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Amazon: service ‘Autorip’ latest in date

Amazon announced on Thursday the launch of Autorip, a new service offering its customers the opportunity to enjoy free mp3 versions of the CD they purchased on the site. The service is retroactive and should allow users to enjoy automatically, from their platform Cloud Player, mp3 versions of all the albums they have purchased on Amazon since the opening of the store’s music group, that is to say since 1998. Currently, this are over 50,000 references that are available under the offer Autorip, starting by ‘bestselling’ tempering ’21 ‘Adele or classics like’ Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd and?? Thriller?? Michael Jackson. This database is expected to swell considerably, Amazon promises in a statement. Autorip is the latest project of the offensive launched by Amazon in the field of digital music in recent months, which has involved an increase in its digital disco available now composed of approximately 21 million shares. Copyright (c) 2013 All rights reserved.

Kindle Friends Commercial — Ad for Amazon’s New $79 Kindle

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First Commercial for Kindle Fire – Amazon’s New Kindle Ad

And the questions Is Amazon Kindle Fire really worth at $199?

Amazon kindles rumors of a tablet

The online retailer launched Friday invitations to an event scheduled for Wednesday in New York, fueling rumors about the imminent release of a new multimedia tablet competitor of the Apple iPad.

The invitation does not specify the theme of the event.

Amazon has not confirmed its intention to launch a tablet, which would be its second foray into the hardware sector after the Kindle reading light, but last month an analysis of a specialist in this segment had already predicted the success.

“The fact that Amazon is willing to sell hardware at a loss, combined with the strength of the brand, content, infrastructure cloud computing and its business assets make it the only credible competitor to the iPad on the market, “explained Sarah Rothma Epps, of Forrester Research.

“If Amazon launches a shelf under $ 300, assuming it has enough stock to meet demand, we believe that Amazon could sell 3 to 5,000,000 in fourth quarter alone,” she added.

Amazon, which Apple already competition in the distribution of digital goods, books, films and videos, with this tablet intensify its competition with the manufacturer in California, a pioneer and leader in the market shelves, it sold 9.25 million of units in the second quarter.

No other manufacturer has been able so far to shake the dominance of the Apple brand. Hewlett-Packard announced in mid-August he gave up his tablet TouchPad, launched in July, due to disappointing sales.

Thursday, Gartner expected a new explosion market shelves next year, with an increase of 62% to over 103 million units, after a more than tripling of the market between 2010 and 2011. This year the iPad would still represent over 73% of the world.

Amazon rushes into the race for coupons

Amazon also wants a piece of cake “daily deals”. Launched on June 2 in the city of Boise, Idaho, AmazonLocal is not a clone of Groupon. In addition to its own deals, the service will aggregate indeed offers from other sites combined purchase of coupons. Starting with those of LivingSocial, in which the giant e-commerce has invested U.S. $ 175 million in December.

To convince merchants to bid on AmazonLocal, e-shopping reminds them that his clients spend on average 70% more each month on the Internet than the average Internet user. In addition, a study by the Reputation Institute conducted in 2011, Amazon is the most renowned brand of the United States. Its 120 million active customers can also access the new service with their Amazon login, without opening an additional account.

After Yahoo and Google in December and Facebook in April, all U.S. Web giants have now put their experiments on the niche of coupons. sells more Digital e-books than printed copies

For every 100 printed books, the online retailer now sells 105 e-books for the Kindle.

That is what we read in a news release issued by The web store has launched its own e-reader Kindle on the market in 2007. Since then, e-books are selling like hotcakes. Mid-2010, he sold it in fact already more than printed copies. Earlier this year, it was the paperback books that have had to lower the flag. And today, sells more e-books than paper books in their entirety.

“We expected this to happen, but we never imagined it could go so fast,” said Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. Com, in the press release. “It’s been fifteen years since we sell printed books and barely four years of Kindle books.” An important impetus was the launch of Kindle at $ 114 cheaper.

In addition, also intends in future to support the epub format for e-books. This will still allow much wider range of e-books at and make the Kindle probably even more affordable for people who want to read books electronically. Today, the Kindle supports MOBI format, text, html and pdf.

Cause for Amazon’s Cloud Computing Down Time

Failure of several days at Amazon, which presented Friday apologized to customers of its data management services, has rekindled fears that causes the increase of cloud computing , whose security relies on the reliability of huge servers. “We know how important our services are essential to the activities of our customers and we will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to improve our services,” the company said in an Amazon Web Services Message posted Friday, concluding 25 pages of highly technical explanations.

“The trigger was a configuration change,” said Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of retail giant online for several years leases its servers at cheap price to many societies. “We will review our processes and increasing automation to prevent this error from happening again,” promised the group.

A computer security firm SANS Internet Storm Center, Johannes Ullrich, chief information officer, was pleased to learn that the failure was due to a trivial configuration issue, in short, a human error: “It is neither equipment or security. ” The advantage is that such errors can be corrected, the disadvantage is that the sector appears to proceed by trial and error. “What this shows, what are the limits of operational experience to Amazon or others to operate these systems ‘cloud’,” says Ullrich.

Cloud computing, in English the “cloud”, is for a company to use the computing power and storage available on the Internet to reduce its spending on computer equipment. This sector now generates billions of dollars in sales. The result is that hosts like Amazon or Microsoft or IBM are at once crucial for the functioning of their clients and a failure of the “cloud” can be crippling.

Several influential U.S. websites, including Foursquare (LBS), Quora (search engine) and Reddit (social network information) and had technical problems from 21 April due to this failure, focusing on servers Amazon located in Virginia (east). Amazon has not only offered to compensate its customers with a credit of ten days, but also ensured that several causes of failure were identified, “which gives us many opportunities to protect the service to prevent a similar incident happen again. ”

The problem, says Ullrich is that all this proves that cloud computing is “a very immature technology, and (many operational difficulties were not resolved.” Only the “experience” will allow to end the problems of the system, he believes. What mark a halt in the rise of paperless computer? not sure. For the independent analyst Rob Enderle, “it will just remind people that the ‘cloud’ is not bulletproof, and it takes twice systems (procedures), or with another data system, or in systems specific to the company, “he said .

For its part, Amazon has promised to improve not only its technical service, but also its communication with its customers. It took him three days, until April 24 to correct nearly 99% of the fault. Finally, 0.07% of the capacity of the system “could not be reliably restored,” admitted the group Friday.

Amazon Cloud Drive Makes MP3 Access Over Cloud

In the U.S., Amazon has unveiled its music service storage in the cloud accessible from the Web browser.

Expected for quite some time, Google Music would be getting closer with tests conducted internally by Google. A solution that would include its online music store and being able to listen from any device connected.

Apple also prepare a music hosting service, but it is Amazon that has blown their politeness. Amazon, Apple and Google, three players found in a similar struggle around the digital book.

Currently only announced in the U.S., Amazon Cloud Drive is an appendix of Web Service Online Storage Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). The music storage is free within a limit of 5 GB to 20 GB that passes for one year from the purchase of an album via Amazon MP3. All shares acquired through this platform are also saved directly to Cloud Drive, without influence on the storage quota assigned.

Cloud Drive can accommodate AAC or MP3 and does not alter the original bitrate. Access is via a listening Cloud Player for the Web that is currently supported by Internet Explorer (version 8 minimum), Firefox (3.5 and higher), Safari and Chrome for Mac computer (not Opera) with JavaScript enabled. Access from smartphones is also relevant (Android and not IOS).

Amazon Cloud Drive allows storage of videos, pictures and documents (any type of file). One possibility proposed with access only from the computer.

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