TechBytes: Kindle App Upgraded

Streaming your music online, OnLive review, Facebook and divorcer.

June 29, 2010, 10:52 AM

June 29, 2010— -- Amazon has updated its Kindle app for the iPhone. The eReader program now includes audio and video, something not available on the Kindle itself. There are currently 13 eBooks available with this new feature, and each costs $10 to download. The free app is available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Amazon has also released a version of the Kindle software for phones powered by Google's Android operating system. Users can purchase books, or read the ones they bought with a Kindle.

A new service lets you listen to your music collection from anywhere you can log on to the Internet. MSpot stores your songs on its computers and lets you access them through a web browser from any computer or Android phone. The first two gigs of storage are free. The company plans to launch mSpot on the iPhone and other phones soon.

The streaming video game service OnLive launched earlier this month. The service lets you play some of the latest games, using just a PC and broadband connection. USA Today's Mike Snider said it's a good way to play popular new games if you don't own a game console. "It really did feel like I had the game system right there on my PC, or as if I were playing it on an Xbox or PlayStation. I think I lost connectivity one time. But the overall quality is very high," Snider said. "There is no feeling of lag or anything like you might get on an Internet game." There are about a dozen games available now, with more being added all the time.

Facebook is changing the face of divorce. Divorce lawyers said oversharing on social networking sites is handing them evidence on a silver platter. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said 81 percent of its members have used or faced evidence pulled from Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites over the past five years. It seems our private lives are not as private as they used to be.

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