Happy Cyber Monday! Here’s hoping our MacLife.com readers have been able to find a bargain or two while browsing around today… seems to us that most of the good deals were blown out last Thursday and Friday, but we confess to spending a few hard-earned dollars here and there today. Oh, and hey, there’s still some news happening in the cyberworld, so here’s the latest for (Cyber) Monday, November 28, 2011.
Our conucopia is getting pretty stuffed around here, which means it's a sure sign that the holidays are on their way. So what've you got planned for the big weekend coming up? Probably your iOS device will get some toting around, maybe you'll watch a couple movies, read a couple books, and maybe you'll keep up with your good friends at Mac|Life, who keep track of the week's hottest stories, just for your sake.
Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire arrived in the hands of early adopters this week, and we were among those who preordered following the announcement seven weeks ago. Now that it’s safely arrived in our hands, we’ve started poking, prodding and yes, tapping the Kindle Fire to give MacLife.com readers a quick look at this new budget-conscious, seven-inch Android-based tablet.
Citigroup's research department is whispering hearsay that Amazon's got its own ideas for a smartphone next year. The "KindlePhone," as it's referred to in the article from All Things D, is allegedly slated for launch in late 2012. It's a fantastic idea for technophiles who have already adopted the Kindle Fire and are eager to step further into the Amazon ecosystem. And it's an amazing opportunity for Amazon to beat Apple at its own game.
Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire hits stores on Tuesday, and the floodgates opened at midnight on Monday for reviewers to unleash their thoughts on the Android-based tablet -- and, of course, how it will or will not threaten Apple’s current domination of the tablet market with the iPad 2. Here’s a look at what the reviewers have to say.
Apple did it to us again, issuing both an iOS 5.0.1 beta and a new iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 with iTunes Match after the daily recap went live on Wednesday -- and seriously bumming out everyone who’s been waiting for that “late October” launch of the $24.99 per year service. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Amazon as they prepare to ship the Kindle Fire in two weeks. Here’s what’s making headlines across the internet for this Thursday, November 3, 2011.
Here we are, one week before Apple is set to wow us with whatever they've got behind the curtains, so if you thought the hot news stories this week weren't going to skew toward being about next Tuesday and what we might gain -- and what we might lose -- well, you're in the wrong place.
After all the hooplah, jabs, hype and hyperbole leading up to its launch, the Kindle Fire -- which lends itself to so many failure puns, it’s almost as if Jeff Bezos is daring us not to buy it -- is not an iPad. It’s not even an iPad attacker.
To paraphrase Robert Duvall in the 1979 classic Apocalypse Now: “We love the smell of Kindle Fire in the morning.” Yes, Amazon’s seven-inch tablet is real, and it’s cheaper than even the analysts had predicted -- and its arrival has further pushed down the price of the standard Kindle, which is now a mere $79.