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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Already Rooted, Here's How To Do It

Yesterday, we told you that Amazon's newest Kindles are shipping with locked bootloaders. We mentioned that this probably wouldn't prevent the devices from being rooted, as a method was already in the works. That method has now been confirmed, and root for the Kindle Fire HD is go!

This is confirmed to work on the Fire HD 7, but should work on all new variants that are based on ICS.

First off, this exploit is actually based one that was found on the Transformer Prime in ICS by sparkym3, so full credit goes to him.

Before you get started, you need to download SU:

After you download the file, extract the contents and pull SU from /system/bin/ and SuperUser.apk from /system/app/ and put them in the directory you'll be working from.

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[Weekend Poll] Will You Be Buying A New Kindle?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Do You Stream Your Music Library On Android, Or Store It Locally?

On September 6, Amazon announced three new Kindles: a 6" non-Android model called the Paperwhite (with or without 3G), the 7" Kindle Fire HD (16 and 32GB), and an 8.9" Kindle Fire HD (16 or 32GB), while updating the hardware and dropping the price of the original Fire to $160. Pre-orders for the new versions went live the same day, and release dates vary anywhere from September 14 to November 20.  The specs show Amazon's commitment to the ecosystem - and to not be undersold by Google:

As David found out, they certainly offer a compelling package at a very accessible price, especially thanks to the ecosystem Amazon has built up around the devices.

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The Kindle Fire HD And Second Gen Kindle Fire Both Have Locked Bootloaders

So, you were thinking about picking up a Kindle Fire HD, rooting it, and throwing a ROM on it for an impressive $200 tablet? Turns out that idea may not work out as well as we initially thought: both the Kindle Fire HD and the second gen KF have locked bootloaders. Bummer.

This may not mean that custom ROMs are impossible on these devices, only that it's more improbable.

For those who may not know, the bootloader is responsible for checking the firmware's signature before a device boots. In this case, if it doesn't match what Amazon says it should, then it simply won't do anything.

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Reminder: The 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD 16GB Is Available Starting Today For $200

In case you forgot, we thought we'd give you a heads-up that Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD is officially available today - if you want the 7-inch, 16GB version. It's packing a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor, a 1280x800 display with advanced anti-glare tech, and a set of stereo speakers that really do blow away any other slate on the market. For a more complete look at the HD 7, check out our hands-on (with a comparison to the Nexus 7), and our original announcement post.


The 32GB iteration of the 7-inch, though, won't be launching until October 25th. And the one you probably actually want, the $300 Kindle Fire 8.9, won't be trotting out until November 20th.

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Amazon Will Offer Developers The Option To Sell Physical Items Via In-App Purchases

Well, this is sure to be an upset to the market. Amazon is going to allow developers the ability to offer in-app purchases to consumers for physical items that will be shipped to their homes. It's a little unclear yet if it will be limited to developers with products already on Amazon's website, or if Amazon will merely facilitate the transfer of shipping information. Could developers include in-app purchases of a physical product that they will handle distribution of themselves? That could be a huge boon for independent merchandise sellers, but obviously carries with it some inherent complications.

One of the first partners to offer products will be Activision, selling Skylanders characters.

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Users Will Be Able To Opt Out Of Kindle Fire/HD Ads For A One-Time Fee Of $15

When the new Kindle Fire and HD models were announced three days ago, the tech world was abuzz with the fact that Amazon has laced them with "Special Offers" in order to keep the cost down. Immediately, one question came to everyone's mind: will I be able to remove the ads?

Initially, there was some confusion on the answer to that questions. We actually heard reports from both sides of the fence - some said "yes, the ads will be removable," while others stated that they were there to stay.

The subject quickly became a bit of a hot topic, so Ars Technica decided to reach out to Amazon for a definitive answer: will users be able to opt-out of Special Offers?

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New Kindles Available For Pre-Order From Best Buy, In Case You Prefer Brick And Mortar Instead Of Smiling Boxes

Yesterday, Amazon made waves by announcing what experts are calling "a bajillion new Kindles." Pre-orders went live yesterday from Amazon, but if you'd rather pick yours up from a store like they used to do when your parents were kids, Best Buy is now offering you that chance. You will have to give up that cardboard grin, though:

All of the new Kindles will be available for pre-order, including the non-Androidy ones. Here's a list of which devices will be available when:

  • September 14: Kindle e-reader ($69), updated Kindle Fire ($159), 7" Kindle Fire HD ($199
  • October: Kindle Paperwhite ($119, $179 for 3G)
  • "Before Christmas": 8.9" Kindle Fire HD ($299), Kindle Fire HD LTE ($499)

It's a little unnerving that Best Buy is using the "before Christmas" language, when Amazon stated that orders would ship on November 20th for some of the late-bloomers among yesterday's announcements.

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Want To See The New Kindles Officially Unveiled? Watch Today's Event Now On YouTube

If you couldn't make your way out to Santa Monica today to watch Jeff Bezos and company take the wraps off the new line of Kindles (and live blogs just aren't good enough), you can now watch the entire event on YouTube.

Hit play above and you'll get about one hour and 12 minutes of pure, unadulterated Kindle-y goodness. We're talking the Kindle Paperweight Paperwhite, rehashed Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HDs, and all other Kindle typing things you can handle.

So grab some snacks and drinks, kick back, and enjoy the show. It's definitely one worth watching.

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Hands-On And Initial Thoughts On The 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD Versus The Nexus 7

I had a chance to spend some time with Amazon's new Kindle Fires today at the company's event in Los Angeles, so I'm going to share a few thoughts about Amazon's newest Android-based slates. Disclaimer: Yes, I only spent about an hour with this tablet today, but I'm going to give you a sense of where I think the Kindle Fire HD is headed, who it's targeted to, and whether or not you should be interested in buying it.

Kindle Fire HD 16GB (7-Inch) vs. Nexus 7 8GB

Wow. For $200, the Kindle Fire HD has set a bar. Granted, Amazon's had a year to refine its original cheap-slate and really hone down the whole concept.

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Amazon Introduces X-Ray For Movies, Kindle Serials, Immersion Reading, Whispersync For Voice, And Dolby Digital Plus With The New Kindle Family

Today has undoubtedly been a momentous one for Amazon. We've seen the introduction of a new family of Kindle products including the new Kindle Fire and a pair of Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Following today's announcements, Amazon decided to take some time to introduce a few awesome new features those who buy from the Kindle line can expect to enjoy from their new Amazon-branded tablets. In this post, we'll take a brief look at the bevy of new features, starting with X-Ray for Movies.

X-Ray for Movies

X-Ray for Movies, powered by IMDB is a feature that's being introduced exclusively with the Amazon Kindle family, and looks to "revolutionize the movie experience" by providing an answer the question "Who's that guy?" in a single tap while watching a movie.

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