Home automation is not an entirely new concept, however it is one that seems to be growing at a rather decent rate. Not to mention, the home automation options appear to be getting easier and easier in terms of setup and use. They also appear to be getting down to price points that many would consider affordable.
Amazon Appstore for Android has been around for quite some time and recently had its second birthday, but in the UK today they're celebrating it's first year. As a celebration we're seeing 10 of the most popular or greatest hits from their Free App of the Day deal all set for free at once. It's an impressive sale, and they have some awesome apps you'll want to get while you can.
Amazon has a wide array of devices ranging from Kindle readers, Fire tablets, and there's plenty of talk surrounding a Kindle Fire smartphone coming soon too. This afternoon we're learning that the company has been testing some unorthodox systems for wireless networks, running on spectrum from Globalstar, who isn't your average cell network provider.
Amazon has indeed been working on that, but it might not exactly be what we have been expecting.
announced two years ago. With the last major release being almost a year old, it seemed there hasn't been much going on. But apparently the developers have really been busy at work to provide a fresh new design and better browsing experience to their users.
Amazon, through Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new push notification solution for developers. This is arriving as the Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) with Mobile Push and it is described as being fast, fully managed and cross platform. And perhaps the icing on the cake for some developers, Amazon has said this can be used to send up to one million notifications per month without incurring any cost.
Chromecast media streaming dongle is in strong demand at the moment. It is currently selling out anywhere and stores can't keep it on the shelves. At least that's what we keep hearing. Yesterday like us, many of you received depressing shipping "estimates" from Amazon stating a late October delivery, which is too long, but today they've backtracked on that statement.
Amazon has yet to say anything in terms of when we can expect a Kindle Fire refresh, but judging from how the rumors seem to be picking up traction -- it looks like that may be coming sooner rather than later. Aside from the recent spec related rumors we have also seen Amazon lower the prices on the current line of Kindle Fire HD tablets. The focus today is on the non-HD version of the Kindle Fire and it looks like a rather complete set of specs have leaked.
Amazon and according to the details that have arrived thus far -- it should arrive in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season. If nothing else, given Amazon already has the Appstore in place, that could put them at a slight advantage over some of the competition.
Chromecast media streaming dongle is a pretty popular little gadget. When Google announced the device back in July many were extremely excited and rushed to the Play Store and Amazon to purchase the $35 dollar option. We quickly watched it go out of stock from most sites, eBay prices go through the roof and beyond, and things aren't quite back to normal yet.