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The big clear-out: Best Buy will sell the old Kindle Fire HD for $99 on Black Friday

November 7, 2013

The retailer has previously leaked details of its Black Friday deals by showing its multi-page ad online, but it appears that it has different ideas for 2013.

A local Best Buy employee showed off some of this year’s deals, including the $99 Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet, to the Little Rock, Arkansas TV station.

The report mentioned that the slate usually retails for $199.99, which presumably means that the offer is for the 16GB edition (the 8GB model comes in at $139 ordinarily).

The Kindle Fire HD was essentially replaced by a newer and cheaper version (it now starts from $139) when Amazon announced the new 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablets in [...]

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Amazon chalks 15% off Kindle Fire tablets to celebrate FAA ruling

November 4, 2013

The online retail giant announced on Monday that the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and $69 Kindle eReader would be eligible for a 15% discount when used with the promo code “ThnksFAA” at the checkout. The promotion is for one-day only however so interested buyers will need to act fast.

“We’ve been fighting for our customers on this issue for years, and we are thrilled by the FAA’s recent decision — this is a big win for customers," said Amazon VP Drew Herdener in a statement.

"Delta and JetBlue have already started flights with the new rules — we’re excited to see which airlines are next.”

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New study claims that Samsung beats out iPad for tablet satisfaction

November 1, 2013

In its annual U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study, J.D Power drilled down into tablet customer satisfaction by performance, ease of use, physical design, tablet features and cost before surprisingly concluding Samsung owners to be the most satisfied.

The Korean firm ranked highest with a score of 835 out of 1000 and the vendor was also the only one to improve on all five factors since April 2013. In particular, the firm improved by 25% for cost, a sure-sign of the Galaxy Tab's on-going battle with the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire in the low-end tablet market.

Apple, meanwhile, came in just behind with 833 points and was especially strong in the areas of [...]

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Microsoft’s new Surface 2 tablet is a big leap forward vs Surface RT, but is it enough?

October 23, 2013

“Microsoft’s Surface 2 turns the entire contents of my backpack into one device. It’s mostly a tablet, a light and slim device that’s great for reading, watching movies, or surfing the web,” writes David Pierce for The Verge.

“But when it’s business time, the Surface 2 steps up. With a keyboard attachment, a full version of Office, and everything else Windows 8.1 offers, it’s equally suited to watching Scandal and taking over the world.”

 “Arriving roughly a year after Microsoft’s first major foray into the consumer tablet market, the Surface 2 delivers on most of its promises,” [...]

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Palm founder & tablet godfather Jeff Hawkins: ‘A lot of things had to come together to make the modern tablet’

October 23, 2013

Hawkins has an impressive resume when it comes to all things electronic. Starting out at Intel after graduating from university with an electrical engineering degree, he moved to Grid Systems in 1982 and later founded Palm in 1992, where he worked on Graffiti software, Hotsync synchronization software for HP devices and the highly-rated Palm Pilot MDA.

[The firm later developed webOS – the now open-source operating system for tablets and Internet-connected TVs – some years after Hawkins’s departure.]

But where tablets are concerned, Hawkins’s most poignant work arguably came under his guise of vice president of research at Grid Pad Systems, [...]

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HDX 7 ahead of expected iPad mini 2 announcement

October 18, 2013

Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire joins a crowded field of smaller tablets it helped take off with the release of the first Kindle Fire two years ago.

Powered by Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon 800 process, the Kindle Fire HDX has a hi res screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 and 2 GB of RAM. Amazon is also touting new screen technology it says it easier on the eyes.

Coming with Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, as well as a new screen Read more at http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/10/18/kindle-fire-hdx-7-arrives-battle-ipad-mini-2/#sQUfMMT0kfwbzt5Q.99 Coming with Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, [...]
 
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Intel CEO says $99 tablets coming this holiday season

October 15, 2013

Now he's knocked $50 off that estimate.

Speaking to analysts today following Intel's quarterly earnings release, Krzanich said he expects $99 tablets, $299 Haswell (Intel's latest microprocessor) laptops, and $349 2-in-1 hybrid tablets and laptops.

Last month Intel touted the arrival of Bay Trail, its latest member of the Atom microprocessor family designed for tablets.

Two years ago, Amazon shook up the tablet world when it released its first Kindle Fire tablet for a breakthrough $199 price.

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Apple confirms October 22 event widely expected to be debut of the iPad 5

October 15, 2013

Speculation has been building for months now that Apple is readying a new iPad.

The October 22 event in San Francisco may also see the debut of a new iPad mini. The invite teased with "We still have a lot to cover."

The news comes at time of increased competition in the tablet market. Amazon has already announced and is set to ship its new Kindle Fire HDX tablets and Microsoft is readying new Surface 2 tablets and its hardware parnters are also readying new WIndows 8.1 tablets.

As is typical this time of year, vendors are scrambling to make sure they can get on store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.

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iPad is by far U.S. teens choice when it comes to tablets

October 9, 2013

Of those teens who have a tablet, 68% said that they own an iPad (8% of those said they owned an iPad mini with the rest having the standard or full-size iPad).

And it's more good news for Apple going forward as 64% of teens who said they planned to buy a tablet in the next six months said they'd buy an iPad. 

Twenty percent said they owned an "Android tablet" while 9% said they owned a Kindle Fire.

There's a huge opportunity for Apple, or perhaps another tablet maker, with U.S. teens if a significant number of the over 50% who currently don't own a tablet buy one.

The survey involved 8,643 teens. (Source article)

 
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iFixit teardown shows Amazon’s $139 Kindle Fire HD is easy to fix

October 4, 2013

One of the things iFixit likes about the Kindle Fire HD  is that you can open the case and start pulling out the internal bits without any special tools.

The battery could be relatively easy to replace — assuming you can find someone selling a spare 16.43 Whr battery designed to fit in the tablet case.

The glass panel is also easy to separate from the display, which should make it relatively easy to replace a cracked screen without ordering an expensive new LCD panel, although you may need a heat gun to melt some of the adhesive glue holding it in place.

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