Tech Today: Amazon Kindle Fire news round-up
Following the Amazon Kindle Fire launch, we've got more news on the innovative Silk browser, what Amazon stands to lose on each device, and why the Kindle Touch is massively cheaper in the US. There's also news that 40 per cent of ALL smartphone owners plan to buy an IPhone 5
Kindle Fire's 'Silk' rethinks the browser
One of the most potentially impressive features of the new Amazon Kindle Fire device is the 'Silk' browser architecture which Amazon says uses it's cloud servers to store the cache of pages you visit often, meaning that pages will load a lot faster. Amazon reckons its the first real browser rethink since the mid nineties.
Link: Wired News
Amazon to lose $50 on every Kindle Fire, say Analysts
"Apple is also monetizing the hardware upfront with a 30%+ gross margin on the iPad, whereas Amazon is likely losing about $50 per Kindle Fire," says analyst Gene Munster. Not that Amazon will care. It will hope that sales of digital books magazine, music and movies will compensate for what could prove to be negligible losses,
4 in 10 plan to buy an Apple iPhone 5
A stunning 40 per cent of people plan to buy Apple's new iPhone according to two new studies. Research from InMobi in the US and the UK (as well as Canada in Mexico) claims Apple gains will come at the expense of RIM and Android. Around half of those surveyed reckon they'll buy within the first six months of launch.
Amazon explains UK Kindle Touch price discrepancy
We nearly spat tea all over our screens when Amazon announced the new Amazon Kindle Touch model would cost just $79. However, just as we were preparing to order a £50 Kindle, Amazon informed us that the UK version would actually cost £89. The company told TechRadar: "Operating costs differ by country, but as with all products on Amazon, we work hard to offer customers the lowest possible prices."
Microsoft and Samsung join forces ahead of patent wars
Microsoft has agreed to share its mobile patents with Samsung as the great tech patent wars of 2011 show no sign of subsiding. As Apple continues to sue the bejesus out of Sammy at every possible turn, Microsoft has offered a helping hand. In return Samsung will pay the company royalties on all Android devices it sells, while the pair have promised to work more closely on developing Windows Phones.