Protection for Kindle

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Looks like I am the first to make this suggestion. If not, forgive me, I just couldn't find anything on this. I would like to suggest that CE come up with an application for the Kindle. The current versions of Kindle now have a browser included, and one more opening into the world of porn. I realize that this probably is not a priority as there are many other more popular web access items that need to be covered, yet someone has to bring up this one as well.
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Richard Stum

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  • excited at the possiblity

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bekah.hisayasu

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Agreed! My husband just got a Kindle for Christmas and he suggested I research what kind of "protection" is available for it's browser. He has the "why not?" attitude. Better to be safe then sorry. I was disappointed that there is nothing available yet, but look forward to the day that accountability is offered for all internet access. Thanks!
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Terry Reed

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I am about to purchase my first Kindle and was disappointed to find that no one offers any kind of accountability for internet access. I was also shocked to find that the manufacturers are so careless as to not include parental controls on their e-readers. I almost purchased a competitor's version which was far more expensive and has far less selection just because their reader doesn't allow internet access. Unfortunately, I can't access the e-book store from outside the US, where I spend most of my time due to my work.
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Richard Stum

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Kindle users, please leave your comments. Only when there is a ground swell of enthusiasm for CE to develop a Kindle (or other e-reader version) application will it happen. Thanks
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I'd be interested in CE for Kindle as well.
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I've actually tried to look into what is available to us on this platform and what sort of solution we might be able to develop, but right now the Kindle Development Kit is only in private beta release, and the only way to gain access is by application.

A small portion of the API's available to developers are published publicly, but the items I really need to see are only available to those accepted into their beta program. I applied to this program a couple months ago but have not yet been invited. If that should change, I plan to evaluate what our options for development could be.

I agree with Richard, though, if you're a interested in seeing us explore a solution for Kindle, please let us know. It really is a good way for us to show the priority of a potential project.
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I personally am going to have to give my Kindle away and find something else (perhaps with an android system) that I can have CE on. I don't want anything that makes porn accessible on any level. I got my Kindle about 6 months ago and love it, but........ :(
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@Alan - Are you using a Kindle or a Kindle Fire? There's not much we can do about a Kindle, but we do have a test version of our Android app which will offer monitoring for the Kindle Fire.
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Mine is the Kindle Touch, which I love. But I wish I had a way to at least disable the browsing. I may have to simply get something (pad) that has an android system..... thanks for responding
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Thanks Dave. It is good to hear that you have been looking into this. We can pray and look forward to what the Lord will do.
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Terry Reed

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That's too bad the hangup is on Amazon's end. They claim their mission is to be the earth's most customercentric business in the world. It seems that this would qualify as an issue of customer satisfaction. If only there were somewhere we could write and ask them to invite CE to be a part of the program.
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To be fair, being in the beta would allow us to assess whether, and to what degree a Covenant Eyes application is a possibility on the platform, but it's unlikely that it would push up the start date for any sort of actual development project. Really the thing that would help most is seeing a significant level of customer interest in a Covenant Eyes solution. It definitely helps build a case for committing a large amount of resources to development and support of a new platform.

The Kindle Development Kit has been in beta for several months though, and I would be surprised if we don't see an actual full release very soon.
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Terry Reed

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Thanks for the reply. It is helpful to know. Well, everyone, there you have it! I am sure many of us have, or hope to have a Kindle with CE protection on it. Don't be shy, just speak up and let's see what happens.
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I would also ask that you look beyond just the Kindle, it would be great to see protection available for the Nook Reader - it functions very much like the ipad and I can access any website via it's browser, it would be great having some protection available. Thanks!

travis
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Terry Reed

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Travis you make a good point. I, for my part, have decided to go with a Sony Reader Touch Edition. It is more expensive, but works well for my needs, and is the only reputable reader that doesn't have internet access. Once CE becomes available for other readers, I will consider getting a reader that can handle wifi/3G.
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yes,
CE for kindle would be great. Then I could actually get one for our son.
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Jono

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I have a Kindle and am highly in favor of CE for it. Please count my vote for this need.

Thanks,
Jono
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John Stanley

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I was given a Nook Color reader today, 8/21/2011, as a gift. We need CE installed. Would you recommend returning it or just putting it away and wait until CE has the necessary software to download onto it?

Thanks,
John
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@John
While Nook runs a variant of Android, which we currently have apps in open beta for, development specifically for Nook isn't currently a priority so we have done no testing with the Nook. By my understanding, there isn't really a straightforward way to get to try out the apps that we have on the device.

Are there any Nook/CE users who have had any success getting the beta apps to run on your Nooks?
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With the recent announcement of Amazon Kindle Fire priced at $199, it's going to give iPad a run for its money and there will be a larger interest in Kindle. Please CE, develop an app for Kindle as soon as amazon is agreeable to sharing their info with you. I would like to get a Kindle Fire since it is such a great deal, but feel this would be a worry since my husband has struggled in the past which has caused major issues in our marriage. I would love to embrace this new technology, but I fear that it would introduce undue worry to our home without a filter. I really hate that I have to worry about this, but this is the world we live in. Please, everyone interested in an app for Kindle, please show your support to CE and amazon alike. Thank you.
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Is there anything that we users of Kindle (or would be users) can do to encourage Amazon to give you the information you need to develop CE of Kindle?
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It's cool to see this level of interest in a Kindle solution. I just picked up my first Kindle over the weekend and have been thoroughly impressed by the device.

About the only version of the Kindle with any potential for Covenant Eyes development at this time, is the Kindle Fire.

Even this is purely speculative since we have no way to begin to test with the Fire yet, but it does run Android apps, and we have an Android app nearly ready to release. It remains to be seen as to whether the compatibility is truly there between the two families of Android devices, but best case scenario is that all we would have to do to cover the Fire is get our forthcoming app into the Amazon Android AppStore.

The other versions of the Kindle are very closed and even though there was a beta version of a Kindle Development Kit, it didn't show much potential for providing us the ability to develop Covenant Eyes for those devices. It remains to be seen whether Amazon will even continue forward with a development kit for Kindle now that they have committed to the Android based Fire.
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As a fellow Kindle user, I would suggest that we try to contact Amazon and ask them to consider implementing a parental control for Browser usage.
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Cr@ig

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I just contacted Amazon, and asked about Parental controls and I received this reply below, I suggest using one of the means below to contact them and let them know that this is a desired feature. I can't imagine it woudl be too difficult. This would also free up CE from worrying about the other kindles and work on Kindle Fire.

***Start reply***
...I am sorry at this time, parental controls password feature is not available on kindles. We're regularly working on improvements to your Kindle experience. I've let the Kindle team know you're interested in this feature.

Customer feedback like yours helps us continue to improve the service we provide. The Kindle Team will carefully review your comments.

Thanks for taking the time to write to us.

...

If you'd like to give us a call, you can reach us by phone directly at 1-866-321-8851.

You can also reach us using the Contact Us option on our Kindle Support pages at:

http://www.amazon.com/kindlesupport

***end reply***
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Just a suggestion to those interested in e-readers with wifi access, but are concerned about unmonitored internet access... My father recently purchased a new Nook simple touch. It is a good e-reader, reasonably priced, and though it has wi-fi, the wi-fi only allows access to their Nook Bookstore. It may be a good option for those of us concerned with unfettered internet access.
In regards to contacting Kindle and their customer support, I have told them numerous times that parents want to see parental controls, and have received the same response as above. Unfortunately it is automated, and not likely to generate any genuine interest.
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I just got a kindle fire and installed covenant eyes seems to be working just fine so far will try to give a update in a few days.
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That's great! Thank you so much for sharing!
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torysperrazza

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which version did you download?
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curtis

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How did you install it?
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I would also like to know how to install the app on my fire. It seems that the aneroid will not recognize the fire as a device to download to. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Alaina

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Check out this response for more information on the Kindle Fire - http://gsfn.us/t/2to5w
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I have been a long time user of CE (going on 6 years now) and absolutely believe in your product! I was also a a part of the Android project (alpha and beta) and am extremely pleased with what you guys have done to protect my Andriod, thank you.

I have recently purchased a kindle fire and love the usability and versatility for the cost; all that is left is to be able to download a CE app! I gladly cast my vote for R&D to be done here. Thanks for all you guys do.

Tommy
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We are definitely working on trying to make our Android application work on the Fire. Right out of the box, a lot of it works, but there are some key pieces we need to make work before we can think about making it available.

I know some of our beta testers have tried installing our Android beta release on the Fire, and while it basically runs fine, there are still important problems to solve before it would be useful to our customers.

More info to come.
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How can I help do beta testing?
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Right now, we do have a beta test version available, but it is really more suited to typical Android phones and tablets. The Fire, while it is, at heart, an Android tablet, is highly customized, and as a result, or current Android app becomes far less functional running on the Fire.

While we do have several testers running the app, I wouldn't want to give the impression that it is ready to provide Fire users a full Accountability Solution.

Our current beta will install and run on the Fire. It will also monitor which apps are being run on the device and note the name and duration of use for each day on the user's Accountability Report. The big thing it does not do on the Fire is monitor which web addresses are being viewed in the browser. Our app is able to do this on typical Android devices, but not on the Fire at this time.

That being said, if anyone wants to run the existing version, with it's limitations, on their Fire, it will work fine in the manner I described, it just isn't ready for for use as a full Accountability Solution on par with what we are providing for the Android ecosystem.

We are still working on our Android app across all devices, including the Fire, and one of our goals is to find some way to monitor its custom Amazon browser.
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Hey Dave - How can I be kept informed with updates to the Kindle Fire version of the Android app?
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We'll definitely update this thread when we have something that could be used as a full Accountability solution.
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Thanks. I've been a covenant eyes user for almost 3 yrs! (it will be three yrs on April 24). Can't thank you enough for your product!
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My wife and I would be very grateful for a Fire version.