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    I'll admit, I wasn't at all interested in the idea of an Amazon-made smartphone from the start. To date, I've owned two Kindle Fire tablets, and 10 times out of 10, I would recommend a Nexus 7 over anything Kindle Fire-branded. No, that's not my affinity for Nexus and stock Android speaking, and I have nothing against Amazon as a company. In fact, before I purchase anything … ever, I check Amazon's price first. I've been a paying Prime subscriber since 2011. And I regularly fire up the Instant Video app on my 360 when looking for something to watch in the evenings. I like Amazon, and its ...

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    We're typically picky when it comes to tablets. Unlike smartphones, which most people would rather not do without, tablets aren't a necessity for most. For the most part, they're still luxury items, and their hefty price tags often turn potential buyers away. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule, such as budget tablets. Oh, and the occasional killer deal. Black Friday is a great time to buy new tech. Millions of shoppers across the United States will line up with the masses late Thanksgiving evening or early Friday morning to stock up on holiday gifts, new, cheap goods for ...

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    For months now, we've been looking forward to the launch of this year's lineup of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, and what we've heard about their hardware makes it sound like quite the attractive pack. That would mean Snapdragon 800s in both new HD models, a 1080p display for the seven-incher, and an extremely high-res 2,560 x 1,600 panel on the 8.9-inch model. What we hadn't seen, though, were any images of the hardware itself. Today we seem to be getting our first glimpse, with a new gallery of Fire HD 2 pics revealing some significant design changes. Easily the most visible change, Amazon ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Amazon's fire sale on none-other than their Kindle Fire line-up. Later we talk about Samsung's plan to probably launch Tizen in the next couple of months. The Sony Honami is next as the company has begun teasing the device and calling it their company's best. We later go through some reports that the iPhone 5S and 5C might be launched on the last days of September. We end today's show talking about Microsoft's new ad, which again bashes iOS and Android, but this time, in a smarter way. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Amazon ...

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    It's not particularly controversial to suggest that new versions of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets are on their way, following last year's introduction of Fire HD models. Over the last several weeks, though, rumors about a third generation of Fire hardware have really picked up the pace, and leaks have been getting much more specific in their depictions of these new devices. Most recently, benchmark results added credence to some of those rumors, appearing to confirm details like a high-res 2560 x 1600 display on the new 8.9-inch model and Snapdragon 800s galore. As we wait to learn just ...

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    We've got tablet refreshes on the mind, what with the new Nexus 7 just going official last week, but that's far from the only new version of an old tablet that we've been looking forward to. There are other new Nexus models to anticipate, as well as some new iPads, but what about the classic budget tablet, the Kindle Fire? Last year brought us the Fire HD lineup, and we've already heard some rumors about what further changes might be in store this time around. Today we get a lot more detail on just what we could expect. Earlier, we had little more than resolutions: supposedly, there would ...

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    The first Kindle Fire tablet was a big deal when it landed, offering shoppers interested in tablets a chance to check one out from a respected name without breaking the bank in the process. Amazon stepped things up last year with the Kindle Fire HD and new size options, but by then it had the stiff competition of the Nexus 7 to deal with. Will Amazon be able to capture our attention once again with its next tablet offerings? Some new rumors attempt to paint the picture of what Amazon could be planning for the third generation of the Kindle Fire. One of the biggest changes could be to ...

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    With so many devices launched between the fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013, we know many of you want to know what's worth your money, and what you should skip with no questions asked. Both 2012 and 2013 have been great years for mobile technology, but we have a feature called "Worst Gadgets Ever" for a reason. There's always a good deal of products that either end-up as vapor ware, some that suck on their own, and some which simply aren't worth your money when compared to other devices in the market. We thought we'd help you with the Top 5 devices that we would all skip out of everything ...

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    In-app purchases are a huge source of income for app developers, allowing them to remove some of the initial hesitance users might have in dropping a few bucks on an app, and instead letting them make their money bit-by-bit, as users pay a little here and there to unlock new features or add functionality. Today Amazon announced a new way for Kindle Fire users to make such purchases, with plans for the launch of its Amazon Coins virtual currency. The Coins will arrive this May, but we're left asking ourselves, what's the point of all this? Amazon promotes these Coins as an easy way to both ...

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    An interesting thing just happened to the tablet world. We might've lost a whole size category before it had a chance to get popular. It didn't take long after the release of Apple's first iPad for competing OEMs to start shipping their response products, expanded versions of Android 2.x and Honeycomb running on oversized slates. Led by devices like the first Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola XOOM, the non-iOS sector of the tablet market grew quickly early on, but for a variety of reasons failed to sell well on the whole. Thankfully for tech diversity, there's that "interesting thing." ...

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    Shortly after Amazon announced its new lineup of Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets last week, we learned about the Amazon "Special Offers" that would be displayed on these devices; even after paying full-price for the tablets, users would be inundated by Amazon's advertising on their lock screens. Since then, the fate of these Special Offers has seemed up in the air, after comments attributed to Amazon first made it sound like there would be an option to opt-out , followed by a denial of any such thing. It finally looks like the dust has settled, with Amazon both confirming an opt-out ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Amazon's new Kindle Fire line-up which includes a more powerful Kindle Fire with last year's design along with a new Kindle Fire HD in 7 and 8.9-inch flavors. We later talk about the recent leak of an iPad Mini casing that includes a back camera. We then talk about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G on Sprint's network. Then we go through the recent leak of Verizon's fall line-up, which includes HTC's mysterious device and also the Nokia Lumia 822. We end today's show by talking about the recent ...

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    Early today, before everything became about Kindles, we touched on some of the innovations currently happening with mobile advertisements. There's a right way and a wrong way to do advertising, and the line between the two isn't always clear. You don't expect an app to still include ads after you upgrade to the paid version, for instance. That's why you might be interested to learn about one aspect of the new Kindle Fire models that Amazon wisely chose not to dwell upon during its event today: they all include built-in advertising. Tucked-away near the end of Amazon's press release you'll ...

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    There's a lot of genius behind the Amazon Kindle Fire as a product. As Jeff Bezos stood on stage today to announce his new Kindle line-up, he was clear about how the Fire is a service and not a gadget, and in a way, he's right. Whenever we go watch a movie to the theater, we're not really concerned about the projector, the screen nor the sound system, all we want is to watch the movie, and the theater equipment is simply the means we use to consume the movie. With that same mentality, the first-generation Kindle Fire became a hit, simply because Amazon made the bold move of selling you a ...

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    Now that Amazon's new Kindle lineup, including a refreshed Kindle Fire and two new Kindle Fire HD tablets, has been announced, we're sure you're wondering just how these new offerings stack up against the first Kindle Fire, as well as some of the other bigwigs in the tablet game. That's why we put together a little comparison chart, for a head-to-head look at just how all this different hardware fares. It's still not complete, as Amazon has yet to confirm a few details about the new hardware's capabilities, but at least we can get a preliminary look at how everything lines-up. Obviously, ...

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    There have been plenty of rumors suggesting what Amazon might have up its sleeve for release this fall. We've talked about a new seven-inch Kindle Fire, the possibility for a much larger Kindle Fire, as well as a possible Amazon smartphone. Today in Las Vegas, Amazon finally started with its new announcements. There's going to be new front-lit Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, but we're more concerned with what Amazon might have for us in something a little more Android-y. Thankfully, the company delivered, announcing the follow-up to last year's Kindle Fire The new Fire will have a full ...

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    So, Pocketnow is a technology website, right? "Always start your posts with a rhetorical question," says the Internet Manual of Poor Style. We're off to a good start. There are some downsides to running sites like ours, those that cater to a specific niche. One of those is that usually, readers don't get much opportunity to get to know we writers personally, because everyone's too busy trying to figure out how many GeeBees and WeeFees are under the hood of the latest, fantastically-named mobile device. There's not a lot of time for much socialization. So unless you follow me on ...

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    There is no doubt that Amazon will introduce a Kindle Fire successor and, thanks to all the rumors around, we can hope for a ten-incher (to compete with the iPad) as well as a seven-incher (to take on the Nexus 7). However, Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc., believes that there will be five or six tablet SKUs assigned to Amazon slates. Of course SKUs (stock-keeping units) could very well refer to only two major hardware variants (probably the seven inch and the ten inch tablets) but with different storage options (8-, 16-, 32-, who knows maybe even 64GB flavors). ...

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    I'm one of those people who uses his tablet in bed. In fact, that was one of my biggest justifications for purchasing an iPad in the first place; bedborne browsing has for years been one of my favorite ways of drifting off. For much of that time, though, it was a cumbersome process. I was either awkwardly chained to a notebook computer, with its accompanying fan-port and form-factor headaches, or confined to browsing on a 3" smartphone screen- not ideal for eyeballs already weary from staring at displays all day. Early in the iPad's quest to popularize consumer tablets, I bought one, and ...

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    Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal published a report claiming that Amazon is working on expanding its Android offerings beyond last year's Kindle Fire and offering the company's first hand-held smartphone. The Kindle Fire made quite the impression when it arrived, showing plenty of us how cheap Android tablets didn't have to be the sort of Eclair-running pieces of junk we had seen emerge from some fly-by-night manufacturers in the past; we've observed the momentum from that release continue through the Android community, leading us to devices like the Nexus 7. If Amazon really is ...

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    So, Google did this thing the other day where they announced a tablet computer called the Nexus 7. Then, we did this thing where we got a hold of one and reviewed it. And since these things happened we've been talking a lot about that tablet: what it means, when it might ship, and whether it's going to have any brothers or sisters. It's been a pretty big deal. This being the mobile world, the news didn't stop there: Apple scored a crucial, if temporary, victory over Google in the most recent round of patent wars between the goliaths, resulting in a ban on American sales of the latter's ...

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    The Kindle Fire follow-up is highly anticipated and this has probably everything to do with the cornucopia of rumors around this tablet. Last we heard of the Kindle Fire 2, a report was convinced that Amazon will skip the 8.9-inch form-factor and go for a 10.1-inch built instead. We also heard reports of the tablet being launched in the third quarter. Falling nicely into place is another report, this time coming from Cnet's "source", according to which July 31 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are interested in the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 launch date. Other specs reported include ...

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    Rumors about Amazon and it's highly anticipated Kindle Fire refresh are nothing new and extraordinary given how popular the initial tablet was (and still is) among customers and on the market, in general. According to reports, Amazon was preparing a follow-up -- actually, more -- which would have an 8.9-inch screen. We say was because new rumors have started surfacing according to which the 8.9-inch model will be skipped altogether. Instead, Amazon is allegedly preparing a 10.1-inch Kindle Fire successor to better compete with Apple's tablet offering -- while the originally rumored ...

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    "It's obvious that the only iPad killer is always going to be the newest iPad." The tweet from web- and mobile developer Zhephree caught my eye with its uncommon boldness. Wow, I thought, someone's not afraid to drop some truth bombs. The next tweet, though, brought us back down to Earth. Zhephree's statement had fallen under a fellow follower's fire, so his response was: "The simple fact that I don't own an iPad disproves my tweet, that was just a joke." I believe him; I started following Zhephree on Twitter because he was developing apps for webOS back when it was a viable competitor, ...

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    The New iPad is already out there and if Verizon is your favorite carrier you are able to grab one. The Amazon Kindle Fire is one of the most popular Android tablets on the market and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung is also a 4G LTE-enabled choice on Big Red. We're putting the latest Android addition to Verizon's tablet line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, against the aforementioned alternatives. We're taking a look at form factors -- whether you want to go with a large, 9.7/10-incher, a smaller 7.7-inch dimension or the smallest size of 7-inches on the Fire -- usability, user interface ...

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