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iPad mini said to break tradition with less than “great display” by DisplayMate

iPad mini said to break tradition with less than “great display” by DisplayMate

It would appear that the iPad mini isn't living up to the expectations of the folks over at DisplayMate where they've got their eye on the traditions of Apple in the very recent past with the iPad mini. DisplayMate made it clear this week that they felt that Apple was breaking their tradition of bringing "the best display, or at least a great display" to the market, saying that instead the iPad mini has "just a very capable display."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 18, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 18, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening, everyone. This afternoon we had a bunch of quarterly reports hit, and some were better than others. Google posted its quarterly report a little prematurely, a blunder that had a hand in driving down the price of the company's stock. Later on in the day, we heard from Microsoft, which managed to do pretty good in its first quarter. Sadly, AMD posted its results for quarter 3 just a little while ago, and things aren't looking too good for the company - in fact, it says that it will have to layoff around 15% of its workforce in an attempt to save some money.

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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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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 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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Kindle Fire HD snubs Google with Bing integration

Kindle Fire HD snubs Google with Bing integration

There's still a lot we don't know about the Kindle Fire HD, but we've been finding out more piece by piece since the tablet was revealed yesterday. One detail that has surfaced today is that the Kindle Fire HD will be swapping default search engines. Amazon has updated the Silk browser, and with it comes the swap - Ubergizmo reports that Bing is now the default search engine for Silk, and by extension, the Kindle Fire family.

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Kindle Fire HD 7-inch priced at $199, 8.9-inch at $299

Kindle Fire HD 7-inch priced at $199, 8.9-inch at $299

Just as the rumors foretold, the Kindle Fire HD has arrived, and it has a bevy of features in tow. Amazon obviously wants to position itself as a major player in the technology market, which is all well and good, but before we can give Amazon a pat on the back, we need to get down to the nitty gritty and talk pricing. How much will the Kindle Fire HD be with all of its new bells and whistles? The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, complete with 16GB of storage, comes it at $199.

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Amazon smartphone reportedly in the works, possible reveal tomorrow

Amazon smartphone reportedly in the works, possible reveal tomorrow

As many of you already know, Amazon is planning to hold a press event tomorrow. We'll be there, and we're expecting Amazon to reveal at least a new Kindle Fire. Rumors are saying that there may be more than that - a "Paperwhite" Kindle eReader, for instance, or even a second Kindle Fire reveal. The idea that Amazon will reveal two different Kindle Fire tablets tomorrow is already pretty crazy, but here's one that seems even crazier: Amazon might be planning to announce a new smartphone tomorrow.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 31, 2012

We've officially entered the final hours of August, and in typical SlashGear fashion, we're sending thing off with a bang. Today's IFA adventures didn't produce as much news as the two days before it, but we still have plenty of hands-on posts for you to check out, just like yesterday. We got to check out a couple of Dell's upcoming products today, spending some hands-on time with the Dell XPS Duo 12 and the more traditional Dell XPS 10. Dell wasn't the only one showing off new computers and a tablets today though, as we also have a hands-on with HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, SpectreXT and ENVY x2, along with a hands-on post for the new Toshiba Satellite U920t.

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