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Tablet Wars Rekindle–10 Inch Kindle Fire Rumors   3 comments

The tablet wars are on again.  Amazon is reportedly planning to release a 10 inch Kindle Fire to compete with Apple’s iPad head-on.  Perhaps this is in reponse to Apple’s plans to release a 7 inch mini iPad that will compete head-on with the original Kindle Fire.

Here is a summary of the rumors around the upcoming 10 inch Kindle Fire:

1.  The larger Kindle Fire is codenamed “Hollywood” as was reported by BGR already a year ago, before the original Kindle Fire even launched.

2.  It will have a quad-core processor.

3.  It will launch in the third quarter of 2012.

4.  Amazon could price the 10 inch Kindle Fire at around $299 to compete with the iPad, according to this report.

Meanwhile, the iPad mini is quickly becoming a reality, despite Steve Jobs’ repoted opposition to the project, as suppliers announce that they are preparing to ship the smaller panels.  The cost of the iPad mini could go as low as $199, to really be able to compete with the original Kindle Fire.  Thus, it seems that the end of 2012 will see a new round of tablet wars between Amazon and Apple.

I think that more competition can only be good for the consumer, so let the games begin.

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Posted May 20, 2012 by deboraplehn in Amazon

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire–Kindle fire rumors   Leave a comment

In a previous post I listed all the rumors floating about regarding the new Amazon tablet.  Now we know the new tablet will be called the Kindle fire and that it will be released on November 15, 2011.  Here is a new list of rumors surrounding the Kindle fire:

1.  Memory: It will reportedly have 8 GB of memory.  This is not huge.  Therefore, users will have to be selective about which movies, songs and books they want to store on the device at one time.  The memory is reportedly enough to store 20 typical movies max.  However, purchased media and books will remain stored in the cloud for download to the Kindle fire whenever needed using whispersync.  Just like it does for books, whispersync will memorize the latest location that a user has reached on a movie, so that when the user next watches the movie on any device that has whispersync, it will pick up where it left off.

2.  Size: At 7 inches, the Kindle fire will be smaller than an iPad but larger than a smartphone, keeping it in the size range of current Kindle models.  It is reportedly the perfect size for reading books or watching movies.

3.  Screen:  The screen will reportedly be a touchscreen which uses IPS (in-plane switching technology) to allow several people to watch a movie or read a magazine on the device at the same time, by allowing a wide viewing angle.  The resolution will be 1024 x 600 dpi and the screen will be capable of displaying 16 million colors and will be LCD gorilla glass.

4.  Processor:  The processor is reportedly a Texas Instrument ARM-based dual core OMAP CPU.

5.  Browser:  The browser is Amazon silk, which will use cloud processing to speed up downloading.  Most of the processing will be done on Amazon’s EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) platform.  The browser will reportedly learn which websites users frequently visit and will pre-load them.  This has already raised some privacy concerns among lawmakers and critics, but Amazon insists that there are options to help protect users’ privacy.

6.  Apps:  The Kindle Fire will have access to Amazon’s app store and 3800+ apps, but not to all the android app market.  Some android apps (present and future) may not be compatible with the Kindle fire.

7.  Network:  Unfortunately, the Kindle Fire will not have 3G access, but will have Wi-Fi connectivity.  To me, this is the largest drawback of the device.  However, an advantage is that at least there will not be any related monthly data costs, like there are with the iPad.

I love my first generation iPad, but I confess I am fascinated with the Kindle Fire.  I am a big Amazon consumer, and I think it will be handy to have a tablet that connects seamlessly with Amazon to allow me to purchase their movies, music and books, and then to watch, listen to, or read what I purchased on the device itself.  I already pre-ordered mine, so I will definitely write a review once I have it in hand and have had a chance to test it out.

Posted November 6, 2011 by deboraplehn in Amazon, Kindle

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A free personal assistant for the rest of us: Siri app   1 comment

Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own personal assistant, the way celebrities do?  Someone to make appointments for you, call your favorite restaurant to make a reservation, order you a taxi etc?  It turns out, there’s an app for that, and it’s called Siri.  Siri was developed through SRI International’s CALO artificial intelligence project to design a “personal assistant that learns.”    It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, right?  Apple was so impressed with the technology that it purchased Siri, and there are rumors that the Siri personal assistant will become integrated in future iOS versions, so that there will no longer be the need to download the app to have access to your own personal assistant.  It is rumored that the iPhone 5 will have this feature, called the “Assistant.”  Luckily, for now the app is still available for free in the iPhone app store for those of us who have earlier iPhones.  There is unfortunately no iPad app yet, although one is rumored to be in the works.

To use Siri, you must enable GPS location and tell Siri (optional) where you live and work so that it can find places close to either location.  You may either type in your requests, or speak them.  Some examples of what Siri does:

1.  Make restaurant reservations, through partnerships with Open Table.  You can ask it “find a Chinese restaurant near work” and it will give you list of options.  You can then decide if you want to make a reservation or if you want to call the restaurant.

2. Order a taxi for you, through Taxi Magic.

3.  Siri partners with Rotten tomatoes, for movie reviews, and with Yelp for reviews of just about any business.

4.  You can ask Siri “When is Josh Groban playing Madison Square Garden” and it will not only tell you, it will give you several options for purchasing tickets, such as StubHub.  I must admit, I tried this myself, just to see if it worked.

5.  Siri will also tell you the weather and provide recommendations on how to dress!  This is thanks to a partnership with Weather Bug.

6.  Give you updates on your flight’s status through a partnership with Flight Stats.

7.  Email yourself reminders of things to do, such as buy flowers for Mom on Mother’s Day!

It will be exciting to see how this technology develops, especially if it becomes an integral part of the iPhone’s operating system.  It will certainly reduce time browsing the web, since it is easier simply to give Siri a voice command and the app does it all for you.  Highly recommended!

Posted September 18, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apps

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Rumors About Amazon’s New Tablet   Leave a comment

Today the East Coast of the United States felt an earthquake, but Amazon may be preparing to make the tech world shake with its new tablet.  Here is a compilation of the latest rumors regarding Amazon’s new tablet:

1.  Amazon plans to release its new tablet by October

2.  The tablet will have a 9 inch screen

3.  The operating system will be Google’s android

4.  The tablet will likely be cheaper than the iPad, with Amazon willing to take a loss on the sale in the hopes of recouping on sales of books, music and videos

5.  Amazon allegedly hopes to ship 4 million new tablets by the end of 2011

6.  Amazon registered the domain kindlescribe.com over the weekend, fueling rumors that the new tablet will be an upgraded kindle which will support annotations

It’s still unclear whether the new tablet will be an upgraded kindle, or a bona fide tablet ready to compete with the iPad.  My guess is that it will be something in between.  With the demise of the HP Touchpad, it will be fascinating to see how the tablet wars play out.

Posted August 23, 2011 by deboraplehn in Amazon, Kindle

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5 iPhone 5 Rumors   Leave a comment

In my last post I talked about rumors surrounding the upcoming iPad 3.  There are just as many rumors flying around regarding the iPhone 5.  Here are just some of them:

1.  Better camera.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to have an 8 megapixel camera.  The iPhone 4 comes equipped with only a 5 megapixel camera, so this is quite an improvement.

2.  Slimmer and lighter.  Apple is rumored to continue trying to make its products sleeker and lighter, and the iPhone 5 is no exception.  There are rumors of a complete redesign.

3.  Aluminum backing.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to come with aluminum backing, instead of the glass backing and the exterior antenna of the iPhone 4.  This may be a way of avoiding the well-publicized problems that the iPhone 4 had with reception due to its exterior antenna.

4.  No Home button.  Steve Jobs reportedly never wanted the iPhone to have any physical buttons, and his dream is rumored to have come true for the iPhone 5, which will reportedly lack a Home button.

5.  Qualcomm’s wireless chips.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to come equipped with Qualcomm’s wireless chips rather than with the current Infineon chips that most versions of the iPhone 4 are provided with.  A version of the iPhone 4 that is carried by Verizon currently uses Qualcomm’s wireless chips.

Whatever the new iPhone 5 looks like, Apple hopes to ship 25 million units by the end of the year.  The launch may occur as early as in September, and as late as in 2012.  Are you planning on getting the new iPhone 5 when it goes on sale?

Posted July 7, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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