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Daily Deals: More Sweet Tea and Voltage Premium

More Sweet TeaToday Amazon offers More Sweet Tea by Deborah Smith,  Sandra Chastain, Virginia Ellis, Deborah Dixon, Maureen Hardegree just for $1.99.

Settle back into that comfortable chair and enjoy a second helping of poignant, humorous and nostalgic tales about how things used to be in the legendary South. From vindictive mules and small town marriage rituals that include a pig, to Grandma’s story of how a quilt square got her a husband and a home remedy of the hemorrhoidal variety that goes awry, More Sweet Tea delivers what readers have been thirsting for since the first in the Sweet Tea series, Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Voltage PremiumAlso you can download Voltage Premium – it is a game for your Kindle Fire. Today only it is free for download from Amazon site.

Toying around with powerful electric circuits just became casual gameplay. Voltage Premium is a challenging puzzle game that requires you to connect the blue electrical circuit with the red electrical circuit.

Getting Wired

The red current comes from the tube running up the left side of the screen, and the blue current comes from the right. Each tube contains multiple outlets. Connect to an outlet with a provided puzzle piece and slowly work your way across the screen until you connect the two currents.

Similar to Tetris-style gameplay, you’re given one puzzle piece at a time, but they’re all different. Some pieces rotate, while others do not. Some pieces can slide across the top of your screen allowing you to drop them anywhere, while others sit stagnant. This is determined by the color of the piece. You’ll always know the next available piece which is displayed in the corner. Play smart; you’re only one step ahead.

Power-up

Earn bonus pieces for more turns, to swap pieces, or to activate a bomb. Most bonuses are earned after leveling up and appear as a colored button at the top of your screen. Colored buttons are good. We like to push colored buttons.

Build the high-voltage circuit in two game modes: Timed or Unlimited. Compete with other players through OpenFeint scoring system.

Zzzzi Zzzap

The diesel-punk themed graphics and high voltage snaps, sizzles, and zaps are ironically paired with an easy-listening, instrumental ensemble. It’s classy and dangerous! Now, would someone please hold my overcoat while I quickly fuse some dangerously high-voltage fuses?

Kindle Fire Sales Decline is Worth Noting, but Only Part of the Story

Recent data out of ChangeWave Research indicates that the Kindle Fire is still idling at a much lower level of consumer interest than was the case in the fourth quarter of last year.  Obviously nobody expected the rate to jump back up to as high as it was immediately after the holiday release of a much anticipated product, but the fact that there has been no noticeable change since the beginning of this year is being taken to mean that the Kindle Fire is essentially dead in the water.

ChangeWave Data (as seen on the right) puts the interest in Kindle Fire purchases among potential customers at about 8%.  This compares less than favorably to the iPad’s 73%.  I don’t think it is fair to say that this comparison should be made given that they serve completely different customer needs, but let’s take this for what it is.

The Kindle Fire is still running ahead of all other Android devices by a fair margin.  Even in the limited information we get from this ChangeWave survey, interest appears to be at least 30% higher for the Amazon product compared to its closest non-iPad competition.  In that respect, it is doing quite well.  This doesn’t mean that there are great times in store for the future of the product, however.

The biggest issue right now seems to be the fact that Android is failing to match up with the competition.  The best sellers are the Kindle Fire, which goes a long way to distance itself from Android, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which appears to be considered as one unit in the publicly available information of this report despite actually being a line of four separate products.  Nobody else stands out.

I would predict that tablet customers get even more cautious in the months to come.  We’re still waiting on an official announcement about the Kindle Fire 2.  The release of Windows 8 tablets into the market is going to upset things in a way that nobody can quite predict yet.  Even Apple might do something unexpected if the incredibly far-fetched iPad Mini ever actually appears.  About the only company that customers can be completely sure of ongoing support from right now is Apple and even there it is hard to be certain that you’ll be making the best use of your money.

In the short term, I expect the Kindle Fire to become more of a niche product.  It is a media consumption tablet rather than a fully functional computing device.  You can’t reasonable replace even a small computer with it like you can an iPad.  This doesn’t make it any less useful, but customers are now realizing that there are specific reasons to get a Kindle Fire and that you can’t expect it to function as an iPad competitor.  It was never really meant to.

In the long term we have to wait and see where Amazon goes with the next Kindle Fire.  If the reports of a larger, more powerful device are true then perhaps they will be trying for a serious PC replacement.  It might not be the best time to be marketing something like that against all the new Windows 8 PCs, given how well Windows 8 is said to perform on a touchscreen device, but there is the chance that Amazon’s forking of Android will be sufficient to generate their own unique category in customer perception.

Even if they had no prayer of ever taking majority control of the tablet market, and realistically I don’t think anybody believes they have a prayer of doing so, Amazon isn’t about to drop the product line.  It is still gaining popularity, however slowly.  Media is still selling through it more steadily than through any other Android device.  However much Kindle Fire sales numbers might not match up to holiday interest, that’s only part of what matters when it comes to success.