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November 7, 2013

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

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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November 4, 2013

Kobo Glo e-reader becomes an Android tablet after hack

The latest to be broken is Kobo's Glo, which has has been tweaked to run a full version of Android by a user on MobileRead's forums. 

It was relatively easy, as the Glo shares a lot of DNA with the previously-cracked Tolino Shine. Naturally, the hack gives you Google Play access, so it's entirely possible to install the Kindle app on the reader.

But remember — you'd be breaking a lot of hearts over at Kobo towers if you do.

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November 4, 2013

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

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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October 15, 2013

Intel CEO says $99 tablets coming this holiday season

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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October 4, 2013

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

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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September 25, 2013

Mayday, Mayday: Amazon’s killer new tablet feature

Amazon detailed the new products in a press release on Wednesday morning and spelled out how the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablets come with Mayday, a troubleshooting button which is available via the tablet's Quick Settings menu.

Users can tap the button and get assistance from a live human technician in just 15 seconds. They’ll be able to see the technician, ask them how to work the machine and even ask them to take over the device if necessary. As an added advantage, Amazon says that the service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

One analyst told the BBC that the addition of Mayday could see new tablet [...]

 
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September 3, 2013

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook lets print customers get eBooks on the cheap

The program already has over 10,000 books from some of the world’s most famous authors and Amazon is now urging others to enrol in Kindle MatchBook, in a bid to increase their revenue stream while offering greater value to customers.

Kindle MatchBook gives customers the option to buy the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or even for free. If that isn’t enticing enough, Amazon says the deal applies for any book you’ve purchased on Amazon since it launched back in 1995.

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook feature will launch next month.

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August 30, 2013

Dell prepping two new enterprise tablets with Windows 8.1

Citing supply chain sources and Dell exec Jeffrey Clarke, Digitimes reports that the firm intends to release an 8-inch Windows tablet later this year and suggests that the firm could also debut a 10.6-inch model with a Core i or Atom processor.

The tablets will most likely run Windows 8.1, the operating system update due to go live on October 18, and will be used to target enterprise customers, according to sources. The latter shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise, especially as Dell’s global vice president of personal computing Sam Burd has been talking up corporate tablets in recent times.

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August 19, 2013

UK supermarket Tesco to launch own-brand tablet

The Sunday Times writes that the tablet will come with books, films and music as well as apps for Tesco’s grocery and banking products, and Tesco’s own movie-streaming service Blinkbox.

Sources add that the tablet will likely be priced around £130 (approximately $204) in order to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Tesco has good reason for targeting Amazon and Apple, because both computing giants have had an adverse effect on Tesco’s profitable books and DVDs business in recent years.

Tesco is said to be the second largest retailer (behind Wal-Mart) in terms of profits and has over 6,000 stores worldwide, including in the United States [...]

 
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August 14, 2013

Amazon’s Silk web browser for Kindle gets a major update

While Amazon’s made a series of relatively minor improvements over the past year, this is the first release since last fall to introduce consumer-facing changes to the way the browser looks and behaves.

Improvements including a new tutorial, redesigned tabs, better browser controls, simpler navigation options, and easier access to Silk’s Reading View feature.

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