Upgraded Tablets Helping Businesses

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Amazon.com Inc. is updating the Kindle Fire in a bid to stoke consumer demand as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. crowd the tablet market with competing devices.

The newest version of the Kindle Fire will cost $159 and have an 8.9-inch screen, larger than the 7-inch screen in the current model, the company said at an event Thursday in Santa Monica, Cal.

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is retooling the Kindle Fire to revive slumping demand as consumers face a widening array of options – including new entries from Google and Microsoft – in a market dominated by Apple Inc. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, relies on the Kindle to help sell digital movies, books and music – an effort that may bolstered by the revamped device. Read more on Kansas City Star.

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