Sunday, July 21, 2013

New Amazon page for Certified Refurbished Kindles, with full 1-Yr Warranty. 'The Big Deal' of 500 books for up to 85-pct off is back thru' Aug 4. Android App of the Day (Sunday) is Piano Melody Pro. Kindle Fire Software update received by some.

Free Android App of the Day for Sunday
Piano Melody Pro is the free app for Sunday July 21 (only).

  So far, it includes 300 songs that can be learned.  The list is at the product page.  While it's "multitouch" you learn only the melody.
  From the reviews, one thing to know is that you should uncheck "Pressure" setting if you want it to play easily.

AMAZON'S "THE BIG DEAL" IS BACK AGAIN - 500 Kindle books at "up to 85% Off"

"The Big Deal" this time includes 500 Kindle books organized by category.
The books, many of which are quite popular, are priced between $1.99 and $3.99, with most of them $1.99 to $2.99.

Expiration date?
August 4, 2013.

Amazon note:
"Individual titles may have additional territory restrictions, and not all deals are available in all territories.   Amazon may modify the selection of books offered at any time."

NEW Amazon Page, for Certified Refurbished Kindles
Amazon describes these as "pre-owned" Kindles (E-ink and Kindle Fire tablets) that have been "refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.  All Certified Refurbished Kindle devices include a full one-year limited warranty, just like a brand-new Kindle."

  Some consider these a better bet in some ways than a new model, as each has been checked and certified to look and work "like new" and receives the same warranty as a new device, but the price is lower.  They're not large discunts, but it's one way to get a 32G Kindle Fire device for the cost of a 16G model and there's no risk involved.

And, this is one way to get a Kindle Touch, which has double the storage space of a Paperwhite plus audio capability, though it has no built-in light.

  The certified refurbished Paperwhite, at $104, is a good buy.  As with totally new devices that don't have 3G cellular-network capability and which therefore rely on WiFi access, you'd need WiFi in your home to access the 'Cloud' or your personal areas on the Amazon servers that hold your library of books and to access Wikipedia online, which is available via the Kindle 24 hours a day at no added cost for 3G access on the E-Ink Kindles.

  The 3G cellular-network-capable version of the Paperwhite, for Cloud and Wikipedia access without having to find a WiFi hotspot, is $159.

  Here's the blog article on What is 3G? and "WiFi"?

  As with the new models, the Kindle charger is bought separately when needed.  If you already have another Kindle of any type, you'd already have a charger and wouldn't need to buy another one.

  Note that certified refurbished models will be in and out of stock (the 3G refurbished Paperwhite became out of stock while I was typing this entry).

A Kindle Fire update to [x].4.5 has been received 'over the air' by a few.
This is just an alert.  Normally, we want updates, but in this case there seems to be a glitch for those who are using Dolphin browser with its old-Flash-player support.

  I'm hoping Amazon has heard about the glitch and will pause on the update.  The software update pages don't show the update as offered for manual updates as of now.  If you see an upgrade file posted later, for [x].4.5 and you rely on website Flash video via Dolphin or Firefox, I'd hold on manually updating it.
  I'll monitor the situation and will appreciate any input from others.  Thanks.

Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links.
Updated Kindle Fire 2 Basic  7" tablet - $159
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB - $199/$229
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16/32GB - $269/$299
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G 32/64GB - $399/$499
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $69/$89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $99
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $119/$139
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi+3G - $179/$199
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free slow web
Kindle DX - $379 $299 (Yes)
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - ~£89 Refurb'd
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi
Kindle Paperwhite 3G, UK
Kindle Fire 2, UK
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB, UK
Canada - Kindlestore, CDN-$
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - $79
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $129
Kindle Paperwhite, 3G - $199
Kindle Fire HD 7" - 214.00
KFire HD 7" $214,  8.9" $284

*OTHER Int'l pages*
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Paperwhite WiFi $139, 3G/Wifi $199
KFire HD 7" $214,  8.9" $284

France Boutique Kindle
Deutschland - Kindle Store
Italia - Kindle Store
Spain - Tienda Kindle
Brazil - Amazon Brazil
China - Amazon China [?]
Japan - Amazon Japan

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  1. On the update, is it an update 'to' 8.4.5 or an update 'of' 8.4.5 to something else?

    I've got the Fire 8.9 and am at version 8.4.5_user_4512020

    1. Jazz, it's TO v8.4.5.

      Do you use Dolphin and an old Flash Player on that tablet? Let me know (email is fine). Thanks.


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