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Later today Amazon is going to unveil its new Kindle lineup, but if you're a fan of football, you may have already spotted a glimpse of the e-tailer's next generation devices. Confused? The NFL season kicked off yesterday in Monday Night fashion, with the Dallas Cowboys toppling the New York Giants. If you happened to watch the game, and didn't skip out of the room during commercial breaks, you would have spotted an Amazon ad teasing its new Kindle devices. The ad is a one-minute spot consisting mostly of Amazon patting itself on the back, though it does provide a few quick shots of what appears... Read more...
Those sneaky Pete's in Amazon's marketing department sent out an announcement this morning stating that the Kindle Fire, the best selling product in the company's inventory since it launched nine months ago, is now sold out. As in, the general public completely depleted all of Amazon's Kindle Fire inventory. It's no coincidence the timing of Amazon's 'sold out' notice comes just weeks before the mega e-tailer plans to hold a press event launching new Kindle models, of which it's been rumored a larger size Kindle Fire is on tap. "We’re grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle... Read more...
Amazon has scheduled a press event in California for September 6, 2012, which is two Thursdays from now. Most people assume that's when Amazon will unveil a new batch of Kindle devices, including updated eReaders and possibly even a 10-inch Kindle Fire. There might even be a refreshed 7-inch Kindle Fire in the mix now that competition is heating up with the recent launch of the Nexus 7. But might Amazon also unveil a smartphone? It's a long shot, but while the smart money is on Amazon unveiling tablets and electronic readers, it's not totally inconceivable it will also launch a mobile phone. In... Read more...
After Apple released the MacBook Pro with Retina Display last month, there's been a great deal of discussion around Apple's decision to make the device nearly impossible to repair. It's a "feature" that's Apple has steadily pushed across most of its product lines; the iPad 3 is similarly difficult to modify. iFixit has just posted their teardown of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, with an eye towards discovering whether Google took a page from Apple's book or pointedly refused to do so. 1mm difference Between iPad, Nexus 7 The Nexus 7 uses retention clips to hold the frame together; iFixit describes... Read more...
In the wake of Microsoft's Surface unveil last night, much of the buzz has been about Apple, and how Surface will (or won't) challenge Apple's domination of the mobile and tablet markets. This makes some sense, given Apple's recent high-profile unveil of the Macbook Pro with Retina Display, but Surface isn't really meant to go head-to-head against any Apple product. The true potential casualties are Android's share of the tablet market and AMD. When it launched Windows Phone 7, Microsoft effectively put world+dog on notice that it intended to deliver its own vision for a next-generation, scalable... Read more...
If you're considering buying a Kindle Fire tablet (or glorified eBook reader, if you prefer to call it that), you may want to hang tight to see if you can score a better deal. Amazon is reportedly getting ready to cut the price of the Kindle Fire to around $149 as it makes room for newer tablet PC devices. That tidbit comes from DigiTimes, which isn't always accurate in its predictions and market rumors, though a price drop would certainly fit Amazon's M.O. Citing sources entrenched in the upstream supply chain, DigiTimes claims Amazon is taking a page from Apple by continuing to sell last generation... Read more...
Amazon released a free new software update for the Kindle Fire. With the update to version 6.3.1, you'll get additional parental controls that let you protect purchases with a password, disable access to content libraries, and block access to the web browser. The update also brings new sharing features to the tablet that let you share favorite passages and notes from books. After highlighting a passage, select Share, add a note, and send the content off to a social network of your choosing. Here's a closer look at the other new features that come with update 6.3.1: Book Extras: Powered by Shelfari,... Read more...
Fragmentation in the Android camp? Only if you're talking about smartphones. Since the introduction of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, buyers looking for a low-cost Android slate that doesn't suck have had a serviceable option. So serviceable and affordable, in fact, that fragmentation in the Android tablet space could cease to be a problem in the not-too-distant future if things continue the way they are. Don't believe it? Well, according to comScore, the Kindle Fire accounted for 54.4 percent of all Android tablets at the end of February 2012. That's up significantly from 41.8 percent at the end... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire is selling for a fire-sale rate in refurbished form, and those looking to grab one (or who already own one) will certainly appreciate the latest touches added by the newest software update. v6.3 adds a new sharing feature that allows users to easily share favorite passages and notes from their books directly from Kindle Fire, without even leaving the book. Customers simply highlight a passage and select "Share" or choose the "Share" option from the toolbar within a book, write a note if they choose, and select which social network to share with. Passages or notes a customer... Read more...
If you haven't already succumbed to the dark side and picked up an iPad, there's an awesome deal to be had on the Android side of the tracks. For today only (and there's less than 10 hours remaining on this), Amazon is selling refurbished Kindle Fire tablets for $139 with free shipping. That's $60 off the cost of a new Kindle Fire, and while it's refurbished, you won't receive a janky device from a sketchy seller. This is being sold and shipped via Amazon Warehouse Deals, not some third-party seller. And as for the condition, Amazon states that these pre-owned devices have been "refurbished, tested,... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet continue to sell like hotcakes, assuming hotcakes sell like, well, Kindle Fire devices. The point is Amazon successfully launched a 7-inch competitor to the iPad and all the also-rans in the tablet space, so if you're Amazon, what do you do for a second act? Launch a bigger version, of course. According to Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley, Amazon is indeed getting ready to launch a larger size Kindle Fire device, along with a refreshed 7-inch model, All Things D reports. "We are raising our 2012 sales forecasts to 14.9 million from 12.7 million. But we believe there... Read more...
In early November, Amazon launched the Kindle Lending Library program. It allows Amazon Prime subscribers and Kindle owners to "borrow" one book a month, return it, and check out another. There's no cost to the reader, though Amazon actually purchases a copy of each book at their own expense in order to satisfy contractual obligations to authors. According to the company, the Lending Library has proved to be a hit, and it's earning a return for the authors that participate in the Kindle Direct Publishing program as well. Those who publish through KDP can choose to allow their books to be part of... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire will undoubtedly be one of the hottest sellers this holiday season. Even if it had a few issues and slowdowns in use, for $200 it's impossible to match. And Amazon's working hard to make sure that folks who unwrap one on Christmas Day have plenty to be thankful for. A new Fire software update, version 6.2.1, has started to roll out via over-the-air delivery, and by Christmas, all the Fires out there should be addressed (or close to it). The new software "enhances fluidity and performance, improves touch navigation responsiveness, gives you the option to choose which items display... Read more...
IDC suggests that worldwide tablet sales have skyrocketed over the past 12 months, up 264.5 percent in Q3 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010.  Q3 results, strong as they were, didn't quite match up to the analyst firm's projections, but yearly sales are expected to hit 63.3 million units. Apple continues to dominate the market, with an estimated 11.1M iPads shipped in Q3. The company's market share is estimated at 61.5 percent—a two percent decline from Q2. HP's TouchPad sold remarkably well through this period, as did the Nook Color. Note that since these figures are from Q3,... Read more...
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