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Amazon Kindle Fire Ships, Sales Soar YORK) -- Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet began shipping Monday, one day ahead of schedule, and at least one survey suggested demand for it may exceed that for Apple's iPad 2.

Retrevo, an online shopping guide, said it had done a survey showing that of people interested in having a tablet computer, 44 percent could consider buying the Fire, while just twelve percent said they were only interested in the iPad, which has been the market leader up to now.

The Fire has the advantage of being newer and cheaper -- $199 for the Fire vs. $499 and up for the larger iPad 2.

Tablets have carved out a big place in the consumer technology world, and the Fire's release coincides with another study showing that not only are people buying them in place of conventional computers, they're more engaged with them when they get them.

Ooyala, a firm that provides video support to many major brands, said it had found people, on average, watched videos 30 percent longer on a tablet than they did on a desktop computer, and they were twice as likely to watch a video in its entirety.

The report showed that attention spans are still short; fewer than 40 percent of those included in Ooyala's data watched an online video all the way through on a tablet. But that was considerably higher than for other types of devices.

About 30 percent watched videos in their entirety on a handheld mobile or through a TV connected to the Internet, and fewer than 20 percent of users finished a video if they were watching on a desktop computer. For longer programs, predictably, bigger screens still rule.

But the arrival of tablets, such as the iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab line, and Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet, show how quickly media patterns are changing.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center reported last month that 53 percent of tablet owners use tablets to read news stories, about as many as use it for email (54 percent) -- and far more than for social networking (39 percent) or gaming (30 percent).

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Apple's iPad 2 Goes on Sale Friday

Courtesy of Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple's latest tablet computer, the iPad 2, hits store shelves Friday.

The new device is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than its predecessor, the iPad 1, but offers the same 9.7-inch screen.  It has two cameras -- one on the front and another on the back -- and will be available in black and white.  Despite running faster than the previous model, the new iPad features the same 10-hour battery life.

iPad 2 pricing begins at $499 and rises to $829, depending on memory and connectivity configurations.  It will be supported by both AT&T and Verizon.

The iPad 1 is now being sold for $100 less in deference to the new model.  The price tag on the first generation tablet ranges between $399 and $729.

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Apple to Offer New iPad 1 Consumers Refund over Price Reduction

ABC News(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- When the new iPad 2 goes on sale next week, the price of the iPad 1 will drop, leaving many customers who just bought an iPad 1 feeling like they got gypped.

But Apple has a solution.

Apple says it will give shoppers who bought an iPad 1 in the past two weeks at an Apple store or online at a $100 refund to make up for the upcoming price reduction.  The offer will kick in when the company permanently reduces the price of the first generation iPad next week.

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Steve Jobs Appears at Apple iPad 2 Event

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a rare appearance in his signature jeans and black shirt at his company's iPad 2 event Wednesday in San Francisco, taking the stage to a standing ovation.

"We've been working on this product for a while and I just didn't want to miss today," he told the crowd.

In January, Jobs announced that he was taking a medical leave from the company, marking the second time in the past few years the 55-year-old has taken leave for medical reasons.

Although Jobs has been largely out of the public eye since then, tabloid photos recently surfaced showing a frail-looking CEO.

For months, industry watchers have been buzzing about Apple's newest iPad, as well as the health of the CEO behind it.

In the lead-up to Wednesday's event, industry watchers speculated that a front-facing camera, a thinner, lighter form and a faster processor may be among those new bells and whistles. That's exactly what we have. The new iPad2 is a third thinner than the iPhone 4, 1.3 lbs. lighter and will be available in black and white. It will be supported by both AT&T and Verizon connections.

In announcing the highly-anticipated original iPad last January, Apple CEO called it a "truly magical device." At the time, the iPad was virtually the only tablet computer ready for market and it quickly captured the attention of consumers and developers alike.

Since the first iPads hit store shelves last April, the company has sold about 15 million of its touchscreen devices. About 60,000 applications for the iPad are now available in Apple's App store.

But the tablet market has changed considerably since the iPad first came on to the scene.This year, Motorola, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion (which makes BlackBerrys) are all expected to unveil competitive tablets.

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