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iPad versus Kindle Fire. The battle of the tablets is on.

Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in New York. (AP)
Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in New York. (AP)

Apple’s iPad tore open the market for tablet computing, and changed the way a whole lot of people get digital. Not at a desk, not on a tiny phone screen, but anywhere, anytime. At the beach. In bed. At breakfast.

It may or may not be your cup of tea, but it’s changing worlds everyone cares about: music, books, magazines, work. Now comes the next big tablet. Well, smaller. And a lot cheaper –- and from Amazon. The Kindle Fire promises to challenge whole businesses and industries and lifestyles yet again.

This On Point: iPad, Kindle Fire, and tablet wars.

...And later in the hour, we preview the release of the new iPhone.
-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Omar Gallaga, writes about technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman.

Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist for Fast Company, a regular contributor to Slate and The New York Times and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

Ruth Suehle , contributor to the blog GeekMom and Senior Editor of Opensource.com.

Sascha Segan, lead analyst for Mobile devices for PC Magazine.

This program aired on October 3, 2011.

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