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The updated Amazon HQ design (Image: NBBJ)

Architects have revised the design of the biodomes for Amazon's new Seattle headquarters. The curves of old have been replaced with irregular pentagons, resulting in something that looks less futuristic and more like a mating of a football and a robot plankton from outer space.  Read More

Serial numbers on engine recovered from the Atlantic

A lost bit of the Moon landing era isn't lost anymore. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos announced on Friday that one of the F-1 rocket engines found by his deep-sea expedition was indeed part of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket that sent the first astronauts to land on the Moon in 1969. A conservator at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, where the engine was being restored, was removing corrosion from the engine when he discovered evidence confirming the significant find.  Read More

The 2013 Kindle Fire tablets will reportedly sport displays with resolution much sharper t...

It's a no-brainer that Amazon will announce new Kindle Fires later this year. The company unveiled new tablets at around the same time the last two years, so we'd be shocked not to see an upgraded lineup at around the same time in 2013. A new report, however, claims to shed some light on the details of those upcoming Kindle Fire tablets.  Read More

Amazon Publishing is launching Kindle Worlds, a platform for fan fiction writers to moneti...

Fan fiction writers, take notice. Amazon Publishing is launching a new platform to allow budding writers in the genre to indulge in their hobby and even make some money out of it. Called Kindle Worlds, the service has been announced as the first commercial publishing platform of its kind for those who get inspiration from fictional universes and characters created by authors they admire.  Read More

Open aerial view of the domes (Image: Studio 216)

If Apple can have a "spaceship," then Amazon can have a biodome. Although the company isn't creating a totally self-contained ecosystem so its employees never have to leave work, documents filed with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development indicate it is planning to build something not too far removed from that at its new campus headquarters in Seattle.  Read More

Just as Microsoft is reportedly phasing out Microsoft Points, Amazon is launching a simila...

If you’ve ever owned an Xbox, you’re probably familiar with one of the most annoying payment systems known to humankind: Microsoft Points. They’re great for Microsoft’s bottom line, and nothing but a hassle for customers. Well, the folks at Redmond may finally be ready for change – as the dreaded points are reportedly on their way out. Yet, not far away – at that other Seattle-area tech company – Amazon just launched a similar payment scheme for its Kindle Fire ecosystem.  Read More

Amazon is reportedly working on a high-end 3D smartphone, among other devices

The rumor mill has been spinning for quite some time about an Amazon smartphone. What the rumor mill was lacking – as it often does – was detail. Today we might have a bit more of that, with a report that Amazon is working on two smartphones and an audio-only mobile device.  Read More

IDC released its latest global tablet market share numbers, and Samsung is looking good

For a while, it looked like Apple was going to utterly dominate the tablet market forever. Xooms, Xyboards, and Transformers came and went – accomplishing little more than building the world’s biggest collection of store shelf dust. But today Android slates have grown in quality and quantity, while shrinking in screen size and price. In the first quarter of 2013, they continued to eat into the iPad’s market share.  Read More

According to a new report, Amazon is prepping a TV set-top box for later this year

Amazon doesn’t make many hardware products. But the devices it has focused on – ahem, Kindle – have done extremely well. According to a new report, we’ll soon be able to add another Amazon gizmo to that list, as the company is reportedly working on a TV set top box to rival Roku and Apple TV.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 and Amazon's K...

The iPad still rules the tablet roost, with both versions handily outselling all of its rivals. But Apple’s two biggest competitors, Amazon and Samsung, aren’t going anywhere. Their latest tablets – the Galaxy Note 8.0 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9” – are both compelling alternatives to the iPad and iPad mini. Let’s compare the specs (and other features) of the Note 8 and Fire 8.9.  Read More

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