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TidBITS#1096/03-Oct-2011

The big news this week is Amazon’s announcement of the new Kindle Fire tablet, which Glenn Fleishman believes is the first viable tablet from a company other than Apple. But is it competition for the iPad? Also this week, Adam reviews the impressive group photo sharing site ZangZing, Tonya tells how the Fujitsu ScanSnap is simplifying her life as the mother of a 7th grader, and we welcome as our latest TidBITS sponsor the Mac and iOS app developer Global Delight. Last, but not least, we’ve published the new “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac,” Joe Kissell’s definitive guide to backups. Notable software releases this week include Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5, Firefox 7.0, PopChar X 5.3, and Teleport 1.1.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire Lights Tablet Competition

Ladies and gentlemen, the long-awaited alternative to Apple’s iPad has finally arrived. Amazon’s Kindle Fire brings the firm’s media ecosystem and understanding of making a consumer tablet-sized device into the market. Amazon also extended the Kindle book reader lineup with two new models.