Articles about Amazon


Amazon slurps Elemental

Amazon Web Services has acquired “software-defined video” player Elemental for an undisclosed sum. According to Elemental's announcement, the transaction is expected to complete in Q4 of 2015. The Information reckons Amazon will fork over US$500 million in cash for the acquisition. Elemental's specialty is on-the-fly video …
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

AWS outage knocks Amazon, Netflix, Tinder and IMDb in MEGA data collapse

Amazon's Web Services (AWS) have suffered a monster outage affecting the company's cloudy systems, bringing some sites down with it in the process. The service disruption hit AWS customers including Netflix, Tinder and IMDb, as well as Amazon's Instant Video and Books websites. The outage may also explain Airbnb's current …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2015

Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud. The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option. The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data. Elasticsearch on AWS can be deployed to Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015
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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

Amazon – the retail juggernaut, not the cloud juggernaut – has flicked Flash ads citing the increasing number of ways they're blocked at the browser as its reason. Driven at least in part by others' reaction to chronic insecurity in the plug-in-platform, Amazon says it will no longer accept advertisements that use Flash after …

Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

Not content with crushing the high street, touting cloud services, and dominating e-books, Amazon has launched a music streaming service set to rival Spotify and Apple Music in the world of heavily marketed, mediocre pop acts. Amazon Prime members will now have access to one million songs and hundreds of playlists, it said. …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
After Burner arcade

Bezos battery-box bomb beef brouhaha begins as UK watchdog hauls Amazon to court

The court date for a legal showdown between Amazon and the UK's Civil Aviation Authority has been set, with the parties to fight it out over allegations that Amazon broke safety rules in transporting lithium ion batteries. The CAA claims Amazon flouted rules for shipping lithium-ion batteries, which are potentially highly …
Kat Hall, 01 Oct 2015

WATCH OUT! Amazon hauled back to court in Special Ops wristjob ding-dong

Appeals judges ruled on Monday that the Sultans of Seattle will have to go court over "the manner in which the website responded to a shopper's search request" for Multi Time Machine's (MTM) Special Ops watches. Revising the LA district court's summary judgment which dismissed MTM's suit, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals …
Fire Tablet

Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

Amazon has pumped out its latest attempt to stake a claim in the luggable electronics market with a $50 tablet. The retail giant said its new seven-inch Fire tablet will sport a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor – most likely ARM compatible – with 8GB of storage (and a microSD slot), a 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen, and a seven- …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2015
Phone landfill

You're FIRE-D: Amazon quietly extinguishes its failed smartphone

The saga of Amazon's star-crossed Fire Phone looks to have ended, at last. The device, which was launched to much hype in June 2014, is now listed as "currently unavailable" on Amazon's e-commerce sites. A note on the Fire Phone's official product page says, "We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock" – and you …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2015
Snake oil salesman

Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

Amazon has rejigged its product reviews systems for customers in the US, in an apparent move to mute fake ratings on the retail giant's service. The company said it was now using machine-learning tech that it had developed to try to flush out old and crappy reviews, according to Cnet. Amazon's Julie Law was quoted as saying: …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2015
Halo 4

Amazon game dev brain slurp bid revealed in industry back-page ad

A job advert posted on Gamasutra has led to speculation about Amazon's plans to branch out in the PC game market. The Kindle king is looking for 26 staff members for its gaming development team in Seattle. "Amazon is committed to gamers, and building great teams who are excited to use Twitch, the AWS cloud, and technical …
Jennifer Baker, 08 Jun 2015
An parcel being delivered into an Audi thanks to keyless entry

JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan's German outpost,, is trialling delivery of goods direct into the trunks of buyers' cars. The trial will only work for Amazon Prime customers who drive an Audi, as the scheme relies on keyless entry to the vehicle. Enabling that access will require testers to add a gadget of undetermined nature to their cars …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2015
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Rackspace: Amazon? Sure, you can buy their cloud ... from us

Rackspace has reportedly formed a partnership with Amazon Web Services to help customers move their data centers to the online retail giant's public cloud. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, an American financial newspaper, the two companies plan to announce their new relationship at Amazon's AWS:reinvent …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2015

Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

Amazon is pushing its UK distribution workforce to the point of physical and mental exhaustion, the GMB trade union has claimed. Elly Baker, GMB union lead, told The Register: "It does not have a positive approach to staff in UK blue collar workers, interesting it's the same approach it seems to be taking to white collar …
Kat Hall, 18 Aug 2015
Fire Phone opened

Amazon mobile strategy pivots with swipes at in-app buys, own hardware looks to be changing its hardware strategy in significant ways. Exhibit A is the new Underground app for Android. Underground walks users through the process required to install a non-Google-Play app on Android and once resident on a device offers an shopping app and access to Amazon's app store. Amazon …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015
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Amazon putting London’s hipster startups in the loft

Amazon is to open a support centre for AWS users in London – the first of its kind outside the company's Seattle base. The purveyor of cloud and tat is to open a “Loft” – or tech support space to you and me – in East London in the September to support a number of tech startups. London is apparently the obvious choice to …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015

'Boring' Amazon computational rival scoops $8m VC backing

A self-confessed “boring” computational startup challenging Amazon has piqued the interest of VCs, who’ve awarded it an $8m windfall., founded in 2010, was given the lump sum as part of an A-round of cash – following on from two seed rounds totaling $5.4m. The venture crew included Baseline Ventures, Bain Capital …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2015
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Amazon turns up spectacularly late to 'transparency' party, pours a large one

Amazon has finally released details of the info snooping governments from around the world demand of the retail and cloudy biz. The company said in a subdued blog post that it would publish a bi-annual information request report. It comes after Amazon – unlike its tech rivals – spent years resisting going public with the data. …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2015

Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

The economy of Luxembourg is about to shrink by a few billion pounds, with Amazon bowing to UK pressure and announcing it'll book UK sales through its British branch. The Wall Street Journal reports the change began on May 1. The Guardian says Amazon is moving in response to the UK government's diverted profits tax, which slaps …

Amazon blocks lab-only key-stealing neighbour attack

Update Amazon has patched a vulnerability that could have let users to steal the RSA keys of other co-located customers. The complex attack - getting to CPU code cache isn't trivial - would, if successful, give an attacker a whole 2048-bit key used in other Elastic Compute Cloud instances. Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers …
Darren Pauli, 02 Oct 2015

Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

Having started capturing what you say in your home and sending it to the cloud in November, Amazon has decided that its Echo product needs to do more than just read the news. At launch, Amazon promised that Echo would be “always getting smarter”. It's now delivering on that threat promise. Agence France Presse says home …
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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Amazon is switching to a “pay-per-page” royalties model for self-published Kindle authors, a move likely to be welcomed by all readers with attention deficit disorder. From July 1 the amount an author earns will be determined by their share of total pages read, the company has said. It will affect self-published authors on the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2015
Dog's backside and tail

Amazon AXES try-before-you-buy AppStore TestDrive facility from shopfront

Amazon customers can no longer preview apps via the online retail giant's TestDrive service before making a purchase, after the firm quietly killed the function on Wednesday. The try-before-you-buy feature was introduced by Amazon in March 2011 and was considered at the time to be a clever way to drum up more sales of apps. …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2015

Techie finds 1.5 MEELLION US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

The private health records and contact information for as many as 1.5 million Americans have been found out in the open on Amazon's cloud services. It has been claimed that the names, addresses, and phone numbers, along with biological health information including existing illnesses and current medications, were posted in the …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

Amazon, Facebook and Google are among those who have been invited to a pow-wow with MEPs over their tax practices – but not all plan to show up. MEPs said on Tuesday that it's regrettable that the multinationals “seem unable to find time to discuss their tax practices in public before the European Parliament’s Tax Rulings …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Jun 2015

Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Wall Street got a nasty Q2 shock today from Amazon, which announced an unexpected profit driven largely by its cloudy AWS business. Total net sales for the three months ending on June 30 were $23.19bn, a 19.9 per cent year-on-year gain that ran right past financial analysts' estimates. But the real surprise was that the …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015

Amazon douses Fire phone man-in-the-middle diddle

MWR Labs researcher Bernard Wagner has reported three flaws in Amazon's Fire phone that could allow apps to facilitate man-in-the-middle attacks. Wagner says two Certinstaller (the CertInstaller tool enables the installation of certificates via various file formats) flaws allow apps to install certificates such that the large …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015

And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

Amazon Prime has signed up Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a car show intended to rival Top Gear on its streaming service. The show will be produced by their long-time executive producer Andy Wilman, said the company in a gloating press release. The trio have committed to three seasons as part of the TV …
Kat Hall, 30 Jul 2015
Amazon under a cloud

Commish snaps on rubber gloves, Amazon readies itself for antitrust probe

The European Commish has decided to prod about in Amazon’s contracts with publishers looking for nasty antitrusty behaviour. The Commission is concerned that the contracts, which force publishers to notify Amazon about more favourable terms and conditions with competitors, may make it more difficult for other ebook distributors …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Jun 2015

Amazon cloud consultant DualSpark slurped up by Datapipe

AWS consulting startup DualSpark has been schlurped by mega-host Datapipe to shovel cloud newbies onto Amazon. DualSpark was founded by a pair of former Amazonians in July 2014 to provide consulting services to help customers get on AWS. The duo are Simon Plant, a former AWS professional services practice manager, and AWS …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2015

Amazon, GoDaddy get sueball for hosting Ashley Madison data

Amazon and GoDaddy are being sued for handling stolen Ashley Madison data by three of the affair-enabling site's customers. Three John Doe plaintiffs have filed a complaint (PDF) against Amazon Web Services, GoDaddy, and 20 John Roes (anonymous defendants), in the Arizona District Court, for "intentionally inflicting emotional …
Kindle for Kids

Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme looks to have decided that its next big market is your kids. The company's unveiled a “Kindle for Kids Bundle” that takes a normal 6” Kindle, wraps it in a bit of coloured plastic and bundles a two-year warranty for the device. That warranty applies to “common accidents, including knocking it off a table, dropping it …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2015
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

Jeff Bezos has responded to an article reporting on Amazon's allegedly unpleasant office culture by stating that the "shockingly callous management practices" do not ring true with the Amazon he knows. A mammoth article from the New York Times reported on Amazon's "bruising workplace" this weekend, with the subheading …
Amazon API Gateway

Amazon moves nearer Platform as a Service concept with new developer tools

Amazon announced new developer tools and services at its AWS Summit in New York yesterday. The Amazon API Gateway allows developers to build a REST API through a point-and-click configuration page, and the idea is to create a backend service for mobile or web applications. The Amazon API Gateway lets you define models, …
Tim Anderson, 13 Jul 2015
A lamb

Devs to pour Java into Amazon's cloud after AWS Lambda update

Amazon Web Services has expanded its AWS Lambda programming model to support functions written in Java, the cloud kingpin said on Monday. Lambda, which allows developers to run event-driven code directly on Amazon's cloud without managing any application infrastructure, launched in November 2014 and initially only supported code …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jun 2015
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FAA approves Amazon US drone flight just months after firm gave up and went to Canada

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has cut its response time to a measly ten months in approving Amazon's most recent drone flight request. In a letter to Paul Misener, public policy veep for the Sultans of Seattle, the FAA stunned all witnesses in granting permission for delivery drone test flights only ten months after the …
Amazon under a cloud

Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

Trading Standards has this week intervened on behalf of a small business owner to ask Amazon to reconsider its refusal to remove a factually inaccurate review. Steve Smith, director of nuisance call screening company trueCall Care, complained to Amazon regarding a serious claim his device blocks all incoming calls from the …
Kat Hall, 21 Apr 2015
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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

Amazon is looking for 500 new minions in the Dunstable area. The online superstore is to open a new 310,000 sq ft "fulfilment centre". Amazon’s “passion” and “customer obsession” means this is the ninth shipping warehouse centre in the UK. The eight others together employ more than 7,000 people. Recruitment will be via local …
Jennifer Baker, 12 May 2015

Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative' has advertised for a Brisbane, Australia-based software developer to work on a “new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative”. AmazonFresh is shopzilla's grocery delivery service and has hitherto been confined to Seattle and parts of California. But the company has previously signalled it is keen to bring AmazonFresh …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Sep 2014
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Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs

Amazon’s cloud services have been declared safe by Europe’s privacy rights watchdogs. The Article 29 Working Party (a group made up of all Europe’s national data protection authorities), led by the Luxembourgish CNPD, has found that Amazon Web Services’ standard contractual clauses meet all the requirements of EU data protection …
Jennifer Baker, 01 Apr 2015

Outbreak! Fake Amazon voucher offer seeds mobile malware attack

Spoofed Amazon vouchers are being used to spearhead a campaign to contaminate Android mobiles with malware, messaging security firm AdaptiveMobile warns. The attack, dubbed "Gazon", sends messages to victims’ mobile phone contacts linking to supposed offers for (non-existent) Amazon vouchers fictitiously promising a gift of $200 …
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2015
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Amazon Web Services customers love hybrid clouds (true)

The public cloud is the only cloud and anything else is a pale imitation, according to Amazon. But customers appear seem unconvinced, with most running or intending to run a mixture of private and public clouds sourced from multiple vendors. That's what a survey of IT professionals who attended AWS summits in San Francisco and …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2015
An Amazon Prime Air drone

YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

Amazon looks to be exploring a new way to cut costs by turning you - or anyone willing to deliver parcels - into its drones. In an idea that's most likely a stick with which to beat its delivery contractors, the retail Leviathan reportedly wants Americans to download an app, and if they see a parcel delivery that's convenient to …

PEAK TECHNOLOGY? Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Apple stocks hit the deck

Thursday was a rough day on Wall Street for many of the biggest names in the tech industry, as stocks dipped across the board. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 2.06 per cent, and the Nasdaq 100 Index was down 2.8 per cent, on the day Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Apple all saw their share prices dip – wiping $ …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Aug 2015
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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

The UK wing of online retail giant Amazon collapsed within the past hour, and netizens across Europe appear to be reporting similar outage woes. Outraged shoppers are – at time of writing – complaining that the service has completely buckled. Hui. #Amazon ist wirklich #down. Irre. — Wolfram Bölte (@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2015

Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

Amazon has filed for a patent on a service that would see the company offer 3D-printed stuff on demand. The US Patent Filing [PDF] describes a service where customers can order items to be remotely fabricated and shipped by Amazon – or, in some cases, 3D printed by a mobile unit that delivers the items directly to them. The …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

The United States Federal Aviation Administration has released a new set of rules covering the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, and appears to have shot down's delivery-by-drone dream. The draft regulations (PDF) say drone operations must be “Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only” and that “unmanned aircraft must …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2015
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Amazon lifts lid on AWS money factory, says it's a $5 BEEEELLION biz

Amazon lifted the veil from the financials of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business for the first time on Thursday, and it looks to be off to a fine start for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2015. While Amazon's total revenue of $22.72bn for the quarter represented 15 per cent year-on-year growth – a …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
Crypto fingers

Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

Amazon Web Services has released a new, open source library that implements TLS encryption – the standard behind the secure HTTPS web protocol – using far less code than the prevailing OpenSSL library. Dubbed s2n for "signal to noise," the new library comprises just over 6,000 lines of C code. By comparison, OpenSSL consists of …
Neil McAllister, 01 Jul 2015

I helped find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Amazon has patched dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in its website that exposed accounts to hijacking. A Brazilian hacker using the handle @BruteLogic published the then-zero-day flaw to Saturday without tipping off the book giant. Amazon swatted the flaws two days later. The time between …
Darren Pauli, 26 Mar 2015