Kindle Stories September 29, 2014

Kindle & Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 6 support

The list of updated apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is still somewhat small since developers only learned of the new iPhone display resolutions earlier this month. The Kindle iPhone app from Amazon is joining that short list today, though, with a new version optimized for the iPhone 6.

That means that like iBooks, text you read in Kindle’s iPhone app won’t be fuzzy or scaled up. If you prefer the zoomed up version, however, iPhone 6 users do have that option to make every app larger using the Display Zoom feature found in the accessibilities section of the Settings app on iOS.

Kindle’s previous added a handy widget in Notification Center’s Today view for quickly accessing books you’re reading. Kindle for iOS is available for free on the App Store.

Facebook Messenger has also been updated for the new iPhone models. Notably, the chat app has beat the primary app for the social network in updating for the new iPhones.

Kindle Stories September 17, 2014

Amazon announces massive Kindle refresh including new ‘Kindle Voyage’ and $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet

Following a big day of Apple news, Kindle has unleashed a massive refresh of its Kindle lines, including three refreshed Kindles and—interestingly—one completely new Kindle model. The lineup includes the company’s new flagship e-reader dubbed Kindle Voyage, a new entry-level Kindle that now packs a touch screen, an updated Kindle Fire HDX, and a new Kindle Fire HD, which is starting at just $99.

Kindle Stories July 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: MacBook Air up to $250 off w/ .edu, MacBook Pro 15″ $300 off, Eric Clapton free iTunes stream, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

 

Save up to $250 on current gen. MacBook Airs w/ .edu email, 13-inch from $750more

Belkin charge & sync iPhone dock w/ built-in Lightning cable $19 Prime shipped (Reg. $35) (price bumped up slightly at 2:15pm)

Apple deals:

Other new deals:

  • New! Daily Deals: Kindle Fire 7″ HDX 4G: $229, more
  • New! Seiki Retro 1080P HDTV w/Yamaha 20W: $100 shipped (75% off)
  • New! Monitors: LG 24″ Widescreen $140 (orig. $249), Acer 27″ G6 Series $180 (Reg. $220+)
  • New! Timbuk2 Large 25-inch Aviator Wheeled Backpack $99 shipped (Reg. $200)
  • New! Home: Bissell Sweepers from $20, Worx cordless trimmer $100, kitchen items, more
  • New! Enercell Dual-USB 3.1A: Auto Charger + USB Travel Wall Charger $6 shipped
  • New! Games/Apps: BioShock Triple Pack $11 (Reg. $60), Trine $2 (Reg. $10), freebies, more
  • New! One year magazine subs: Macworld $7.50, Bloomberg Businessweek $15, more

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promotions:

Kindle Stories June 10, 2014

Amazon integrates Audible audiobooks directly into Kindle mobile apps

Amazon announced today that it’s integrating the Audible audiobook service it purchased back in 2008 directly into the Kindle apps for both iOS and Android. After installing a free update landing today for the apps, users will be able to listen to Audible audio books without ever having to leave the app.

“We continue to hear from a growing number of Whispersync for Voice converts who tell us the innovation has profoundly changed the way they read—in fact, switching back and forth between reading and listening has become their preferred way of experiencing stories,” said Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz. “And the feature has gotten easier and easier to use, as this exciting integration into Kindle apps attests.”

The service is an extension of the Whispersync for Voice feature that Amazon recently launched. That feature allowed users to switch “seamlessly” between reading and listening but required users to have both the Kindle and Audible apps. With the updated Kindle apps, users will be able to get narrations for 45,000 Kindle books and growing as well as purchase Audible upgrades for previously purchased Amazon Kindle books ranging from $1 to $4. The audio and text versions of the book will stay in-sync, pages turn automatically, and narration includes a x2 speed mode and sleep timer option. The best part is that you won’t be pulled out of Kindle and into the Audible app now when switching between text and audio. 

The update includes other new features too, including: improvements to the X-Ray reference tool for textbooks and the ability to download an entire collection with a single tap. A full list of new features is below.

The updated Kindle app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 4.3

Listen to Audible audiobooks! Customers owning both the Kindle and Audible versions of a title can now listen to the audiobook right in the Kindle app.

Now you can use the Kindle app to switch back and forth between reading a Kindle book comfortably at home and listening to the story while driving to work.

Additional Features Include: •Access to more than 45,000 Kindle/Audible title pairs, including best sellers • Find audiobooks compatible with items in your Kindle library – audiobooks are delivered by Audible, an Amazon company • Whispersync for Voice automatically synchronizes reading progress between the Audible and Kindle versions of a book • Read and listen to a Kindle book at the same time; pages turn automatically • Narration speeds up to 2x and a sleep timer • Download an entire collection – gives customers the ability to download an entire collection with the tap of a button, making it easier for readers to download in bulk and load their favorite books on a new iOS device • Students can now find terms that are in X-Ray for Textbooks by using search – occurrences in X-Ray are shown right above occurrences in the book • Finding where an X-Ray term occurs on a textbook page is now easier – tap a page thumbnail in the X-Ray feature and you will see the term highlighted in the page of the book • Performance and stability improvements

Kindle Stories March 20, 2014

Just as it did last month, Samsung again takes shots at the iPad in a new ad for its Galaxy Pro series tablets. The ad opens with a video call in which the boss calls for a revised presentation deck to be emailed, and the Samsung user is able to send it during the call …  expand full story

Kindle Stories March 5, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Seiki 47″ LED HDTV $329, Kindle accessories 30% off, iPads/other tablets $30 off, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Seiki 47-inch LED 1080P HDTV: $329 shipped

Free coupon for 30% off select Kindle accessories from OtterBox, Belkin, and more

Staples $30 off tablets priced $149 or more: Kindle Fire 16GB $119, iPad mini 16GB $269more

Daily Deals: Up to 65% off Sony memory, LaCie 1TB portable HD $80, iPad Mini w/4G LTE Unlocked $390, 8GB Flash Drive $5, much more

Other great deals from today:

More great deals still alive:

New products:

  • Roku announces a new HDMI streaming stick for $50
  • D-Link Releases the First Portable 11AC Router/Server/Charger for $99 shipped

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