Late News: Amazon Sets Eye on High Street, Sony Patents Tablet Style Controller, Xbox Manager Joins Apple

Amazon could be set to open its first high street retail shop in just a few months' time, in the company's home town of Seattle. It's thought that much of the focus behind this move is to increase the exposure, sales and uptake of Amazon's Kindle eReader and Kindle Fire tablets.

A Sony patent filing has emerged that seems to show a tablet like controller very similar to the one which Wii U has and is expected to be a big part of the next generation console. Some line drawings appeared along with the patent filing, showing a controller with a central Dpad, several side buttons and what appears to be a large screen - presumably touch sensitive - communicating with the console and a TV sensor.

Canadian smartphone manufacturer RIM's new president and CEO Thorsten Heins has made his first public appearance in his new role, at the company's first developer conference in Europe, known as BlackBerry DevCon Europe. Heins said that he was "thrilled to have been handed the reigns of Research In Motion", also noting that he was "absolutely convinced that RIM has an exciting future ahead of it".

The Cupertino-based company intends to push the gaming potential of its mobile devices even further, and is putting together an experienced team from the industry to this end. As iMore reports, Apple has made a key signing with the recruitment of former top Xbox manager, Robin Burrowes, who, according to a LinkedIn update, has been hired to manage Apple Europe's App Store marketing segment.

Redmond based software giant Microsoft announced on Monday that the next service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM will make available some time during the second quarter of 2012. The updated service will be equipped with the ability of allowing customers to access Microsoft Dynamics CRM through a wide range of mobile devices - all thanks to a brand new cross platform, cloud based native mobile client service designed exclusively for devices like Windows Phone 7, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android powered smartphones as well tablets etc.