Whispercast lets teachers and bosses manage a fleet of Kindles, Microsoft's $499 Surface tablet is on back order, and Best Buy dives into the tablet race with its own model.
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Amazon pushes Kindles for classrooms
Amazon has launched a way for teachers to easily push out reading assignments through a Kindle. Today's tech news roundup looks at Whispercast, which allows organizations to manage books and documents synced to a group of Kindle accounts. Everyone the group doesn't need to own a Kindle, but they do need a device with a Kindle app. Classrooms can also order Kindles with custom profiles that block Web browsing or disable purchasing.
In other news, Best Buy is joining retailers like Barnes & Noble and Toys "R" Us by creating its own tablet. The Insignia Flex will have 9.7-inch screen and run Android 4.0. It's expected to cost around $250 when it arrives in November.
Microsoft's Surface tablet is facing shipping delays. The $499 32GB model (without a cover) won't ship for another three weeks. And that's the model you're likely to get if you want a color Touch Cover, which costs an extra $120.