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Morning Links: Twitter for writers, Author Earnings misleading?
May 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

author earningsUsing Twitter to Gain Exposure as a Writer (Writers Helping Writers) Fortunately for us all, there are a multitude of opportunities to get that needed exposure today; all you need to do is sign online for many of them to open up to you. One area alone with many chances to take advantage of is the fast-moving social media platform of Twitter. *** Why the ‘Author Earnings Report’ is Misleading (OscarBernie.com) So, first I’ll do a quick roundabout of the problems with the May’s report. Then I’ll give my own analysis of the (limited) data. And I’ll finish with a few suggestions...

Is Android really facing a fragmentation challenge?
May 7, 2015 | 10:25 am

A recent op-ed in Tom's Hardware takes the view that, well: "Google Can't Ignore The Android Update Problem Any Longer." And this comes out concurrently with the latest Android Developers Dashboards numbers on the distribution of everybody's (barring a few lunatic-fringe Apple cultists, etc...) favorite mobile OS, tracking "data collected during a 7-day period ending on May 4, 2015." So it's a good chance to see how well that claim really stands up. There is the odd curious misreading here and there in the article. For one thing, the writer claims that "As we can see in the distribution numbers chart, Android...

Tor and BitLit offer discounted e-books to print book owners
May 4, 2015 | 11:53 am

bitlitTor has just announced it will be using BitLit to make DRM-free e-books of TorForge titles available at a discount to people who can prove they own the physical version of the book. It joins HarperCollins, which began using the program last year. BitLit is an iOS or Android smartphone app that allows readers who can prove they own a physical copy of a book to buy the e-book version at a discounted price. It works by taking “shelfies”—shelf-by-shelf photos of your bookshelves with the spines out—and then attempting to recognize which books you own. Once it’s matched one,...

Android Wear update offers Wi-fi, new capabilities
April 22, 2015 | 4:25 pm

An announcement on the Google Official Blog has signaled the arrival of an update to Google's Android Wear smartwatch platform, which addresses some notable shortcomings of the series, particularly Wi-Fi support. "Now Android Wear supports watches with built-in Wi-Fi," states the blog. "As long as your watch is connected to a Wi-Fi network, and your phone has a data connection (wherever it is), you’ll be able to get notifications, send messages, and use all your favorite apps." Other improvements in the update include always-on screen apps, gesture control (wrist flicks to scroll through alerts), and emojis. The Wi-Fi update means that for...

OnePlus One phone available to all, OnePlus Two to follow
April 22, 2015 | 1:25 pm

The OnePlus initiative, previously covered in Teleread, was a bid to create a smarter, better Android-based smartphone that has achieved some success and quite a few fans, with some commentators claiming that its debut OnePlus One model put Google's own Nexus phones completely in the shade. Now, the company has upped the price of the OnePlus One in Europe, in response to the sliding value of the Euro, to a basic EUR299 ($320) for the smaller 16GB model. However, it's also thrown this open for general purchase - previously the OnePlus One could only be bought by invitation. Furthermore, the company...

Oyster stands out from the crowd with newly created ebook store
April 9, 2015 | 1:02 pm

OysterOyster’s new e-book store is a logical step in the company’s progression – especially to compete against Amazon. This addition is direct competition to Amazon because it offers readers everything they need in one app. Oyster already boasts more than one million books through its subscription service, which has been dubbed “Netflix for book,” but now it has all the Big Five publishers and others to offer titles in its e-book store. By including a store, which has new releases and pre-orders along with the subscription model, Oyster has made a statement that they are ready to play and don’t plan on...

Google debuts a bunch of reasons why your future is Chrome
April 6, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Google and its hardware partners have been announcing and rolling out a series of new spins on its Chrome OS that make it even more persuasive as a multi-format dirt cheap platform. Not only is the original stable of Chromebooks considerably expanded, and now even cheaper - there also are other form factor options that could make it even more pervasive. For a start, there's the new Chromebooks - some of them ridiculously cheap. "You shouldn't have to choose between a computer that performs well and one that you can afford," says the Google announcement. "Today we're introducing two new devices...

Cyanogen announces $80 million funding round
March 24, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Cyanogen, creators of (almost) everybody's favorite alternative iteration of the basic Android mobile OS, has announced "the completion of an $80 million round of Series C financing," led by Premji Invest and including existing investors Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint Ventures, and Tencent Holdings Ltd. More interesting, perhaps, is the list of "new strategic investors" now participating in the round, including " Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries (the US-based industrial group headed by Len Blavatnik), Rupert Murdoch, Vivi Nevo, and several yet to be announced partners." A Series C financing round for a venture capital-backed company...

My experience so far with Android Lollipop 5.1
March 22, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Screenshot_2015-03-21-07-50-24 Previously I posted about my experience on my Nexus 7 2012 edition with the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. And my first positive impressions of the new Android iteration got a lot of negative response. So here goes again. My machine has just upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.1, and here is my experience so far. Do bear in mind that my first good experience with Android 5.0 Lollipop got a lot more frustrating later on, with long lags switching between apps, frequent "not responding" messages, etc. I don't know whether this was some kind of accumulation of cruft or similar cumulative problems,...

Latest Android Developers Dashboards figures show Lollipop start to register
March 3, 2015 | 2:25 pm

The latest figures for platform share of the various versions of the Android OS, tabulated on the Android Developers Dashboards, show that Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally starting to pare off its slice of the overall pie, with 3.3 percent of devices accessing the Google Play Store during the seven-day period ending March 2nd, 2015, running Google's latest Android OS iteration. Android 4.4 KitKat, meanwhile, the immediately prior version, is present on almost 41 percent of all such devices. This does mean, though, that more devices are still running Android 4.0.3-4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, at almost 6 percent, and Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 Gingerbread,...

Android is: The Dominator
February 27, 2015 | 10:25 am

httpwww.teleread.org20100406cleaning-up-epubs-to-work-with-ibook-aggregatorsandroid-attack.jpgForget Fifty Shades of Grey - how about Fifty Flavors of Lloyd? Yes, if you want to see a dominant force cracking its whip over the supine global smartphone market, Android in IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker is the one you want to catch. According to the IDC numbers, "Android and iOS inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14)." And in particular, while iOS saw its market share fall slightly from 15.1 percent in 2013 to 14.8 percent  in 2014, Android grew its market...

Audible.com offers great audiobooks, lousy player applications
February 14, 2015 | 10:45 am

Audible has a great selection of audiobook downloads, and reasonable prices—especially if you buy during one of their frequent sales, using the discount offer for buying them together with certain Kindle e-books, or using one of their monthly credits. But since Audible’s books contain DRM, in some respect they are only as good as their player—which, sadly, is not all that great. I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. It’s something I can do during the parts of my day job that don’t require a lot of brainpower, and it’s fun to hear a good book reading....