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Paid Google Play apps on Fire tablet without installing Play Store
May 15, 2015 | 2:25 pm

install from unknown sources screen shotWhile I was able to get most of my "must-have" apps on my new Fire HD 6 from the Amazon app store, there are a few which aren't available. While it's possible to use sites like GetJar to download apps, not everything is available. Android PIT used to be a good source for paid Android apps, but it shut down last year because of VAT issues. Which leaves Fire owners stuck. Sure, you can root your Fire, using various methods, including N2A, but that voids the warranty, N2A isn't available for all Fire models and not everyone wants to go that...

Latest IDC numbers: Another tablet upset?
February 3, 2015 | 4:25 pm

The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker has brought joy to the hearts of Luddites everywhere with the news that: "worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the first time since the market's inception in 2010. Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices reached 76.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14) for -3.2 percent growth." This follows from the last quarter's IDC predictions which already forecast that the global market had hit peak tablet. All the same, "although the fourth quarter witnessed a decline in the global market, shipments for the full year 2014 increased 4.4%, totaling 229.6...

AndroidPIT App Center shutting down. Leaves Fire users in a bind
November 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

androidpit app centerDavid Rothman, former owner of this site, tipped me over the weekend to the fact that the AndroidPIT App Center is being shut down as of the end of next month. Their reason involved the EU and their revised VAT guidelines. This is trouble for users of the Kindle Fire who may have been counting on the App Center as a way to purchase apps, such as Moon+ Reader Pro, which are listed in the Amazon App Store as being incompatible with the Kindle Fire. Leaving aside how much it stinks that Amazon is forcing such incompatibilities on their users, what...

Morning Links: NYC to offer free public WiFi by 2015. Taking notes on the iPad
November 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

public wifiIf Publishers Are Going to Harness Data, We Need One Language (Media Shift) Publishers now have the ability to capitalize on audience interests and behaviors (i.e., types of content preferred, which links are clicked or shared, etc.) with various types of analytic tools. *** Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Review (GoodeReader) Amazon has put together their first true true tablet aimed at children with the Fire HD Kids Edition. *** NYC To Offer Free Public Wifi by 2015 (The Digital Reader) NYC unveiled a new plan today to adapt some 10,000 pay phone locations to fill  a new need as public Wifi hotspots. *** How to...

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...

My thoughts on the new Amazon Kindle lineup
September 18, 2014 | 2:21 pm

amazon kindleIn today's Morning Links, there was a full report on the new Amazon Kindle lineup. Some of it interested me and some of it didn't. Here were some key points I took out of Amazon's news, and some commentary on why it either hit the mark for me or fell flat. 1) Updated iOS apps. I was not clear on whether the app required iOS 8 or was merely a refresh in anticipation of it, but I am looking forward to having cut and paste options at last. I often paste favourite quotes into Evernote for future reference, and this will...

Today only: Amazon knocks $80 off 8.9” Kindle Fire HD refurb
May 19, 2014 | 6:28 am

Just got notification of Amazon’s latest Gold Box deal: its 8.9” 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD tablets, refurbished, at $80 off retail. That knocks the 32 GB version from $300 down to $220, and the 64 from $350 to $270. Full 1 year warranty included; the AT&T 4G LTE data plan costs extra. Not really sure this is necessarily a huge bargain. $80 isn’t all that big a discount for a refurbished product, Also, the Fire tablets are too closely tied to Amazon’s own content ecosystem to count as a true general-purpose Android tablet; one of the attendant problems...

OverDrive e-books available for Kindle FreeTime
May 7, 2014 | 2:14 pm

kindle freetimeOverDrive’s e-books will be available on Kindle FreeTime, the company announced today. FreeTime is a free feature on Kindle Fire tablets that allows parents to limit a child’s screen time or restrict certain segments to ensure safe usage. FreeTime content is separated into educational or entertainment categories. OverDrive offers schools and libraries use of its e-books from more than 800 publishers. There are thousands of children’s books available through OverDrive. Parents can add e-books they want to FreeTime by following these steps: Go to the “Manage Content & Subscription” section in FreeTime by taking the following steps: 1) On the Start screen for FreeTime,...

Customers use Amazon Mayday button in unique ways
April 13, 2014 | 1:11 pm

Amazon MayDay Kindle Fire HDX owners may have used the Amazon Mayday button for assistance with their gadget, but not everyone is looking for technical help with their devices. In a letter from Jeff Bezos to shareholders on Thursday, Bezos recounted some of the more interesting ways customers have used the ‘Mayday’ button. - Mayday Tech Advisors have had 35 marriage proposals - 475 customers have asked to talk to ‘Amy,’ the Mayday television personality - 109 customers asked for help in ordering a pizza (Pizza Hut was the slim favorite over Domino’s) - 44 Mayday advisors have sung happy birthday to customers - There were 648 instances...

Amazon launches interest-free Kindle installment plan
March 14, 2014 | 2:20 pm

kindleinstallmentsAmazon just keeps coming up with ways to get its devices into more and more people’s hands. So maybe you can’t afford $139 for a 7” Kindle Fire HD tablet, or $69 for a basic Kindle e-reader, in one chunk. Now Amazon will let you pay it in five monthly installments. They aren’t even tacking on any interest. You pay 20% of the device price at purchase, then make four more equal payments in the same amount every thirty days, directly from your credit card. That works out to five $27.80 payments for the 7” tablet, or $13.80...

Scribd for Kindle Fire released today
January 29, 2014 | 8:32 am

scribd for kindle fireGood news today for Kindle Fire users who are interested in an ebook subscription service. The company is celebrating 3 million downloads of its Android and iOS apps by releasing Scribd for Kindle Fire. However, the app is not available in the Amazon App Store. You'll need to use this link to download it. If you're not familiar with side loading apps onto a Kindle Fire, they've included instructions. I reached out to Scribd with some questions, and Jared Friedman answered them. TeleRead: I see the new app is not available from the Amazon App store. Were they reluctant to have a rival...

Amazon ranked #1 in customer satisfaction again; knocks $30 off Fire tablets to celebrate
January 9, 2014 | 3:13 pm

In honor of being ranked #1 in customer satisfaction during the holiday shopping season for the 9th year in a row by the ForeSee Experience Index, Amazon has announced it is knocking $30 off all Kindle Fire tablets until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, January 11th. That would knock the base model 7” Kindle Fire HD down to $109, the 7” HDX (with the new Mayday Button) or the 8.9” HD down to $199, and the 8.9” HDX down to $349. Not bad pricing, all in all, if that’s what you’re looking for in a tablet. To take advantage of...

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