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Archives: July 2012

Opera Hits 200 Million Users As Africa Takes to the Web

Ever wonder who’s doing what with their web browsers where? THen you might want to check out Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report.

Each month Opera gathers data on users and then sorts it into any number of useful categories. The most recent report focuses on Africa, and it includes a clickable map which will show the top 10 site visited using the mobile versions of Opera. You’ll also see the most popular devices for each country.

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Mitt Romney To Announce VP Choice Via App

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released a new mobile app as a tool to announce who his running mate for this year’s election will be.

The Mitt’s VP app, which is available for Android and iOS, will essentially be the first place that Romney announces his vice presidential choice. Users can sign up for push notifications to hear the news first. Here is more from iTunes: “Just download the app and when Mitt decides on his running mate, you’ll get an exclusive notification from the campaign letting you in on the exciting news before the press and just about everyone else (except maybe Ann).” Um, and everyone else who downloads the app, including the press. Read more

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Apple Stocks Up on Components for September iPhone Launch (AllThingsD)
Apple hasn’t yet officially announced the fall event at which it is expected to debut the next iteration of the iPhone, but it’s definitely planning one. The blog iMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event for Sept. 12, with the release date to follow nine days later on Sept. 21. iMore The iPad mini will be announced at the same event, as will the new iPod nano. iMore hasn’t heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5. ZDNet More photos and video of parts believed to be part of the yet unannounced iPhone 5 have leaked online. Japanese smartphone repair company iLab Factory has posted an extensive array of photos of parts it claims belong to the iPhone 5, including what it claims is a fully assembled body for the handset. Bloomberg Businessweek All of the changes rumored to be heading to the next iPhone have been included: a longer screen, redesigned speakers, a smaller dock connector and differently located headphone jack, top mic and front camera. Besides iLab’s pictures, a video has emerged supposedly showing the next iPhone and some of its parts. Gizmodo Let’s clear up one thing right now: there is no iPhone 5. Don’t worry! There’s still a new iPhone coming very soon. But it’s just going to be called that: the new iPhone. Read more

If Americans Ran the Olympics [Storify]

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At least a few American TV viewers appear to have taken a break from bashing NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics. For the last few hours, they’ve been working on a curating an American version of the international sporting competition. Pulled from the hashtag #AmericanOlympicGames and organized on Spotify, here are the main events.

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How To Add A ‘Buy This Book’ Widget To Your Website

In order to help you sell your eBooks from your website, Ted Weinstein Literary Management has built a widget that you can use to add a “Buy this book” button to your site. The button will feature a number of retailers that sell the book, so that readers can buy from their preferred vendor.

The agency lists their terms on their website: “You are welcome to use this widget on your own website, although we cannot offer warranties or guarantees or tech support of any kind. If you have affiliate accounts with any of the major online book retailers you can insert your IDs in section #2 below so you earn your own referral revenues. If you do not — full disclosure — then our own affiliate codes will be included. Seems fair, yes?”

Follow this link for the four step process that you will need to follow to add the button to your website.

Plan a Road Trip Across America With Roadtrippers.com App

August may be just around the corner, but it’s not too late to plan a last minute vacation. Roadtrippers.com is a new web app that lets you map out and curate your own road trip.

The tool, which is currently in beta, allows users to choose a destination and map a driving adventure along the way. The app lets users search for local curiosities, entertainment, food, attractions and accommodations along the way, and then make a personalized trip based on their findings. Once a trip is created, users can print out their itinerary. Soon the platform will allow users to save itineraries to a mobile phone.

It also calculates distances based on time, length and the estimated fuel cost, so users can plan ahead. Cincinnati-based James and Tatiana Fisher co-founded the tool after years of adventures on the road.

TeleRead Hires New Editor-in-Chief

Our readers may have noticed the relative quiet last week at TeleRead, an ebook blog owned by Napco.  That blog was thrown into disarray by the sudden departure of Paul Biba, the long time editor-in-chief, who left to pursue other goals.

Today I am pleased to report that TeleRead has a new editor. Dan Elridge will be taking over the reins as of today. Elridge is a relatively new employee at NAPCO, and has been there just over a month. I’ll let him tell you more about himself: Read more