The rumor mill is in high gear this evening over a report in Variety that says Apple is exploring the creation of its own original programming to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Unnamed sources told the HollywoodShow More Summary
It was quite a surprise when Amazon announced it had snapped up the Top Gear trio for a new show on Prime Instant Video. Many thought Netflix or Sky would win out, but now it's emerged that another unlikely player was bidding for Clarkson and friends: Apple. Show More Summary
A Wall Street Journal exclusive last week revealed that “dozens” of Amazon engineers who worked on the failed Fire Phone at the company’s Silicon Valley-based Lab126 were (true to the branding) fired.It was a great scoop but the Journal buried the lead. The 20th paragraph dropped this incredible fact: Source: A computer’s place is in […]
Apple has been having early discussions with Hollywood executives about producing original video programming in a bid to potentially compete against companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, according to a new report from Variety. Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. Show More Summary
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Apple is seriously looking into becoming a video content creator in the way that Netflix and Amazon are. The Variety report cites unnamed sources saying that Apple “has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content.” The report says the business unit […]
Engineers have developed a new approach, opposite to climate models, to correct inaccuracies using a high-resolution atmospheric model that more precisely resolves clouds and convection and parameterizes the feedback between convection and atmospheric circulation. Show More Summary
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I’ve just approved the final corrections to my Yale University Press book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections due out Jan. 12. (You can preorder at a 28% discount at Amazon.) I’ll be … Continue reading ?
Amazon has announced a new app designed to help developers monetize apps: Amazon Underground. The app offers all the functionality included in the standard Amazon mobile shopping app. However, Amazon Underground also includes over $10,000 in apps, games and in-app items.
M in action. Image via Facebook. Last week Facebook released a virtual assistant program called “M,” an A.I. program built into its Messenger app. Like Apple’s Siri, Google Now, Cortana and Amazon’s Echo, M is essentially a social simulation serving as a front for Internet searches. In a post announcing the [...]
The food will arrive within 36 hours of harvest. What won't Amazon deliver? If you thought "produce from the farmers market," you're wrong. According to the Los Angeles Times, Amazon is currently testing delivery of farm-fresh greens, wild seafood, ripe melons, and a whole lot of other produce to customers' doorsteps. Show More Summary
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Photo caption: Considering the "Wilt, Wilt" Story Board at the U.S. Summer Conference of the Center for Innovative Cultures. I have never worked at Amazon so I cannot speak to the veracity of the recent New York Times article. But, shockingly, thanks to a short exercise, I was able to get a feel for the culture described in the article. Show More Summary
VIZ Media’s Weekly Shopnen Jump anthology – featuring chapters of ongoing manga series like Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi, One-Punch Man, Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign, World Trigger and more – is now available on comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store. Show More Summary
After becoming available on Amazon's Fire TV products earlier this year, the Sling TV Internet television service is expanding again to include Amazon's Fire tablets as well. The service is available via an app on the Amazon Appstore for the Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HDX 7, Fire HD 7 or Fire HD 6 tablets.
Between Prime Pantry, Amazon Fresh and Seattle’s new Prime Now alcohol delivery, you never have to leave your house to restock the pantry. That is unless you want fresh produce grown by local farmers. Well, it appears that Amazon has that covered for you now, too. The Los Angeles Times reports that the e-commerce giant is testing what … [More]
4K content is becoming more and more common these days. That said, there still aren’t really enough ultra HD movies and TV shows out there to warrant spending thousands of dollars on a 4K HD TV. But guess what: You don’t have to spend...Show More Summary
We’ve generally considered Amazon Prime to be the best deal in technology. But, alas: It’s about to get slightly more annoying to use, and I am irrationally upset about it. Read more...
A few weeks ago, The New York Times published an in-depth look at some arguably brutal work practices at Amazon, including intense competition between coworkers. For example, the "Anytime Feedback Tool" is an internal platform that allows workers to submit reviews of their colleagues' performance to their managers. Show More Summary