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Archives: August 2012

New Kindle Fire Photos Leaked Online

Amazon did a very strange thing this morning. They put out a press release explaining that the Kindle Fire had sold out. They did not say how many devices they had sold or say when the device would be restocked. They simply said the devices were sold out.

The PR move has led to wide speculation that the new Kindle Fires, which have been rumored about all summer, will arrive soon. Now The Verge, has posted photos of what the new Kindle Fire might look like. TechCrunch has more: “This newly leaked image reveals the existence of a front-facing camera, as well as a rather cluttered-looking navigation bar running vertically along the display’s right edge. Still, Even though the keyboard and the touches of orange are reminiscent of Amazon’s user interface, it remains to be seen whether it is the actual device.”

Amazon is holding a press conference in Los Angeles next week. We’ll be there reporting on the event as things are revealed.

Protagonize Gets a Major Update

The collaborative writing community site Protagonize has just rolled out an new update, adding more social networking features and tools to improve the writing experience.

Over at the Protagonize blog, founder Nick Bouton outlined one of the new features, improved page marker tools. More tutorials about the updated tools are coming soon. Check it out:

By clicking the new markers list menu on a work page, you can see all pages you’ve marked in any particular work at-a-glance (see screenshot at right.) The new pop-up marker menu gives you quick access to all page markers you may have in the work you’re currently reading, so you can jump back to any spot in the story that you left off at, any time. Markers in the menu are sorted from newest to oldest, so your latest marker will always be at the top of the list.

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The Internet’s Got Tesla Fever: New Kickstarter Campaign Aims To Tell Tesla’s Life Story

Nikola Tesla

The Oatmeal has made headlines this summer with his Indiegogo campaign to buy back the old Wardenclyffe laboratory of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla, best known for his contributions to our modern day electrical system, and turn it into a museum. The campaign surpassed its goal of $850,000 in a matter of days and now stands at over $1.1 million with a month to go. And it looks like The Oatmeal and friends aren’t the only ones with Tesla Fever—a new Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $35,000 by September 9 to tell the life story of Nikola Tesla.

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ESPN ScoreCenter for the iPad Hits 28 Million Downloads

ESPN is your go-to source for sports news and stats, no matter the sport, and that’s part of the reason why their ScoreCenter  iPad app has hit 28,500,000 downloads. This app was launched in 2010 to aggregate the most diverse collection of statistics imaginable, and today it’s getting even better.

Techcrunch is reporting that ESPN has rolled out a major update to the app. The update is designed to improve the app’s speed, utility and personalization. It’s a complete overhaul,and this app is also the first ESPN app to make use of the sports network’s new API program.

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Apple Does Not Want App Users To Be Able To Track U.S. Drones

Drones+ iPhone App from Josh Begley on Vimeo.

For the third time in a month, Apple has rejected Drones+ an app designed to help people track where U.S. drone planes are planning to strike.

Wired has the story: “The company’s reasons for keeping the program out of the App Store keep shifting. First, Apple called the bare-bones application that aggregates news of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia ‘not useful.’ Then there was an issue with hiding a corporate logo. And now, there’s this crude content problem.’”

Josh Begley, the program’s New York-based developer doesn’t think that this is a fair response, since the app does not produce images of people who have been killed. Quite the contrary. The app gives warnings to people in risky areas of potential attacks, so that they can get out of the area. The content comes from a public database put together by the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism. We’ve embedded a video demo of the app above. Read more

Safe Driving App Notifies Your Folks & Friends About Your Driving Violations

DriveScribe Violation

It’s a pretty undeniable fact that using cell phones in cars can be dangerous. Commercial campaigns feature the victims of texting-and-driving-related accidents, there is a text messaging ban for drivers in almost every state, and even Oprah has gotten in on the action with a campaign to end distracted driving. However, a new app called DriveScribe aims to turn your mobile phone from a distraction into a safe driving tool. In other words, it’s an app that you are actually encouraged to use while you’re driving.

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Goodreads Ranks On Top Free iOS eBook Apps List This Week

Goodreads’ app is the No. 4 bestselling free iOS app in the books genre for the week, according to research from AppData. The app lets readers check out and share book recommendations with friends and other readers.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS book apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Media App Summit on December 3, 2012, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

3 Simple Tips For Getting The Most From Your Branded Online Video

Wooshii Tips

So you’re thinking about making an online video about your brand, eh? As online video viewership continues to boom, more and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon and putting video content online. However, if you’re going to do online video, you want to do it right. Online video advertising and production company Wooshii has put together a great motion graphic with tips on how to get the most from your online video.

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Kindle Fire Sells Out

Amazon put out a rather odd press release this morning announcing that the company’s Kindle Fire tablet has sold out. The announcement suggests that rather than reissuing the devices that the company will be coming out with a new one.

They didn’t say exactly what this would be, but Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder/CEO stated: “This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon—all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead—we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.”

Rumors have been circulating all summer that Amazon is coming out with a number of new Kindle Fire devices in different sizes. In the announcement, Amazon also said that the Kindle Fire has captured 22% of tablet sales in the U.S.

Amazon Appstore Expands into Europe

Amazon raised a few eyebrows this morning with the news that the Amazon Appstore, the second best Android app store in the world, was now open for business in parts of Europe.

Android users in U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, now have the option of buying from among Amazon’s broad selection of Android apps with the convenience of shopping on Amazon from their Android phones and tablets.

Amazon’s Appstore integrates useful Amazon features like Customer Reviews, personalized recommendations, and 1-Click payments. In order to ensure that customers have the best possible experience with the apps they purchase, apps are Amazon-tested and backed by Amazon’s customer support.

And the Appstore is immensely popular. “Customers in the U.S. have purchased millions of apps, games, in-app items and subscriptions since the store launched last year, and we’ve received great feedback about discovery features like Free App of the Day. We evaluate and test games and apps before making them available in the Appstore so we ensure customers have a great experience with the games and apps they purchase,” said Jim Adkins, Vice President of Amazon Appstore.

To download the app store, simply visit Amazon from your Android device. You should be offered a link to download the install file.