The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest online retailer. The core of Amazon’s business—its original reason for being: selling books and other media—has grown wobbly. The problem: many people no longer want to buy stuff. They’d rather rent.
With Kindle Freetime, Kindle Freetime Unlimited, and an investment in an ed tech startup, Amazon has long shown an interest in the footie pajama customer base. On Wednesday they targeted those customers with a new kid’s tablet option.
The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition is not so much a new tablet as it is a customized version of the Kindle Fire HD 6 or HD 7 tablets which launched Wednesday night.
Malicious advertisements have popped up on websites such as YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo, part of a sophisticated campaign to spread malware, Cisco said Monday.
When encountered, the malicious advertisements cause a person to be redirected to a different website, which triggers a download based on whether the computer is running Windows or Apple’s OS X, wrote Armin Pelkmann, a threat researcher.
Nextbit, a mobile technology company founded by former Google executives Tom Moss and Mike Chan, today announced that Scott Croyle has joined as Vice President of Design and Product. Croyle, who was most recently Senior Vice President of Design and User Experience at HTC, will also join the company’s board of directors alongside Rich Wong from Accel Partners and Rich Miner from Google Ventures.
Amazon has sure come a long way from their roots as an online bookstore. They've since expanded to sell everything from music to groceries and everything in between. The company even produces their own hardware now, including the Fire Phone and the set-top Fire TV, expanding into almost every aspect of what a customer may want to purchase.