Search engines changed how we discover information about the world around us forever — not to mention how we shop. Amazon’s new Firefly technology embedded in the new Fire Phone, exclusively on AT&T, is primed to flip the script once again. At its core, Firefly is designed to help users easily identify everything from web addresses and phone numbers to over 100 million products including various forms of media like movies, TV episodes and songs.
Ask and you shall receive
The mobile interface of the future, today
Sci-fi movies have teased us with the power and convenience of 3D interfaces for years. But Amazon’s newly launched Fire Phone, available exclusively at AT&T, proves that the wait for an advanced smartphone interface that harnesses the full potential of 3D is finally over. So-called Dynamic Perspective is powered by four front-facing infrared cameras that constantly track the position of the user’s head in relation to the phone’s screen — even in the dark. The result is a persistent 3D viewing experience that doesn’t require special glasses or a fancy 3D display.
Expect the Unexpected
In much of the Amazon, traveling by riverboat is the best form of transportation. So we set off from Iquitos, Peru, fondly dubbed the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon, aboard the Aqua Aria, a luxurious river boat that would take us roughly 100 miles up and down the Amazon River.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: A synthesizer with all the bells and whistles, new running shoes from Adidas, unlimited reading from Amazon and more.
How a 15 Second Wait Will Change the Smartphone
A phone from a company that sells granola bars and laundry detergent may have cracked the next major innovation in usability and customer service. Here’s how.
Today in Gear: Amazon’s first smartphone, an easier way to sell on eBay, great affordable shoes, Jim Beam syrup, high-quality shower speakers, and a murdered out bag.
Lots of light, and a little smoke
Amazon’s Fire TV provides the best experience of any streaming device for consumers who’ve spent more than a few paychecks on the company’s media ecosystem. No question about it: if you live and die by Amazon Prime Instant Video, buy the Fire TV and rejoice. But what if you aren’t a card-carrying member of the Bezos fan club? We found a comfy couch and tested it out.
Today in Gear we examine small survival kits, the perfect living room keyboard, LunarGrands for the office, Amazon’s Dash scanner and Dropbox’s organizing gallery app.
Today in Gear, we find hunting shirts, heavyweight Canadian sweats, warrior kids in space, serious jerky and more.
Timberland 40th Anniversary Ltd. Collection Traditionally, rubies are the gift of choice for a 40th anniversary. In lieu of red gems Timberland is upgrading their signature boots; their classic yellow boots, Super Boot and World Hiker all get a refresh for this run, including details like PrimaLoft insulation, Vibram soles and Gore-Tex. You’ll have to…
It’s not always easy to rip a theme out of our five Briefings selections. But cool is cool; ditto interesting; ditto unexpected. Randomness and spontaneity: we like these things, and they’re harder and harder to find. Some of the most fun exercises are done without a purpose. Why pigeonhole what you’ll enjoy? Embrace the entropy…
Scorching the competition
After steamrolling the Android tablet market last year with the incredibly popular Kindle Fire, the mega online retailer has finally announced the anticipated sequel, known as the Kindle Fire HD. The latest iteration is available in both the original 7-inch form factor as well as a new larger version that weighs 20 ounces, measures 8.8mm…
Putting paper on notice
The technology world may be aflutter over tablets, but Amazon has proven that the discrete, Shades of Grey reading public still has a soft spot for dedicated eReaders. The Kindle Paperwhite ($199+) builds on the success of a long line of e ink Kindles while incorporating a new proprietary display for enhanced clarity and readability,…
In Living Color
Is it an eReader or a tablet? Kindle or iPad killer? Does it really matter? Packing a dual-core CPU, Gorilla Glass coated multi-touch 7″ IPS panel, and its own special brew of Android, the 14.6 ounce Amazon Kindle Fire ($199) is all about the content. Sure, it may lack some niceties like a camera, mic…
Or Maybe Just Face Lifted
In the wake of the iPad, you better believe that Amazon’s Kindle division has been spending more than a few late nights pondering how the device can stay relevant in the future. Since they can’t simply integrate a color e-ink display (yet) or add other drool worthy features overnight to the product line, it seems…
A GP Man's Take On Today's Hottest Gizmo
One man’s account of his love-fest with the Kindle 2. Dusty is duly impressed, but is Amazon’s amazing eReader truly worth the price of admission? Spoiler Alert: Yes!
What Weighs 19 oz, Is 1/3" Thick, And Carries 3,500 Books?
As Walter Bishop from Fringe would anecdotally quip, “I thought you’d be fatter.” This pretty much wraps up my thoughts on the new Amazon Kindle DX. I jest. Today, Amazon has lifted the veil on the new Kindle DX with much fanfare, and hopes that the struggling newspaper and magazine industry will find rejuvenated love…
First of all, we should talk about what the Amazon Kindle does. The premise is simple. It’s a wireless device that uses a technology called electronic-paper’ that allows you to have thousands of books at your disposal ready to read on the high-resolution screen that looks and ‘reads’ like real paper. We’ll get to the…