Kindle eBook Security Exploit

Kindle security exploit allows hackers to access your Amazon credentials

By on September 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Kindle security exploit allows hackers to access your Amazon credentials

As if there haven’t been enough security scares in 2014 already, it looks like another household electronic device could be putting our private information at risk. According to security consultant Benjamin Daniel Mussler at B.FL7.DE, Amazon’s Kindle Library is currently vulnerable to XSS attacks, in which malicious code is inserted into the metadata for an eBook. More →

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Amazon Kindle Vending Machine

Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle from a vending machine

By on January 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle from a vending machine

Amazon wants to know if it can turn the Kindle into an impulse buy, and it’s using CES attendees as test subjects to find out. GeekWire was one of the first sites to run across the “Kindle Kiosk” at the McCarran airport in Las Vegas on Thursday, just as CES was beginning to wind down. According to airport staff, the machine had been installed earlier in the week, a clear indication that Amazon hopes to attract the influx of tech-savvy visitors on their way out of the city. More →

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eBooks Versus Printed Books Survey

The Internet has killed CDs and newspapers… but not books

By on November 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

The Internet has killed CDs and newspapers… but not books

Given what digital media options have done to CDs and newspapers, you probably assumed that the rise of eReaders such as Kindle and Nook would be doing the same thing to printed books… but you’d be wrong. Per The Guardian, a new survey of people between the ages of 16 to 24 shows that 62% of young adults prefer reading printed books over eBooks. More →

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Tablet Touch Screen Responsiveness

Study: iPads are the most responsive tablets in the world

By on October 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM.

Study: iPads are the most responsive tablets in the world

A few weeks ago we shared Agawi’s first touchscreen responsiveness test, which found Apple’s iOS smartphones to be more responsive than the Android competitors. Agawi is back with TouchMarks II, comparing touchscreen latencies in flagship tablets from Apple, Android and Microsoft’s Windows RT platform, and once again Apple seems to have topped rival devices by a healthy margin. Agawi used the same method to test the tablets as it did with the smartphones, “by measuring the time between when the user touches the screen and the device updates the display.” More →

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Amazon Kindle Annual Sales Estimate

Amazon’s annual Kindle sales estimated at $4.5 billion

By on August 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

Amazon’s annual Kindle sales estimated at $4.5 billion

Just how much money does Amazon generate from selling its Kindle eReaders and tablets? It’s tough to say because Amazon never releases specific sales figures for its devices. AllThingsD points us to new research from Morgan Stanley that estimates Amazon will sell $4.5 billion worth of Kindle-branded devices this year, a 26% increase from 2012. The Morgan Stanley researchers also think that Kindle sales will total $5 billion next year and $5.5 billion in 2015. Amazon will release the next generation of its 7-inch Kindle Fire this fall and its specs will include a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 4470 processor with PowerVR SGX544 graphics, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Second-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets are also in the works, and they feature some of the most impressive tablet specs we have ever seen.

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Mobile Market Share April 2013

Amazon tablets soar in mobile content consumption

By on May 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM.

Amazon tablets soar in mobile content consumption

Millenial Media, a leading mobile advertising platform, is out with another Mobile Mix report. It shows Amazon’s tablets gaining share in the mobile content market at a fairly dizzying clip. The Mobile Mix report is based on billions of monthly ad impressions and it offers an interesting glimpse of emerging trends in mobile content consumption. Perhaps the biggest bombshell is that Amazon is now hogging 28% of ad impressions served to Android tablets; just marginally behind Samsung’s tablets that get a 35% share. No other Android vendor has achieved double digits. The cheapo Kindle tablet strategy has helped Amazon to already vault to the top tier of the U.S. tablet market when it comes to content consumption. More →

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Amazon Kindle Tablet Analysis

Amazon: The second most desirable tablet vendor

By on March 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

Amazon: The second most desirable tablet vendor

Amazon (AMZN) has had a hell of a ride in the tablet market. The first Kindle tablet rode on the wave of Kindle eBook readers’ success and made a big splash. That turned into bitter backlash due to software and hardware quality problems, however. Now, Amazon has managed to stage a remarkable tablet comeback. According to a Yankee Group survey, Amazon is the second most desirable vendor among consumers planning to buy a tablet. More →

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Walmart pulls Kindle devices from store shelves

By on September 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM.

Walmart pulls Kindle devices from store shelves

Walmart Kindle Fire Dropped

Walmart (WMT) stores nationwide, along with its Sam’s Club retail warehouses, will reportedly no longer carry Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle line of tablets and eReaders. According to an alleged internal memo obtained by Reuters, the world’s largest retailer recently made a “business decision” to no longer sell Amazon’s devices. “We have recently made the business decision to not carry Amazon tablets and eReaders beyond our existing inventory and purchase commitments,” the company said in a memo sent to store managers dated September 19th. “This includes all Amazon Kindle models current and recently announced.” Earlier this year, Target became the first nationwide retailer to stop sales of Amazon’s Kindle products due to competition with other products. More →

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Amazon is working on a dual-display Kindle tablet

By on August 30, 2012 at 5:10 PM.

Amazon is working on a dual-display Kindle tablet

Amazon Dual Display Kindle

Have you ever wished that your tablet had two screens, one on the front and one on the back? No? Well, Amazon (AMZN) may be developing one anyway as Mashable has found a newly-awarded Amazon patent showing a tablet that has one LCD screen on the front of the device for the standard full-color tablet experience and one E Ink screen on the back that’s designed specifically for reading electronic books. More →

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Amazon to launch color Kindle eReader later this year, report claims

By on May 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM.

Amazon to launch color Kindle eReader later this year, report claims

Amazon Kindle Color eReader

Amazon will reportedly launch a new version of its Kindle eBook reader later this year that features a color display with a capacitive touch panel. Citing multiple unnamed sources within Amazon’s supply chain, Digitimes on Thursday reported that Amazon is currently beginning to place parts orders for the new Kindle, which will launch some time in the second half of 2012. The site also claims Amazon will likely make use of new color display panels from E Ink, and TPK Holding Company will supply the multi-touch panels. Digitimes reported in February that Amazon’s color eReader would launch as soon as March, however the company has yet to unveil any such product. More →

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Barnes & Noble reportedly prepping Nook eReader with ‘GlowLight’ display

By on April 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM.

Barnes & Noble reportedly prepping Nook eReader with ‘GlowLight’ display

Barnes & Noble may be looking to beat Amazon to the market with an eReader that includes a front-lit E Ink display. The Digital Reader on Wednesday posted an image of a purported advertisement for an unannounced Nook Simple Touch that features screen technology Barnes & Noble highlighted as “GlowLight.” The new Nook is said to have a lighting mechanism embedded over its E Ink screen that will evenly distribute light across the display surface. Further details regarding price or a release date are unavailable, however The Digital Reader suggest a Thursday, April 12th launch is possible. The full Nook Simple Touch advertisement seen below. More →

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Amazon may launch three more Kindle Fires in 2012

By on March 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM.

Amazon may launch three more Kindle Fires in 2012

Amazon may bring three new versions of its Kindle Fire tablet to market in 2012, according to a report from Taiwan Economic News. Matching up with earlier rumors that have suggested the retail giant would introduce a larger device, the site reports that Amazon is readying an 8.9-inch model with a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The publication also suggested that Amazon will introduce a low-end 7-inch model with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, as well as a medium to high-end 7-inch model that will include a 1,280 x 800-pixel display. While Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Amazon’s tablet had no impact on iPad sales, the Kindle Fire managed to capture 14% of the tablet market in its debut quarter. More →

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Next-generation Kindle Fire tablet could be nearing production

By on March 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM.

Next-generation Kindle Fire tablet could be nearing production

BGR exclusively reported nearly a year ago that Amazon was working on two new devices that would push the retail giant beyond eReaders and into the tablet space. The first, a dual-core Tegra 2-powered slate, would launch six months later as the Kindle Fire and propel Amazon into the No.2 spot among global tablet vendors after just half a quarter of availability. The second tablet was said to be a 10-inch offering powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, but we have yet to see it materialize. Numerous reports have suggested that the larger Kindle Fire was pushed back from its originally scheduled debut, and the tablet will now launch in the second quarter this year. While Amazon has yet to reveal any plans for a larger Kindle Fire, DigiTimes reported on Thursday that the company placed initial chassis orders with Taiwan-based Catcher Technology for a new Kindle Fire tablet, suggesting production could begin soon. The report did not specify the size of the chassis on order. More →

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