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Let's Talk Kindle! / Paperwhite question
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:22:36 am »
Does the Paperwhite share the quirk of the Fire where anything you buy shows up on the home screen, even if purchased from a different Kindle?

Thanks...
JR

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Books I didn't order!
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:57:23 pm »
By any chance is this a refurbed Kindle?

I've often wondered what happens to a pre-order which is being sent to a Kindle you no longer have.

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Fire Talk / Re: Best free Fire HD apps
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:48:58 pm »
I second Dropbox and also recommend the Box.com app for decent cloud storage alternatives.

I also second Flixster. If you have any Ultraviolet movies, you can link your UV account to a Flixster account and stream/download them to the Fire. You can also link a Netflix account and manage your DVD and Instant queues from the Fiixster app.

You have to sideload it, but the Xfinity TV Player app is great if you are an Xfinity subscriber. I think other cable providers have similar apps.

If you have books from other eBook retailers, there are the Kobo, Nook, and Sony Reader apps (the latter two of which must be sideloaded).

Then there are the old standbys like Pandora and Netflix.

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Fire Talk / Carousel annoyance
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:08:23 am »
My wife and I have a pair of Fire HD7s which we really enjoy. One annoyance for us, though, is the fact that if either of us buys a book or mails a personal document, even if it is being sent to another device (i.e., KK), it shows up in the carousel of both Fires. As we have very diverse (and divergent) tastes, this is somewhat annoying.

Anybody know of a way to turn off this behavior?

Thanks...
JR

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I'm confused. Is this issue happening within FreeTime? My understanding is that FreeTime will not allow children to see/have access to content that is not specified. Is this not the case? I'm thisclose to buying Fires for my three kids and would prefer not to create a new account for their use, but of course don't want them having access to my archives. Can someone please clarify this point?
The problem is that FreeTime is now always the correct or desirable solution. FT is premised on the idea of the parent controlling specifically what the child can read/access and is a proactive process. This is probably fine for people with younger children, schools and control freaks.

Personally, I would prefer something similar to the V-chip where I could say "this Kindle can only display content up to PG-13", then have it filter the archive before display/download. Amazon probably has more than enough information on each of its books (category, keywords, etc.) to implement such a scheme. I just needs to put in the effort to do controls right.

One more rant, I really hate that the Carousel displays content which was purchased on another device on the same account. We have enough books that the "edge cases" can get lost in the noise, but not when they are in your face when you hit the Home button.

-- JR

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How many Kindles...
« on: December 04, 2012, 06:21:40 am »
Let's see...

K1 for DW, passed to me, passed to DD, discount upgraded to KK/3G refurb after starting to randomly lock up
K2 for DW, discount upgraded to KK/3G refurb after random lock ups, thrice replaced for various problems (2 dead screens, one 3G failure)
KK/WiFi for me, swapped with DD for KK/3G, replaced once for dead screen

KF7HD for me
KF7HD for DW

Okay, that makes 5 currently in the household: DW and I each have a Fire 7HD and a KK/3G. DD has a KK/WiFi, though seems to prefer paper books.

-- JR

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We've actually had 3 3g KKs die that way. I suspect something happens with the eInk display or its connection to the rest of the Kindle.

Anyway, I'd talk to Amazon about a discount on a refurb (you then send them back the broken one). They have been very good to us in the past that way.

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