Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

great job amazon

TechCrunch

Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015.

According to Ripley MacDonald, Director of Student Programs at Amazon, the scholarship is designed to “reward students who demonstrate extraordinary ability in leadership and innovative thinking.”

Students who apply will be judged on their GPA, community involvement, leadership experience, and will need to complete an essay in order to advance to the final round – pretty standard college scholarship stuff. Winners will be notified by April 2015, with the scholarship awarded in July 2015.

14_AMAZON_Scholarship_Site_Top._V344297617_

The announcement is not a purely philanthropic endeavor on Amazon’s part. It’s choosing a selection of the brightest, most engaged and active students in the U.S., and…

View original post 117 more words

TiVo Releases A $49.99 Over-The-Air DVR For Cord Cutters

TechCrunch

Much of TiVo‘s growth in recent years has come from partnerships with cable and satellite companies, which have made its DVRs available to their subscribers. But with the release of a new, cheaper over-the-air DVR, the company is going after the cord cutter set.

TiVo today is announcing the release of its TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, a $49.99 device that will give customers who don’t have cable or satellite service. Instead, they will be able to connect the DVR up to an antenna to record shows broadcast on channels available through over-the-air digital signals.

The Roamio OTA has 500 GB of storage capacity, which holds up to 75 hours of HD programming. It also has four tuners to allow customers to record multiple programs at once, while also being able to tune in live to one channel. The device is also compatible with the company’s TiVo Stream device…

View original post 227 more words

Amazon Expands Its Children’s Programming Lineup

TechCrunch

Amazon Studios, the company’s production unit which helps develop feature films and TV series, is expanding its line-up of children’s programming, the company announced this morning. An additional five series are now being greenlit – including three animated shows, and two live-action kids’ pilots. All the shows are again being opened up to customer feedback, which will ultimately help determine those that became full series for Amazon Prime Instant Video.

This is in addition to Amazon’s previously announced children’s programming, Tumble Leaf (Sept. 5 debut), Creative Galaxy (Oct. 3) and Annedroids (Oct. 30). While the first in that list won an award at the Annecy International Film Festival this year, it remains to be seen if Amazon’s own production house – and it’s customer-driven way of determining what gets aired – will actually connect with young viewers. Here in the U.S., kids are drawn into series with memorable characters often…

View original post 169 more words