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Your Amazon Kindle may lose internet connectivity tomorrow

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Amazon has issued a notice warning customers that Kindles manufactured in 2012 and before will lose internet connectivity on March 22 if the device isn't updated.

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After the deadline, customers will have to update their e-readers manually, by connecting them to a computer via USB cord. An Amazon spokeswoman says the Kindle mobile app will not be affected by the update.

Before Tuesday, devices can be updated via Wi-Fi or wireless connection and the update will be installed while the Kindle is in “sleep” mode. You can check if your software is up-to-date by comparing the version listed in the device’s settings with those published in Amazon’s notice.

Amazon introduced the Kindle e-reader in 2007. While overall tablet sales were down nearly 14% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2015, Amazon’s tablet sales grew 176% in that period, according to market research firm IDC.

The company’s high sales were attributed to the affordability of the devices, which start at $80.


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