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Report: Amazon’s new Kindle Fire thinner and lighter, with camera and better display

The next version of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet will come with a sharper and more vibrant display, in addition to a built-in camera and thinner and lighter hardware. That’s the word from AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski, based on conversations with sources who have been briefed on the Seattle company’s plans. He reports that app developers have been told… Read More

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Doonesbury, Dilbert go digital with Kindle Fire anthologies

Two classic newspaper comic strips, Doonesbury and Dilbert, are making their digital debut on Amazon’s Kindle Fire today with the release of two multi-volume anthologies that use Amazon’s new “Kindle Panel View” technology for comics and graphic novels. It’s part of the company’s effort to boost the quality and quantity of content on the Kindle… Read More

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Report: Amazon touting ad space on the Kindle Fire home screen

We’ve known for some time now that Amazon.com wants to get a bigger chunk of the high-margin advertising business, a counterweight to its low-margin e-commerce business. And here’s one very interesting method to do it. According to AdAge, Amazon.com is currently pitching the home screen on the Kindle Fire to potential advertisers, offering a two-month… Read More

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire slips to 4% of worldwide tablet market

The Kindle Fire may have captured more than 50 percent of the Android tablet market in the U.S., according to one recent report – but in the bigger picture, Amazon’s tablet isn’t doing as nearly well. That’s the word from the IDC research firm, whose tally of the worldwide media tablet market shows the Kindle Fire slipping… Read More

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Report: Target to dump Kindle

This could get very interesting, especially in light of the new alliance between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. The Verge reports today — citing an unnamed source and an internal Target memo — that the giant retailer will stop selling the Kindle due to “conflict of interest.” There certainly seems to be some legs to this… Read More

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Kindle Fire captures majority of U.S. Android tablet market

The Kindle Fire is just five months old. But Amazon.com’s touchscreen device already accounts for 54 percent of the Android tablet market, according to a report out today from comScore. That’s an amazing achievement, outdistancing the next closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy, by nearly 40 percentage points. “Within the Android tablet market, Kindle Fire has… Read More

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Amazon rolls out in-app purchasing for Kindle Fire, Android

Amazon this morning publicly launched in-app purchasing for apps sold through its Appstore for Android, hoping to make its mobile platform more financially appealing to app developers. The company had previously been reported to be testing the system. The purchases work through customers’ Amazon accounts, with features including Amazon 1-Click purchasing. The company says it… Read More

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Amazon tests in-app purchasing

In a bid to compete with Apple and Google, Amazon.com has begun testing a new service that would allow in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire. According to Bloomberg News, the in-app purchasing system would include both monthly subscriptions, say for a magazine, or a one-time purchase, say to access additional levels in a game. It… Read More

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Report: Barnes & Noble plans 8GB Nook Tablet, trying to douse Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble’s CEO previously criticized the 8GB of storage available on Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire as “deficient for a media tablet” — seeking to justify the additional $50 for Barnes & Noble’s 16GB Nook Tablet. Well, it looks like the bookseller may be changing its approach. The Verge has documentation from Wal-Mart showing that Barnes… Read More

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By the numbers: Amazon’s Kindle Fire vs. Apple’s iPad

Apple CEO Tim Cook noted at a conference in San Francisco this week that he wasn’t too concerned about rising competition from Amazon.com and its $199 Kindle Fire. “Amazon is a different kind of competitor. They have different strengths and so forth,” Cook said in touting the success of the iPad. “And I think they… Read More

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USA Today’s internal app stats show Amazon’s Kindle Fire trouncing other Android tablets

Hey, looky what landed in our inbox. Here’s an interesting slide from a USA Today presentation that shows the number of downloads for each of the newspaper’s mobile apps — providing some insights into the latest trends in the mobile market, including the rapid growth of Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The undated slide shows 260,000 downloads… Read More

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Estimates: Amazon sells six million Kindle Fires, drives 36% of Android tablet market

One of the key things we’ll be closely tracking on Tuesday during Amazon.com’s earnings call will be the overall performance of the company’s Kindle line, specifically the recently introduced Kindle Fire. Historically, Amazon hasn’t presented many specifics about sales of individual products, but that’s not stopping financial analysts from tossing out their projections. And one… Read More