Hey, so forget what we said this morning about a news recap earlier in the day -- we’re happy to announce that, starting Thursday, we’ll be back to pushing out three full news items each weekday morning, plus the very news recap you’re reading each evening to catch up with the rest of the day’s events. All because you, the loyal MacLife.com reader, deserve it! So without further ado, let’s blast off into the rest of today’s news for Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
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.
If the rumors are to be believed, Amazon will step into the tablet fray on Wednesday with something called the “Kindle Fire” -- a customized Android slate which may pose the first real threat to Apple’s dominance with the iPad, thanks to the ecosystem the e-tailer has built for apps, movies, TV shows, books and music.
As customers and stockholders alike pile on Netflix following their questionable moves over the last few months, another threat looms large on the horizon: The newly invigorated Blockbuster Video, flush with cash from its Dish Network purchase and ready to announce something significant on Friday.