All new Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet announced

Amazon has announced an all-new Fire HD 10 Tablet. The 10.1″ tablet comes with Alexa Hands-Free and features a 1080p full HD Display (224 ppi). At only $149.99, Amazon has shaved over $80 to $100 off the price of the old Fire 10.

This tablet is a huge improvement over the old one:

  • The previous generation only had a 1280 x 800 display (149 ppi). The new tablet is 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi).
  • The old Fire had 1.5 GHz processor, the new one is a faster 1.8 GHZ.
  • Old tablet cost $229.99 to $259.99, this one is $149.99.
  • The previous generation required you to push the home button for Alexa, the new tablet will be voice-activated and hands free (after an update).
  • The new Fire weighs 2 ounces less and is marginally thinner than the first version.
  • It also promises better battery life.

In order to bring this tablet in cheaper than the previous version, Amazon did seriously downgrade the cameras in this device. The new version has VGA Front-facing camera and a 2 MP rear-facing camera with a 720p HD video recording. The previous Fire had a 720p HD Front-facing camera + 5 MP rear-facing camera with full 1080p HD video recording. Since most people do not buy these tablets for the cameras anyway, this will probably not be a deal-breaker.

(You can find the specs for the previous generation here if you want to compare.)

I passed on the previous tablet model because at only 149ppi, it didn’t offer a good enough resolution for reading and watching video for my tastes. This one may be a different story. There are no third-party cases and covers for the new tablet available yet, but given past experience, new one should be popping up soon.

The new Fire 10 HD will be released on October 11, 2017. Amazon is offering the tablet on a payment plan of 5 monthly payments of $30.00.  You can pre-order the tablet here.

What do you think of the new tablet?

Daily Links and Deals: Putting Books at the Center of Our Conversation?

daily_links_1Today, a look at the idea of turning off the TV and putting books at the center of our conversation. Also, is best-selling fiction making us dumber, the big fuss over the latest Harry Potter book, smartphone biometrics and more. In deals, the Bourne series on Blu-ray and the Fire HD 10 is on sale again.

Daily Links for day, August 1, 2016:

Saturday on the Couch – Are eBooks Making Us Dumber? (Starts at 60) Just how is the focus on best-selling fiction affecting us.

‘Harry Potter’ is back — and so is the bookstore hoopla we haven’t seen since 2007 (Chicago Tribune) Fans are super excited about buying the latest in the series.

Putting Books at the Center of Our Conversation? (Inside Higher Ed) What if we all turn off the TVs and talk books?

Why Smartphones Are Now Adding Iris Scanners (Motherboard) First fingerprints,now Iris scanners. Just how much biometrics do you need to protect your phone?

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Drive Master (Gizmodo) Tips to get the most out of Google drive.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Tracer (Outer Earth) by Rob Boffard.

In Today’s DealsThe Bourne Classified Collection (Bourne Identity / Bourne Supremacy / Bourne Ultimatum / Bourne Legacy) (Blu-ray + Digital HD). Amazon also has the Fire HD 10 Tablet on sale for $50 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is David Bowie’s Low by Hugo Wilcken. The Romance Daily Find is I Want Candy by Susan Donovan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer. The Extra Daily Deal is The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Gamache Book 9) by Louise Penny.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Sunday Daily Deals: $50 off the Fire HD 10

fire_HD_10Today’s big find is $50 off the Fire HD 10 tablet. The 16GB version is only $179.99. It is also available in both 32GB and 64GB models, all for $50 off. And, yes, that includes the silver aluminum configuration! 🙂 This price is available for a limited -time.

In ebook deals, several e-tailers have books from Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York series on sale for $3.99.

Deals of the Day  for Sunday, June 5, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes two books by Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York and Humans of New York: Stories, each for $3.99.  Also, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, Survival Colony 9 by Joshua David Bellin for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, you can save up to 30% on Swiss Army Knives and a SHARKK Cellphone Mount Holder Car Magnet Swivel Head Air Vent Magnet Cell Phone Holder.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton for $3.99. The Romance Daily Find is A Colleen Coble Starter Kit: Seven Romantic Suspense Novels by Colleen Coble for $4.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Deception Point by Dan Brown for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The Man of My Dreams Series Books 1 & 2 (Regency Romance) by Miriam Minger for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Eat More Desert: More Than 100 Simple-To-Make & Fun-To-Eat Baked Goods From the Baker to the Stars by Jenny Keller for $2.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Fire HD 10 now available in aluminum and with 64 GB storage

fireHD10If you wanted your Amazon Fire tablet to have a higher-end look, Amazon may have delivered for you. Today the announced that the Fire HD 10 is now available in a sliver aluminum finish. Previous models were plastic only in black and white, so in the appearance department, this may be more comparable to the look of an iPad..  They have also added extra storage with a 64GB option for the tablet (currently, that is only offered on the aluminum model).

While the tablet display isn’t quite Retina display quality (it is only 149 ppi / 1280 x 800), it has a 1.5GHZ quad-core processor, dual cameras and connects to the Amazon ecosystem of movies, TV shows, music, books, apps and games.

The device is currently available in 16, 32 or 64 GB configurations. You can also add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage. Prices start at $229.99.

Does this new look make the Fire HD 10 more attractive to you?

Finds and Deals: Fire HDX sale and special bundles

fire HDXAmazon is having a sale on some of its Fire Tablets and bundles:

First, you can save $50 on the Fire HDX 8.9 64GB (that’s 10% off. It is priced at $429.99. There seems to be an 4G LTE version of this still available. You can also find an Origami Case that fits this HDX model available for a reduced price.

There is also special pricing available on several Fire Bundles:

You can save $30 on the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition in a green, kid-proof case.

You can save $10 on the Fire Essentials Bundle which includes the latest Fire 7″ Tablet with Special Offers ($49.99), Nupro Slim Cover ($19.99), and Nupro Screen Protector ($12.99).

You can save $30 on the Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle which includes the latest Fire 10″ Tablet with Special Offers ($229.99), Amazon Keyboard case ($99.99), Amazon Stylus ($14.99) and Nupro Screen Protector ($14.99).

You can save $10 on the Fire HD 8 Essentials Bundle which includes the latest Fire 8″ Tablet with Special Offers ($149.99), Incipio Clarion Folio Cover ($24.99) and Nupro Screen Protector ($12.99).

These are limited time offers, good only while supplies last.

Daily Links: Online Matchmaking with Dogs as Dates

daily_links_1Today’s interesting finds:

Online Matchmaking, but With Dogs as Dates (NYT) – Glad to see our furry friends getting online. I think this is a great idea!

Apple’s Tim Cook: No-one Wants An iPad-Mac Hybrid (TechCrunch) – What *is* the ideal user experience? Can we really replace the PC/laptop?

Smartphone owners value banking data over their nude pics, survey says (Ars Technica) – This is kind of fascinating…

The FCC’s Unforced Error (ReCode) – Internet freedom and neutrality is a lot more complicated when you try to put it into practice.

Tipsy, a simple Chrome extension, bets on readers who want to pay a little for the content they consume (Nieman Lab) – I am really hoping someone finds a good paywall alternative for newspapers. Is this it? This has a reports feature that looks interesting.

Amazon has a limited time offer for $30 off the Fire HD 10 tablet. I am a Prime member and I am also seeing an option to pay in 5 monthly payments of $40. 🙂

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.