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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

Welcome to Monday evening, folks. Today, we entered the final few days before the iPhone 5 releases, and we found out that the device has netted 2 million pre-orders in its first 24 hours of availability. Some of those same pre-orders began shipping out from China over the weekend, and AT&T is claiming that the iPhone 5 is the most successful iPhone launch ever, which everyone could have probably already guessed. We take a look at the iPhone 5's already astounding success, while Samsung was busy comparing the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S III in a new ad that was rolled out over the weekend.

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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 7 gets teardown and components detail

Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 - that being the 7-inch display toting version of the tablet experience - has received its first official teardown, straight from the folks at iFixit. This teardown shows a rather clean looking construction complete with the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor powering the whole beast - the first big note here is the fact that the machine has a 1.2Ghz processor though TI claims it'll operate at up to 1.5Ghz. Also under the hood you'll find a Texas Instruments TWL6032 Fully Integrated Power Management IC and Samsung KLMAG2GE4A eMMC 16 GB Flash Memory and Flash Memory Controller as well.

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Amazon Maps API aims to oust Google Maps from Kindle Fire

Amazon Maps API aims to oust Google Maps from Kindle Fire

Amazon has launched a new Maps API for Kindle Fire developers, challenging Google's own Android mapping services, and further shifting the Kindle-branded tablets away from pure Android. Quietly added to the range of options for third-party developers alongside the launch of the Kindle Fire HD, the Amazon Maps API support custom overlays of data on top of standard mapping, with customized pins and markets for business, landmarks, and other notable positions.

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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 7, 2012

Friday is here once again, marking the beginning of the weekend. We need it too - we were traveling all around the country from press event to press event this week. Today, no such event took place, but that doesn't mean there was a lack of noteworthy news. There were tons of iPhone 5 rumors and news today, starting with the rumor that we might see one or two iPod lines get updated at Apple's upcoming press event. Speaking of that press event, Apple has started to prepare the Yerba Buena Center for its September 12 conference, and today we were told that the pricing structure of one of the iPhone 5's models might be similar to that of the iPhone 4S.

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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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Amazon delivers update for Silk browser, adds ‘Trending Now’ feature

Amazon delivers update for Silk browser, adds ‘Trending Now’ feature

It's been an exciting couple of days for Amazon. Yesterday, the company announced a slew of new devices, ranging from the Kindle Paperwhite to the Kindle Fire HD (in all of its various forms), along with refreshes of the original Kindle and Kindle Fire. Today, Amazon has released a new update for its Silk browser in anticipation of the launch of the Kindle Fire HD, and it adds quite a few improvements over the Silk that most people are familiar with.

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Amazon phone denied but “more devices” on the way

Amazon phone denied but “more devices” on the way

Though he's not yet confirmed that there will be any sort of smartphone-sized device appearing soon, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has let it be known that more devices are, indeed, coming eventually. Speaking with Ina Fried and Tricia Duryee of All Things D, Bezos spoke about how their next move wont necessarily be to enter the smartphone universe, but that they're certainly not going to stop with the Kindle Fire HD. Though "not any time soon", more devices will be released by Amazon "next year" that Bezos said would be "premature" for him to talk about.

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Amazon forces “Special Offers” ads on all Kindle Fire tablets [Update 2]

Amazon forces “Special Offers” ads on all Kindle Fire tablets [Update 2]

Amazon will only offer advertising-supported Kindle Fire tablets, injecting "special offers" into the standby screen of its Android slates, and giving no option to pay more to remove the promotions. The "special offers" concept was launched for e-paper Kindles some time back, subsidizing the upfront cost of the ereader in return for showing adverts on the homescreen (though not during actual ebook display); now, that same concept has been included in the new range of Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets.

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