Kindle Fire

The problem with Amazon’s hardware could be Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

In the wake of the layoffs at Amazon’s Lab126, Wired takes a look at the failure of the Fire Phone and the mediocre performance of some of Amazon’s other devices. Brian Barrett thinks he knows why they fizzled: they were simply too focused on pushing Amazon goods and services, rather than on [...]

Amazon knocks $30 off 6” Fire HD & Fire HD Kids Edition, August 17 only

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

Today (August 17) only, Amazon has put its Fire HD 6 with Special Offers on sale for $30 off the regular price. You can pay $69 to get the 6” version, or $119 to get the ruggedized Kids Edition. You can use the “Configure and Add to Cart” button on the right side of the screen to double the [...]

Making the Switch from Laptop to Tablet

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 15, 2015 // 8 Comments

I was meeting with a client recently, and she was admiring my iPad + Bluetooth keyboard combination. She pulled a massive laptop out of her bag and said she’d been meaning to make the switch from her laptop to her new iPad. We got to talking about what was involved in making the switch from [...]

Paid Google Play apps on Fire tablet without installing Play Store

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

While I was able to get most of my “must-have” apps on my new Fire HD 6 from the Amazon app store, there are a few which aren’t available. While it’s possible to use sites like GetJar to download apps, not everything is available. Android PIT used to be a good source for [...]

Latest IDC numbers: Another tablet upset?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker has brought joy to the hearts of Luddites everywhere with the news that: “worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the first time since the market’s inception in 2010. Overall [...]

AndroidPIT App Center shutting down. Leaves Fire users in a bind

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

David Rothman, former owner of this site, tipped me over the weekend to the fact that the AndroidPIT App Center is being shut down as of the end of next month. Their reason involved the EU and their revised VAT guidelines. This is trouble for users of the Kindle Fire who may have been counting on [...]

Morning Links: NYC to offer free public WiFi by 2015. Taking notes on the iPad

By Joanna Cabot
November 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

If Publishers Are Going to Harness Data, We Need One Language (Media Shift) Publishers now have the ability to capitalize on audience interests and behaviors (i.e., types of content preferred, which links are clicked or shared, etc.) with various types of analytic tools. *** Amazon Fire HD Kids [...]

Chikita Insights numbers show iPad still dominates North American tablet usage

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Fourth Quarter 2014 Tablet Update from research firm Chikita Insights shows a sustained and apparently unassailable lead for Apple in the North American tablet market. “iPad users generated 79.9% of North American tablet-based Web traffic over the month of September 2014 – a share [...]

My thoughts on the new Amazon Kindle lineup

By Joanna Cabot
September 18, 2014 // 9 Comments

In today’s Morning Links, there was a full report on the new Amazon Kindle lineup. Some of it interested me and some of it didn’t. Here were some key points I took out of Amazon’s news, and some commentary on why it either hit the mark for me or fell flat. 1) Updated iOS apps. I [...]

Today only: Amazon knocks $80 off 8.9” Kindle Fire HD refurb

By Chris Meadows
May 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just got notification of Amazon’s latest Gold Box deal: its 8.9” 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD tablets, refurbished, at $80 off retail. That knocks the 32 GB version from $300 down to $220, and the 64 from $350 to $270. Full 1 year warranty included; the AT&T 4G LTE data plan costs extra. Not [...]

OverDrive e-books available for Kindle FreeTime

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

OverDrive’s e-books will be available on Kindle FreeTime, the company announced today. FreeTime is a free feature on Kindle Fire tablets that allows parents to limit a child’s screen time or restrict certain segments to ensure safe usage. FreeTime content is separated into educational or [...]

Customers use Amazon Mayday button in unique ways

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 13, 2014 // 3 Comments

Kindle Fire HDX owners may have used the Amazon Mayday button for assistance with their gadget, but not everyone is looking for technical help with their devices. In a letter from Jeff Bezos to shareholders on Thursday, Bezos recounted some of the more interesting ways customers have used the [...]

Amazon launches interest-free Kindle installment plan

By Chris Meadows
March 14, 2014 // 10 Comments

Amazon just keeps coming up with ways to get its devices into more and more people’s hands. So maybe you can’t afford $139 for a 7” Kindle Fire HD tablet, or $69 for a basic Kindle e-reader, in one chunk. Now Amazon will let you pay it in five monthly installments. They aren’t even tacking [...]

Scribd for Kindle Fire released today

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good news today for Kindle Fire users who are interested in an ebook subscription service. The company is celebrating 3 million downloads of its Android and iOS apps by releasing Scribd for Kindle Fire. However, the app is not available in the Amazon App Store. You’ll need to use this link to [...]

Amazon ranked #1 in customer satisfaction again; knocks $30 off Fire tablets to celebrate

By Chris Meadows
January 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

In honor of being ranked #1 in customer satisfaction during the holiday shopping season for the 9th year in a row by the ForeSee Experience Index, Amazon has announced it is knocking $30 off all Kindle Fire tablets until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, January 11th. That would knock the base model 7” [...]

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