Q & A

I know I have to pay extra, but how do I turn off the commercials on my Kindle Fire screen?

Amazon refers to certain Fire tablet and e-readers as “Kindle With Special Offers.” These “special offers” - or as many people call them, advertisements - appear as screen savers, on the lock screen or at the bottom of the home screen.

While the ads do not appear on the pages of books you buy for the Kindle, they do subsidise the overall cost of the hardware. To pay for ad removal, log into your Amazon account at amazon.com/manageyourkindle or go to the Your Account page and in the Digital Content area, click on “Manage Your Content and Devices.” Next, click on “Manage Your Devices” and select your Kindle to display its details. Next to “Special Offers,” click Edit and follow along.

Depending on the type of Kindle, it typically costs $15 (Rs 886) or $20 (Rs 1,181) to unsubscribe from the special offers - which is around the price difference with the Kindle models that come ad-free out of the box. Once you unsubscribe, your Amazon account is billed accordingly.

If my home broadband connection goes out, how hard is it to turn my new 4G iPad into a mobile hot spot so I can get my laptop online?

Sharing the iPad’s cellular-data connection - and its monthly allowance - with your laptop through the Personal Hotspot feature in iOS 7 is not difficult, although you should contact your

wireless carrier to see if any additional fees or particular data plans are
required. You may also get a link to contact your carrier the first time you set up the Personal Hotspot feature.

On the iPad’s home screen, open the Settings icon and select Cellular Data. Tap the “Personal Hotspot” option and follow the instructions on screen.

Apple has detailed setup steps at support.apple.com/kb/HT4517. Once you activate the iPad’s hot spot feature, your laptop can connect to the iPad over Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth connection or by USB cable - and use the tablet’s Internet connection to go online.

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