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Oyster heads to Android to make Amazon, Barnes and Noble quiver

The so-called “Netflix for books” is thumbing its nose at the competition. Oyster today announced that its all-you-can-read subscription service is now on Android devices like the Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD. Oyster says in its announcement that an Android application was the most-requested feature for its previously iOS-exclusive service. What it doesn’t say is [...]

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Ginger Page Translates For You, Makes Sure Your English is Impeccable

Android/iOS/Windows/Chrome: Whether you’re learning English or you’ve been speaking it your whole life, Ginger Page is a new writing tool that wants to make sure that your spelling and grammar are accurate at home and on the go. The app translates other languages for you, offers contextual corrections, and more. Read more… Continue Reading from [...]

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Mobile showdown: Revealing the drugs of choice and other insights into the interests of iOS and Android users

With mobile now the dominant computing platform, the platform war between iOS and Android remains a central battleground. Android may have won the masses, thanks in part to its ubiquity and availability on low-cost devices, but Apple appears to be winning the premium consumers. The question is, how accurate are these broad generalizations and how [...]

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Amazon UK offering £25 off Kindle Fire purchases until January 20

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Limited offer to celebrate being voted number 1 in customer satisfaction over Christmas

Amazon UK was voted number 1 for customer satisfaction over the Christmas period, and to celebrate, any of the Kindle Fire range can be had for £25 off list price. The offer only runs until January 20, and the discount will be applied at checkout with the use of the code “MAYDAY25.”

That brings the price of the cheapest Kindle Fire HD, the 8GB version down to just £94, with the cheapest Kindle Fire HDX coming down to £174. They’re not for everyone, but if you’ve been on the fence about picking one up, now might just be the time. 

Source: Amazon UK

    



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Time Warner brings CATV streaming app to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX

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Amazon’s Kindles now have access to live and on-demand TWC content

Time Warner Cable has announced the release of their TWC TV app for the Kindle platform. In an update today that also includes the Xbox 360, Samsung smart televisions and Roku streaming players, the free app will allow customers to watch live and on-demand content without any additional hardware purchase. Users on the Kindle platform can download the app from the App store on their device, or from the web here.

The TWC app has been around a long time for Android and iOS, and there’s not anything new in today’s version that we can see from the press release. But this is an interesting move nonetheless.

Companies — even traditional media companies who are always late to the party — treat the Kindle as a separate platform. Like many of the users, they don’t care that underneath things are Android-powered. The Kindle is not a Android tablet without access to Google Play — it’s a Kindle.

This is a good thing. The open-source component of Android is meant to be used, folded, mutilated and shoehorned in all manner of ways, and I’m sure Andy Rubin is more than happy to see it done. The folks crunching the numbers in Google’s financial department may not be as happy, but from a consumer standpoint they really aren’t important. What is important is that Amazon was able to take the code and create their own highly successful platform from it.

Bring on the Android-powered coffee makers, and I hope they can run the TWC TV app.

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Redbox Instant arrives on the Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fires

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App only compatible with Kindle Fire tablets

Coming up on exactly one year after its release on Google Play, Verizon’s Redbox Instant streaming app is now available for the Kindle Fire. If you’re not quite familiar with Redbox Instant, it falls in line with many other video on-demand offerings, with thousands of movies available for instant streaming and download on your device. Further, the app doubles as a way to reserve movies at Redbox kiosks, which can fill in the gaps left by streaming.

This initial release supports just Kindle Fire devices, including all models except for the very first Fire. Second-generation Kindle Fire, Fire HD and current HDX models are all compatible. You can snag the app for free from the Amazon Appstore at the link below.

    



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Epson now supporting Kindle Fire HD and HDX devices for internet printing

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Over 60 Epson models will work with no additional setup

Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets support a new wireless printing standard called “Kindle Fire Printing,” and Epson is now on-board with the standard. Now if you have one of the new Amazon tablets (with OS 3.11) and an Epson Connect-enabled printer, you can seamlessly send documents, emails and photos between your tablet and that printer with no additional setup.

Epson says that over 60 printers are Epson Connect-enabled, so there’s a pretty good chance if you have a late model printer from the manufacturer and a new Kindle you’ll have a good chance of this working out of the box. It may not be as robust and supported as Google Cloud Print at the moment, but we can bet that more than a few Kindle Fire HDX owners will be happy about the increased support. 

More: Epson Connect Blog

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Amazon rolls out Kindle store and devices in Australia

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Amazon wants to deliver more smiles to the land down under

Amazon has announced the availability of both the Kindle store and Kindle devices for their Australian customers. The new store will offer more than 2,000,000 eBooks, with more than 26,000 being free English-language titles. Customers will be able to choose from more than 700,000 books priced at $3.99AU or less, and more than 1,400,000 titles at $9.99AU or less. To round out the news, independent authors can now use Kindle Direct Publishing to make their books available, and earn the standard 70-percent royalty in the Kindle store.

To read all these books, you need a capable device, and for accessing the Kindle store none are more capable than a Kindle proper. The Kindle Fire HD is available now at Dick Smith and Big W stores across Australia for $189AU. The Kindle Fire HDX in both the 7 and 8.9-inch models will be available from Dick Smith and Big W as well, with the 7-inch model coming November 26 for $329AU, and the 8.9-inch version coming December 10 for $479.

While most of what we call Android has been stripped from the Kindle family, the devices themselves are great for reading. We’re happy to see Amazon expanding into Australia. For full details, see the source links.

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