Why is no one talking about WHY the need for the update? Why would Amazon make a product to essentially self-destruct after a certain date? Is it as idiotic as a Y2K style issue that Amazon had no foresight thinking people would use the product for more than 2 or 3 years? Or something more sinister - could this update give big brother backdoor access, and it's "submit to us or die"? After all, this IS coming on the heels of the news that Amazon is removing the ability to encrypt its devices. http/www.tomshardware.com/news/amazon-removes-encryption-fire-devices,31325.html
I came to Tom's after seeing this story elsewhere in hopes of a more in-depth look into it, but no avail. @marshallhonorof - can you look into this?