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.
Amazon's become a bit predictable as of late, at least regarding its Kindle line. It goes something like this: Launch a tablet, ride it out with occasional discounts, slash the price one last time, rinse and repeat. If you head over to Amazon right now, you'll notice that the Kindle Fire HD now starts at $159, down $40 from its list price of $199. The most likely explanation is that Amazon is clearing out inventory to make room for a refreshed Kindle Fire HD line.
First off, 'Wow!' That's the only appropriate reaction to what just went down, which is an agreement between Jeff Bezos to acquire The Washington Post for $250 million. As the founder and chief of Amazon, and subsequently one of the richest men in the world (19th, to be exact), Bezos can certainly afford the transaction, the question is what does he want with it? Furthermore, what does he plan to do with his new acquisition?
As a consumer, you have to love price wars, so long as both companies competing for your dollars stay in business. Right now there's a price war brewing between Barnes & Noble with its Nook HD and HD+ tablets, and Amazon with its Kindle Fire HD tablets, the latter of which is now on sale starting at $169. This is a temporary price cut and if you're a Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping to boot.
Father's Day is only a couple of weeks away, and one way to celebrate the occasion is by getting your dad a gift. You could go with a tie (again) or some other piece of clothing, take him out to dinner, or wait for us to finalize our gift guide (hang tight, it's coming). One of the items that has a high chance of making the list is Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, and if you' don't procrastinate, you can save yourself $20 with the purchase of one.
Another rumor points to an Amazon smartphone on the horizon.
Amazon should do the Internet a favor and either launch a smartphone of its own or come out and say, in no uncertain terms, that it has no intentions of offering a handset. It would save us the trouble of sifting through rumors, which have been permeating the web for about year now. The latest bit of news suggests Amazon is not only still interested in releasing a smartphone, but will go with a 4.7-inch display.