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Archives: July 2012

Amazon Cloud Player Updated With Higher Quality Audio, Music Match

Amazon might still be in a distant second place to iTunes in the music market, but today is the day that will stat to change.

Amazon’s just announced an update to their cloud music app. Cloud Player has always been able to play your music, and now Amazon is saving you the effort of uploading it. You can now use the app to scan the iTunes on your computer and have Amazon build a list of all the songs you own. You can then play those songs on the Cloud Player apps for Android and iOS as well as on the Kindle Fire. Read more

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Book Rejected From iBooks Because Of Amazon Reference

When writer Holly Lisle tried to publish her book, How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market in the iBookstore, it was rejected because of references to Amazon within the book.

When Lisle first submitted the book for publication, Apple explained that it was rejected because it included links to Amazon. She explains on her blog: “Lesson 6 includes my ‘Amazon River’ technique, in which I show students how I use a couple of useful bits of Amazon’s website software and the Amazon database to figure out how to find alternative genres for their books if they aren’t having any luck selling it in the genre they wrote it for.” However, once she resubmitted the work without links, it was rejected again. Read more

New ‘iPad Mini’ Case Leaked Online

There’s still not much in the way of evidence that the iPad Mini exists, but that hasn’t dashed the hopes of some case makers. 9to5Mac has turned up a new case for the iPad Mini from Device Wear, a Chinese manufacturer.

The case is wrapped around a device that doesn’t look terribly realistic, but it does incorporate a number of details from the various rumors and leaks that have come out in the past few months. Read more

Fake Erotica Book Takes No. 4 Spot in iBookstore

Comedians from The NSFW Show completely crowd-sourced a fake erotica book for the iBookstore. They compiled a collection of submissions from readers as The Diamond Club by Patricia Harkins-Bradley–telling readers to “please purchase and post a hilarious 5-star review” for the 99-cent title.

The video embedded above explains everything–what do you think? The fake book currently has 1,124 five star reviews and 12 one-star reviews. As you can see by the screen shot from iTunes, as of this writing, the book is currently ranked No. 4 out of all books in the iBookstore–topped only by the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

Here is the fake book’s description: “When Brianna Young discovers that Roman Dyle, the man she built a relationship and a multi–million dollar company with, has gotten married to another woman behind her back, she embarks on a journey to realize her dreams of professional and sexual revenge for everything she had endured at the hands of Roman.Brianna seeks her romance from The Diamond Club, an exotic gathering of the Bay Area’s most attractive and interesting people, from angel investors and airline pilots to world–famous chefs and dubstep artists. Gripping and emotionally–charged, The Diamond Club is a story of revenge and discovery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”

Spotify Goes Free on Android

Spotify has hit 15 million active users just on the strength of its iOS apps, and now that Android users can listen for free that number is going to shoot up.

The subscription music service announced today its Android app was finally getting the one feature that accounted for 11 million Spotify users: free music. The app has been updated with a new listening option that removes the need to pay for the subscription. You’ll have to deal with ads, but that is the cost of a free service, of course.

TechCrunch has more details:

As for why the long-awaited feature is only now making its way to Android, product manager Donovan Sung noted that it was an issue of balancing priorities. According to him, one of the reasons Radio for Android spent an extra month in the oven was because the team was “focused on making the Android app a lot better” first.

Spotify is now up to over 15 million active users, with over 4 million  of them paying for a subscription, according to Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer. That’s a significant increase since last September, when they reported having 2 million subscribers.

You can find the app in Google Play.

Texas HoldEm Is The Top Free Facebook App This Week

Texas HoldEm, a poker gaming app, is the No. 1 bestselling free Facebook app for the week, according to research from AppData. The app jumped to the top of the list from the No. 4 position last week after gaining 400,000 average monthly users this week, according to research from AppData.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Facebook apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

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

Opera Hits 200 Million Users As Africa Takes to the Web

Ever wonder who’s doing what with their web browsers where? THen you might want to check out Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report.

Each month Opera gathers data on users and then sorts it into any number of useful categories. The most recent report focuses on Africa, and it includes a clickable map which will show the top 10 site visited using the mobile versions of Opera. You’ll also see the most popular devices for each country.

This report also shows: Read more

Mitt Romney To Announce VP Choice Via App

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released a new mobile app as a tool to announce who his running mate for this year’s election will be.

The Mitt’s VP app, which is available for Android and iOS, will essentially be the first place that Romney announces his vice presidential choice. Users can sign up for push notifications to hear the news first. Here is more from iTunes: “Just download the app and when Mitt decides on his running mate, you’ll get an exclusive notification from the campaign letting you in on the exciting news before the press and just about everyone else (except maybe Ann).” Um, and everyone else who downloads the app, including the press. Read more

How To Add A ‘Buy This Book’ Widget To Your Website

In order to help you sell your eBooks from your website, Ted Weinstein Literary Management has built a widget that you can use to add a “Buy this book” button to your site. The button will feature a number of retailers that sell the book, so that readers can buy from their preferred vendor.

The agency lists their terms on their website: “You are welcome to use this widget on your own website, although we cannot offer warranties or guarantees or tech support of any kind. If you have affiliate accounts with any of the major online book retailers you can insert your IDs in section #2 below so you earn your own referral revenues. If you do not — full disclosure — then our own affiliate codes will be included. Seems fair, yes?”

Follow this link for the four step process that you will need to follow to add the button to your website.

Plan a Road Trip Across America With Roadtrippers.com App

August may be just around the corner, but it’s not too late to plan a last minute vacation. Roadtrippers.com is a new web app that lets you map out and curate your own road trip.

The tool, which is currently in beta, allows users to choose a destination and map a driving adventure along the way. The app lets users search for local curiosities, entertainment, food, attractions and accommodations along the way, and then make a personalized trip based on their findings. Once a trip is created, users can print out their itinerary. Soon the platform will allow users to save itineraries to a mobile phone.

It also calculates distances based on time, length and the estimated fuel cost, so users can plan ahead. Cincinnati-based James and Tatiana Fisher co-founded the tool after years of adventures on the road.

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