This week's video roundup is packed to the brim with some of the hottest products reviewed in the last seven days. Earlier this week we got our mitts on the Microsoft Surface 2 (due out in October), the updated Apple iMac, as well as the lineup of new sizzling hot Kindle Fire tablets. Our CNET UK team also reviewed the global version of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Did the stylish gadget live up to expectations? Plus: We'll show you how to fix some of the annoying new quirks in iOS 7, and Rumor Has It breaks down … Read more
Amazon has brought the 8-gigabyte tablet back from the dead with its new Kindle Fire HD model, despite laying the unit of storage to rest a year ago.
The company rolled out its latest line of tablets on Tuesday, opting for exclusive press briefings with select media at its Seattle headquarters, rather than a flashy launch event. In addition to a new family of tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX, the company nonchalantly introduced an 8GB option with its refresh of the Kindle Fire HD.
CEO Jeff Bezos made a big to-do about not offering an 8GB version of the Kindle … Read more
Amazon's Kindle Fire line can't just rely on price anymore. It needs a little sex appeal.
That's a big reason why the newly unveiled Kindle Fire HDX line features a higher-resolution screen, faster processors, and a buzz-worthy tech support feature called Mayday.
The Kindle Fire HDX devices' debut earlier this week comes as the competition in the tablet business has only grown more intense, particularly with affordable tablets such as the Nexus 7 -- and even, to some extent, the iPad Mini -- taking more of the spotlight. While Amazon essentially pioneered the notion of a budget … Read more
Apple customers may have access to some "geniuses" at the mall, but Amazon Kindle Fire HDX users can now get live -- and visual -- tech support no matter where they are.
The company, which unveiled its new tablets Tuesday, has added a "Mayday" button to its Quick Settings menu, letting users connect with a customer service representative via a video feed. The Amazon representative can then talk you through your problem, draw on your screen remotely to provide directions, or even take control of your device and fix the issue right in front of you. … Read more
Amazon is expected to announce a next-generation Kindle Fire HD at some point soon. And when it does, that device might look notably different than its predecessor.
Boy Genius Report on Wednesday published images of what it claims, is the next-generation Kindle Fire HD. The images show a completely redesigned slate featuring hard edges and newly styled buttons. The images show only the 7-inch Kindle Fire model, but according to BGR's sources, an 8.9-inch model that's in the works will come with a similar design.
The allegedly new Kindle Fire HD comes with speakers at the top … Read more
If you've ever wanted to direct a music video, you can (sort of) with a new short interactive film for Arcade Fire that lets you impact the effects with the wave of a mobile device.
Built for the Web, the film, "Just a Reflektor," features the song "Reflektor," expected to be the first single released from the band's new album of the same name. It's scheduled to debut officially Monday night at a small club in Montreal.
To get into the head-trippy action, just go to Justareflektor.com in a Google Chrome browser and a visit a companion mobile URL for the project via smartphone or tablet. The film, directed by Vincent Morisset and shot in Jacmel, Haiti, tells the story of Axelle "Ebony" Munezero, a young woman who travels fluidly between her world and ours. … Read more
Some smokers seek every possible way to kick their rather smelly habit.
Many wear patches. Others desperately keep away from their Camels and just get angry at every human around them.
However, the makers of e-cigarettes claim theirs is a wonderful breakthrough.
Not everyone is convinced that it's quite so wonderful or even quite so much healthier than a pack of 20.
One Atlanta woman, for example, claims she's happy to be alive enough to -- who knows? -- smoke a Marlboro Light after a very difficult electronic smoking experience.As WSB-TV reports, Elizabeth Wilkowski is sure that … Read more
The raging Yosemite Rim Fire is blazing a path through one of the country's most beloved national parks. As of Tuesday the fire is 20 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, but it is still threatening to burn through Redwood forests and ranger stations. What's more, it has left tens of thousands of charred acres in its wake.
Mapping software company Esri has created an interactive map that let's people on the Web see exactly what is happening on the ground in California. This map has three views: critical points of … Read more