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Jeff Bezos: “People’s jaws hit the table”

Jeff Bezos: “People’s jaws hit the table”

Jeff Bezos is happy. More than happy, he's hooting with excitement. Yes, you might expect that from someone with an estimated net worth measured in multiples of billions of dollars, but today the Amazon CEO (and Washington Post owner, and clandestine private spaceship project Blue Origin founder) has something specific in mind: scraping the wince-inspiring reputation of technical services support away, and - with the new Mayday feature on the Kindle Fire HDX - replacing it with a system that will propel tablets even further into the mainstream and liberate a generation of geeks from unpaid, unofficial duty as family troubleshooter. "Our goal is to elevate that whole tech support experience" Bezos told us today as he walked us through the Kindle Fire HDX range.

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Kindle Fire HD reboot hits $139 price point with last year’s specs

Kindle Fire HD reboot hits $139 price point with last year’s specs

Though the Amazon Kindle Fire HD will indeed be bringing a set of specifications here in 2013 that essentially match those of its first edition from 2012, a new aesthetic has hit the holder of the ebooks. What you're getting here is the same 1280 x 800 pixel display with 1.5Ghz dual-core processor under the hood, the same dual-band Wi-fi and Fire OS (upgraded now to 3.0), but put in a package that looks a lot more 2013 in style. And Amazon has beat their best price, kicking this model down to a cool $139 - they've still not hit the $99 they said they'd never hit, but they're close!

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 revealed with complete redesign

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 revealed with complete redesign

The team at Amazon behind the Kindle Fire series of smart tablets have made some relatively major changes to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Besides adding an "X" to the name, the body of this machine has been completely redesigned - no more internal midframe, for example, here you'll find a magnesium cast unibody. The whole machine has an increased bit of stiffness at the same time as it becomes a whole lot lighter - ringing in at 13.2oz in all.

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Kindle Fire HDX 7 official with 1920 x 1200 display

Kindle Fire HDX 7 official with 1920 x 1200 display

Amazon has upped their game once again with the 2013 edition of the Kindle Fire, called in this case Kindle Fire HDX. The HDX represents the high-definition resolution of the display, that being 1920 x 1200 (aka 322 DPI) across 7-inches of screen real-estate, the same smaller-size panel as 2012's Kindle Fire HD ...

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX hands-on

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX hands-on

It's two years since the first Kindle Fire tablets, and Amazon hasn't been sitting still: the new Kindle Fire HDX line-up is evidence of that. Still aggressively targeting cost-conscious users with a near-cost sticker price Jeff Bezos & Co. hope to offset with music, ebook, movie, and other purchases, the Kindle Fire HDX take on the Nexus 7 and iPad mini direct, with better specifications than ever before plus a video technical support system, Amazon Mayday, which could make Christmas morning the easiest its ever been. We spent some time trying out the new Kindle Fire HDX 7 and HDX 8.9 to see if they're really Kindle Fire or just Kindle Dire.

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Kindle Fire HD 2 specifications and photos appear well before release event

Kindle Fire HD 2 specifications and photos appear well before release event

The next-generation Kindle Fire HD has appeared today in both a set of photos and with a reminder that Amazon wont be letting this unit slip under the radar with high-end specifications. This unit will be popping up with a 7-inch display, a resolution at 1920 x 1200, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor under the hood. There's also a Kindle Fire HD 2 8.9 coming your way with a 2560 x 1600 pixel display and a camera on its back as well.

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Kindle Paperwhite 2013 hands-on: refining the nighttime e-reader

Kindle Paperwhite 2013 hands-on: refining the nighttime e-reader

The team at Amazon behind the Kindle have refreshed the Kindle Paperwhite with a boost to both software and hardware, and all the way over in Berlin this week we're having another look at it. This device looks - from all outward appearances - to be the exact same model as the original. It's once you turn it on that counts - where you'll see quicker page turns, a slightly improved touchscreen, and contrast that's been improved just a smidgen.

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