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‘Google and the World Brain’
May 27, 2015 | 11:14 am

  "The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose---to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay 'World Brain.' But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet."...

Morning Links: No Google Tablet in 2015. Twitter to Acquire Flipboard?
May 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

Google tabletGoogle to launch two Nexus phones but no tablet this 2015 (Android Community) We've been saying that Google might release two new Nexus phones simultaneously but we're silent about the next Nexus tablet. Truth is, we haven't heard any information yet and looks like we know the reason why: there will be no Nexus tablet this year. *** Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard (re/code) Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion. *** Everything Google is rumored...

Security Questions Are Pretty Insecure
May 26, 2015 | 1:24 pm

Beutler_Google_passwords-v6Google recently studied the security of security questions and found that they are a pretty poor approach. According to their findings, if a question is easy to remember, it's also fairly easy to guess. If a question is hard to guess (like a library card number), it's also hard to remember, which leads to frustration. This makes complete sense to me. I've had a number of instances where I had to call customer service to help me log in to a site because, not only could I not remember the answer to the question, I couldn't remember ever answering the question, so...

Why can’t Google code? My Chrome browser still sucks. So does Gmail in major ways
May 25, 2015 | 7:10 am

New Orleans Carnival: Krewe du Vieux float satizing George W. Bush.  GNU Free Documentation License. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KdVWrongStuffDunceRocket.jpgLarry and Sergey, you can brag all you want about Moonshots---your driverless cars, your WiFi for developing countries, your other marvels; and sure, I’m also happy to hear about the new Literata font for e-books. But overall, compared to the past, you just don’t care as much about the people who made you billionaires. Us. Customers. End users. Pick the term. I’m running the latest nonbeta Chrome on my HP Pavilion and using the tips I shared earlier with TeleRead community members. And you know what? Chrome is still crashing far too often. While I realize you...

Google Drive on-the-fly OCR takes old ebook scanning to new highs
May 11, 2015 | 10:25 am

For all those pesky public domain PDFs that you may have lying around that can't be shoehorned into more flexible ebook formats without considerable inconvenience and inaccuracy, Google may have the ideal solution. Google Drive, the default cloud archive and storage service for Google fans, now offers full Optical Character Recognition (OCR) services for conversion of digital images or PDF documents into texts - and this service has now been extended to some 200+ languages worldwide. According to Google, "images can be processed individually (.jpg, .png, and .gif files) or in multi-page PDF documents (.pdf)." And as well as flatbed...

Morning Links: New Author Earnings Report. Debt Collection
May 7, 2015 | 8:58 am

author earnings reportMay 2015 Author Earnings Report (Author Earnings) With each report over the past year and a half, we have come to see great consistency in our results, but there is always something new that surprises us. Often, it’s something we weren’t expecting, like the massive shadow industry of ISBN-less ebooks being sold, or the effect Kindle Unlimited has on title visibility. This time, we went into our report curious about one thing in particular. But we were still not prepared for what we found. *** New Author Earning Report Doesn’t Explain the AAP’s Drop in eBook Revenues in January (Ink, Bits &...

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...

Templates on way for Google Docs editing
April 21, 2015 | 10:25 am

Google Docs may not be the first choice of writing and editing software for all authors, especially compared to venerable Microsoft Word, but Google's free text productivity solution has a lot going for it - not least integration with Google Drive for cloud-based backups, and its privileged position on the ever-more-popular Chrome OS devices. Now thanks to a scoop on Android Police, it looks like we could have a headsup on template solutions in the offing for Google Docs. These speculations are based on teardowns - essentially forensic decompiling of a particular piece of software - of the APK packages for...

App Annie Index suggests Google has an app problem?
April 16, 2015 | 6:25 pm

The latest quarterly mobile app market index from analytics firm App Annie, the App Annie Index: Market Q1 2015, suggests that the Google Play store and the iOS App Store are following "different paths" as the mobile app market evolves. According to App Annie, "Google Play extended its lead over the iOS App Store in downloads, and iOS extended its lead in monetizing apps." App Annie found that "Google Play's worldwide downloads in Q1 2015 were approximately 70 percent higher than the iOS App Store, up from 60 percent in Q3 2014 ... On the other hand, the iOS App Store's worldwide...

Morning Links: Does agency pricing hurt consumer? Video marketing for publishers
April 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

agency pricingGoogle Brings Google Play for Education to Canada (Canadian Reviewer) Serving as an extension of Google Play, the educational tools and content will be delivered through Android tablets. *** Video Marketing for Publishers: How, Whether, When? (Digital Book World) Video may have killed the radio star, but its impact on the book world is still buffering. *** Does Agency Pricing Hurt Reading Consumers? (GoodeReader) The current dog in the fight is HarperCollins, who according to some sources has demanded that all retailers move to an agency pricing model as early as next week while it still works to resolve its terms with Amazon. *** Ancestry.com Employees Caught Throwing Away...

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...

Morning Links: What’s the matter with eBooks? Makings of an unprofessional editor
April 1, 2015 | 8:00 am

ebooksFlickr Now Officially Supports Public Domain Dedications (Techdirt) Thankfully, the Yahoo folks who are currently running Flickr realized that this was an opportunity -- and have now announced that it has added both "public domain" listings and a CC0 dedication as options when uploading images. *** The Makings of an Unprofessional Editor (An American Editor) I make hundreds of editorial decisions in every project and I am prepared to defend my decisions. I let guides guide me, acting as advisors to inform my decision-making process. I do not let guides be the decision maker; that is what I am being paid to do —...

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