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Amazon Launches 3 New Kindles, Starting at $79

Amazon has a lot of surprises in store for us today. It has launched not only its new Android tablet – the Amazon Kindle Fire – but also 3 new versions of the Kindle ebook reader.

When the Kindle was originally launched, it was a great deal. Amazon slashed the price over the years and now the new Kindles start at just $79, which makes them irresistible.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

This will be the new standard Kindle. It will be priced at $79, and will be the cheapest version available.

Amazon has done away with the keyboard and made it much more compact. It comes with a standard 6 inch e-ink display, with 2 GB of internal storage. It will also support Wi-Fi and sports a 5 way controller for navigation.

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Amazon Kindle Touch

Amazon Kindle Touch

This will be the touchscreen version of the Kindle. It will come with a 6 inch e-ink, touchscreen display with no physical controls. It will sport 4 GB of internal storage, and will come with Wi-Fi only. It will retail for $199.

Buy Amazon Kindle Touch

Amazon Kindle Touch 3G

This will be the 3G version of the Amazon Kindle Touch. Exactly identical to the Kindle Touch, except for the price and connectivity options. It will sport Wi-Fi as well as 3G, and will be priced at $149.

Buy Amazon Kindle Touch 3G

Kindle Fire: Amazon’s $199 Android Tablet

Details of Amazon’s new tablet — the Kindle Fire — have been leaked by Bloomberg, just before the official event. It looks very similar to the Blackberry Playbook, with good reason.

It comes with a 7 inch multi-touch display and is an inexpensive, no-frills tablet. It doesn’t have a camera, or 3G connectivity, presumably stripped off to bring down the costs. It will come integrated with Amazon apps like the Amazon Appstore, Kindle Store, Amazon Prime, and Amazon MP3. It will also feature Amazon Cloud Drive support and will offer on-demand video streaming.

Thanks to its Android lineage, it will support thousands of Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. It will also come with 30 days of free Amazon Prime usage. It is priced at just $199, 60% lower than the iPad, and much lower than any Android tablet.

You can buy it here: Amazon Kindle Fire

Reportedly, Amazon will be launching another premium 10-inch tablet soon, which will be priced higher.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Some updates: The Kindle Fire will come with a 7 inch multi-touch IPS display, with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It’s a bit heavy, at 413 grams. It will have 8 GB of internal storage, and its battery will last for about 8 hours. Amazon has bundled free cloud storage for all content you get through Amazon.

Here’s a list of supported media formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, Audible, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Update: The official Kindle Fire page is online – Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon’s Android Tablet: Kindle Fire

Rumors that Amazon has been working on a new tablet have been circulating since months now. Techcrunch apparently even got hold of a prototype unit, and we just got to know that it may be unveiled by Jeff Bezos at an event on September 28.

I’m very optimistic about the Amazon tablet, and think that it may be the best alternative to the iPad. While most other Android tablet manufacturers suck compared to the iPad, the Amazon Kindle tablet appears to have the best chance at dethroning the iPad.

Today, some more details about the Amazon tablet were revealed by the guys at GDGT.

The Amazon tablet – Kindle Fire – will have a design similar to the Blackberry Playbook, because the hardware design and production was outsourced to the same manufacturer – Quanta. Because of the short time frame, Amazon didn’t do much of the hardware design in-house.

It will have a 7 inch display, and will run a derivative of Android. Apparently, it will be powered by a dual core OMAP chip from TI clocked at 1.2 GHz.

It may be priced at either $250, or $300 with Amazon Prime bundled. It will have a completely locked ecosystem, much like the iPad.

We will probably know more about Amazon’s Kindle Fire Android tablet in a day or two. We will be covering Amazon’s event tomorrow, so stay tuned.

PS: It’ll be interesting to see how Amazon’s Android tablet stacks up against the soon-to-be announced Nook Color 2 and $349 Android tablet by Barnes & Noble.

Amazon to Stream Movies and TV Shows from Twentieth Century Fox

Amazon has entered into a digital video license agreement with Twentieth Century Fox that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream a broad selection of popular movies and TV shows from the FOX library. Prime Instant Video is a benefit for paid Amazon Prime members. Prime members get unlimited, commercial-free, instant access to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost. Since the launch of Prime instant videos, Amazon has secured licensing deals from partners such as CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, Warner Bros. and many more. Customers can instantly watch movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video (For customers who are not Prime members or who are looking to instantly purchase or rent movies and TV shows) or Prime instant video on a Mac, PC or directly on a TV with any of the 300 compatible devices.

Since the launch of Prime instant videos in February, we have more than doubled the library to 11,000 titles and will continue to add more of our customers’ favorite movies and TV shows to Prime instant videos.

– Steve Oliver, Director of Video at Amazon.com

FOX titles available to Prime members will include contemporary movies such as, “Speed,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “Last of the Mohicans,” and “Office Space,” as well as classics like “The Longest Day,” “All About Eve,” “9 to 5,” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” FOX also brings to Prime members a selection of popular TV series including “24,” “The X-Files,” “NYPD Blue,” “Arrested Development,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Ally McBeal,” and newly available on digital video, “The Wonder Years.”

Amazon to Launch its Android Tablet on September 28?

Remember that rumored Android tablet that Amazon was working on? From the looks of it, it seems like it may be closer to launch than we previously thought. We estimated that the tablet would be launched in October or November, in time for the holiday shopping season. Apparently, Amazon is planning to launch it much sooner.

Amazon has been sending out invites for a press conference that it is holding on September 28. While it hasn’t announced what it could be, my guess is that it’s going to be its new Android tablet.

Amazon has the best chance of beating the iPad in terms of sales, by pricing its tablet at nearly half of what the iPad is priced at. Here’s why I think Amazon may beat the iPad: Why Amazon May Have the Best Chance at Dethroning the iPad

The Amazon Android tablet will apparently have a 7 inch touchscreen display and should come with a customized version of Android, integrated with Amazon’s various services. It should be priced under $300.

Stay tuned, we will be covering the announcement by Amazon on September 28.

Amazon Announcement

Amazon Appstore Now Available In India

Amazon launched its Android Appstore at the beginning of this year. Amazon’s Appstore was the first real alternative to Google’s own Android Market.

Amazon_Appstore

Amazon knew that attracting Android users to its own Appstore was a huge task. While, the Appstore may not have gained as much success as the company would have hoped for, its App of the Day section and lowered prices for some popular apps has definitely kept the traffic flowing.

One major factor limiting users to Amazon’s Appstore was it being available only to Android users in the U.S.

Now, it looks like Amazon has finally opened the gates of its Appstore to at least one country, India. While I have no news about the Appstore being available in other countries, I am pretty sure the Appstore is now available in more regions of the world.

Head over to this link to download the Amazon Appstore APK. Indian users should keep in mind that they would still need to enter their Credit Card details, even if they want to download a free app. So, majority of the Android users in India without any credit card are out of luck.

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Free International Shipping Comes to endless.com

endless.com offers a wide selection of premier designers and contemporary styles for women, men, and kids. Built by Amazon, endless.com has a growing customer base in the US influenced by its free two-day shipping offer backed by free return shipping, a 100% price guarantee, and a 365-day return window. endless.com has now extended the offering to international customers.

endless

endless.com is offering free priority international shipping for all orders over $100. International orders under $100 would ship for a flat $10 charge. Shipping to India, for example, would take about  3-5 days. Several countries in the list of destination countries had even lesser shipping time. Note that for some products shipped internationally, manufacturer warranty may not be valid.

Like the international shipping arrangement when you shop from Amazon.com, endless.com would make a duty and tax estimation during checkout and execute customs clearance on your behalf for certain eligible countries. An Import Fees Deposit will be estimated and collected for the shipment. The import fees  are paid by carrier on behalf of the recipient to the customs and tax authorities of the destination country. If the actual import fees are less than the deposit collected, you will automatically be refunded the difference to the payment method you used for the order.

Anyway, while you read the fine line and browse the catalogue, I’ll find my credit card to order shoes to wear at my wedding. Shiny!

Amazon Kindle Now Connects Authors and Readers

Amazon has introduced a new feature – @author – in a limited beta release on Kindle and Amazon Author Pages that connects readers with their favorite writers and their books. Readers can ask questions directly from their Kindles or post them to Amazon Author Pages. Amazon is starting with 16 authors, and the feature is available to anyone who has purchased items from Amazon.com. However, all visitors to Amazon.com can read any current question or response.

@author

How to post a question from the Kindle?

  • Place the cursor at the beginning of the passage you’d like to ask a question about using the 5-way controller, and press down to anchor it.
  • Highlight the passage using the 5-way controller.
  • Enter your question about the passage you highlighted; beginning with the phrase @author.
  • Select “save & share” from the options at the bottom of the note window when finished.

Note that questions asked from the Kindle are limited to 100 characters. You can of course ask a longer question from the Amazon Author Page. Also, your messages and the votes cast on them do not impact your Top Reviewer ranking, which are only based on customer reviews.

When you ask an @author question from your Kindle or from the Amazon Author Page, you will automatically receive an e-mail notification when a new answer to your question has been posted. Also, on an Amazon Author Page, you can click the Track this questionlink below other question you’d like to track.

Apart from asking questions about the characters or information in the book, this feature gives a nice opportunity to know more about the authors and ask questions about their writing styles and influences. I have so many questions on Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, but alas Mark Twain rests in peace!

Why Amazon May Have the Best Chance at Dethroning the iPad

AmazonThe iPad currently commands more than an 80% market share of the entire tablet market. It sells way more than all the other tablets combined, and beats every other tablet on both, price and user experience.

Traditionally, Apple products have always offered the best user experience, but have always been priced at a premium. With the iPad, Apple managed to not only offer the best tablet experience, but also the lowest price among all tablet manufacturers, thanks to its excellent operational efficiency. Without sacrificing margins, Apple still makes a hefty profit on each iPad, and undercuts most other players like Samsung, Motorola and HTC.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was a moderate success, and the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently mired in litigation in the U.K. and the U.S., the most important markets.

Amazon is rumored to be working on a new tablet which will be based on Android. Here’s why I think Amazon has the best chance at offering a good alternative to the iPad, and maybe even surpassing it, at least in terms of sales.

Price

Last week, most of us had a very surprising revelation. Before HP announced that it would be discontinuing webOS smartphones and tablets, the HP TouchPad had abysmal sales. More than 90% of the limited TouchPad inventory was lying untouched. But then, it slashed the price of the HP TouchPad to $99 in the most popular fire sale of the year.

What followed was not entirely unexpected, but it did give us a lot of insight into what consumers really want. In less than a day, almost all the available HP TouchPads were sold out as consumers flocked to buy them for $99. I wanted to buy one too, but ran out of luck.

Amazon is expected to launch its tablet at a much lower price than the current crop of tablets. After the Kindle experience, Amazon knows that it stands to make the most money by selling its tablet to consumers at or slightly above cost, and then making money on digital content like ebooks, movies, videos, music etc. It is apparently working on two tablets currently, both of which will undercut the iPad.

Ecosystem

Consumers now expect an entire ecosystem with their devices. After Apple, Amazon is possibly best equipped to provide them with one. An Amazon tablet would come integrated with various Amazon services like the Kindle store, Amazon Appstore, Amazon’s Cloud Drive, Music Store, Amazon Instant Video etc.

Most of the other Android tablet manufacturers cannot provide the kind of ecosystem that Amazon can. They also make money from hardware sales, so they cannot undercut the iPad without taking a hit.

This is why Amazon has the best chance at capturing a large portion of the tablet market.

I’m definitely buying an Amazon tablet, are you?

Discovered: A Huge River That Flows Underneath The Amazon!

This has got to be amongst the weirdest things you’ve heard! Get this: there is actually a river flowing beneath the mighty Amazon!

Scientists have discovered evidence of an underground river, complete with a river basin and features like valleys, flowing 13,000 ft underneath the Amazon. The Brazilian National Observatory, credited with this discovery, has named the river Hamza, after the scientist Valiya Hamza, who has been studying the Amazon for 40 years.

The mouth of the Amazon

A new river – a new type of river!

The Hamza is pretty impressive on its own right, even though it is dwarfed by the Amazon. It is 3,700 miles long, with the Amazon being 4,200 miles long. The Hamza flows along the same slope as the Amazon i.e. from west to east, but at a much slower speed than the Amazon owing to much smoother height gradient underneath the surface.

The river has almost been confirmed, but Hamza is willing to wait till 2014 to get the absolute final confirmation before saying hurrah. The data is primarily obtained from 240 wells drilled into the Amazon region in the 1970’s and 80’s. The wells go down to depths of upto 4,000 meters.

The features of the underground river may be pretty impressive. Scans show that there are vertical drops at 2000 feet depth, but it the river becomes sluggish soon after at greater depths, owing to flat topographical features.

Here’s a video explaining the river in brief.

The effects of this river might have already been apparent for a long time. The salinity levels at the mouth of the Amazon are unexpectedly low and the Brazilian National Observatory claims that the water from the Hamza might be responsible for the unexplained dilution.