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Seattle — Amazon unveiled the third-generation Kindle Fire on Wednesday, known as the Kindle Fire HDX.
Two screen sizes will be offered — 7 inches and 8.9 inches — both available without or without 4G. Pricing is as follows for the 7-inch model with special offers and sponsored screensavers (versions without special offers add $15 to the price).
** Wi-Fi 16GB: $229
** Wi-Fi 32GB: $269
** Wi-Fi 64GB: $309
** 4G 16GB: $329
** 4G 32GB: $369
** 4G 34GB: $409
The 8.9-inch model is as follows:
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Seattle – Amazon today rolled out its sixth-generation e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite.
Two versions of the e-reader are on tap. The basic Paperwhite ($119) is available for pre-order now and will ship on Sept. 30. The Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G will carry a $189 price tag and will become available on Nov. 5. While it is not available for pre-order yet, those interested can sign up now to receive a notification from Amazon when pre-orders start.
Amazon.com has quietly opened a dedicated department for home automation.
The virtual storefront culls the e-tailer’s mammoth selection of programmable products and assorts them into four main categories: entertainment systems, home monitoring and safety, energy management, and kits and controllers.
Items include Sonos streaming audio components, Yamaha network A/V receivers, Belkin WeMo plug-in Wi-Fi control switches, and Leviton whole-home control systems.
Seattle — Amazon.com said that customers can trade in their used devices (including iPhones, iPads and iPods) in exchange for up to $460 (depending on the device) in Amazon gift cards through Amazon’s Trade-In program.
Seattle — Amazon.com is looking to bring in more than 5,000 workers to staff its growing network of U.S. distribution centers.
The No. 1 e-tailer operates more than 40 warehouses across the country, and opened eight in the last year alone as it seeks to improve order fulfillment and reduce delivery time.
Seattle - Amazon.com reported 22 percent higher sales but a $7 million net loss in the second quarter ended June 30.
Net loss was $7 million in the second quarter compared with net income of $7 million in second quarter 2012.
Net sales increased 22 percent to $15.70 billion in the second quarter, compared with $12.83 billion in second quarter 2012. Excluding the $392 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales grew 25 percent compared with second quarter 2012.
Back in 2000 I called an executive a major CE manufacturer to inform him that Amazon.com was carrying his company’s products. He adamantly said, “That’s impossible. We have not authorized any website to sell our products!”
Today can you imagine any major CE brand not wanting to be carried online today, especially Amazon?
Back then a lot of veteran retailers began yelling, “The sky is falling!” when discussing online retailing and Amazon in particular.
Seattle – Continued investments in content and the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange rates let to a sharp drop in Amazon.com’s first-quarter earnings.
Net income fell 37 percent to $82 million for the three months, ended March 31, while net sales climbed 22 percent to $16 billion. A $302 million impact from unfavorable exchange rates shaved 2 percentage points from the sales tally.
Operating income slipped 6 percent to $181 million, reflecting a $12 million hit from the currency fluctuations.
Apple may still not be ready to launch its long-anticipated and speculated-on iTV, but that’s apparently not stopping a couple of other industry giants from moving forward with ambitious online video streaming entertainment devices.
A number of experiments are currently underway by big-box chains to leverage their real estate and ally with Internet companies to better compete with e-tailers.