Daily Archives: August 16, 2010

Why Android developers are losing money, and it’s not due to piracy | Royal Pingdom

In other words, piracy isn’t the root of the problem, the inability to pay is.

via Why Android developers are losing money, and it’s not due to piracy | Royal Pingdom.

That is true of many, many things on the Net.

Hey, publishing, stop carving the eBook world into territories.  The only “territories” now are the borders defined by language.

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Why The Music Industry Has No Friends


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Swiped from: A graphic illustration of music industry madness

There are book publishers who would like to see schemes as complex as this. Some of them would murder Fair Use in order to obtain it too.

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Reference: Kindle Notes

Q&A on the Kindle’s My Clippings file

Web Kindle Tool for Books Purchased from Amazon

Two posts I’ll need to refer to when I get my Kindle. And which every Kindle buyer should read right now.

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Dr. Joseph Mercola: The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming Your Health

Dr. Joseph Mercola: The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming Your Health.

I don’t like going to or even linking to HuffPo, but this post is both important and correct.

Stay the hell away from statins!

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Yet Another Reason To Buy A Kindle

I found this over at The Digital Reader. It’s 28 minutes long but worth watching every minute of it.

It compares the Sony Reader Pocket Edition, Kobo Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon Kindle 2.

At 11:20 began the part that nailed the Kindle for me: highlighting passages.

I have a ton of book quotes stashed in my LifeDrive. I will often drag them out for blog posts. In this video, not only is highlighting easier on the Kindle than on the Nook, but the passages are saved by Amazon in the Cloud, where they can be searched and the text copied!

He demonstrates the saved passages feature by showing it on his iPad (simultaneously making me twitch for the iPad still prohibited by kittens).

There is a bit of unfairness in the video. He uses Text To Speech capability as a test, which the Nook doesn’t have. If the Sony Reader Touch Edition was in the mix, the Kindle 2 would have lost if touchscreen was a test. (In fact, the Kindle 2 should have lost in a touchscreen test against the Nook, if this had been offered as a test.)

Anyone who is wondering which eBook reading device to get must watch this video.

As I said: The Kindle has won.

This video makes it win even more.

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Is Apple losing it? — Scott McKain Viewpoint

The phone drops calls — but don’t worry, a fix is coming. The phone dials out to people you aren’t trying to call, or your iTunes music will blare when you least expect it — but don’t worry, a fix is coming.

Isn’t that the kind of “let our customers find our mistakes” and “buy it now, we’ll fix it later” approach that we Mac-heads used to brag were reasons that Microsoft was inferior?

via Is Apple losing it? — Scott McKain Viewpoint.

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Color eInk Screens: They’ll Sell Dozens!

While Amazon may not want any part of this now, as it waits for a more established and tested technology to emerge before releasing a multicolored Kindle, China-based Hanvon has already taken the bait, promising to release color E Ink readers by the end of the year.

via E Ink Begins to Sample Capacitive, Color E-Readers.

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Digital Inspires Minimal

BBC News – Cult of less: Living out of a hard drive

This article begins inching off the rails very quickly and then fully jumps them.

The overall subject is one I covered here: It’s Not The Device Or The File, It’s The Internet, Stupid!

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Adobe partners with Typekit to bring legendary typefaces to the web « The Typekit Blog

Adobe and Typekit are teaming up to bring some of the world’s most popular, recognizable, and respected fonts to the web. Starting today, you’ll be able to use classics like Adobe Garamond, News Gothic, Myriad, and Minion plus many more on your website — all of them newly optimized and hinted for the screen.

via Adobe partners with Typekit to bring legendary typefaces to the web « The Typekit Blog.

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Mike Cane Has Left The Tumblr

I was using Tumblr.

Then hit all of its annoyances.

It’s really not made for real blogging, like this and this and this.

It’s really for short stuff.

That would be OK, except I kept wanting to do more.

But if I had kept to short stuff, even then it would have been inadequate because its Search is annoying.

Also, I really missed stats. I felt as if I was writing into a void.

So, here I am again, back at WordPress.

This will be like the Tumblr was. A place to drop stuff I need to refer to, but with better Search, stats, and the ability to do longer posts.

The usual obsessions: tech, eBooks, the Collapse Of All Things.

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