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Archives: March 2012

Pottermore Videos Help Readers Access eBooks On Varied Devices

Pottermore Shop, the online destination for all things Harry Potter, has put together a series of instructional videos to help readers buy eBooks and load them onto different devices.

The ‘transfer-to-device’ videos are available on Pottermore Shop’s YouTube page, which has been updated throughout the week. It includes videos on how to load Harry Potter eBooks on the Kindle, Nook, Sony eReaders, Apple devices and via Google Play.

We’ve embedded the latest video above to give you an example.

Secure Your Spot at OnDemand2012

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OnDemand 2012 is where the top Internet companies disrupting the enterprise square off with the incumbent players pioneering cloud computing and SaaS. This two day executive event features high-level debates on how the Internet is disrupting how companies—from small businesses to large enterprises—create, store, distribute, analyze, and take advantage of their mission-critical data. OnDemand 2012 also showcases the top entrepreneurial CEOs who are revolutionizing the way the enterprise is radicalized by the Internet.

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Zinio Updates App For New iPad

Digital magazine publisher Zinio has updated its iOS app to support the retina screen and the faster processing speed on the new iPad.

Version 2.2.2 includes improved page rendering, faster download times and higher resolution magazines designed to look brighter and more colorful. It requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Zinio, which sells digital versions of popular print magazines such as Elle, Esquire and Rolling Stone, also has apps available for Android devices, iPhones and desktop computers.

Draw Something Free Is the Top App of the Week

Draw Something Free is the top free app for the week, according to research from AppData, Inside Network’s data service that tracks app and developer leaderboards.

Below, we’ve listed the top ten grossing iPad apps of the week. The list includes links to App Data’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Publishing App Summit on December 4, 2012, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content.

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HBO Go for iPad Offers Maps and Character Profiles for Game of Thrones Season 2

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The method of consuming video is changing every day.  That’s why we cover web video so often here at Social Times — massive viewership and increasing ad rates are turning what was once just a diversion into a surprising business.  Along with web video, we’re seeing new methods of augmenting your standard TV or film watching experience through the creative use of tablets and mobile phones.  And at this point, nobody is doing it better than HBO with their HBO Go service.  Today they announced some cool new features for the upcoming Game of Thrones Season 2 premiere.

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Kobo iPad App Updated for the New iPad

The Kindle and iBooks apps aren’t the only reading apps to take advantage if the Retina Display on the new iPad. Kobo released an updated version of their iPad app this week.

The update improves the typography and styling of the text, and it also enables sharper images. New features include more sharing options, including public notes and the ability to respond to the notes left by other readers. We will also be getting a new homepage in the app as well as performance improvements and bug fixes.

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Free eBook: ‘Dare to Die’ by Carolyn Hart

This mystery novel by the well known Carolyn Hart is our free eBook today.

Intrepid duo Annie and Max Darling return for their nineteenth adventure in the Death on Demand series. Annie owns a mystery bookstore in Broward’s Rock, one of the idyllic South Carolina Sea Islands. This time Annie leaves her bookstore in the meddling hands of her mother-in-law and steps in to help her friends Ingrid and Duane Webb by taking care of their motel. One of the motel’s new residents is a lonely and troubled young woman named Iris, who had disappeared from Broward’s Rock more than 10 years earlier, following the tragic deaths of two of her high-school friends. Annie invites Iris to a party that happens to include some other old friends. By the time the evening is over, Iris is brutally murdered, and the best suspects are some of those very same old classmates. The Darlings vow not to get involved, but soon their own lives are in danger, and the body count escalates. As usual, the intricate interrelationships among the characters hold the solution to the mystery. Another strong entry in this popular series.

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Star-struck Japan PM Befriends Facebook’s Zuckerberg (Reuters)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda frequently entertains dignitaries from all over the world, but he was a touch star-struck on Thursday when he hosted a young billionaire with a whiff of celebrity: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. As cabinet ministers filed through Noda’s residence for a late afternoon meeting, it was Zuckerberg who drew a fusillade of camera flashes from a hefty media contingent as he strode through the entrance like a movie star. ZDNet It is still not clear exactly what Zuckerberg’s visit to Japan will entail, but it is already appearing more business orientated than his holiday in China. AllFacebook The International Herald Tribune’s Rendezvous blog reported that Zuckerberg and girlfriend Priscilla Chan were spotted in Shanghai Tuesday, immediately fueling speculation that Facebook was making another attempt to gain a foothold in a market where access to the social network is severely restricted. Read more