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Archives: March 2013

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Software Update Supports Video & Audio Streaming in eBooks

Amazon has released Version 8.3.0 of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 software, adding support to Kindle Editions eBooks that feature audio and video.

Matt Cavnar, VP of business development, at Vook is excited about the update. “The move to support video and audio enhanced eBooks on the part of the marketplace leader demonstrates that enhanced ebooks are here to stay, that there is significant reader demand for video and audio enhanced ebooks (as we’ve learned first hand at Vook), and that the growing catalog of enhanced content has enough scale that it merits access to the Kindle family of devices,” he said via email.  Read more

Apple Adds ‘Why You’ll Love an iPad’ Page to Site

Apple is no longer alone in the tablet business. Faced with competition, the company is tapping into iPad-love for its new marketing effort which aims to attract new customers.

iPad owners are passionate about their devices and Apple wants to get that message across to potential owners. To do so, the company has introduced a new page on its website titled, “Why you’ll love an iPad.”

Apple boasts on the page: “When iPad was introduced, there was nothing quite like it. And there still isn’t. Today millions of people are using iPad and iPad mini to do just about anything you can imagine. Here are a few reasons why they’re loving every minute of it.”

The page highlights all of the features of the device and points to a study by J.D. Power and Associates, in which Apple ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Tablets.” (Via Apple Insider).

Tabby Awards Accepting Submissions for Consumer-Focused Tablet Apps

TabTimes and the Application Developers Alliance are accepting submissions for The Tabby Awards for consumer-focused tablet apps from now until April 15. The early bird discount ends today (March 29).

The contest will celebrate the top consumer apps in the world of tablets, exploring some of the best mobile content. Here’s more from the company:

The TABBY AWARDS competition is open to consumer applications written for the iOS, Android, and Windows 8 operating systems. The competition covers 27 categories including Entertainment, Games, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Music, News, Shopping, Social, Sports, and Video. A panel of experienced app developers, designers and publishers, as well as tech bloggers and journalists are being assembled to judge the competition.

Zinio App is Heading to Windows 8 Through Nokia Partnership

Digital newsstand Zinio has plans for a new Windows 8 app. The company has formed a partnership with Nokia to launch its app exclusively on Nokia Lumia smartphones. The partnership will include special magazine promotions for Nokia Lumia customers.

The app has been optimized for the Windows Phone 8 platform on Lumia devices. One new feature in this app is that content from multiple sources will be in one place, so you don’t have to launch into a new magazine to read articles from different sources. It also includes a new preference picker so that users can curate their reading list by area of interest.

Michelle Bottomley, president of Zinio, stated, “Nokia Lumia smartphones with Windows Phone 8 were the perfect platform for Zinio to bring the future of digital magazine reading for discerning digital readers. We’ve rethought every portion of our smartphone reading experience to be as intuitive as possible, allowing digital readers to fully immerse themselves in the magazine content that connects them with their diverse interests.”

5 Places you Should Never use your Smartphone

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We love our smartphones – so much in fact that we want to take them everywhere. You and your phone may be attached at the hip, or pocket, but there are some places where putting it away is the smart thing to do. “The elevator is off limits – too small a space,” says Steve Rosenbaum, founder and CEO of Magnify.net. “Meals are a no-no. It’s just rude and upsets digestion.” Here are 5 more places you should never use your smartphone.

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‘Goya: Masterpieces in Color’ is Today’s Free eBook of the Day

Goya: Masterpieces in Color by Francois Crastre is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The book is a work about the great Spanish painter. Here is an excerpt:

Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, the poor son of farming folk of Saragossa, fulfilled the promises of his patron. He had talent; better yet, he had genius; he fraternized with princes and with kings, and the renown of his glory restored its lost dignity to the art of Spain and did honour to painting throughout the world.

Project Gutenberg has the free download.

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

Google Analytics Adds Real-Time Events Reporting


Google has announced a new tool for watching your traffic unfold in real-time in Google Analytics. Events, which show individual actions that affect traffic, like a Facebook referral or pageviews on a mobile phone or tablet versus the web, can now be filtered out and monitored in real time using Google’s Real-Time Events Report. (See below.)

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