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Amazon Fire Phone: Too expensive to matter today

At $649, the Amazon Fire Phone appears to be a really good piece of engineering and software design. It’s just too expensive to matter at the moment. This is a turning point to remember though. The ramifications of yesterday’s launch are likely to be seen in 2 or 3 years time. The current price point […]

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Amazon’s Fire Phone: 12 executives give their opinions

What did executives across the wider mobile industry in the UK make of last night’s launch of the Amazon Fire Phone? I asked a series of executives from a wide variety of companies to give us their viewpoints. I also asked them to give us a one liner description on their company for a bit of […]

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Services

Picturelife update: I’ve now moved everything to my own S3 bucket

Thank you for all the emails and comments I’ve had from readers berating me for being so stupid. It’s in reaction to this post: I’ve got 200gb of photos on Picturelife and they’re not backed up: Am I nuts?.  The overwhelming view is yes. Yes I am nuts, especially when we’re talking about irreplaceable photo […]

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I’ve got 200gb of photos on Picturelife and they’re not backed up: Am I nuts?

I was evangelising Picturelife to Ben and Rafe whilst we were recording some 361 Degrees podcast episodes recently. I explained that I had just over 200gb of photos (38,000 images, 1,500 videos) and that I was absolutely delighted with the user experience. Ben asked if I had them backed up. I said no. Of course […]

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Operators Services

Why Amazon is thinking beyond the operator

I was trying to buy a computer monitor the other day. I was standing at a train platform browsing Amazon via their dedicated app. I was prevented from hitting the ‘one click’ buy button because my 3G Vodafone service kept swapping into E, then into GPRS (that annoying little round circle on the iPhone) and […]

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Opinion

My Amazon Christmas: I LOVED it!

This Christmas was an usual one. It wasn’t traditional in any sense because we moved house on the 15th of December. We didn’t have the familiar build up that even with a new young family I’m accustomed to. Like many families I know, we’ve got to the point whereby we don’t bother with gifts between […]

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Services

Failed and frustrated by Amazon: Does anyone know why I can’t upgrade my Amazon Cloud Player to premium?

I spend a lot of money with Amazon. Hundreds of pounds a month, if not more. That’s because wherever possible, I direct as much of my spend through the company. I routinely work hard to radically simplify my life and remove as much complexity as possible. Amazon fits perfectly. For example, the moment I think […]

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Kill off the catalogue Argos; You should have been an ‘Amazon’ to me — you still could be!

Argos. I’ve spent a lot with Argos over the years, mostly as a student and then when I still lived in London, I used the Camden branch to buy a lot of necessary nonsense for the apartment. I distinctly remember lugging a flipping ironing board along Euston Road one Sunday afternoon. I really liked the […]

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News

Amazon: Google’s biggest problem? Quite possibly…

I clicked on this Business Insider post that contains some perspective on what’s keeping Google executives up at night. What Googlers worry about in private is a growing trend among consumers to skip Google altogether, and to just go ahead and search for the product they would like to buy on Amazon.com, or, on mobile […]

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The utterly horrifying reality of today’s consumer cloud services

I’ve got 6 Apple computers live at the moment along with 2 iPads and 3 iPhones. I’d be seriously annoyed if they were lost or stolen. But I’d be safe in the knowledge that the important stuff is stored on iCloud, DropBox, Box, Evernote, Google and Amazon. I’d also be quietly confident of being able […]

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Amazon’s AWS re:Invent — the company’s first global customer/partner conference

This is just a quickie about Amazon’s recently announced re:Invent customer and partner conference. It’s coming up on the 27th of November this year and it’s being held at the rather swish Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.  For the most part Amazon has been of passing interest here at Mobile Industry Review (apart from the obvious […]

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Opinion

Amazon’s planning to launch same-day delivery: Fantastic!

I caught this in a Netimperative story today: Amazon is planning on offering a premium ‘same day delivery’ option for its US customers, in a move that could put further pressures on ecommerce firms and high street retailers alike. via Netimperative | News | Today’s top stories. It’s super news. I hope they bring this […]