By Deepa Seetharaman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc launched a $9.99-per-month subscription service on Friday that lets customers read as much as they choose from its library of more than 600,000 digital books. Subscribers to the Kindle Unlimited service can read e-books, including "The Hunger Games" and "Life of Pi," on Amazon's Kindle e-reader or any device with a Kindle app. The launch of Kindle Unlimited comes as Amazon remains mired in a months-long contract dispute with the No. 4 U.S. publisher Hachette Book Group, owned by France's Lagardere, over how to price e-books. Amazon is also in talks about digital book pricing with Simon & Schuster, owned by CBS Corp. Amazon's move to offer the Kindle Unlimited service reflects consumers' growing preference toward subscription-based models for consuming digital media, such as Netflix Inc for movies and television shows and Spotify for music.
Amazon officially announced its eBook and audiobook subscription service Kindle Unlimited on Friday after an accidental leak revealed the details of the service less than 24 hours earlier. Subscribers will have access to over 600,000 eBooks and thousands of Audible audiobooks on Kindles as well as iOS, Android and other devices for $9.99 a month. Eligible books will feature the Kindle Unlimited logo and a “Read for Free” button. On top of the thousands of free audiobooks available to subscribers, anyone who signs up for Kindle Unlimited will be given a complimentary three-month membership to Amazon’s Audible service as well, which offers over 150,000 audiobooks to members. “With Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you
We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.
The feature colloquially referred to as "porn mode" on web browsers is headed to Netflix soon. The company just began testing a new feature on its streaming service called "privacy mode," that won't keep track of what you've watched or use it to come up with new recommendations.
And now we see another good reason for Microsoft to not release the Surface mini tablet. ITWorld reports that Lenovo has already stopped selling its two smaller Windows-based tablets in the United States because there simply isn’t any demand for them. The decision comes to yank the smaller Windows tablets even though both of them — the ThinkPad 8 and the Miix 2 — haven’t even been out for a year. That said, there is a bright side here: Lenovo says that it is seeing some strong demand for its larger Windows-based tablets such as the ThinkPad 10 in the United States while also noting that demand for the ThinkPad 8 is strong in markets such as Brazil, China, and Japan.
Uncharted hero Nathan Drake has had some adventures. Enough to fill three PS3 console games and another on Vita. In between all the gun battles, daring leaps, and breathtaking action sequences, it turns out there have also been plenty of nos. Drake tends to say it often, so naturally someone on the internet decided to put every utterance of "no" together. One fan compiled a supercut of Drake, voiced by Nolan North (No No for short), expressing the negative to everyone and everything around him — over and over again. Grenades seem to be a trigger for Nate. ...
Office furniture giant Herman Miller is acquiring the modern design retailer Design Within Reach. The pairing puts together two of the bigger names in modern-styled furniture: Herman Miller, which dates back to 1905, and Design Within Reach, which was founded just a decade and a half ago, in 1998. While Herman Miller is known in particular for its office chairs, Design Within Reach's fame doesn't come from any one category in particular. Herman Miller will pay an estimated $154 million in cash for an 84 percent ownership in Design Within Reach, with the deal scheduled to close on July 28th.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's emails as part of a criminal probe, a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people's privacy. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said Friday he had authorized a warrant to be served on Google Inc for the emails of an unnamed individual who is the target of a money laundering investigation. Gorenstein said his decision ran counter to several other judges' rulings in similar cases that sweeping warrants give the government improper access to too many emails, not just relevant ones. Google did not respond to a request for comment.
A messaging app that allows users to send the word "Yo" to friends has discovered newfound fame and fortune. San Francisco-based startup Yo, which got its start in Tel Aviv and moved to California after becoming a hit in Israel, boasted new backers on Friday as reports estimated its value as high as $10 million. Yo raised $1.5 million in an initial round of funding that included backing from Betaworks and Mashable founder Pete Cashmore, according to co-founder and chief executive Or Arbel. The Yo app has been woven into communications at Betaworks, according to founder and chief executive John Borthwick.
Earlier this year, we heard that Microsoft was working on something called 3D Touch, a new system that would integrate the Xbox One’s Kinect technology into Windows Phone. WPCentral’s sources now say, however, that plans to release a device with 3D Touch have been put on the shelf for the time being because Microsoft execs and engineers couldn’t escape the nagging sensation that it was nothing more than a gimmick. “These touchless gestures are evidently not ready for developers or consumers, and Microsoft is holding back until they feel the innovation is more than just a novelty,” writes WPCentral. “Combined with the recent Kinect setbacks with the Xbox One, it is clear that the public – or perhaps the technology
Samsung's profits are dipping from their exceptional heights on the back of several extremely popular smartphones, and many of the company's employees are feeling the pressure. According to Reuters, close to 200 managers from Samsung's mobile division have returned a quarter of a recent bonus that they received in an effort to show that they accept responsibility for the company's waning performance and would work harder moving forward. For its first quarter of 2014, Samsung reported a profit of 8.49 trillion won ($8.23 billion). Though it's a substantial figure, it's a dip from the 8.78 trillion won that it saw a year earlier, and that dip is expected to repeat itself for Samsung's quarter two. Last year, Q2 saw Samsung take in 9.53 trillion won (around $8.5 billion), and even that fell short of Wall Street's expectations for the formidable smartphone maker;
Motorola’s Moto X is definitely showing its age at this point, but for people on a budget looking for a capable mid-range smartphone with no service contract, the X is still a terrific option. And for the next five days, it’s an even better option than it normally is. Ahead of the rumored launch of a next-generation model, Motorola has made a coupon available for a limited time that will let customers purchase a brand new off-contract Moto X at a deep discount. How deep? The coupon knocks $100 off the price of the 16GB model, making it $299.99, and it will chop $125 off of the 32GB and 64GB Moto X handsets, giving them final prices of $324.99 and $374.99, respectively. To
(Reuters) - Allegiant Travel Co, the parent of Allegiant Air, said on Friday that a computer outage that affected 26 flights and 4,000 passengers has been resolved, and its systems are back to normal. Shares of Allegiant closed up 2 percent at $120.80 on Nasdaq.
Sony may be selling more consoles than Microsoft right now, but the Xbox One's software seems to be gaining new features at a faster rate than its rival PlayStation 4. Major Nelson today detailed what players can expect as part of the August Xbox One update, and some decent additions are on the way. Microsoft ultimately plans to add a "friends" section to the Xbox One home screen, but that's coming later. Buy an Xbox game on your phone and it'll be ready when you get home