Amazon presented its new Kindle lineup in Los Angeles today, and there are a whole bunch of new rectangles for you to read and watch and work and play on, which I'll get into after the jump. But the big news, the thing that we didn't expect and which seems crazy, is that the new Kindle Fire HD With 4G LTE (I swear, that's its real name) offers a full year of 4G LTE service for $50. Fifty bucks. That's about $4.17 per month.
Amid all the discussion about iPads in the cockpits of commercial and military airplanes, one question has remained unclear — what about during takeoff and landing? Passengers are supposed to turn these devices off, lest they interfere with aircraft avionics--at least, that's the line the FAA's been giving us, despite evidence to the contrary.
Location-aware apps are pretty prevalent on most smartphones — some help you find your friends, others can help you find your phone if it's lost, and so on. So the news that Amazon has patented a new location-tracking software system isn't a big deal. Until you notice that it's also a location-predicting system. Amazon wants the ability to not only track where you've been and where you are, but where you might go next, to better target ads and messages that would show up on your mobile device.
The Kindle Touch is Amazon's top-of-the-line e-ink reader, a compromise between a tablet like the Kindle Fire (easy typing, faster navigation) and the e-ink, single-focus ebook reader named simply Kindle. But Amazon's relentless price slashing makes me wonder if there's a need for this in-between.