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Amazon's Kindle Fire: A Tweener Worth Your (And Apple's) Serious Consideration

Getting really sick of this nonsense:

The form you submitted contained the following errors
Computer says your input might be spam, so it will be moderated first.

If you’re going to lie to us, at least actually “moderate” things instead of just blocking half of what I write.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM (CST)

Amazon's Kindle Fire: A Tweener Worth Your (And Apple's) Serious Consideration

Certainly the prospect of “new” customer interest is the focus here. But the simple fact is that each of these devices are sold in large part on content. And not just available content. Rather “owned” content comes in to play. I have had years to amass quite an iTunes library of music, videos, apps and books. That means quite a loss if I were to switch platforms now. And the same can be said for the Amazon digital customers.

I too strongly considered this for my teen and pre-teen daughters. They each have iPod Touches and I believe they would each enjoy a slighly larger device (they like my iPad). But They would not have access to the plethora of movies we currently own. They would lose almost all of their music. They would, at best, have a few books that I have gotten from the Amazon/Kindle app. That is a huge loss. I would just as soon bite the bullet on a couple of Gen 1 or refurbished iPads. The cost of rebuilding a second media library for the Kindle would easily exceed the iPad cost.

Posted by Mitch on November 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM (CST)

Amazon's Kindle Fire: A Tweener Worth Your (And Apple's) Serious Consideration

At $199 also, an iPod Touch is more capable than a Kindle right now.  Based on iSuppli cost breakdowns of the iPad and iPod Touch I’m guessing it wold cost about $10 more in battery and $20 more in screen to “size-up” the iPod Touch to the size of a Kindle-Fire.

As a parent of two grade-school age children, I’m currently unwilling to buy them each a $500+ iPad.  They run a high risk of losing or destroying them within a year.

However, because of the price point I’m tempted to get them each a Kindle Fire.  They primarily read books and watch video on our (single) Gen 1 iPad at home.

If apple came out with an iPad Nano (iPod Touch XL) for $199 to $250 I’d pre-order one for each of my kids on the day it was announced (but not if I’ve succumb to buying them each a Kindle-Fire first).

Posted by Mike P on November 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM (CST)

Early Details On 2012's Redesigned iPad, iPhone + MacBook Pro

maybe i’ll be able to fool people into thinking i have an iPad 3 with my 1st one… from the backside of course.

Posted by limpwrist on November 18, 2011 at 8:55 PM (CST)

Amazon's Kindle Fire: A Tweener Worth Your (And Apple's) Serious Consideration

Interesting analysis.  It seems like with the 7” size you would be constantly zooming in and out of web pages (and especially magazines) whereas on the iPad I rarely need to zoom.  Is this the case?

Posted by BrennerM on November 17, 2011 at 12:20 AM (CST)

Amazon's Kindle Fire: A Tweener Worth Your (And Apple's) Serious Consideration

The catch for Apple wil likely be the price point, given that most will like to see the same features available on both the Touch and the iPad (camera, bluetooth, iCloud, Facetime, etc). The Touch is currently running $200-400, and a larger tablet will likely need to run somewhere between the Touch and the iPad, making it non-competitive with the Fire.

Posted by vick_a on November 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM (CST)

Amazon's Kindle Fire: A Tweener Worth Your (And Apple's) Serious Consideration

seems like “ipad nano” would make sense…

Posted by Big Bad Burley on November 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM (CST)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

Believe it or not, if you plug an ethernet cable in the back of the Mac - (it doesnt have to be connected to anything else) then wireless works fine. Well mine has ever since i did that and the dropping was driving me insane before that. Hope it works for everyone.

Posted by supersonic76 on November 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM (CST)

Problems With Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Join The (Sizable?) Minority

Snow Leopard sucks, I’m running Imac, and have never had any problems in the past 2 year, I upgraded to Snow Leopard couple weeks ago, and been having major apps Crashing, including the latest Itunes, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH APPLE!!!!!!!!!!,    I Have always support their products.    APPLE PLEASE GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.  Itunes just crashes, cannot do anything with it.    FIX THIS PLEASE!

Posted by Robert on November 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?


Posted by Harold Briley on October 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM (CDT)

On Alternator Whine, A Noise That Messes Up In-Car AUX Ports

I am a licensed amatuer radio operator and I’m NOT the first “HAM” to point the finger for ignition and alternator noise right at the auto manufacturers.  CHEAP is how they make electrical systems in cars % trucks to keep their costs down.  KNOWING that police and fire vehicles come from the factory built as communication platforms—- it should be done for all American vehicles leaving the factories. “Bonding”, filtering, and isolating a new vehicle takes the consumer many many hours and is a royal pain.

Posted by Ron on October 22, 2011 at 8:38 PM (CDT)

Yikes! iPod touch's Rear Camera Capped at 960x720 Stills!

Ok people, let’s get this strait. The reason Apple put a camera on it is for video, not pictures, obviously. The video is actually very good, especially since its HD and it even has a camera in the first place. I was surprised by the video quality when I got mine, and pictures were better than my 2 megapixel camera with auto focus on my old LG vu. Plus you get facetime too, and the front camera isnt all that bad either. Really, you shouldn’t be turned off by the megapixel when you have never even tried it before. And it has a retina display and texting and lots of other features, and you have the option to download iMovie. The camera isn’t the whole iPod.

Posted by bulldog521 on October 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?


Thanks, but what if I don’t have a copy (or time machine backup) of another system installed with Snow Leopard? can you make available that old driver file somewhere online pls?

Posted by mikele on October 18, 2011 at 5:55 AM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

I kept losing connection too. It seemed as if my IMAC kept trying to switch between the two routers I have in the house with the same SSID and password. The second router is an air express with an ethernet connection to the main router The second router was set up as bridge to boost the signal to far corners of the house.

It seems like I may have fixed the problem. I updated security to WPA2 on both routers - all our Macs seemed to expect WPA2 instead of the WEP that was the default on the main VIOS router. I then fixed the channel on the main router to channel 1 . There do not seem to be any interuptions anymore. Hope this helps someone else.  We got Macs because they are supposed to be easy!

Posted by oreow on October 16, 2011 at 6:19 PM (CDT)

Want to Import a U.S. iPad? Here's What You Should Know

Traveling to Hong Kong will my IPad to Internet service work or can I pick up wifi

Posted by Aharold Surez on October 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM (CDT)

Leaked Details On 2010-2011 iPods, iPhone 5, Bumper 2 + iPad mini

My fellow compadres. Why in the world are there not new ipod touches! if I pull out all B’s at least i get one for my brithday big boys. thank you apple. Steve your in a better place.

Posted by Peter Griffin on October 6, 2011 at 11:04 PM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

Is anybody else running SugarSync? I shut it down for a few days and did not notice any wifi problems. Can anybody else check this out and report back?

Posted by Kornelis on October 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

nonix YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!!!!!

I’m asking myself why i did not think about it before. Now it’s clear the issue is strictly connected to the driver: APPLE DO SOMETHING!
I’ve tried every proposed solution around on the web with no success but this time….

Thanks for the wonderful hint.

(I’m pinging google with no loss of packets since 2 hours…)

Posted by AleDegreg on September 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

Guys, I think this could be a help to some of you, who has Atheros WiFi card and experiencing random Airport connection drop outs after have upgraded to OSX Lion.
Effectively this is downgrade of Atheros WiFi driver which seems to be ill on Lion to the version provided with Snow Leopard.

Read carefully!

using terminal type:

1. kextstat | grep -i atheros
  if a line was returned, you are most likely using Atheros WiFi card and the related kext
2. In your home folder create two directories: cd && mkdir New Old
3. If you have a copy (time machine backup) or other system installed with Snow Leopard (as latest as possible), take a copy of /System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext and put it into ~/Old/ directory
4. (Back on to your main system) gain root access: sudo -s
5. Move: mv /System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext ~/New/
6. Move cache file: mv /System/Library/Caches/ ~/New/
7. copy old kext: cp -r ~/Old/IO80211Family.kext /System/Library/Extensions/
8. go to: cd /System/Library/Caches/
9. rebuild cache: kextcache -v 1 -a i386 -a x86_64 -mkext kernelcache /System/Library/Extensions
10. Using GUI Utilities->Disk Utility->Macintosh HD->Repair permissions
11. :-) pray and reboot

IMPORTANT: Do this at your own risk, if you have no experience with command line and have at least some basic knowledge of Unix, I would suggest ask a friend. I am not responsible if you Mac will stop working after following this steps.

For the brave harts: Let me know if this was a help to you.

Good luck!

Posted by nonix on September 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

I never had any problems with mij Wifi or other network problems. I work with Mac Book Pro with leopard with latest updates. All problems with Wife and network began after installing Lion 10.7.2. I have been busy for many hours with is. Had help from support site and did uninstall and reinstall twice but the problems are still the same. So Leopard is allright buy Lion does not work at all!!!!!!!!

Posted by wim on September 27, 2011 at 4:00 AM (CDT)

How the new iPod touch does FaceTime

I can call people on facetime and it works,,,,but when they call me I don’t get the calls?

Posted by Carla on September 26, 2011 at 9:09 PM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

Hello, I have read nearly all the comments on this list. I also do have the same problem with Lion. Not only that my network does nothing at all, but all of the normal icons that are normally in the top taskbar does not exist anymore. Also when i move the mouse to the upper right cormer i see the collard wheel turning all the time. So my computer try’s to go further with something but can not succeed.
It is totally clear to me without any doubt that the problem in within Lion and that Apple does have to fix this with an update that solves all our problems.

Posted by wim on September 26, 2011 at 6:09 PM (CDT)

OS X Lion: Serious Wi-Fi Disconnect Problems for Macs, And Solutions?

hey guys what’s this yar. after buying iphone, ipad, having already issues on wifi on these devices, since my laptop stopped working, thought of buying iMac, now, every 2min wifi gets disconnected. it’s a OS X snow 10.6.8. is this a known isue in Mac’s. pls suggest. Ive only 7days to return it in bestbuy. ill buy another win 7 laptop instead. i can’t use this unnoying 2min disconnect issue. somewhow 3G saving my life in iphone/ipad, but in iMac i can’t. pls suggest ASAP. honest oppinion.

Posted by First time MS fan bought iMac but thinking of retu on September 25, 2011 at 3:01 AM (CDT)

An Open Letter to Jon Bon Jovi On What's Really "Killing The Music Business"

I think this was very well written and agree to some extent that I too carry around Bon Jovi music on an MP3 player (not iPod) and would not have been able to do so years ago. I am a big fan of their music and went to see them at o2 London last year. I disagree about people not wanting to hear new stuff. I love The Circle and subsequent new songs like What Do You Got. Before the invention of mp3 and iPods we had to buy the cd and some songs may have not been as good as we hoped but that was the chance you took.  Personally I think the music business is being killed by “talent” reality TV shows making stars of people with limited ability, ie bands who copy others, mime to songs and are really undeserving of such a career. But that’s my opinion to which I’m entitled, as is Jon entitled to his. He should know. He’s been in the business long enough and had to work very hard to get where he is, so yes, he’s an aging rock star but looks bloody good for a man his age and deserves every penny he’s earnt.

Posted by Clare Davies on September 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM (CDT)

OS X Lion for Mac: 10 Things Worth Knowing Before Your Purchase (Not A Review)

Also worth knowing is that “save as” is gone, too.
One can use “duplicate” and then “save”, but duplicate has no keyboard shortcut.

Posted by Martin K on August 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM (CDT)

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