.6 million Lumias globally in the quarter.
Kantar stats we covered earlier this month indicate that Windows Phone as a whole — so not just Nokia devices but also HTC, Samsung etc — has moved up into a distant third place in the US smartphone market, behind the two leaders: Android and iOS, suggesting the platform is slowly building some regional momentum. That momentum may have helped convinced Verizon to take a punt on a Lumia flagship.
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“I'm gonna give y'all the details because the news never gets it right .”
Luckily, nobody was killed (though two were injured) and the shooter is now in custody. But the post is chilling reminder of the intense media awareness that is now part of mass shooters’ horrible calculations.
Also notable, if the post was really made by the shooter: the use of meme-derived language, which was popularized by 4chan, to talk about suicide.
It’s well off the triple year-over-year development that e-books saw a few years ago, but the newest report from the Association of American Publishers shows that e-books did inch up even further in 2012 to account for a significant piece of total book sales. According to its figures, e-books now stand for 22.55 percent of United States publishers’ overall revenue– up from simply under 17 percent in 2011– a boost that helped push net income from all book sales up 6.2 percent to $ 7.1 billion for the year. As the AAP notes, this report also happens to mark the tenth anniversary of its yearly tracking of e-book sales; back at the beginning in 2002, their share of publishers’ net revenue clocked in at a simple 0.05 percent. The team does caution that the year-to-year comparison back that far is rather anecdotal, nonetheless, provided changing methodologies and meanings of e-books.
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Apple is looking to start production of a new iPhone of “similar” design to the current one during the second quarter of 2013, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. The production ramp-up is designed to set the stage for a summer launch of a new flagship iPhone, the report claims, which agrees with information we’ve heard from our own sources recently.
John reported last Thursday that Apple’s manufacturing partners were preparing for a June 2013 launch of the so-called iPhone 5S, a device that retains the design of the iPhone 5 but adds better specs under the hood. This report from the WSJ, paired with analyst claims of a similar timeline for an iPhone product refresh, seem to now all be pointing to a new device in early summer. Apple holds its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference around the same time, so if we’re going to see a public event detailing the new device, that’d be when to look for it.
The WSJ report today also claims that Apple continues to work on a lower-cost iPhone, destined for a launch as early as the second half of 2013. The shell casing is said to be different from the top-end iPhone, which is what we’ve heard before, and the new report also says Apple is looking into different case colors with its less expensive design, another tidbit shared by various analysts.
While it isn’t surprising that Apple would be working on a new iPhone, the timeline for launch is a bit different from what we’d expect now that Apple has released the past couple of devices in the fall instead of the summer. Still, when you start to see multiple sources come together in agreement on information like this, it’s usually a good indication that there’s solid info behind the rumors.
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It was something of a black eye for BlackBerry when it came out that Sprint wouldn ’ t be holding the all-touch Z10 BB10 smartphone. A huge relaunch, indispensable to the company ’ s future success, and one of the four significant UNITED STATE carriers was taking a pass on the first hardware. However the provider is visiting sell the keyboard-toting Q10, and will also offer exactly what could be a Z10 successor, complete with touch-only interface, later on in 2013.
AllThingsD stated earlier today that Sprint would have an all-touch device, which it called not simply a slightly customized Z10. This new phone is being introduced in the second half of the year, according to AllThingsD ’ s sources, likely well after the launch of the upcoming Q10 with its hardware keyboard. The Verge followed up this earlier report with a supporting claim that describes the Sprint mobile phone as a “ variation 2.0 ″ of the Z1o, according to its sources.
Sprint ’ s decision to pass on the Z10 while all its rivals look poised to offer both that phone and the Q10 makes a bit even more sense in light of this rumor. The device could be a carrier-exclusive variant, which is something BlackBerry has been understood to do in the past in its former guise as RIM. However both sources of these brand-new reports seem to suggest that exactly what we ’ ll see won ’ t be merely a renewed Z10 with some various specifications, but a different all-touch device. No word on where it may fit in regard to appealing to high end or more budget-minded customers.
A Z10 follow-up might really be worth waiting for those thinking about BB10, since the Z10 itself was impressive, however however a little rough around the edges. Some even more time to bake may be simply exactly what the physician gotten for an all-touch BlackBerry 10 gadget, and Sprint might be leaning on that to help it become the carrier of choice for RIM ’ s next-gen mobile OS. We ’ ve called BlackBerry to see if there ’ s any official remark about device release plans for Sprint, and will update if any is forthcoming.
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According people in the understand who have actually contacted Bloomberg and The New York Times, Apple’s oft-rumored streaming radio service is set for a late arrival. The reason is due to the fact that of snails-pace settlements with the author Sony/ATV for songs licensing offers. As the Times notes, Sony not lets outsiders like ASCAP dispense licenses, leaving itself as chief point of contact for such arrangements on its material– this apparently got Pandora locked into a twenty five-percent increase on aristocracy payments to Sony. Prior to today’s reports, Bloomberg stated that Cupertino was trying for a Q1 launch for this year, and the NYT notes Apple hoped that launch would’ve occurred near the Grammy Awards. If you’ll remember, Apple’s service is said be direct competitors to others like Pandora instead of Spotify, as it would be ad-supported for income. As typical, take all of this with a grain of salt, and don’t get too thirsty for an Apple-curated streaming songs service just yet. More information at the source links.
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If Microsoft is going to invest in Dell’s privatization, Redmond wants to have some say over the company’s future roadmap and key decisions. That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, which reports Microsoft’s potential role has become something of a “sticking point” as negotiations to end Dell’s days as a publicly traded company continue. Last week it was revealed that Microsoft is considering throwing in between $ 1 billion and $ 3 billion to help right the course of its troubled OEM partner.
According to the Journal, an arrangement being floated currently includes nearly 16 percent of founder Michael Dell’s stake in his company, Silver Lake Partners, and Microsoft, with $ 15 billion worth of debt financing kicked in from various…
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Google’s bi-annual clearness reports are frequently honored for efforts in making police and government monitoring of email and web task more noticeable. As the company’s latest report shows, the regularity of these requests in the US is enhancing quickly, but we might not be getting the complete photo. As a current Computerworld report appropriately mentions, Google’s reports do not cover the warrant-less requests made under the USA Patriot Act, the recently-renewed FISA Amendments monitoring law, or FBI-issued National Safety Letters, all of which consist of gag orders that prevent net companies and web business from revealing any information. Such surveillance programs are stated to look with hundreds of thousands of Americans, and …