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Kindle for iOS Improved with New Update

Written on December 23, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Amazon updated its PDF, magazine and magazine support on its Kindle for Apple devices.

On Wednesday, Amazon updated its Kindle app with support for PDF files, newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Anyone with Kindle can forward an email to a friend through the Send-to-Kindle address and the receiver can access the file within the app. The app will present the message sent as a PDF file through iTunes, an Internet browser or straight from the email account.

In addition, there is also added support for 400 plus newspaper and magazine subscriptions included in the app. The user interface for iPad was redesigned while for the iPhone and iPod, the library was remolded for easy access to the Newsstand, Docs and Kindle Books.

The update is now available and offered for free at the iTunes App Store.

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Most Creative Gadget Commercials of All-Time

Written on August 03, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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GADG collated the best and most creative gadget commercials, showcasing their features in many convincing ways.

Technology is evolving really fast these days, and that means you need to be kept updated on the latest gadgets and inventions that are hitting the market lately. Today, there are a huge array of cool gadgets being launched, such as tablets, smartphones, and Androids. And perhaps the best way to keep in touch with those anticipated products is through watching commercials and looking at print advertisements.

In this article, GADG collected the best and most creative gadget ads of all time. Enjoy watching the videos after the jump!

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Amazon’s Tablet, Not an iPad Rival

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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The upcoming tablet from Amazon is said to be a rival of Nook Color rather than being a competitor of Apple's iPad.

Amazon’s upcoming Android tablet might be a competitor to the Nook Color rather than an iPad rival. Based on a report from insiders on Thursday, the said tablet would just be an advanced e-reader that have a color screen and some apps like Barnes & Noble’s hardware. The focus, SAI heard, was on filling a hole where the Kindle was “most vulnerable.”

Almost all the rumors surrounding the said tablet have it carrying a roughly nine-inch screen. Amazon said to be in keen to keep the price of the tablet low by foregoing the camera and using simple two-point touch. Android would get several modifications, though these may be to preload Amazon’s services, like the Appstore, Amazon MP3 and Kindle.

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Amazon’s Kindle, Available at Toys R Us Starting July 31

Written on July 28, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Beginning July 31, Amazon.com's The Kindle can be purchased in all Toys R Us US stores.

Toys R Us, the world’s leading toy store, is said to be offering Amazon’s Kindle e-reader starting July 31, 2011. All of its US outlets will carry most of the device’s models, including Kindle Wi-Fi in graphite, Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi in graphite and Kindle Wi-Fi with Special Offers. The toy retailer would also offer some accessories, ranging from leather covers to power adapters.

The Kindle – which is already available in other retail outlets such as Target, Best Buy, RadioShack and the AT&T – was not the only e-reader that was slated for marketing to date.

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Kobo and WSJ Ceased Direct Selling Through iOS Gadgets

Written on July 25, 2011 by Lulu

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Kobo and the Wall Street Journal will stop direct selling through iOS devices, as the two companies follow Apple's new iOS subscription rules.

Kobo, alongside Wall Street Journal, announced on Sunday that they will stop providing links to buying books or subscription through their iPad and iPhone apps. The two decided to follow Apple’s new iOS subscription rules, barring links to something other than iTunes. Purchases for either will now have to go through the web without direct links. Google Books might also be affected, since its app disappeared from iTunes without explanation on weekend.

Apple’s new rules aren’t fatal to the apps’ successes. Kobo explained that much of its purchasing goes through the website. However, the move gives Apple an unfair advantage. Once the Apple’s rule holds, only the iBookstore will be allowed to have the direct purchasing link.

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Amazon, To Launch New Tablet Computer by October

Written on July 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Amazon is planning to battle the iPad with its new tablet computer, which is slated to be released in October.

Earlier reports claimed that Amazon.com will be releasing a new tablet, which is expected to compete against Apple’s current-gen iPad. Now, the launching was made official, as the company recently announced that their device will be available in the market sometime in October. The said tablet will also help the digital store to sell most of its content, such as music and movies.

Apple is renowned for topping the tablet market to date. Since their iPad debut last year, they’ve already sold over 19.5 million worth of devices — forcing Amazon to face a really hard competition.

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E-reader Users Surpasses Tablet Fans

Written on June 28, 2011 by Lulu

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Pew Internet Project's survey reveals that users of e-readers in America doubled to 12% starting November 2010 to May 2011.

Number of E-reader users are increasing in last six months, surpassing the tablet growth that has enjoyed a ramp-up after iPad was launched last year.

Based on a study conducted by the Pew Internet Project: The number of people in the U.S. who uses Kindle, Nook or other e-reader devices were doubled to 12% between the month of November last year to May this year. Meanwhile, tablet users increased to three percent in the same period of time from 5 percent to 8 percent.

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Amazon to launch library lending for Kindle

Written on April 21, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Kindle users can now look forward to a wider and bigger world of ebooks.

Amazon just announced that it will launch library lending for Kindle books from over 11,000 U.S. libraries, later this year.

The Kindle Library Lending feature, available for all Kindles and Kindle apps, will enable users of Kindle e-readers and apps to check out books from their local libraries. Kindle has free downloadable apps for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Jay Marine, Amazon’s Kindle director, said in a news release.

“Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library.

Amazon is yet to announce a more specific time frame for launch of the service.

Meanwhile, online reports say that although Amazon does not reveal how many Kindles have actually sold it plugs the e-reader as its “best selling product of all time.” Total sales for 2010 have been estimated to be anywhere from 5.4 million to 8 million.

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A New, Cheaper Kindle

Written on April 12, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Finally, an e-reader that’s budget-friendlier.

Amazon has just announced the release of a cheaper, ad-supported version of the Kindle e-reader.

For only $ 114, e-book enthusiasts can now own the latest WiFi Kindle for $114, down from its original price of $139, with the device’s usual trademark screensavers of famous authors replaced with advertisements and special deals. Ad are also displayed at the bottom of the e-reader’s homescreen.

The new Kindle will also be giving its users special, and exclusive Groupon-inspired deals such as $10 for a $20 Amazon gift card or 50% off a Roku streaming video player.

The ad-free WiFi Kindle is still available for $139 while the 3G-enabled version sells for $189.

Preorders for the new Kindle began today. The devices are expected to ship early next month.

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Amazon Kindle: Pre-Installed on Verizon Devices

Written on October 14, 2010 by Charles Bass

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It seems that it is not only BlackBerry devices who will come out with pre-installed features. Today, Amazon and Verizon announced that the newly released Android powered devices from the latter are pre-installed with Kindle. No need to get one on the Android Market.

The Amazon Kindle app that allows its users to download and read e-books on mobile and desktop devices will now have a few changes. Kindle app will now come pre-loaded on a few Verizon phones with Android OS.

The app will now become pre-installed on newly released Samsung Fascinate, Motorola’s Droid 2 and Droid X smartphones, Amazon and Verizon altogether announced.

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