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Archives: November 2012

Defriendtion Temporarily Punishes Facebook Fouls

The new Defriendtion app will help you punish your friends for Facebook fouls, without permanently ending your social network relationship.

The video embedded above outlines a few reasons you might want to use the Defriendtion app. When would you use this new tool?

AllFacebook has the scoop: “Defriendtion allows Facebook users who object to actions on the social network by their friends to respond by filling out evidence sheets detailing the offenses, and putting those friends in Defriendtion for a certain time period. The act of Defriendtion is displayed on the walls and timelines of the offending users, as well as the news feeds and tickers of the reporting users. Actions can also be shared via Twitter.”

Vimeo App Lets You Shoot & Upload Video from Your Phone

The video sharing site Vimeo has updated its app with a sleeker interface that lets you upload videos directly from your phone.

See the app in action during the kooky video embedded above–what do you think? At the same time, the new app drops some of the video editing tools on the older version of the app. SocialTimes has more:

The new app includes a ‘Feed’ tab, where you can check out videos from your contacts, an ‘Explore’ tab where you can check out Staff Picks, browse the Vimeo Video School, discover music videos, inspirational videos, animation, time-lapse and more, or perform a Vimeo search. You can also queue up videos you’ve added to your ‘Watch Later’ list or check out your own videos under the ‘Me’ tab … While the in-app video editor has been removed, the app still includes the functionality to shoot and upload videos directly through the app.

Temple Run Joins Top Android Apps List

Temple Run has joined the top of the free Android apps list this week at No. 10, according to research from Google Play. The video game app from Imangi Studios takes you on an adventure through a temple.

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

‘Laura and the Jaguar Prophecy’ Is Today’s Free eBook

Laura and the Jaguar Prophecy by Anton Swanepoel is today’s free eBook of the Day.

Check it out: “After losing her job, Laura accepts an invitation from an internet chat friend to go on a cruise. Little does she know she would soon become the centre of attention for multiple secret agencies searching for information she unknowingly carries, information which could either end the world or save it, depending on who finds it first. As people start dying around her, her life is suddenly directed into a path that will have far reaching consequences for her, if she can stay alive long enough.”

Amazon has the free download through Friday.

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

AMC Orders Pilot for Show About Computer Pioneers

AMC has ordered a pilot for a show called Halt & Catch Fire, a scripted drama about the adventures of computer pioneers in the 1980s.

The show will come from AMC Studios, created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers. Breaking Bad‘s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein will executive the drama for Gran Via Productions.

Here’s more about the show, from the release: “Set in the early 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.”

Barnes & Noble eBook Inaccessible To Reader Whose Credit Card Has Expired

People wary of buying digital media are often concerned that the digital files that they purchase are not as tangible as physical media like a book or CD. Consumerist has a report that supports this fear.

One Consumerist reader sent this email after experiencing problems downloading a title that they had already purchased because of a credit card expiration.

Yesterday, I tried to download an ebook I paid for, and previously put on my Nook, a few months ago. When I tried, I got an error message stating I could not download the book because the credit card on file had expired. But, I already paid for it. Who cares if the credit card is expired? It has long since been paid for, so the status of the card on file has nothing to do with my ability to download said book.

Does this make you weary of buying digital media?

Amazon Opens Appstore In Japan

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon is launching the Amazon Appstore in Japan. The Amazon Appstore in Japan will compete with Apple’s App Store, which also sells apps in the region.

Japanese customers can access the Amazon Appstore on their Android phones and tablets by visiting this link. The store offers popular apps such as Facebook, Angry Birds and Skype, as well as local favorites such as Mushroom Garden and Yahoo! Headline. Like in the U.S., the Japanese app store will feature personalized recommendations and bestsellers lists.

Amazon launched its Kindle business in Japan last month when it began selling Kindle devices at, as well as through a number of Japanese retailers including: K’s Holdings, Bic Camera, Joshin Denki, and Kitamura. At that time, the company also introduced the Kindle store in Japan to sell eBooks.

Curious George Released As iPad Books

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released two Curious George titles as iPad books which are available for sale in Apple’s iBookstore. The publisher used Apple’s iBooks Author tool to create Curious George Says Thank You and Curious George in the Big City, both of which include multi-touch features that let readers participate in George’s adventures.

For example, readers can help George add stickers to thank-you cards, or guide him back to  the man with the yellow hat. The book also feature interactive puzzles, embedded slideshows and comprehension activities. In addition, these titles include extra bonus materials including digital mazes and word puzzles.

“We wanted to create a digital storybook that didn’t distract children from the narrative, but instead allowed them to help the story along by completing activities that are closely tied to the plot,” explained Cheryl Toto, SVP of strategy & planning at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Google Integrates Google Play Reviews With Google+ Profiles

Google is integrating user reviews on digital media sold in the Play store with its social network Google+. So if you want to give your opinion on Angry Birds, the new Lil Wayne album, or Michael McConnelly’s new novel,  you’ll have to do so publicly.

When you add a review to the Google Play store, a pop up box explains, “From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. Your name on previous reviews will appear as ‘A Google User.’” has more: “One explanation for this move could be that Google is trying to improve the quality of user feedback, by forcing people to reveal themselves it can help to prevent trolling and unhelpful reviews.”


Simon & Schuster Reveals Self-Publishing App Program

Simon & Schuster has launched a self-publishing platform today, including an app publishing package for authors who utilize the company’s Children’s books self-publishing package.

Prices for the initial Children’s package range from $1,599 to $8,499, and the app creation process costs between $999 for the basic ReadPlay App and $3,499 for the App Launch Campaign. The conversion process takes up to 90 days, and the company will sell the app in the Windows 8 App Store for $1.99. The writer will earn 50 percent royalties for every sale.

Here’s more about the program: “For our basic ReadPlay App service, there is a word count limit of 1,000 words. However, we can accommodate books of 1,000 words or more for an additional fee. Speak to your Publishing Consultant for a quote … ReadPlay Apps are developed to run on e-reading devices that use Windows 8.”

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