426 items sold per second with a 9-second average Mayday response time.
The holidays were more than kind to Amazonthis year. The online retailer has announced that they sold over 36.8 million items on Cyber Monday alone—that’s 426 items sold every second. The news doesn’t stop there, Amazon’s Mayday button had a 9-second average response time on Christmas Day.
Take a full year to pay for a Kindle Fire HDX today
Amazon is making one last effort to sell more Kindle Fire HDX tablets this holiday shopping season by offering buyers an extended payment plan free of interest. The way it works is rather simple -- you pay 25 percent of the retail cost at checkout, and the remaining balance is billed in three equal installments every 90 days.
Amazon often discounts its popular Kindle Fire line of tablets, but rarely are the discounts as substantial as the ones the online retailer rolled out for Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Amazon sold out of however many Kindle Fire HD tablets it set aside to sell at $119 (normally sells for $169), though there's still inventory available of discounted Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablets, which are also marked down $50.
Drones will deliver packages to Prime Air customers in 30 minutes or less
It's a little early for an April Fool's prank, so we can only assume that Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is dead serious about the use of delivery drones to buzz stuff to your doorstep within a half hour of placing your order. Bezos unveiled the plan last night on CBS network's "60 Minutes" saying that drone delivery would be available to Prime Air customers. However, Amazon has to clear a major hurdle first.
If you're shopping on Amazon's website and hoping to score free shipping, you may have to increase your order size. Previously, Amazon offered its customers free "Super Saving" shipping on qualifying orders of at least $25, but for the first time in over 10 years, the e-tailer decided to bump up the minimum order amount. You must now spend $35 on qualifying items to receive free shipping.
HTC has been in a bit of trouble after the launch of the HTC One, but things might be looking up for the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. According to a report by the Financial Times, Amazonis partnering with HTC to get into the smartphone market, but we probably won’t be seeing a completed phone for a while.
Looking for something new to play over the weekend?
It's a great weekend for PC gamers, with Steam and Amazon deals on some of the hottest titles around. Both distributors are running promotions including Borderlands 2 for $14.99 (50% off) and Crysis 3 for $14.99. If you've held off on picking up either title for a while, now is your chance.
Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its third generation of Kindle Fire tablets with the moniker "HDX" added to the end. Like the Kindle Fire HD family, Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX comes in two size options, 7 inches and 8.9 inches. Unlike the previous slates, however, the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets are rocking a 2.2GHz Qualcom Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 3x the processing power and other tantalizing upgrades.
Could Amazon's smartphone be given away for "free?"
Rumors are circulating via TechSpot that Amazon's elusive smartphone could eventually hit the scene as a freebie. Amazon is supposedly considering giving out their as-yet-unnamed smartphone away to consumers, according to reports from Wall Street Journal reporters Jessica E. Lessin and Amir Efrati.
As if there weren't enough new consoles coming out this year, Amazon is rumored to be throwing its hat into the ring as well. There are rumors swirling around (via ExtremeTech) that the mammoth marketplace could be launching an Android-based game console by the end of the year.