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First Amazon announced the Kindle Fire, which many seem to think is going to dent Apple’s iPad sales this holiday season. Now some say the digital retail giant plans to build a speech recognition interface to rival Apple’s Siri personal assistant technology. The speculation stems from the recent revelation that Amazon.com has quietly acquired speech-to-text software developer Yap, which was founded in 2006 by Igor Jablakov, who previously worked on speech recognition technologies at IBM.
Not only is Dan Rayburn from StreamingMediaBlog predicting that the Kindle Fire is going to sell like crazy, he thinks Amazon is going to do something even Apple couldn’t do—jump-start the streaming media industry, resulting in the growth of video-related content consumption. That growth, he says, is going to help not only content owners but also all of the vendors who help those content owners create, ingest, transcode, store, manage, protect, monetize, distribute and track their content.
Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, is giving its Web site a new “airy” look, with fewer product photos and a larger search box. The new homepage also pushes more digital goods–books, music, video and software, according to The Wall Street Journal, which says the redesign correlates with Amazon’s new 7-inch tablet, expected next month.
Walmart and Amazon have figured out how to bypass Apple’s mandatory 30 percent cut for apps distributed through the iTunes store, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. Walmart has launched an iPad version of its Vudu online video streaming service using a desktop shortcut that lets customers click an “Add to Home Screen” button on Vudu.com to install an app-style icon on the iPad desktop. Likewise, Amazon unveiled the Kindle Cloud Reader which lets customers read Kindle e-books on the iPad even without an Internet connection. Both services use the HTML5 Web browser protocol and follow on the heels of The Financial Times of London which in June launched a Web-based version for smart phones and tablets to avoid Apple’s fee. “The flexibility of HTML5 allows us to build one application that automatically adapts to the platform you’re using – from Chrome to iOS,” said Dorothy Nicholls, director of Amazon’s Kindle division, in a statement. Amazon made its Kindle Cloud Reader compatible with Safari on the iPad as well as Google’s Chrome browser, and plans to add Internet Explorer, Firefox and the BlackBerry PlayBook browsers in coming months. Read more at The San Francisco Chronicle.
Amazon plans to release a tablet computer by October, reports the Wall Street Journal. The nine-inch tablet will run on Google’s Android platform, and won’t have a camera. A few questions loom, such as how Amazon will keep its tablet from cannibalizing sales of its best-selling Kindle and about marketing. Apple has brick-and-mortar stores to sell its devices and Amazon does not.