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Amazon readies custom Kindle covers for the masses

Amazon readies custom Kindle covers for the masses

This week the teams responsible for pushing as many Kindles as possible this holiday season have hit upon a rather lucrative business: custom-made covers. What Amazon intends on doing here is offering up a service that would normally be done by a variety of 3rd-party accessory makers, doing the work themselves to make the whole business feel much more like a single package. In other words, prospective owners of a Kindle - or those looking to buy one as a gift - will see the competition as a bit less unique now that a Kindle can come with a cover with a photo of their child on it.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the second half of what Amazon hopes will be a one-two knockout punch to rival tablets, sliming down the last-gen Fire HD 8.9 and boosting speed and screen resolution in the process. As we found with the 7-inch Fire HDX, that can make for a compelling slate if you're already onboard with Amazon's ecosystem, but with a bigger price along with its bigger screen, does the 8.9-inch version hit the same sweet spot? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Kazam smartphones ushered in by former HTC heads

Kazam smartphones ushered in by former HTC heads

This week two former HTC executives have launched a smartphone brand called Kazam, complete with a whopping 5 models right out the gate. These smartphones are not aiming to present the sharpest displays, nor the most powerful processors - or the best cameras, for that matter. Instead they aim at a number of pressure points in the Android smartphone universe: replaceable batteries, microSD card slots, dual-SIM card ports, and top-notch tech support.

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Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon has decidedly announced their full support of the new FAA ruling for in-flight device use with not only a suggestion that they've always done so, but that they're willing to let their device prices prove it. Amazon Kindle prices have been kicked down a notch for a single day by the company suggesting they're excited their users will be able to read throughout the flight, not just once they've reached 10,000 feet.

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Amazon Kindle MatchBook launches today: digitizing your paper library

Amazon Kindle MatchBook launches today: digitizing your paper library

This morning the service known as Amazon Kindle MatchBook launched with a whopping 70,000 books in its employ. This service takes a listing of books you've purchased (through Amazon) in physical form and offers them up to you in digital format for relatively low prices. Originally suggested to be hitting the books with 10,000 copies, imagine our surprise today when the service launched with seven times that amount.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows woes for DIYers

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows woes for DIYers

The industrious folks at iFixit have taken to tearing into Microsoft's Surface Pro 2, putting it through the same dismantling process the Kindle Fire HDX, iMac 2013, and other devices have recently undergone. Unfortunately, those who grab the Microsoft slate are going to have quite a battle if they ever elect to go the DIY route, with the Surface Pro 2 scoring a dismal 1 out of 10 repairability score.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch begins shipping

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch begins shipping

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch has begun shipping, the company's third-generation Android tablet, complete with Amazon's new remote support "Mayday" system that puts a real assistant at your fingertips. Priced from $229 for the 16GB, WiFi-only model, though also available with up to 64GB of storage and a choice of Verizon or AT&T LTE connectivity, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 has a higher-than-HD 1920 x 1200 display which uses a new dynamic screen system to boost not only brightness but contrast when used outside in direct sunlight.

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Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

It would seem that one of the biggest names behind the touchscreens you use every day, Synaptics, have made the push for a next-generation solution for Windows 8.1 with Active Pen abilities. What this means for future Windows 8.1 device makers is that they'll be able to say they've got pen support right out of the box and/or include a pen with the device they're creating. In what may prove to be a situation similar to what we've seen with the rather successful Samsung Galaxy Note series, the folks at Synaptics are making pen usage on devices - both mobile and stationary - a feature baked in at a hardware level.

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HTC building Amazon phones for 2014 insiders claim

HTC building Amazon phones for 2014 insiders claim

Amazon and HTC are partnering on the rumored "Kindle smartphone", a new report suggests, with the struggling phone manufacturer in talks around building as many as three handsets for the retail behemoth. Of the trio of unnamed devices, one is "at an advanced stage of development" - potential the device believed to be codenamed "Smith" - the FT [registration required] reports, though is still unlikely to launch until 2014 assuming Amazon sticks with its current roadmap.

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Kindle Fire HDX 7 teardown shows LG display, low repairability

Kindle Fire HDX 7 teardown shows LG display, low repairability

Don't purchase the Kindle Fire HDX 7 expecting to be able to repair its inner bits on your own - that's what iFixit is suggesting this morning as they make with the relatively low 3 of 10 score for repairability on this machine. The Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch display up front, it was discovered, was made by LG, working with a device number LG LD070WU2-SM01. If that wasn't enough excitement for you, wait until you see how intense its touchscreen technology is - a real-deal Synaptics S7301B!

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