Amazon to Update Older Fire Tablets to New Fire OS, Could Bundle Washington Post App with it

FireTablet_Family[1]Amazon is giving existing Fire owners a couple reasons to hold on to their older tablets. Last year's devices are going to be getting a firmware update, and what's more there are reports that Amazon plans to offer a Washington Post app.

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New Kindle Fire 8.9 Tablet Leaks on Benchmark Site, Sports a Snapdragon 805 CPU

new kindle fire hdx 8.9The benchmarking site Antutu revealed this morning that they have discovered the first evidence of Amazon's next tablet. A new set of benchmark test results were posted to the site which describe an 8.9" Kindle Fire tablet with a Snapdragon 805 CPU, suggesting that the new tablet is going to be a slight upgrade to the existing model. Continue reading

How to Make Your Tablet Safe for Kids

Have speck iguy ipad caseyou have recently upgraded to a new tablet and want to hand off your older model to your lucky kids?

That's a good idea, but before you do there are a number of steps you should take before you let go of that older tablet. Even a beat up, older model is still useful, albeit a bit slower than your new tablet, but you might want to make sure it's safe for your kids to use. Continue reading

ADW Launcher Replaces the Kindle Fire HD Home Screen

Screenshot_2013-02-24-11-54-30When Amazon launched the Kindle Fire HD last fall they made sure that you couldn't escape their showroom/billboard, and one of the tricks they pulled was blocking any competing apps that would protect you from Amazon's adverts.

For example, none of the home screen apps I tried to install last Fall were able to run on the Kindle Fire HD, even though they were properly installed.

But today that changes. I've just come across a new version of ADW Launcher, the popular free home screen app. This version of the app will work on the KFHD, and it can be downloaded to your KFHD or to your PC and then transferred via a USB cable. Continue reading

Kindle FreeTime Adds Parental Controls to the Kindle Fire HD, But There’s a Catch

Amazon's long promised update for the Kindle Fire HD is finally rolling out today, and it looks like it's not going to be all puppies and gumdrops. While I am still waiting on the update, one member of MobileRead Forums already got it and he is not happy.

It seems that the parental controls in Kindle FreeTime are quite good at limiting how kids can access content bought from Amazon, but Amazon's engineers don't seem t have realized that Amazon is not the font of all knowledge. Continue reading

The 7″ Kindle Fire HD Has a Locked Bootloader

Yesterday I reported on the KFHD's omnipresent ads, and today I have even worse news. There are early reports coming in from the XDA Forums and elsewhere that the new KFHD and the 2nd gen Kindle Fire both have locked bootloaders. Hackers have already been looking at the update released Friday and from what they can tell Amazon has locked down the KFHD.

For those who don't follow the intricacies of Android hardware, this is not good news. Continue reading