Amazon updates Kindle Fire HD with FreeTime parental controls


Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is rolling out a new Kindle Fire HD software update giving parents greater control over how their children use the popular tablet.

The free, over-the-air Kindle Fire HD 7.1.5 update introduces FreeTime, which enables parents to select all of the digital content their children may access. Parents may also limit kids' screen time and block them from exiting the FreeTime mode without a password. The software update also brings new performance and functionality improvements.

Amazon initially announced the FreeTime controls in September when it first unveiled the forthcoming Kindle Fire HD, an 8.9-inch large-screen, LTE-equipped tablet priced at $499, as well as Wi-Fi-enabled 7-inch ($199) and 8.9-inch versions ($299) without LTE functionality. According to Amazon, the $199 version is now its bestselling product across all international markets--the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" begins shipping Nov. 20.

Kindle Fire HD devices offer access to more than 22 million Android applications, games, e-books, movies, TV shows, songs, audiobooks and magazines, as well as content synchronization tools based on Amazon's Whispersync technology. Gaming enhancements include a gyroscope and accelerometer for full tilt and turn controls, social gaming features like group leaderboards and achievements and exclusive HD titles.

The Kindle Fire HD family also touts X-Ray features enabling consumers to delve deeper into digital content. With X-Ray for Books, Kindle Fire users can tap the screen to identify all passages within a title related to concepts, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and the Shelfari reader community site. X-Ray for Textbooks integrates the volume's glossary directly into each page, bolstered by related data from Wikipedia and YouTube, and X-Ray for Movies connects with cinema site IMDb to offer one-tap access to actor filmographies, biographies and photos.

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