The Kindle Fire is stuck between e-ink minimalism and gleaming iPad decadence. That could either make it the goofy middle child in the tablet family, or a singular wunderkind. But the Fire will not be overlooked. Apple: Be afraid.
It's that crazy time of year again when Amazon goes sale-mad for a week. The date is set for 21st - 25th November, so make sure Chrome is up-to-date and your mouse wired in. Up to 80 per cent off? This could get ugly. [Amazon UK via Cnet UK]
The Kindle Fire's hitting US stores this month (UK launch expected sometimeafter), and a lot of folks are excited about what they think will be iPad first true challenger. Except that Apple execs say the $200 (£125) Fire might actually benefit the iPad. Holdonwhatnow?
Since the launch of the original iPad, Apple's had effectively zero competition. But wait! With the sleek, cheap Kindle Fire on sale this month in the US (a UK launch date hasn't been confirmed yet), we've suddenly got a legitimate contender. Choice is great. But, um, which choice should you make?
Mustachioed UC Berkeley computer science professor John Kubiatowicz told the NY Times that your Kindle gets heavier when you add e-books. Don't worry, though, you won't feel it with your hand, or with any scale that we've ever created.
The ePub e-book standard has always been built on top of HTML. As has MOBI. But now, Amazon is taking it one step further with their Kindle Format 8 standard, supporting HTML5-based formatting options. Future Kindle Fire owners, be happy.
Remember that Google engineer who shit-talked his own company? He's back! And this time he's saying nice things — he's had a personal run-in with Jeff Bezos, and is here to report just how insanely smart (and insane?) he is.
You can just imagine that the British Library was feelin' all good 'n service-y when it decided to include Amazon hyperlinks to its list of 13 million books and texts on its website -- but instead, they're under fire for supporting online shopping instead of small indies and local libraries.
The Kindle 3 was like the girl next-door: Maybe not the prettiest, but comfortable, smart, and simple. The new non-touch Kindle's the bitchy cheerleader; absolutely gorgeous but totally unaccommodating and uninterested in whether you're enjoying yourself.
The Kindle Fire is a huge deal in part at least because it's so cheap. But reports that Amazon is taking a loss to make the tablet a bargain have been greatly exaggerated. The Kindle Fire is inexpensive by design.
Turns out the unlimited 3G-ness of the new Kindle Touch 3G is not quite as unlimited as we thought. According to Amazon's Kindle forums, the Touch will grant you 3G connectivity for accessing the Kindle store, buying books, and surfing Wikipedia. Everything else requires WiFi.
Looking back at the Kindle's history, that original Kindle was pretty rip your eyes out ugly, huh? An odd shape with quirky buttons and even stranger scroll wheel...God who thought of that? Apparently, RIM. Jeff Bezos loved his Blackberry so much he based the Kindle's design off of his favorite gadget.