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Amazon Game Studios decides to play nice with iPad

When Amazon first announced it would be developing its own gaming apps under the name Amazon Game Studios, it was easy to imagine the software the group was working on would be exclusive to the company's own devices. The new release of Sev Zero: Air Support makes it clear that the web's largest...

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Hands on with Voice Dream's ebook narration

As the school year heads back into session, many students have a lot of new reading on their plate. Parents whose children struggle with assigned books might be considering ways to augment that material. Over the summer, Amazon regularly offered to add Audible narrations to assigned reading...

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Amazon's iPhone trade-in program is tough to beat

If history is any indication, the Apple masses sometime in late September will begin lining up at Apple retail stores around the globe in order to get their hands on the iPhone 6. And like clockwork, once a new iPhone is unveiled, consumers begin clamoring for ways to sell or trade-in their...

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iPhone 6 cases are already showing up on Amazon

Apple has reportedly scheduled a special event for September 9, which many suspect it will feature the public debut of the next iPhone. While rumors have swirled for months about the release of Apple's next generation phone, very little has been confirmed about the device officially. Still with...

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Apple's iPhone business is as big as McDonald's and Coke combined

It's no secret that the bulk of Apple's revenue comes from the iPhone. During the company's most recent quarter, for example, 53% of its $37.4 billion in quarterly revenue came from its iconic smartphone. For as much as people like to talk about Apple having peaked, the company has a penchant for...

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Apple quietly buys BookLamp

Apple has confirmed a story that first appeared in TechCrunch this evening, saying Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." BookLamp, sometimes referred to as 'Pandora for books', developed some exclusive algorithms that...

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Pulling the trigger on Kindle Unlimited

After Kindle Unlimited launched today, we entered a lively debate in the TUAW backchannels about this new service. Nearly everyone agreed that Amazon had once again set a high bar for Apple to respond to, but not everyone was immediately ready to sign up for this monthly product that offers...

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Amazon unveils iOS-compatible Kindle Unlimited service; all the books you can read for $10/month

With subscription plans for music having taken hold in recent years, Amazon figured it might as well get in on the action and roll out a similar service for e-books. Earlier today, the online retailing giant announced Kindle Unlimited, a new service that lets users read anything and everything...

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From the "Who the heck still needs this?" department

If you stumble around on Amazon, you'll find that you can still purchase old Apple software that's well over a decade old. Take OS X 10.2 Jaguar, for example. Originally released in August of 2002, you can still purchase this bad boy for just $113.99 + $5.99 shipping nearly 12 years later! Even...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 10, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Apps, social sharing and other news for June 10, 2014

Today in the news bin we've got a beautiful new Apple Store, changes to Apple's App Store review policies and a cool new feature for Amazon's Kindle app for iOS. Apple has begun rejecting some apps that reward social sharing. TechCrunch reports that Apple has rejected apps that incentivize...

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While Apple is taken to task for e-book antitrust violations, Amazon wields true monopolistic power

Last summer, Judge Denise Cote found that Apple colluded with publishers to artificially raise the price of e-books across the board. As a result, Cote imposed rules constraining Apple's ability to negotiate with book publishers while also appointing an external monitor tasked with ensuring Apple...

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Report: Apple reaches #2 online retail spot after Amazon

This morning, Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune.com writes that Apple has attained the number two spot in online retail. According to sales data, Apple has now passed Staples and Walmart. This achievement is partly due to an accounting change that now includes hardware sales along with iTunes and App...

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ComiXology's App Store rating dive bombs after Amazon changes

We recently reported on the drastic changes made to the iOS version of the ComiXology store, removing the ability for users to make purchases directly from within the app. This move allows ComiXology's new owner Amazon to get around paying iTunes its 30 percent cut on in-app purchases. For some...

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ComiXology removes in-app purchases for iOS app after Amazon purchase

The digital comic book retailer ComiXology has been a massively profitable addition to the iOS landscape, but after a number of run-ins with Apple on content, the company is changing things up. On Saturday, April 26, ComiXology quietly announced some major changes to its iOS and Android apps....

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