The software v6.3.1 update was announced today, May 3, as ready for download.
Download it at the software-update page (good instructions there) and you can also read there the information they include from the last, recent update (v6.3) to get a fuller picture on many changes that were made in late-March 2012.
Here's the extremely brief announcement Amazon has added on that software update page today. I've boldfaced the changes.
'We have a new, free software update available for Kindle Fire. This update brings additional parental controls to Kindle Fire, including the ability to password-protect purchases, disable access to specific content libraries, and block access to the Silk web browser. As with all software updates, these new features will be delivered automatically to your Kindle Fire.
By "specific content libraries" they mean categories such as books, docs, apps...
But the update page makes it possible for you to put it on your Kindle now if you want it right away, and the instructions on that page are easy to follow.
Kindle Forum Tips from users
Old Rocker at the Kindle Forum thread saw this when upon installing the udpate:
. Web Browser - Blocked/Unblocked
. Password Protect Purchases On/Off
. Password Protect Video Playback On/Off
. Block and Unblock Content Types Newstand/Books/Music/Video/Docs/Apps
. Password Protect WiFi On/Off
rickh57 says that you can restrict access to all books, etc., but not isolate it to a particular book.
Old or Adds an interesting precaution
"I'm thinking that anyone who shares their Fire may want to set up a parental control password, but just allow everything in order to avoid a child or other user to accidentally turn on parental controls and set up a password, locking the owner out. That happened to someone recently who posted about it on the forums."
Bufo Calvin found that "when you block the browser, you can still download from the Cloud..." He also found that 'the 'bookstream' (the live chat within the books) also still works."
If you forget the parental control password?
Turns out that you can set it to factory defaults after a few missed passwords -- so IF someone steals your Kindle you'll want to call Kindle Customer Service at 866-321-8851 to prevent anyone else from registering the Kindle to their account. [You can 'blacklist' the Kindle if it's ever stolen.]
*~*Pineapple*~* points out that resetting to Factory Defaults means losing:
. Any personal docs on the device
. any Internet bookmarks
. memorized wifi networks
and you'd need to register the device again, filling in the information.
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