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Deal of the week: 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD for $179

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12 -- yes, be sure to circle that in your calendar -- and if you’re thinking of picking up a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD for your mom (or grandma, wife, sister or daughter), we can help you save $20 off the purchase.

Amazon contacted Yahoo! Digital Crave with a discount code for our readers.

Just type the word FIRE4MOM at checkout, until May 12, to order the 16-gigabyte tablet for $179 instead of $199.

Not bad for a high-definition (1280 x 800) tablet with 10-point multi-touch screen, and access to Google apps and Amazon’s Prime service.

What’s that? This is all Greek to you – and your mom? No worries, as we can break down the g(r)eek speak into street speak.

Dubbed the world's most advanced 7-inch tablet, and the best-selling product on Amazon, the Kindle Fire HD is an ebook reader that can do a lot more than display electronic books and magazines on its glare-free color screen.

For one, mom can watch movies, play games and listen to music and podcasts on this portable companion, thanks to its 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 3D graphics technology and stereo speakers with Dolby audio.

Fast Wi-Fi connectivity – up to 35 percent faster than the iPad mini, says Amazon – means you can download or stream content quickly, or easily access online content be it websites, Gmail or Microsoft Exchange, or your favorite social media destinations like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (through a dedicated app or website). Battery life lasts up to 11 hours between charges.

While there’s no rear camera like the one found on the iPad mini and some other tablets, the Kindle Fire HD does sport a front-facing HD camera for taking “selfies” or making video calls using Skype.

Amazon’s Prime service – which costs $79/year after the free 30-day trial expires -- delivers nearly 25 million on-demand movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games. Unfortunately, this device doesn't give you access to the Google Play store, which has hundreds of thousands of apps -- though there are a bunch you can download through Amazon's curated collection. 

Speaking of books, you might know Kindle owners have a huge selection of content to buy, but Prime subscribers also have access to the Kindle Lending Library, which has more than 270,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates -- including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers.

As far as physical specs go, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD measures 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches and weighs just 13.9 ounces (0.87 pounds).

More info on the Kindle Fire HD is here, and remember the discount code at checkout if you’re buying this as a Mother’s Day gift (or, heck, even for yourself).

On a related note, Y! Shopping also has a number of accessories for the device, too, while the featured Mother's Day shopping section (including non-techy items) can be found here.

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