UPDATE: Oops! Something went wrong with FreeTime

Someone from Amazon posted an update on the Amazon Device forum on Monday to the “Oops! Something went wrong” error message problem for FreeTime. Note that this is NOT a permanent fix, but is meant to allow people to use their tablets while Amazon is working on the fix.

First Measure: Device Reboot

  1. Press and hold the power button for 15 seconds
  2. Turn back on the device

Second Measure: Clearing FreeTime App Data

  1. Switch to adult profile on the tablet

  2. Tap on the Settings icon

  3. Tap on Apps & Games row

  4. Tap on Manage All Applications

  5. Swipe right to see all applications (ALL will be underlined in orange)

  6. Scroll down and select FreeTime

  7. Tap CLEAR CACHE

  8. Tap MANAGE SPACE

  9. Tap OK on the Are you sure you want to clear data from Amazon FreeTime popup window that appears

More to come on this story!

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Amazon releases a Kindle for Kids Bundle

kindle4kidsSurprise! Today, Amazon released a new Kindle for Kids Bundle. The bundle includes a Kindle (without ads), a 2-Year Accident Protection plan , and a Kid-Friendly Cover in choice of five colors. Purchasing the bundle saves $39.98 compared to when purchasing  separately. Amazon is also promoting a special Summer Reading for children program.  It is in stock and available for purchase now.

The features of the bundle include:

  • Distraction-free reading
  • Features like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder which support real-time vocabulary development
  • Includes Kindle FreeTime
  • Includes Parental Controls, including blocking access to browsing and purchasing in the Kindle Store, access to the Internet, access to Wikipedia, and disabling social sharing

Amazon already offers a Fire HD 6 Kids Edition tablet designed for children.

This new bundle caught me by surprise. Generally, Amazon announces products and makes them available for pre-order first.

 

 

 

Book Deals of the Day: 12-30-2014

Johnny CashAmazon is still tempting us to fill up our Kindles. Today,they are offering 20 popular fiction titles for $2.99 or less. Today’s offerings include the first four titles in Kendra Elliott’s Bone Secrets series.

Also for $2.99 or less, there are 12 memoirs and biographies including titles on musical greats such as Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, and Mick Fleetwood. There are also recent titles such as I am Malala and Robin Roberts’ Everybody’s Got Something.

Finally, for the kids daily deal, there are six Calvin and Hobbes books for only $1.99 each.

You can see all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here.

Barnes and Noble is still tempting us as well. There are 101 thriller NOOK books and 101 e-books for kids and teens, all on sale for $2.99 or less.