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Archives: September 2012

‘Spooked’ Is Today’s Free eBook Of The Day

Spooked by Tracy Sharp is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The paranormal novel is about a teenager with special powers. Check it out: “Sixteen year old Lorelei has a special talent. She can steal your deepest, darkest secrets. However, using her power leaves her open to some very nasty creatures from the underworld. But then a girl from her school disappears. Then another. And another. Lorelei might be able to discover who is abducting the girls from her town if she uses her gift . . .Can Lorelei stop more girls from being taken? Or will using her gift attract the hell-things that are after her?”

The eBook is free from Amazon today only.

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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! 

How To Accept Mobile Payments

Many small bookstores and independent media publishers would love to keep up with the latest forms of technology and accept mobile payments, but don’t have the agency budgets of a Starbucks or a Dunkin’ Donuts to build a mobile platform. Don’t fret, you don’t have to. All you need is a smartphone or a tablet, and one of these apps and you’re on your way.

To help you guys out, we’ve put together a list of apps that will allow you to accept mobile payments. We’ve included links to the app’s website and their description below.

1. LevelUp: “LevelUp’s Interchange Zero payment network allows customers to pay with their phones instead of cash or cards. This is fast, secure and convenient. It also enables us to offer 0% payment processing fees. When a customer pays you $10 on LevelUp, you get $10! LevelUp grows your business. LevelUp offers a unique suite of ‘campaigns’ designed to grow your business. Campaigns can help you attract new customers, convert them into loyal customers, or even invite them to join your mailing list.”

2. Square: “Start accepting credit cards today on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Pay one simple rate of 2.75% per swipe for Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. No contracts or monthly fees. No merchant account needed. Funds are deposited into your bank account the next business day.”

3. Phone Swipe: “Accept credit cards by transforming your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a credit card terminal with Phone Swipe. Upon merchant account approval, receive a free credit card reader to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Phone Swipe is backed by North American Bancard, an industry leader in credit card processing with 20 years of experience.” Read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes for Apple Maps, Suggests iPhone Owners Use the Competition

Apple Maps has turned out to be an utter fiasco since it launched last week, and the situation is now so bad that the CEO has had to apologize. There is an open letter posted on the Apple website from Tim Cook,and he is quite contrite.

But as interesting as that letter is, I have something better. A contact at Apple has slipped me the original unedited version of the letter. It paints a much different picture. One paragraph in particular was missing a number of sentences, and I have reposted it below: Read more

Dictate Comments On News Articles With NY Times Android App Update

The New York Times has redesigned its Android app and added new features including a new design, the ability to dictate comments using voice,   passive customization of a users’ most visited blogs, an updated widget,  and more intuitive navigation using the action bar.

“Our new action bar is based on native Android design standards that users know and expect,” explained Alexandra Hardiman, director of mobile products at The New York Times. “It’s more visible and present on section fronts and allows users to access our sections easily and intuitively.”

Hardiman explained that The Times is always looking for ways to improve the user experience and functionality of their products.  Our updated app takes advantage of the latest Android design principles and enables our readers to more easily read, watch and even listen to our wealth of content,” she said. “Going forward, the redesign gives us a better platform to introduce new features and tools that improve the app experience.”
The update requires Android 2.1 and up.

Google Maps Adds Street Views of the Great Barrier Reef

In the past Google has added off-road Street Views of famous landmarks like Stonehenge and Versailles, taking you places that many could never afford to go. This week Google has expanded their collections of off-road Street Views to include several that are off dry land.

Google has partnered with The Catlin Seaview Survey to bring these visual tours to Google Maps. The new collection includes the famous Great Barrier Reef as well as a half dozen other locations around the globe including the Hawaii Islands, Philippines, and more.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Journalism’s Death & Rebirth In 60 Seconds

To promote its  Ebyline/E&P 100% Journalism Challenge, a journalism innovation contest where the winner will earn $35,000 in prize money, Ebyline has created an infographic called Journalism’s Death & Rebirth in 60 Seconds.

We’ve embedded the whole infographic below to show media professionals how media financing has shifted in the past couple of decades.

Check it out: “The idea for this graphic came from the copious, and copiously available, amounts of data now being produced and disseminated about the news industry, the broader media and the businesses behind them, including some of the analysis we’ve done right here about journalist salaries, adoption of newspaper paywalls and trends in newsroom practices. Also, we just liketurning spreadsheets into graphics. We hope it gets your creative journalism juices flowing.”

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iPad Mini Achieves Spontaneous Generation (Video)

Way back in the annals of debunked scientific theory is a concept called spontaneous generation.  This phrase was used top describe the situation where a creature springs into existence out of nothingness.

Naturally the idea is bunk science, but today it happens to fit the iPad Mini. There have been so many posts about the iPad Mini and so many bloggers believing it is real that the device now exists, albeit in a limited form.

Mac Otakaru posted this video earlier today. It shows a dummy iPad Mini, not the real thing, but you have to admit it looks very much like the real thing. Or it would be better to say that it looks very much like all the rumored devices we’ve seen and all the rumors we’ve heard.

This dummy is the product of some unnamed Chinese OEM, and it’s not clear whether this is the source of all the leaked images or the result of the leaks. But now that you’ve seen it, does it make you want the real thing?

Angry Birds Goes 3D!

Rovio released the Angry Birds spin off Bad Piggies today, and as much fun as that game is to play I have something even better to show you. How would you like to play an augmented reality version of the game?
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‘Death of a Serpent’ Is Today’s Free eBook

Death of a Serpent by Susan Russo Anderson is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The book is part of the Serafino Florio mystery novel series. Check it out: “At a high-class house near Palermo, three women have been knifed to death, their foreheads slashed with a strange mark, their bodies dumped on the madam’s doorstep. Rosa summons her friend, Serafina, and asks her to catch the killer. A thirty-something midwife with seven children and diminishing funds, Serafina plunges into the investigation, gathering evidence, following leads. In a defiant meeting with the don, she makes an important discovery. Convinced of the murderer’s identity, she conceives a daring plan to unmask the killer. Does she succeed? Can she hold her family together?”

 Amazon has the free download.
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‘The Paris Review’ To Launch An App

Unlike most magazine publishers who want to show off their flashy video content and social media-integrated features when they make an app, The Paris Review wanted to keep it simple.

“I dragged my feet about and ignored the idea of making an app for fear that if we made one, it would take us away from what we do best, which is creating a place for discovering and presenting new writers,” said Lorin Stein, editor-in-chief of The Paris Review. “I was afraid that the bells and whistles would lead us down a primrose path and that half of the staff would be dedicated to making videos.”

But Stein came around when it became clear that an app would be great for international distribution. “Ever since we moved our printing to the States in the seventies, it has been difficult to distribute in Europe,” Stein told AppNewser. ”Our highest concentration of readers after New York is in London, so it made sense to let people subscribe digitally. We wanted to use the technology but not one inch further than made sense for what we do.” Read more