Amazon is building a new version of its artificially intelligent Echo speaker with a screen, according to a Bloomberg report. The device is currently being worked on by the company's secretive Lab126 research team that was also responsible for some of Amazon's greatest flops and successes like the Fire Phone, Echo Dot and Fire tablet. It sounds weird and kind of unwieldy — but it might prove to be a great idea.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon's Lab126 — makers of the Kindle, iFire Phone, and Amazon Echo — is laying off dozens of engineers. That's a shame. Some consolation: now we can hear about the gadgets they were secretly building!
Last year, Amazon's Kindle tablets really grew up. They got fantastic and stylish new design, and a software update to back it up. This year, Amazon's trotting out a new 8.9 Kindle Fire HDX with faster guts. You won't find a 7-inch version if that's what you're looking for, but Amazon does have some staggeringly cheap new Kindle Fire HDs to take its place for just $US100 a pop.
We loved the Kindle Fire HDX. It's faux-Android wrapped up in a budget body so beautiful you'll learn to stop worrying and love the forked OS. Now its big brother, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, is here with the same flavour of lovely in a stretched-out package.
We're big fans of Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX, but we've been waiting to see exactly what lurks within its sleek frame for a while. Fortunately, iFixit has now stripped it bare, and it's thumbs up all round — unless you wanna try to repair it.
Less than a year after the first generation of smaller tablets gained traction, a second generation of 7-inchers has arrived — the Google Nexus 7 launched in July and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD in September. There are many other manufacturers making small tablets, but these are the only models seeing significant demand. As we'll see, in this short period of time these mini tablets have evolved into first-tier products with excellent displays that outperform most full-size higher-priced tablets. But which is best?
Crafty hackers over at the XDA Developers forum have already figured out how to root the new Kindle Fire HD. Initially, some developers suggested that the new Kindles would be hack-reistant, but as the video above demonstrates, it's already been done.
Amazon's Kindle Fire has declared an all out price war with the iPad. But if you don't need all those fancy colour-screen bells and whistles, you can opt for the even cheaper e-ink Kindle. And if even that's overkill, Conan O' Brien has discovered Amazon is selling — or renting — an even cheaper solution.