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Archive for November, 2012

How to Hear Podcasts on a Kindle

Kindle e-readers were not initially designed to directly support podcast downloads. The 8GB Kindle Fire, 4GB Kindle Touch, Kindle DX and Kindle Keyboard, 2GB second-generation Kindle or 256MB first-generation Kindle all support MP3 audio. The internal capacity of each Kindle model influences how many podcasts and audio titles you can install along with book titles. For all models other than the Kindle 4 which does not support audio, this has the additional benefit of music play back as well as podcasts. Adding podcast audio allows you to increase your Kindle’s versatility, mimicking a full-featured tablet rather than simple an e-reader.

Step 1

Navigate to a website featuring podcasts you may want to listen to by entering the address into your Web browser’s search engine. Many news organizations and technology sites, including the Kindle store, feature free and premium podcasts for download.

Step 2

Save the podcast to a folder on your computer. Drag the downloaded files into folders on the desktop for fast reference later on. The Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, Kindle DX, Kindle Keyboard as well as first and second-generation Kindles support unprotected MP3, Audible Audio Format 4 and Audible Enhanced AAX files.

Step 3

Connect the Kindle to the computer with the Kindle’s USB cable. Allow the computer to recognize the device. The Kindle says “USB Drive Mode” at the top of the display when the connection is made.

Step 4

Click the Start button and select “Computer” a Windows PC to view the Kindle, or find it on the desktop as a mounted drive on Apple machines.

Step 5

Double-click on the “Kindle” drive on your computer. Look for the “Audible” or “Music” folder on the device.

Step 6

Drag the individual podcast files or the entire folder into the chosen folder on the device.

Step 7

Use the five-way controller or directional buttons on your Kindle to highlight and select the “Audible” or “Music” folder. Tap the “Audible” or “Music” folder with a Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire. Look for the “Audio” label attached to the podcast files.

Step 8

Tap on the icon of the file you wish to listen to. Click “OK” to play the file.

Tips

  • Organize the files into collections on your home screen to consolidate multiple podcasts into manageable folders.

How to Add Storage to a Kindle

Only the first-generation Kindle accepts SD cards.

The Kindle reader comes with enough space to store dozens of e-books, newspapers, magazines and other media files. If you are running out of space and you don’t want to delete any of your content, you may think about adding an SD card for extra storage. Unfortunately, only the first-generation Kindle allows you to install an SD card; this model supports SD cards up to 4GB.

Items you will need

  • SD card (4GB maximum)

Step 1

Power off the Kindle and turn it over so that you are looking at the back cover.

Step 2

Press down firmly on the back cover and slide it to the right to remove it.

Step 3

Locate the SD card slot on the right side of the Kindle.

Step 4

Slide the SD card into the Kindle’s card slot with the logo facing up and the gold-colored contacts facing down. Push the card in until you feel and hear it click into place.

Step 5

Place the cover back on the Kindle and slide it to the left to lock it in place.

Step 6

Turn on the Kindle. The new SD card is detected automatically.

Tips

  • You can use the Kindle’s Content Manager to move items between the Kindle’s memory and the SD card. To do this, launch Content Manager from the home screen, select the items you wish to transfer, and then choose “Menu.” Choose “Move to SD Memory Card” or “Move to Kindle Memory.” The files will transfer to the destination immediately.

Warnings

  • The process described in this article only applies to first-generation Kindles.

Amazon Kindle finally coming to China?

Last week with the Kindle Paperwhite’s software update came the newly added support for Simplified Chinese. This maybe another hint alluding to an incoming Chinese release of the electronic reader.

Addition of Chinese support alone isn’t enough evidence to justify this theory of course. There may be been technical issues in the past which prevented Amazon from supporting the complex Chinese script. However, that’s not all.

Another clue comes from the China Radio Management Agency’s website, which shows that four Kindle devices were submitted for evaluation for a Chinese radio license. If that’s not a big X marking the spot, I don’t know what is.

Finally, Chinese support. What took you so long, Amazon!

What’s more, in 2011 Amazon already confirmed that they were planning a future Chinese launch, so what is really surprising is that its took them this long. Amazon would be foolish to miss another Christmas’ worth of sales, and may be ramping up for a festive release in the mainland.

It is interesting to note the timing of this move too. 2 weeks ago I wrote an article about Amazon China’s president Wang Hanhua resigning amongst rumors of Amazon attempting to ‘speed up’ the strategy of the Chinese branch. This would correlate with the sudden rush of events to indicate a Kindle launch. Amazon have also just released their Kindle devices in Japan, and this may be part of a larger strategy to take on Asia as a whole.

Until Amazon get a move on, we always have… this thing….

With billions of potential customers, Amazon would be silly to miss out on this opportunity. While e-book piracy is rampant in the mainland, that doesn’t mean that people wouldn’t be willing to pay for quality content should it be easily available. Hopefully Amazon can rectify that situation better than any local tablet clone has in the past.

40 Tips and Tricks for Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Below is a list of forty tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the Google Nexus 7 tablet, from basic getting started tips for the beginner to hacks and ROMs for advanced users. Feel free to add your own tips in the comments section too!

The Basics – Getting Started

1. Nexus 7 Guidebook – The Nexus 7 Guidebook contains a lot of useful information for getting started with Google’s new tablet. It comes pre-loaded on the Nexus 7 and is located in the Google Play Books app.

2. Screen Rotation – By default, the Nexus 7 is locked in portrait mode. You can switch to auto-rotate by pulling down the notifications menu at the top of the screen and tapping the rotate icon to the right of the date. Note that the homescreen doesn’t support landscape mode, however (see #11 and #38 to fix that).

3. Notifications – Pulling down the notifications menu at the top of the screen grants access to the button for the Settings Menu, the time and date, and a list of all your recent emails, events, activities, app updates, etc. Tap a notification to access it, swipe left to remove it from the list, or hit the button in the upper right corner to close all notifications. Sounds for notifications can be changed in Settings > Sound > System. The volume of notifications can be set separately from the master volume by pressing the settings button next to the on-screen volume slider. Turn off notifications by going to Settings > Accounts > Sync.

4. Widgets – The homescreens can display widgets, bookmarks, individual ebooks, folders for certain apps, and a lot more (it all depends on what apps you have installed). Widgets are located in the widget section of the app drawer. By default the homescreen shows a large Google widget. You can remove it and any other widget simply by long-pressing and dragging to the remove icon at the top of the screen. You can also re-size many widgets by long-pressing and then adjusting the blue lines that appear.

5. Folders – Android supports creating folders on the homescreen to group apps, bookmarks, and ebooks together. Simply hold and drag an icon onto another. You can also name the folders.

6. View Available Storage Space and RAM – Since the Nexus 7 has limited storage space, you are going to want to keep an eye on the available space from time to time. Hit Settings > Storage. To see available RAM go to Settings > Storage > Apps > Running.

7. Uninstalling Apps – The easiest way to uninstall an app is to press and hold the app icon from the list of apps in the app drawer and then drag it to the top of the screen where it says uninstall. If it only shows App Info and no uninstall option is available, then it is a system app and can’t be uninstalled. However, if you drag the app to where it says App Info you’ll have the option to disable the app.

8. Lock Screen – It’s a good idea to go into Settings > Security to configure a lockscreen to make your tablet secure. You can set a password or pattern or even set the Nexus 7 to wake up by showing it your face. For added security you can set it to open when you blink your eyes so a photo will not unlock the screen.

9. Font Size – The font size can be adjusted in Settings > Display > Font Size. There is also a secondary setting for large text in Accessibility > System.

10. Wallpapers – Long-press on any open space on the homescreen to bring up the wallpapers menu. Android has live wallpapers, static wallpapers, or you can use your own photos and pictures or some downloaded from the internet.

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