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  • 7-Inch tablet showdown looms this fall

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Tablets with 7-inch displays will get their time in the spotlight this fall, as Google, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and possibly Apple fight for holiday shoppers' dollars.
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port now available to Kindle Fire owners

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:00 am

    Okay, this is kind of awesome. A developer by the nickname Hashcode on the XDA-Developers forum recently succeeded in porting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Amazon Kindle Fire.
  • How to install Ice Cream Sandwich on your Kindle Fire

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    With a vibrant 7-inch IPS display and a 1GHz dual-core processor, the $199 Kindle Fire can make for one lovely tablet. With a bit of work--but no hardware modifications--you can set up Android 4.0 on your Kindle Fire and thenceforth use the device as a powerful general-purpose tablet despite its incredibly low price. Email, games, Web browsing (with Chrome for Android or any other browser)--the Kindle Fire can do it all.
  • Apple's 7-inch iPad: more possible than ever

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:38 am

    Fresh reports that Apple is prepping a launch of a 7- or 8-inch version of its' iPad have surfaced once again. Claims, from the Bloomberg news agency, come about a week after Google launched a $200 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7. Apple's smaller iPad, nicknamed by Apple watchers as the iPad Mini, would launch in October and sell for around $200 just like Google's new device and Amazon's Kindle Fire. To help it hit that low price, the purported iPad Mini would come without the current iPad's popular high definition Retina display, according to [<a
  • Review

    Google Nexus 7 tablet review: solid, but not revolutionary

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:05 am

    The Google Nexus 7 tablet resets expectations of what an inexpensive tablet can and should be. Starting at $199, the Nexus 7 clearly guns for Amazon's same-priced but lesser quality Kindle Fire, which runs Amazon's limited flavor of Android. Make no mistake: Of today's 7-inch Android tablets, the Nexus 7 is the one to beat, and it is handily one of the best-executed Android tablets of any size you can buy. In some ways, that's not saying much; for as much as it does well--it has a tremendous 10-plus hour battery life, and it produces reasonably clear text and accurate colors--the Nexus 7 stumbles by leaving out an expansion slot. You need to step up to the 16GB $249 version for the Nexus 7 to make a sensible purchase, and even then you'll be settling short of the ideal tablet you really want.
  • Nexus 7 kills Kindle Fire, but isn't up to iPad, analysts say

    Posted June 28, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet is a device that's more than a competitor to Amazon's Kindle Fire, but is not on the same scale as the Apple iPad -- at least not yet, analysts said Wednesday.
  • Kindle Fire for $149? Seems reasonable

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:43 am

    Amazon is reportedly planning to launch a new Kindle Fire later this year and drop the price of the existing tablet to $149 -- moves that wouldn't be much of a surprise given the need for a refresh and to guard against competition from Google, Apple and Barnes & Noble.
  • Amazon upgrades Kindle apps for comics, children's books

    Posted June 17, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Amazon announced updates to its Kindle for iOS, Kindle Cloud Reader and Kindle for Android apps on Thursday. The three apps now support children's books, comics and graphic novels, a spokeswoman said.
  • Kindle Fire: Once hot, now cold?

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Amazon had better hope that its upcoming second-generation Kindle Fire is a real crowd-pleaser, because interest in the original Fire appears to be fading fast.
  • Has the Apple iPad snuffed the Kindle Fire?

    Posted May 9, 2012 - 10:50 am

    The Kindle Fire burned hot during the holidays, shipping 3.9 million units. But Kindle Fire sales dropped to 750,000 for the first quarter of 2012.
  • Guy puts Ice Cream Sandwich on his laptop--the OS, not the dessert

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Android seems to be everywhere these days. While we're still eagerly awaiting for it to appear on toasters (and toaster-fridges), at least we now have it running on full-fledged laptops.
  • The tablet that changed the whole market for tablets, and isn't a tablet

    Posted April 27, 2012 - 11:58 am

    In three months, Amazon's Kindle Fire went from zero to 54 percent share of the Android tablet market. Its cost and power have changed the choice from iPad vs. everything, to iPad, Kindle Fire, or long justifications of why another choice isn't an obviously bad one
  • Kindle Fire now accounts for more than half of U.S. Android tablets

    Posted April 26, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    When people refer to "Android tablets" they may soon just be referring to the Amazon Kindle Fire.
  • 'You can't break anything,' or how intimidation affects tablet use

    Posted April 13, 2012 - 11:43 am

    Perhaps the best way to encourage people to fiddle, discover, and stretch out isn’t to provide them with a completely customizable system, but with something that they know they can’t break.
  • Google Nexus tablet delays, iPhone 5 chipset testing, and another no-Google-needed Android

    Posted April 11, 2012 - 9:10 am

    April is the cruelest month, breeding iPhone 5 rumors out of the (temporarily) dead gadget realm, mixing memories of gee-whiz product launches with desire for some competition, and stirring inventory issues with overseas rumor. Let’s get into it.
  • IDC increases forecast for 2012 tablet sales

    Posted March 13, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    A strong fourth quarter has prompted technology research firm IDC to increase its forecast for 2012 global tablet shipments.
  • Cheaper iPad 2 is still no Kindle Fire competitor

    Posted March 10, 2012 - 8:29 am

    Apple today, in addition to unveiling its latest iPad, announced that it has lowered the price of the iPad 2, which now starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model--a $100 reduction from its previous price.
  • Apple hands iPad rivals an opportunity, but who will take it?

    Posted March 8, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    Now that the third-generation iPad is out, rivals have a year to get closer to the new bar. Can anyone do it?
  • iPad share of tablet OS market falls below 50%

    Posted March 6, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Apple's iPad tablet falls below the 50% share of monthly tablet traffic for the first time, a mobile ad firm says.
  • Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: Battle of the cheap tablets

    Posted February 25, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet is pretty similar to Amazon's Kindle Fire and you suspect that B&N took a look at the Fire's success and said to their Nook e-reader engineers, "We need a $199 Android tablet, stat!"
  • PlayBook 2.0 update is here, and does it really matter?

    Posted February 21, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Research in Motion finally releases its long-promised update of its PlayBook tablet OS, but will it matter to anyone not already an RIM fanboy?
  • iPad 2 and Kindle Fire share many common complaints

    Posted February 19, 2012 - 8:36 am

    Tablets are great for a wide variety of mobile computing tasks. The Apple iPad 2 isn’t just an awesome device; it’s “magical” if you believe the Apple marketing hype. As astounding as tablets are, though, they are not without their issues. A recent survey from FixYa uncovers the most common complaints from iPad 2 and Kindle Fire users.
  • Kindle Fire goes from zero to 14% tablet market share

    Posted February 16, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    Amazon.com ships 3.89 million Kindle Fires in the fourth quarter, second only to Apple's iPad.
  • Find February deals on laptops, HD TVs, Kindle Fire

    Posted February 11, 2012 - 8:48 am

    If you're shopping for a hefty laptop, big HD TV, or a Kindle Fire, February will be a good month to pull the trigger on a purchase.
  • Putting your Amazon Kindle Fire to work

    Posted February 5, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Amazon hit a home run with the Kindle Fire. It has the combined benefits of being a product of Amazon, being a Kindle, and being an Android-ish tablet. Amazon has positioned the device as a consumer-oriented gadget – a sort of gateway to all things Amazon. But, its Android roots also give it the functionality and flexibility to get some real work done as well.

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