Google Doubles Down On Productivity With ‘Google For Work’ Rebrand

This morning at its San Francisco offices, Google announced a rebrand of its enterprise products, renaming the set of tools and productivity services ‘Google for Work.’ The new nomenclature will stretch across the company’s various business tools, with each service picking up a ‘for Work’ appendage — Google now vends Drive for Work, Search for Work, and so forth. Why the new branding? Google indicated that the new naming allows it to leverage brands that it already considers strong, and that the nomenclature makes it simpler to explain what the tools are — it’s Drive, but for work. (Google’s education-facing efforts were recently cleaved from … Continue reading Google Doubles Down On Productivity With ‘Google For Work’ Rebrand

Amazon Fire Phone vs. Nexus 5

Before Amazon announced the Fire Phone, many suspected that it would carry budget pricing – a la the Kindle Fire line of tablets. Well, that wasn’t the case. But does Amazon’s handset offer anything over one of the best smartphone values around, the Nexus 5? Let’s compare the two phones’ features and specs. Size Sizes are closer than you might expect. The Fire Phone is a hair taller than the Nexus 5, while measuring 4 percent narrower and 3 percent thicker. The big difference is that the Nexus 5’s screen takes up a much higher portion of its face. Weight … Continue reading Amazon Fire Phone vs. Nexus 5

Amazon: Don’t worry, our drones are still preparing for takeoff

FAA releases guidelines that explain when hobbyists can fly drones legally. Amazon says rules won’t ground drone delivery fleet. If you’re hoping Amazon will deliver your favorite toothpaste via drone — in 30 minutes or less — take heart that the government has yet to shoot down the e-commerce giant’s plans. New guidelines released by the Federal Aviation Administration this week over unmanned drones led to some confusion about the legality of Amazon’s proposed drone fleet, the company said Tuesday. “This is about hobbyists and model aircraft, not Amazon,” said Mary Osako, a spokeswoman for the Seattle-based company. The rule, … Continue reading Amazon: Don’t worry, our drones are still preparing for takeoff

Amazon giving Developers $15,000 in Coins for apps — with a catch

Developers need a reason to bring their wares to a platform. More often than not (read: just about always), that reason is money. Developers need incentive to bring apps and things to a new ecosystem. To encourage Development on their Fire OS platform, Amazon is offering their own currency to potential Developers. Amazon will “gift” Developers with up to $15,000 in Amazon Coins for bringing approved apps to the platform. The deal isn’t meant to be some sort of straight-up trade, though: Amazon is letting Developers gift those Coins to us. The aim is to provide incentives for users to … Continue reading Amazon giving Developers $15,000 in Coins for apps — with a catch

When and where to buy the Amazon Fire Phone

A guide for everything you need to know about picking up Amazon’s latest flagship device. Amazon on Wednesday announced its first smartphone: the Fire Phone. The device is equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD HD display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. It also includes Dynamic Perspective, a 3D feature that alters the phone’s display based on how you are holding it, as well as the company’s Mayday customer service feature, which first debuted on the Kindle Fire tablet. Where can I get one? The Fire Phone will be available exclusively on … Continue reading When and where to buy the Amazon Fire Phone

Three cool things the new Amazon Fire Phone brings to us all

With the Amazon Fire Phone, some neat new features are incoming. Most of them naturally relate to media consumption, which is a strong suit of Amazon’s. Mayday is also on board, so here’s a rundown of all the adjunct, cool stuff you can do with an Amazon Fire Phone.   Mayday Yup, just as with the Kindle Fire tablets, you can get Mayday access on your Amazon Fire Phone. Live, 24/7 help from an Amazon rep. That will help when you run into those instances where you just can’t remember how o change a setting or find a feature. We … Continue reading Three cool things the new Amazon Fire Phone brings to us all

Amazon Prime fee jumps to $99 a year

The cost of the premium service is rising by $20, with members paying the higher fee on their renewal date. The discounted student fee also heads north. Amazon’s Prime premium service just got a little more expensive. For the first time, the online retailing giant will raise the membership fee for Prime, hiking it by $20 to $99 a year. Amazon Student Prime will rise $10 to $49 a year. Prime members will pay the higher fee when their accounts come up for renewal. The critical cut-off date is April 17. If your renewal comes up before then, you’ll still … Continue reading Amazon Prime fee jumps to $99 a year

Amazon vs. Google: It’s A War for the Shopping Search

Google and Amazon are duking it out to be the first search box shoppers turn to when they are browsing products online. Bloomberg News Fighting a battle with Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.19% to be the preferred entry point for Internet shopping, Google Inc. GOOG +0.14% last year retooled its lucrative search page. Its strategy is showing signs of progress. The change allowed retailers to post pictures, descriptions and prices of products at the top of search results, both on desktop computers and, later, mobile devices. For example, a Google search for “microwave oven” shows a grid of photos for specific models, sold online by retailers like Macy’s Inc. and Target Corp. TGT -2.20% , with prices … Continue reading Amazon vs. Google: It’s A War for the Shopping Search