iBooks Textbooks are exclusively for iBookstore, Apple’s own format

Meanwhile iBooks Author should have been installed on many Macs and aspiring authors should arrive no later than when exporting to Apple’s terms of use in contact: The application may only be created in the iBookstore to be sold.

Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.

iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.

For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.

Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”

Online courses on the iPad: Apple launches iTunes U on the App Store

On the educational event in New York Apple today introduced a new application for iOS called iTunes U. The universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and will provide students with a complete package in order to participate in online courses from different universities.

Unlike the iTunes U video category in iTunes, the new app offers a complete package for teachers and students. Apple wants to make this possible, including through the integration of (paid) iBooks books and podcasts. For students, the app also offers the functions to create during the course notes.

Also, the app can be used to distribute homework: To-do lists and tasks can be sent directly to the students on their iOS device. Links within the app to link tasks, including the necessary text books with the data stored in iBooks. Who more than an iOS device can call his own, rejoice: the same note app also syncs iTunes U content between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iTunes U had been of particular interest to students, so should the trial offer now also be extended to the secondary.

iTunes U is available now in the App Store.

Live Updating: Apple Education Event Today in NYC

For several minutes the first Apple Special Event of 2012 starts. In the past week, Apple sent out invitations to selected U.S. media representatives today for a special event. “Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple” was on the invitation card, the background was the New York skyline, including the Apple logo visible. From 16 clock Apple announced today at the Guggenheim Museum, the first news of the year.

The invitation card to indicate it already. Apple does anything in the “education” in the shields. The only question is “what?”. In recent days there have been rumors that Apple might introduce. Fueled by statements in the official Steve Jobs biography, shot himself in the rumor mill quickly to the issue of school books. Several sources, including the Wal Street Journal, as supplemented, that developer tools for the creation and distribution of textbooks will be presented. A collaboration has been named among other things, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Eddy Cue, and Roger Rosner should be represented on stage by Apple.


Shortly before closing gates throws Jason D. O’Grady a few rumors in the room, which he claims to have heard just before the event. He announced via Twitter that he had a little bird twittered that 12 pages, 2 iBooks will be presented today (with the support of OS X Lion) and textbooks on loan in New York.
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Soul Calibur coming to iOS devices

The same time as console version of the new Soul Calibur V Bandai Namco Games announced this Thursday that appears to still implement the original, with control via virtual gamepads for newer iOS devices. The graphic should be at least as good as seen in 1999 on the Sega Dreamcast.

Since a press conference held in Tokyo on Saturday the trailer videos are released, with which the new part of the martial arts series for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and the first IOS version of the classic duel to be advertised.

The control of the game is realized with the touch screen, virtual gamepads come very close to traditional controllers. The title supports the ranking leaders of the Game Center, features six game modes and 19 playable characters.
According to announcement of Soul Calibur only the newer iOS devices like the iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch and iPad 2 will supported. The price of the app has not been announced.

Review: Temple Run for iPhone and iPod Touch

It was a long time since we have made ​​a report on an app. Now we have picked out a free app that you will like.


Temple Run is the app that is available for the iPhone & iPod Touch. In the game is about, as a researcher to escape a pack of savages. The excitement is running through the endless game of gestures and control very big.
From the app description:

“From the makers of the award-winning best-seller Harbor Master® comes the most exhilarating running game on the App Store. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run!”

Conclusion: The game impresses with endless fun, highly becoming to difficulty and it is free in the App Store.

Shazam Launches New App Focused On Lyric Play: Shazam Player

iTunes is great and everything, but it’s still just a standard music player. The most exciting feature of the whole program is Genius, at least in my opinion, and even that can be off from time to time. But Shazam wants you to ingest your music a bit differently from here on out, and has launched the Shazam Player app to give users a better chance to leverage its new feature, Lyric Play.

Lyric Play is already available in the premium version of Shazam, Shazam Encore, and allows users to see lyrics playing in time with the music, as the song is being discovered. This technology is clearly nothing short of impressive, but the 20 seconds spent tagging a song isn’t really the ideal platform for this feature to be shown off.

That said, the Shazam Player app lets you get your Lyric Play on throughout the entirety of songs. However, there will be a small fee. The app itself is free, but unlimited Lyric Play functionality requires either a monthly ($.99) or yearly ($5.99) subscription. But there are plenty of other features worth trying out, even if Lyric Play isn’t your thing.

For one, most of the same core functionality found in the Shazam apps is still available here, save for Shazaming of course. Users will be able to share their music via Facebook and Twitter, check out the Vevo music video on YouTube, and have access to touring information for the artists of their choice.


Once the app is downloaded, music from within the user’s iTunes library is automatically indexed within the app, at which point the user can filter by artist, album, or track. All your iTunes playlists will make the migration, too. Users can also limit selection down to only those songs with Lyric Play support (Shazam doesn’t have every song covered just yet).

The Shazam Player app gives users the option to build playlists on the go, along with some cool good/bad buttons for an existing queue. Let’s say you’re listening to Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits, but realize that the song Man In The Mirror makes you way too emotional. You need a break from that song. Shazam Player lets you add it to the “Bad List” with one tap of a button, and it’ll stop playing in any of your queues until you bring it back over to the good side. In the same way, Shazam Player lets you mark songs for the good list, which will then get more plays.

Shazam is available here for download.

Apple’s Santa TV spot deemed best ad of holiday season

Santa has come and gone on his sleigh, and Apple has profited along the way. A survey from Ace Metrix, a TV ad analysis firm, has revealed that Apple’s Santa Siri commercial beat out 34 other Santa-themed spots to win the crown of most effective ad for the 2011 holiday season.

Apple’s commercial, featuring Santa and the iPhone 4S’s Siri assistant, scored a 652 out of a possible 950 points in Ace Metrix’s survey, topping competitors like Pillsbury, Coca-Cola, and Nintendo.

If predications are to be believed, Apple will sell an incredible amount of iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads this holiday season, breaking previous records. Santa may need to consider moving his base of operations to Cupertino, California.

Doodle Jump gets updated – adds new ice blizzard world


Doodle Jump, the original “insanely addictive” iPhone game, has just received an update.

In addition to the game’s nine worlds of endless, tilt-based gameplay, version 2.8 includes (from the app description):

This winter we have an AWESOME NEW ICE BLIZZARD world for you in this FREE update.

Stay away from the CHILL-BREATH caves that will FREEZE you in an instant. Don’t mess with the mean-penguin monsters, and whatever you do, DO NOT run into those sharp-as-knife ICICLE PLATFORMS. As if that wasn’t enough, true to its name, there’s an ICE BLIZZARD chilling your bones and making it hard to see as you continue Doodle’s quest to continue jumping up, up, up…..

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This update makes a total of 10 different worlds you can doodle jump your way through.

Doodle Jump is available in the App Store for $0.99.

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iTunes 10.5.2 and Thunderbolt Display firmware updates available

Apple has released an update to iTunes, bringing the latest public release of the software to version 10.5.2. This update contains small fixes for an audio distortion problem that may happen when playing or importing audio from some compact discs. Beyond this fix, the program contains some undocumented iTunes Match refinements.

The update should be available via Software Update for most users, but can also be downloaded directly from the iTunes 10.5.2 download page. The update is around 102MB as a standalone download for OS X, and around 66MB to 68MB for Windows systems.

Apple releases a new update for iTunes version 10.5.2

In addition to the iTunes software update, a firmware update for Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is available. This update is supposed to address a power-handling issue that resulted in loud fan noises coming from the displays, and includes a few other stability improvements. The update, which requires OS X 10.6.8, or OS X 10.7.2 or later, is a small 942KB application that when run will give you onscreen instructions for how to apply the update.

As with all firmware updates, be sure your system and the display are plugged into a reliable power source, and do not disturb the update process, as a faulty update can render the display inoperative.

The iTunes Update is available at your Software Update.
Alternatively you can download iTunes here:
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Apple: iBooks Update 1.5 comes with night reading mode

Apple updated the iBooks to version 1.5.

Apple updated the iBooks app to version 1.5.

Apple has the e-book reading software iBooks equipped with a night reading mode, which prevents the reader in the dark when reading from the screen of his iPhone or iPad is dazzled.
The iBook version 1.5 for Apple’s iPhone and iPad can be blanked in the settings. The screen background will turn black and the writing medium gray. So shall the reading in the dark for the eyes will be less stressful.

In addition, Apple has integrated in the iBook 1.5 update new fonts like “Athelas”, “charter”, “Iowan” and “Seravek”. In addition, the book cover in the public domain books have been redesigned and now look much higher quality. It was also revised the tool palette for notes and highlight color of text passages.

The update of iBooks 1.5 is free available on the iTunes App Store.