As a consumer, you have to love price wars, so long as both companies competing for your dollars stay in business. Right now there's a price war brewing between Barnes & Noble with its Nook HD and HD+ tablets, and Amazon with its Kindle Fire HD tablets, the latter of which is now on sale starting at $169. This is a temporary price cut and if you're a Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping to boot.
Father's Day is only a couple of weeks away, and one way to celebrate the occasion is by getting your dad a gift. You could go with a tie (again) or some other piece of clothing, take him out to dinner, or wait for us to finalize our gift guide (hang tight, it's coming). One of the items that has a high chance of making the list is Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, and if you' don't procrastinate, you can save yourself $20 with the purchase of one.
Another rumor points to an Amazon smartphone on the horizon.
Amazon should do the Internet a favor and either launch a smartphone of its own or come out and say, in no uncertain terms, that it has no intentions of offering a handset. It would save us the trouble of sifting through rumors, which have been permeating the web for about year now. The latest bit of news suggests Amazon is not only still interested in releasing a smartphone, but will go with a 4.7-inch display.
Happy second birthday, Amazon Appstore, and here's to many more.
Typically when you're invited to a birthday party, you're expected to bring a gift for the birthday girl or boy (or pet). But in this case, Amazon is the one handing out freebies to anyone and everyone with an Android device to celebrate two years of the Amazon Appstore. There are 18 "app of the day" apps up for grabs, which normally range in price from $1 on up to $10 a pop. Let's have a look.
A new Kindle Fire HD is in the cards, but it won't cost $99.
Tablet prices have fallen sharply in the past year or so, and Amazon is a big reason why. It wasn't until the original Kindle Fire debuted that there was an affordable, name brand alternative to the iPad, along with proof positive that there does indeed exist a market for 7-inch slates. Fast forward to today and there are rumors of $99 tablets on the horizon, including one from Amazon, though don't hold your breath waiting for a lower priced Kindle Fire HD.
The best tablets on the market are also the worst to drop.
Here at Maximum PC we love to strip machines down and rebuild them just to see what makes it tick, but with modern gadgets that isn’t always easy. Screws have been replaced by glue, and the simple pleasures of popping the cover off to perform upgrades seems to be a lost art. iFixit has emerged as the Internet’s ultimate authority on gadget reparability, and its newly updated list of tablets puts both Microsoft and Apple fighting for the distinction as worlds least fixable tablet.
A family-owned adult DVD store claims Amazon is trying to shut it down.
Oh, the injustice! The owners of AdultWoot.com, a small, family-owned online store that sells adult themed DVDs (read: pornography) for under $5 a pop, claims Amazon is the one playing dirty by trying to shut the site down using underhanded tactics. Why would Amazon go out of its way to shutter an online porn shop? Simply put, Amazon owns Woot.com, an online deal site it acquired last year, and it doesn't want customers thinking the two sites are in any way related.
Stop looking for love in all the wrong places and move to Knoxville, Tennessee!
Valentine's Day is just over a week from now, and if you haven't yet been pierced by Cupid's arrow, perhaps a change of scenery is what you need. A good place to start is Tennessee, a state that appears three times on Amazon's list of the top 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. At the top of the list is Knoxville, Tennessee, with Murfreesboro (No. 8) and Clarksville (No. 18) claiming two additional spots for the Volunteer state.
That CD you bought from Amazon 10 years ago now appears in your Cloud Player account.
Mega online retailer Amazon is embracing the digital age in a big way. The company today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip, a retroactive service that provides customers with free MP3 versions of CDs they purchased from Amazon dating all the way back to 1998. For better (2Pac, Aerosmith) or worse (Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls), those tunes you purchased so long ago are automatically added to your Cloud Player library, free of charge.
Throughout the month of January, Amazon is offering its Student Prime members a $50 discount on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet, bringing the starting price down to $249. That's a pretty good deal that more than offsets the cost of a Student membership, which runs $39 per year. For those who are unfamiliar, Amazon's Prime program offers members free two-day shipping on millions of items with no minimum order, free instant streaming to its catalog of movies and TV shows, and a free Kindle book to borrow each month from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.