Hi AppNewser readers - we're now a part of Mediabistro's SocialTimes.com. For more great App news, reviews, guides and tips, head over to InsideMobileApps.

Archives: October 2013

Amazon Publishing Launches Digital Literary Journal

dayoneAmazon Publishing has introduced a new digital lit journal delivered through Kindle called Day One. The new digital weekly publication is dedicated to short fiction and poetry.

Day One includes work from emerging authors from around the world. Each issue will showcase one author and one poet. The first issue, which launches today, features the short story Sheila by Rebecca Adams Wright, and the poem Wrought by Zack Strait. Readers can buy a subscription for $9.99 for the year which includes 52 issues. This is a discounted rate, as the price will go up to $19.99 after the initial promotion.

“Literary journals have long been an important part of giving a voice and a platform to new and undiscovered authors,” stated Daphne Durham, Publisher, Adult Trade and Children’s Group. “We are trying to add to that tradition in a digital age. Day One, with its weekly focus on writers and poets, allows us to showcase unique stories and poems and shine a bright light on these authors.”

Blackberry’s BBM App Joins Top Free Android Apps List

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 9.49.54 AMBBM has joined the top free Android apps list this week at No. 6, according to research from Google Play. Blackberry’s new messaging app lets users chat with friends and share photos, files, documents, and voice notes. The app came out publicly last week after some delays. It was also the top iOS apps list this week.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘Founding Fathers’ is Free eBook Today

Screen shot 2013-10-30 at 2.07.20 PMFoundering Fathers: What Jefferson, Franklin, and Abigail Adams Saw in Modern D.C.! Second Edition by Edward Moser is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The book is from a former writer for Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” and a former presidential speechwriter. Check it out:

Ever wonder what the Founding Fathers would think of America today? Now you know! In the second edition of this popular humor book, a biotech firm brings Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Abigail Adams back to life in contemporary Washington, D.C. These Founders of the USA have comic adventures with mad scientists, the IRS and TSA, befuddled congressmen, the Declaration of Independence, Middle Eastern war games, a glad-handing president, crooked lobbyists, bungling terrorists, two characters named Fannie & Freddie, John Wilkes Booth and Johnny Appleseed, and a record-breaking storm. The sometimes floundering, ever resolute Founders make it their mission to bring sound government back to their troubled republic!

Amazon has the free download today only.

 

Apple Sold 33.8 Million iPhones in Q4

apple logoApple sold 33.8 million iPhones during Q4 2013, up from 26.9 million, which the company sold in the comparable quarter a year ago. In addition, Apple sold in 14.1 million iPads during the quarter, up slightly from 14 million which the company sold during the same quarter last year.

The technology company announced its financial results for its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter earlier this week. The quarter ended on September 28, 2013, after the launch of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. Here is more from the press release:

The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $36 billion and net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37 percent compared to 40 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“We’re pleased to report a strong finish to an amazing year with record fourth quarter revenue, including sales of almost 34 million iPhones,” stated Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We’re excited to go into the holidays with our new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, iOS 7, the new iPad mini with Retina Display and the incredibly thin and light iPad Air, new MacBook Pros, the radical new Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks and the next generation iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS.”

Prashant Modi on Restoring the Planet to Health

Businessman Prashant Modi is concerned with the current state of the environment. In the 1980s when environmentalists were warning people that the planet was in danger, they were either ignored or laughed at and labeled “tree-huggers.” Today it is clear that the world should have listened. With the planet in crisis, there are some clear reasons why consumers need to go green as well as some simple ways to do so. Read more

How to Send Starbucks Coffee eGifts via Twitter

Starbucks and Twitter are teaming up to bring everyone more caffeine to their Twitter stream – with Starbucks Tweet a Coffee. To send your favorite Twitter personality a jump start to their day, visit Starbucks.com/tweetacoffee to create a Starbucks rewards account, then tweet @tweetacoffee to your recipient to send $5 worth of caffeine.

The first 100,000 coffee tweets will receive a free $5 gift for giving.

5 Distraction Free Writing Apps

jillduffyAre you looking for distraction free writing platform? We got some writing advice from an expert…

Author and software expert Jill Duffy just published Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life, so we asked her for some pointers about keeping email under control. She offered this advice:

Focus! One of the most important ways writers can increase their output is by increasing their focus. A lot of word-processing software designed specifically for writers purports to have a “distraction-free” environment. Some examples include iA Writer, WriteRoom, Ulysses, WriteBox, OmmWriter. They all remove unnecessary buttons and features from the word processing window to give the writer a totally minimalistic space in which to work.

 

Duffy concluded:

It’s just you and the page—er, blank screen. All those software products are fine, but a more important way to focus is to turn off other apps. When it’s possible to work without the Internet (sometimes you need it for reference), don’t just minimize the window. Quit your browser and any Internet-connected programs, such as Outlook. Especially quit any programs that deliver push notifications on the desktop. If you work from home, get up, walk over to your Internet router, and turn it off. Then you’ll be much more unlikely to sneak a peek at your online social life and email. I actually keep my home Wi-Fi router plugged into a surge protector so I can flip the on/off switch really easily.