Archives: August 2012

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iPhone 5 Rumors & Moleskine Smart Notebook: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week, including our blog’s expansion, a new Moleskine partnership and a fake iPhone 5 commercial (video embedded above).

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1. How to convert ePub Books for use on Kindle

2. iPhone 5 Coming September 21st?

3. Moleskine & Evernote Create a Smart Notebook

4. Free eBooks of the Week

5. iPads & Kindles May Soon Be Allowed During Take Off

6. New Kindle Fire Photos Leaked Online

7. How To Sync iBooks Between Your iPhone And Your iPad

8. Tools to Combat eBook Piracy

9. How to Make a Homemade Stylus

10. This iPhone 5 Commercial Will Have You Drooling

Social Media Jobs: Imagination, Cotton, Aruba Networks

This week, Imagination is hiring a vice president of social strategy, while Cotton needs a social media specialist. Aruba Networks is seeking a social media and community manager, and Amazon is on the hunt for a software development engineer for its music content and community team. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

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Home Depot, Walgreens & Wal-Mart Help Shoppers With Store Floor Plans In Apps

Shopping in big box stores can give you a headache if you just want to run in and pick up a couple of things without spending the day navigating those long corridors looking for items.

To help shoppers make their way through the store, retailers like Home Depot, Walgreens and Wal-Mart have added a new function to their apps that let you search for an item in the store and locate the aisle number for the item.

USA Today has more: “In a store, ‘I can talk to an associate, but I can’t search for a two-sided tape,’ says Gibu Thomas, Walmart head of mobile and digital. ‘Mobile brings the (online store) to the store.’ Within two weeks of Walmart’s May launch of the ‘In-Store’ mode in its app, about 15% of page views were from shoppers in stores.”

New Kindle Fire to Get Map Support from Nokia, not Google

The rumored launch of the new Kindle Fire is only 6 days away, and in spite of the leaked images we don’t really know much about it yet. But according to Reuters the new Kindle Fire is going to have location capabilities, so it will be able offer directions and ads based on your current location.

But most importantly, Amazon didn’t go with either Open Street Maps or Google Maps. Instead the retail giant teamed with Nokia, and according to sources the KF’s mapping ability will be provided in partnership with Nokia.

The exact details of the deal haven’t been explained, and that tends to make me doubt this rumor. While Nokia makes smartphones of all sorts, they don’t strike me as the company who would provide this single service for the Kindle Fire. To me it feels like there’s either more or less to the story than we are being told, and until the new Kindle Fire is launched we won’t know which option is the real one.

In any case, I’m looking forward to Thursday. All will be revealed then.

via Reuters

‘Kali: The Ghosting of Sepulcher Bay’ Is Today’s Free eBook of the Day

Kali: The Ghosting of Sepulcher Bay by Eric Griffith is today’s Free eBook of the Day. The book is a haunting urban fantasy set in modern times.

Check out the book’s description: “Kaliope ‘Kali’ Stergakos is dealing with divorced parents, a crush on a boy her best friend also adores, and spirits of the dead talking to her all the time. Even worse, they take over Kali’s body when she sleeps. Despite growing up in a suburban necropolis where the dead outnumber the living, this possession stuff never happens to anyone else.”

Amazon has the eBook available for free until Saturday September 1st.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day archive.

Collaborative Video Project ‘Star Wars Uncut’ Returns To Remake ‘Empire Strikes Back’

Star Wars Uncut

Back in 2010, former Vimeo developer Casey Pugh premiered Star Wars Uncut’s remake of Star Wars IV: A New Hope. The Star Wars Uncut project was a collaborative video adventure that divvied up the entire movie into 15-second clips, which were claimed and recreated by fans and then stitched together into one crazy-awesome epic homage to the original film. Now, Casey and Star Wars Uncut have returned to remake Empire Strikes Back and you can be a part of it.

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Clint Eastwood Lambasts Empty Chair, Inspires New Meme That Even Obama Gets In On

Eastwooding

If you watched the Republican National Convention last night that you know that one of the most memorable highlights came when Clint Eastwood took the stage and spoke to “invisible Obama” for a full eight minutes. Well, almost as soon as Eastwood’s speech began, the Internet responded with a brand new meme. Move over owling, planking and Tebowing—Eastwooding is here!

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Bloomberg Confirms iPad Mini for October Launch

For something that has not yet been seen in public, the iPad Mini is probably the single most talked about device ever. And now even the legitimate business news sites are getting into the act.

Bloomberg now has multiple sources telling them that the new ipad Mini is going to debut next month.

Apple will use screens from AU Optronics and LG Display for a smaller version of the iPad to be released in October, according to four people familiar with the plans.

That’s about all Bloomberg can tell us today, but just for the sake of being told no they also asked the rps for the various rumored parts suppliers for comment, and none were willing to say anything.

While I’m pretty certain that this is a solid rumor, I’m almost looking forward to the possibility it might not be true. Many, many, many bloggers and analysts are focused on the certainty that this device exists and is coming next month.

If it doesn’t then the size and magnitude of the collective error will be the greatest since the housing bubble, when far too many people invested far too much money in over-priced real estate.