Amazon Declares War on the Hyphen, Could the Semicolon be Next?

12115306_e839b0a22a_m[1]Amazon strives to always be responsive to customer requests, but they also like to reduce costs by making their staff stick to scripts whenever possible, and sometimes this can result in absurd situations.

Graeme Reynolds recounted one such situation yesterday. At the request of a customer, Amazon has declared hyphenated words verboten in the Kindle Store: Continue reading

Parody Video(s): Amazon Echo is an (Un)Helpful Little Cylinder

amazon-echo-2[1]Amazon's in-home digital concierge is still making its way to consumers, and no one knows yet exactly how it's going to work. But that hasn't stopped a couple Youtubers from posting parody videos.

The Amazon Echo is a 9-inch-tall, cylinder-shaped Bluetooth speaker that can be situated anywhere in the home, and functions always-on digital assistant. Much like with Siri and Google Now, you can ask it anything – from “how tall is Vesuvius?” to “how many inches are in a yard?” or even to add items to your shopping list. Continue reading

Parody Video: Amazon Prime Air Expands to Include Neighborhood Watch, other Services

amazon prime air parodyAmazon's drone delivery program may still be in its teething stages but the retailer has high hopes for the many services the drones could provide in the future.

In this new promo video, Amazon VP Michael Stusser details the many ways that the Amazon Prime Air program will be used to benefit the public. Once these drones achieve pinpoint accuracy and perfect on time delivery, Amazon will be able to repurpose the drones to perform new tasks: Continue reading

How Ironic: Harlequin Authors Stand Up To Bullying

logo-harlequin-sfund1[1]Someone at Harlequin either has a great sense of humor or is completely blind to the irony of the following situation.

There's a new post over on the Harlequin Reader Service blog this morning (found via TPV blog) which informs us that Harlequin authors are taking a stand against bullying (I wonder if that includes bullying by their publisher): Continue reading

Blast From the Past: Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard (Video)

4185575871_440c920148[1]In light of Apple launching a couple smartphones and announcing a couple smartwatches, I thought it appropriate to look back at one of Apple's previous ground-breaking products.

In 2009 Apple debuted a Macbook which replaced the keyboard with an iPod-inspired scroll wheel. Sadly, the design did not catch on and only a single model was released.

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Ikea Pokes Fun at Apple in Latest “Advert” for Their Catalog

For a multi-national multi-billion dollar retailer, Ikea has a penchance for adverts which take things not at all seriously, and in this latest video the retailer pokes fun at Apple.

Ikea just posted a new video, shot in the classic Apple style, which touts its paper catalog. And yes, it is absurdly funny as it sounds.

At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas.
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Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” Pulled From Store Shelves

Article Lead - narrow60918504109r0f1409225893538.jpg-300x0The late Roald Dahl may be a widely respected children's author, but he can still inspire controversy.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian branch of the Aldi supermarket chain recently pulled one of Dahl's books from its shelves. Much to everyone's surprise, the book in question, Revolting Rhymes, had a revolting rhyme in it: Continue reading

New Kindle Helps Readers Show Off By Shouting Title Of Book Loudly And Repeatedly (video)

eBooks are great: they're convenient, fast, and enable you to carry an entire library around in your pocket. But there's at least one way that paper books can do which ebooks can't and that is tell everyone around you what you're reading. Thanks to the Onion, that's no longer an issue. Continue reading