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One of the things that bums me out about the Kindle Touch and Kindle Paperwhite is that they don't support browsing over 3G canada goose boxing day sale toronto cheap . It's a feature I used rarely on my Kindle 2 and Kindle 3. But when I needed it. I really. really needed it.

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I clicked the menu button canada goose boxing day sale toronto cheap online .

I clicked "Settings"

I clicked "Reading Options"

Then I clicked on "Social networks"

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Now. this "Manage Your Social Networks" app pretty clearly lets you get to Twitter and Facebook (and Amazon). but how locked down is it.

To make a long story short canada goose boxing day sale toronto cheap . it's about as locked down as a 1999-era web kiosk, canada goose jacket outlet online sales .

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Rather than signing in to Twitter to let Amazon tweet on your behalf canada goose boxing day sale toronto cheap . break the flow by clicking the little bird in the upper left corner.

Then click "Sign in"

Scroll to the bottom of the page and search for @google

Click on @google's profile

Click on the URL to get to Google Support.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Google Home"

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Now. I don't mean to suggest that this turns the Kindle Paperlight into a useful 3G web browser. but when you're desperate. you're desperate.

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