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Archives: August 2013

Pirate Bay Co-Creator Working on Messaging App To Dodge Government Surveillance

Peter Sunde, one of founders of the file sharing site The Pirate Bay, is helping build a messaging platform called Heml.is to circumnavigate government surveillance. The outline the new app in the video embedded above–what do you think?

The application will be free, but users can pay to unlock certain features at a later date. While they are still building the tool, they promise to release both an iOS and a Google Play edition of the app. Check it out:

As part of the ongoing mass surveillance, internet traffic is currently being stored and indexed in massive databases, allowing the data to be analyzed, searched and ultimately read at a later time. This affects everything we do online, from emails to search statistics and even our daily activities on social sites such as Facebook or Twitter. While we won’t be able to provide you with 100% privacy, we believe that we can make your conversations private enough to render mass surveillance ineffective. While most people seem to be concerned about the government reading the contents of private communications very few seem concerned about their ability to build sociograms. Our intent is that by encrypting and then tunneling all messages through the Hemlis network we are making it more difficult for them to data mine or build sociograms from your communications. The surveillance systems can see that you are using Hemlis but they can’t see what takes place inside the network.

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3DHubs Creates A Community for Sharing and Borrowing 3D Printers

Maybe you live in a tiny closet and 3D printers won’t fit. Or maybe you can’t sacrifice your lattes for the investment in a personal printer. All of these scenarios lead us to one conclusion. Now that we are all sharing houses, cars, bike, and airplanes, shouldn’t we be sharing our 3D printers as well?

It was just a matter of time, but 3DHubs does just that. It works just like any other web-sharing service, but you don’t have to do any work. Just send over a 3D file for printing and the “hub” will do the rest. If you own a 3D printer, you can sign up to be a “hub.”
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Smashwords Partners With Flipkart, “The Amazon of India”

Self-publishing platform Smashwords has formed a distribution alliance with Flipkart, India’s largest online bookseller. Flipkart counts about 9.6 million customers, including 1 million daily visitors. In addition, India is the fifth highest source of traffic for Smashwords after the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Here is more from the Smashwords blog: “Flipkart representatives point to Nielsen BookScan Retail Panel data, which states that Flipkart holds 80% market share for online book sales in India and holds 40-45% market share for all trade book sales across physical stores and online.  Smashwords titles will begin appearing at Flipkart.com in the next 3-4 weeks…Flipkart is commonly referred to as the Amazon of India.  To be fair to Flipkart, Amazon would probably kill to become the Flipkart of India some day.”

Indian consumers can purchase eBooks through Flipkart’s website as well as through from their Android and Microsoft Windows 8.  The Flipkart app supports reading only.

Pressy Lets You Control Your Android Phone With One Simple Button

How many clicks does it take to turn on your flashlight? As many as you want if you have Pressy, the app and button lets you program tasks for your phone using one button. It’s like Morse code.

This little impressive button is getting a ton of attention on Kickstarter, it got fully funded in one day. In fact, Pressy is so successful, it’s already gotten six times its original funding goal – enough to develop Pressy for iPhone.

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Bang With Friends Has Returned to the App Store

The controversial app Bang With Friends, which lets Facebook users find out which of their friends are interested in having sex with them, has returned to Apple’a App Store under a new name.

The new app is called Down. It’s basically like the old app, a way to find out which Facebook friends are down to hook up, but it’s a little more subtle this time around. Users must give the app permission to access their Facebook friends. Once they are logged in, they can indicate which Facebook friends they’d be “down” with and when both friends have selected the other, both will get a message.

The original Bang with Friends app was removed from the App Store back in May. Apple did not explain why, but Apple has been known to have strict policies against content that is at all pornographic. There was also a privacy loophole as Facebook users could check out which of their friends had installed the app. The new app promises to be completely private, but we shall wait and see.

Digital Book Sales Represent 34% of Sales at Hachette Book Group in US

Digital book sales accounted for 34% of Hachette Book Group’s adult trade sales in the U.S. during the first half of 2013, up from 27% during the same period last year. Hachette’s U.S. sales were up 7% during the period, which the publisher attributed to the film release of Nicholas Sparks books.

Hachette Book Group’s parent Lagardère released its half year sales figures today. Net sales amounted to about $1.2 billion, up 1.4% in reported terms from last year. Overall the Hachette Livre division is seeing growth in the digital category. Digital now represents 11.3% of total net sales for Hachette Livre, up from 8.4% for the same period in 2012.

HBG also had 35 eBook titles on the New York Times bestseller list in the first half of the year.  We had 29 #1 titles, a 70% increase over the same period last year.

Organize Your Thoughts & Ideas With Thoughtree

Looking for an app to help you organize your ideas and projects? Then you will be happy to hear about Thoughtree, a soon-to-be launched app that aims to be a “personal thought network” by facilitating you to take down your thoughts and organize them into folders.

If you are walking down the street and have a great idea about who you should call for a story you are writing and at the same time you have an idea for a character in a book that you are working on, you can use the app to save both ideas to their own section. Save your million dollar ideas and business plans in additional folders.  Read more

Amazon Has Opened a Kindle Store & Self-Pub Platform in Mexico

Amazon Mexico has opened a Kindle Store in Mexico. The Mexican Kindle store has more than 2 million titles including 70,000 in Spanish including titles by Carlos FuentesGabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende. Mexican consumers can buy eBooks through apps or on Kindle devices. The devices are available from Amazon, as well as in Gandhi stores in Mexico.

Amazon has also expanded its self-publishing platform Kindle Direct Publishing south of the border. Independent authors and publishers in Mexico can use the toolset to sell their books in more than 175 countries worldwide. Like in the U.S., KDP authors in Mexico will own their copyright and earn 70% royalties on most sales.

“The vast majority of Mexicans do not have access to a bookstore in their town, so we’re happy to launch the Mexico Kindle Store today and bring a huge bookstore with over 2 million titles to anyone with an Internet connection,” stated Pedro Huerta, Director of Kindle Content, Latin America.

Loop and Animate Your Doodles into Fun, Shareable GIFs

Ready, set, animate your doodles! Sounds fun right? I love doodling – I’m practically a pro, but I have never animated my doodles. When I saw the Loop app, I knew I’ve been missing out. The best part about animating my own doodles? GIFs!

Loop turns your iPad into a mini-spiral bound sketchbook full of moving images – the animations are gifs that you can edit and share. The app gives you just three simple colors to draw with: blue, red, and black. Thicker lines are made with swift strokes while slower strokes will give you thinner lines. Use the eraser tool to remove unwanted lines (no “undo”). Duplicate slides to quickly make animations and edits. You can also use your phone’s camera to capture videos and stills for “tracing” (photo below). Read more

IDC Lowers Global Tablet Sales Expectations for 2013, Slightly

The International Data Corporation has lowered its tablet forecast for 2013, as smartphones with better screens begin to gain ground.  The analyst company now expects worldwide tablet shipments to reach 227.4 million units in 2013, which is down from its previous forecast of 229.3 million.

But even with lowered expectations, the IDC’s  Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker is still expecting shipments to rise 57.7% above 2012. The IDC still expects the market to grow in the coming years. The company predicts that worldwide tablet shipments will hit 407 million units by 2017.

“A lower than anticipated second quarter, hampered by a lack of major product announcements, means the second half of the year now becomes even more critical for a tablet market that has traditionally seen its highest shipment volume occur during the holiday season,” stated Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets at the IDC.

 

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