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Amazon launches 6 major new devices, including a 4K Fire TV and a US$50 Fire tablet

Michael Brown | Sept. 18, 2015
Amazon took the wraps off no fewer than seven products yesterday: two new media streamers, four new tablets, and a new tablet operating system, Fire OS 5.

If you read books on your Fire tablet, a new feature called Word Runner will help you develop speed-reading skills. The tool brings one word at a time to the center of the screen, where your eyes are already focused. An algorithm recognizes difficult words, punctuation, and paragraph breaks and automatically slows down for them. If you miss a word, a tap on the screen pauses Word Runner and lets you scroll back. 

The impact on you at home: As is typical of Amazon’s hardware, the people who’ll get the most out of these new products are the ones who subscribe to Amazon’s services: Amazon Prime, Amazon Music, Audible, and so on. And while Amazon plans to offer productivity add-ons for its tablets, including a portable keyboard with trackpad, the vast majority of these products are optimized for content consumption versus content creation. But at prices like these, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


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