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Amazon Fire tablets: Installing apps from unknown sources in Fire OS 5.6.0

Amazon recently starting rolling out Fire OS 5.6.0 for the Amazon Fire, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. Among other things, it includes an updated notification tray that shows icons for apps that want your attention rather than just a number showing how many notifications are available. But folks who have tried installing […]

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Amazon Fire tablets on sale for $35 and up this week (Prime exclusive)

Have an Amazon Prime membership, and need a cheap tablet? Amazon’s offering Fire tablets for as little as $35 today, but only to Amazon Prime subscribers. New members can always sign up for a 30-day free trial for Amazon Prime to score the discount though. Fire tablets might be most useful to Prime members, thanks […]

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Amazon Fire sale 8-20-2017 (tablets for $40 and up, Echo for $100, and more)

Amazon is offering another reminder that you should probably never pay full price for an Echo, Fire, or Kindle device unless you need one in a hurry… because the company has a habit of offering significant discounts at least a few times per year. Today’s deals aren’t quite as good as those offered during the Amazon […]

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Get an Amazon Fire tablet for $30, an Echo Dot for $35 (Amazon Prime Day prices… at third-party stores)

Didn’t get a chance to pick up an Amazon tablet for $30, an Echo speaker for $90, or an Echo Dot for $35 on Amazon Prime Day? Now you have another chance. Prime Day 2017 may have come and gone. But now retailers including Best Buy, Target, and Staples are matching Prime Day prices for […]

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Amazon Fire Utility makes hacking Amazon’s 2017 tablets easier

Amazon’s 2017 tablet lineup includes a new and improved $50 Fire Tablet with a 7 inch screen, and an updated $80 Fire HD 8 tablet that has a higher-resolution display, more memory, and more storage than the 7 inch tablet. While hackers haven’t found a way to root either device or install custom ROMs yet, […]

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How to uninstall any app from an Amazon Fire (or Fire HD) tablet, no root required

Want to remove an app you’ve installed on a recent Amazon Fire or Fire HD tablet? All you need to do is long-press the app icon on your home screen, then tap the “uninstall option” that appears at the top of the screen after you release your finger. But what about apps that come pre-installed […]

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How to use an SD card with Amazon’s Fire tablets

Every tablet Amazon Fire tablet released in the past few years has featured a microSD card slot, which is a nice thing to have if you’re using a tablet that may have as little as 8GB of built-in storage. You can pick up just about any Class 10 or UHS microSD card to add up […]

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Making Amazon’s 2017 Fire tablets more Googley (Play Store, third-party launchers)

Amazon’s tablets run an Android-based operating system called Fire OS. While Amazon has developed a custom user interface for the operating system, featuring tight integration with the Amazon Appstore, Kindle, Music, and Movies apps, it’s surprisingly easy to install the Google Play Store on Amazon’s most recent tablets. You may not be able to root […]

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Amazon’s 7 inch Fire tablet (2017) isn’t easily rooted… but you can install the Google Play Store

The Amazon Fire Tablet has been one of the best bargains for the past few years for folks looking for an entry-level tablet with relatively decent build quality and specs. For a starting price of $50 you get a 7 inch IPS display, a quad-core processor, a microSD card slot, and front and rear cameras. […]

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Deals of the Day (5-25-2017)

Amazon’s new Fire tablet is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and Amazon says it has improved contrast and crisper text. But the new $50 tablet isn’t really all that different from the model which launched in 2015. So if you’re looking to save a few bucks, you might want to snag a previous-gen model from […]