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Amazon Hiring at Liquavista & Lab126

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Word on the street is that Amazon is hiring IT professionals, as it ramps up its Kindle research and development efforts. According to Good E-Reader, Amazon is working on a full color e-reader with a six-inch screen, similar to the resolution offered with its existing Kindles. Some of the positions Amazon is seeking to fill include process quality engineer, product test engineer, process development engineer, product development manager, and an Asia-based operations program manager. The new senior level positions will… continue…

Amazon Tests Wireless Network

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Amazon has reportedly tested a new wireless network for connecting its devices to the Internet, a move that may hint at more hiring for wireless and telecom-related jobs at the e-commerce giant. The tests reportedly took place near Cupertino, Calif., where Amazon is rapidly expanding its Lab126. The company has posted nearly 150 open positions at the lab focused on research and development for the Kindle line, including some suggesting more work on connectivity, such as posts for a Senior… continue…

Developing for Amazon’s Kindle Fire

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Developing for the Kindle Fire is fundamentally the same as developing Android proper. The Kindle Fire HDs run on ICS, and the original model runs on Gingerbread. I was hoping the Kindle Fire HD was a Jelly Bean tablet when it was first announced, but it’s not. This isn’t a reason to avoid the platform altogether — there are plenty of good reasons to develop or port your apps to the Fire. Amazon provides a detailed introduction to development for… continue…

Optimize for Kindle HD, Get App Feature Status?

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Amazon unveiled two new Kindle Fire HD devices last week, a 7-inch and an 8.5-inch tablet set to begin shipping in November. Developers who are looking to capture a coveted feature status for their Kindle apps may want to consider optimizing their apps for Kindle Fire HD, and soon. It’s probably safe to assume HD-targeted apps will get feature status over other apps not yet optimized for the Kindle Fire HD Amazon’s Proposition Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD has a clear… continue…

Why an Amazon Smartphone is a Wise Move

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Amazon is reportedly preparing to join the smartphone arms race by next year, which would dovetail nicely with the expected iteration of the Kindle Fire tablet later in 2012. For Amazon, there are three key reasons why a smartphone would be a wise move, and why developers would be equally wise to take notice. Leverage Kindle Fire Strategy Reason 1: Amazon can leverage its Kindle Fire strategy.  The tablet has opened up a whole new category by being the only… continue…

Four Crowdsourced App-Testing Services to Check Out

Good ratings in Google Play and the Amazon App store are the lifeblood of a successful app. Top-rated apps in Google Play are frequently featured on the front page.  One way you get such prominence is to test, and test well. Testing on all available device configurations can be difficult and expensive if you have to acquire the hardware yourself. Reaching Beta users before launch can be equally daunting. One way to shorten the time between Beta and Production with… continue…

Why a Mini iPad Makes Sense, Whether Apple Likes It or Not

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First, Microsoft announced its Surface — one of the higher impact gadgets we’ve heard about lately — then Google unveiled its Nexus. Within its 7-inch package, the Nexus offers Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM — for only $199. Make no mistake. While Google would love to see Android-powered tablets dethrone the iPad, the Nexus 7 is aimed squarely at Amazon’s Kindle Fire, a 7-inch non-Google certified Android tablet with the same price tag. The… continue…

Amazon’s New Kindle Could Come in September

Reports are that Amazon’s new Kindle Fire will be unveiled in September. The new device is expected to come with an improved display, both in terms of resolution (1280 x 800 pixels) and PPI (216), all on the same screen size. It will also be lighter, thinner and feature a built-in camera, although it’s not clear if it’ll be front-facing or not). All of these details come from AllThingsD. I’m betting the new Fire will include an improved chip, maybe… continue…

Amazon’s Front-Lit Kindles Squares Off Against Nook

Amazon’s counter-punch to Barnes & Noble’s Glowlight Nook is expected to come in the form of a front-lit Kindle, says a Reuters report, which hints of a release date in July. That should come as no surprise that Amazon is gearing up for some form of a front-lit e-reader, given the two companies are locked in an e-reader arms race. B&N was the first to add the front-lit screen, making it the best e-reader on the market. Amazon plans to… continue…

B&N Seeks Windows Engineers, iOS and Android Developers

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Barnes & Noble is seeking Windows engineers as well as iOS and Android developers, it says. Microsoft will take a 17.6 percent stake in B&N’s Nook ebook business and the retailer will create a Nook application for Windows 8 computers and tablets. ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley points out there was no mention of a Windows 8 phone app in the companies’ announcement. The two companies are teaming up to create Newco, a subsidiary encompassing B&N’s digital and college businesses. Microsoft is pitching in… continue…