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Amazon pushes Kindles for classroomsWhispercast 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.
Are we ready for an all Kindle classroom? I??m Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. Digital books may not be replacing paperbooks in schools anytime soon, but Amazon is paving the way with a new online tool called Whispercast. It lets schools and businesses manage a fleet of Kindle accounts. Teachers and bosses can push out certain books and documents to everyone in the designated group and everyone doesn??t need to own a Kindle. They just need some sort of Kindle app. Amazon also lets schools buy Kindles in bulk and set custom profiles that can block Facebook, disabled purchasing or put limits on web browsing. And if you didn??t have enough tablet choices already this year, Best Buy has made its own Android tablet called the Insignia Flex. It will be out in November for somewhere $250, that??s according to report from Reuters. It??s in the small tablet price range, but it has a 9.7-inch screen so this is very cheap. But we don??t know how it will perform. All we know is that it will have a dual core, 1 gigahertz processor running Android 4.0. Retailers all wanna make their own tablets these days. You got Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Microsoft, even Toys ??R?? Us has its own kid tablet. In other news, we??re following the Microsoft Surface Tablet is facing shipping delays from high pre-order demand. The 32 gig tablet without a keyboard cover costs $500 and won??t ship for another 3 weeks. A black touch cover can be bundled for $600, but if you wanna snazzy color cover, it costs an extra $20. And when Windows 8 arrives next week on Friday, Xbox 360 users will also beginning an update that adds internet explorer to the system. Xbox live members will be able to surf the web and also use SmartGlass by turning the Windows 8 tablet or phone into a controller. LinkedIn is rolling out a new profile design that promises to be simpler to add it. The new layout is also easier on the eyes and doesn??t look like a typical resume. LinkedIn is hoping users will want to visit on a daily basis. A new TV service called Aereo is working on something that can shake up television as you know it by letting you watch live TV on the web. Aereo stream channels from broadcast TV, which are all those channels that you can get for free if you had a digital antenna and now just added ability to watch channels from any web browser. It also works on Apple devices and the Roku box. Aereo charges fees if you want to record a show starting at a dollar for a day past or $8 a month. Only New Yorkers can test this out now. It??s still a really young service, but if the concept is successful, it could hurt the broadcast TV business by making it easier for folks to cut the cord. That??s your tech news update for today. You can find links to all of today??s stories on the blogcnet.com/update. From our studies in New York, I??m Bridget Carey.