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IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a new report with preliminary data that shows tablet shipments around the world continuing to fall. This continues a trend we've seen in quite a few previous quarters, with tablet shipments dropping year-over-year as prospective buyers continue to either opt for detachable form factors over the more traditional slate form or wait on their tablet purchase altogether.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet gets new 64GB aluminum version

Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet gets new 64GB aluminum version

Amazon has some cheap Fire tablets, and they're great for kids who are probably going to break them regardless of quality. Adults, though, want something more robust, and Amazon is giving them what they want. The company has rolled out an all-aluminum Fire 10 tablet, and you can get it with up to 64GB of storage space. The aluminum version joins the white and black version of the Fire 10.

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Alexa-powered Amazon “Knight” tablet said to be in the works

Alexa-powered Amazon “Knight” tablet said to be in the works

On the heels of news about Google's attempt to one up Amazon's Echo with a "Home" of its own, there is now word that Amazon is also preparing for war. Amazon might soon turn the tables on Google, who mostly reigns in the mobile market, by putting out a new kind of tablet. Codenamed "Knight", this tablet will differentiate itself from Amazon's existing Fire tablet line by being focused around its smart assistant, Alexa. While more portable than other Alexa devices, this tablet is pretty much part of Amazon's agenda to take over your entire, presumably smart, home.

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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 at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

We’ve all heard the horror stories. A parent lets their child play with a phone or tablet, only to find that their little darling managed to spend a large chunk of money on in-app purchases. Depending on just how much money was spent, this can be a pretty big problem. But the real question is who is to blame for this happening? A judge today ruled that when it comes to Amazon’s apps, they’re the ones at fault.

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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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