In the U.S.: Every fifth adults are Tablet owners

Formerly of 10 to 19 percent of the entire share of U.S. adults has increased, the use of an iPad, a tablet PC or other eBook reader. The approximate doubling of the U.S. market segment by the holiday shopping season now reports the market research PewResearch Center.

Tablet PCs and eBook reading devices are becoming increasingly popular. Across all age groups across the study published today at the PewResearch Center facilities in the United States even an increase of 18 percent set to 29 percent between December and January. Accordingly, there was also the year for children and young people some new devices of these formats.

After the relatively stagnant summer business in 2011 had the new Kindle Fire, the Nook tablet from Barnes and Noble and the price erosion of some equipment under the magic mark of 100 U.S. dollars the market for Christmas apparently successful resuscitation sum up, according to the the trend analyst. Apple’s sales figures are expected for tomorrow’s release.

The date for the study to evaluate values ​​from a comparison made between November / December 2011 with just under 3000 and two conducted in January with about 1000 full-year old survey. As error variance be granted for up to 2.4 percent.

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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.”

Google Launches iPhone App For Its Social Network ‘Orkut’

Google yesterday released an iPhone app for its Orkut social network. Orkut received quite a bit of press attention yesterday because it was the most popular social networking in Brazil until a report by comScore yesterday suggested Facebook overtook it. According to comScore, 36.1 million Brazilians visited Facebook in December 2011 compared to the 34.4 million who visited Orkut.

Google launches its social network "Orkut" for iOS

Orkut was launched by Google in 2004 and has been particularly successful in Brazil where 60% of its total users are located. Orkut gives users the ability to “send scraps, see your friends updates, upload photos and browse your friends albums anywhere you go.”

According to the app’s descriptions, these are the features available:

  • Update your status
  • Check your scraps and messages
  • Reply to your friends birthdays
  • Check your friends updates
  • Browse your friends profiles, scraps and photos
  • Take new photos and upload them directly to your Orkut albums
  • Share your life anywhere, anytime with the people you care about

The app is free and available in English and Portuguese.

 

Wikipedia goes offline in protest to the SOPA and PIPA

New level of escalation in the dispute over two U.S. Internet Laws: The English edition of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday in protest for a day off. Other frequently visited sites are close to the action.

In the U.S., the debate rages about the controversial anti-piracy laws Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). On 18 January will therefore besides the several English-language Wikipedia, especially in the U.S. much-used Web sites to go offline for 24 hours. They want to protest the bill that will prevent the spread of piracy and protect intellectual property abroad. Supported are the laws of the U.S. film and music industry, which argues that the illegal sale of its products infringe copyrights and destroy jobs in the U.S.

Participation in the blackout had previously been the social news service reddit.com and the Mem-Catalog “I Can Has Cheezeburger”announced. The Wikipedia community has voted on whether and how they will join the protests. A large majority of users was for the “Blackout”, as turning the page is called for a day. Also the founder of the community, Jimmy Wales spoke strongly in favor of the temporary closure of Wikipedia.

The controversial law will make the downloading of copyright-protected files to serious crime. In addition, the owner of the copyrights have the opportunity to block “criminal” websites relatively easily. This should no longer appear in Google search results, or by entering the address into the URL bar of your browser to reach. Also, payment services like Paypal should then no longer work together with the operators of such sites.

Opponents of legislative initiative fear that go with this one innovation blockade and the American economy could be harmed. In addition, the U.S. government could then censor the Internet – such as China do it now. Interventions into the architecture of the Web would also undermine security mechanisms on the Internet.

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.

iPhone 5: New study design as a tribute to Steve Jobs

Actually, out of season delivers the design studio ADR from Italy, a new vision of the iPhone. Inspired by Steve Jobs is the model itself and therefore carries hisname as an abbreviation expansion. The “iPhone SJ” would be made ​​of glass and polycarbonate, it would offer and A6-CPU and a 10 Megapixel camera.

Not yet presented the mobile processor and the slight turning of the screw of the camera resolution are of course only an accessory of this design study. Will be presented in this gallery is primarily an ultra-slim device that can otherwise be immediately identified as an iPhone.


Repeatedly presenting the ADR studio more or less new ideas, who think the design of Cupertino even further – Italian style last ADR had brought the world the iCam, which is to bring as an attachment for the iPhone 5 is a higher quality photographic experience . For this would-be product sets De Rosa, currently even the photo series of a virtual ceremony after unpacking.

Review: Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac


Parallels has released 7: Whenever a new Apple Mac operating system brings to the market, pushing behind the virtualization professionals with a new version of Parallels Desktop, expensive new or upgrade license included. Meanwhile angelagt with version 7, has to Parallels users ask more than ever, whether he needs any foreign operating systems or software on the Mac.
Because the software selection is thanks to the increasing popularity of Apple computers and software sales grew the app store model in the past 24 months clearly – there are hardly any programs that do not exist in one form or another Mac version. Even the times when Windows converts were necessarily depend on virtual machines are almost over, and just in case there are – in addition to Boot Camp – yes, even the free VirtualBox, which basically provides the same functionality as Parallels available .

Who needs it
Who needs more then that is Parallels Desktop? All those who do not want to use for the Mac available software solutions, without sacrificing the comfort Mac. Gamers looking to play on OS X for Windows PCs certain games without starting over each time the computer. And last but not least all those users who need safe and compact entire computer networks with different operating systems on a Mac so developers and administrators. For all three groups, Parallels Desktop 7 over the competition and previous versions, one clear advantage: Parallels 7 now allows the virtualization of Mac OS X, but only under Lion Lion. Parallels 7 was also accelerates according to the developers and will massively-suited to play than ever. But what does this mean in practice?

OS X as a virtual machine
Parallels Desktop 7 works on Snow Leopard and Lion, Lion-only users will enjoy the new OS X virtualization: With the help of the Recovery partition on the new Mac system, we can finally connect the normal desktop version of OS X a virtual machine. This is made possible by a change in the licensing model of the Apple operating system, while ensuring that it can not be virtualized on Snow Leopard Lion, just as Snow Leopard or older Mac OS X versions below Lion. As in previous versions, but it is still possible that much more expensive OS X Server editions of 10.5 and 10.6 to virtualize.

The restriction ensures that the idea of ​​a virtual Macs basically only for power users is interesting to establish a secure environment for testing purposes Lion Lion on a system. Average consumer, which is about the use of older, under Lion by eliminating Rosetta no longer executable software, looking into the tube. Try also the Lion of the window on a Mac using the older OS X 10.6 is not possible, so that the function for the majority of users who are not software hobbyist, really useful free. Parallels away doing an excellent selling point. After all, OS X works very round in the window, especially after installing Parallels Tools, which is now also available for guest systems running OS X.

Significant acceleration
Otherwise it will look at the virtualization of other operating systems, especially Windows: will stop virtual machines from the previous version adopted easily, then the performance gain shows already on startup of the virtual Windows system, which starts much faster than it was sixth under Parallels Desktop Especially users of 64-bit versions of Windows will benefit greatly from switching to the 64-bit technology in OS X Lion. What previously worked poorly on Snow Leopard runs more than right now to even weaker hardware largely liquid. Particularly impressive is the significantly improved speed of Coherence function, unlike in previous version of Parallels to switch quickly between windows and the use of Coherence, Windows programs to run around and finally on less powerful systems. However, memory is a must: With less than four gigabytes of RAM in the Mac Parallels will quickly become all-encompassing system, brakes, because they require Windows and Mac OS X at least two gigabytes. SSD is also recommended as a system disk to get the most out of a Parallels VM.

 

Also, Parallels Desktop for players 7 is a real treat: The virtual graphics memory can now be up to one gigabyte, which of course is only useful when high performance graphics hardware is used on the host system. Unfortunately that is built only in the more expensive Apple-lines, so the gaming capabilities of the host Windows stops right there, where the power limit of the Mac is. Modern Windows games firecrackers that have not already run into some bootcamp will rise under Parallels, of course, hardly to new performance heights. Nevertheless, the system performance significantly better served by the virtual machine in Parallels than it was six, which is also apparent.

Many small improvements
The installation routine for guest systems has been revised, now provides a wizard to automatically correct basic hardware settings for each operating system. This course can be changed later. Also new is the convenience store in which users Windows Parallels software and Windows order themselves.

Overall, Parallels Desktop 7 significantly faster and more comfortable than its predecessor. That’s not very fair upgrade from version 6 is worthwhile only for gamers and power users, the Lion virtualize or want to work with multiple VMs. Users of older versions of Parallels, which often use a virtualization should definitely think about an upgrade. An upgrade option is new with Release 5

You can grab it for $79.99 ($49.99 upgrade) from Parallels.com or Apple stores now. You can also get a free trial from www.parallels.com/desktop.

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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iTV: Is the iMac for the first next-generation Apple TV?

Earlier rumors that Apple sometime in the coming year, a controlled-Siri and present with the icloud linked television. According to an analyst at Wedge Partners, however, Apple could simply expand its existing technology with TV capabilities. The result: a combination of TV and iMac.

Living-iMac: iTV: If the next-generation iMac for the first Apple TV?

According to analyst Brian Blair, this would imply that Apple in the near future to compete with conventional televisions iMacs could offer with a screen size of up to 140 centimeters. The step for Apple would be an advantage, since the iMac’s production process is already routine. Only the software provided by Apple would have to be adjusted.

One possibility would be for example, the integrated software similar to Apple TV Front Row in the system. Argues against the theory, however, on the one hand, compared to other TVs thick design of iMacs, on the other hand, requires significantly less computing power a television set as itself a computer – the iMac in hardware would be built so more than being challenged.

Confirmed: Facebook buys Foursquare rival Gowalla

What an anonymous source hinted to CNN Money is now official: Facebook buys Gowalla with the main competitors of the check-in service Foursquare. Josh Williams, CEO of Gowalla, would not engage in speculation had previously, but the flower is already given to understand that all signs point to completion.

Now he writes in the Gowalla blog:

“About two months ago, my co-founder Scott and I attended F8. We were blown away by Facebook’s new developments. A few weeks later Facebook called, and it became clear that the way for our team to have the biggest impact was to work together. So we’re excited to announce that we’ll be making the journey to California to join Facebook!”

Gowalla is set in January. The user should be able to export their data in a simple way.

Josh Williams is located before the deal between Facebook and Gowalla stresses behind. His e-mail reveals between the lines but the execution.

Facebook and Gowalla in the shadow of Foursquare
Gowalla and Foursquare are location-based services that enable a smartphone app to share his location, leave reviews and more. Both apps rely on playful components, because of the so-called “check in” not only tells you the whereabouts of the friends, but also get hold of items, digital items or honorary titles such as “Mayor”.

Foursquare had so far no serious worry about his position in this sector because Gowalla let them have practically the field after one never really was able to position with the number of users compared to Foursquare. The small rival attempts since then more in the position of the virtual tour guide.
Gowalla employees to the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto
But with the social network to get their side could Foursquare seriously in trouble. Although Facebook has with its function “Places” a product in this segment, but with the know-how of Gowalla should be improved among other things, the functions of the Facebook mobile app, and “Places.”

Over the previous sales price of Gowalla is the extent yet known, but most of the Gowalla staff, including Josh Williams are, according to the report to move into the Facebook offices in Palo Alto to also Facebook’s new feature “Timeline” to cooperate.