If you have gamers at your house, you probably have heard of Twitch – especially if they like to either play, or watch other gamers play, while the play's being streamed live on the Web and everybody tuned in is chatting about it. Some people call it YouTube for gamers. In fact, Google, YouTube's owner, was rumored to be acquiring it last spring. But it has just been confirmed that Amazon is – to … [Read more...] about Heard of Twitch? Amazon has!
Now there's a phone that puts the Amazon store and all that accompanying "retail therapy" right in people's pockets. It's a pretty slick looking little device, so here's fair warning to parents worried about kids getting caught up in consumer culture that you may see this on some wish lists. [Of course, this is not to say that Amazon.com with all its convenience isn't already in our pockets (and … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Fire Phone could be a hot holiday item
News Corp's unveiling of its tablet for schools at SxSWedu in Austin this week was definitely a sign of the times. Its 10" Amplify tablet, which runs on the Android operating system, will cost K-12 schools $299 and come complete not only with curriculum but also training and customer care, the New York Times reports. It's the project of Joel Klein, the former chancellor of New York City schools, … [Read more...] about High expectations tablets will be huge in K-12 schools
Someone should find out how many parents there are at Apple, Amazon, and other tablet makers. But maybe it doesn't matter – no matter how many there are, they're just not thinking like parents in designing and marketing iPads, Kindles, and other tablet devices. They need to stop compartmentalizing their lives so much and put on their parent hats at work! Because tablets are every bit as much … [Read more...] about Hey, companies, tablets are family devices too!
Even search is getting social. People have always polled their friends for recommendations. Then there were Web sites that aggregated members' reviews (Amazon for books, TripAdvisor for hotels, Yelp for restaurants). But more and more the social Web is bringing search and review right to our own social circles, the New York Times reports. It gives three examples right off the bat: Amazon now … [Read more...] about Social searching