How Jeff Bezos Made Amazon Everyone's Everything All of the Time

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is probably the defining salesman of our time. But in a sit-down with a small group of journalists yesterday that was ostensibly about new Kindle hardware, it became more clear than ever that his company's success has come not from any individual product line, but from one impossibly ambitious strategy: Be everywhere, do everything. It's insane. It's working. Read More >>

The Kindle Fire HD Redesigned Using Last Year's Guts

In addition to the new Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon also has a new, low-cost model of the original Kindle Fire HD. The new model has a redesign to look like the new HDX—they're very angular now, but internally it's the same old gear. Read More >>

Kindle Fire HDX Hands-On: Amazon's Tablet, All Grown Up At Last

The new Kindle Fires are here. And they're pretty damn impressive. The Kindle Fire HDX, in 7- and 8.9-inch models, has improved the screen, processor, RAM, software, and body of last year's Fire HD. And that's before you get to the insane new tech support feature Amazon dreamed up. But is that enough for the Fire to shake its rep as the "cheap" tablet? Maybe. Read More >>

iPhone 5S First Impressions: So, About That Fingerprint Thing

For once, there's actually something new to talk about with an iPhone. Read More >>

"Everyone Else Has One" Is a Perfectly Good Reason to Buy an iPhone

It's not even better, it's just popular. You only want one because you see everyone else has one. These are some of the more common reasons people avoid the iPhone. It's a perfectly natural reflex—it just also happens to be a dumb one. Read More >>

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Apple's Dumbest, Sloppiest iOS 7 Screwups, Collected in One Tumblr

So it's come to this. We knew iOS 7 had some dumb and frustrating imperfections, but hadn't scoured every bit of it for flaws in the small details that Apple used to nail. Well, some industrious design head has given Apple's new OS a proper fisking, and put all the screw-ups on a Tumblr. Read More >>

One Huge Reason to Not Switch to Android or Windows

iPhone pre-orders have just opened, and for a lot of people, that means deciding if you want to spend two years (or more) with a phone you've never held. The irony is, if you're not sure you want to commit for the full two years, then the answer is cut and dry: Get an iPhone. Read More >>

The Laptop Is Dying

There's an old joke about a doctor giving an elderly patient some good news and bad news. "Give me the bad news first," the old guy says. "OK, you've got cancer and you're dying. Best case, you have a few years left." "Oh god, that's awful," cries the old man. "What's the good news?" "Well," says the doctor, "You're in the best shape of your life, and your dementia means you won't remember any of this in a few hours." And that is, essentially, the Windows laptop renaissance. Read More >>

Microsoft Will Announce the Surface 2 on September 23rd

Microsoft just sent out invitations for an event in New York City on Monday September 23rd, two weeks from today. It will be showing off the new Surface. Which is to say, it's going to be showing us the future of Microsoft. Read More >>

Why I Will Never Want a Smartwatch

Like NFC, the smartwatch concept is a Rube Goldberg solution to a problem so small that it is solved by reaching into your pocket. And solutions to small problems work best when they're little ineffable features, not entire products or platforms. One of the core issues with the concept of NFC, or at least how it is being implemented, is that it does not really free you from anything. It just does the same things, with slightly more hassle and risk of battery failure, as a credit card or cash. A credit card which you still have to carry around, because not everyone is going to accept NFC. The convenience of having your payments consolidated onto your phone was outstripped and undermined by several payment companies consolidating your payment data the way the NFC wallet was originally supposed to, leaving it with just the gimmick of tapping your phone to pay. And that's nothing more than technologically decadent lateral movement. Read More >>

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Here's the Gigantic Nokia Windows Phone We Might Never See

There's a new leaked image of Lumia's gigantic phone-tablet, the Lumia 1520, from @evleaks, a historically reliable source for advance shots of phones. It looks pretty nice—if it ever comes out. Read More >>

The New Asus Zenbooks Are Covered in Gorilla Glass Now (???)

We'd been waiting on this one—the Zenbook is finally getting a refresh. And for whatever reason, Asus has decided to cover one of the prettier ultrabooks out there in a sheet of Gorilla Glass. Which, hey, sure. Read More >>

Sony Vaio Flip: One of the Most Logical Laptop Convertibles Yet

Convertibles as a whole aren't the most sensible thing in the world. At this point, most are still rife with compromises, gimmicks, and odd decisions. Sony's new Vaio Flip is too, but its gimmick — a screen that folds back on itself—also happens to make a whole lot of sense. Read More >>

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The Xbox One Will Ship on November 22

Xbox Social Marketing Manager Graeme Boyd just tweeted out the official Xbox One launch date: November 22nd. Hoo boy. Read More >>

The New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Better Screen, Same Kindle (Hands On)

Amazon just officially announced its new Kindle Paperwhite on its site. It's a refresh of last year's model, the first time Amazon has put out an iterative update, with a better screen and some new software. It will be out in the UK 9th October, for £109. Read More >>

The Next Android Version Is Called... Kit Kat. Good God.

Well, that's different. The next major iteration of Android will be called Kit Kat, it seems. We know this because Android boss Sundar Pichai just tweeted a photo of a gigantic Android robot made of Kit Kats. Read More >>


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