Make free voice calls on Facebook's appThe Facebook Messenger app for iOS now can make voice calls, iPhone users can purchase Amazon MP3s from their device, and the fake-girlfriend story involving a football star has drawn attention to the "Catfishing" phenomenon.
-Looks like catfishing season has just begun. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. A couple of app perks are popping up in the news today. Facebook has updated its messenger app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, allowing people in the U.S. to make free voice calls over Wi-Fi or data connection to their Facebook friends. That means iPod Touch users have another way to turn their Touch into a phone or iPhone users can use it to save money while over a Wi-Fi connection. This feature was first made available to Canadian users as a test, but is now coming out to the States. iPhone users also can finally buy music from Amazon. Amazon launched its MP3 store for iPhone and iPod Touch users, but the catch is that purchases have to be made through the Safari web browser, not through any of Amazon's apps. So, you'll have to go to amazon.com/mp3. It's still not as smooth as doing it straight through iTunes, but hey, it's another option. And any music bought from Amazon is automatically accessible in the cloud player app, which works across multiple devices. The cloud's storage service MediaFire is now available as app for android, and what makes it interesting is that it gives you 50 gigs of free online storage space with no strings attached. The app already has been out for iOS users. MediaFire lets you view documents and photos, stream audio, watch videos, and share files with others, but unlike Dropbox, there's no option to do a batch upload and everything has to be uploaded manually. And Yelp, the website that has user ratings on restaurants and businesses, will now be adding health code ratings for restaurants in San Francisco and New York where the scores are already posted in the front of stores. Yelp is working with governments to import the grades given to these establishments. By now, you've heard of the controversy surrounding the fake girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te'o. As of this report, there are still questions that need to be answered, but the gist of it is that he says he was a victim of a social media hoax and something referred to as catfishing where someone created a fake social media profile and poses as a made-up person to lure someone into an online relationship. The football player, Te'o, says for a year he believed his girl was a real person and they talked online and over the phone. And he also believed her when she told him she got in a car accident and was fighting leukemia. It even became a news story when this person died of leukemia on a game day. The concept of falling in love with someone over social media, even a person that isn't real, has everyone talking. So, I wanna hear from you. Have you been involved in catfishing or know someone who has? Or do you believe it's possible to fall in love with someone over social media. Send an e-mail with your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can shoot me a quick video message using Tout. That's your tech news update. You can get links to all the stories I mentioned at our blog, cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.