Reuters reports that later this year Amazon will start testing a marketplace for services, where users can find and hire everything from babysitters to handymen. It will be testing the service in limited areas to gauge demand and figure out logistics before moving forward with a broader launch.
ShopSavvy, creator of the fantastic barcode reader/shopping assistant app, noticed something, well, peculiar in their logs. It shows that people in Waterloo, Ontario (where RIM is based) using the Android ShopSavvy app on Blackberry phones. The devices tracked are:
Windows Phone 7 now has just over 5,000 titles (5,149 to be exact) in their 2 month old marketplace. That's the same number as Palm's 1.5 year old webOS store.
Windows Phone 7 could be amazing. It's not, yet. Right now, it's a good start. This is what's broken, and what Microsoft has to do to make it truly awesome.
Zune's been going in this direction for a while, but Microsoft has finally gone all MP3 with their Zune Marketplace music. All 11 million tracks in the US, and 8 million tracks in UK, France Italy, Spain and Germany. Yes, Europe!
"What's this?" a girl at a party asked, as I handed her my phone. She touched a square, and everything flipped away. "It's Microsoft's brand new phone. Kind of like a fresh start," I explained. "Oh. It's... neat."
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Google's just announced the winners of the second Android Developer Challenge, a homegrown app competition that's produced some must-haves for seasoned Android owners and nervous new Droid users alike.
According to a developer on XDA, the already slack copy protection for Windows Marketplace is a complete joke—with a "hunch" and five minutes, he was able to get around it, creating unlimited copies of paid apps.
Just so everyone's clear up front, Microsoft has just come out with a list of twelve things they don't want to see on the Windows Mobile Marketplace. It includes VoIP.
The first episode of Caprica premiered last night (did you buy it on DVD or iTunes?), so if you like what you saw, Zune has a 90-minute Q&A session for you on April 28.
According to Microsoft, you can now surf the audio podcast catalog in their Zune site and stream them directly without connecting to the Zune Marketplace, as well as waste your time doing music quizzes, like: