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Kindle Fire 2 And Glowing Kindle Touch Coming On September 6

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    Kindle Fire 2 and glowing Kindle Touch coming on September 6 | ZDNet (click for full article)

    "Amazon is expected to announce the second version of its Kindle Fire tablet at a press conference in Santa Monica, California, on 6 September. The Fire may come in both 7in and - less likely - 10in versions, along with an improved Kindle Touch. One tablet will be supported by advertising to reduce the cost, according to an unconfirmed report in the Wall Street Journal.


    While predictions are always risky, Amazon sent us the biggest possible hint yesterday (Thursday), with the announcement that the original Kindle Fire had sold out forever. Visit the Amazon.com page for the $199 Kindle Fire, for example, and there are no new ones for sale, only second-hand products. The $99 Kindle Touch is listed as "Currently unavailable".


    There is no prospect of Amazon discontinuing these products, so there must be new versions ready to launch.


    A few details of the Kindle Fire 2 (or Kindle Blaze, or whatever) have already appeared. The most significant is an increase in screen resolution from 1024 x 600 pixels to 1280 x 800. The larger format is already used by other tablets, including Google's similarly-priced Nexus 7."
     
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    Will Amazon announce an Apple TV competitor this week? — Online Video News (click for full article)

    BY Janko Roettgers

    Summary: Amazon has been quietly hiring a number of experienced connected TV developers, including some that worked on Logitech's failed Google TV efforts. Could that mean that the company will announce a streaming media device during its press event in Los Angeles this week?"


    "Amazon has invited the tech press to a mystery event in Los Angeles this Thursday, and it's all but certain that it will unveil a new Kindle Fire tablet. However, the location of the announcement and its proximity to Hollywood has some speculating that there may be more. One of the possibilities being raised is more content for Amazon's Prime Instant streaming service. Of course, there's another option: What if Amazon announced a streaming video device to compete head-to-head with Apple TV, Roku and Google TV?


    There has long been speculation that Amazon may be interested in building consumer electronics devices other than tablets and Kindles. But key hires in recent months indicate that the company is gearing up to replicate the success of its Kindle Fire with a living room device. Much of these efforts evolve around Lab126, Amazon's secretive Bay Area R&D unit that is also in charge of the development of its Kindle products."
     
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    Why Amazon Must Light a Fire Under the Kindle Fire - Businessweek (click for full article)

    By Brad Stone on September 04, 2012

    "Five years ago this fall, Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos gathered the tech press in a New York City hotel and asked, "Can you improve on something as highly evolved and well-suited to its task as the book?" With that, he introduced the very first Kindle, a goofily angular device with a monochrome screen that nevertheless revolutionized the book business, boosted Amazon's financial performance, and reshaped expectations of what everyone had previously thought was a simple online retailer.


    On Thursday, Sept. 6, Bezos will again speak to the media, this time in Santa Monica, Calif., and the stakes will again be sky high. A year ago, to great fanfare (and a cover story in Bloomberg Businessweek) Amazon (AMZN) expanded its Kindle franchise by entering the tablet market with the Kindle Fire. The device, with a 7-inch display and the surprisingly modest price tag of $199, made a commercial splash, carving off a respectable piece of the tablet market from Apple's iPad, the market leader.


    But the Kindle Fire was also something of a critical disappointment, with its chunky weight, bland industrial design, and lack of basic features like a camera and volume controls. Lately, Amazon has gamely tried to stoke the Fire's fire-pointing to the number of five-star reviews on its own website. But if you look at the entirety of those reviews or talk to people who actually own the product, another conclusion is unavoidable: For the first time, many customers bought a device from Amazon and felt they didn't get much value from it."
     
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    Amazon debuts 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD | The Verge (click for full article)

    By Scott Lowe on September 6, 2012 02:14 pm

    "After making an informal debut in a televised ad late last night, Amazon's larger Kindle Fire has finally been unveiled. Introduced today at a press event in Los Angeles, the new Kindle Fire HD features 8.9-inch 1920x1200, 254ppi display.

    It features a laminated touch sensor for better visuals and 25% less glare. It's powered by an OMAP 4470 processor from Texas Instruments, which Amazon says outperforms the Tegra 3.

    The Kindle Fire HD also includes stereo speakers, an upgrade over the Kindle Fire's mono driver. Amazon has improved Wi-Fi networking by adding a dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz receiver, two antennas, and its new MIMO radio technology. For storage, the Kindle Fire HD offers 16GB of local hard drive space. Pricing and release information is still forthcoming."
     
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    Hmmmm. The new Kindle Fire HD models come with an HDMI port:

    Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 7 and 8.9 inch tablets with HD displays - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "Amazon is introducing a new line of tablets with higher-resolution displays. The Kindle Fire HD will come in two models, with 7 and 8.9 inch displays.

    You can order the 7 inch model starting today for $199. It will ship September 14th. The 8.9 inch tablet goes up for pre-order today for $299, and ships starting November 20th.

    The 8.9 inch model has a 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display with 254 pixels per inch. Amazon says it also reflects 25 percent less glare thanks to improved screen technology.


    Amazon hasn't announced the screen resolution for the 7 inch Kindle HD model, but I'm guessing it's a 1280 x 800 display or 1280 x 720 pixel display.


    Since HD video takes up more space than standard definition, Amazon is doubling the amount of storage available. The Kindle Fire HD ships with 16GB.
    The Kindle Fire HD tablets feature TI OMAP 4470 dual core processors, offering percent better performance than the chip in the original Kindle Fire - and Amazon claims it also faster than the NVIDA Tegra 3 quad-core chip (at least in terms of memory bandwidth... which is one way to measure things, I suppose).


    The new tablets have dual stereo speakers, Dolby Digital Plus audio, two antennas and other upgrades to improve WiFi performance. There's also a front-facing HD camera.


    The tablets also feature HDMI output, WiFi, and Bluetooth - which is a big step up from the original Kindle fire, which had WiFi but no Bluetooth or HDMI.


    Amazon is also introducing new software features including WhisperSync for voice, which lets you listen to audiobooks and pick up reading where you left off with a text book. And there's a new X-Ray for movies feature which lets you view IMDB data for a movie as you're watching. Want to know who an actor is? You can look it up while you're watching a video."
     
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    Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablets run Android 4.0 (if it matters) - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "If you look through the product pages for Amazon's new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets, you won't see many mentions of Android. The company lets you know that you can run Android apps and games, and that's about it.


    But just like the original Kindle Fire, Amazon's new tablets run a customized version of Google's mobile operating system with Amazon's own app launcher, skin, and content stores.


    While the original Kindle Fire OS was based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the new tablets will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.


    The update probably won't mean anything to most users, since the Kindle Fire will have Amazon's custom user interface. One of the key things Google did with Android 4.0 was to adopt the operating system to play well with both phones and tablets, but you won't see those user interface enhancements on Amazon's new tablets.


    One important change is that the new operating system means that you'll now be able to run apps on the Kindle Fire that are designed for Android 3.0 or later. Some apps simply wouldn't run at all on a device running Android 2.3, but they should be compatible with the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.


    I suspect it won't be long until hackers figure out how to install custom app launchers on the new Kindle Fire tablets to customize the look and feel of the devices. And if the bootloader is (or can be) unlocked, we may also see folks replace the Amazon firmware with custom versions of Android like CyanogenMod.


    Early builds of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean based on CyanogenMod 10 are already available for first generation Kindle Fire devices. You may void your warranty if you try replacing Amazon's software, but one of the unintended consequences of selling a tablet below cost in order to reap revenues from digital content sales is that tablets become so cheap that some adventerous users may not be worried about potentially breaking them.


    The new Kindle Fire tablets have starting prices as low as $159."
     
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    Kindle Fire HD gives Nexus 7 stiff competition (click for full article)

    By Edward C. Baig Updated 20h 23m ago


    "NEW YORK -Two months ago, I wrote that Google's Nexus 7 was the budget tablet to beat. But two months in the tech world might as well be two years in some other business. Now another worthy color tablet comes along to muddy the purchase decision. It's the brand new Kindle Fire HD from Amazon.com, and it poses a serious challenge to Google while representing a major improvement over the first-generation Kindle Fire model that went on sale in the U.S. in November. Amazon announced its latest tablets last Thursday at a Santa Monica, Calif., press conference."
     

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