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Instant Video Myths And Facts

January 3, 2013
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Instant Video Myths And Facts

The comment thread on Amazon’s page dedicated to yesterday’s $5 Instant Video sale Gold Box deal was very lively, and filled with many myths and signs of confusion. An earlier KF on KND post on Managing Your Instant Video Library addressed a lot of the confusion surrounding Instant Video licensing and usage, but it...

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Editor’s Desk: Does Your Fire Need Antivirus Protection?

January 1, 2013
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Editor’s Desk: Does Your Fire Need Antivirus Protection?

In a word, at this point in time, assuming you haven’t hacked your Fire and don’t “sideload” apps to it, no. Not really. While it’s true that the Kindle Fire runs on the Android platform, and there have been numerous reports of hackers targeting phones that run on the Android platform, that doesn’t mean...

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A Path To Media Freedom, At Last?

November 19, 2012
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A Path To Media Freedom, At Last?

Kindle Fire + iPod: The Grudging Marriage Born of Necessity Most people who have a Kindle Fire use it for apps, video, email, web browsing and reading ebooks, but not many use it for music. Music sounds great on the new HD models, but the Fire is just a little too big to easily...

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FreeTime Parental Controls – Not Quite There Yet

October 30, 2012
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FreeTime Parental Controls – Not Quite There Yet

Amazon is in the process of rolling out a potentially very cool new set of features that they are calling FreeTime, and as is so often the case with 1.0 versions of new functionality, we have good news and bad news.  First, we’re excited about the things that we expect FreeTime will allow us to...

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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple For Digital Music, The Wrap-Up

October 15, 2012
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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple For Digital Music, The Wrap-Up

If you’ve been following this special series on Amazon vs. Apple for digital music, you’ve compared iTunes to the Amazon MP3 Store, you’ve seen the differences between Amazon’s and Apple’s Digital Music Library Management options, you’ve taken a closer look at each vendor’s digital music file functionality, and you’ve compared the devices you can...

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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, Devices

October 11, 2012
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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, Devices

So far in this series, I’ve covered: Digital Music – Amazon vs. Apple, Introduction iTunes vs. Amazon MP3 Store Digital Music Library Management Music File Functionality So far the series has been about digital music software and services offered by Apple and Amazon. Today, we’re talking hardware: how do the digital music players you...

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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, Music File Functionality

October 11, 2012
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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, Music File Functionality

KF on KND’s series comparing Amazon to Apple for digital music continues today with a look at music file functionality between the two vendors. Here’s a rundown of posts in the series so far: Music Spotlight: Amazon vs. Apple – Introduction iTunes vs. Amazon MP3 Store Amazon vs. Apple, Digital Music Library Management MP3...

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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, Digital Music Library Management

October 9, 2012
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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, Digital Music Library Management

Yesterday’s post in this series compared Amazon’s MP3 Store to iTunes, in terms of the shopping experience. Today it’s about what happens after you’ve bought your digital music: how does Amazon stack up against Apple when it comes to managing your library of digital music? Amazon MP3s are totally compatible with iTunes, iTunes Match...

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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, iTunes vs. Amazon MP3 Store

October 8, 2012
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Music Spotlight Special Series: Amazon vs. Apple, iTunes vs. Amazon MP3 Store

Today we present the first in our series of in-depth reports on Amazon vs. Apple for digital music consumers: a comparison of the digital music shopping experience each company has to offer. iTunes Is A Program, Amazon’s MP3 Store Is A Website The first, and probably most important, difference between Apple’s digital music sales...

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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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