AllThingsD had a chance to sit down with Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore to discuss the new Windows Phone 7 “Mango” update, which the Redmond-based firm is discussing during the MIX 11 conference in Las Vegas today. Belfiore confirmed that Mango will offer a new browsing experience using Internet Explorer 9, and noted that it will have integrated Twitter features. Similarly, Mango will allow users to run multiple programs at the same time – complete with background audio support. That means you could theoretically stream music from Slacker Radio while firing off an email. Microsoft will also allow developers to tap into a phone’s gyroscope and camera, which it hopes will help spur more augmented reality applications. Speaking of apps, Belfiore confirmed that Layar, Skype, Spotify, and Angry Birds, are on their way to the Windows Marketplace. Belfiore confirmed that Mango will launch this fall. More →
In what has the potential to change the face of the Indian e-commerce industry, Amazon India is enlisting local kirana shops to act as pickup points for goods ordered on the shopping portal, Times of India reports. This pilot project has been kicked off in Bangalore and depending upon the feedback, the company will decide on how and when to take it to the national stage. More →
Amazon is likely to launch its Indian online retail store this month, sources familiar with the situation told BGR India. The launch could happen as early as this week, one of the sources indicated. Amazon is also talking to tier-two electronics brands to be featured on its store and is unlikely to feature top brands at the time of the launch. It seems that the Kindle Fire will be launched in India sometime after the online store launch but Amazon has already tied up with HCL Infosystems for distributing its Android tablet, we have been informed. We will keep our ears to the ground for more developments. Stay tuned.
There is no shortage of activity on Amazon these days. The e-book store had told us that it would allow users to borrow books from public libraries on their Kindle e-book readers not too long ago, and now comes the online retailer has created a new zone on its website. Called The Backstory, this part of the website will, to use its own tagline, feature "author, interviews, essays, reviews and more." In simple terms, it seems to be a zone where one can get to know authors (generally well-known ones, we reckon) a lot better through guest reviews, interviews, author's favourite playlists and recipes and the like. Amazon in particular highlighted its "Author Interviews@Amazon" which it has launched with five video interviews of authors. Details of new author interviews will be given out from Amazon.com Books Facebook page and the Amazon.com Books blog, Omnivoracious.com. Readers can submit questions for the worthy wordsmiths at these locations, if they wish. All of which basically means more book-related content at Amazon.com, furthering the site's aim to emerge as the prime destination for not just purchasing books, but also reading about them. The bookworm inside us is not complaining. Go right ahead and check out The Backstory here.