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Watch this! Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Youtube Video In this presentation, QA's Philip Stirpe introduces Amazon Web Services - AWS and describe the infrastructure and services that they provide. He also explores some best practices for cloud computing. ® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration …
David Gordon, 27 May 2014
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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

Amazon France has come up with a neat way to neuter the nation's ban on free shipping of books. The book-slinger has published a Questions Fréquemment Posées to explain its stance. The workaround is simple: Amazon France has decided on a flat rate of €0.01 for shipping. While the decision to snub France's stance is cheeky, it' …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014
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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

Amazon has confirmed the launch of a monthly subscription service that will allow unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks. The company said Kindle Unlimited will allow peeps to pay a $9.99 flat fee and have full access to a collection of 600,000 titles. The service covers printed and audio titles. To promote the subscription …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2014
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Gust catches Amazon's skirt, reveals glimpse of 'Netflix for books'

Amazon appears to be preparing an all-you-can-read literary buffet, giving readers unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 a month. A webpage temporarily viewable on the Amazon US site dubbed the service Kindle Unlimited. A copy of it was cached by Google and shared on Hacker News. According to the disclosed web …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jul 2014

Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

Amazon wants to dictate book prices, and even print copies of publishers' books itself, a report in trade mag Bookseller suggests. UK publishers are, we're told, none too happy. Over in the US, Amazon is already locked in battle with Hachette, the first publisher whose terms with Amazon are coming up for renegotiation: Amazon …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2014

Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

Amazon is taking a former employee responsible for managing its cloud partners to court over an alleged breach of contract after he joined Google. The e-tailer claims former AWS strategic partnerships manager Zoltan Szabadi joined Google too soon after leaving. The company alleges that by doing so, Szabadi broke the non-compete …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2014
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Amazon reseller lobs sueball at etailer and Apple over listings yank

An Amazon electronics reseller has filed a lawsuit against the mega-etailer alleging that the firm "conspired" with Apple to put it out of business because it was selling iPad covers at a cheap price. Hard 2 Find Accessories (H2F) claims that Amazon revoked its seller’s privileges, effectively closing its operations down, …

Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

An academic turned corporate researcher, described as "the visionary" behind Google Glass, has jumped ship to arch-rival Amazon. Dr Babak Parviz announced on his Google+ page on Saturday that he was moving to Amazon, and was "super excited." He later said he was looking forward to "working on a few other things" for the gigantic …
Jack Clark, 14 Jul 2014
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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

Amazon workers in Germany have gone on strike again after the internet souk failed to resolve an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions. The workers' union Verdi said staff would go on strike in Bad Hersfeld and Graben. This industrial action follows an impromptu walkout by more than 600 workers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld. …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jun 2014
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Amazon begs Feds for drone test permission slip

Amazon.com has written to the USA's Federal Aviation Administration asking to be exempted from rules governing the operation of the “small unmanned aircraft systems” – which it hopes to use in its Prime Air delivery-by-drone service. The letter points out that “Current FAA rules allow hobbyists and manufacturers of model …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2014

SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

It's tough being a victim of your own business strategy, especially if you're Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. After spending twenty years applying a combination of price cuts, smart logistics, and ruthless efficiency to the publishing and music industries, Bezos' Amazon has grown into a vast company. But now the company's …
Jack Clark, 26 Jul 2014

Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

Amazon has said it won't acquiesce to the Federal Trade Commission's plans to punish it for not preventing kids from running up in-app purchases on mummy and daddy's credit card. The FTC is seeking a punitive fine from Amazon, similar to the one levied on Apple. The agency says Amazon wasn't quick enough to crack down on …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2014
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Feds: Amazon cloud can be used for healthcare data

The US government will let healthcare insurers store sensitive data in the Amazon Web Services cloud, raising hackles among companies that had already bought on-premise kit. The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on a conference call last week that healthcare insurers will be able to feed healthcare data …
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Get an Amazon drone delivered by Amazon drone

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Ed is out on business while Sarah returns with special guest Amy Lewis of Cisco. Greg doesn't buy the whole concept, while Amy plans to use the hover-postie to toilet-paper-bomb Greg's house... Sarah's take? It …
Team Register, 04 Dec 2013

It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

Amazon has reportedly signed a deal with Network Rail’s Doddle to let Blighty customers pick up parcels from around 300 train stations across the country. Doddle, a joint venture of Network Rail and Travelex millionaire Lloyd Dorfman, is planning to invest £24m to get click-and-collect points into hundreds of stations over the …

Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

Gigantic retailer Amazon grew sales 23 per cent, year on year, in its second quarter of 2014 – and managed to lose even more money than usual. The e-retailer and cloud giant reported an operating loss of $0.27 per share on Thursday on revenues of $19.34bn for the three-month period, compared with analyst expectations of a loss …
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014
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VMware: Amazon's cloud calculator a load of flatulant FUD

VMware says Amazon's new total cost of ownership calculator uses "biased and inaccurate assumptions" when comparing the cost of VMware's software with Amazon's. The virtualization company, which competes with Amazon's AWS cloud via its own recently-launched vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) tech, released a blog post on Friday …
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2014
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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

France's Senate has passed an amendment to the “Lang Law”, a 1981 statute fixing the price of books, to prohibit online booksellers offering discounting and shipping books for free. La Cinquième République and Amazon have been fighting over this issue since 2008. Last year, things flared up again when an amendment to the Lang …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2014
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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

Amazon.com has just switched on an email-to-the-cloud service for owners of its Kindle gadgets. The cloud giant gives each Kindle an @kindle.com email address and firing files at one of those inboxes uploads the documents to the corresponding device: after a brief registration process to ensure a Kindle only accepts incoming " …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

Online retail monolith Amazon is recruiting for Prime Air - the much-hyped future delivery paradigm whose modest aim is to "get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles". Jobs up for grabs include a software development engineer who'll need "superb technical, research and analytical …
Lester Haines, 21 May 2014

Techies Ahoy! Amazon Web Services has a roadshow just for you

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is taking its roadshow to Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol over the next few weeks – having already visited Dublin and Edinburgh. You can read the full agenda for this free introductory session on the AWS roadshow registration page. But here is a taster of what to expect. On the day you will learn …
David Gordon, 18 Jun 2014
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Amazon Zocalo rocks Box, socks DropBox, clocks Google Docs

Amazon has revealed Zocalo, its sync-and-share and managed storage for enterprise. This spells bad news for Box and Dropbox, and perhaps even Google Docs. Zocalo, we're told, features: A secure tool to share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, webpages, images, PDFs, and text files. Encryption of data in flight and at rest …
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Amazon carefully stitches up Heartbleed OpenSSL hole

Amazon is working to patch "Heartbleed" memory-leak vulnerablities in its Amazon Web Services hosting infrastructure. The mammoth cloud company confirmed on Tuesday that it has dealt with some of the parts of its infrastructure that were vulnerable to the nasty OpenSSL 1.0.1 bug nicknamed "Heartbleed" that was disclosed on …
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014

Amazon Prime Music opens – but where's the streaming music?

Amazon has rolled out a new streaming music service in the US for its Prime club members, but there’s lots of music missing. The Prime Music service replaces the MP3 Store and Cloud Player apps. However, it doesn’t include any tracks newer than six months old, and there’s reportedly nothing from Universal Music Group, the world’ …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2014

Amazon, Twitter, launch #AmazonCart tweet-to-shop service

Amazon.com and Twitter have teamed up to allow shopping by tweet. The system works like this: if a tweet includes a link to a product you fancy at Jeff's B's Big Web Bazaar, simply reply to that tweet and add the hashtag "#AmazonCart". Jeff B's cunning software will then put the item into your Amazon.com cart. You'll need to …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
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Bezos house 'on FIRE': Amazon in-app kiddy megabuck charge storm

The US Federal Trade Commission (FCC) has filed a lawsuit against mighty online etailer Amazon, claiming the business's in-app purchase system wrongly charged consumers millions of dollars. The suit also claims Bezos & Co knew about the problem and did nothing to rectify it. "As internal emails uncovered in our investigation …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014
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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

Amazon.com has acquired Comixology, the planet's leading purveyor of digital comic books, and may just have set up a new battle between itself and Apple. Comixology's apps use a technology called “Guided View” that resizes each panel of a comic so it fills as much of a device's screen as possible and sensible. The experience …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014
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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

Amazon has decided to fold its Prime delivery service into its LoveFilm Instant video streaming library to make a single Prime Instant Video subscription for Brits. Subscribers paying £79 a year will now get free one-day delivery on participating items when shopping at the online bazaar and access to Kindle books from Prime, as …
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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

Amazon has bought a video games studio called Double Helix, fuelling rumours that it will soon release its own branded console. The High Street Herod has already done its bit to hobble the book and record shop sectors. Now it may have its sights on putting the boot into former console kings Nintendo, or even trying to nibble …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014
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Use apps anonymously? We'll help make that happen – Amazon techie

Mobile is the new cloud! we imagine a swivel-eyed CIO shouting on the street, while clutching 10 phones to his or her chest. But judging by Amazon Web Services' latest major release, there is a truth to this, as the cloud giant announced on Wednesday a set of AWS Mobile Services designed to make it easier for developers to hook …
Jack Clark, 10 Jul 2014
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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

Amazon plans to unveil a new device later this month, according to a video posted to the e-tailer's official YouTube channel. The cryptic clip features a series of people waggling their heads at an unknown product and saying things like, "that is really cool," "that's super awesome," and "oh, woo." "It's very real-life," says …
Neil McAllister, 04 Jun 2014
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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

Amazon has turned up the heat in its ongoing dispute with book giant Hachette, having approached several of the publisher's authors and their agents with a proposal that sounds too good to pass up. For the last few months, Amazon has been playing hardball with Hachette over pricing of the publisher's e-books. Among other …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2014
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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

Amazon has released a new class of virtualized, rentable servers that make more RAM available than systems from rivals like Google and Microsoft. The "R3" memory-optimized servers became available on Thursday following their announcement at the Amazon Web Services summit in late March. "R3 instances are recommended for …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

Web supermarket Amazon's bid to create new top-level domain name .amazon has hit a dead end. Committee members of internet overlord ICANN - which oversees the world's DNS and other such technical stuff - rejected the e-tailer's application to control and administer .amazon. Non-profit ICANN is in the middle of flogging new …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2013
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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

Amazon is testing a handheld barcode reader that'll scan stuff in your house so that you can create a shopping list of things you're running out of – that list being sent to Amazon's Fresh grocery delivery service, natch. The company said that its Dash tool, being put through its paces in an invitation-only trial program, will …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Apr 2014
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Amazon is decompiling our apps in security gaffe hunt, says dev

Amazon's crackdown on mishandling AWS credentials has astonished one software developer, who says the cloud giant is reverse-engineering Android apps for inspection. In this blog post, Raj Bala admitted his app included his private "AWS credentials as simple strings within the app itself”, and as a result, he's received a notice …
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'SURPRISE!' Amazon teleports cloud tech into VMware data centers, slurps cash

Amazon has teleported its cloud business into the management software of a rival that is used in thousands of data centers across the world. One of the great things about superficially boring tech plug-in announcements is that they usually conceal a nefarious and well thought-out strategic attack on another company's business. …
Jack Clark, 30 May 2014

Amazon's desktops-in-the-cloud 'Workspaces' switched on in Europe

Amazon Web Services (AWS) “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering was launched last November with a big caveat: the service would be lousy outside of the US. AWS therefore declined to offer The Reg a review, a decision we later discovered was entirely justifiable because the service was scarcely usable on a trans-pacific link …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2014
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Amazon looks at Google's cheap SSDs, slashes its own prices

Sometimes Amazon's entire purpose as a company seems to be to act as a deflationary force on the economy, and this is especially apparent in its cloud services. As is traditional with the cloud computing market, Amazon has taken a look at Google's just-announced flash-backed persistent disks, then dipped its chip-encrusted hands …
Jack Clark, 17 Jun 2014
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New plan: Sell Amazon cloud monitor tool, hope Amazon is OK with this

ExtraHop Networks has launched a monitoring product on top of the Amazon cloud and is gambling that Bezos & Co won't produce a cut-price mimic if it finds success. The "ExtraHop for Amazon Web Services" tool was announced by the company on Wednesday, and works like this: it will offer a virtual network appliance that can be …
Jack Clark, 07 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry inks deal with Amazon to get Android apps on its mobes

BlackBerry is shaking up its code store options in a bid to win new apps and content for its widely shunned BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Most notably, the Canadian firm announced on Wednesday that it has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon to allow BlackBerry users access to the Amazon Appstore. Amazon's store won't replace …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2014
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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

Pictures and specs of a new "3D" smartphone expected to be unveiled by Amazon on 18 June have already leaked online. And just this morning we see reports that giant US carrier AT&T has inked a deal to lock the phone to its network.* But what can we really expect? Judging by the unofficial snaps, the rumoured mobe looks like …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jun 2014

Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk. Elastic Beanstalk is a platform-as-a-service technology from Amazon which lets …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014

Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

Microsoft last week flicked the switch on its offer of 1 terabyte of storage for all Office 365 users. The new deal has been read as a strike at Google's online offerings. But if you can find an envelope and a pencil stub, it looks like Redmond is taking a swipe at Amazon Web Services' Glacier cold storage facility, too. Here's …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
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Amazon Fire: Who needs a WAREHOUSE when you have a global ADS PLATFORM?

Amazon could use its new Fire phone to help fight its way into countries where it doesn't - or can't - operate warehouses, says an industry analysis firm. That's the opinion of an analyst at tech beancounter Canalys who believes Amazon's new Fire phone offers the opportunity to roll out a global advertising system of potentially …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jun 2014
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Amazon veep: We tweak our cloud code every 16 seconds – and you?

A top Amazon bloke has scoffed at rivals who claim they can build Amazon Web Services-like systems in their customers' private data centres. Stephen Schmidt, Amazon Web Services security veep, bragged during the London leg of Amazon’s worldwide AWS Conference tour on Tuesday that these private clouds are years behind his company …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Apr 2014
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Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

E-retail bellwether Amazon badly missed Wall Street expectations on Thursday, causing its shares to fall – even though it reported a healthy profit. The e-retail giant reported earnings per share of $0.51 and net sales of $25.59bn for its fourth quarter of 2013 on Thursday, missing Wall Street estimates of $0.66 and $26.06bn by …
Jack Clark, 31 Jan 2014
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Skiddies turn Amazon cloud into 'crime-as-a-service' – security bod

Amazon Web Services' share of cloud-hosted malware-slingers has more than doubled in the last six months. That's according to NTT subsidiary Solutionary, which revealed the finding in its Q2 2014 Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) report published on Tuesday. The infosec researchers said that, out of the top ten ISPs and …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2014

eBay head honcho: Amazon drone delivery plan is 'FANTASY'

The CEO of eBay has dismissed Amazon's claims that it will soon employ drones to deliver packages as a "fantasy". In an interview with Bloomberg, John Donahoe rubbished Amazon's claims that it was about to replace its human worker drones with robots. "We're not really focusing on long-term fantasies, we're focusing on things …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Dec 2013

Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

Amazon.com has dropped offline*, amid widespread reports of trouble in the underlying Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud. The problems began at about 11.50am Pacific Time on Monday in California, and Twitter quickly flooded with reports of people having trouble accessing both Amazon.com and the Amazon Web Services cloud, …
Jack Clark, 19 Aug 2013