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Monday, June 27, 2011

E-Book Readers, Tablets, Laptops and Desktops...What Do You Own?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 11:46 AM

"The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010. E-readers, such as a Kindle or Nook, are portable devices designed to allow readers to download and read books and periodicals. This is the first time since the Pew Internet Project began measuring e-reader use in April 2009 that ownership of this device has reached double digits among U.S. adults."

I'm betting the deep discounts in e-book readers such as the Kindle have a little to do with this, as you can see the growth of those types of hardware are outpacing the growth in the tablet sector. Further down in the survey the real surprise is that laptops are almost even with desktops when it comes to the number of adults that own them, 56% for laptops versus 57% for desktops. Personally I'm surprised that it took this long to catch up but I have always preferred a laptop for convenience and haven't done all that much in the "power user" realm such as video editing, etc. As far as what I own, it's one of everything except for the desktop, how about you?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reeder for Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Silvio Rizzi's Reeder 1.0 is a desktop Google Reader client for RSS newsfeeds. It offers synchronization with Google Reader accounts, integration with Readability, support for gestures, "send to" services (for Instapaper, ReaditLater, and Readability), support for saving to Pinboard, Delicious, and Zootool, posting to Twitter, and other features."

I've read lots of reports on this, and everyone that uses it seems to really like it. I guess they better since it's priced at $9.99 USD in the App Store for Mac [affiliate link]. I used to use NetNewsWire on my Mac, then I pretty much switched to staying in the Google screen for reading links. That isn't a very smooth way to do it so I'm glad there is a great choice for a reader for Mac. On the iPad I've primarily used Reeder [affiliate link], so it seems logical that they designed a version for the Mac. What do you use for a news reader on your Mac, or your iPad?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

News Readers for iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"As news consumption shifts to the personalized social news stream, the platforms we use to consume the news are also changing."

And the iPad is one of those consumption devices. This article goes over some of the more popular news readers that are customizable to the users needs or wants. And according to Mashable, Pulse, Flud, Flipboard and The Early Edition are 4 of the best out there. I use Pulse and The Early Edition and really like what they do, and I'm anxious to give the other two a try. Flipboard especially, but I'm still waiting for that dang email with the code. One of these days...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Which RSS Reader Do You Like on Your iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"NetNewsWire first came out in 2002, and back then, it was the only application of its kind. RSS was just beginning to pick up steam, Google Reader wasn't even conceived of yet, and most people got their news by visiting a series of bookmarks."

Well how times have changed since then. Now there are many ways to get your RSS delivered to your iPad and this article goes over some of the options available to you. I use Reeder most of the time, but I also use the Google app for iPad to go direct to the feeds. I'm not sure which one I like better at this point. What RSS app is your weapon of choice? 

Tags: software, rss, reader, ipad

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The iPad as a Magazine Reader

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"If I had to say which is my number one reason for liking and using the iPad, I would give two thumbs up for magazine and web-based article reading. I've written about article and PDF reader apps, and now I want to point out some fairly good magazine apps for the iPad. There's simply no better device on the market that I know of for full-color, quality display of digital magazines and newspapers."

Like the author, I use my iPad to read several magazines through Zinio, a free iPad app. I've replaced several of the ones that normally came via snail mail, so I'm doing my part to stay green yes? That isn't the reason I did it though, I really just like the fact it takes care of a lot of clutter and weight that I used to pack in my bag for work. It usually had several issues of various magazines, all replaced with my iPad. In fact, I've scaled down the size of bag I normally carry for work so my back thanks me too. I have yet to try the magazine specific apps available, but I see a couple that interest me. Do you use your iPad for magazines, and if so, what app(s) do you use?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Perseus Books Signs With Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

"Despite threats from Amazon that it will stop selling the independent publisher's books if they sign on with Apple's iBookstore, Perseus Books Group, the largest independent publisher, has signed a deal with Apple."

Zagat and Workman Press also signed deals, so they certainly aren't responding favorably to pressure from Amazon to refrain from signing with Apple. There are are still several that haven't signed deals, but no matter (at least for me) since Amazon is set to come through with a Kindle App for the iPad, along with Barnes & Noble.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Amazon Kindle App for Mac, Finally!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Amazon announced Tuesday that it will be releasing a Kindle app for the Mac platform. Like its Windows cousin, Kindle for Mac will allow users to read Kindle content on their Macs. A standalone Kindle hardware device is not needed, but for those users with a Kindle reader can sync that content with their readers."

It is available now at Amazon. So far I'm pretty happy with it, it is very responsive and simple to use. They are also planning on having a version for the iPad so it looks like I will be selling my Kindle 2 after all.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Barnes & Noble on the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"That's the word from the giant U.S. bookseller. There is already a version for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Barnes & Noble says customers can expect the free software around the time of the iPad launch."

I keep looking for news on doing the same thing, but alas, nothing. I may have to add a Barnes & Noble account to my book supplier list anyway, but I expect Amazon to come out with something similar since they already have a pretty good program on the iPhone. Why would they pass on the revenue stream this could generate?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Comic Book Reader for Desktop and iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Comic books have been available in digital form for quite a while-often as illegal scans distributed through file-sharing sites-but legal downloadable comics are on the rise, and comic book reader apps are popping up to meet this demand."

This free app works with the desktop version from Bitcartel. The desktop version retails for $25.00 USD but you can try the free version out so you can transfer your comics to your iPod Touch or iPhone. Only difference between the paid and free versions is a watermark that is displayed. However, if you get good use out of a program, might as well support the developer right? The website also says they are working on a Kindle application of some kind. This would work well on the iPhone but as far as on the Kindle with no color? I suppose...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Is This The Kindle Killer?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"Barnes & Noble today alerted Nook buyers that new orders now won't ship until December 11th (subscription required). The delay from the original November 30th date follows a recent push back for some until December 7th and is credited by spokeswoman Ellen Keating to sales that have "surpassed our expectations." The book retailer hasn't said how many pre-orders it has taken."

Kindle killer may be a bit dramatic, but competition is a good thing, especially in a market where one product has been dominating. This is the case when it comes to e-book readers and the Kindle. I know, I know, Sony has had one for awhile, but the Kindle has been dominating so if this shakes up the status quo I'm all for it! The key, in my opinion, is the infrastructure surrounding it and if they make it as easy as Amazon has done with the Kindle.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mac to Get Kindle Program Too!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Following Amazon's announcement of Kindle software for Windows users, the company has acknowledged that it is also working on a Mac version, according to Fast Company."

It's well documented that I love my Kindle, as well as the accompanying iPhone app. This is welcome news, since I was a little disappointed that when they announced the Windows 7 version, a Mac version wasn't mentioned. I don't know how much I would use it since I have my Kindle in my laptop bag, but I'm all for having options.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Adobe Releases Fix for CVE-2009-1492 for Macs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Adobe has updated its Acrobat and Adobe Reader programs to fix what the company is calling "critical vulnerabilities" in its PDF creation application and free PDF viewer."

Adobe says this fixes "about" 13 critical vulnerabilities in Reader and Acrobat. The official name of the vulnerability is the CVE-2009-1492 and causes applications to crash, as well as potentially allowing someone to take control of the system that is affected. If you have Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1, you need to upgrade with these updates that were released on Tuesday. You can download Adobe Reader 9.1.2 and Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 at Adobe.

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