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Archives: October 2012

Celebrate Halloween With Spooky Wallpapers On Your Android Phone

Halloween is coming. To help you get in the mood, and we’ve put together a list of apps that let you dress up your Android phone with scary wallpapers.

These five apps let you trick your homescreen out with spiders, jack-o-lanterns and witches. We’ve added links and descriptions of the apps, so that you can explore them for yourself.

1. Halloween Video Live Wallpaper: “Inspiring video wallpapers that won’t drain your battery or slow your device. Alive stops when another app is running or your device is idle, so it uses no more battery than a photo wallpaper. It automatically saves new clips to the SD card to prevent memory problems.”

2. Halloween Live Wallpaper: “Halloween Live Wallpaper: Celebrate the spookiest holiday of all! Celebrate the season with jack-o-lanterns, bats, witches, a haunted house, ghosts, and more! Supports both landscape and portrait mode, with settings for bat population, candle color, witches, spiders, camera speed, and others! This is a true 3D scene that supports both phones and tablets, in both portrait and landscape mode!” Read more

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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

Amazon eBook Discovery Guide Is Free eBook Today

Vook has created a free eBook guide to getting your eBook discovered called The eBook Discovery Quagmire: How ‘Free’ Earns Publishers Money.

Check out this excerpt: “Many successful self-­‐published authors, including Scott, Christopher Smith, and John Locke, have successfully sold their content for 99 cents. We tried the 99 cents price but it didn’t spark Vook sales. We lacked the audience of successful self-­‐published authors, who can convert free promotions into sales. We feel confident that lower price points will work for partners using our services. Amazon now provides Kindle customers with more opportunities to discover inexpensive eBooks.”

Follow this link for the PDF version.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day.

Google Celebrates Halloween With Google Doodle

Google is celebrating Halloween with a spooky Google Doodle. When you load the search engine today, you’ll be met with a howling wind, and a city block dressed up for Halloween.

Click on each door and a Halloween surprise awaits. A cat jumps out of a trashcan, a crow caws, a spider jumps. Knock on a door and goggly eyes (that are placed where the ‘oo’ in Google would be) look outside and blink on and off. A ghost surprises you at the door with the address ’13′ where a skeleton decoration comes to life. A Frankenstein moans at another door, and a monster roars then smiles at another.

For more Halloween fun, check out GalleyCat’s list of free Halloween eBooks.

ABC Stations Sees Record Mobile Traffic During Storm Coverage

ABC’s WABC & WPVI digital properties had record viewers during Hurricane Sandy. According to the media outlet, the WABC and WPVI mobile apps were in the top ten free news apps, a first for the company.

WPVI also had 13.1 million page views across its mobile and desktop sites on Monday. The site had more than 9 million page views on Sunday. WABC had 7 million page views on its mobile and desktop and 2 million monthly unique visitors on Monday. During the storm, the TV stations made their broadcasts available on all mobile devices for the first time.

The Weather Channel also had a record day on Monday, recording 450 million page views from all of its digital properties.

Weather & Flashlight Apps Join Top Android Apps List This Week

Brightest Flashlight Free and The Weather Channel app have joined the top of the free Android apps list this week, according to research from Google Play. Both apps were useful tools during Hurricane Sandy.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Media App Summit on December 3, 2012, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

The Conan Show Reveals Apple’s Future iPad Plans: Video

The iPad Mini is regarded by Apple as being the perfect sized small tablet. But what if there was an even more perfect sized tablet in between the iPad and the iPad Mini?

The Conan Show decided to show us this tablet. They made a faux Apple commercial in which Apple introduces 3 new iPads: the iPad Mini Mega, the iPad Mini Mega Micro, and the iPad Mini Mega Micro Max.

Yes, it is as silly as it sounds, but that’s part of why it is so funny. Read more

Google Updates iOS Search App

Not satisfied with how well Siri answers your questions? Thanks to Google, there is now another option.

Google has just released an updated version of their iPhone and iPad search app. The new app features improved voice recognition which will help you get the answers you need.

I have not had a chance to try it myself, but I am looking forward to this app giving Siri a run for her money. As much as Apple wants you to think Siri is perfect, that virtual assistant has been shown to have a number of issues. For example, Siri was unable to respond accurately to any requests given in a Scottish accent. Siri has also been out through independent tests which showed that the app is much less accurate than the commercials would have you believe. Read more

The Weather Channel Has 450 Million Page Views Yesterday, Doubles Record

For those of us who had the luxury of cell reception and Internet during the storm, we were glued to our devices checking on predictions, updates and news about Hurricane Sandy. It’s not a surprise that The Weather Channel got a lot of action this week.

On Monday the company had its No. 1 all-time day across platforms yesterday, recording 450 million page views from all properties. This is almost double the company’s previous record of 249 million page views which they saw on 2/1/11 and is much higher than the day of Hurricane Irene’s when traffic was 183 million page views.

Monday was also the media brand’s No. 1 day of all-time for mobile page views. The company had with 125 million page views across its mobile and tablet apps. Mobile apps alone had 110 million page views, the No. 1 day for mobile app use ever. Tablet app traffic reached 14.9 million, which is the No. 2 day for Weather Channel tablet app use ever.

 

Wiped Out Data Centers In New York Shut Down Gawker, HuffPo

The Huffington Post, Gawker, BuzzFeed, and Gizmodo have experienced outages after their data centers were shut down due to flood waters and power outages in New York.

Media companies that use data hosting from Internap, Peer 1 and Datagram, which are located in lower Manhattan were affected. Data Center Knowledge has the story: “Flooding from Hurricane Sandy has hobbled two data center buildings in Lower Manhattan, taking out diesel fuel pumps used to refuel generators.A third building at 121 Varick is also reported to be without power. There were also reports of outages for some tenants at a major data hub at 111 8th Avenue, and many other New York area facilities were running on generator power amid widespread utility outages.”

Gawker chief Nick Denton tweeted: “Gawker sites down after power cut off at Datagram, our data center down on Whitehall St. Backup power didn’t kick in fast enough.” Gawker and Gizmodo which is part of Gawker Media, remain down, while Huffington Post and BuzzFeed are back up.

Nook HD Reviews From Around The Web

Barnes & Noble ships its new Nook HD tablets this week. The tablets feature 720p HD screen (at 1440×900). It is available in 8GB or 16GB versions for $199 and $229 respectively. It’s getting pretty good reviews. To help give you an idea of what the device is like before it lands in your mailbox and on store shelves, we’ve rounded up a bunch of reviews from around the web.

CNET calls it a “reading tablet for non-technies”. Check it out: “The Barnes & Noble Nook HD can’t match competing tablets in media library breadth, but as long as you’re not looking for bells and whistles, its sharp screen and comfortable body make it an ideal tablet choice for reading books and magazines.”

TechCrunch says, “it’s just about the best reader you can buy.” Check it out: “The Nook HD is Barnes & Noble’s latest entry in the great sub-$200 tablet race, and, barring a few hardware issues associated with this sort of underpowered hardware, I’m glad to report that the Nook HD is, in many ways, superior to the Kindle in this iteration, if only for a few key software and hardware features.” Read more

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