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Amazon Releases 4 New Kindles - Including a Tablet-version, Kindle Fire

clock September 28, 2011 22:51 by author Jeremy

Ever get tired of the same ol' Kindle, with its rectangular shape and book-like features? Yeah, neither do I. Which is why it's great news that Amazon is releasing four new kinds of Kindles at different price ranges.

The lowest-priced, which is just your basic "Kindle", is the same as its predecessors. It's smaller, lighter and "turns pages 10 percent faster"...I'm not sure what kind of page-turning madman sat down and compared that, though. Nonetheless, you still get your favorite e-reader from before, only for $79.

Next up is the "Kindle Touch", a mere $20 more than its less-advanced version (bringing our total to $99). This aptly-named e-reader brings a touch-screen for your page-turning, note-taking, searching-and-shopping pleasure. Again, enhancements have been made to prolong battery life, reduce the weight and make it smaller. There's also the new "X-Ray" feature, which Amazon says lets users "see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more details descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari". Avid wikipedia-clickers, beware, as this may just eat hours of your day in a single book.

The top of the line e-reader is the "Kindle Touch 3G", available for $149. This version carries all the specs of the Kindle Touch but with, you guessed it, 3G. The best part? It's free! Now you can have access to the Kindle store wherever, whenever, without the need for Wi-Fi hotspots.

Perhaps the most exciting news to come out from Amazon's tablet event is the release of the new "Kindle Fire", a $199 tablet, which shouldn't be confused with the aforementioned e-readers. With this tablet, you can browse the entirety of Amazon's selection, ranging from movies, music, shows, games, books and magazines. Of course, these virtual products still require buying. And don't let the measly 8GB of storage space scare you off: Amazon has provided free cloud storage for all of your digital content, available for re-downloading whenever you desire).

The Kindle Fire also comes with Amazon's new "Amazon Silk" - a type of browser that delivers faster speeds. This is done by Amazon taking part of the page-loading away from your device, and instead onto their servers. With loading times split between Amazon servers and your Kindle Fire, pages should come up faster, allowing for a swift peruse of the internet.

The Kindle can be bought today, while the Kindle Touch and Touch 3G are available for pre-order now, with shipping on November 21st. The Kindle Fire can be pre-ordered today as well and will ship out on November 15th.

Sources: Amazon Kindles Press Release, Amazon Silk Press Release



Don’t Forget to Include Batteries with Your Electronic Gifts

clock December 20, 2010 20:57 by author Ty

 Binary Christmas Tree - 2010 Christmas Present Ideas

62 percent of us will be buying electronic gifts for friends and family this Christmas. Electronic gifts and gadgets are becoming more popular each year and nothing is better than trying out those gadgets right away once you open your gifts. Many electronic gadgets require batteries, chargers and other accessories to get them running, so we put together a list to include the extras with your electronic Christmas gifts.

iPad, iTouch, Kindle and e-Book Readers
The iPad and iTouch use a specific Apple charging plug and it doesn’t hurt to carry extras on you for home, office and travel use.  The Kindle is easy on power and uses a micro-USB charger cable. Other e-book readers either use a mini-USB or micro-USB charger cable. Other ideas for these products are iPad cases, Kindle stand for reading, Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, and gift cards for downloading music, e-books and applications.

Digital Cameras and Camcorders
Digital cameras usually have two or four AA batteries or a Li-Ion battery that is model specific. Rechargeable AA NiMH and Li-Ion batteries make great gifts for digital cameras and help keep our planet green by not using disposable AA batteries. Model specific Li-Ion batteries are custom for each digital camera and additional OEM and aftermarket digital camera batteries can be purchased, as well as an external charger if you have multiple digital camera batteries. You can also by a universal camera charger to charge many differenty types of rechargable batteries. Camcorders also have model specific batteries and have external chargers. Extended capacity camcorder batteries are great for a longer camcorder run time and universal camcorder chargers can charge a variety of batteries for different manufacturers.

TVs and Computer Monitors
New TVs and computer monitors have many input and outputs, including HDMI, VGA, RCA, mini-plug, coax, and even an ethernet plug for internet ready TVs. HDMI cables, RCA cables, power strips and other accessories are great ideas for Christmas gifts. They will always come in handy when hooking up a new Blu-ray DVD player, gaming console, DVR, sound system and many other electronics.

Desktop and Laptop Computers
New desktop and laptop computers have many accessories and peripherals that can be attached, which leave a wide range of Christmas gifts open. A nice wireless mouse or keyboard, mouse pad, external speakers, USB jump drive and hard drives, AC laptop power adapter for the car, laptop case, surge protector, UPS battery backup and LCD screen wipes. If you can’t decide what to get for family and friends, a simple gift certificate from your nearest computer store leaves these options open.

Small Electronic Devices
Many small toys and electronic devices are battery operated and do not include batteries. The most common battery options are disposable AAA and AA batteries and rechargeable AAA and AA batteries. If you’re going to be buying a device that needs batteries, it’s a good idea to throw in a set of new batteries with the gift.

Batteries and Chargers
Batteries and chargers make great gifts and come in a variety of options ranging from AA, AAA, USB chargers and car power inverters. Recharge those NiMH and Li-Ion AA and AAA batteries with new 15 minute battery chargers and keep USB electronic devices charged in the car with AC power inverters. Different USB chargers and adapters also make great gifts ranging from iPod, Mini-USB and Micro-USB charger cables.

With all of these great Christmas gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with buying electronic devices for your friends and family. Electronics gifts are growing each year as the presents of choice, so don’t forget to include a set of batteries. If you can’t decide what kind of electronic gift to get, you can always purchase a gift card at your nearest consumer electronics store. (Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Radio Shack, Office Depot, Staples)

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