Roundup: Popslate’s E-ink iPhone Case Ships 2 Years Late, Lacks Many Promised Features

Popslate’s novel smartphone case adds a 4″ secondary E-ink screen to the rear of the iPhone 6. It packs in Bluetooth and a battery specced for 7 days of operation. After almost two and a half years of delays and a development cycle that outlived two different iPhone models, the case finally started shipping to reviewers in late… Read More »

Mixed User Reports Suggest Google Play No Longer Functional on the Fire Phone

Amazon’s year-old smartphone doesn’t have many features which would justify its original high price tag, but at least its owners can content themselves with the knowledge that they could use a hack to install Google Play. But now it seems that that hack might no longer be functional. Over the past several days several commenters have reported that Google… Read More »

Kindle for OSX v1.11.2 Adds Support for Textbook Trials, Japan Marketplace

 Amazon rolled out an update today for its Kindle app for OSX, and users aren’t pleased. According to Amazon, the improvements include the usual miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements as well as new support for the free trial period for textbooks, and support for “Japan marketplace” (huhwhat?) Not having a Mac myself, I can’t… Read More »

Digg, Instapaper, The New York Times Updated With Support for the Apple Watch

With reports coming in that the Apple Watch could be shipping ahead of  the scheduled 24 April launch day, developers are scrambling to get their apps ready for Apple’s new wearable. An untold number of apps have been updated over the past few weeks, including Digg, The New York Times Cooking app, and Instapaper. To start with, Instapaper has… Read More »

That New Florida Bookstore is for Local, And Not Just Indie, Authors

Publisher’s Weekly posted a story today on what Judith Rosen is the first bookstore dedicated to self-published authors, but I think we’re looking at something else entirely. Frustrated by a lack of opportunity to display and sell their work, self-published children’s author and illustrator Patti Brassard Jefferson and history author Timothy Jacobs decided to create a bookstore… Read More »

Facebook’s Launches in Indonesia, Brings Wattpad And Controversy With it

Facebook’s charity has come under increased criticism of late but that hasn’t stopped its expansion plans. On Friday Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed that app was now available in Indonesia, a country with a population of 250 million. Developed in partnership with local mobile phone carrier Indosat, the local version of the app gives Indonesians free access to a limited… Read More »