Apple Allows More Promo Codes for Authors, Shortens iBooks Review Times

iBooks-BookShelf[1]Apple stepped up their ebook game with a couple new policy changes that will help make it easier for authors and publishers to promote their ebooks. The gadget maker sent out an email last week to everyone registered with iBooks and announced some changes and enhancements to the program. Continue reading

Goodreader PDF App Updated

GoodReader[1]The best PDF app for iPad and iPhone was updated today with a bunch of bug fixes and new features.

In addition to direct support for loading files from iCloud, Goodreader also gained a couple new features which iPhone 6 owners will appreciate.  The iPhone version of Goodreader now supports a double-page view for PDF files, and there is an option for page rotation (landscape to portrait and back). Continue reading

Apple Launches New iPad Air, iPad Mini, Will Start Pre-Orders Tomorrow

Apple-logo[1]Apple’s tablets got their annual refresh today. The gadget maker has launched a couple new tablets, and they will be putting them up for pre-order tomorrow with shipments to start next week, although only one is worth buying.

The new iPad Air 2 features a faster CPU and a better rear camera, and both tablets feature a TouchID sensor integrated into the home button and more storage. The prices will remain the same, and the previous models are going to hang around and sell for a lower price (last year’s iPad Air, for example, now costs $399). Continue reading

Leaked User Manual Confirms iPad Air 2, iPad Mini Details

ipad air 2 leak 3Pretty much everyone has assumed that Apple would be launching a new iPad air and iPad Mini at their event tomorrow, and thanks to the latest leak there’s no room left for doubt.

9to5Mac has found screenshots for the new iOS8 user manual in iBooks, and it has let the cat out of the bag. (While Apple won’t be uploading the actual manual until tomorrow, someone goofed and uploaded screenshots today.) Continue reading

Apple Now Giving Tours of the Torture Room Where They Didn’t Catch the iPhone 6 Plus Bending Issue

bent_iphone2Apple may not be any more prone to launching bad products than the next company, but their response when caught out by a major design flaw is unusual (to say the least).

News broke earlier this week that the iPhone 6 Plus had a structural weakness around the volume buttons which increased the risk that the phablet would bend.  (I’m not calling it BendGate any more, I promise.) Continue reading

Google Launched Newsstand App for iPad, iPhone

google newsstandGoogle’s 10 month old Newsstand app finally made its way to iOS this week. It was released as an update to the Currents app, which is no more.

The new Newsstand app offers many of the same features found in its Android sibling, including a Flipboard-esque interface which combines features of that news aggregator with Pocket-like options to save articles to be read later, resulting in a very pretty app which is intended more to entertain than to inform (this news junky does not approve). Continue reading

BendGate: iPhone 6 Plus Owners Report Bending the Phone Simply by Pocketing it

fake-iphone-6-03Apple’s new 5.3″ i{hone 6 Plus may not be all that large compared to many Android smartphones but it looks like the phablet may have been too much of an engineering challenge for Apple.

There are several early user reports that the 5 day old smartphone both is and is not as sturdy as one would like. The owners report that iPhone 6 plus can be damaged by nothing more than sticking it in a pocket. Continue reading

iOS8 Launch Could Ignite Apple’s eBook Efforts.

ibooksMillions and millions of iPhones are expected to ship tomorrow, but as far as ebooks are concerned the major milestone happened yesterday with the launch of iOS8.

Apple recently reported selling over 800 million iDevices, and thanks to the new update the vast majority could soon be sales platforms for the gadget maker. As I reported back in June, Apple is now bundling iBooks into all iOS8 updates. This potentially gives Apple (at a conservative guess) upwards of 600 million active iBooks apps, or more than 4 times iBooks’s latest estimated userbase. Continue reading