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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire offers safe kid distraction

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire offers safe kid distraction

Amazon has launched Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, the company's new kid-friendly entertainment service for those times you wish your beloved offspring would just focus on their Kindle Fire tablet and stop bothering you. The subscription-based service pulls in books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows that Amazon guarantees are child-appropriate, with characters like Elmo, Dora, and Curious George; all of the apps have the adverts, social media integration, and in-app purchasing disabled.

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Amazon Appstore hits Japan

Amazon Appstore hits Japan

Amazon's Appstore has gone live in Japan, giving Japanese users the chance to download Android apps to their smartphones, tablets, and new Kindles. The store will include the same apps as available elsewhere in the world, as well as Japan-specific titles from regional carriers and developers.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ shipping now; 4G LTE version due next week

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ shipping now; 4G LTE version due next week

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has begun shipping, with the LTE-enabled version due to ship out next week, although the stock of the Android slates is already tight. Available ahead of schedule, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has a 1920 x 1200 254ppi display and runs Amazon's customized Android OS on a TI OMAP4470 processor with SXG544 graphics; the WiFi-only model is priced at $299, while the 4G version starts at $499.

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Amazon Air Patriots game released to push Kindle GameCircle

Amazon Air Patriots game released to push Kindle GameCircle

Amazon Game Studios has launched its first title for Kindle Fire users, Air Patriots, complete with GameCircle achievements and Whispersync for synchronizing progress to the cloud. The game - also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android users - is a simple tower defense style title, but what makes it distinct is that it's the retailer's debut mobile game, as Amazon attempts to strengthen its position against Apple and Google.

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Kindle hits Japan: Paperwhite, Fire & Fire HD plus Japanese-language ebooks

Kindle hits Japan: Paperwhite, Fire & Fire HD plus Japanese-language ebooks

Amazon has launched the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Paperwhite in Japan, alongside a new Japanese-language Kindle Store. Over 50,000 Japanese-language ebooks, plus over 15,000 manga titles, pad out the Amazon.co.jp Kindle Store, the company says, alongside English books as well, for a total of over 1m titles when the electronic store opens its virtual doors on Thursday.

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Kindle Fire HD named “best-selling product” across Amazon worldwide

Kindle Fire HD named “best-selling product” across Amazon worldwide

This week the folks at Amazon have made it clear that they continue to mean business with their line of Kindle Fire tablets, today calling the Kindle Fire HD the "#1 best-selling product across all of Amazon worldwide." We've had some suspicion rise up in comments and emails regarding Amazon's press releases regarding their own sales suggestions such as this one, so until we're certain Amazon actually does specify that the Kindle Fire HD actually literally did sell more units than any other product on the Amazon website, we'll keep with the quotes. The term "best-selling" could also mean "sold as many as we made" or "did just as well as we expected it to."

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Whispercast for Kindle makes mass ebook/app management easy

Whispercast for Kindle makes mass ebook/app management easy

Amazon has launched Whispercast for Kindle, a new mass-deployment and management system for ebooks - and soon apps - on Kindles and Kindle apps for schools and businesses. Intended to allow Kindle titles to be bought and shared out among students and employees, as well as remotely control device passwords, wireless settings, and what titles can be purchased. Meanwhile, Amazon says Whispercast for Kindle will soon be able to handle distributing and managing Kindle Fire applications.

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