Amazon customers in the US, the UK, and Germany can now earn, buy, and spend Amazon Coins via their Android phones and tablets.
Previously available just for Kindle users, Amazon Coins were minted last year as another form of virtual currency but one good only on Amazon. The retail giant introduced the online coins as a way to coax customers to buy apps, games, and in-app items from the Amazon Appstore. Shoppers can get discounts when they buy the coins in bulk and earn coins through certain apps.
Android users who want to check out Amazon Coins need to download the latest version of the Amazon Appstore onto their mobile device. … Read more
Those of you on LinkedIn will soon be able to write posts that could get you noticed and followed by other members.
The networking site initially launched its publishing platform as a way for "influencers" to share their knowledge and advice. Such top influencers as Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former GE head Jack Welch, and HP CEO Meg Whitman can use LinkedIn as a forum to promote themselves by writing posts and capturing followers.
Lufthansa, one of the world's largest airlines, will soon take advantage of onboard tech that sends in-flight entertainment directly to passengers' smartphones and tablets.
The company plans to have BroadConnect, an entertainment system developed by Lufthansa Systems, installed on 20 of its Airbus A321 aircraft by this summer. The system, which is actually a small server inside the plane along with several wireless access points, ties into onboard Wi-Fi and lets passengers stream in-flight movies on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. In order to get the streaming entertainment, passengers need to download the app before their flight takes … Read more
Conan O'Brien as Microsoft CEO? Though Satya Nadella beat him out for the job, the late-night comedian is convinced he could bring the company back to greatness.
In a LinkedIn post on Tuesday, O'Brien, who is now one of the site's top influencers, said he could turn Microsoft back into "an industry titan like Wang or Commodore" through three simple steps: 1. Zune 2. More Zune 3. Even More Zune.
Coco also outlined other plans: A marketing campaign that would convince everyone in America to "Bing their symptoms" after a weekend trip to … Read more
Slow cookers are renowned for their ease of use. Just dump your ingredients in, choose between low and high for your cooking temp, and go about your day. Set it and forget it. How do you improve upon that without compromising the simplicity?
With its three-in-one "cooking system," Ninja claims to have found the answer. As a slow cooker, it still boasts those familiar preset controls, but like any good ninja, it's ready to adapt to new situations, too. Turn the knob over to stovetop mode, and you'll be able to use it like a pot … Read more
Is Apple going to take a crack at a hybrid? Or is it eying a more conventional product?
Those are burning questions that analysts and the supply chain are trying to figure out.
Predicting Apple's next move has become a sport. With the supply chain (in the case of Apple, largely the collection of component suppliers) the arena where, after some trial-and-error, a final product emerges the winner.
Market researchers are the bookies, calculating the odds based on their best educated guess from supply chain sources.
Savvy smartphone owners know that trading in their existing smartphone can help finance the purchase of their next device.
This is especially true of Apple iPhone owners. But what about Google Android users? Samsung has seen great success with its high-end Galaxy series of smartphones. These phones typically costs as much or sometimes more than the Apple iPhone when they're first introduced. Do these devices hold their value as well as the iPhone when it comes to reselling them?
I asked the folks at the gadget trade-in site Gazelle for some help to answer this question. And I offer … Read more
Anyone interested in an iPad 2 can save $100 through a new sale at Walmart.
As of Thursday, the retailer has trimmed the cost of the 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad to $299 from the regular $399. The sale will stretch for the next 30 days and is good both online and at retail stores.
Walmart shoppers also can get money back by trading in their current iPad.
Trading in any model of Apple's tablet will score you at least $100 and possibly more depending on the condition. That means people who give up an older iPad for an iPad 2 … Read more
Microsoft has a new trade-in deal designed to get you to shop at its retail stores.
Running from February 2 through March 2, or while supplies last, the trade-in offer promises up to $250 in Microsoft Store credit for a mobile phone or tablet. The offer seems open to any device though it has to meet certain criteria.
The device must power on and be fully functional. No broken or missing parts or cracks on the screen or housing. No liquid damage. No password protection. (Hmm, that one seems like a no-brainer.) And it must include all of its original … Read more