Not long ago, writers were entirely at the mercy of the picky publishers who stood between an author and his or her potential readership. But thanks to the rise of digital books and open publishing platforms like Apple’s iBookstore, anyone can get their stuff out there and have a shot at finding an audience. And with the added interactivity of the iBooks format, authors can raise their books to a new kind of next-generation reading experience. You’d think that producing such a book would require high-level programming skills, but no--Apple has taken its trademark approach to empowering the masses with easy creation tools to digital bookmaking with iBooks Author (Mac App Store, free).
Tons of app sales are starting and wow has your App Store app updates been as crazy as ours? We can't pick up our iPhones or iPads without seeing that famiiar red badge letting us know there are yet more updates pushed down the pike. Here are a few of the latest discounts we've seen to give you something to play with on your new handset when you get it.
I have a life-long passion for art. Unfortunately, due to the usual demands of adulthood, I haven’t drawn since architecture school 20 years ago. I’ve also been slow to try my hand at creating digital art because the software and graphics tablets seemed too darn expensive.
We all hope that we can go through life without encountering a potential life-or-death emergency situation. Whether it's weather, medical, or safety related, emergencies can take place at any time and without warning. It's always better to be prepared for the worst while hoping for the best, and September provides the perfect opportunity to think about these things as it's National Preparedness Month. We have eight apps that will walk you through every step of the process of dealing with an unexpected exigencies. From pre-planning to in the moment and after the events, these apps will make sure that you make it through a crisis with a contingency plan.
The iPhone 5 was certainly the big star of Apple's September 12 event (sorry, Dave Grohl...), but the recently neglected iPod touch got a major makeover as well, and the iPod nano got its video-playing mojo back.
So, it's official: Apple is holding a media event in one week and it looks pretty likely we'll finally see the next iPhone for real there. The blogosphere has been quite busy over the last 24 hours wondering if the shadowy number "5" means the handset will actually be called iPhone 5 despite previous rumors to the contrary. As you ponder this question for yourselves, let's get up to speed on what went down overnight...
Rumors! Rumors! Nothing but rumors half the time! Well, we've got a few of those and plenty of other news. Just wait until next week, though, as September officiallykicks off "Overheated Speculation Month" for Apple watchers. Meanwhile, here's a few overheated news stories from this week that are raising up some dog day like weather around these parts.
When I was a kid, I discovered something amazing: detangler. You spray some on your hair, and voilà, a comb will run right through it no matter how tangled it was. To my knowledge, this product hasn’t been invented for headphone cables, and that’s a darn shame. But Jays seems to have solved the tangled cables problem anyway with the a-JAYS Four. These earbuds sport a flat rubber cable that just doesn’t tangle. I really tried, too. I balled them up and shoved them in my pocket, let them roll around in the bottom of my bag, never used a carrying case -- I even wore them in bed a few times. The cable is just wide and flat enough to resist knotting, and it simply doesn’t catch on itself when you ball it up. There’s no need to wrap or coil the headphones on anything. Just pull them out of wherever you stashed them, give ’em a shake, and they’re ready to go, untangled.
When you open an Apple-built application on your Mac that supports the new Documents in the Cloud feature, you are greeted with the new iCloud document pane. You need to have the Documents & Data option enabled in the iCloud System Preferences in order to use this feature, but once you enable it, it can make your work life much simpler.
Real talk time: the iPad’s onscreen keyboard isn’t the world’s greatest typing tool. It functions admirably for short tappings, but for anything longer than an email, using a virtual keyboard can be an exercise in frustration. But many solutions to this problem sacrifice one of the iPad’s greatest features: its portability. Keyboard-packing cases are nifty, but most add so much weight and bulk to the svelte device that you might as well get a netbook--or deal with constantly swapping your iPad in and out of different cases.