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Kindle Fire Gets Updates, New Security Features Added

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If you’re an owner of the Kindle Fire, you’ll probably be pleased to know that there is an update for your tablet Android device ready for you to apply.

The new update will bring your Kindle Fire up to version 6.3.1 and primarily focuses on security. The main features of this update include the ability to lock down specific content libraries that users may not want other people to see, while also having the option of password-protect purchasing. This means that if you should lose your Kindle fire, or its stolen, no unauthorised purchases can be made and charged to your account.

Amazon have also listed a bit more information about some other features that were recently added to the Kindle Fire. These are listed below:

Sharing: Easily share favourite passages and notes from books directly from Kindle Fire. Simply highlight a passage and select “Share,” add a note, and choose which social network you’d like to post to.

Book Extras: Powered by Shelfari, Amazon’s community of book lovers, Book Extras make it easy to see supplemental material about the book you are reading, without leaving the book. View descriptions of characters, a glossary of common terms used in the book, information on the authors and common locations referenced in the book, and more. To view Book Extras within your book, tap the bottom of the screen to bring up the options bar, tap the menu icon and select “Book Extras.”

Archive of Personal Documents: Your personal documents are stored in the Amazon Cloud and available for download at any time from the Docs content  library on your Kindle Fire. Just as with Kindle books, Whispersync automatically syncs notes, highlights and furthest page read for personal documents.

Print Replica Textbooks: Students can buy thousands of print replica textbooks to read on their Kindle Fire and save up to 60% off the list price of the print textbook. Print replica textbooks maintain the rich formatting, colour and layout of the print editions, with features including notes and highlights, zoom and pan, linked table of contents, real page numbers, and Whispersync of notes, highlights and furthest page read.

Reading View for Amazon Silk: With Reading View on Silk, the content that you’re interested in is elevated above the clutter in a reading-optimized, single screen view (even for multi-page articles). The full page is still available in the background, allowing you to easily toggle back to a traditional view to see other interesting features on the page.

Movie Rentals: The rental period for movie rentals downloaded to Kindle Fire now starts when you starts watching the movie, rather than at download.

Additional Enhancements: Faster re-connect of Wi-Fi after your Kindle Fire has been asleep, and general performance enhancements.

The update is around 199MB in size, and to the update, you can either download it on your PC and install it via USB. Or, alternatively you can wait for Amazon to push the update the update OTA to your Kindle Fire.

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