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Kindle firmware update 5.13.4
#1  hius07 12-10-2020, 09:25 AM
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GKMQC26VQQMM8XSW

Version 5.13.4 – December 2020

Here’s what's new:

Extended Home Feed: You can scroll further on Home and see up to 5 pages of content.

Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+: Amazon FreeTime and Amazon FreeTime Unlimited are changing names to Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+ in the coming months. There is no change to the benefits you enjoy and no action is required from you.

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.
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#2  melksnor 12-10-2020, 12:36 PM
It's amazing how little functionality they add in between these versions.
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#3  Quoth 12-10-2020, 12:54 PM
Quote melksnor
It's amazing how little functionality they add in between these versions.
Well, really there shouldn't have been ANY updates in years, except to fix bugs. It's a single use appliance.
Most of the new functionality seems related to marketing, and more recent previous updates simply did some stupid GUI changes.

There is too much SW released without proper testing and specified either by Graphic Design Hipsters clueless on GUI UX best practice (Esp Win8, Win10 and Android) or by Marketing idiots. Not considering the actual application and ease of use.
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#4  melksnor 12-10-2020, 01:34 PM
True, the only update I need is the damn cover-as-screensaver one
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#5  j.p.s 12-10-2020, 01:35 PM
Quote melksnor
It's amazing how little functionality they add in between these versions.
Quote Quoth
Well, really there shouldn't have been ANY updates in years, except to fix bugs. It's a single use appliance.
Most of the new functionality seems related to marketing, and more recent previous updates simply did some stupid GUI changes.

There is too much SW released without proper testing and specified either by Graphic Design Hipsters clueless on GUI UX best practice (Esp Win8, Win10 and Android) or by Marketing idiots. Not considering the actual application and ease of use.
Well, there's the increasingly aggressive hostility to third party applications.
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#6  cvkemp 12-10-2020, 02:21 PM
I guess I must be about the only one that doesn't care about a bunch extra stuff on my Kindle, I just read my books, and go on the next book. I believe in the old concept of keep it simple.
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#7  tomsem 12-10-2020, 08:11 PM
Quote cvkemp
I guess I must be about the only one that doesn't care about a bunch extra stuff on my Kindle, I just read my books, and go on the next book. I believe in the old concept of keep it simple.
‘Keep it simple’ is a relatively new concept, made necessary by the proliferation of ‘more is better’.

That said, Extended Home Feed will be awesome! I’ve been waiting years for this feature!
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#8  fardeenah 12-11-2020, 12:02 AM
Quote melksnor
True, the only update I need is the damn cover-as-screensaver one
the only update i need
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#9  JSWolf 12-11-2020, 07:13 AM
Quote melksnor
True, the only update I need is the damn cover-as-screensaver one
You don't actually need this and as you don't have it, it's not getting updated.Now you may want it, but please don't be so hostile.

If you feel you really need the book cover as the sleep screen (It is not a screensaver), then get a Kobo as they have this as a feature.
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#10  NullNix 12-11-2020, 11:56 AM
Quote cvkemp
I guess I must be about the only one that doesn't care about a bunch extra stuff on my Kindle, I just read my books, and go on the next book. I believe in the old concept of keep it simple.
That is the explicit purpose of the Kindle and has been since day 1, so I guess you're in luck!

(The irony is, the device the Kindle was internally codenamed after -- and the reason why the name "fiona" hang around its internals for years -- the hyperadvanced contraption in Stephenson's _A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer_, was much less just like a book and much more a massive multimedia experience that would teach you everything you needed to know, whether you knew you needed to know it or not, responding to what you did on it in all sorts of ways which make Amazon's page-by-page logging seem utterly noninvasive -- only the Primer wasn't doing it to try to flog you more stuff but to make you a better person. I'm not sure if that doesn't make it even *more* creepy.)
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