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Amazon Announces New Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

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    Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX: power, with a helping hand | The Verge (click for full article & photos)

    by Joshua Topolsky - Sept. 25, 2013

    -- The Kindle Fire tablets have always served primarily as portals to Amazon's massive trove of content. But this year, as the company introduces the new Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon tablets are on the precipice of becoming something much more powerful, and much more useful besides. Amazon's ready to compete on specs, on content, and on price - and it makes a compelling case in every respect.


    The HDX is actually two tablets: a 7-inch model and an 8.9-inch version, just like the Kindle Fire HD before it. Both are still relatively inconspicuously designed, with virtually no flair - they're just black. Both models feel solid and well made when you're holding them. The company has made a big deal about the reduction in size and weight, and there is some noticeable fat trimmed, particularly on the 8.9-inch model. As before Amazon is using a soft-touch material around the backs of the tablets, but it's dotting the edges of that surface with angular, raised plastic edges that jut out at surprisingly funky angles.
     
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    Jeff Bezos wants to delight you | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Joshua Topolsky - Sept. 25, 2013

    -- Jeff Bezos has a big laugh. It's a shotgun; a booming sound that reverberates through a room. It can be a little scary, actually. It is not subtle, gentle, or otherwise restrained. But when he does laugh - which is often - it is a laugh trained squarely on the room. Not inward, but outward. A laugh that says: there's fun to be had, so join in.


    To say that Bezos is one of America's most accomplished and prolific businessmen would be an understatement. In a little under two decades, he went from wide-eyed internet soothsayer and humble online bookseller to superstar - nay, titan - of a new industry. Several industries actually, and counting; industries he helped to shape, and continues to define as he expands Amazon's reach (and his own, having just purchased one of the country's oldest newspapers, The Washington Post).


    So why is he sitting across from me demoing the new features of a $229 tablet?
     
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    Amazon's new $139 Kindle Fire HD is the cheap tablet to buy | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Dan Seifert - Sept. 25, 2013

    -- Amazon is rolling out the brand-new Kindle FIre HDX with upgraded everything tonight, but last year's Kindle Fire HD isn't going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the company announced that it is updating the tablet and cutting its price down to $139 - a very aggressive price point for a still-competitive tablet.


    The new Kindle Fire HD features a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, faster dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and dual stereo speakers. It won't give the new Nexus 7 much of a performance challenge (that's reserved for the new HDX models), but for nearly $100 less, it's certainly an enticing deal for anyone looking for a low-cost tablet. The new Kindle Fire HD is thinner and lighter than before and has a new industrial design with beveled edges and back-mounted controls.


    FASTER PROCESSOR, NEW DESIGN, AND A SUPER LOW PRICE
     
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    Amazon launches Mayday, a virtual Genius Bar for the Kindle Fire HDX | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Dan Seifert - Sept. 25, 2013

    -- Amazon may be trotting out new versions of its Kindle Fire tablets and an updated software platform for them, but its also introducing a unique new feature that's arguably the most interesting part of the whole deal. Called Mayday, the feature is a built-in remote support and instant helpline for every Kindle Fire HDX. If it sounds like a virtual version of Apple's vaunted Genius Bar, that's because it kind of is.


    Mayday is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is accessed by a dedicated button found right in the tablet's Quick Settings menu. A tap on that button connects the user with a live support representative in 15 seconds or less, no matter what time or day of the year it is. Once connected, the user can see the support representative in a small window on their screen, and the representative can see whatever app or screen is on the user's tablet (Amazon was sure to point out to us that while you can see the rep, they can't see you). Support techs can guide users with visual cues and auditory prompts, and if those fail, they can even control the tablet remotely to resolve the issue.


     
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