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Jason Boog

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How To Add a Print Notebook To Your Tablet

Moleskine has released a new iPad 3 or iPad 4 cover and notebook combination, helping you scribble on paper or the iPad while creating.

The rubber shell case protects your iPad and adds a fancy Volant Reporter Notebook–customizable for left and right-handed writers. Would you pay $89.95 for this handsome accessory? Check it out:

This Moleskine tool integrates devices and paper, digital and analog, protection and design. The rounded spine allows the tablet cover to lay flat when opened fully, and the inside is lined in soft, ivory faux-suede. The new Moleskine Tablet Slim Cover is available in a variety of stunning colors to match your personality, AND the cover of the included Volant Reporter Notebook matches the cover color of the Tablet Cover!

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Massive Flowchart Delivers Personalized Netflix Recommendations

Looking for a Netflix streaming movie to watch this weekend? Online content-smith Mike Brunson has created a massive flowchart helping you explore Netflix streaming based on your mood.

We’ve embedded the complete infographic below–what’s your favorite? Answer a few simple questions and you can find a film to watch this holiday weekend:

I’ve done Google searches myself for “the best movies on Netflix” or “what to watch on Netflix” and nothing has ever actually helped. Instead I found myself looking through lists of the “top 100 movies” or “top 100 shows of all time”, picking ones to watch, then hoping they were available on Netflix. Since I can’t be alone in this struggle to choose something worth watching, I took those very same top 100 lists and made a flowchart with the titles actually available on Netflix … The availability of content on Netflix changes daily, and is dependant on your physical location. This flowchart was made based on the Netflix titles available in the US as of May 4th 2013.

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Free Transcription Tools for Writers

What’s the best app for transcribing recorded interviews, speeches, videos or other audio content?

Below, I’ve rounded up a few free apps for manually transcribing long interviews. I spent the weekend using the free Transcribe tool for Google Chrome, an elegant, simple add-on that gives you the ability to slow down or speed up a recording while transcribing. It works on both Macs and PCs. Here’s more about Transcribe for Chrome:

* Single key keyboard shortcuts – to pause, slow-down, speed-up, rewind or fast-forward the audio clip.
* Auto-saves your transcribed text with EVERY keystroke locally in your browser.
* Works completely offline – you don’t need an Internet connection to use Transcribe! Just click on the Transcribe icon on the Chrome New Tab page anytime, and the Transcribe app will open.
* We don’t store or process your audio clips on our server – everything happens locally on your browser. Your data is yours.

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What Are the Best Android Apps for Writers?

Do you use your Android tablet as a writing tool? One writer posed a common problem in a Reddit post:

I carry around a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 wherever I go. It wasn’t long before I grabbed a bluetooth keyboard and started doing some of my writing on the go. I’ve been using Polaris Office and dabbling in Google Drive, but I still feel like I haven’t found a program that really gets formatting down or provides the experience I’m looking for.

We’ve collected the best responses below. If you have more suggestions, include them in the comments section.

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What Will It Look Like When Everybody Takes Google Glass Photos?

What will the world look like when more people have Google Glass?

This parody video imagines what a Google Glass viewer will look like shooting footage at a flower garden, rock concert or even a wedding. One reader disagreed with the hilarious video:

Glass’ Camera is not meant to be used for recording/capturing videos/photos that we MEAN & EXPECT to record, it is created for the moments when we are NOT READY with a camera in our hands. That’s why all of the things he showed us will continue being recorded by normal cameras, maybe except the pianist because he would really wear a Glass.

Welcome to our Top Stories of Summer 2013 series. For all our readers returning from trips and vacation reading, we’ve created a short list of the stories you may have missed during this long, strange summer.

IFTTT iPhone App Helps Link Your Digital Tools

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The IFTTT app is now available as a free iPhone app, connecting your digital tools in fascinating ways.

The app is deceptively simple. Once you have the app, you can create recipes linking two functions across your devices. Some examples: Whenever I add a new contact, mark it in my Calendar or Auto-share photos in a specific album with your Mother. Here’s more from the release:

unlock three new Channels for iPhone: ContactsPhotos, and Reminders (with more to come). Create and use Recipes around the things you do on the go: snapping screenshots, adding new contacts, completing reminders, and organizing your photo albums. IFTTT for iPhone is our first step towards bringing the power of IFTTT to all of your devices. Put the iPhone to work for you.

(Via Gabriel Snyder)

BookRix Adds One Million Images to Cover Editor

Self-publishing platform BookRix and Getty Images have teamed up to add more than one million new images that authors can use while making book covers.

The company has also changed its royalty structure so writers receive “a minimum 70% of net earnings” if they use the service to distribute their books. Starting this October, the company will pay royalties every month and books can be sold for $0.00. Check it out:

Getty Images industry-leading API Connect allows to quickly integrate the Getty Images picture database into the BookRix cover editor. Over a million files were added to the system. A search function enables users to find the desired image. As soon as a suitable image is found, the editor automatically integrates it into the book cover.

Free Collaborative Editing with Quip App

If you are looking for a free word processor for your mobile device, you might want to try Quip. The app is currently only available in iOS, but you can sign up for a preview version of the Android app.

The feature packed app includes a suite of tools for collaborative editing, including a way to chat with your co-writers while writing together in virtual space. Unlike many mobile writing programs, Quip also tracks your changes in a document. Check it out:

Diffs are simple visual representations of edits to a document. Diffs get added to the thread every time an edit is made, showing what’s changed, who made the change, and when they made it. When someone else edits a document, diffs make it easy to stay up-to-date without re-reading the whole document.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Files FTC Complaint Over Baby Apps

Should babies use apps? The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Fisher-Price and Open Solutions.

The complaint challenges these companies on the claim that “apps for tablets and cell phones are educational for babies.” Laura Moy of the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown Law is working on the complaint with the advocacy organization. She offered this statement in the release:

These companies are violating federal laws that protect consumers by making totally unsupported and unsubstantiated claims about the educational value of their products … And not only are they breaking the law, they are unfairly taking advantage of well-meaning parents who want nothing more than to help their babies get ahead of the curve. The Commission should stop these practices and make crystal clear that if companies want to market apps as educational for babies, they must have evidence to back up their claims.

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Could Kindle Singles Flourish at Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post?

When the news broke that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will acquire the Washington Post, people from around the publishing industry speculated about what it could mean for publishing and journalism.

Over at Thin Reads, Howard Polskin wondered if the new acquisition could boost Kindle Singles production at the storied newspaper. Check it out:

The Washington Post is already in the e-book single business with projects on Osama Bin Laden, President Obama and a compilation of Watergate-related story by Woodward and Bernstein. It seems like the ingredients are all there for The Washington Post to emerge as a bigger player in the fledgling e-book single market under the direction of Bezos.  If that happens – and it’s a big if at this point – here’s how both players could benefit.