What better way to give TV viewers what they want than to ask them. That’s what Amazon is doing. Amazon is trying to transform TV. Amazon is using social media to engage, market, and advertise its new TV series by using crowdsourcing to help select its next big web TV series. Crowdsourcing is a open-call of collecting information from a community of people to gain insight, contribution, and opinions. Consumers can participate, get their views heard, and make an impact.
The retail giant Amazon posted 14 TV pilots and ask viewers to critique them. Of the 14 TV pilots are a musical office comedity set in Manhattan, A live action comedy Alpha House, set in Washington, D.C. about four Senators, and Zombieland, a cult-like movie.
Amazon is innovating TV media and transforming how TV series are traditionally selected – either by focus groups or TV executives. Now, we get to decide what TV series get made. It will be the largest focus group ever and you can be apart of it.
Amazon is using its technology of tracking user behavior and buying style in this new field for them. In their production of these movies and TV series, they are crowdsourcing the creation of new content thereby they can track and offer more products and services based on your viewing habits. This new venture will also bring more revenue stream to Amazon Prime Instant Video Service. Amazon’s main online competitor is Netflix who also develops its own original content and video service.
Want to be a part of this? Make your opinion known.
Yes, Really! Why shouldn’t they. Amazon, the biggest e-commerce retailer, transformed itself from a book e-tailer to the titan of the purchasing web. They are a digital content powerhouse. I suspect this new smart phone will be so integrated with Amazon services. They have a huge market share in cloud storage services, you can download digital content such as books, digital music and video effortlessly, and not to mention Kindle e-Reader and Kindle Fire tablets. The own the e-commerce sites Zappos.com, Endless.com, Shopbop.com.
This will be a huge disruption in the smart phone field and all the major tech websites are abuzz. It’s going to be the clash of the titans – Amazon, Google, and Apple. Could the recent fight between Amazon and Apple precipitate this new service?
According to TheEconomist.com, “The most hard-fought battle between them so far has been in the e-book market. Amazon accounted for some two-thirds of all digital-book downloads in America last year. Apple accounted for just 5%, but it has been trying to woo publishers away from Amazon with an aggressive strategy that gives them more freedom to determine e-book prices than under Amazon’s terms.”
In 2011, Amazon and Apple were at odds over the percentage that Apples requires when users buy products through their iPhone or iPad apps. The Daily Beast Reported “This all started because booksellers found a clever way to sidestep Apple’s rules about selling stuff on its platform. If a developer wants to sell something via an iPad app—it’s called an “in-app purchase”—the transaction must go through Apple, which keeps 30 percent of the money and passes 70 percent on to the developer. Here’s what Amazon and the others do: when you order a book using, say, the Kindle app on the iPad, you’re taken to a Web browser and the transaction takes place there, not inside the Kindle app itself. That way the 30 percent doesn’t go to Apple.” Seeing this, Apple then blocked the link to Amazon’s website in all e-books from the Kindle App. This prevents you from loading amazon.comand purchasing a book with all the proceeds going directly to Amazon.
Back to the Smart Phone – The Rumors are:
· – Reports claim Amazon is working with Foxconn, the same manufacturer for Apple.
· - The smart phone is expected to be available summer/fall of this year.
· – The smart phone will run the Android-based operating system like the Kindle Fire Tablet.
· - It will have 3D mapping from UpNext Software company.
· - The smart phone is priced low from $100 to $200 – Amazon expects to make profits from digital content services not from the price of the phone.
With all the services that Amazon offers would you purchase this smart phone?
Solar power usage is growing as rapidly as the technology using it to function. Many things are converting to solar power… attick fans, cars, gas stations, restaurants, etc. However, the demand for smaller solar panel battery chargers initially created a shortage in supply. Thus, when first introduced to the market prices were much more competetive than they are now.
For fun in the sun with no hastle this summer, the coolest way to charge cell phones, GPS units, Ipods, and other gadgets is with the sun! You might as well use the heat to your advantage. Afterall, using solar panel power is environmental friendly and very easy. These charging devices can be your best friend in case of an emergency as well. Numerous manufacturers have jumped on board. Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, Apple, Kodak, and Palm. There is even a universal solar charger kit – Solio, which allows charging to multiple devices.
So many other solar powered gadgets are making their way onto the market. Solar powered ultrasonic mosquito killers, MP4 players, flashlights, radios, digital cameras, and even some children’s toys. The convenience of solar powered chargers has transcended all boundaries of convenience. There is even a USB battery charger shaped like a wristband and powered by the sun. The perfect device for anyone on the go!
Now is the perfect time to buy your solar powered charger. Prices aren’t as high as before and summer is right around the corner. Amazon and Ebay have amazing prices no matter what gadget you need charged while in the sun or on the go.
This morning Amazon has announced it’s newest addition into the eReader / tablet market – The Fire. According to details revealed early to Bloomberg, the Kindle Fire sports a 7-inch display and is priced at $199. Offering Wi-Fi connectivity (no 3G, camera and microphone.) One would think that it could pose threat to the tablet market – but we don’t think so.
Most other tablet devices, including the iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook, bear price tags twice that of the Kindle Fire but with the areas that Blackberry & Apple seem to thrive in – it’s safe to say that their pricing justifies what they offer. It’s clear that in the arena of eReaders perhaps it’s better to think of it as a competitor to Barnes & Nobles’s $249.99 Nook Color.
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Amazon.com is bringing the ease of online shopping to a computer screen near you. Of course, we’ve seen books, electronics and more available on Amazon.com but with designers like BCBGMAXAZRIA, Halston Heritage and 7 For All Mankind available, we’re excited to see more.
Like this BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress? It’s wonderful and it’s available on Amazon.com too!
Upon entering the studio, there were racks (on racks, on racks…) of beautiful fashions for men and women. Of course I levitated towards the racks of women designer fashions with the models donning such designers as
HALSTON HERITAGE Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Dress
D.E.P.T. Women’s Retro Flower Jersey Top
Joie Women’s Gretchen Jacket
With the variety of designers that you can choose from – it’s super easy to find creative looks that will take you from day to night.
Amazon.com has made finding designer fashions (some without designer prices) online with ease. Say you’re looking for a fierce dress, just not any dress but a heather grey dress. Amazon makes it as simple as 1-2-3.
1. Goto Amazon.com
2. Just type in “grey dress” and look what comes up…this heather grey dress is my fav!
3. Click ‘Add To Cart’
And to make it easy for you to add fashion to your Amazon.com cart - DivasandDorks.com is giving away $50 to use on Amazon.com for some fashions of your own. Simply “LIKE” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter and comment below letting us know! Winners will be randomly selected on October 3rd!
Photos compliments of Amazon / Kristen Somody Whalen
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