The iBookstore just got larger. During the launch of the iPad that is in the month of January Apple had signed up with five of the biggest publishers for the iBookstore .Apple has added two more to their list.
Perseus Books Group, a large independent publisher, based in New York, USA.
Workman Publishing Company , publisher of primarily non-fiction print based in New York USA. Known for it’s famous publication “1000 places to see before you die”.
Reportedly, Amazon is asking publishers to sign up with Apple.
Amazon has a special preview page where it displays information about the Kindle app for Tablets including the iPad. The looks are pretty much similar to iBooks which is on the iPad.
This obviously means that Amazon would lose Kindle sales and is driving more and more people towards the iPad. iPad already has the iBooks Store which includes books from the major five publishers in the world and along with the Amazon Store which nearly has all books, it would take a lot of innovation to beat the iPad.
It uses WhisperSync to automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights with Kindle and Kindle-compatible devices PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry. It almost has all the features of the iBooks app including adjustable screen brightness and Page turn animation replicates the look of turning a page in a book. If you already own a Kindle, then you could plan to donate it.
Amazon has finally accepted its defeat and now wants to capitalize on the hype surrounding the iPad. By being available on the iPad, it could generate revenue by selling books.
Consider a situation where your Windows PC has crashed. You had not created a backup of your data which included your iTunes Library and are now worried about losing all your favorites. You later fix your PC and want all your songs back.Now all yours songs were on your iPod and you need to transfer it from your iPod back to the PC. iTunes does not allow such transfers.
Let us explore another problem which is similar to the one above. Say, your friend has a movie on his iPod which you too want but his iPod is synced with another computer. You just can’t copy and paste the movie due to the restrictions imposed by iTunes.
Well, now you have the solution.
In such cases Xilisoft iPod Rip comes in handy. There are tons of videos on YouTube and millions of How To on this niche and none of them seem to work but this one does. This allows you to transfer files, songs, videos from your PC to your iPod and the other way round without using iTunes. You could even backup your iPod files and restore them if an incident like the ones described above have been encountered. The software supports all kinds of iPods, from nanos to touches. It even works with your iPhone and is compatible with both PC and Mac. It is compatible with iTunes 9.0.3 (latest) and works like a charm. Xilisoft is a trustworthy company which makes loads of other software and freeware including iPod Rip which is magical. With this your iPhone or iPod could work as a hard drive and it even has an inbuilt player to play your songs on the go.
As soon as you plug in your iPod , Xilisoft detects it, it displays all the details about the iPod just like the way iTunes does.Next,you’ve got three options on the bottom to choose from- Copy files to iPod, Transfer files from iPod to PC/Mac or transfer files from iPod and iPhone to iTunes for backup. The UI isn’t that complicated and is comfortable even for beginners. The file is 5.80 MB and if you like it you could have it for $25.95 .
Go ahead, and give it a try!
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Apple on 11th March released a patch for Safari. Sixteen fixes were present in total out of which six affected only Windows whereas the rest affected both Mac as well as Windows . Apple cites this update as “highly recommended” . The fixes improve performance, increase stability and enhance security.All security updates are basically remote code execution or application termination.
The following were fixed/updated :-
Performance improvements for Top Sites
Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins Stability improvements for websites with online forms and
Scalable Vector Graphics
Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from changing settings on some Linksys routers
For detailed information about the security patches click here.
Charlie Miller a security expert is about to disclose potentially record breaking 20 zero day security holes in Apple’s Mac OS X. According to a source, the 20 zero day holes contained in closed source Apple products, said Miller.”OS X has a large attack surface consisting of open source components (i.e. webkit, libz, etc), closed source 3rd party components (Flash), and closed source Apple components (Preview, mdnsresponder, etc). Bugs in any of these types of components can lead to remote compromise”
According to Apple, Mac is quite safe and has no viruses. Apple still continues to bag a lot of Mac users for this very reason. The latest loopholes are a threat to the internal architecture of Mac OS. “They sell lots of computers and nobody doesn’t buy Apple computers because of a perceived lack of security. So in their minds, they don’t have a security problem until it affects their bottom line, which hasn’t been the case, yet”, said the expert.
Amazon has released a Mac version of their Kindle software. The file is 22MB in size and does exactly what it is supposed to do. If you do not own a kindle, you could read books purchased from the Amazon Store on your Mac. But if you happen to be an owner, you could sync your last left page with your Kindle using WhisperSync.
You could even browse the Amazon Store and purchase new books directly from your Mac. The application is for Intel-based machines only, OS X 10.5 and above. This would only survive for a few days as iBooks would appear, and would be the default book reading app for Mac.
Apple accepts preorders for the iPad or you could even reserve one. But if you are confused or are in a dilemma whether to get one or not, then take a look at this list.
During the iPad demonstration, Steve.P.Jobs visited a few sites where blank squares appeared where video or animated content would normally be displayed. This square indicated a missing plugin. The plugin was Adobe’s Flash. The iPad would not display videos, animations or any other content created using Adobe’s Flash.
Apple believes that having Flash on the iPhone would make the device slow and buggy. Many new sites have been experimenting with a new video format called HTML 5. HTML 5 is the next level of HTML which is capable of handling video and animation, just as Flash does. HTML 5 works directly in a web browser. It would enhance iPad and iPhone users experience by playing web-based video content.
The HTML5 editors are Ian Hickson of Google, Inc. and David Hyatt of Apple, Inc .
But migrating to a new video format would be tough and troublesome. Flash has a lot of advantages and is the standard multimedia language for a vast majority of developers. Flash’s UI is definitely better and involves less manual coding than HTML 5.
After the development of HTML 5 , iPhone and iPad users would hopefully see fewer blue blank squares on their screen.
On January 27th Apple is going to release a new product which will most probably change the way people have been interacting with their Computers and Mobile Phones. The release of the iSlate or iPad will mark the beginning of a whole new era of computing!
The iSlate is to be announced during an event to be held at San Francisco.
The iSlate is rumored to have great innovative features such as Huge Screen with IPS technology, iWork compatibility and more. Another feature should be that ,the iSlate must be completely Voice enabled with support for Speech recognition. If iWork is to be accustomed with the iSlate, then Speech recognition will help a lot of business users. Two microphones should be built in which would enhance the use of Skype and other such services. Just by speaking the name of an application, the iSlate must be compatible enough to pop it up.
Microsoft’s Project Natal has been designed to recognize words such as “Good Night” which would just switch it off.
The Apple Tablet must also be compatible with similar technologies.
Voice Input must work with any application which has text input available, just as the Nexus One. Music Search, Hands free Dialing, Posting Tweets by your voice,News,Sports and Weather and Battery Remaining could be great!
In just three days, we’ll find out whether the iSlate does support these features or not!
The Apple Tablet must also be compatible with similar technologies.