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Vector 16: Jessica Lessin on new Apple executives and Amazon Phones

Jessica Lessin, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, soon to be launching a new tech site, talks to Rene about Apple's new SVP of Apple Stores, Angela Ahrendts, iPhone 5c pricing, an Amazon phone, the Nest Protect, and the internet of things.

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Amazon updates Instant Video and LOVEFiLM apps with better AirPlay support

Amazon has pushed out updates to its Instant Video and LOVEFiLM Instant apps for the U.S and Europe respectively, with better AirPlay support on the table. With the latest version of each, multitasking – in other words, being able to use other apps at the same time – is enabled with screen mirroring disabled.

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Chromecast now shipping internationally from Amazon

Google's Chromecast is officially still a U.S. only product, but Amazon has now started to offer international shipping of the little $35 dongle for the first time. With shipping and import fees, the Chromecast still comes in less expensive than those often ridiculous eBay prices for anyone outside the U.S.

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Could a KindlePhone and FireTube lure you away from Apple? (If they're ever made... or shipped in your country...)

Ever since Amazon launched the Kindle Fire line of tablets, rumors of swirled about them making Kindle phones using the same embedded Android base and store-front centric interface. Now those rumors are back, and they've brought with them new rumors of an Apple TV (or ChromeCast)-style TV dongle to help get stuff off the Kindle platform and onto big screen TVs. Hacker News:

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Amazon announces new Kindle Fire HDX tablets ahead of expected October iPad event

Not to be outdone by Apple dropping newly updated iMacs in a press release this morning, Amazon has just done the same with their Kindle Fire line of tablets. The best front-end to the Amazon storefront you can get, the Kindle Fire is one of the few really good, really mainstream-friendly alternatives to the iPad on the market. You can only buy it in a handful of countries, which is unfortunate but a byproduct of their business model which requires digital content be available to subsidize the upfront cost.

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Amazon not making a free Kindle Fire phone, but...

Over the weekend - while everyone here at iMore worked feverishly to prepare for tomorrow's iPhone event - some noise surfaced about Amazon working on a phone, and one they could give away for free. Amazon has since denied the rumor, which is interesting from the "no comment on no comment" company, but the idea itself is worth some exploration...

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Vector 6: Ben Bajarin on Amazon vs. Apple vs. Google vs. Samsung

Ben Bajarin of Tech.pinions talks to Rene about Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung, their differences and similarities not only in business models but in philosophies, and their relative positions both in North America and internationally.

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Apple, Amazon, secrecy, and control

Apple is often spoken and written about as if it was the most secretive, most controlling technology company on earth. Yet Amazon, who is even more controlling and more secretive manages to mostly escape attention for those very things. Anyone who's ever worked with them, most recently app developers, can attest to the control. David Streitfeld and Christine Haughney of the New York Times wax poetically about the secrecy:

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Apple, Amazon and how they're more alike than apart

Following up on the thesis that Amazon manages profit the way Apple manages supply chain, here's a look at where both companies are more similar than they are different. From Horace Dediu at Asymco:

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Amazon finally launches digital game and software downloads for Mac and Windows in the UK

In what seems a lifetime after the U.S. launch, Amazon UK has finally opened up their digital game and software download store for Mac and Windows. This finally means that UK based Amazon customers can purchase software in digital form, instead of waiting in at home to receive your package from the courier. While the selection of Mac downloads is much slimmer than for Windows, but there is still a good selection on offer.

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