Listen… Amazon Kindle Fire encryption was pointless anyway, so chill

Amazon does a U-turn over encryption on the Kindle Fire (and other toys using the Android-derived Fire OS). In a one-line PR statement, Amazon says encryption will come back to the suspiciously-cheap units in the springtime.

Really, so what? Amazon was probably correct when it said users didn’t want the feature. Because of the painfully weak hardware in these useless tablets, switching on encryption would have been a recipe for frustration, reduced battery life, and general sad feels.

So don’t store confidential information on them. Stick to using Amazon tablets for what they’re designed to do: consuming media and buying stuff.

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Amazon Kindle Fire fail: Don’t buy these useless tablets (and Wintergatan)

Amazon.com comes under fire for disabling encryption on Kindle Fire tablets, and other toys that use the Android-fork Fire OS 5. Since the “quiet” change, the devices can no longer encrypt the data stored in them.

Cue: Tedious comparisons with Apple. When asked, Amazon PR explained users didn’t care for the feature. Perhaps that had something to do with the utterly weak CPUs inside these nasty, plastic boxes.

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Look for Amazon’s new homegrown chips in data centers, not Fire devices

Amazon’s jump into the chip business won’t change what’s in Fire devices — for now — but it’ll help the retailer drive more media delivery, file storage and cloud systems in homes and data centers.

Annapurna Labs, an Amazon subsidiary, said it would start selling a line of ARM-based chips for hardware that handles 4K video delivery, storage, IoT, cloud, and networking. The chips will be sold to makers of products for homes and data centers.

The announcement surprised many, since selling chips is a radical shift from Amazon’s bread-and-butter retail business. But the company has jumped outside its comfort zone before, dabbling in new businesses such as Web hosting with AWS (Amazon Web Services), which has become a runaway success.

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