8 Amazon Kindle Fire Apps for Newbies

Here are eight apps that every Kindle Fire newbie should consider downloading to get themselves started.

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Love your new Kindle Fire tablet but unsure of what apps to use? Let us help

If you're one of the reported millions of people looking to buy an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet when it goes on sale this week, you're probably going want to know what apps are available for it. Lucky for you, we're here to help! After casually perusing the apps that Amazon has announced have been developed specifically for the Kindle Fire so far, we've picked out some apps that you'll want to have on your shiny new tablet once you pick it up. Here are eight apps that every Kindle Fire newbie should consider downloading to get themselves started.

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Netflix and IMDB

Developer: NetFlix and IMDB Mobile, respectively

Price: Free

This is essential for anyone who wants access to their favorite movies and shows on their Kindle Fire. Users with NetFlix accounts can get their usual unlimited shows and flicks over their tablets and can even pick up where they left off on shows they'd started watching on their TVs or computers. Of course, no movie-viewing app would be complete without having the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) app as a complement so you can get a good idea of what you're watching before you decide to watch it.

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Pageonce Money and Bills

Developer: Pageonce, Inc.

Price: Free

This app was designed to be your one-stop money-management destination. Among other things, the app lets you view the cash you have in your bank account, your total amount of credit card debt, the bill payments you have due each month and the amount of money you have placed in investments. The app also helps you break down how much of your money goes toward different sorts of bills each month, from credit card bills to insurance bills to utilities. Oh, and don't worry, the app has been certified by companies like TRUSTe, VeriSign and McAfee, so it meets some very high standards for mobile security.

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Mighty Grocery Shopping List

Price: $2.99

Developer: Mighty Pocket

As you might have guessed the Mighty Grocery Shopping List is an app to help you make sure you've got everything you need at the store. But according to developer Mighty Pocket, it is also "so much more than a grocery list app" since it has coupon alerts, voice recognition, recipe ingredient lists and even the ability to back up your favorite recipes and their ingredients to the cloud. Will it turn your "shopping experience into a model of efficiency" as Mighty Pocket claims? Well, we can't say for sure but it's only $2.99 so it couldn't hurt to try.

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Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals

Price: $7.99

Developer: Zolmo

If you're looking for some new recipes to enter into your Mighty Grocery Shopping List why not give British chef Jamie Oliver's meals a try? Oliver's app includes 60 total recipes that include assorted soups, stir fries and risottos. Jamie will also periodically pop up in his app to give you tips on cooking and preparing healthier meals. For busy professionals who don't have time to take cooking classes, this app might prove to be very useful.

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SketchBook Mobile

Price: $1.99

Developer: AutoDesk, Inc.

So it's come to this: You're now going to use your tablet as an Etch-a-Sketch. Well, OK, so SketchBook Mobile does have some stronger capabilities than the classic 80s black-and-white slate we all know and love. For instance, it has a wide variety of colors, brush sizes, layering capabilities and the ability to import your own photos to doodle over. In other words, it's a pretty nifty little drawing application that gives you a lot of creative freedom.

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Cozi Family Organizer

Price: Free

Developer: Cozi

Every dad knows that dreadful feeling of forgetting to pick up little Billy from soccer practice. With Cozi Family Organizer, however, you'll hopefully never have that feeling again unless you're just extremely lazy. This handy organizer app lets you create a calendar for family activities so you can add in doctors' appointments, practice schedules, grocery lists and even individual chore lists that can be emailed to your family members. This way, little Billy has no excuse for forgetting to take the garbage out after you pick him up from practice. What a win-win!

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Converter Pro

Price: $0.99

Developer: Udell Enterprises

A very useful app that helps you perform mathematical conversions on just about everything, including currencies, temperatures, distances, densities, radioactive decay, area, fuel economies, etc. In all, the app includes conversions for more than 400 units in 25 categories.

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Angry Birds

Price: Free

Developer: Rovio

Oh, c'mon. You didn't think we'd let you get away without owning Angry Birds, the hugely popular game that involves slinging wrecking-ball birds at villainous green pigs, did you? Owning a tablet without Angry Birds installed is a little like having a classic rock album collection without any Beatles records. It's something that's just not done.

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