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Briefly: YouTube videos in Google Play Music, Washington Post app

11/21, 6:04am

Google Play Music All Access subscribers gain YouTube Music Key access

Google has rolled out its YouTube Music Key service to existing Google Play Music All Access subscribers. While the YouTube Music Key launch revealed its users automatically enrolled into the Google Play Music subscription, Google revealed yesterday that Music All Access users were also able to use Music Key as part of their existing subscription. The Google Play Music app has also been updated on Android, providing options to watch the music video with certain tracks.

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Briefly: Globe Player launches, Amazon ships Kindle Voyage in UK

11/05, 7:29am

Globe Theater opens video on-demand store for Shakespeare plays

The Globe Theater has launched a streaming service specializing in Shakespeare plays. Available globally, the Globe Player store offers a selection of performances filmed at the London theater, with a seven-day rental priced at approximately £4 ($6.50) and sales including offline viewing priced at £8 ($13) for each of the famous plays, though it also hosts a number of interviews with notable performers which can be viewed at no charge. Currently, the service only works through a web browser, but the service is considering creating mobile apps if the demand warrants it.

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Amazon boosting funding, manning for Lab126 development team

09/24, 3:18pm

Lab126 responsible for Fire Phone, Kindle ecosystem

Amazon is planning on increasing the number of researchers and developers at its Lab126 skunkworks. Sources familiar with the matter, backed up by governmental filings, show that Amazon is looking to hire 27 percent more people, bringing the number of employees to 3,757 before 2019, which will trigger tax breaks according to the terms of a deal with California that will give the e-retailer $1.2 million in tax breaks.

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Amazon spreads Kindle Unlimited e-book subscriptions to UK

09/24, 5:19am

British launch includes fewer books than US Kindle Unlimited catalog

Amazon has expanded its all-you-can-eat e-book subscription service to the United Kingdom, just two months after the retailer's original United States launch. Kindle Unlimited offers book readers over 650,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks to read and listen to, with the UK subscription priced at £7.99 ($13) per month accompanied by a 30-day trial.

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Amazon websites leak details of Kindle Voyage with 300dpi display

09/17, 11:51am

Update to Kindle line could have page-turning sensors in bezel

Amazon is looking to launch another e-reader in its Kindle range, according to details leaked through its German and Japanese stores. The appearance of the Kindle Voyage has also allegedly been uncovered, with an illustration from a supposed manual along with other details appearing to show the device's page turning buttons will be replaced by a new sensor in the bezels responding to light presses.

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Amazon Kindles susceptible to malicious ePubs, account info at risk

09/16, 10:12am

Stored cross-site scripting attack can steal stored cookies on tablet

Security researchers have noted the resurrection of an old bug, which allowed a specially-crafted ePub e-book file to seize cookies stored on Amazon's Kindle series of tablets. When a malicious file hits the storage of the Kindle, either by USB loading or the Amazon "Send to Kindle" feature, a Javascript embedded in a fie will execute as soon as the device's browser is launched, which could result in the user's Amazon account being compromised.

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Amazon quietly increases storage in new Kindle Paperwhite model

08/17, 3:15pm

Listing added for new version, reportedly increased memory from 2 to 4 GB

It appears that Amazon recently began directing consumers looking for a Kindle Paperwhite to a new version of the popular e-reader. The listing modification had occurred with what appeared to be no changes in the e-reader. As it turns out, a minor change did take place in the amount of storage that is included in the unit.

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Amazon reveals motives in Hachette war: forcing lower e-book prices

07/29, 8:34pm

Retailer holds e-book authors hostage in standoff for lower profits for publishers

Painting itself in an altruistic, pro-consumer light, Amazon in a post posing as an "update" on the Hachette standoff -- that has prevented customers from buying print or e-book editions from the publisher because Amazon refuses to fill orders -- explains that it is putting pressure on Hachette (and other publishers soon to follow) to lower the wholesale price of e-books to where Amazon can make a profit on them selling them at $10 or less. Amazon argues that e-books "must stay competitive" against all other forms of media.

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Briefly: Grovemade's metal iPhone docks, Kindle for iOS 4.4

07/29, 5:57pm

Grovemade introduces limited edition metal iPhone docks

Accessories producer Grovemade has announced the introduction of a limited edition run of iPhone docks comprised of metal. Called the Black Dock, the new product is available with a solid steel or brass base, combined with an aluminium cap that is protected with a matte black coating. The Black Dock is designed for iPhone 5/5s/5c and the 4/4s, and weighs 3 pounds.

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service

07/18, 9:29am

Over 600,000 e-books, audiobooks can be downloaded from Kindle Unlimited

Following a leak from earlier this week, Amazon has launched its subscription e-book service. Named Kindle Unlimited, the service operates as a form of "Netflix for e-books," providing all-you-can-eat access to over 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of Audible audiobooks via Kindle devices or the Kindle apps on smartphones and tablets for $9.99 per month.

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Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription e-books service leaks in testing

07/16, 2:16pm

Cached pages detail Kindle Unlimited service with over 600,000 books

Amazon is allegedly testing an e-book subscription service the retailer could offer to Kindle customers sometime in the future. Effectively operating in a similar way to Netflix for video or Spotify for music, Kindle Unlimited will apparently provide "unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks" at a cost of $10 per month.

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Briefly: Kindle app adds Audible support, SurfacePad for iPad Air

06/10, 8:51pm

Kindle for iOS adds compatibility with Audible audiobooks

Kindle has updated its iOS app, now allowing users to access purchased Audible content. Users can switch back and forth between reading a Kindle version of a book and the Audible audiobook version, depending on the relevant situation. Over 45,000 Kindle and Audible title pairs are now available. Additional features in v4.3 include synchronized reading progress between the Audible and Kindle versions of a book, the option to increase narration speed by up to 2x, and bulk title downloading. The Kindle iOS app is free to download through iTunes.

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Samsung, Amazon launch Kindle for Samsung app with free ebooks

04/17, 6:40am

Galaxy owners can claim one free Kindle book from monthly selection

Samsung has entered into a partnership with Amazon to provide owners of its Galaxy smartphone and tablets free books. The Kindle for Samsung app, a custom-built version of Amazon's e-reader just for Galaxy devices, will provide not only access to the online retailer's collection of books and reading material, but will also give app users a free ebook every month.

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Amazon begins distributing settlement in e-book antitrust case

03/25, 12:16pm

Math for calculating credit unknown

Amazon has started issuing credit to Kindle e-book buyers as a part of the legal settlements agreed to by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin, according to notices being sent to out to customers. The money is being deposited into shoppers' Amazon accounts, and is typically just a few dollars, depending on how many qualifying Kindle titles a person bought between April 1st 2010 and May 21st 2012. "We will automatically apply your available credit to your next purchase of a Kindle book or print book sold by Amazon.com, regardless of publisher," the company says. The credit is valid until March 31st of next year.

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Amazon updates first-generation Kindle Paperwhite with Goodreads

03/11, 8:58am

Second-generation Kindle Paperwhite features reach first generation

Amazon has updated the software for the first generation of the Kindle Paperwhite, bringing it in line with features already available to the newer model. The free update, available both as a wireless download or a manual transfer over USB, introduces the Goodreads community rating and note sharing scheme to the e-reader, among other new additions to the device.

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Amazon plans Kindle-based checkout, PayPal competitor, claim reports

01/30, 7:24am

Systems consisting of Kindle Fire tablet, card reader could head to stores this summer

A pair of reports claim that Amazon is moving further into the payments market, from two different directions. One plan involves offering retail stores a point-of-sale system using Kindle tablets, while another involves the creation of a system for person-to-person payments, in a similar service to that currently offered by payment processing competitor PayPal.

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DealNN: $30 off Kindle Fire HDX

01/21, 2:37pm

$30 off Kindle Fire HDX

For a limited time at Amazon, save $30 on the 16GB Kindle Fire HDX seven-inch tablet. It is regularly priced at $229, but is dropped to $199 when coupon code "GameOn30" is used at checkout. That makes this the lowest price available on this tablet. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington. This tablet features a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space, along with Wi-Fi and 1920x1200 resolution. A one-year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Amazon.

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DealNN: Kindle Fire HD for $109 and more

01/10, 1:37pm

Kindle Fire HD for $109 and more

Right now at Amazon, save $30 on the Kindle Fire HD Tablet with coupon code 'MAYDAY30' which lowers the price from $139 down to $109 with free US shipping. This tablet features 8GB of storage space, 1280x800 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, built-in Wi-Fi, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on single charge. This tablet is backed by a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor from Amazon.

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Electronista's Holiday Gadget Gift Guide: Last Minute Edition

12/22, 9:10pm

We really meant to get this to you earlier but kept putting it off

The last days before Christmas are a special time of year, full of family gatherings and carolers for some, and panic racing thoughts for others. Those latter holiday sentiments, of course, are for those among us who neglected to get all of our shopping done. Maybe you managed to secure a flight back home at the last minute, or maybe you just decided to forgive Uncle Bobby for that incident on Thanksgiving. No matter the cause, you've probably got a few last-minute acquisitions to make, and the gift budget may have already bled into the rest of your budget. Have no fear, though, Electronista is here with the Last Minute Edition of our Holiday Gadget Gift Guide, so there's no need to grab those Starbucks gift cards in bulk quite yet, as there's still time to get folks the tech gifts they'll love.

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Briefly: Moto X wooden backing, Amazon update for Kindle Android app

12/18, 6:29am

Motorola adds Bamboo backing option to MotoMaker

Motorola has finally made a wooden backing available for the Moto X. Users of MotoMaker can choose to have a Bamboo coating on the rear of the smartphone, at a cost of $100 and an extra week on the delivery time according to TechnoBuffalo. Bamboo is currently the only option in the "Natural" category on the site, with previously-spotted options for Ebony, Rosewood, and Teak yet to be added to the backing list.

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iPad Airs, iPad minis leading the pack in strong holiday tablet sales

12/12, 2:43pm

Apple's new iPads topping all in tablet sales

The tablet market is performing strongly this holiday season, and Apple's iPad Air and iPad mini are leading the pack among all contenders. This according to a new report from market analysis firm Canaccord Genuity, which saw the two newest iPads outpacing entries from Samsung, Amazon, and Google throughout November and the first half of December. The findings are in keeping with previous analyses of the tablet market, which showed Apple in the lead but Samsung and others increasing share.

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iPad Air activations jump 51 percent over Thanksgiving weekend

12/04, 12:57pm

First-gen iPad mini, iPhone 5c also see surges

iPad Air activations grew some 51 percent over the previous weekend during the course of Black Friday and the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, according to new Localytics data. The figure is based on the number of new devices that appeared in Localytics tracking for some 20,000 apps. The iPhone 5c and first-generation iPad mini also did well, each growing by 26 percent.

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Next-gen Kindle Paperwhite said to arrive Q214 with sharper screen

11/24, 3:35pm

New Kindle may be on the way with lighter design

Amazon may release a new version of its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader as early as the second quarter of next year, according to a new report. TechCrunch reported on Sunday that the online retail giant is prepping a new Kindle Paperwhite for release early next year, one with a number of hardware improvements and design changes. The new device could sport an e-ink screen with a resolution of 300ppi, providing visuals nearly 50 percent denser than the current model.

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Amazon brings Goodreads to new Kindle Paperwhite

11/19, 1:30pm

Newest Amazon e-reader gets Goodreads compatibility

Amazon has added Goodreads compatibility to its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader device. The feature addition will allow Paperwhite owners to rate books and share quoted passages directly to the Goodreads community. Users will also be able to import both print and digital books bought from Amazon into their Goodreads accounts.

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Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Fire OS in Kindle Fire HD, HDX

11/18, 1:06pm

Streaming to TV and second-screen functionality added in Fire OS update

Amazon has released the latest version of its Android implementation, Kindle Fire OS 3.1. The free update for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets adds a number of updates, with the integration of Goodreads adding book rating and quote sharing through the community, friend update feeds, and the option to import both print and digital books bought from Amazon into the Goodreads account.

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Amazon makes Kindle Fire HD, HDX, Kindle Store available in Australia

11/13, 6:30am

Local site prices Amazon US Kindle Fire HD under Australian retailers

Amazon has made a large push in Australia for its Kindle tablet line. The retailer has launched its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets in the country, coming shortly after the Kindle Paperwhite became available in stores, and is accompanied by a regional version of the Kindle Store, with Kindle Direct Publishing also opening up in the territory.

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Amazon offers a cut of Kindle book profits to independent bookstores

11/06, 10:59am

Booksellers receive percentage for first two years

Amazon has launched a new program that aims to bring independent bookstores into the Kindle ecosystem. The online retailer promises to share 10 percent of e-book revenue for purchases made on Kindle devices sold through participating bookstores. A retailer's first order of Kindle readers or tablets is also covered by a buy-back guarantee, enabling any unsold devices to be repurchased by Amazon without penalty for up to six months.

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Amazon introduces pre-release Kindle e-book sales, discount program

11/01, 1:16pm

Selected Kindle books to be sold cheaply before being officially released

Not content with just launching its Kindle MatchBook program in the United States, Amazon is now offering two more e-book services to its customers. Kindle Countdown Deals will offer Kindle titles at a discounted rate for a limited time, while Kindle First will let customers read specific titles before they are released for general purchase.

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Amazon launches Kindle MatchBook in US with 70,000 e-book collection

10/29, 11:29am

Free, cheap e-books provided to compliment physical book purchases

Amazon has launched its program that provides digital versions of books they already own in physical form, which can be read on a Kindle device or the Kindle app. Kindle MatchBook will provide Amazon customers in the US with Kindle titles that match books bought from the retailer in the past, with the Kindle copies being provided either at no charge or priced between $0.99 and $2.99 each.

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Amazon patent application details object recognition system

10/21, 1:55pm

Details app that recognises item or media, returns Amazon store page

Rumors of an Amazon-created smartphone have had a boost, thanks to a recently filed patent application. The unearthed filing for "User guided object identification" provides details for how a smartphone can recognize an object and then provide the user with an appropriate Amazon product page, a feature that was mentioned in a rumor from earlier this month.

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Amazon unveils refreshed Kindle Fire HD, new Kindle Fire HDX tablets

09/25, 6:04am

Angular design of new Amazon tablets, added Mayday support button

Amazon has revealed its refreshed Kindle Fire tablet lines, including a revised Kindle Fire HD, and new lines with HD displays. The seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX uses a 1920x1200-resolution display while the 8.9-inch version will have a 2560x1600 version, with both models also having the chiseled and unique design with rear-mounted buttons revealed earlier in leaks.

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Alleged Kindle Fire render leaks, launch happening soon?

09/16, 5:29am

New Kindle Fire render lacks webcam shown in earlier photographs

An image showing the possible new Kindle Fire has surfaced, this time in what appears to be a promotional render. The new image gives a clear view of the front face of the alleged Amazon tablet refresh, and follows earlier leaked photographs which showed the chiseled, angular nature of the back and side edges on the Kindle Fire HD.

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'Required' Kindle iOS app update prevents major problems in iOS 7

09/09, 10:43am

Failure to update could cause users to lose books after iOS 7 upgrade

In an unusual move, Amazon has released what it calls a "required" update -- v3.9.2 -- for the Kindle iOS app. The company warns that without the update, installing iOS 7 on a device could force people to have to re-register in the app, and re-download any saved books. It's unexplained why iOS 7 would cause the personal data to be lost.

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Kindle MatchBook to offer cheap, free ebooks from past Amazon orders

09/03, 10:50am

Over 10,000 ebooks available through program at launch in October

Amazon has announced a new program that will provide Kindle owners digital copies of books they already own. Kindle MatchBook will allow Amazon customers to get an ebook version of physical versions bought through the retailer in the past, with titles either being offered at no charge or for between $0.99 and $2.99 each.

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Amazon slips new Paperwhite info: improved display, new light

09/03, 10:44am

Paperwhite product page quickly pulled

Amazon appears to have accidentally listed its next-generation Paperwhite reader ahead of its formal announcement. A product page, which was spotted by Engadget and subsequently removed, notes that the device integrates a new display with higher contrast and improved reflectivity, along with a new lighting system to enhance readability in low-light environments.

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Briefly: Amazon Kindle in Mexico, Aereo app for Android in September

08/29, 8:42pm

Amazon launches Kindle store in Mexico, Gandhi chain to sell devices

Amazon has launched its Kindle store and Kindle Direct Publishing in Mexico, providing over 70,000 Spanish titles, over 1,500 being free, and over 2 million ebooks overall. The Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite has also gone on sale in the Gandhi bookstore chain, at a cost of MXN$1,400 ($105) and MXN$2,400 ($180) respectively.

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Briefly: Gmail compose window changes, Android Kindle app updates

08/14, 5:10am

Google moves to push pop-up compose e-mail window to all Gmail users

Google is updating its e-mail composition interface for all users, removing the old version entirely and replacing it with a pop-up version. The new e-mail creation window, already used by a number of users for some weeks now and set to roll out to everyone over the next few days, takes the form of a pop-up window in the bottom right corner, which Google says allows for users to monitor their inbox while writing new messages, with the added option of a full-screen mode for more workspace.

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Kindle iOS app gets sample search, custom dictionary support

07/30, 3:04pm

Provides quick access to same free samples from web, other apps

Amazon has updated the iOS version of its Kindle e-reading app to v3.9. Via the app's Library Search, users should now be able to search through Amazon's catalog of free book samples and download the content straight to a device. Amazon doesn't allow direct purchases of books in iOS however, as Apple claims a 30 percent cut of all in-app transactions. Instead titles must be bought via the web, the Kindle hardware, or one of the other Kindle apps for platforms like Android and Windows Phone.

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Briefly: Amazon Kindle Fire in India, T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4

06/13, 6:47am

Amazon shipping Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD to India later this month

Amazon has launched its Kindle e-reader and Kindle Fire HD tablets in India. Due to ship on June 27th, the Kindle Paperwhite and Paperwhite 3G will cost 10,999 rupees ($190) and 13,999 rupees ($240) respectively, while the Kindle Fire HD tablets are listed as 15,999 rupees ($276) for the 7-inch model, and 21,999 ($380) for the 8.9-inch version. The expansion to India follows a similar move by the retailer into China late last week.

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Amazon releases Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Paperwhite in China

06/07, 11:58am

Device launch follows rollout of Amazon Appstore in the region last month

Amazon has launched its Kindle range of mobile devices in China, with sales in the country following on from a wider Kindle Fire HD release. Both the e-reader and tablet versions of the Kindle catalog are represented in the country, with two versions of the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite receiving prominent placement on the front page of Amazon's Chinese retail site.

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Amazon revives 9.7-inch Kindle DX e-reader after eight-month hiatus

06/05, 2:59pm

Large-scale ebook reader returns to Amazon store

Amazon has brought its large-scale e-reader back on sale, after an eight-month absence. The Kindle DX, quietly discontinued by the retailer last October, has appeared back on the company's ebook-device roster, with the e-ink slate seemingly retaining all of the specifications and features that it had before its removal.

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Hearst says tablet subscribers finally up to 1 million mark

05/03, 1:15pm

Publisher misses December goal

Subscribers to the tablet editions of Hearst Magazines publications have finally broken past the 1 million mark, says company head David Carey. The executive at one point said the company would have 1 million subscribers by the end of 2012, but ended up with a figure closer to 900,000. "Im glad we got there," Carey remarks. "We were just 90 days late."

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Kindle iOS app gets VoiceOver support, new recommendation options

05/01, 12:45pm

Japanese readers get added font

Amazon has updated the iOS Kindle app with support for Apple's VoiceOver feature. Once enabled through iOS' settings, VoiceOver can now read books and guide blind users through the app's interface using a synthetic voice. Text can be read character-by-character, word-by-word, line-by-line, or continuously.

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Amazon knocks $20 off Kindle Paperwhite for sale

04/28, 4:19pm

KINDLEPW code gets a Paperwhite for $99

E-reader giant Amazon is holding a special promotion for its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, making versions of the device available for $99 with a special promotional code. The Kindle Paperwhite can be bought for $20 off by entering the coupon code "KINDLEPW" during the ordering process. The deal applies to any version of the Kindle Paperwhite, and it runs through April 30, 2013.

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Briefly: Vine heading to Android, Amazon updates Kindle Android app

04/26, 8:09am

Vine confirms Android version of video app in the works

Popular video app Vine will be headed to Android in the future. Co-founder of the Twitter-owned app Dom Hofmann confirmed to The Verge it will be ported, following its successful launch on iOS devices. The app, which allows users to create six-second video clips for sharing on social networks, is also reportedly going to include the ability to tag friends to a clip, in order to foster more sharing between users.

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Briefly: Amazon Kindle price cuts, Facebook BlackBerry app

04/25, 12:26pm

Amazon cuts Kindle, Paperwhite price by $10 in Canada

Amazon has dropped the price for some of its Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite e-readers in Canada. The standard Kindle has dropped from $89 to $79, while the Paperwhite version, with its lighter screen and built-in light, sells for $129 instead of $139. The 3G-enabled version of the Kindle Paperwhite remains at $199.

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Amazon acquires text-to-speech software provider Ivona

01/24, 10:35am

Ivona already provides vocal functions for Kindle Fire tablets

Amazon has announced its acquisition of Ivona, a company that has specialized in text-to-speech technology for the last 10 years. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, sees Amazon take control of the firm and software that provides the text-to-speech functions for the Kindle Fire, as well as the tablet's Voice Guide and Explore By Touch functionality.

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Amazon update gives Kindle Touch capabilities of Paperwhite

01/09, 1:03pm

Whispersync for Voice, Time-to-Read reaches discontinued ereader

Amazon has released a firmware update for the Kindle Touch e-reader, effectively turning it into a Kindle Paperwhite, the device's successor. Update 5.3.2 includes a number of changes and features to the onboard software, including a new user interface, enhanced parental controls, and the ability to navigate graphic novels and comics.

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Amazon reveals holiday stats, Kindle Fire HD bestseller

12/28, 5:14pm

Kindle products are top sellers on Amazon

Amazon released information on its sales during the holiday period on Thursday, noting that the e-retailer had claimed the top spot in customer satisfaction for holiday shopping. Amazon also noted that its Kindle products -- particularly the Kindle Fire HD devices -- were the best selling products on the site once again, though the retailer declined again to provide specific sales figures. Amazon's other Kindle products -- the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite -- were among the retailer's top selling devices as well.

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Amazon starts 30-day free trial for Prime service

12/28, 3:12pm

Two-day shipping, video streaming among perks

Amazon is now offering a free 30-day trial of its Prime service for new customers. All facets of the service are being included in the promotion, such as free two-day shipping for orders, and instant streaming of movies and TV shows. Subscribers can also borrow one free book from the Kindle library each month.

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