Saturday, January 19, 2013
Posted by gkJr. at 11:29 AM
iPad owners are now getting more than just bells and whistles tacked on to some of their favorite magazines — they're also getting issues of those magazines first.
As first uncovered by The Loop, Apple has set up a new category in its Newsstand store featuring 20 titles — all owned by Hearst — which will be released before they appear in print "or any other digital edition." Subscribers and single-issue purchasers will be able to access new releases at the same time.
Exactly how much of a lead iPad readers will have will vary by magazine, but most will be within "a couple of days" of the print release, a spokesperson for Hearst told Mashable.
Apple's advantage here isn't so much over print as over other digital newsstands, like Amazon's, Google's and Zinio's. Many magazines owned by companies other than Hearst already push out their digital editions ahead of print: The tablet edition of Conde Nast-owned Golf Digest, for example, goes live one week before print issues hit newsstands, a spokesperson for the magazine told Mashable. (However others, likeRunner's World, sometimes appear several weeks after, we've noticed.)
Why is Apple getting special treatment? Apple suggested it, says Hearst. The advantage for Hearst, presumably, is exposure. At Mashable's Media Summit in November, Hearst President David Carey said the success of its tablet editions relied heavily on promotion from digital storefronts. "If your magazines land in the upper carousel of [Apple's] Newsstand, you sell a lot of product. If you're nowhere on that page, you're not going to do as well," he observed.
Hearst's digital circulation is still marginal. In a note to employees sent at the beginning of the year, Carey said the company had amassed nearly 800,000 paid digital subscribers in the U.S. across its titles. To put that in context, just one of its titles,Cosmopolitan, has a print circulation of more than 3 million, according to ABC.
Posted by gkJr. at 11:27 AM
Friday, January 18, 2013
There will be many of you that don’t like to cover up that stylish looking new smartphone with a bumper or case despite the risks of any damage. Luckily for those that do want to protect their treasured handset there are a huge number of cases available that offer protection, while keeping a stylish look to the device. We now have the iPhone 5 SPIGEN SGP Slim Armor case for you with a number of video reviews as well.
The product according to the manufacturer has been designed to protect the iPhone 5 at every angle with improved shock absorption all the way round the edge of the handset. It is constructed with a double layer with a TPU case, along with a polycarbonate hard case to offer even more protection.
Owners can remove the polycarbonate part of the case that then allows it to be interchanged with different colour finishes, and the case fits snugly onto the iPhone 5 to still give a nice sleek and natural look. The middle part of the case has also got a matte finish to improve grip in use as wells as provide a soft touch.
We have embedded a number of videos below that show off the Armor iPhone 5 case and the first one is just a quick preview of the handset being placed easily into it, and showing off the various openings for the handsets functions. The next video down goes into more detail about the case and the fact it’s not supplied with a screen protector, but the low $17.99 asking price may have something to do with this.
The video continues by showing you how easy it is to install the iPhone in the case, but does mention that a screen protector is advisable as well. The next video again talks about installing the case onto the iPhone 5, and states you can either have both pieces of the case together before placing the handset inside, or you can first put the device inside the main body of the case before putting on the back polycarbonate shell.
Again owners are advised to use some kind of screen protector as even with the case on there is no protection for the iPhone 5’s display and the final video also comments on how cleanly the cut outs have been done for all of the handsets ports. You can find the SPIGEN SGP Slim Armor case for the iPhone 5 here, and check the videos out below.
Posted by gkJr. at 5:44 PM
Thursday, January 17, 2013
RequirementsWindows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Free Video Call Recorder for Skype is an absolutely free application for recording Skype calls without any limitations. It has a very simple interface.
With its help one may record calls in the following modes:
- picture-in-picture (the program records audio and video of all sides of the conversation);
- only video of other sides;
- only audio (all sides).
You don't need to download or install any extra libraries to be able to use the program.
You just need to specify the mode you like, choose the output folder and press “Start”. If you don't want to record some moments during the conversation, just click on “Pause”. In order to finish the record select “Stop”.
All video records are saved in mp4 format that is easy to playback on a player.
For audio calls the program creates an mp3 file that is supported by most modern players.
Free Video Call Recorder for Skype contains no spyware or adware whatsoever. It's 100% free and absolutely safe to install and run. It's free both for personal and commercial use.As an optional part of the installation you can also get the official DVDVideoSoft Community Toolbar for Windows Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome (powered by Conduit).
Posted by gkJr. at 6:13 PM
The patent application was published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the name "Removable Clip With User Interface." It shows an iPod-like device with a slot on top where a clip could be inserted.
But the clip could offer more than making the device wearable: Apple's concept includes a data connection and accompanying physical buttons that would allow new control methods on the device.
In one variation, the clip is transparent, and the buttons on it correspond with information shown on the device screen below.
In another illustration included with the filing, a transparent clip is not necessary because the accessory does not cover the screen. Instead, the clip and its buttons cover the back side of the device, allowing new input methods while leaving the front display unobstructed.
In the patent application, Apple notes that clips included on existing media players serve only one function: to clip the device to various objects, such as the user's clothing.
"While today's clips provide a valuable function for portable electronic computing devices, they are deficient in that the real estate used by the clips is underutilized, in that the clips are only used to attach electronic devices to other objects," the filing reads.
"Such underutilization is particularly undesirable as technology continues to miniaturize, since even the smallest amount of real estate used by a device is often considered burdensome by a consumer."
The application, published on Thursday by the USPTO, was first filed by Apple in July of 2011. The proposed invention is credited to Teodor Dabov and Fletcher R. Rothkopf.
Posted by gkJr. at 5:56 PM
Apple's interest in the concept was revealed in a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office entitled "Parental Controls." It describes ways that a user could establish rules for subsidiary financial accounts.
The proposed invention shows a hypothetical application on the iPhone home screen named "E-Wallet." The software allows users to have a primary account tied to a credit card, allowing transactions to be conducted with an iPhone.
The key feature of the filing are the E-Wallet subsidiary accounts. By creating one, the user can allow new users, such as children, to have access to the E-Wallet app with controlled spending limits.
The customizable rules would allow a parent to set, for example, a weekly or monthly allowance for their children. The application would also enable parents to decline transactions if they are over a certain amount of money.
Parents could also restrict transactions from certain merchant categories, or even block sales to a specific merchant or location. In one example, the application is set to prevent the user from purchasing alcohol or tobacco with Apple's iPhone e-wallet.
Illustrations included in Apple's patent filing show that the concept for the E-Wallet application would include purchase history, bill summary, and the ability to search for specific transactions. The E-Wallet app would be driven by users' existing credit cards, with numbers entered into the software to link them together.
The filing goes on to note that a future iPhone could have an integrated near-field communication chip to supplement the E-Wallet app. It notes that communication using the NFC component would occur in a range of 2 to 4 centimeters.
The proposed invention, published by the USPTO this week, is a continuation of a filing first made by Apple in January of 2009, and issued as U.S. Patent No. 8,127,982 in March of 2012. It is credited to Brandon J. Casey, Gary L. Wipfler, and Erik Cressall.
Posted by gkJr. at 4:58 PM