Kindle Fire HD

NOOK HD and the B&N ecosystem gamble

NOOK HD and the B&N ecosystem gamble

The tablet market is heating up, and for once it's not Apple, or Google, or Samsung doing the shaking, but booksellers Barnes & Noble. The new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ may carry the same name as B&N tablets of before, but they're worlds apart in hardware and clarity of software ecosystem. Not content to chase Amazon and Apple on price alone, there's an apparently legitimate attempt on B&N's part to tune each model to the audience most likely to be interested in it, rather than chasing some imaginatively aspirational but likely non-existent "perfect" consumer.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

We've had a rather interesting Tuesday here at SlashGear, thanks in no small part to RIM. The company held its BlackBerry Jam today, introducing us to new BlackBerry 10 features like Peek and Flow. We also learned that BlackBerry 10 will come with support for your favorite social networks, even offering a native Facebook app. Carrier testing on the new mobile OS will begin next month, and RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry has a good shot at becoming number three behind Android and iOS.

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Kindle Fire HD faces stiff competition from Nexus 7 according to reports

Kindle Fire HD faces stiff competition from Nexus 7 according to reports

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD tablet has only been available commercially for the better part of a week, and new reports are already coming out showing just how stiff their competition will be against Google's Nexus 7. The popular ad tracking and analysis firm Chitika just released some new data showing the Fire's already taking 11% of all Kindle Fire web share, but that the Nexus 7 is much higher.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD review

Last year Amazon entered the tablet and hardware market on an entirely different level with their Kindle Fire tablet. Now just 10 short months later we have a completely evolved product from the retail giant. Today we're taking a look at the new Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet. Everything you didn't like about the original (including that Playbook styling) has been improved for round two so lets take a look and see how it does.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

Welcome to Monday evening, folks. Today, we entered the final few days before the iPhone 5 releases, and we found out that the device has netted 2 million pre-orders in its first 24 hours of availability. Some of those same pre-orders began shipping out from China over the weekend, and AT&T is claiming that the iPhone 5 is the most successful iPhone launch ever, which everyone could have probably already guessed. We take a look at the iPhone 5's already astounding success, while Samsung was busy comparing the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S III in a new ad that was rolled out over the weekend.

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Amazon picks Nokia Location Platform for mapping service

Amazon picks Nokia Location Platform for mapping service

Shortly before the reveal of Amazon's new line up of Kindle Fire tablets - including a refresh of the original Kindle Fire and the new Kindle Fire HD - we heard whispers that the company was joining forces with Nokia for its mapping service. The rumor didn't come as much of a surprise, considering that Amazon has cut Google out of the loop considerably with its Kindle Fire line, but today is the first time we've received confirmation that Amazon has indeed licensed Nokia's Location Platform.

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Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 - that being the 7-inch display toting version of the tablet experience - has received its first official teardown, straight from the folks at iFixit. This teardown shows a rather clean looking construction complete with the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor powering the whole beast - the first big note here is the fact that the machine has a 1.2Ghz processor though TI claims it'll operate at up to 1.5Ghz. Also under the hood you'll find a Texas Instruments TWL6032 Fully Integrated Power Management IC and Samsung KLMAG2GE4A eMMC 16 GB Flash Memory and Flash Memory Controller as well.

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Amazon Maps API aims to oust Google Maps from Kindle Fire

Amazon Maps API aims to oust Google Maps from Kindle Fire

Amazon has launched a new Maps API for Kindle Fire developers, challenging Google's own Android mapping services, and further shifting the Kindle-branded tablets away from pure Android. Quietly added to the range of options for third-party developers alongside the launch of the Kindle Fire HD, the Amazon Maps API support custom overlays of data on top of standard mapping, with customized pins and markets for business, landmarks, and other notable positions.

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Kindle Fire HD line will allow users to opt out of ‘Special Offers’

Kindle Fire HD line will allow users to opt out of ‘Special Offers’

Amazon's Kindle presentation on Thursday featured a lot of big talking points, but one thing the company was understandably silent on was the "Special Offers" that will show on its new Kindle Fire HD line of tablets (along with the refresh of the original Kindle Fire). Subsidizing devices by showing ads isn't anything new for the company, but once it became clear that these new Kindle Fires would be showing ads, people began wondering if Amazon would allow users to opt out of the special offers program by paying a fee, as it has done with its devices in the past. At first, Amazon said that an opt out option wouldn't be available, and it's pretty easy to imagine where things went next.

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