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Amazon tablets offer advanced parental controls

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 9:20 AM

HOUSTON – Amazon’s newly announced line of Kindle Fire HD tablets offer many new features, including advanced controls for parents.

The company unveiled the new devices last week, just days before Apple’s expected announcement of the iPhone 5. Rumors continue that Apple is also working on a new “mini iPad.”

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD does everything you would expect it to: hook up with Facebook, apps and games, streams movies, and it has a front facing camera for Skype. It also offers a lot more, making it a real competitor to the iPad.

Parents will like a new feature called Freetime. These are controls that let you specify the types of content your child can look at and for how long. For instance, you can specify that only PG movies or games can be viewed for an hour a day, while reading can take place 24/7. The only way kids can get around it is with the adult’s password.

There are three models to choose from depending on your desired screen and memory sizes. The starting price for the smaller version is $199 while the larger version starts at $299. All of them should come out in November, just in time for the holidays.

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