Amazon has entered the battle for remote control of the living room with a $99 television set top box that will give instant access to more than 200,000 films and television series, from Reservoir Dogs to Game of Thrones.
Amazon's Kindle got the biggest bump in device activations on Christmas day, according to data from Flurry Analytics.
Each year, Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, writes to his shareholders, attaching the same, three-page mailshot he first sent them following the company's stock market flotation. "Amazon.com passed many milestones in 1997," the historic missive opens.
Amazon stepped up its fight with Apple on Thursday, unveiling a new set of Kindle Fire tablets including some with larger screens designed to compete with the iPad.
Not long now.
If you've ever whined about how the Kindle, compact though it may be, doesn't have the look or feel of a nice printed novel – put this in your pipe and read it: the newly invented "flipback" book.
I finally cracked just before Christmas and ordered a Kindle. I liked the idea of tons of books all in one convenient place, and never being without the next title, rather than scrabbling at W.H.Smiths for the next hot read.
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