Earlier today we told you that Amazon has run out of Kindle Fire stock and that the popular non-Google-approved Android tablet accounts for 22% of the U.S. tablet... market – and that’s the only place the device is available in.

At the same time, word on the street is that Amazon is expanding its Amazon AppStore to several international markets, a move...


While the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 won’t be officially announced until September 6th (Amazon has a big press conference scheduled for that date and we’d be surprised if the Kindle Fire 2 wouldn’t rear its budget-friendly head), the company has already launched its Android Appstore in several important European markets such as the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

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A couple of FCC filings seem to be nicely putting pieces of the puzzle together to give us a pretty accurate idea of how will Amazon’s new gadgets look this fall. We’ve already told you about a supposed 10-inch Kindle Fire getting the regulatory certification about a week ago, and now a more basic e-reader has been spotted at the FCC, too.


The Kindle Fire seems to be getting some pretty serious competition, first with the Nexus 7 and later with the rumored 7-inch Apple iPad. A refresh is currently expected this Fall, but what will Amazon announce? According to a new FCC filing from Amazon’s front-company, Harpers LLC, it seems that we will see a 10-inch Kindle Fire joining the Kindle family line-up.


Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is estimated to have between 6-8 million unit sales within the year, based on shipments of touch panels and other components. It’s serious enough competition against the Amazon Kindle Fire, but will the Nexus 7 be able to pose a challenge to the Apple iPad?


Mat Honan learned the hard way. He was hacked, in stellar fashion, by some social engineering techniques Kevin Mitnick would probably be proud of. He, like so many other victims of identity theft, had his bubble of information access popped and his life erased. He also states several times in his story, that “daisychaining accounts” was at the core of his undoing. Connectivity, it seems, has a price.


Although the 4.3-incher still sells for $199.99 from Verizon with a two-year contract, Amazon Wireless has been kind enough to slash this big guy’s price to a penny. That’s right, folks, you can get the Razr practically for free these days and all you have to do is commit to a new Big Red agreement.