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IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

It's a good news, bad news thing for tablet makers, depending on which kind of tablets they're banking on. As long predicted by market analyst IDC, tablet shipment shares continue to tank in year on year numbers. That said, that is mostly for the traditional slate tablets. Behind the scenes, however, a new breed of detachable, 2-in-1 hybrids are actually experiencing triple digit growth year on year, which could make them the salvation and new trend of the tablet market.

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Amazon’s “fastest-selling tablet” now comes in tangerine

Amazon’s “fastest-selling tablet” now comes in tangerine

That $50 tablet Amazon introduced not too long ago is coming in several new colors starting this week. Amazon calls the Amazon Fire the company's "fastest-selling tablet ever" - without actually giving any numbers. Maybe they mean they had a footrace in which they sought to find which tablet would be able to be sold the fastest based on the speed of several human runners holding several different forms of payment? We'll have to wait and see.

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Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Amazon has just finally revealed the latest iteration of its Kindle e-book reader. The somewhat odd Oasis has seemingly left some hung up, or even disappointed, on its price tag and it seems Amazon isn't done making people scratch their heads. Seen on the benchmarking site GFXBench is an unexpected Amazon tablet, believed to be a slightly revamped Fire HD 8. And though this new model does seem to upgrade some parts, it also shows some downgrades in some other areas as well.

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Amazon Fire tablet encryption to return as retailer backtracks

Amazon Fire tablet encryption to return as retailer backtracks

Amazon has backtracked on Fire tablet encryption, having triggered an outpouring of criticism after removing support in the latest Fire OS 5 release. The retail giant blamed minimal customer interest for the decision, which saw Android's data encryption option stripped from the Fire tablet platform, though communications with Amazon's own servers were still secured.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition comes with Kindle Unlimited, leather cover

Amazon Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition comes with Kindle Unlimited, leather cover

Just in time to make the perfect gift for the heavy reader on your shopping list, Amazon has announced a new Reader's Edition of its Fire HD 8 tablet. It's not actually a new version of the device; it's still the latest generation of the 8-inch display Fire HD that was introduced in September, albeit in a special bundle aimed at frequent ebook readers, priced at $250.

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Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon is pushing out a software update to its Fire tablets, and among the features it brings is one becoming increasingly common — a nighttime-friendly mode that reduces blue light output to increase one’s odds of falling asleep. The idea is that blue light makes it harder to fall asleep, and thus the nighttime use of tablets and phones disrupts one’s sleep quality...unless they have this kind of display mode.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 Review – Only Amazon addicts need apply

Amazon Fire HD 10 Review – Only Amazon addicts need apply

Amazon's largest ever tablet is also the company's thinnest, and as you'd expect the Fire HD 10 does its level best to be the perfect vehicle for the Bezos empire. Promising the cutting-edge in tablet hardware, with the heavily customized ease of Amazon's Android spin-off Fire OS, and at a price that would't even get you a base-model iPad, there's certainly a lot to like about the HD 10 on paper.

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Amazon is selling a six-pack of tablets and it’s not sure why

Amazon is selling a six-pack of tablets and it’s not sure why

Amazon doesn't know how cheap tablets will be used, but it's going to throw them out there first and let everyone else come up with the answers later. Turning Android slates into practically a disposable commodity, the online retail behemoth is demonstrating its contentedness with wafer-thin margins by offering a "buy five, get one free" deal on the new Amazon Fire.

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New Amazon Fire HD tablets put power and Prime first: Hands-on

New Amazon Fire HD tablets put power and Prime first: Hands-on

Amazon has refreshed its Fire HD tablet range, bumping up screen quality, durability, and value for money while still putting the retailer's own services to the fore. Now 7.7mm thin and running the latest Android spin-off, Fire OS 5, the new Fire HD kicks off at under $150, too.

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Amazon’s new Fire tablet is just $50 (and there’s a tough Kids Edition too)

Amazon’s new Fire tablet is just $50 (and there’s a tough Kids Edition too)

Amazon doesn't quite know what happens when you make tablets less than fifty bucks, but it's looking forward to finding out. That's some of the thinking behind the new Amazon Fire tablet, a $49.99 alternative to basic, budget slates without some of the more onerous compromises.

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Amazon prepping $50 6-inch tablet, coming this Fall

Amazon prepping $50 6-inch tablet, coming this Fall

It seems that Amazon is really having some trouble with its consumer devices. While relatively more stable than, say, the Fire Phone, Amazon's Android-based Fire tablets (formerly called "Kindle Fire") aren't exactly the gold mines that its Kindle e-readers are. So what is Amazon's solution? To offer such a tablet at a terribly low price of $50. This would definitely be a cause for concern from some vendors selling devices in that same price range. Ironically, it could also undercut Amazon's own Kindle line, whose cheapest model goes for $79.

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Amazon Fire tablets now support Sling TV streaming

Amazon Fire tablets now support Sling TV streaming

Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablet owners can now get access to the Sling TV app for streaming their favorite TV shows. The Sling TV app is available for download right now for owners of the Fire HDX and HD line of tablets via the Amazon Appstore. Users of those tablets can download the apps and get a 14-day trial of Sling TV.

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