Backup and restore a Kindle Fire HD

Early Amazon Kindle Fire HD users have been rooting their tablets and making other changes almost as long as the 7 inch tablet’s been available. But since the Kindle Fire HD has a locked bootloader, there’s no way to install a custom recovery that lets you completely backup or restore your device in case anything […]

Kindle Fire HD software update brings “FreeTime” parental controls

Amazon is starting to roll out a software update for the Kindle Fire HD tablet today, bringing a new “Free Time” feature which gives parents more control over how their kids use the 7 inch tablet. Free Time lets parents limit the amount of time kids can use different types of content and select which […]

Kindle Fire HD: Using alternate app launcher, Google Talk without root

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD hacks/tweaks keep coming. We’ve already seen that it’s possible to root Amazon’s latest tablet, install the Google Play Store, or even install some Google apps without rooting. Now some early Kindle Fire HD users have figured out how to install an alternate home screen launcher app and get Google Talk up […]

Easier method for rooting the Kindle Fire HD (or installing gApps without root)

Just days after the Amazon Kindle Fire HD started shipping, some of the first customers figured out they could root the tablet and install the Google Play Store. Now there’s an easier way to root the tablet… and a method for installing Gmail and other Google apps without even bothering to root the Kindle Fire […]

Amazon Kindle Fire HD dissected, proves (relatively) simple to fix

With a starting price of $199, it might be cheaper and easier to buy a new Kindle Fire HD 7 inch tablet if anything goes wrong on yours than it is to replace a broken touchscreen. But if you’re the sort of person that likes to fix things yourself, it looks like the Kindle Fire […]

Amazon releases software updates for Kindle Fire HD, new Kindle Fire

Customers who pre-ordered Amazon’s 2nd generation Kindle Fire or the 7 inch kindle Fire HD are just starting to receive their tablets. But Amazon has already pushed out the first software updates for these tablets. Amazon doesn’t spell out the features included in the software updates, but they’re design to “optimize … performance and functionality.” […]