Amazon has updated the Cloud Drive Photos app [iTunes] for iOS devices to version 2.0. The app has several new features including native support for iPad and iPad mini. This lets users browse photos on a larger screen. Users can upload or download videos up to 2GB in size or 20 minutes in length. The app can protect personal videos in a Cloud Drive and playback saved video can be streamed instantly to any device. The app was added to the App Store in May and Amazon.com is giving away 5GB of space for free. You can get 20GB for $10 per year and $500 per year for 1TB of storage.
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is reporting that Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has 16.7 million Prime subscribers. This is up from 9.7 million one year ago. Around 93% of Prime subscribers have plans to renew their account for at least another year too. This stat is based on a survey that the CIRP received from 300 Amazon.com Prime users.
Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed over the weekend why he acquired The Washington Post for $250 million. The reason why may shock you.
Over this past weekend, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed on “60 Minutes” of a way that the company may deliver packages to customers using drones. The new service is called Amazon Prime Air and it is expected to launch in 2015 depending on approval by the FAA. The drone would be able to deliver orders about 30 minutes after the customer hits “buy.” When Bezos talked to the producers of 60 Minutes before the unveiling of the service, he said “If you can guess what it is, then… I will give you half my fortune and send you to Vegas with it.” Check out how Amazon Prime Air works in the video above.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is rumored to be working on a new Kindle Paperwhite with 300 pixels per inch (ppi). The new Kindle Paperwhite is expected to arrive in Q2 2014. The new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader would have 300 ppi compared to the current 212 ppi in the current model. The device has the code-name Ice Wine, which would also have hardware improvements.
Sir Michael Marmot, a professor at the University of London and former chairman of a British government committee that focuses on health and work, is accusing Amazon.com causing employees to suffer from “mental and physical illness.” Marmot made the accusations after watching footage of work conditions at Amazon.com’s warehouse in Swansea, Wales.
Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon has launched a new feature that allows users to give Amazon Prime as a gift. Amazon Prime costs $79 for a one-year membership. Recipients will receive an e-mail on the day that the giver’s choose with instructions on how to set up the gift. Amazon Prime includes unlimited streaming of Prime Instant Video, one Kindle Book each month from the Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle First, and two-day shipping.
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Today Amazon.com has announced Fire OS 3.1, which is a free software update for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX. This update will be over-the-air and will be sent to users in the next few weeks. You can also get the update by downloading it from the Amazon website. Some of the other new features includes integration with Goodreads and second screen capabilities. It also supports Cloud Collections, wireless printing, and enterprise support.