Many people have claimed that the only thing keeping them attached to Windows is iTunes, so this is for all those people. While researching the steps for jail-breaking an iOS device I stumbled upon what is the equivalent to iTunes for a Linux system. The software seems pretty solid and it runs well from my own trials, although I don’t own an iPhone. The project has been around since 2007 and has turned into a pretty solid piece of software. Go here to download the software and learn more about the project. The setup may seem somewhat intimidating upon first glance, but see page (http://www.libimobiledevice.org) will see that there is not that complicated.
There’s no shortage of book apps available for lovers of reading but you don’t need all of them. One can only read so much, after all. That’s why we’ve picked out the best of the best in reading apps. These are the ones with the largest libraries, best features, and the most bang for your buck. Check out our list to find out which ones made the cut.
- iBooks: Apple’s answer for books is every bit as awesome as you’d expect it to be. Use it to download classics and best-sellers from the iBookstore, then browse your library on a virtual bookshelf. Features include bookmarking, printable notes, quote sharing, and even multi-touch books designed for the iPad with interactive diagrams, photos, and videos. iBooks is fully integrated with iCloud as well, so your books and PDFs will be organized into your Collection, with bookmarks, highlights, notes, and more all up to date.
- Kindle: Amazon’s Kindle is a popular reading and multimedia tablet, but you don’t have to actually use the Kindle itself to enjoy the app. The Kindle app is available on Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, and even Blackberry, keeping your book collection handy no matter what your device du jour. Get access to millions of books, newspapers, and magazines in the Kindle store, plus email PDFs and other documents to your device with a Send-to-Kindle email address. Once you’ve got it on your app, it will be waiting for you in the Amazon Cloud and kept up to date, with highlights, last pages read, notes, and more, on all of your devices with Whispersync technology. Some of Kindle’s coolest features include instant dictionary word lookup and the ability to search inside each book for characters, topics, and sections.
- Audiobooks: Not everyone has time to actually sit down and read a book, but it’s still fun to lose yourself in a good read. Thanks to Audible’s Audiobooks app, even the busiest among us can find time to squeeze in a few chapters with audiobooks, enjoying books while working out at the gym, commuting to work, or even cleaning the house. Audible’s app offers thousands of audiobooks, from classics to bestsellers, and even news. You can even navigate through chapters with bookmarking, change narration speed, and set a sleep mode so you can fall asleep reading, making this an full-featured audio reading app.
- Google Play Books: Another great reading platform, Google Play Books brings e-reading to your Android and iDevice with the immense power of the Google Books database. Google’s app has an impressive library, with more than four million books ranging from classics to New York Times bestsellers, including millions of free books. Plus, you can collect as many as you want with unlimited storage in the cloud. Reading on a few different devices? Google Plays has automatic page position syncing and even the option to read books offline. Once you’re done, you can archive books in their worry-free archive.
- Book Crawler: If you’re an avid book reader, you know it can be difficult to remember all of the books you’ve read and own. With Book Crawler, you can build a database of what you own, what you’ve already read, and which books you’d like to buy or check out from the library. This app allows you to upload your entire library just by scanning the ISBN barcode, so you’ll always know what you have. Plus, when you search for a book, you’ll be able to find summaries, reviews, and even library availability, making it easy to find your next great read. When you’re ready to read, Book Crawler allows you to link your favorite e-Book reader to get access to digital copies on your device.
- Nook: Nook earns a spot on our list because it’s ridiculously customizable. If you’re particular about the way your ebooks are displayed, this is the app for you. You can change the color, font, spacing, brightness, and margins to minimize eye strain and create your own ultimate reading environment. There are, of course, all of the usual features that you’d hope to have in an ereader, with notes, book search, dictionary lookup, highlights, and more.
- DC Comics: Although nothing can replace the time-honored weekly trip to the comic book store, popular comic book apps can help if you don’t have the time, money, or storage space to collect paper comic books. DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse Comics all allow you to download comic books onto your mobile device and read on the go, with free comics as well as paid comics starting at 99 cents. Plus, you can enjoy the vast library offered by DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse anywhere you are, managing your collection through the apps, on your PC, laptop, or mobile device.
- Goodreads: The Goodreads site has become a staple for 21-century book lovers, with more than 10 million members adding more than 300 million books to their shelves. You can take Goodreads mobile with this app, using it to discover and share books not just for yourself, but with your friends. We love all of the possibilities offered, from keeping track of what you want to read, complete with a barcode scanner that you can use in stores, to adding books to your reading history so you’ll never forget the stories you’ve loved. Plus, Goodreads maintains popular book lists, so you can discover books not just from your friends, but from readers worldwide.
- Book Writer: Fancy yourself a writer? Create your own ebook on the go with this app. You can add text, photos, video, music, and even record your voice into the book, then share it via iTunes or email. Prefer a hard copy? You can create the book as a PDF and print it out. It’s perfect for baby books, journals, or budding writers.
- Shakespeare: Sure, you could lug around several heavy books in your bag and read all of Shakespeare’s extensive plays, sonnets, and poems. Or, you could save yourself the broken back and download this app instead. Enjoy the complete works of Shakespeare in painstakingly high-quality, plus awesome features including detailed scene breakdowns, word search, glossary, quotes, and even portraits of the man himself.
- Free Audiobooks: Another great resource for book lovers on the go, Free Audiobooks has nearly 5,000 different audiobooks available for a one-time app purchase. Public domain books come to life with the app’s beautiful original covers, and you’ll never have trouble finding a book to listen to, thanks to handpicked collections including Epic Epics, Mystery, and War.
- 3D Classic Literature Collection: Just like Free Audiobooks, 3D Classic Literature Collection offers a one-time app purchase that opens hundreds of book possibilities. Read classics including The Scarlet Letter, the Sherlock Holmes Collection, and even illustrated versions of Jane Eyre and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. With smart book sorting, the ability to view book details on the 3D shelf, and realistic 3D page turning, this app is essential for any lover of the classics.
- Instapaper: We’ve all found long articles, emails, and blogs that we’d love to read, but just can’t sit through right this second. But, you don’t want to forget about them, either. With Instapaper, you don’t have to. You’ll be able to save web pages for later offline reading, plus browse articles in Editor’s Picks, or that your friends have posted on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. But that’s not all. When you save documents on Instapaper, you can enjoy distraction-free reading environment, losing most ads and layouts for an optimized view that puts the text first.
- Bluefire Reader: For the independent reader, Bluefire Reader is a great app, allowing you to read iPUB and PDF ebooks from around the world on a singular reader. It has almost all of the great features that the big guys have, with definition lookup, bookmarking, highlighting, exportable annotating, and even the option to share excerpts via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Plus, if you have way too many books to keep track of, or just want to get organized, you can put your books into different collections.
- SnapTell: Love to shop for books in stores, but prefer to actually buy online? Get the best of both worlds by using SnapTell. Snap a photo of the cover of a book, and you’ll be able to get a rating, description, price comparisons, and more. You can even use it to remember to look up or purchase a book later, so it’s perfect if you’re just window shopping and want to really dig in later.
- 60 Levels: There are 60 gravity-defying levels in total in new Angry Birds, in which 30 are from Pig Bang, and 30 from Cold Cuts. Yes, both provides different experience, but i have not reached to Colt Cuts level yet, i will try later for sure.
- Golden Eggsterioids Episode: The Space Edition game comes with this locked episode, which is equiavalent to the Golden Eggs, which would provide bonus levels in the game.
- 30 Brain-teaser (Danger Zone): As name suggests, this is hard to play. This level is only available for Worth $0.99 episode of iOS. I guess it is available for Android edition as well.
- Enhanced Game Center for iOS, New designed animated birds help menus, Space Eagle.
Download Angry Birds Space Game Editions for Android, iPhone, iPad, PC and Mac
- iOS: Appple iOS based devices, iPad, iPhone and others got chance to enjoy two flavors of Angry Birds Spaces. There is a HD Version (Worth $2.99) and a SD version which costs $0.99. You have to purchase before download, Buy iPad HD Version | Buy SD Version for iPhone/iPod Touch for 99¢
- Android: Android Phones and Tablets got the editions of ad-supported and ads-free. At Amazon Marketplace, there is a $2.99 HD version is also available, exclusively for Kindle Fire, and can be downloaded from Amazon Marketplace. Other users can download from Google Play/ Android Market, which is a ad-supported version and compatible from Android OS 1.6. Download: Google Play (Ads Free Version) | Amazon Appstore ($0.99) | Samsung Apps (Free)
- PC: The Microsoft Windows version will cost you $5.95, which supports levels of up to 1-16. You can checkout demo. Purchase/ Download: Angry Birds Space for Windows.
- Mac: Apple’s Mac users needs to spend $4.99 to play the game, the game requires OS X 10.6.6 or above. Download: Mac App Store
Facebook, which has around 850 million users, just purchased Instagram, which has 28 million users, for $1 billion, or $36 per user, nearly all of whom are already Facebook users.
Instagram is a photo sharing application for the IPhone. Instagram only recently created a version of their software for Android, probably because all of Instagram’s features are already built into Android.
So, in other words, what Instagram does is easily imitable and, for a lot less than $1,000,000,000, Facebook could have built their own, better Instagram for a lot less money and promoted it through Facebook.
Bad move, Zuckerberg.
- Making sense of Facebook buying Instagram (theindustry.cc)
- 5 Ways Facebook Will Ruin Instagram (therussparrmorningshow.com)
- A Picture’s Worth A Billion Dollars (brandtstandard.com)
- Insta-growth: Instagram for Android hits 5M downloads in 6 days (venturebeat.com)
- Why Facebook’s $1B Instagram Buy Is Insane (internetevolution.com)
- Facebook Buys Instagram for 1 Billion! (binsidetv.net)
Maybe Google rushed out the iPhone application for Google+, or perhaps users have been having some bad luck, but there has been a lot of noise in the last 30 minutes on the various social networks since the iPhone application was released. Apparently the application has been crashing for many.
Even some stars are complaining about the application already. Actress Alyssa Milano posted the following just moments ago:
iPhone app crashed twice in the 10 minutes I’ve been on it. Hmmmm. Back to twitter!
Social Media Guru Robert Scoble https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts also has complained about the application just about 45 minutes after it’s release, saying:
Sorry Google, the new iPhone app is a mess.
Here’s what I’ve seen so far:
1. It doesn’t keep me logged in. Even though I had told it to. Oh, wait, now it is.
2. I don’t see a way to upload a photo, like the Android app has. Nevermind, I found that, you have to click on the photos app where the camera icon is very small.
3. It frequently freezes on me.
4. It has crashed twice so far. UPDATE: Six times.
5. No way to share.
This is in just 15 minutes of testing. Anyone else seeing other issues?
As with any new release, there are also positive comments out there as well. Google will likely get to the bottom of any issues, which are possibly caused by the shear volume of people suddenly using the application. Google pushed out an updated Android application within a week or so of it’s initial release, and are said to already be working on the next update. I’m sure things will be remedied fairly quickly with the iPhone app if there are issues.
Finally available the famous Jailbreak iOS4.3.1 expected by all, the Dev-team is not ruling the Jailbreak appeared a little less than 4 hours, at the moment is a safe Untethered Jailbreak, and everything working smoothly, the only warning follow is.
If you’re using legal Iphone 4 operator can use the device without problems and use the jailbreak, if you are a user who needs to release the iPhone and the baseband, you can expect the application to use Windows or Mac where if you can achieve with the Custom firmware and the new PwnageTool.
In summary we have:
- Compatible with iPhone 4, 3G, iPod Touch 3G, 4G, 1 in iOS iPad 4.3.1.
- We need to have iTunes update, version 10.2
- Have the downloaded file from device specific iOS4.3.1 – GetIOS
- Download Redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 (Mac, Windows)
The steps are:
USB Connect device, open Redsn0w, choose the 4.3.1 firmware downloaded earlier, follow the steps on screen and ready.
Applies only to legal Iphone operator, for users who want free or can not raise the baseband using PwnageTool 4.3 for Mac
It’s a maxim of technology: Invent the newest gadget and the porn industry will find a way to cash in.
So when Apple Inc. launched the iPhone 4 and its FaceTime videoconference feature, it didn’t take long for adult-entertainment companies to develop video-sex chat services and start hiring workers through Craigslist.
With more than 3 million of the phones already sold, the adult industry stands to make big money on this new way to reach out and touch someone — even if it puts Apple, which has always taken pains to keep its iPhone apps squeaky clean, in an awkward spot.
In at least five cities, Craigslist ads seek models specifically for video sex chat on FaceTime. Many of the ads even offer to throw in a free iPhone 4 for the new employees.
FaceTime lets people call another iPhone 4 user and have live video conversations over a Wi-Fi connection using the front-facing camera on the new model. In one TV ad, a soldier uses it to get a look at his faraway wife’s ultrasound pictures.
The adult industry wants its customers to share moments of an entirely different kind with its stars. And while the technology may be new, the idea is not. Porn providers have always been early adopters.
In the 1970s, the demand for explicit videos at home helped VCRs become widespread, and the industry was the first to embrace DVDs, too. Internet porn peddlers were some of the first to make wide use of streaming video and online credit card payments.
“The first time someone created a camera there was someone who said, ‘Wouldn’t it be good for someone to take off their clothes in front of this camera?'” said Michael Gartenberg, vice president at Interpret LLC, a media research company.
And for years, cameras mounted on computers have helped connect people for racy online video sessions. But the portability and privacy of a cell phone makes FaceTime a new frontier for the industry.
“A phone is such an intimate thing, you usually don’t lend it out or have someone else use it,” said Quentin Boyer, a spokesman for Pink Visual, an adult production company.
Boyer said his company began planning for iPhone 4 video services almost as soon as the device hit stores. They should be ready in a matter of weeks. Boyer said the company will offer FaceTime sessions with some of the same women who appear in its videos — likely charging $5 or $6 a minute, payable by credit card.
“It has a very personal feel — your mobile phone to hers,” he said.
Online exhibitionism is only growing. Take Chatroulette, which randomly connects strangers for video chats. While the service isn’t explicitly sexual, it’s common for users to stumble upon people looking for more than just conversation.
So far, most online video sex chat services have let the customer see the performer, but not the other way around. FaceTime may change that.
“We are seeing more and more that customers want to be watched as much as they want to watch,” said Dan Hogue, owner of an adult chat company called CamWorld, which is planning FaceTime services.
The rise of FaceTime porn puts Apple in an awkward position. Its competitors have products that allow video chat, too — HTC’s Evo 4G phone, for one. But Apple has made a big deal about keeping applications sold in its iTunes store clean.
Apple has rejected book apps for featuring sexual content and political satires for their potential to offend. While some rejected apps have been approved after revisions, Apple has kept one strict rule: No porn.
FaceTime isn’t even an outside developer’s app. It’s a main feature of the phone.
An e-mail attributed to CEO Steve Jobs that was posted on technology blogs in April says it is Apple’s “moral responsibility” to keep pornography off the iPhone. Apple would not confirm that Jobs wrote it.
But just as Apple can’t control whom iPhone users call, the company will have a hard time dictating how FaceTime is used. Internet experts say customers will understand that Apple cannot control what goes on in private video chats.
“Apple can’t be seen as responsible any more than makers of routers or hardware are responsible for the content you are looking at,” said Jonathan Zittrain, a co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Still, advocacy groups worry that FaceTime could connect children to pornography or predators. Parents can put computers in public areas of the home to supervise Internet usage, but mobile phones go anywhere.
“Unfortunately, both children and sexual predators are often ahead of parents when comes to technology,” says Donna Rice Hughes, president of Enough Is Enough, a child safety group.
Apple, asked to comment on the emerging adult services, noted that people can choose whom they chat with, just like regular calls, and parents can turn off the FaceTime feature. Hughes said it would be better if parents could create a “safe list” of people their children could call.
For the adult-entertainment industry, FaceTime could be more than just another medium. It could actually change the business. For independent sex-chat workers, for instance, it could mean handing over less of their earnings to computer-based services.
But FaceTime presents its own challenges. It requires that both parties in a chat have each other’s phone numbers, which could expose video-chat workers to unwanted calls from their clients.
Another obstacle: The iPhone 4 camera was designed specifically for face-to-face chatting.
“You can have the phone on your face, or other body parts, but not both at the same time,” said Teagan Presley, who acts in adult films and performs in video chats. “Most customers want the full package, and it’s going to be difficult holding a phone.”
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 promises to bring together contacts, photos, music and video into one smooth mobile experience. It’s holistic design aims to bring together web content, applications and services into a single view port, making you master of all you survey. Microsoft is introducing the new mobile OS at Mobile World Congress 2010, in Barcelona next month.
A New Home
The home screen, or Start, on Windows Phone 7 Series can be customized with live “tiles” that show the latest updates from the Web. In a radical departure from the earlier versions, the new one stop home screen provides access to contacts, web content, social networking services and local applications. Big, finger-loving notice icons or “tiles” for calls, text messages, email and of course Facebook etc stare you right in the face. Large, iconic text for menus, and content transitions slide a user into and out of different views. If you thought it’s just a pretty skin, think again. This is a brand new OS with fresh underlying code, not a mere rehash of the old guard offering a new user interface experience.
The OS is also heavily focused on social networking, providing integrated contact pages which show status updates from multiple services and allow fast jumps to richer cloud content (such as photo galleries). Rather than relying on applications and skins, Windows Phone 7 comes with social networking support wired right in.
Xbox Live and Zune Integration
The Xbox Live integration offers LIVE games, avatars and profiles and Zune’s features seem to be copy pasted directly in to the new OS. In fact Zune users will not be surprised by the new OS’s interface. Zune HD games run like hell on the Tegra Chip it uses. Will they play well with the Snapdragon chips, Windows Phone will most probably prevail with? Or are we going to see OMAP4 and Tegra 2 devices? Stay tuned for more updates.
With regards to hardware, the 7 Series devices will all sport a specific CPU and speed, screen aspect ratio and resolution, memory and button configuration and will not partner with UI customizers like Sense or TouchWiz. Which means every Windows Phone 7 will sport a single Windows Phone identity regardless of carrier or device brand. Which means they will all look shockingly similar at first sight. Carrier collaborations include AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone while hardware partners include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm.
Is it time to conclude already? I think the game is just beginning. When I sat down to write about the burning hot smartphone OS market, I was thinking iPhone OS vs Android vs Blackberry vs Palm. Little did I know an old timer was going to make a radical new entry into the fray all over again. And it appears like Microsoft has finally got it after all these years. Burning bridges and adopting a radical approach may not be enough to come out tops but it sure as hell has brought them face to face with the top warriors of the smartphone war.
I never thought I would need to write about this, because I kind of assumed that in general, people know what net neutrality means. Of course, if everybody knew everything, then I wouldn’t be teaching in a university now, would I? (I’m still shocked when I watch my students write down everything I say. “Wow,” I think, “you didn’t know that?” I guess they didn’t. Actually, what I really think is, “Wow. You think what I’m saying is important? My mother never did.” But I digress.)
I just finished my routine of catching up on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s Whatever Show. On Stewart’s show, he revealed what I did not know (because I try not to listen to Republican mouth pieces if I can avoid it), and that is that Republicans are lying through their teeth AGAIN. I really should not be shocked at this, because whereever money flows into a Republican’s pocket, there shall be his or her platform. And so, all the corporate media behemouths are bound and determined to block net neutrality in order to secure enough money so they can pay off more Republicans (oh, and to be fair, several Democrats, I’m sure) to make sure the media conglomerates can continue to make ludicrous amounts of money off of us.
The lies are typical – spreading enough fear to shrink the gonads of regular gullible Americans so that they run to their elected representatives and scream at them to save them from socialism, gayness, government control and terrorists against marriage, oh and tea bags too, just for good measure.
So, let me try and explain net neutrality to you, in case your gonads have climbed up into your asshole and you’re busy building an underground fallout shelter just in case Obama’s Socialist Secret Soldiers come knocking on your door demanding your soul and push their way into your very own living room so that they can turn your children into gays.
In a perfect world, net neutrality means that the Internet is neutral to the content that travels upon its “tubes.” The Internet is just a vehicle or conduit for content. It passes no judgment nor imposes restrictions on that content. It sends your porn video bytes (Not bites folks. Settle down.) to you the same way it sends that video of Sarah Palin getting exorcised by her crazy-ass preacher. The internet doesn’t look at Sarah Palin and decide to download her faster than your porn (Thank The Lourd). No. It sends both videos to you (because there are people out there that watch BOTH Sarah Palin AND porn videos, and you know who you are) at the same speed.
Here’s another example. Your car is also a neutral vehicle. If you buy a Ford, you aren’t restricted to buy only Exxon gas. Your Ford is neutral when it comes to the fuel it uses to get from one place to the other. Both your fuel and your car are neutral. Neither one gives a rat’s ass if you drive home to your wife or across town to your Mistress. The car doesn’t go any faster or slower based on which person you will be visiting. The fuel doesn’t spark more or less based on where you go either. Your Ford passes no judgment on you. Only we pass judgment on you for driving one.
Your computer is mostly neutral (I say mostly because Bill Gates tried to control how you used your computer through limitations in your browser and Microsoft applications). No matter where you go, you can plug it in to an electrical socket and charge it. The electrical socket doesn’t give a shit what you do on your computer. It just sends electricity to your computer to keep it running. It won’t DENY electricity because you are using your computer TOO MUCH, or looking at the WRONG things.
Your computer is neutral in another way. You can get the Internet on your computer from any Internet Service Provider (ISP) out there. Your computer doesn’t slow down or speed up based on which ISP you’re using. You can go online via cellular, wireless, wired, satellite, cable, T1, dialup or DSL. Your computer couldn’t care less which one you choose. These different providers are inherently slower (Dialup) or faster (T1) based on their physical limitations, but not based on some human deciding to fuck with you and make your internet slower.
That’s what the people against net neutrality want to do. They want to fuck with you based on how you use the internet and what content you choose to access over the internet. They want to make judgments about what you do on the internet and punish your ass because of it. If you’re a superuser, you get slowed down, unless you pay a premium to get faster speed. If you’re a superuser AND a schlub with no money (like me), you won’t be able to pay the premium, so you’re stuck with slower access.
Without net neutrality, if you watch lots of video online or play massive-multi-player games online, your ISP can detect that, and slow your ass down. Or, if your ISP gets PAID by some content provider to FAVOR their content over somebody else’s, then when you access the other content, it’ll be as slow as molasses. If you go and pay a premium to download the favored content, it’ll be faster than a speeding bullet (to the brain).
In other words, your ISP, like Comcast for instance, will have (and in the case of Comcast, already has) you by the gonads.
Here’s an example of something that is NOT neutral: your cell phone. Your cell phone should be like your computer, but it isn’t. You buy an iPhone from Apple and in the US they force you to use AT&T as your carrier. Apple locks the phone (that you paid a fortune for – isn’t that nice?) and you can’t use any other provider. In Europe, that’s against the law. That’s because in Europe, they are more consumer-centric, versus corporate-centric. They actually care about the consumer. So, when I bought my iPhone here, I had a choice between three carriers: Orange, SFR and Bouygues. Of course, if I go back to the states, I can’t just slip a SIM card from an American carrier into my iPhone. Because Apple made sure I couldn’t do that. Steve Jobs sold his soul to the devil on this one.
Your ISP, like Comcast, and their partners who wish to make more money off of you, are the ones trying to destroy net neutrality. It’s THEM that you should be afraid of. It’s THEM that wish to control you. It’s them that want to stick their noses into your private life and regulate you and based on what you do online, punish you with higher fees. It’s THEM that can be bribed by anybody to make sure that you only see THEIR content, versus the content you want to see.
It is NOT our government who wants to control your life in this situation, OK?
Yell loudly at your representatives to VOTE FOR net neutrality, or Big Brother (in the form of your ISP) actually will be looking over your shoulder, very, very soon (If they aren’t already). (Your gonads should be tiny little rocks right now, but for the right reasons this time.) Learn more at wearetheweb.org and/or savetheinternet.com. And take all the actions suggested on those sites (email your representative, sign petitions, etc.). If you want to read what the guy who invented the internet thinks about net neutrality, go here.