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Friday, June 8, 2012

How to change your Amazon Kindle's screensaver


 HBO on Wednesday announced that its popular video streaming app HBO GO has launched for the Amazon Kindle Fire. Available immediately as a free download for Amazon’s tablet in the Amazon Appstore, HBO GO allows HBO subscribers with service through certain cable providers to stream HBO content such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Sopranos and a variety of movies to their mobile devices. “We are thrilled to offer HBO GO to the growing community of millions of Kindle Fire owners,” said Aaron Rubenson, director of the Amazon Appstore.

HBO subscribers can use the HBO GO for Kindle Fire for on-the-go viewing of current critically acclaimed and award-winning series like Game of Thrones®, Boardwalk Empire® and True Blood® as well as all seasons of classic shows like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City® and Deadwood®®; plus HBO original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries and specials; in addition to a wide selection of blockbuster theatricals. For a peek at HBO GO for Kindle Fire, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxufTimGB2E. Follow HBO GO on Twitter at: @HBOGO.

“We are thrilled to offer HBO GO to the growing community of millions of Kindle Fire owners,” said Aaron Rubenson, Director of the Amazon Appstore. “The HBO GO app will offer instant access to HBO’s incredible lineup of shows.  Kindle Fire owners already download and use apps and games frequently on their devices, and we expect that only to increase with the addition of HBO GO and all of its popular content.”

The best-selling Kindle Fire is the most successful product launch ever on Amazon.com and already a major platform for content providers and app developers to reach millions of people who love entertainment, whether its books, movies, music, apps or games. Kindle Fire offers customers a fully-integrated service with instant access to over 20 million movies, TV shows, magazines, newspapers, books, songs, apps and games. And, all of your Amazon content is always backed up and stored for free in the Amazon Cloud. Kindle Fire is available for $199 at www.amazon.com/kindlefire.

While the Kindle ordinarily won't let you change the screensaver images, some simple jiggery-pokery will allow you to 'jailbreak' your device and customise it (jailbreaking being the process of overcoming the limitations imposed by the gadget's manufacturer). Here's how.
Getting started

Jailbreaking your Kindle won't sever your link to the Amazonian mothership. Even an escapee can still enjoy web browsing, Whispernet and Kindle Store access. Although any software updates Amazon puts out will recapture your Kindle if you install them, it only ever deploys minor changes sparingly, so this shouldn't be a problem.

It may be worth backing up your Kindle before you get started in case anything goes awry, though I had no issues of books going wandering when I tried it. I'll start with the Kindle 2, 3 and DX. Scroll down for Kindle 4 instructions. I've not found a way to do this on the Kindle Touch yet, but I'll update this article if and when I do.
Kindle 2, 3 and DX: Finding the jailbreak files

Download the zip folder by clicking here (the download should start automatically), and extract the files within, which you'll use to spring your Kindle free. Note that as this is a compressed zip file, you may need to install WinRAR to extract it. WinRAR is available as a free trial and can be downloaded here.

It's very important that you select the correct update file for your device, so look carefully at the end of the file name. For the Kindle DX, select the file ending in 'dx_install.bin' and for the Kindle 2 select 'k2_install.bin'. If you're jailbreaking a Kindle 3, select 'k3w' for the Wi-Fi-only version, 'k3g' for the US 3G model or 'k3gb' for the UK 3G blend.
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