Amazon.com has officially launched their own virtual currency, known as Coins. Amazon Coins can be used for apps, in-app purchases, and games. When Kindle Fire users get started with Amazon Coins, they will get $5 in credits for free.
Amazon Cloud Drive is a file storage service that competes against services like Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. Amazon Cloud Drive supports 5GB of free storage and files can be accesses from any of your computers, your Kindle Fire, or online.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is working on a new smartphone that has a 3D screen that uses retina-tracking technology to make images float above the screen just like a hologram. Users will be able to navigate content using their eyes just like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Amazon has been rumored to be working on a smartphone for a long time now. Launching a smartphone with 3D technology and holograms right out the gate seems a bit too risky for the company so I have my doubts.
Amazon Web Services has created a new certification program for people to become accredited with having the technical skills and know-how related to Amazon.com’s cloud computing services. Amazon.com’s new Web Services Global Certification Program focuses on three roles: Solutions Architect, SysOps Administrator, and Developer.
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Microsoft Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure that can deploy and managing applications through a global network of Microsoft managed data-centers. Windows Azure has surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time, proving that they can be a real threat to Amazon Web Services.
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Amazon Studios has launched 14 pilots on Amazon Instant Video. The pilots can be watched through the Amazon Instant Video app and amazonoriginals.com. All of the pilots can be accessed for free. Amazon will be taking customer feedback after each pilot is viewed to determined which of the series shows should be ordered by Amazon Studios.