It's been another great week here at the Kindle Fire Department, and probably the top highlight was announcing the winner of our first Kindle Fire Giveaway. Ginny was extremely thrilled to win and we all appreciate everyone's congratulations and good wishes. The Fire is actually on its way down to her daughter in North Caroline and should arrive today or Monday. We're also pleased to say that we're lining up more exciting giveaways as we speak for a variety of items that will capture your interests. So stay tuned!
This week we also announced the release of our Tips & Tricks ebook, The Kindle Fire Department Compendium. It has already sold hundreds and hundreds of copies and is firmly planted on numerous bestseller lists! We thank all of you who wanted easy access to our material for supporting us!
We were surprised this week with software update 6.2.2 from Amazon, which brought us full-screen video. In the same article we got into Borrowing Books from the Prime Lending Library and Amazon's new Send to Kindle desktop program. Very useful stuff.
The timing for the full-screen option was great because our focus this week was on watching videos. We got into Streaming Video to Your TV with Roku, which was a great option for bringing online videos to your TV. Unfortunately we did not have many good things to say about the new Slingplayer coming for the Fire, which allows you to watch TV on your device. And then we capped off the week with how to Watch US Only Videos While Outside the US.
We look forward to another great week ahead, and we thank you for reading!
Cheap and Free Apps
Not everyone gets to dig up dinosaur bones in their backyard, but now you can dig them up on your Fire! Check out Dino Digger and see what's buried underneath the sand for 50% off. A great one for kids!
Name: Dino Digger
Rating: 4.0 stars over 22 reviews
Description: Dig up dinosaur bones, bring them to life, and interact with your 3D dinosaurs! Dig up dinosaur bones, build them into interactive 3D skeletons, and bring your dinosaur bones to life! Interact with each dinosaur and dinosaur skeleton by tapping on their heads, bodies, shaking them, and swiping. No matter how you tap, swipe, or shake, you can't go wrong. The intuitive interface in this app is very kid friendly and incredibly easy to navigate. It's like having a dinosaur excavation and a bunch of pet dinosaurs with you at all times!
*6 dinosaur skeletons to dig up
*6 live dinosaurs
*Many unique animations for each dinosaur and each skeleton
*Realistic dinosaur sounds
*Beautifully rendered HD scenery and dinosaur detail
Get your copy of Dino Digger!
If you're looking for a way to have more fun with your photos, why not try Collage? Slice up your pictures and put them together in interesting ways with this very cheap app!
Rating: 5.0 stars over 2 reviews
Description: Collage makes it easy to arrange images on your smartphone into attractive collages. Get artistic, have fun, and share your collages with friends and family with the Collage app.
You don't need multi-touch or high-end hardware to create beautiful collages. This app works nicely on any device and gives you the option to save in high resolution. You don't need to be a geek, either, as the app is designed for single-finger use. Best of all, a clear and thorough tutorial will guide you through how to use it.
Let your imagination lead the way when you're creating with Collage. You can load images from the gallery, your camera, or any other file explorer. You can also choose from more than 100 stamps to download (a Wi-Fi connection is recommended for this option).
Get your copy of Collage!
This next one is an interesting word game featuring 3 dictionaries and plenty of gameplay to test your vocabulary. Check it out for free!
Rating: 4.6 stars over 11 reviews
Description: Dropwords is a fun and addicting word-finding puzzle game. Valid words boost your score and the dwindling timer, and used letters disappear and new ones drop down from above.
Now with access to PapayaMobile's social network, global leaderboards, and achievements!
The game offers three dictionaries:
1. Scrabble: contains all the 2-to-8-letter words from the SOWPODS list of Scrabble competition words. This amounts to 114,575 words, including both US and UK spellings.
2. Webster's: based on the Webster's New International Dictionary, 2nd Edition, this contains 87,416 2-to-8-letter words.
3. Both! The combination of the Scrabble and Webster's dictionaries, comprising 153,136 words. This is the dictionary used by default.
Get your free copy of Dropwords!
I think pretty much everyone in the world has played Connect Four, and now you can play this great clone on your Kindle Fire for free!
Name: Four in a Row
Rating: 4.9 stars over 12 reviews
Description: Here's a modern take on the classic Four in a Row game. A tap of the finger drops tokens into a grid, with the goal being to line up four tokens in a row. It's deceptively simple, but compelling enough to keep players occupied for hours.
Optime's trademark clean, simple design is apparent throughout the app. This isn't your father's Four in a Row game. The classic experience has been updated with a sleek look and feel designed for mobile devices that will keep you playing for hours.
An Options menu lets you pick a game board theme--red and black tokens or blue and yellow--to match your mood. It also lets you turn the sound on or off. Turn it on, and you'll have a sympathetic crowd groaning when you lose and cheering when you win. And those tokens will make an endearing plopping noise when they fall.
Get your free copy of Four in a Row!