The refurbished Kindle Fire is Amazon's Gold Box deal of the day, valid on March 29 or while supplies last. Normally, refurbished models cost $169.
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Firmware UpdateIf you've already got a Kindle Fire, there's still some good news: The latest firmware update, being delivered over the year this week, adds new features and improvements to the tablet.
The update includes a reading view for Amazon's Silk browser, which renders the body of a Website in an easy-to-read format. It also has some new book features, such as the ability to share passages on social networks and with other Kindle users.
With the version 6.3 firmware, personal documents can be stored on Amazon Cloud servers and re-downloaded at any time. For movie rentals, the rental period now begins when the user starts watching the movie, instead of immediately after initiating a download.
The firmware also includes general performance enhancements, such as faster reconnect to Wi-Fi after the Kindle Fire has been asleep. This update, combined with a major update pushed out last December, should help correct some of the general sloppiness that the Kindle Fire suffered at launch.
Kindle Fire 2.0?As for new hardware, Amazon hasn't announced anything yet, but rumors about a larger tablet have persisted since the original 7-inch Kindle Fire launched last November. A recent report by Taiwanese news source SENS claimed that Amazon will launch two new Kindle Fires this year, including a 7-inch tablet with 1280-by-800 and an 8.9-inch model with 1920-by-1200 resolution.
Amazon hasn't disclosed sales figures for the Kindle Fire, but has said that it sold millions of them during the holiday season. Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente estimates that Amazon sold 5.5. million Kindle Fires last year.