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Amazon gains 1M new Prime members within a week

Amazon gains 1M new Prime members within a week

Amazon, the world's most popular online retailer, has claimed that it gained around a million Prime members just within a week of December this year.

The online retail giant even claimed that the $79 Amazon Prime membership was signed up by so many people in the third week of December that it had limit the sign ups avoid a slow down in the system.

As per a recent estimate by analysts, Amazon's Prime service, which offers all-you-can-eat free two-day delivery on millions of eligible items, has nearly 20 million users around the globe.

Amazon enters Indian e-commerce market

Amazon enters Indian e-commerce market

Online retailer Amazon has finally announced its entry into fast-growing Indian e-commerce market with the launch of its Amazon. in.

Amazon. in has been designed as a marketplace to facilitate transaction between buyers and sellers. It is currently offering books, movies and TV shows.

Announcing the launch of Amazon. in, the retailer said, “This marketplace will provide Indian customers with a shopping destination to purchase products from third-party sellers.”

Amazon Kindle’s market share slips 4%: IDC

Amazon Kindle’s market share slips 4%: IDC

Online retailer Amazon. com Inc's Kindle Fire sold like hot cakes during the holiday season but shipments of the affordable tablet PC slipped sharply during the recent months, figures compiled by market research firm IDC revealed.

According to IDC, $199-Kindle Fire suffered a drop of around 4 per cent in its market share in the January to March period, from 16.8 per cent in the previous three months.

The Kindle Fire shipments slipped from a whopping 4.8 million in the final quarter of 2011 to just around 750,000 in the first quarter of this year.

Microsoft loses key Windows Phone employee to Amazon

Microsoft loses key Windows Phone employee to AmazonIn a development first reported by ZDNet, one of Microsoft’s key Windows Phone employees, Brandon Watson, has quit the software giant to join the online retail biggie Amazon, where he would work on Kindle apps.

Kindle Fire had its chance during holiday season, now the iPad's unstoppable

Kindle Fire had its chance during holiday season, now the iPad's unstoppable

According to reports, with the aggressively-priced Amazon Kindle Fire having dominated the holiday season, it now appears that the device is through with its chance in terms of extraordinary sales; and that it's time for the Apple iPad to rule the roost in the tablet arena yet again.

In the opinion of Rob Walch, the host of Today in iOS, while Amazon went in for the kill with its Kindle Fire - which was apparently getting a pass with people in their reviews of the tablet at Christmas time - during the holidays, it is the iPad which is unstoppable now.

Amazon to release Kindle Fire software update “in less than two weeks”

Amazon to release Kindle Fire software update “in less than two weeks”

With early users reporting browsing speeds and other performance issues with Amazon's much-endorsed Kindle Fire tablet, a new report in the New York Times has information from the online retail biggie that a software update for the tablet will be released "in less than two weeks."

Going by the report, the timeframe of the forthcoming release of the Kindle Fire update implies that the new upgrade will come nearly one month after the November-end release of the 6.2 update.

Amazon seemingly taking a deviation from its core retail business

Amazon seemingly taking a deviation from its core retail business

In what apparently marks certain recent as well as rumored strategic moves to attract more and more customers to the Amazon. com site, the Seattle-based company – which has come up with its $199 Kindle Fire tablet; is reportedly planning a smartphone; and is selling smartphones for a penny – has seemingly taken some kind of a deviation from its core retail business!

A look at B&N’s Nook Tablet and Amazon's Kindle Fire

A look at B&N’s Nook Tablet and Amazon's Kindle Fire

Marking their foray into the tablet computers' arena, bookseller Barnes & Noble (B&N) and online biggie Amazon have come up with their respective 7-inch tablets - the B&N Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire - to challenge the market-dominating Apple iPad.

About the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire, Consumer Reports' Paul Reynolds said that though both these new tablets are comparatively cheaper in price as compared to the iPad, they have nearly three-inch smaller display and are also more `limited' in terms of their capabilities.

Amazon significantly upgrades e-book system

Amazon significantly upgrades e-book system

Amazon has significantly altered its Kindle electronic-book system in the last few days as part of its efforts to compete in the market and offer a replacement to traditional books and paperwork, documents, textbooks and magazines.

The company first launched a multimedia upgrade to the free Kindle application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad on Sunday, then it announced the launch of Kindle software for Android based devices a day later.

Amazon launches cheaper version of Kindle e-reader

Amazon launches cheaper version of Kindle e-reader

Amazon. com has announced the launch of a cheaper version of its Kindle e-reader as part of its efforts to compete in the market with devices such as Apple iPad.

The company has designed the Kindle DX suitable to its pricing and reading content offering. It is yet to be seen how the gadget will fare in the market already crowded with so many devices.