Wednesday, December 26, 2012

3 dead, several injured in wake of winter storms lashing US

An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast on Wednesday, slowing holiday travel.

Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after rare winter twisters damaged buildings in Louisiana and Alabama. Snow and ice covered roads in southern Illinois and southern Indiana early Wednesday.

Officials urged residents to stay home if they can. State police reported numerous slide-off accidents in the Evansville, Ind., area and white-out conditions on Interstate 64 in Indiana with wind gusts around 30 mph.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Amazon launches new kids content service on Kindles

Amazon is launching a new kids' entertainment service, just in time for that long holiday drive to grandma's house.

The new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited monthly service lets children aged 3 to 8 watch, read and play all the Cinderella and Thomas the Tank Engine videos, books and apps they can for a flat price starting at $2.99 per child for Amazon Prime members. Available starting today on the 7-inch display Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD models - and coming next week to the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD - the all-you-can-consume plan costs $4.99 per child or $9.99 per family for non-Prime members (Prime members get a $6.99 monthly family rate).

"It's a lot of work for parents and the rate of error is pretty high when you are going out to get this content," says Peter Larsen, Amazon Kindle Fire vice president.

The new FreeTime Unlimited service builds on the FreeTime parental control feature built into Kindles. Parents can set profiles for their children and limit viewing times and they get their own user interface for the device. "They feel like it's their tablet," Larsen says.

FreeTime Unlimited will arrive on the devices as a free software update. Customers can sign up within the Free Time app. For more information go to the FreeTime Unlimited page on Amazon's site. Source: