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Amazon pilot season brings ten new show pilots

Amazon pilot season brings ten new show pilots

Pilot season has begun with Amazon and they are asking for help in deciding which of the shows will go on to become a full series. There are ten pilots in total. That group of ten includes some comedy and drama shows and five intended for the younger audience. Regardless of the intended audience, Amazon has all ten of the pilots available for viewing through the Instant Video service.

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Kobo Arc, the reading centric tablet lineup, hands-on

Kobo Arc, the reading centric tablet lineup, hands-on

If you’re a digital reader, Kobo has a lineup of tablets you should probably take a look at. Their 7 and 10-inch devices are centric to reading, but also keep the Android fun you might like to have with your tablet. The tablets all have Play Store compatibility, so you can download any app you like. We got an up close and personal look with the two devices here at Showstoppers.

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iPhone holiday phone hit but tablet shake-up sees Surface score

iPhone holiday phone hit but tablet shake-up sees Surface score

Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone platform to gain market share over the holiday period, research indicates, though the competitive tablet segment saw greater interest in Amazon's Kindle Fire and Microsoft's Surface as overall iPad share dropped. Users of iPhones over the holidays, as measured by active web use by Chitika, rose 1.8-percent to 54.3-percent of the North American market, it's reported, while Motorola, HTC, LG, and Samsung share all dropped.

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Amazon Mayday delivers Bezos’ promise, avoids Kindle Fire meltdown

Amazon Mayday delivers Bezos’ promise, avoids Kindle Fire meltdown

Amazon's Mayday system for the Kindle Fire HDX, putting a live customer services assistant on the screen of the Android-based tablet, saw the retailer beat its self-imposed time-to-answer target, though highlights lingering questions as to how many new owners needed hand-holding to understand the media-centric slate. Mayday, launched alongside the 7- and 8.9-inch Fire HDX models earlier this year, connects to remote tech support who can either guide users through setting up or troubleshooting their tablets, or take control and do the hard work themselves.

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Amazon Kindle FreeTime upgrade adds educational goals

Amazon Kindle FreeTime upgrade adds educational goals

Amazon announced a new upgrade is coming to the Kindle FreeTime software ahead of Christmas. The Kindle FreeTime software is something that Amazon offers that allows parents to control how much time their child can spend on their Kindle tablet doing specific things. The FreeTime software can limit the overall time spent on the tablet, the time spent with games, and the time spent with video among other things.

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