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Amazon has discounted the price of the online retailer's Fire HD 6 tablet to just £69.99 in the UK. For today only, you'll fork out less for the Android-powered 6-inch mobile platform that offers a snappy processor for all your movies, books, games and more. The usual listing price of the HD 6 tablet is £99, making this quite the deal. Powering the experience is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 6-inch HD display, front-facing camera for video calling, 8/16GB of internal storage, a choice of colors, and up to eight hours of battery life. See at Amazon ...
StoryAmazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its devices in Fire OS 5
If you prefer to catch-up on TV shows instead of watching them as they air, Amazon's latest announcement might be of interest. After bringing all major UK broadcasters to the Fire TV, the company has turned its attention to the streamer's smaller sib...
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Amazon.com Inc said it plans to restore an encryption feature on its Fire tablets after customers and privacy advocates criticized the company for quietly removing the security option when it released its latest operating system. "We will return the option for full-disk encryption with a Fire OS update coming this spring," company spokeswoman Robin Handaly told Reuters via email on Saturday.
Just a day after it made headlines for announcing that it would remove encryption from its line of FireOS devices, reports Ars Technica, the company has reverted the change, and says that encryption will again be a user-selectable option, with an update to come sometime this Spring. Judging from comments here on Slashdot, that ought to please a lot of people. However, encryption isn't the Fire's only problem; Ricki Jennings at ComputerWorld has collected some of the user reaction to the change, and says that anemic hardware means that even with this small course correction, the Fire tablets themselves "still suck." I'm not so sure; I bought one of the low-end Fire tablets and returned it, disappointed not in the hardware (seemed not bad at all for $50, with a decent screen, snappy video, and sound that was better than reviews had led me to expect) but rather by the intentional limitations of the OS itself. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
by Jared DiPane from Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers on (#163BQ)
Amazon recently removed the encryption of its tablets with the Fire OS 5 update, and now the company has announced that they will be bringing it back. Initially when the encryption was removed, Amazon said that the communications through its server were secure enough, but the move still had people upset. Luckily, it appears as though Amazon heard the users, and will be bringing the encryption back to the tablets. Amazon told Engadget: We will return the option for full disk encryption with a Fire OS update coming this spring. While it may not have been smart to remove it in the first place, it is still great to see that Amazon will be bringing it back. ...
It's been only one day since -- in the midst of a national debate over encrypted devices -- Amazon started pushing a new Fire OS 5 to its tablets that ditched support for device encryption. Just yesterday, the company said that was because customers...
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Amazon has quietly dropped support for disk encryption on its Fire tablets, saying the feature that secures devices by scrambling data was not popular with customers. Privacy advocates and some users criticized the move, which came to light on Thursday even as Apple was waging an unprecedented legal battle over U.S. government demands that the iPhone maker help unlock an encrypted phone used by San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook.
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As the Apple/FBI encryption story continues to rage on, Amazon finds itself in a spotlight of its own. The latest updates to Fire OS 5 which is pushing out to previous generation products is greeting Fire device owners with an unwelcome message that device encryption is being removed. What? Amazon is but one of the companies that has joined an amicus brief alongside Apple, yet removing encryption from its own devices. While Apple fights the good fight, @Amazon removes encryption as option from FireOS 5 | @csoghoian @normative @eff pic.twitter.com/nggBdtFG7j— David Scovetta (@davidscovetta) March 3, 2016 Amazon's latest generation products already shipped with Fire OS 5, which would mean, presumably, they're already in this position. In an attempt to dampen down the uproar, Amazon issued a statement to Engadget "In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we removed some enterprise features that we found customers weren't using. All Fire tablets' communication with Amazon's c...
As Apple continues to battle the FBI in favor of device encryption, it appears that Amazon has quietly gone the other way. According to several owners of Amazon's tablets, the latest Fire OS 5 update actually removes encryption support from its devic...
Every so often we'll hear about a recall for a gadget-related charger or power adapter. Following Apple and Microsoft, it's Amazon's turn to fess up in 2016 and ask that customers stop using a crucial part of their product. The company has sent an em...