Australians have been patiently waiting and now the time has come: Amazon expects to launch down under within two weeks. The world's biggest online retailer is contacting sellers advising them to get their products online and ready to sell by "mid-November," according to emails seen by CNET. The company adds in the emails that Amazon Marketplace, which lets other company sell their wares on Amazon's sites, "will hopefully be launching for Black Friday." Two people familiar with Amazon's plans confirmed that Amazon's goal is to go live by Black Friday, which lands on Nov. 24. But the final launch date is still yet to be confirmed as the company races to finalise its plans in time for the holiday shopping season, both people said. Amazon has been "pushing hard" to launch by that date to hit one of the biggest sales days of the holiday shopping season, according to one of those sources, Peter Kearns of 180Commerce, a US company that provides services for Amazon sellers. He added … [Read more...] about Amazon Australia plans to launch by Black Friday
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Amazon Web Services has expanded to data centers in Australia and Europe the availability of its CodeDeploy service for automating software updates.The service is being promoted as a way to do away with what Amazon calls error-prone manual operations, when rolling out new features and applications on its cloud or enterprise data centers. There are also features for performing rolling updates and tracking application health. If something goes wrong, deployments can be stopped and rolled back.The expanded availability to the Ireland and Sydney data centers of AWS should improve performance and will likely win over companies that want to run their entire infrastructure locally. CodeDeploy has until now only been available from the U.S.As with any type of automation, CodeDeploy doesn’t work straight out of the box. To use the service, administrators have to specify the files to copy and the scripts to run on each instance during the installation.Still, CodeDeploy offers a lot of … [Read more...] about Amazon helps automate software upgrades in Europe and Australia
There are two big mythical beasts in the smartphone world that no one has ever seen: a vendor or carrier offering a completely free flagship smartphone and an Android handset from Amazon. So why not combine both rumors into one tantalizing report? That's what reporters Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati did recently, but Amazon says it ain't gonna happen--at least not right now.Reporting on Lessin's site on Friday, the two former Wall Street Journal scribes said Amazon was planning to release a high-end, off-contract smartphone for the amazingly low price of absolutely nothing.A couple of days later, Amazon denied the rumors, according to a follow-up post by Efrati. Amazon told the duo it has no plans to release a smartphone in 2013, and even if it did launch a smartphone in the future, a theoretical Kindle Phone would not be free. Non-denial denialAmazon is not a company that is fond of speaking to the press or providing much comment beyond its press releases, so Amazon's correction to … [Read more...] about Amazon Has No Plans to Release a Free Smartphone
You already use Amazon to buy computers, skateboards, and diapers. Now the company wants to sell you a plumber.On Monday, the online retailer launched Amazon Home Services, a marketplace for home repairs and installations. The revamped section of Amazon's site offers a wide array of services with everything from electrical work to car stereo installation to voice lessons.Although the AHS name is new, Amazon has actually offered handyman listings for several months in a few limited markets. Reuters first reported on Amazon's installation and repair ambitions last June. And in November, Forbes discovered an Amazon web page called Amazon Local Services with similar offerings to AHS.Each job comes with a set price so that you know what you're paying for right at the outset. That's a huge step forward for any jobs you need done, since it's not unusual to receive a price quote after the service provider is standing in your house.That does come with its limitations, however. Checking out … [Read more...] about Amazon Home Services sends professional handymen and instructors to your door
Amazon bragged Friday that its Mayday tech support button on the Fire HDX tablet has become the most popular way to get 24/7 tech help, with an average response time of just 9.75 seconds.When the Mayday button was announced with the Fire HDX eight months ago, Amazon said its response time goal was 15 seconds or less.Amazon Customer Service Director Scott Brown said in a statement that the Mayday concept is working well and has helped revolutionize tech support.About 75% of customer contacts regarding the Fire HDX come via the Mayday button to get a tech response. A tech then appears in a live video stream on a portion of the display (although the tech cannot see the customer). The tech can then make notations on a user's display or help a user navigate through a process.Amazon touted the lighter side of instant tech support using Mayday in a statement. Customers have asked tech advisors to draw on their screens, including everything from happy faces to rainbows, unicorns, … [Read more...] about Amazon Says the Mayday Button on its Fire HDX is a Hit
Amazon' first smartphone, the Amazon Fire, has been nothing but controversial. [ Video Review: Amazon Fire Phone ]Panned initially by reviewers before its release a week ago, one expert said on Monday that Amazon's basic intent with the Fire is to field an initial device to mainly gather corporate insights on ways to sell more Amazon products online.Amazon's Fire phone arrived on July 27. (Photo: Amazon)"If you view the Fire phone as an effort by Amazon to break into the phone market that then sells millions, this is not it," said Michael Mace, mobile strategist at an independent user testing group called UserTesting. "But if you view it as a long-term experiment to see what's needed to build e-commerce into a phone, then it's a really good experiment to help Amazon find out what's good and what it needs."Before the Fire arrived on July 27 -- fully seven years after the first iPhone -- many experts predicted Amazon would deploy novel technologies in it to delight and engage its … [Read more...] about Amazon Fire Dubbed an ‘Experiment in Ecommerce’ With Lessons for Future Phones
India is unlikely to be a volume market for Amazon's Kindle reader in the short term, according to analysts. Estimates of the number of these devices sold in India since October, when Amazon started shipping the device to the country, range from a few hundred to about 1,000 units.That is low for a country that had over 506 million mobile subscribers at the end of November last year, according to data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).The comparison may however be inappropriate, said Arpan Gupta, an analyst at research firm, IDC India. While communications is seen as a necessity in India, the ability to download books and read them from a device is not, he said.The Indian market for the Kindle is not very big currently and is also expected to remain sluggish this year, said Gupta, who however declined to estimate the number of Kindle devices sold in India so far.Amazon does not disclose the number of units of the Kindle shipped, a spokeswoman for the company said.The … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Kindle yet to make an impact in India
Amazon recently announced an Echo with a built in camera called the Echo Look. Soon, it could be launching a device with a camera and a touchscreen. Credit: EVLeaks If rumors are to be believed, a small image found by AFTVnews on Amazon's servers is the first look we're getting at the company's newest Alexa-enabled device. EVLeaks also found some higher-resolution images, which show the device in more detail, as well as the fact that it will come in white or black. MORE: Help Me, Tom's Guide: Should I Get Amazon Echo or Google Home?The image appears to show a wedge-shaped device with a speaker, a rectangular touchscreen and possibly a small camera along the top. There's good reason to believe that this photo is the real deal. AFTVnews found a photo of the Echo Look in a similar manner, by crawling Amazon's site for information about upcoming products. Also, Cnet reported in late April that Amazon could launch an Echo with a screen in … [Read more...] about Is This the Touchscreen Amazon Echo?
Online advertising is a challenging business. Poor industry behaviors and heightened consumer awareness about privacy have made people skeptical about the effectiveness of running internet ads. Add in oppressive and annoying practices and you have an uncertain marketing method without a clear-cut future.This makes monetizing your website a challenge. The big name in this field is still Google AdSense, and it's often the go-to for newcomers who aren't quite sure how they want to proceed.The Amazon Associates program, however, is one you ought to give a serious look. It offers generous payouts and leverages the popularity of the world's dominant ecommerce platform. Here are some general tips for getting started. [Looking for ecommerce software? Check out Business News Daily's best picks for small businesses.]Amazon's affiliate program is free to join, with a pledge from Amazon that you can earn as much as 10 percent in affiliate fees (this sometimes bumps up higher during special … [Read more...] about Getting Started With the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program
The Amazon store is currently available only in six different countries – US, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and United Kingdom – but the good part is that you can buy books from Amazon.com even if you are not located in one of these countries.The prices of books can vary across Amazon sites and then there are variations due to the currency exchange rates and the shipping charges which are different for every country. Which Amazon Store is Selling your Book at the Cheapest Price?If you are in UK, you’ll probably buy books from the Amazon.co.uk site while a person in US will prefer using the main Amazon.com site. That makes sense but what about international customers.Assuming that you are in a country where Amazon doesn’t have an online shop (like India), should you use Amazon’s US store to buy books or the UK store since it’s physically closer so the shipping charges could be less. Well, you don’t have to do any maths yourself … [Read more...] about Which Amazon Store Should You Use for Buying Books?