Quick takes on mobile IT news for Tuesday, 12/3 including: the desire of consumers for in-store mobile payment options, a restaurant chain's plans to invest in over 100 grand tablets for tables, drones that will deliver your packages, smart shipments high in Western Europe and the fate of the 2G and 3G spectrum.
Amazon Web Services announced a new streaming data real-time processing service called Kinesis. It was released in a limited preview with pay-as-you-go-pricing last Thursday but it already looks to be a substantial differentiator in the cloud provider race.
Amazon came up with a diabolically clever scheme recently to hook independent brick and mortar book sellers into selling Kindles, but it might not be a deal worth making.
Amazon is collecting viewer feedback in innovative ways in order to improve the traditional TV development process.
Shortly, there will be vast improvements and big data-driven innovation in recommendation engines, and they will quite literally be put to use everywhere.
Amazon is rolling out a revamped version of its Android-based Fire mobile operating system in tandem with new editions of its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets.
Amazon is extending its GameCircle social gaming service and Whispersync for Games synchronization solution to devices running Apple's iOS, enabling cross-platform experiences across iOS and Google's Android.
Amazon is updating its Instant Video application for iOS to support Apple's AirPlay streaming media platform, enabling consumers to beam feature-length films and television shows from the Amazon app to their Apple TV digital receiver.
Amazon beats publishers to the punch once again with Kindle MatchBook, which lets publishers offer print book buyers the electronic version for $2.99 or less.
Amazon unveiled Kindle MatchBook, enabling consumers to buy discounted, Kindle-optimized digital versions of any print book they've purchased new from the online retail giant.