Amazon Officially Launches Its Kindle Unlimited

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Amazon has finally released Kindle Unlimited, which is the new e-book and audiobook subscription service. The service is available at a price of USD9.99 per month and is compatible across all platforms. The service has been finally officially released after some early leaks. The service will enable the users to read whatever they want, as long as it’s in stock on Amazon. Some of the content presently available includes bestsellers such as the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, as well as several other titles from William Goldman, Michael Lewis, Sara Gruen, Robert Penn Warren, Stephen Covey, Michael Chabon, Anthony Bourdain, Lois Lowry and others. Amazon has been quoted saying that “Kindle Unlimited gives you the freedom to explore. Try new genres, discover new authors, and dive into new adventures with unlimited access to our wide and varied selection of books. From rhetoric [+more]

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In Microsoft, Amazon, and Samsung vs. Apple ads: Who Ends Up Looking Better?

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Whenever Apple, Microsoft or Samsung is in news, we like to keep our readers in loop. This article focuses on the defensive mode these tech giants adopt via advertisements that wind up with comparisons. But guess who ends up looking better? Apple’s initial ad, ‘Get a Mac’ campaign clearly pointed out why Windows was off the beam and why users should buy a Mac. However, the Cupertino Calif.-based firm stopped these popular ads soon after. Later on, all Apple ads for the iPod, iPhone or iPad, highlighted their own device and its features with no comparisons with rivals. Apple’s iPhone ad shows the smartphone’s FaceTime feature, where a son shows his father his granddaughter for the first time. These simple and short ads were effective and easy to understand. Also the advertisement for iPad came out with a clear focus, which was on iPad specific apps in the App Store. [+more]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 : The Predecessor out at Amazon for a Low $0.01!

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Samsung is apparently stepping ahead in the smartphone race as we hear that the Korean manufacturer is offering the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 at a very low price. Few months ago, Amazon offered the Galaxy S3 for $49.99. However, with the success of S4, the story is a bit different now. Popular and stylish, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 is now up for grabs at Amazon at a small price of $0.01 with a new contract of 2 years. Certain reports indicate that Samsung is testing an Android 4.2.2 update for the S3, which will bring the device up to date with some of the best and popular features found on the Galaxy S4. Some of these features include the updated lock screen with new widgets and unlock effects with ripples and light animations. The device will also come loaded with updated S-Voice. Features like voice control will give users [+more]

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Amazon Vs Apple Vs QVC: Which Shopping Site Is Your Fancy?

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the rising trend of mobile shopping. But now, a ForeSee survey has revealed how mobile users are most satisfied doing their mobile shopping through Amazon, followed by Apple and QVC. The survey results also mention Target, Victoria’s Secret and Barnes and Noble among the most improved retailers over time. This survey was conducted on 6.200 mobile shoppers during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The overall score for the top 25 mobile retailers also improved from 76 during 2011 to 78 in 2012. Also analyzed in the study was the trend of “showrooming” – the practice of shoppers checking out a competitor’s app or website in search of better deals when standing inside a store. 70 percent shoppers went online to check out stores when standing within a store – of these, 62 percent checked out the same store’s app or website, while 37 [+more]

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250K Accounts Compromised, Says Twitter; Clarifies that Hack was Unrelated to Yesterday’s Outage

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 In what appears as more bad news for the microblogging social network, Twitter has been sending out mails to 250,000 of its users claiming that it has been experiencing “unusual access patterns” which could indicate possible hacking of their accounts. However, the site has claimed that this incident is independent of the outage it experienced yesterday. Twitter has requested its users to change their passwords following this incident and ensure that they use a strong enough password to protect their accounts. A common thread observed in the users whose accounts were possibly hacked indicate that this could have affected the early adopters of Twitter, who have been using the site since 2007. If this is found true and you are among those who joined the brigade much later, you’re probably safe. We’re not quite sure if they’re related, but coincidentally, Amazon too experienced an outage yesterday. Twitter of course has [+more]

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Apple iPad Sales Slump as Demand for Android Tablets Grows

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So the analysts say that the iPhone 5 has not managed to garner as much attention among the consumers. Close on the heels of this update is more bad news for Apple. Turns out the third quarter of this year saw the sales of Samsung and Amazon tablets gaining significant market share, as consumers put their iPad purchase plans on hold until Apple brought out new devices. IDC estimates report that Apple’s market share among tablets dipped from 65.5% down to 50.4% in the third quarter, while Samsung’s share grew to 18.4% and Amazon accounted for around 9% of the market. For Samsung, this is the first time since the launch of the first iPad in 2010 that the company commanded such a high share of the market. Aggressive marketing campaigns for the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tabs sure have paid off for Samsung, as the numbers show. In [+more]

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Halloween Celebrations: Free Apps on Amazon Appstore

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Amazon is kicking into the holiday spirit by offering a full week of Halloween deals on apps in its store for smartphones. Starting today and all the way till the 31st of October, the Amazon Appstore is giving out ‘Amazon Free App of the Day’, including apps with the Halloween theme, like The Haunt and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The first free app is Witches’ Brew: Halloween Potion Making Fun! – a goofy game that lets players collect ingredients for making spells. The game features 100 levels, HD graphics and tilt control play capabilities as well. Friday’s app is Slashing Pumpkins – a game that will remind you of your favorite Fruit Ninja, except in this one, there are only pumpkins to slice through. On Saturday, the free app on offer is Halloween Mahjong, featuring holiday themed tiles and backgrounds to get you in the mood for tricks [+more]

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After Apple Decides To For Google Free Map Service,It’s Time For Nokia Mapping Mania

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  Nokia is in news again and this time the Oracle miracle seems to be a part of the story. And how’s that? Well, read on. Nokia and Oracle have reportedly entered into a deal that makes the latter accessible to a slate of services in the GPS and data genre from Nokia. Awaiting a final confirmation, the deal is all set to be unveiled in public at a San Francisco conference. Now given that the Finnish phone maker was willing to expand the location services to a mass base, the deal only seems to be hitting the right notes at the right time. In fact, the deal is coming at a time that’s ripe given that Nokia recently entered into similar deals for mapping with Amazon and Groupon. Now with Apple having decided to have a Google free mapping service on its iOS, its time Nokia stiffens its collars. [+more]

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Is The Low-priced Amazon Tab a Big Deal? India Offers Aakash @ $35!

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Of lately, Amazon has been in news for all good reasons. The giant Internet retailer has recently announced the launch of its latest and innovative the new Kindle Fire HD, made with better clarity, improved usage, faster processors, and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities. It’s not only the latest features; but also the price of these devices that is creating even more excitement. You can easily grab a 7-inch Kindle Fire for just $199 and an 8.9-inch 4G LTE-enabled model for just $499! Millions of consumers will certainly buy these devices as the price they offer is much lower than what Apple has set for its iPad. But is the new Kindle Fire HD worth the entire hullabaloo? We have Aakash tab for just $35! Well, there are some analysts who believe that these tabs, which will make Amazon earn profits via advertisements, won’t be a catalyst for the revolution of cheaper [+more]

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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 3 vs. Google Nexus 7: Clash of the Titans

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Never before in the tech world has a consumer been this spoilt for choice. When it comes to tablets, people are just about embracing this new concept of an in-between device, which provides better computing ability as well as mobility. First came the iPad 3, which of course is thinner, lighter, more powerful than its predecessors (no surprises there!). And then, the makers of Android, Google, announced their own tablet creation – the Nexus 7. The latest on the block of course is Amazon’s brand new Kindle Fire HD, which promises to take on the iPad and the Nexus 7. But which of these biggies will reign supreme in this tight race? For the Apple lovers, without doubt, the iPad 3 will be considered the absolute leader in the ring, but for the unbiased souls looking to pick up the best available technology, here’s a comparison of what lies beneath [+more]

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