“Microsoft’s Xbox One will soon gain access to 104 million potential customers courtesy of a deal with mobile carrier China Telecom.” (Source)
The Supreme Court delivered a major blow to Internet start-up Aereo this week stating it must pay the big television networks for content just as cable networks do. The company streamed television programming to tablets, laptops, and other devices skirting around the enormous licensing fees. Wednesday, in a 6-to-3 decision, the court stated Aereo must pay for content since most of the programming is made up of copyrighted works. This was a major victory for the networks but a potential business killer for Aereo, since many consumers would have enjoyed this type of service for streaming live sports and other television programs. Aereo’s CEO, Chet Kanojia, believes the ruling was a major setback for consumers and eliminates one of its choices.
Amazon debuted its smartphone, Fire Phone, this week amid mixed reviews. Smart companies always think about what benefits the bottom line of their business, and Amazon is nothing if it isn’t a smart, savvy business. Not only are there a large number of consumers buying products online using desktop computers and laptops, many are using mobile devices which makes shopping easy while on the go.
In the U.S., 35% to 40% of smartphone users use shopping apps, and about 20% of people look for better deals online for items they are shopping for while in a store that sells those particular items. Yes, we love to shop, and the Fire Phone will enhance the shopping experience. Using its Firefly technology, he Fire Phone can recognize printed text on posters, magazines, and business cards and from this information, make calls, save contacts, send emails, and visit websites instantly. It also recognizes songs so artist information, related songs, and albums can be downloaded directly to the phone.
Using its camera, the Fire Phone can recognize household items, books, DVDs, CDs, etc., access their product details, and order from Amazon right from the phone in a few steps. It has a dedicated camera button which allows the owner to launch the camera in a couple of seconds, even when the screen is off. This smartphone is very functional, and useful, for the chronic shopper and gives that “quick draw” capability for those who like to buy what they see as soon as possible.