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Kindle Paperwhite: A Review

Kindle Paperwhite the latest e-reader of Amazon is now available across various stores in South Africa. The latest Paperwhite kindle being the 6th generation e-reader device among Amazon’s productions is considered as the most advanced Kindle launched till now.

Better display technology, fast processor, and next generation built-in light along with advanced reading features like smart look up, vocabulary builder and Kindle page flip are boastful properties of the device.

Kindle has become among the largest selling e-reader in the world over a few couple of year. Consumers in South Africa are excited as Kindle Paperwhite is now available to them giving a new experience of reading loaded with high technology. The high resolution display marks it the best among its kind for it sports hand tuned 6 font styles in 8 sizes.

Reports say that the Kindle Paperwhite is built in an innovative way that enables even illumination of the screen to provide excellent reading experience in every lighting condition and can hold up to 1,100 books including the best-selling books of authors.

Incredible Connections, DionWired and Game and other retail outlets are supposed to keep the stock of this e-reader device. The company has decided to make the device easily affordable to all and the market price is quite reasonable so that the consumers get the value for their money. The Kindle Paperwhite with Wi-Fi can be purchased at R2, 499 only at retail and while one can get the Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi with 3G for only R3, 299.

Apple shares drop after muted iPhone sales

Apple’s share dropped as much as 8.8 percent on Tuesday, which is their steepest decline in a year.  The world’s most valuable company needs a cheaper iPhone to keep pace with the low-cost rival companies, after the Smartphone sale of the company fell short of the expectations in the holiday shopping season.

The company had lost $43 billion of its market capitalization more than the market value of Twitter Inc. – at the Stock’s intra-day low of $502.07.

Carl Icahn, an Activist investor was waging a public campaign to get Apple to return to shareholder the cash, bought up $500 million worth of Apple stock, which is his third purchase of the same size in less than a week.   This is to boost his total investment in the iPhone maker to more than $4 billion.

Nearly 14 brokerages lowered their price targets on Apple.  This is clearly reflecting the concern that it is becoming harder to sell high end phones as the markets get saturated.

The Apple sold a record number of 51 million iPhones in the quarter which ended December 28.  This is 55 million short of what was expected by the Wall Street.

Analysts on Tuesday attributed the pricing of the iPhone 5C to this shortfall.  iPhone 5C is considered as the low cost alternative to the iPhone 5S which failed to grab the market share from its cheaper rivals using Google Inc.’s Android software.

Apple maintained a gross profit margin of 37.9 percent for the quarter, as more people opted high-end iPhone 5S than iPhone 5C.

Apple forecasts $42$44 billion sales this quarter- because of its deal to sell iPhones through China mobile.  Analysts of Wall Street have expected $46 billion sales.

Amazon is working on a revolutionary product bigger than the Kindle

There is a lot of hope piled on Amazon’s new revolutionary device that will be “bigger than the Kindle”.  A recruitment advertisement has indicated that the Seattle-based company is developing this product.

It hasn’t been revealed that what category the device will fit into and what it will do.  The speculation about this device is building high. Everything you want to know about the Amazon’s latest crop of hardware is spelled out below by compiling the rumour round up of the potential candidates.

Kindle smartphone

Amazon-branded handset have been continually in the news in recent years.  There were strong rumours that Amazon and HTC are working on a line of Android handsets that were expected to be launched in 2014.  Digitimes slipped out in October 2013 that Amazon was partnering with the compact camera manufacturers for eye tracking control and advanced sensors that would allow 3D gesture in its first smartphone which is expected in the second quarter of 2014.

Cinnamon set-top box

Reports first claimed in 2013, April that amazon was developing a set-top box that could stream video over the internet.  The device was meant to rival Google TV, Apple TV and Roku was reportedly born under the Amazon’s Lab 126 division.  The rumours persist even though the timeframe has now passed.  Amazon is now aiming spring 2014 to disrupt the marketplace.

Android gaming console

Reports claimed that Amazon was working on an Android-based gaming console with a controller and Amazon’s digital library of Android apps that would release by Black Friday.  Like the Amazon set-top box, that didn’t happen.


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: The Best e-reader

The latest iteration of Kindle Paperwhite e-reader from Amazon is introduced, just a year after the first ever Paperwhite arrived.  They are just identical to look at, with a display of matte off-white   e-ink, a shiny black bezel and satin finish black plate.  The power buttons and micro-USB ports are in the same spot and both the paperwhites measure 169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm.  The Amazon’s new hotness become abundantly clear only when you pick them up and switch it ON.

The 2013 Paperwhite weighs nearly ten grams less than its predecessor.  Amazon has reduced weight while packing in better gear.  The storage is upgraded totally to store roughly 1,000 books.  Amazon also provides unlimited cloud storage for free and Wi-Fi connectivity to download old favourites and new books.  You can get a Paperwhite with 3G connectivity for $209.

Amazon claims that the battery can last up to eight weeks between the charges.  The Paperwhite’s display comes with an adjustable and granularly backlighting system, which is the key draws of the device.  If the Paperwhite’s backlight is turned to its maximum setting, you’ll be able to read a book in the brightest sunlight.  If the display is turned down to a minimum level, then you can read in bed without disturbing your partner.

Amazon has also added a number of software features like inline footnotes, instant text translation, and even a basic web browser.  The new Paperwhite is providing one of the best reading experiences, short of reading from a book.

Kindle Fire HDX Poses Real Threat to iPad

Amazon is improving the tablet technology dramatically, what Apple bought in the market.  So finally the time has arrived to whip the crown away from Apple and give it to the rightful holder – Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX.

In the current available market of tablets, iPad is the most influential tablet. There is no doubt about it but Amazon’s  Kindle Fire HDX is now sweeping the tech industry.

The price of 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX starts at a rate of $229, which is incredibly low compared to iPad mini with the same storage at $399.  If you want to boost the capacity from 16GB to 64GB, it is only $309 for 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, while iPad mini costs an astronomical amount of $599.

The larger tablets also repeat the cost patterns.  A 16GB 8.9 Kindle Fire HDX is rated at $379, and 64GB takes to $479.  While iPad Air, 16GB model starts at $499 and 64GB storage makes you shell up to $699.

So Kindle Fire HDX is the better deal, no matter how you cut it.

The display of Kindle Fire HDX blows away the display of iPad.  The Colour of HDX looks superior, vivid, and brightness is better.  On the top of it, HDX throws off a less glare, which makes it easy to use it outdoors.

iPad offers about 10 hours of battery life, while 7-inch Kindle Fire can go up to 11 hours.  Other important features are listed below which makes Kindle Fire HDX superior compared to iPad are listed below:

  • Superior on-screen Keyboard
  • Better Dolby Digital Plus speakers
  • Better Email and Calendar apps
  • The awesome Mayday button.

Amazon Kindle Free Time: A Review

Kindle Free Time from gives parents a way to block kids, accessing the grown-up content.  Kindle is not offering parental control alone, but an optional subscription service with which you get thousands of Kid-friendly books, videos and games for a reasonable monthly fee.  Even though the quality is mixed, the service is hassle free, safe and relatively cheap at $3 a month.

Kindle Free Time works only with 2012 and later models of the Kindle Fire.

All Kindle Fires comes with Free Time already installed.  The app is free to use.  Once the app is opened, all contents which are not placed in your child’s Free Time account is blocked.  That means your child will not be able to access Facebook, YouTube, Netflix etc., if you don’t want your child to have it.  You can even set a password to exit from Free Time.

Your child’s screen time can also be limited by having access to shut off after a specified time.  You can even allot the time to different kind of media your child can view.  The option to set different time limits for weekdays and weekends is also available.  You can even set “curfews” for children to keep them from playing games after the bed time.

Free Time app is free.  To access Amazon’s Free Time Unlimited service, you have to pay which will allow access to a large library of books, videos and kid-friendly apps without the help of an adult.

Amazon Kindle Free Time protects your wallet from kids who do not understand they are spending real money on virtual toys.

Get a Kindle Paperwhite and throw away your lamp

Kindle Paperwhite is the best way to read e-books as the device can be used for reading effortlessly at daytime as well as night time.  With the traditional books, if you want to read in the night, you need a lamp.  But with the Kindle, light is adjusted automatically and it is a pleasure to read in the beautiful, perfectly lit paper-esque screen.  The reading is equally enjoyable even when lying by the pool or outside on a deck, as the screen deflects glare.  The device’s processor is very fast.  The books can be downloaded onto the device immediately for a nice price through the Amazon store.

Since the device has built in Wi-Fi, access to a whole bunch of features like a dictionary, taking notes on the book what you are reading and synchronizing it to the cloud, a book community called Goodreads, and other cool features.

The Kindle Paperwhite also provides a real time stats on the book you are reading, how many minutes you have left in that chapter etc.  The Kindle is a designated e-reader, so you are not distracted by other applications or email notifications.  This is one of the biggest bonus.

The new e-reader is a refined e-book reader with more speed, brightness, polish and edge lighting.  The Kindle Paperwhite has set the bar high for the competition.

In addition to two native Kindle protected formats, AZW and AZW3.  The Paperwhite supports PDF, MOBI, TXT, DOC, DOCX files.  There is a 2 GB internal storage and the e-reader can room for about 1,000 books.

Kindle Paperwhite: The Ultimate Reader’s Tool

The latest e-book reader from Amazon, the Kindle Paperwhite, is something of a paradox for the real book enthusiasts.  The reader offers a great reading experience by surrounding the text with the minimal features.  The display is as white as the paper as the name suggests and provides excellent contrast for reading in daylight effortlessly.  When everything is not illuminated, the backlight allow the readers to turn pages continuously.  The light is wonderfully versatile, dim enough to work in a full dark room and at the same time bright enough to kill most of the glare in a well-lit room.  The battery life is estimated to eight weeks which makes the reader outlast anything short of ‘Infinite Jest.’

The 2013 edition of Kindle Paperwhite sounds a lot like last year’s Kindle Paperwhite.  Nothing major is added to the new offering.  The main different maker is the improved backlight and the improvements under the hood which includes both software and hardware makes the flicking through, adding notes.  If you are always stuck for something to read then the new Paperwhite can be of help with that as well.  The book discovery site is integrated with the Kindle, so you will never be stuck deciding on what to read next.

With 2GB storage on board, a resolution of 212 ppi, and a 25% faster processor, the new Kindle weighs only 206 gram and is taking aim at the higher end of e-reader specs.  It is the most cost effective e-reader available on the market at £ 109.


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon is known for its best e-readers, which are also called as Kindles.  Tablets and e-readers are different beasts, and deciding on which to buy purely depends on the need of the user.

Kindle Paperwhite

The Paperwhite e-readers are designed solely for reading the written word.  It is best suited for reading all the books, magazines.  It sports a simple black-and-white touchscreen display, which exactly mimics the printed pages.

The Smartphones and tablets are lit by lights which are behind the screen and e-readers are lit by lights that are hidden to the side of the screen.  The display is carefully textured to distribute the light evenly.  E-Reader enables long time reading without eyes getting strained.  Unlike a tablet or a phone, Paperwhite can be read easily in direct sunlight.

The battery in tablets last about 10 hours whereas in e-reader can lasts weeks.  The Paperwhite features an experimental web browser which is slow and frustrating, which is not worth the effort.  The device offers access to more than 2 million downloadable books from the Amazon stores.  The processor is too slow and sometimes there can be serious lag while opening a link or turning a page.

Kindle Fire HDX

The Kindle Fire HDX is a super slick, top lined tablet with the fully fledged entertainment device.

The device is priced at $329 for 7-inch model and $479 for 8.9-inch model.  It is considerably more expensive than the Paperwhite.

A lot more other things like playing games, using apps, playing music, watching a movie and taking photos.  But, the backlit display takes a heavy toll on the eyes.

The device is an impressive feat of engineering, with lighter and cheaper devices than iPad Air, and with a sharper display.  The battery lasts about 10 hours without a charge.  The screen is indecipherable in direct sunlight.

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Google Chrome Sales Surge during Holiday Period

Google’s Chromebook performed better than expected in 2013.  Chromebooks, the laptops powered by Google’s browser-based Chrome operating system, exploded into the market this year and with a strong not finishing 2013.

According to the popular metric,, Chromebooks are making up three of its four best-selling laptops.  Chromebooks have already boosted their market shares among commercial buyers through the November of 2013 to 10 percent of all computers and tablets, and 21 percent of notebooks, according to a market research firm, NPD Group.  This is a rough news for Microsoft, which is the principal market share looser against the Chromebooks.

Microsoft dominated the PC market with its “Wintel” computers, which is based on the Microsoft’s operating system and Intel chips.  Even though Microsoft’s stock price has done well this year, with the rest of the technology market, its stock dropped by 0.40 percent on Friday, to   $37.29.  Google’s stock raised by 0.08 percent, to $1, that is 118.40.

Samsung’s Chromebook and the Acer C720 Chromebook are the two best-selling notebooks during the U.S holiday season.  The third was Asus ‘Transformer Book, which is a Windows 8.1 device that can alternate between a keyboard-equipped laptop and 10.1-inch tablet.

Google with its Chrome OS for PCs doing what Android is doing with Smartphones.  Google is licensing the operating system to the manufacturers for free in the view of spreading web-based devices which can help the Google to serve better in web-based advertising.

The free operating system is the main thing that allows manufacturers of Chromebook to sell at seriously undercut prices than the more expensive Wintel PCs.  Microsoft’s business is mainly based on Windows, so it can’t afford to give away the free operating system for Chromebooks.  Chromebooks exploit this advantage by offering the devices with fewer whistles and hardware bells, like less local storage and RAM.

Microsoft’s strategic response to the trend is awaited.

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