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.
Steve Jobs has replied to an email sent in by an Apple fanboy. The sender asks Jobs whether the iPad would support Picasa or not and here’s what he said-
Jobs feels that iPhoto is much better than Picasa . It would have been great if the iPad could support Picasa. Then you could transfer pictures to the iPad using the camera connector and upload it to your Picasa web albums.
Steve Jobs sent this email from his iPhone. Hey Steve, what about the iPad?
YouTube just got a makeover. Now it a lot more cleaner and simpler. The subscribe button which was on the right corner earlier is now on top and the forward icon is a bit changed too.Clicking on the forward icon will play the next video posted by the author.
This version of YouTube was earlier observed in Internet Explorer version 8.0 and now it is even in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The name of the person who has uploaded the video along with the number of videos he/she has uploaded is beside the Subscribe button on the top and all menu bars have got a drop down sub-menu. If you click on to check other videos from the same author, the videos are displayed in a cover flow style(kind of).
Comments bar is also new, you’ve got the highest rated comments on top and then the rest. If you want to rate a comment or report abuse it or reply to it you need to move your mouse over it and you’ll get a whole new set of options to choose from.
Great Job done, Google!
Update : Earlier this view was only available to BETA testers but now it is available to all.
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!
Website – http://www.xilisoft.com/ipod-rip.html
Features – 9/10
Performance – 9/10
Value for Money – 7/10.
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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.
Apple Director Jerome.B.York passed away, former chief financial officer at Chrysler Corp. and International Business Machines Corp., and adviser to investor Kirk Kerkorian, died on March 18th in Pontiac, Michigan. He was 71 years old.
Apple says :
Apple® is sad to announce the death of Apple Board member Jerome B. (Jerry) York. York, the chairman, president and CEO of Harwinton Capital, joined Apple’s Board of Directors in 1997. He was the former CFO of IBM and Chrysler, and former vice chairman of Tracinda. He is widely acknowledged for his contributions at Chrysler and IBM during their turnarounds.
“Jerry joined Apple’s Board in 1997 when most doubted the company’s future. He has been a pillar of financial and business expertise and insight on our Board for over a dozen years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It’s been a privilege to know and work with Jerry, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”