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Amazon Kindle Fire HD and HD 8.9 spreads: over 170 countries [Update: Appstore in nearly 200]

Amazon Kindle Fire HD and HD 8.9 spreads: over 170 countries [Update: Appstore in nearly 200]

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 ereader-tablets are set to spread, with preorders lighting up in over 170 countries from today. The 7- and 8.9-inch tablets - which run Amazon's heavily customized Android platform - have been available in the US, select countries in Europe, and Japan for some time now, but will make their worldwide play from June 13 when they both begin shipping more broadly. Update: Amazon also has news about Appstore availability; more details after the cut.

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Xbox SmartGlass brings support for the Kindle Fire

Xbox SmartGlass brings support for the Kindle Fire

Larry Hryb, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, stated today that Xbox SmartGlass now supports Amazon's selection of Kindle Fire tablets. It's coming in about half a year late, seeing as the app was released for regular Android devices way back in October of last year. With the Xbox SmartGlass app now available in the Amazon App Store, owners of the affordable Kindle Fire can enjoy an extension of the Xbox Live experience with their tablets.

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Free music streaming service Songza raises $3.82m in funding

Free music streaming service Songza raises $3.82m in funding

The free music streaming and recommendation service, Songza, has just secured $3.82 million in funding. Its funding was revealed in a recent SEC filing. Songza offers playlists created by "music experts". The playlists are configured based on the date, the time of day, your mood, and the type of activity that you're currently doing. Like other music streaming services, you can thumbs up or thumbs down a song to better adjust your playlists.

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7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets

7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets

In an unsurprising report, it looks like 7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets. While some people prefer the bigger screen real estate of a 10-inch tablet, or the perfect screen balance of a 8.9-inch tablet, neither sized tablets have the affordability of a 7-inch tablet. According to Animoca, an app publisher for entertainment products for Android devices, the top tablets that use its services are 7-inch tablets.

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Facebook Home will have ads (just not at first)

Facebook Home will have ads (just not at first)

This week the Android user experience known as Facebook Home has been revealed, and with it, whispers of advertisements served to you front and center. Not unlike what you've seen with Kindle series of tablets, the Facebook Home app will indeed be serving advertisements to you through the lockscreen portion of the UI. What's not known at the moment is if this will be a reality just on the app download version of Home or if it'll be present on the Facebook Phone experience too.

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Google updates Gmail with improved auto-complete predictions

Google updates Gmail with improved auto-complete predictions

Google has just updated its Gmail app to bring improved autocomplete predictions to the service. The update should be rolling out to all Gmail users worldwide, as well as Google Apps for Business users. Autocomplete predictions will now include contact thumbnails next to your contacts, as well as past search queries made within your Gmail account. The update is rolling out as we speak, and should be available to all Gmail users within the next few days.

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Ex-Windows Phone GM joins the Amazon team

Ex-Windows Phone GM joins the Amazon team

Amazon has just hired the ex-General Manager of Windows Phone to work on a "secret" project. Charlie Kindel left Microsoft back in August of 2011 after working there for 21 years. He left Microsoft in order to launch his own startup, BizLogr. While he will still be the founder and owner of the startup, Kindel will hand over the reigns to the startup's co-founder, Stefan Negritoiu, so that he can dedicate all his time to Amazon's new project.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE for AT&T will be available April 5th

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE for AT&T will be available April 5th

The 4G LTE version of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will arrive at select AT&T stores all across the nation starting on April 5th. The carrier will be the first carrier to sell the Kindle Fire HD tablet at its retail locations, and with an optional two-year contract. This comes at a perfect time because earlier in March, Amazon had slashed the price of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablets, reducing the 4G version by up to $100.

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IDC: Smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion device shipments in 2012

IDC: Smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion device shipments in 2012

According the the IDC, smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion shipments in 2012, with around 1.2 billion devices being shipped worldwide. Smart connected devices shipments grew 29.1% year-over-year in 2012. Tablet shipments played a huge role in the shipments increase. There was a 78.4% year-over-year growth in tablet shipments last year, with over 128 million tablets being shipped out globally. The surge in tablet shipments is most likely due to the large amount of budget-friendly tablets available, like Amazon's Kindle Fire.

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