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Amazon Reports Net Sales at $17.09 Billion in Q3

amazon304Amazon.com’s net sales hit $17.09 billion in Q3, up 24 percent from the comparable quarter last year, in which the company earned $13.81 billion.

GalleyCat has more: “The company announced its financial results for its third quarter today, and reported that its operating cash flow increased 48 percent to $4.98 billion for the trailing twelve months. In addition, the e-commerce giant revealed that its operating loss was $25 million in the third quarter, down from an operating loss of $28 million which the company experienced in the third quarter of 2012.”

During the quarter of Amazon launched the Appstore Developer Select, a program designed to help developers optimize their apps in Amazon’s Appstore and on it new Fire OS. Here is more from the press release: “Appstore Developer Select apps receive premium placement in the Amazon Appstore, 500,000 ad impressions on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network, and automatic inclusion in the Amazon Appstore Coins Reward category. Customers will receive Amazon Coins when they purchase Appstore Developer Select apps, games, and in-app items. Developers in the program also receive credits equaling 25% off their first $2,000 in AWS services annually.”

Amazon’s New Kindle Fire HDX 7 Ships Today

Screen-Shot-2013-09-25-at-1.31.46-AMAmazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX ships today. The Kindle Fire HDX7 is part of Amazon’s new line of Kindle Fires.

The device runs Amazon’s new Kindle Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.” The HDX 7 has a high resolution display at 323 pixels per inch screen. The HDX 7 has a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor which runs at 2.2 GHz. This is 3x the processing power of the previous generation Kindle Fire. It costs $229.

“With a beautiful 323 ppi perfect-color HDX display, 3x the processing power, 2x the memory, 4x the graphics performance, and Fire OS 3.0, we think customers are going to love the new Kindle Fire HDX,” stated Peter Larsen, vice president of Amazon Kindle. “We can’t wait to get this tablet into our customers’ hands.”

Amazon Wines Are Now Shipping to NY, Michigan, Arizona and Louisiana

wineAmazon is now shipping wine to New York, Michigan, Arizona and Louisiana. This means that Amazon is now shipping wines to 20 states and  the District of Columbia.

The company has partnered with local vineyards to help them distribute their vintages to these states just in time for the holiday season. More than 700 wine sellers with more than 5,000 labels are available on Amazon Wine. Consumers can now order bottles of wine from wineries located in Arizona, California, Maryland,Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Check it out: “For a limited time, customers can also save 20 percent or more on over 100 mixed packs that include an assortment of varietals from select wineries. Customers with questions on picking out that perfect wine can ask wineries questions through a new interactive Q&A forum on Amazon Wine product detail pages.”

Google Chromecast Outsells Kindles on Amazon’s Best Sellers List

best sellers smallGoogle Chromecast is popular, and now it’s proving its popularity by outselling all of Amazon’s Kindle on Amazon’s list of best selling electronics. When the $35  Chromecast was first available to consumers in July, it quickly sold out on Amazon, Google Play, Best Buy, and most brick and mortar stores.

Now that the Chromecast is available for international shipping, its sales are skyrocketing, and the number of Amazon reviewers are also escalating at an exponential rate (over 2,700 at this time). Some users like it so much, they have ordered multiple devices: Read more

Surprise! Kindle Makes Amazon’s Top Toy List

amazonWhat do kids want for Christmas? Star Wars figurines, Animal Blocks, and Angry Birds-themed toys. Oh and surprise, a Kindle HDX 7″ Tablet, according to Amazon.

Amazon has released its top toys for this holiday season list and the device topped the Fun Tech Toys category. The top toys lists among 10 categories were generated by Amazon Mom fans on Facebook. LeapFrog’s LeapPad2 tablet and VTech InnoTab 3S also both made the list as a featured holiday toy only available on Amazon.

Amazon is already running lightning deals on items on the top toy list. These deals give significant discounts to items for a brief period of time. These deals, which began today, will run throughout the holiday season.

Amazon Will Now Let You Login & Pay With Amazon on Other Sites

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.57.35 PMYou can sign into a lot of websites with your Facebook account. Now Amazon wants to let you pay for your online shopping transactions by logging into your Amazon account on an e-commerce website. Amazon’s new Login and Pay with Amazon tool lets participating companies give customers the ability to buy using their Amazon account, and not have to sign up for a new customer account.

This feature has already been available on Amazon owned sites such as Zappos.com. But now Amazon is working with competitors. Build.com, a retailer that sells tools for home improvement, is a new partner.

“Amazon has more than 215 million active customer accounts,” stated Tom Taylor, Vice President of Amazon Payments. “Login and Pay withAmazon enables companies to make millions of our customers their customers by inviting online shoppers with Amazon credentials to access their account information safely and securely with a single login.”

Retailers that are interested in adding this service to their sites should follow this link.

Amazon is Giving Special Treatment to Developers That Optimize For Amazon Appstore

amazonappstoreAmazon has introduced a new program for developers that optimize their apps for Amazon’s Appstore and Fire OS called Appstore Developer Select. The program is designed to give developers help with marketing.

Apps in the program get premium placement in the Amazon Appstore, 500,000 ad impressions on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network, and are automatically included in the Amazon Appstore Coins Reward category. These developers will also get credits which are equal to 25% off their first $2,000 in AWS services annual fees.

To qualify for the program, apps must be optimized for the Amazon Appstore and Fire OS. They must also include Amazon APIs, such as GameCircle, In-App Purchasing, and Mobile Ads. Optimized apps will render natively on Kindle devices without any stretching. Developers that are already working with Amazon will be automatically enrolled in the Appstore Developer Select program is their apps are optimized.

 

Japanese Mobile Device Lets You Smell Meat When You’re Hungry

If your olfactory is feeling a little left out of your technological lifestyle, you might be interested in this scent device from Japan. The Nose Yakiniku from Scentee is preloaded with smells like Beef, tongue, and potatoes with butter – smells you can feast on when you’re feeling a little famished but can’t eat. Consider it a college diet, for the starving, hurried college student.
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It’s Official: Jeff Bezos Owns ‘The Washington Post’

Screen-Shot-2013-08-05-at-9.39.08-PMAmazon founder Jeff Bezos is now officially the owner of The Washington Post. The deal closed on Tuesday. Bezos purchased the paper for $250 million from The Graham family, the paper’s owners for the past 80 years.

Bezos will lead the paper from afar, as he will remain CEO of Amazon. The Post‘s executive staff including publisher Katharine Weymouth and executive editor Martin Baron will remain in place.

Here is more from The Washington Post‘s report on the deal:

The Post’s new owner hasn’t disclosed specific plans or changes he intends to make for the money-losing paper. But in earlier interviews and on a two-day visit to The Post’s downtown Washington headquarters in early September, he suggested that he’ll provide a financial cushion — or “runway” — that will allow The Post time to conduct experiments that could lead to a successful business model.

Amazon Has Released Three New Kindle Fires

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 1.31.46 AMAmazon has introduced three new Kindle Fire tablets — the Kindle Fire HD, the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″. The company also revealed a new operating system for its Kindle Fire devices. All of the tablets have the latest Kindle Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.”

The new Kindle Fire has a 1280×800 resolution 7″ screen with 216 pixels per inch, which is 66% more pixels than the previous generation Kindle Fire. The device also has a 1.5 GHz processor, 60% faster than the last model. The device costs $139 and ships on October 2nd.

The Kindle Fire HDX7 has an even higher resolution display at 323 pixels per inch screen. The device also has a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor which runs at 2.2 GHz. This is 3x the processing power of the previous generation Kindle Fire. It costs $229 and it ships on October 18th. The HDX 8.9″ device has an even higher resolution screen at 339 ppi. It costs $379 and ships November 7th.

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