By Chris Scott Barr
It’s amazing what can be accomplished by changing a bit of software, such as the firmware on a device. When optimized properly, a firmware upgrade can increase performance and sometimes add completely new features. Well Amazon has just announced a firmware upgrade for the Kindle that is going to blow your mind (if you already own one, that is). Not only does this bring native PDF support, but they also claim that your battery will now last 85% longer than before.
The boost in battery life applies to users who leave their reader connected to the internet at all times. You can now expect to go a full week between charges, as opposed to only four days before. If you leave the wireless turned off, then expect it to last about two weeks. Native PDF support is probably the most exciting thing, as before you needed to go through Amazon to have such documents converted to their proprietary format. If you’re still interested in converting them, you’ll now be able to do this yourself.