Music Spotlight: Amazon vs. Apple – Introduction

October 6, 2012
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Music Spotlight: Amazon vs. Apple – Introduction

Apple Has All But Owned Digital Music For Over A Decade Apple was the first company to put your entire music library onto a single, pocket-sized portable player, and they’ve had many years to refine and improve their digital music software and hardware products. Many people, myself included, have become so downright dependent on our iPods...

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Music Spotlight: 7 Reasons To Drop That Apple And Start Buying Digital Music On Amazon

October 2, 2012
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Music Spotlight: 7 Reasons To Drop That Apple And Start Buying Digital Music On Amazon

Whether you intend to listen to music on your Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, or another device entirely (like an iPod, for example), it’s still a lot smarter to actually buy your digital music from Amazon. While I appreciate the convenience and option of being able to play digital music on my Kindle Fire,...

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A Day In The Life Of My Kindle Fire

October 2, 2012
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A Day In The Life Of My Kindle Fire

It recently occurred to me exactly how often, and in how many different ways, I’m using my Kindle Fire. While my current device is the 7″ Kindle Fire HD, you can perform any of the functions I’ll be writing about in this post with the first-generation Kindle Fire, too. Here’s a typical day in the...

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Kids on Fire: For School Emergencies, It’s Kindle Fire To The Rescue!

September 26, 2012
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Kids on Fire: For School Emergencies, It’s Kindle Fire To The Rescue!

Just this week, I had two occasions where having a Kindle Fire really saved my bacon. Or at least, my kids’ bacon. The first incident was with my son, who’d transferred to his new high school weeks into the term and had to get up to speed on The Crucible very quickly to keep...

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How-To’s: Managing Your Amazon Instant Video Library

September 24, 2012
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How-To’s: Managing Your Amazon Instant Video Library

Amazon Instant Videos: What’s It All About?! If you’re like me, you’ve bought some Amazon Instant Videos of favorite movies and programs when they were on sale, and now you’re a little confused about what you can and can’t do with them. Once you’ve downloaded a video to your PC, can you still download...

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Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire: Hardware

September 17, 2012
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Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire: Hardware

The new Kindle Fire HD entry-level model has a 7″ display screen, but that’s pretty much where the similarities between it and the first-generation Kindle Fire chassis end. To begin with, the KFHD has a slightly larger, slightly thinner, and slightly lighter footprint. Where the original Kindle Fire is 7 3/8″ long by 4...

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Amazon Encore Author Spotlight: R.J. Keller’s Waiting For Spring

July 27, 2012
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Amazon Encore Author Spotlight: R.J. Keller’s Waiting For Spring

I first read R.J. Keller’s Waiting For Spring years ago, long before it was picked up by the Amazon Encore imprint on account of its popularity with readers, and was immediately recommending it to everyone I know who can appreciate a character-driven drama. There are no car chases, explosions, serial killers or couples who “meet cute” in...

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Editor’s Pick: Hilary Mantel’s Tudor Court Historical Fiction

July 25, 2012
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Editor’s Pick: Hilary Mantel’s Tudor Court Historical Fiction

After watching the wonderful Showtime series, The Tudors, I was very anxious to read more about the Tudor court. A friend recommended Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize winner, Wolf Hall. It’s a very long book, yet so fascinating that it seemed a pretty quick read. I’m surprised to see that some reviewers have been...

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Why I Collect Digital Videos

July 17, 2012
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Why I Collect Digital Videos

I love movies. I love, love, LOVE movies. Movies are a lot like music and books for me: they have positive or negative associations with whatever was going on in my life at the time I was first exposed to them, they can evoke certain feelings, they can be a much-needed distraction or source of comfort in...

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Editor’s Picks: HBO Go App

June 20, 2012
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Editor’s Picks: HBO Go App

If you’re an HBO subscriber and your cable provider supports it (most of the biggies do), you’ve got to get the HBO GO app for your Kindle Fire. This app allows you to watch streaming content from HBO on your Fire device. It’s going to make a wealth of great HBO programming available on...

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