Amazon just announced a new perk for their Prime members - unlimited free storage of photos in the Amazon Cloud Drive.  You'll be able to copy up all the photos from your computer and your mobile devices to one secure location and view them from all your devices.  Amazon's world-class security and protection systems will keep [...]

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If you had your interest piqued by the Amazon Fire TV that was released earlier this year, but you didn't want to pay $100 for it, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is for you.  It's only $39, but Amazon Prime members get it for only $19 if they order before 6:00 a.m. (PT) October 29, 2014. [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, News

Recently, Amazon announced that it would be raising the rates for their Prime membership.  It was the first increase in years, and I didn't think it was too much to bear, because I use Amazon - and free Prime shipping - frequently.  Amazon isn't just increasing the rates to compensate for rising shipping costs; they're [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, Music Gear, News

Three years ago, Janet and I posted a dual review of two of Roku's latest video streaming devices at that time, and we've been using those devices ever since.  Over the years, I've used similar devices like the Apple TV (original model), Boxee Box, Popcorn Hour and WDTV. Of all those devices, my favorite has [...]

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To celebrate its third birthday, the Amazon Appstore is offering 14 free apps through Saturday, March 22. In addition, they are offering discounts off selected apps and an in-app promotion for others in which in-app purchases will receive 50% back in Amazon coins. These other deals last through March 29. Here are the apps that are currently [...]

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I just received this email from Amazon: Dear Julie Strietelmeier, We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on December 21, 2014. Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has [...]

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Amazon has just released a new firmware 5.3.4 for their Kindle Paperwhite.  Like the previous firmware upgrade, there's actually no change log attached advising any details :(  You can wait to wirelessly receive the upgrade or manually download and install it right now.

Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon today released a new firmware for their Kindle Paperwhite.  Firmware 5.3.3 can either be downloaded and manually installed or you can wait for it to come over the air if you have your Wi-fi enabled on your Paperwhite.  There's actually no change log on the web and it's a full OS update (rather than an [...]

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Amazon might have just released a bunch of  new Kindles  but they haven't forgotten the Kindle 3 (Keyboard).  Amazon has released a new firmware  update for this model. Firmware update 3.4 includes: Improved Font: We've improved the reading font to have more contrast and be more crisp. Parental Controls: With the latest software update for Kindle [...]

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Amazon just launched AmazonSupply, which offers a huge range of industrial and business supplies.  Categories include: plumbing, materials handling, lab, health & safety, fasteners, power & hand tools, janitorial, power transmission, test/measure/inspect equipment, cutting tools, abrasives & finishing, office supplies, and fleet & vehicle maintenance.  It includes free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

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Each day Amazon offers a paid Android application for free through their Appstore. Normally you would visit the Appstore through the dedicated Amazon Appstore app. But even if you don't have an Android smartphone or tablet (yet), you can still take advantage of Amazon's Free App of the Day. You don't need to visit Amazon's [...]

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Gadgeteer reader Sandee Cohen writes in with some potentially good news for Amazon Kindle Keyboard owners: Julie, You might want to write this up as a post. I got a Kindle Keyboard model Christmas 2010. ByNovember 2011, some of the letters on the keyboard had started to fade. (I play a lot of word games [...]

Posted in: eBook Readers, News

An e-reader should be pretty simple to review, one like the Kindle Touch that has only two buttons even more so. Amazon's ebook reader has one primary task: displaying the pages of the reader’s books.  Sure, there are other features of importance like availability of content, size and weight, and overall usability issues. But in [...]

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We've told you about DODOcases before.  These cases look like Moleskine notebooks, complete with the elastic closure strap.  Inside, your device is cradled in a bamboo tray for security and protection.  Now there's a DODOcase available for the Amazon Fire.  It's also handmade in San Francisco using black Moroccan cloth and traditional bookbinding techniques.  The DODOcase [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

The wait for Amazon's Kindle Fire is almost over. Just one week to go and then we'll see if this small tablet can give Apple's iPad a run for its money. In case you weren't aware, the Fire isn't just a color Kindle eReader. You'll be able to do a lot more with this 199 dollar 7 inch [...]

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Last week Amazon went a little crazy and announced 4 new devices all on the same day. The Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and the Kindle Fire. The first 3 devices are e-book readers and the Fire is a tablet. That is a lot of devices and of course we plan to review all [...]

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So, the Amazon “Kindle Fire” tablet is now reality and I believe it will be a big seller. At $199 it is within shouting distance of that “no brainer” gadget purchase price. Best of all, for us consumers, Amazon is forcing the rest of the tablet market to prove their value and “reason for being”. [...]

Posted in: Android related, Articles, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Today Amazon announced 4 new devices and I was so excited, that I ordered / pre-ordered 3 of them (Kindle, Touch 3G and Fire). New hardware might be fun, but I think we should all be more excited about the Kindle Fire's new Silk web browser. It's not been that long ago that the only [...]

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As expected, Inc.’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and a trio of new Kindle e-readers two carrying the name and capability, “Touch”. The Fire will have a 7-inch screen and run on a heavily modified version of Google, Inc.’s Android operating system. Included with the Fire will be a one-month [...]

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With Amazon set to announce its new tablet that reportedly will include a subscription to the company’s streaming video service, “Prime”, CEO Jeff Bezos announced that 20th Century Fox had agreed to license much of its TV shows and movies library for streaming.  The library will include approximately 2,000 titles including a slew of movies [...]

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