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September 28, 2011

Amazon Unveils New Tablet Computer For $199

Amazon Inc. unveiled a new tablet computer to try and compete with Apple Inc.'s market dominating iPad.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced at a media event on Wednesday that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet computer will feature a 7-inch screen and will price for $199.  The device will run on Google Inc.'s Android operating system.

The device offers Wi-Fi connectivity only and comes with a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, which is the company's $79-a-year membership service to stream video.

Amazon has equipped its 14.6-ounce Kindle Fire with a dual-core processor, and developed the device to focus heavily on cloud computing. 

All content on the tablet will be backed up to the cloud through Whispersync technology.  Users will be able to pick up where they left off on books, movies and TV shows even when they switch devices.

The tablet's web browser, "Amazon Silk," allows a device to render Internet content either locally or in the cloud, which could help improve speeds of mobile web browsing.  This feature, which is known as "Dynamic Split Browsing", utilizes the cloud by having it control the HTML, Javascript, CSS and other functions a web browser normally does locally.

Bezos also announced three new Kindle models at the event.  The Kindle will have a price tag of $79, the Kindle Touch at $99 and the Kindle touch 3G will be priced at $149.


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