The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon’s Lab126—makers of the Kindle, Fire 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!
You can always expect that Amazon will push out new Kindles and Fires year by year, but the Everything Store has so much more in the works. From travel sites to retail stores, there's a whole bunch of rumored stuff Bezos & Co. might be getting ready to roll out. Here's a breakdown.
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…
According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to equip third-party brick-and-mortar retailers with checkout systems built around Kindle Fire tablets and credit card readers. Just like all those stores that already use iPads in the same way?
If you've been trying to work out how you might pay for a new Kindle Fire, Amazon might be able to help: it's pushing a four-part instalment plan for its HDX line.
If you buy a Kindle Fire HDX this week through smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate $20 to the charity of your choice instead of the standard 0.5 percent. A nice little bonus for everyone involved.
The Kindle Fire HDX is a big step forward compared to its forebears. It's got a sleek redesign, blazing fast guts, and a few new tricks. Most of all, though, it's the best small tablet you can buy.