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Next-gen Kindle suffering screen-light setbacks tip insiders

Next-gen Kindle suffering screen-light setbacks tip insiders

Amazon's next-gen Kindle faces manufacturing delays because of its new e-paper illumination system, insiders in the production process are whispering, potentially pushing availability back into September. At fault is the front light system Amazon is reportedly implementing to improve low-light ebook readability, DigiTimes' sources claim, as the company takes on Barnes & Noble's NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.

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Amazon grabs ex-Windows Phone app chief amid Kindle phone chatter

Amazon grabs ex-Windows Phone app chief amid Kindle phone chatter

A former Microsoft Windows Phone exec has jumped ship to Amazon, where he will head the retailer's Appstore efforts, lending further weight to rumors that the company plans a smartphone of its own. Robert Williams was, until last month, Microsoft's senior director of business development in the Windows Phone division, but according to his LinkedIn profile is now working with Amazon to feather the app nest for what's speculated to be the company's push into mobile.

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Amazon smartphone 4-5 inches and already in testing tip manufacturers

Amazon smartphone 4-5 inches and already in testing tip manufacturers

Amazon is currently testing prototype smartphones, with mass production potentially starting late in 2012 or early next year, with a screen size of 4-5 inches according to insiders. The online retailer is working with component suppliers on the hardware, sources at those suppliers confirmed to the WSJ, echoing reports last week that a smaller version of the Kindle Fire tablet was in the pipeline.

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Amazon Kindle smartphone near tip insiders

Amazon Kindle smartphone near tip insiders

The smartphone wars are about to crank up a notch, with retailer Amazon tipped to be readying a handset of its own that, while likely based on Android, would undoubtedly diverge from Google's ambitions for the platform. Amazon is working with Foxconn - the company that also produces Apple's iPhone - according to insider whispers to Bloomberg, with the retailer apparently quietly building up its mobile patent portfolio in a pre-emptive defense against smartphone lawsuits.

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Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Barely was the e-ink dry on Microsoft and Barnes & Noble's $300m NOOK agreement when pundits were questioning the wisdom of adding Amazon to the software company's existing roster of big-name rivals. Microsoft is already under attack in mobile and computing, so the commentary went; throwing one of the biggest retailers around into the mixture was at best foolish and at worst evidence of Microsoft spreading itself thin when it needs to be extra lavish with its strokes. That analysis is wrong, though. Make no mistake: Apple, not Amazon, is in Microsoft's sights today.

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Forget Air Display: turn your Kindle DX into a second screen

Forget Air Display: turn your Kindle DX into a second screen

If Air Display for the iPad caught your fancy but you have a Kindle DX rather than Apple's tablet, how about turning that E Ink ereader into a secondary screen instead. Arguably a whole lot less practical for general use, the nonetheless clever hack detailed by TinyApps involves jailbreaking the Kindle DX and then using a VNC viewer to set it up as a remote screen for your Mac.

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Harry Potter series now available as ebooks

Harry Potter series now available as ebooks

If you’ve been wanting to read the Harry Potter novels on a Kindle or mobile device, then so far you’ve been out of luck. J. K. Rowling last year that ebooks of the Potter series would be available via Pottermore, promising an October launch for the service. While it didn’t make that date, it has officially launched today.

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