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Chikita Insights numbers show iPad still dominates North American tablet usage
November 10, 2014 | 10:27 am

ipad mini vs ipad airThe Fourth Quarter 2014 Tablet Update from research firm Chikita Insights shows a sustained and apparently unassailable lead for Apple in the North American tablet market. "iPad users generated 79.9% of North American tablet-based Web traffic over the month of September 2014 - a share down from the 81% figure observed one year ago, but a gain of 1.9 percentage points since July 2014," says Chikita. "Meanwhile, Amazon and Samsung tablets are, respectively, still the second- and third-largest sources of tablet Web usage in the U.S. and Canada." The figures are based, acccording to Chikita, on samples of "tens of millions of...

CIRP Amazon Kindle report says: Hey, big (Kindle) spender
December 14, 2013 | 7:30 pm

A report circulating at the moment, and being extensively quoted, from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), gives the research company's lowdown on the status of the Kindle market, based on a survey of 300 "US customers of Amazon.com from the three-month period ending November 15, 2013." Without accurate numbers from Amazon itself, this is one of the most valuable data snapshots of actual Kindle use and spending - and its implications for Amazon and the book business. CIRP calculated that the Amazon Kindle platform in the US has "an installed base of approximately 20.5 million units, as of September 30, 2013. Amazon Kindle...

Rock your device with selfie Kindle covers – or something
November 17, 2013 | 10:31 am

kindle coversAmazon has introduced a new scheme that could be ideal for the Christmas season: Customized Kindle covers with your own images used as the basis for the design. The "Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Black Origami Case - 'Create Your Own'" option, for instance, charges $54.99 for a personalized Origami case sized to your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" that ships in two to three days, according to the Amazon blurb. "The customization service on Amazon allows customers to personalize Kindle covers and skins by uploading photographs or choosing from a library of images, logos, designs and patterns," it explains. The service is also...

Specifications of Upcoming Kindle Fire HD Lineup Leaked
July 31, 2013 | 11:23 am

Amazon Kindle FireBy Hammad Saleem Google’s recently announced Nexus 7 (II) has gotten its fair share of popularity by now, and it will be available on shelves beginning Wednesday. As reported before, Amazon is working on revealing more tablets, two at 7-inches and one 8.9-incher, later this fall that may be way better than Google’s new N7. At the time of the earlier report, we were unsure about specific details of the Amazon tabs and what they’ll be bringing to the table in order to remain competitive in the tablet market. Now, BGR’s trusted sources have revealed the full specifications of the three upcoming Kindle tablets, expected to...

Deal Alert: Amazon Slashes Price on 7-Inch Kindle Fire HDs in Time for Mother’s Day
May 7, 2013 | 12:00 pm

AmazonAs if to confirm a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet is in fact in the works and coming our way soon, Amazon has decided to slash the prices of the thing’s existent smaller siblings, namely the 7-inch Fire HDs. However, the promo likely has nothing to do with the alleged coming of the 10-incher, being instead a special, time-limited Mother’s Day offer. Well, who cares why is Amazon doing it, right? As long as they’re comfortable with shaving a cool $20 bucks off the slates’ prices, we’re comfortable with paying just $179 for the entry-level model. Be careful though, because the $20 discount applies only...

Amazon Rumored To Be Working On 10-Inch Kindle Fire With Impressive Display
May 6, 2013 | 9:02 pm

AmazonYou're familiar with the saying “Go big or go home?” Well, it doesn’t exactly apply to the tablet market nowadays, but the tide could turn soon enough. One of the biggest ongoing battles is for the small tab crown, with Google, Asus, Amazon, Apple, but also Acer fighting each other guns blazing. Meanwhile, the bigger throne remains in Cupertino, Calif., with only Samsung (timidly) trying to steal the 9.7-inch iPad’s thunder. However, if we are to trust newly emerged online reports, Amazon is planning to spread its Fire instead of cooling it down. The next generation of the company’s Kindle Fires will...

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ now in Japan and Europe, and at a lower price
March 13, 2013 | 4:57 pm

Kindle Fire HDAmazon has lowered the price on its Kindle Fire HD 8.9" on the same day it introduced the device in Japan and Europe. The Fire HD now sells in the US for $269 for the Wi-Fi-only version, and $399 for the 4G version. Good news, or a sign that sales of the device are suffering? Honestly I don't think it matters much. Amazon isn't likely to go out of business if this particular device doesn't perform as well as expected. They are still more in the content business than the hardware business, and since the device's main competitor—the iPad—still allows users...

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

New York Times Now Available on Flipboard for Android and Kindle Fire
February 28, 2013 | 3:02 pm

FlipboardFlipboard made my list of great productivity apps in a previous post I wrote for GadgeTell (one of TeleRead's sister sites), but until today I only used it on my iPad. Why? Because the New York Times was only available in the iOS version. Not only that, but previously, if you logged into Flipboard on Android, you lost Times access on your iOS device. No longer! As of today, you can get the Times in the Android and Kindle Fire versions as well. I just downloaded it and tested it out. The articles look great on my Nexus 7. Flipping is smooth. In fact, I think I like it better on Android. The Times in the iOS...

Deal Alert: Save $50 on Selected Kindle Fires
February 4, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Now until Feb 8, you can save $50 on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE with the code FIRELOVE at checkout. Here are all the details. A couple of restrictions to note: The deal is only good for one Fire per customer. And because you have to enter the code, it won’t work on One-Click ordering. Also, they say it’s only good while supplies last. Better decide fast. Kindles don’t go on sale very often, so if you’ve been waiting to get one of the larger Fires, now is a good time to act....

Acer Plans to Launch $99 Tablet
December 26, 2012 | 5:08 pm

  Acer is planning to launch an Android tablet priced around US$99 early next year,  a person with direct knowledge of the project said. The world's fourth-largest PC maker by shipments hopes to be the first big-brand company to launch a tablet priced to jostle with Chinese white-box tablet makers for consumers in developing countries. At seven inches with a 1024 x 600 resolution screen and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the so-called Iconia B1 tablet will have somewhat similar specs to Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Color.  But Acer plans to undercut those best-selling tablets’ US$139 price tag by offering the Iconia B1...

Amazon Turns Kindle FreeTime Into a Paid Subscription Service
December 6, 2012 | 9:22 pm

By Jeremy Hill | for Technology Tell Earlier this year, Amazon turned on a new service for its Kindle Fire HD tablets called FreeTime. FreeTime is a kid-friendly interface that allows parents to pick and choose which apps, videos and web content their kids can access. On Tuesday, Amazon announced its plans to automate the service with something it calls Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. Unlike the regular version of FreeTime, FreeTime Unlimited will cost Amazon Prime subscribers $2.99 per month for each child, or $6.99 for a family subscription. If you aren’t a Prime member, the price jumps to $4.99 and $9.99 respectively. For...

On Black Friday, Kindle Fire comes with a free gift card
November 22, 2012 | 1:00 pm

Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, Black FridayJon Cog of the Me and My Kindle blog gave us a very convenient heads-up yesterday about Amazon's Black Friday plans for the Kindle Fire. As he reports on his site: Amazon’s retail-store partners, like Best Buy, OfficeMax, Staples, or Office Depot, [are] reportedly not allowed to lower the actual price of the [Kindle Fire], but they’re doing the next best thing. If you purchase a Kindle Fire tablet, they’ll just give you some money back in the form of a gift card! Check out Jon's post for details on the sales being offered by the four brick-and-mortar retailers mentioned above. Of course, it's worth bearing...

Amazon Dips its Toes into the Educational Pool
November 14, 2012 | 4:22 pm

Kindle Fire use in the classroomBy Caroline Ross It may be called Whispercast, but the shiny new organizational tool from Amazon may just have the potential to make school districts and teachers shout from the rooftops with joy. Okay, that last statement was a bit of hyperbole. But if Amazon's Whispercast has managed to solve the issues some school board members have with the iPad, then the Kindle (not the iPad) may end up dominating U.S. classrooms. In a nutshell, Whispercast is a free, Kindle-compatible system that was designed specifically with instructors and business professionals in mind. The concept is rather simple: it allows a central user (an employer...

Kindle Fire-usable version of OverDrive is now available in Amazon’s app store
October 16, 2012 | 12:27 pm

A Kindle Fire-usable version of the OverDrive e-library app has now reached the Amazon app store. That could give the app’s Android version a nice boost—the Fire is essentially an Android machine turned into an Amazon cash register. Fire owners earlier had to go to the OverDrive site to download the app unofficially. But for me personally, the big news is optional all-text bolding in the OverDrive app for iPads, iPhones and Touches. So many library fans have their own wish lists of accessibility features, and full bolding led mine, since I cherish an extra-high-contrast view for reading e-books, even on LCD displays. Earlier in 2012 OverDrive obliged with optional...

More Audiobook Fun From Amazon
October 10, 2012 | 1:45 pm

By Moe Zilla Last week I wrote about a new audiobook feature that Amazon introduced, making it easier to switch from the text version of an e-book to its professionally-narrated audiobook version. But in the same announcement, Amazon also revealed a new feature that's available in its new versions of the Kindle Fire tablet. "Immersion Reading" promises an "evolutionary multisensory reading experience that intensifies the power of great stories and helps readers retain more of what they read," Amazon explains in a press release. Translation: You'll be able to listen to a professionally-narrated audiobook at the same time that you're also reading along with the text yourself! “Immersion Reading” is now already...

Will Amazon open physical stores to sell Kindles, Kindle Fire tablets?
September 25, 2012 | 12:01 pm

Late last week Wal-Mart announced that it will no longer sell the Amazon Kindle and Kinde Fire in its stores, joining Target in in rejecting the devices. While the argument could be made that the razor-thin margins on those products contributed to that decision, the real reason is clearer: Amazon's tablets are a gateway to easy ordering from Amazon.com, which means fewer sales for Target and Wal-Mart. According to Reuters, there's speculation that Amazon will open physical stores to put the Kindle products in front of more consumers. Given how quick it is to get pop-up stores up and running -- they are...

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