Amazon Announces Whispercast

 

Whispercast

Today, Amazon has announced a service called Whispercast which allows organisations to control and manage the Kindle devices deployed in their organisation. This makes it easy for schools, businesses and non-profit organisations to easily distribute and manage the content on their Kindle devices.

Schools can for instance send a specific textbook to a single classroom. Teachers could distribute materials as PDFs to their students and also update the content as and when necessary. Businesses could distribute materials to a single group during meetings wirelessly. Non-profit organisations could use Whispercast to distribute and update content to their supporters throughout the world. It is not necessary that the organisations should deploy the Kindle devices themselves to make use of this service. Users can bring their own device and connect it to their organisation’s Whispercast.

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Amazon Confirms Liquavista Purchase. Expect Kindle Color Soon

Amazon has confirmed that it has purchased Liquavista, the e-paper technology company from Samsung. Liquavista produces electrovetting displays that can display colorful images, videos without the use of LCDs. While Amazon’s rival e-reader maker Barnes and Noble offers a color e-reader called the Nook color, Amazon has never given a color option for its Kindle fans. Amazon’s purchase of Liquavista would enable the company to offer a color e-reader superior to that of the Nook color since B&N has been using LCDs to display color whereas Liquavista’s display is a lot closer to e-paper.

The future of Kindle

The future of Kindle

 

Liquavista is a Dutch company that was launched in 2006 as a spinoff of Philips. Samsung bought the company for an undisclosed sum in 2010. Later Samsung chose to concentrate in developing AMOLED, its own display technology. Amazon today confirmed that it has bought the company from Samsung.

 

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Amazon Does Not Make Money Selling Kindle Devices

 

Jeff Bezos – BBC Interview

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, when asked how the company manages to keep the prices of their Kindle and Kindle Fire devices so low in an interview with BBC explained that the company does not make profit selling Kindle devices and that they do not intend to. He said that they break even on the cost while selling the devices and that they do not want to make money selling the devices and that they want to make money when people actually use them.

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Now you could Jailbreak your Kindle Paperwhite

Fearless Kindle users have always wanted to make better use of their Kindle devices. The only way to do so is to jailbreak your devices. It is now possible to jailbreak your Kindle Paperwhite.

Why should I jailbreak my Kindle Paperwhite?

A jailbreak allows you to do extra cool stuff with your Kindle Paperwhite. You could for instance use it as a weather display monitor, a secondary monitor, hook it up with your Raspberry Pi (just imagine the innumerable stuff you could do by doing so).

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But, Should I jailbreak my Kindle device?

Even though jailbreaking allows you to do some cool stuff, if not done properly, there is every possibility that you could brick your device. Once you tinker with the software of the device, Amazon’s warranty is no more available to you. If you do brick your device, the only way to make it work again is by restoring it through a serial port (which is a pain). So, it’s upto you soldier.

How do I jailbreak my Kindle Paperwhite?

1. Download the jailbreak software for the Kindle Paperwhite over here – http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2169819

2. Connect your Kindle to your computer via USB

3. Upload the downloaded jailbreak software to the root directory of your device.

4. Restart your device and the jailbreak is done.

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Amazon Device Targeting just announced

On its official website for developers, Amazon today annouced a new feature ‘Amazon Device Targeting’ which enables the developers to target their APKs to specific devices.

Since there are various Kindle Fire devices in the market today (Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7″, Kindle Fire 8.9″), this feature makes a lot of sense since this feature would give the developers the much needed ability to target their app to a specific device.

What does that mean for you?

  • You will have better search relevancy. You will see apps that are relevant for your device.
  • You will not get confused with several titles of the same app. Earlier, you had to choose from a number of titles of the same app, the one suitable for your device. Now, you will only see the title applicable for your device on the results.

Developers can understand how to activate this feature over here.

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