Ready for today's craziest rumor? Yeah, if a bunch of hardware research analysts from Taiwan are to be believed, Amazon's stockpiling supplies to build a Kindle smartphone to either fight the almighty iPhone or make a killing on Android.
Selling lots of Kindles is great for Amazon not because they want to make money selling Kindles, but because they want to make money selling Kindle books. So much so that they take a $5 loss on every cheapo Kindle sold.
Amazon has just unveiled a new incentive to sign up for their $80-per-year Prime service: a lending library for the Kindle, allowing you to "borrow" books for free.
With a little under a month to go before people start receiving their 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets, the canceled 10-inch version is rising back from the rumor graveyard, with a reported release date set for mid-2012. Would a Kindle Fire with a larger screen keep you from pre-ordering the 7-inch one?
If the pre-order frenzy inspired by the iPhone 4S has you wanting an upgrade, Amazon is looking to distract you from Apple's wiles. In true Amazonian fashion, the online retailer is doing a damn good job of it, too. These aren't obscure, unwanted Android phones, either — some of the latest and greatest made the list.
If you opt for the cheaper version of Amazon's Kindles, the ones with "special offers," your screensavers will be advertisements. But if you ever decide you're sick of them, Amazon will now let you buy your way out.
If pre-order numbers are anything to go by, then Amazon's first tablet, the Kindle Fire, is already on its way to moving more units on launch day than Apple did when it first released the first-gen iPad in 2010.
Ali v. Frazier? Federer v. Nadal? Yanks v. Red Sox? None of these epic sporting confrontations can compete with the upcoming struggle between Apple and Amazon. As you may know, Amazon announced its long-rumored, long-awaited, long-delayed Android Kindle tablet/e-reader, the Kindle Fire, which will go on sale November 15. Next week, Apple will announce it's long-rumored, long-awaited, long-delayed iPhone 5, likely to go on sale around October 13 or 14. Of course, this battle of behemoths isn't between the Fire and the iPhone, but between the Fire and the iPad. Or at least that's how many in both the tech and media in general present it. But Kindle Fire v. iPad will not be the titanic struggle folks think it will be. Fire will claim a far different victim.
Ever since HP killed off the webOS hardware, the future of the mobile platform has remained shrouded in mystery. VentureBeat is reporting that Amazon might buy webOS from HP. But what about that new Android-powered Kindle Fire?
Amazon's Silk browser, which will come loaded on the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet, promises to be super speedy thanks to the fact that Amazon's servers will route any pages you view through them, doing all the heavy lifting. Which is great for speed, and terrible for privacy.