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October 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Review: Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire HDX tablet, with Mayday

It’s a little odd when a company selling a new gadget says one of the most exciting features is its “help” button.

How many carmakers talk up their new models’ emergency brakes? Do airplane makers call out  state-of-the-art oxygen masks?

But Amazon.com tries to think differently about the Kindle tablets  it began selling five years ago. It may be on to something with the “Mayday” button that’s a highlight of its new Kindle HDX tablets.

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June 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Report: New Kindles coming July 31

The latest whispers about new Kindles from Amazon.com are coming from CNET, which is reporting that the Seattle company will launch a new, higher-resolution version of the Kindle Fire on July 31. Also planned are new Kindles with black-and-white displays and built-in lights, to compete with Barnes & Noble’s new Nook with “GlowLight.” That’s according to “a…

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July 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM

More details of Amazon tablet, new Kindles

It’s getting harder for Amazon.com to sidestep reports that it’s going to release a color tablet device this fall. Reports seem to surface every few weeks with new details about the devices, including stories about which manufacturers are producing the various components. Today, the Wall Street Journal weighed in with a story saying that the More

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June 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM

J.K. Rowling unveils “Pottermore,” Sony products coming

Get ready for the digital “Harry Potter,” including branded versions of Sony’s portable devices that could appear later this year. The strength of the Harry Potter brand could help Sony get traction with its Reader devices, which are overshadowed by Amazon.com’s Kindle and even Barnes & Noble’s Nook, not to mention the iPad. A Harry Potter tie-in…

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June 22, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Amazon media tablet specs, timing revealed?

Component manufacturers may have spilled the beans on the tablet computers that Amazon.com is expected to release later this year, giving the company an iPad-like gadget to sell alongside its Kindle. The devices will launch in August or September, in time for the Black Friday holiday sales kickoff after Thanksgiving, according to a report from Taiwan’s…

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June 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Review: B&N’s simplified new Nook

Newer, faster phones and tablets are appearing every month, even every week, it seems. But if you spend too much time grazing through this multicore, high-def smorgasbord, everything blurs together on your plate. The phones look like tablets, the tablets look like each other, and they all have the same basic set of apps. Maybe that’s why…

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