Friday, March 21, 2014

Kindle tips: The Big Deal - Over 500 Kindle books at up to 85% off - is back thru' March 30. Appstore birthday: Fourteen Kindle Fire and Android apps Free TODAY & TOMORROW (3/21-22), worth up $50. Also, 50% off top-brand SD/SDHC memory cards currently. Is Amazon readying a smartphone with 6 cameras?

Amazon's The Big Deal feature headline isn't super clear in the image, but that package is back for the rest of March and promises
  "Up to 85% off on more than 500 Kindle Books."

This special feature page is good through March 30, and carries the usual disclaimer re varying selection and pricing of books offered outside the U.S.

  The Big Deal page is organized this time by a more limited set of categories or genres than usual:

  . Biography & Memoir Deals
  . Science Fiction & Fantasy Deals
  . Teen Book Deals
  . Religion & Spirituality Deals
  . Children's Books

On the right of the page is a list of the Top 10 Best Selers and an option to "See all Best Sellers in The Big Deal"
  This is the top 100 out of the 500 offered.
' These lists, updated hourly, contain bestselling items. Here you can discover the best The Big Deal in Amazon Best Sellers ... For non-U.S. customers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. '

The bottom of the page is a scrolling list of over 500 books, one by one, with a default sort of "New and Popular" and alternate sorts:
  16 per page, if you choose (inside the gray strip bar above the list) the Orange grid for "Detail"
  60 per page, if you choose the 4-cell icon for "Image" which will show mainly book covers and basic info.

  Shortcut if you type it:

Amazon's Appstore celebrates its 3rd birthday with free apps TODAY and Tomorrow (3/21-22, 2014)
According to INTOMOBILE's Ian Kersey, Amazon is "giving away fourteen hit titles today and tomorrow, which would normally run you $50 to purchase..." The listing:
Polaris Office ($12.99)
Runtastic PRO GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker ($4.99)
Swype Keyboard ($3.99)
mSecure – Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($9.99)
PrintHand Mobile Print Premium ($12.95)
Worms 2: Armageddon ($0.99)
Worms 2: Armageddon (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($0.99)
King of Math Junior ($1.99)
Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots ($0.99)
Dr. Panda’s Airport ($1.99)
MONOPOLY ($4.99)
Sketchbook Pro ($4.99)
Ski Safari: Adventure Time ($0.99)
SpinArt ($1.99)
Battle Maiden Yuko Runner ($10.00)
Some of you will have less Kindle Fire or pure-Android tablet storage than others.  For Kindle Fire users, getting any or all of these at Amazon's web page, after more easily perusing the features and reviews, will put them in your Amazon Cloud and you can download and install, on your device, only what you want or need when you're ready, without worrying about taking too much of the storage space at one time.

  When ready, you'd just choose 'Cloud' on your tablet's Apps "Cloud" top-bar choice and click on one to get it.

This special ends Saturday night, March 22. Thanks to Intomobile for the tip.

For photo buffs and snapshooters: Amazon's current 50% off deal on SD and SDHC memory cards
These are primarily name brand memory cards.

A prediction to monitor, re Amazon's coming smartphone
In Sept., 2011, while the rest of the tech world was saying Amazon would not be releasing new eInk eReader now that tablets were the main focus, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, often cited by AppleInsider, predicted Amazon would release TWO eInk tablets.  This was pooh-pooh'd by most watchers but he was right, including the smallest details.  So his predictions for Amazon's smartphone get more serious attention. Excerpts:
'.. Will feature mid- to high-range specs, including a Qualcomm Snapgragon 801 processor, a 4.7-inch display with 300-320 pixels-per-inch (ppi) and a 2,000-2,400 mAh battery. The most interesting thing that Kuo suggests about Amazon’s smartphone is not the computing hardware, but rather, its cameras.
... Amazon will cram a 13-megapixel main camera sensor made by Sony -- with five other cameras. While one camera will be front-facing for video chats, Kuo said "the other four cameras will be used for gesture control, allowing users to operate the smartphone without touching the touch panel.”
... Last year, reports said that Amazon was looking at a glasses-free 3D interface for a Kindle phone. The additional cameras might allow for interaction with hologram-like 3D images to bring a whole new dimension to mobile gaming...
... Might Amazon offer Prime members some other incentive for buying its phone to justify the higher price?..."
More details for those intrigued are at Thomas Halleck's article for International Business Times.

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