Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

Kindle Cloud Reader trumps Apple rules

August 10th, 2011

Score one for Amazon in their battle with unrealistic rules from Apple and their app store regulations.

Kindle Cloud Reader is an optimized web-browser based Kindle reader, for iPads and Google Chrome and even Apple Safari.

Support for additional browsers coming soon.
On an iPhone or other unsupported device? Check out our free Kindle reading applications

All of this Amazon Kindle goodness is made possible by delivering your books from the Amazon cloud and rendering them in HTML5. You can also download new books and read them offline.

This is a giant middle finger to the Cupertino Rules Machine.

Kindle Cloud Reader


Vevo for Android arrives

January 12th, 2011

If you love music videos, Vevo is your dream application.

Vevo for Android offers 25,000 videos from more than 7,500 of your favorite artists. You can watch and share any video easily with friends via Twitter, Facebook & Email.

Voice Control

Know exactly what you want to watch?
Activate Voice Control and search for your video by artist or song name. You can even search by Top Videos, and Premieres. WooHoo!

Share or Purchase videos

Share your favorite videos with friends quickly via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. Want to own your favorite video? Instantly purchase using the buy links to Amazon or iTunes.

Get Vevo for Android

How to build a widget – Promoting the widget

February 25th, 2009

[Part 5 in a 5 part series titled “How to build a widget]

The widget is ready.  It is sitting on your website with a viral deployment scheme.  But the big question is  “How do people find out about your widget”?

5) Promoting the widget

If you happen to be Amazon and your main website is generating tens of thousands of hits a day, a simple graphic/link on your main page to your widget would be enough.  But everybody’s website does not generate thousands of page requests a day.

Widget Galleries.

I mentioned before (Part 4) that there are widget galleries.  Galleries are always a good place to promote your widget. However,  unless you have a run-away-hit, you are never going get more then 100+ widget installs from a simple Gallery site.

Get Creative.

The best way to promote you new widget (If you are not already getting thousands of hits on your own site) is to get some one who is receiving thousands of hits to install/and or write about it.

This blog, Widgets lab, writes about widgets every day.  They also get a couple thousand hits every day.   Write a nice email to Derek or Avatar explaining why your widget should be profiled, and they may just write about it. 

Other places to get your widget mentioned would be Web 2.0 tech blogs such as,,  or even a general tech blog like

These sites reach millions of users everyday and are good place to jump start your widget.  You may have to offer to do Pete Cashmore’s laundry for a week or buy CmdrTaco a Starbucks gift card, but just maybe they will give your widget a write up it deserves.

So if you made it this far in the series you are on your way to creating your own little piece on the web,  your very own widget.  Good luck.  See you on the other side.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Get FREE virtual gifts

November 18th, 2008 is a new widget that allows the user to receive “Virtual” gifts from any visitor to their page.

How it works:
Anyone that wishes to leave you a gift can simply choose from the thousands (millions?) of items in the catalog.

The site provides an easy to use Amazon search that gives you category and keyword options, helping to narrow down to that perfect gift. And best of all, you don’t have to leave MyVGift to search. It’s all done right on-site.

Once you find the gift you want to give, add it via the little icon on the far right and then customize it with a little note and your name (optional for Anonymous giving)

Each gift links to its respective page…in case you want to actually buy one.

The widget install:
Grabbing this widget and adding it to your blog or page is as simple as 1-2-3.
1. pick your style (Vertical or Horizontal)
2. pick your color (16 million colors I believe. With Hex option)
3. Either copy the code (to paste) or enter your login info for over 20 different social pages and blog platforms.

“The only virtual gift widget on the web that works on multiple social platforms:
Friendster, Facebook, Orkut, Bebo, Tagged, Blogger, Hi5, LiveSpaces, Piczo, Freewebs, LiveJournal, BlackPlanet, MyYearbook, WordPress, Vox, TypePad, Xanza, Multiply, iGoogle, NetVibes, Pageflakes, MiGente, and others.”

Try it:
I’ve added the MyVGift widget to the sidebar. Feel free to give a “Virtual” gift to widgets lab. You’ll find it very easy to use. Heck…give two gifts! Christmas time is just around the corner.

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