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    Default Is Amazon Turning The Kindle Into An iPad Knock-Off?



    In the world of mobile gadgets, the law of evolution is simple: evolve or perish.

    To avoid an untimely demise - or at least a preventable loss of market share - it appears that Amazon is poised and ready for the next evolutionary step in the life of its popular Kindle. The evidence? As some - including our friends at The New York Times - have noticed, Amazon has embarked on what can truly be called a hiring spree, posting an assortment of new openings that suggest Amazon is preparing a next generation Kindle.

    The announcement earlier this year about the iPad — with its high-contrast color screen, Web browser, games, applications and computing capabilities — brought a wave of of speculation over the future of Amazon’s e-reader.
    Amazon’s Kindle division, Lab 126, is looking for a few good men and women as the Kindle stands primed and ready for big changes. Recent clues from Amazon suggest that scores of new staffers, developers, and engineers have been put in place to introduce everything from gaming support to an SDK for the Kindle. Slowly but steadily, Amazon could very well be posturing itself to better compete with the iPad by dramatically overhauling the popular ereader to become a significantly more "dynamic" entertainment platform.

    For now, it isn't known if or when a next generation Kindle will roll out. But Amazon employees who aren't "authorized to speak publicly" tell the New York Times privately that something big is cooking. And so it shouldn't come as a big shocker to anyone when Amazon's next Kindle update looks surprisingly similar to the iPad - the very device that is all but certainly the primary inspiration for any major tweaks coming the Kindle's way.

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    Oh thank god. I've been so concerned that I'll have to read my books in black on a grey screen on my kindle for years. Now I'll be able to see the book covers in their full glory and read black text on a white background.

    Now that I think about it, this is going to be like the switch from iPod Mini to iPod Nano. It'll have colors which don't really add that much, and really crappy games for the first two generations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
    Oh thank god. I've been so concerned that I'll have to read my books in black on a grey screen on my kindle for years. Now I'll be able to see the book covers in their full glory and read black text on a white background.
    ownerofspam ftw

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    Real men read their books in rainbow

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    isn't competition great!!

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    Now all the people who were anti-iPad and pro-Kindle when iPad was first announced will have nothing left to argue.

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    Is Amazon Turning The Kindle Into An iPad Knock-Off?
    No Because the Kindle came first

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
    No Because the Kindle came first
    Doesn't matter who came first. It's all about whoever is on top of the food chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
    No Because the Kindle came first
    Quote Originally Posted by knguyen View Post
    Doesn't matter who came first. It's all about whoever is on top of the food chain.
    Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
    I came first


    It doesn't matter who came first. What really matters is what's coming next.

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    2016... iHouse????
    please oh please

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    I'll take an iHouse Pro...lol . But seriously I want a Interactive 3D computer, that's when I'll buy a Mac . thisisasticup
    iPhone was 2007.
    I was thinking the same thing
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    love the iBoard

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    I did notice that the year is off, I didn't Photoshop the picture. I'm guessing the author wanted to point out the every 2 year trend

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    Until I can read books on any wall, the whole wall, in my house I say pfffft to the Kindle. Beat that Amazon!

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    I wouldn't call Kindle popular. They sold 3 million kindles in 3 years. Apple sold 1 million iPad in 1 month.

    Plus the whole slow refresh of Kindle is annoying.

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    I'll take a iBoard……lol

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    man these mods got it out for me. what's my batting average for today?

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    It is because you are posting stuff that is not needed, and could be taken as inappropriate. We are being semi nice about it by just removing the post instead of giving an infraction; which may change.

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    cats come on
    u know those comments were useless




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