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Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Today in Tech: Kindle Fire reviews, Black Friday deals, iTunes Match released

Kindle Fire:If you want the one-sentence on the Kindle Fire, here it is: Great for the price, but it’s no iPad.

That’s the general consensus from reviewers publishing their takes on Amazon’s super-cheap tablet Monday morning. The Fire has its faults: no hardware volume button, a somewhat awkward display ratio and a screen with a glare that makes it a bit difficult for reading.

Black Friday: Best Buy, Staples, Sears: More deals appear online every day as retailers race to leak their Black Friday deals ahead of the biggest holiday shopping day of the year. Best Buy, Staples and Sears have leaked their holiday deals.

So far, the best tech deals on the ads from each store include a $200 Sharp 42-inch television (normally $800) from Best Buy, $300 off the BlackBerry PlayBook for a $199 price from Staples and a $99.99 Sony Speaker Dock for the iPhone and iPod from Sears.

Apple releases iTunes Match: Apple has — at long last — introduced the final component to its iCloud suite of apps, iTunes Match. The $24.99 per year service allows users to match all of their current iTunes tracks in the iCloud regardless of whether or not they bought their music from Apple.

So, if you’ve ripped all the tunes off your favorite 20-disc collection that Apple has available in its iTunes store, you can match those tunes to the cloud and listen to them at work, home or the gym on your iPod or iPhone for just the price of the subscription fee.

Apple replaces first-generation Nanos, citing fire risk: Apple is replacing first generation iPod Nanos — a model the company hasn’t produced in about five years — because of problems with an overheating battery.

“While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages,” the company wrote in an e-mail to customers who had bought the devices. The company recommended that users stop using the product immediately, providing a link to the replacement program.

Google X and the ‘Internet of Things’: A concept called the “Internet of Things” has been gathering steam in the tech world. More than just a catchy and vague description, the Internet of Things is the kind of “Jetsons”-esque future that we’ve been dreaming of since the dawn of the technological age: pantries that keep inventory, light bulbs that alert you when they’re nearing the end of their life and homes that know exactly what’s in their junk drawers. And it’s already here: In a recent article in the New York Times, reporters Claire Cain Miller and Nick Bilton took a deep dive looking into Google X, a top-secret lab on the search giant’s campus in Mountain View, Calif., that’s developing driverless cars and Internet-connected light bulbs.

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