Tech enthusiasts were expecting something big from Amazon this week, and they weren't disappointed.
Many had hoped that the Internet retailer would take the wraps off a much-anticipated tablet PC to challenge the iPad (which it did), but the company also . The new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi will sell for $99; its 3G version will sell for $149. A cheaper and smaller non-touch Kindle will sell for $79.
But the big news of the day was the--Amazon's stab at the crowded tablet PC market, which is already dominated by Apple's iPad.
At $199, the 7-inch Kindle Fire is sure to find a bigger audience than other Apple iPad challengers, but the lower price point means that Amazon hasn't packed the device with specifications found in more expensive tablets.
The Fire also features a
Included in all this is an assault on Netflix, with Amazon, which gives customers "instant commercial-free streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost." After the free month is over, Fire owners can sign up for Prime, which costs $79 annually and includes free two-day shipping on any purchase from the retailer. Compare that with the $96 Netflix's charges just for streaming movies.
The company says it will hold an event at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday at which it will "talk iPhone."
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