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Amazon Kindle Fire Whispersync introduced with Anne Hathaway and Samuel L Jackson

Amazon Kindle Fire Whispersync introduced with Anne Hathaway and Samuel L Jackson

If you ever sat there reading an e-book to yourself and thought, wow, I wish I could read this book out loud while Samuel L Jackson read it out loud with me - Amazon says you're in luck. This week along with the new Kindle Fire HD line and refresh of the original Kindle Fire, they've shown off a technology called Whyspersync for Voice - this brings on Bimodal reading for those who have difficulty reading and for high-functioning readers alike. This technology, in a nutshell, syncs your audiobook and the text from the book you're looking at so you can listen and read at the same time.

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Kindle Singles reaches 3.5 million sold

Kindle Singles reaches 3.5 million sold

In addition to announcing some new devices today, Amazon is also touting the strength of Kindle eBook sales. Talking about Kindle Singles - essays, short stories, so forth - specifically, Amazon says that 3.5 million have been sold. Even better is the fact that that 35 Kindle Singles have reached the Kindle top 50, which definitely isn't a bad figure for Amazon to be boasting, especially when Kindle Singles offers less conventional reading material than most are used to.

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Kindle Fire HD introduced with new 8.9-inch size

Kindle Fire HD introduced with new 8.9-inch size

This week the folks at Amazon have revealed a set of Kindle Fire devices that take their original hit and make it high definition. There are two sizes here, one with an 8.9-inch display and another with a 7-inch display, the 8.9-inch display having a lovely 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. This new larger device has IPS LCD display technology and works with 254 PPI - and it's more expensive than the Kindle Fire's regular refresh, of course.

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Kindle Fire refreshed with $159 price point

Kindle Fire refreshed with $159 price point

This week the folks at Amazon have revealed the brand new Kindle Fire , an addition to what they've noted is their "#1 best selling item on Amazon" since it was introduced. The new version of the Kindle Fire is coming with a faster processor, twice the amount of RAM it had originally, and what they're letting us know is 40% faster performance than before. This device will have longer battery life as well, and will be appearing for $159 on September 14th - and ordering these tablets starts today.

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Kindle Paperwhite 3G priced at $179 while original gets price chop

Kindle Paperwhite 3G priced at $179 while original gets price chop

The new Kindle Paperwhite is official, an ereader with a display technology from Amazon that's bringing on a whole new level of readability. With this device you'll be able to easily adjust the light which flows through the display and the whole display has become a whole new level of sharp as well. The Kindle Fire was a big inspiration for this device, Amazon noted, with such features as cover mode - allowing you to look at all the content on the device in addition to the cloud.

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Kindle Paperwhite arrives with backlit screen

Kindle Paperwhite arrives with backlit screen

Just as we were expecting, Amazon pulled the veil off the newest iteration of the Kindle today. Dubbed the Kindle Paperwhite, by far the most noteworthy feature about this new eReader is its display. With it, we're seeing Amazon make a departure from the Pearl E Ink display it has used in previous Kindles and instead go for a white display that comes complete with a backlight.

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“Kindle Fire is a service” pushes Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

“Kindle Fire is a service” pushes Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

After a short video showing the power of the Kindle in the past, present, and future, the Amazon event this week prepared the press for the next generation with their own Jeff Bezos speaking before the crowd. He let them know that they want to move forward with the spirit of Amazon and that "we LOVE to invent" may very well be their main point here in 2012. He spoke also about how the Android tablet market flooded right at the start, and how this flood created an environment where noone wanted to buy one - but Amazon is smart, he implies, and customers are smart, he says.

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Amazon’s new Kindles are almost here (and lateness doesn’t matter)

Amazon’s new Kindles are almost here (and lateness doesn’t matter)

The clock is ticking, and Amazon is building up to wow us at its Kindle event in just a few hours time. Expectations are high, and yet Amazon is - unusually for the company - playing catch-up, in hardware if not market share. Barnes & Noble pipped it to the post with the backlit NOOK Simple Touch with GLowLight, and - if the phone chatter is true - it trails Apple's iPhone, Google's Nexus and other big names to the smartphone segment.

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‘Paperwhite’ Kindle struts its stuff in leaked images

‘Paperwhite’ Kindle struts its stuff in leaked images

Amazon is widely assumed to be gearing up for a new Kindle Fire reveal next week, but recent rumors are also telling us that it might launch a new E Ink Kindle as well. If these new images from The Verge are the real deal, then we might be looking at the next E Ink Kindle, which appears to be a refresh of the Kindle Touch. As you can see from the images, Amazon is using the phrase "Paperwhite" to describe this Kindle, but whether or not that's the name of this new device remains to be seen.

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