As Google continues to be investigated by the European Union, chairman Eric Schmidt has decided to deflect criticism by saying that Amazon is its biggest search rival.
In a speech in Berlin, Schmidt – who has repeatedly denied that Google is a monopolistic player – he also took time to diss rivals Bing and Yahoo, saying they don’t matter at all. more»
Apple and Samsung are going to have to fight hard to keep their place as leaders of the tablet pack.
Because, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research, other vendors including Asus, Lenovo and Amazon are fighting hard for third place and creeping up on the leaders. more»
US online bookseller Amazon is continuing its war against the German unions despite multiple strikes shutting down its business.
American companies generally do not understand trade unions, which they see as a communistic method by which workers get things like decent wages and conditions which prevent the shareholders and management becoming as wealthy as they should. more»
Internet giant Amazon announced the Fire HD6 tablet, at a price of £79 for the base model. It also introduced the Fire HDX8.9 at £329, and two Kindles.
The cheap and cheerful Fire HD6 comes in two configurations, an 8GB and a 16GB version – the latter costs £99. more»
All those who paid over the odds for an Amazon smartphone will probably be gathering together their pitchforks and torches for a lynching.
When Amazon released its Fire smartphone, analysts wondered what it was playing at. Amazon’s Fire tablets had done rather well because they were subsidised, but the bookseller had put out a smartphone which was not only unsubsidised but also rather expensive. more»
Amazon’s Fire Phone was launched in July to a great fanfare over its 3D-effect maps and multiple front-facing cameras.
But apparently it has been greeted with a collective yawn by actual users and there are signs that Amazon priced itself out of the market. more»
Online bookseller Amazon is getting into the internet advertising business.
The Wall Street Journal has been telling the world+dog that the in-house platform aims to replace ads supplied by Google on Amazon’s own website.
However the plan is to later expand the program to challenge Google and Microsoft advertising business in the future. more»
Hackers have worked out a way to break into Amazon’s cloud and install DDoS malware.
The hole is thanks to a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch which is a popular open-source search engine server. The software was developed in Java that allows applications to perform full-text search for various types of documents through a REST API (representational state transfer application programming interface). more»
US bookseller Amazon is engaged in a war of words with the French government.
Last month, the French parliament stood up for small book retailers and voted to ban major online book retailers, including Amazon and the French retailer FNAC, from offering free delivery on book orders. more»
Taiwanese ODM firm Quanta is hoping that demand for servers will help boost its profits.
That’s according to Digitimes, which claimed that Quanta’s direct customers include Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, NTT, KDDI, Korea Telecom and Singapore Telecom. NEC uses Quanta to build its units. more»
A BBC Panorama report is claiming that working at Amazon can really stress you out.
That’s a claim Amazon rejects.
According to the BBC, it planted a reporter at the firm’s Swansea warehouse and he used a hidden camera to record the action. more»
Quanta Computer, the world’s biggest laptop maker for hire, has slashed its tablet shipment forecast for 2013 from 20 million units to just 15 million. The reason? Cheap white-box tablets.
“We were optimistic about the company’s tablet shipments this year and didn’t expect that our clients’ products would face pricing competition from Chinese white-brands,” Quanta vice chairman C.C. more»
For some time now, eBay has been pushing discussion about the future of etail, the high street, and how brick and mortar will intersect with online shopping – now, in a bold move, the company has joined up with Argos in a bid to offer the best of both worlds. more»
Online retail sales in Europe are expected to double by 2018, reaching €323 billion. This year online retail should hit €188 billion and some companies like Amazon are expected to see even faster growth, according to market research firm Mintel.
Mintel’s survey covered 19 markets in Europe and it was made exclusively available to Reuters. more»
Apple’s share of the tablet market appears to be at an all-time low, thanks to strong competition from cheap and cheerful Android tablets.
Despite the slump, Apple still remains the biggest player in the tablet market, but it is no longer the only outfit in town. more»