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Amazon Kindle Fire full event video and wrap-up

Amazon Kindle Fire full event video and wrap-up

This week the folks at Amazon introduced a set of new Kindle tablets including a refresh of the Kindle Fire, two new Kindle Fire HD tablets, and a reader called Paperwhite. This last entry in the list of new items might be the most overlooked to the biggest news seekers, but it's set to overtake a still massive ereader market with technology that's set to dash standard E-Ink's brains out - and it's relatively inexpensive, too! The original Kindle Fire was refreshed with a lower price, and both the Kindle Fire HD 7 and 8.9 were introduced with pre-orders starting today.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 hands-on

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 hands-on

Though we wont be able to have a peek at AT&T's 4G LTE version of the tablet until later this year, Amazon has allowed us a quick touchy-feely experience with the 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD before its software is finalized. What we're seeing here is the slightly larger version of the Kindle Fire HD 7, that being essentially the same size as the standard Kindle Fire which also got a refresh this week. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is the company's new flagship device, we would say, with an 8.9-inch display made to compete directly with Apple's iPad.

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Kindle Fire HD tablets appear on sale at Amazon

Kindle Fire HD tablets appear on sale at Amazon

The Kindle Fire HD 7, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE are all available for purchase on Amazon now, with their prices being, in order, $199, $299, and $499. The lesser two of the three devices have 16GB of internal storage while the 4G LTE 8.9-inch tablet has 32GB of internal storage - otherwise it's essentially the same as the wi-fi only model 8.9. These devices work with an updated user interface over the original Kindle Fire and include several software upgrades and features that set them aside from the rest of the ereader and media player mobile universe.

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Kindle Fire HD 7 hands-on

Kindle Fire HD 7 hands-on

This week we've had the opportunity to take a peek at the next generation of media tablets by the name of Amazon Kindle Fire HD. There are two new devices, one of them being a 7-inch tablet, the other a 8.9-inch tablet, and both of them will be released alongside a slight upgrade to the original Kindle Fire which has also had a price cut to compete with the Google Nexus 7. The Kindle Fire HD in its 8.9-inch display edition has a 1920 x 1200 display (or 254 ppi) display while the smaller device has not yet had its entire set of specifications released - rest assured though, they'll be a bit of a bump over the refreshed standard edition.

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Kindle Fire HD LTE $50 a year with one big catch

Kindle Fire HD LTE $50 a year with one big catch

There's a brand new Amazon tablet out there on the market - up for pre-sale today and shipping in October - the Kindle Fire HD, and for just $50 a year, you can get 4G LTE connectivity with it. Of course the device will cost you $499 in the first place - but that's not the catch. The catch is that this data plan with 4G LTE through AT&T, $49.99 though it is, will limit you to 250MB of data per month - and if you're anything like us, you'll go through that amount of data in no time at all.

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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 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 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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