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Scribd gives new look to apps, adds new platform
July 15, 2014 | 12:00 pm

Scribd on various phonesRemember my article last month on the Oyster Android app and how I said Oyster was pretty and Scribd was functional? It's like the folks at Scribd were paying attention or something. Yesterday I noticed there was an update for the Android version of Scribd, and the changelog mentioned a brand new color palatte and all-new fonts throughout the app. Later in the day, I received an embargoed press release discussing the new look and mentioning one more interesting tidbit which I'll cover in a minute. According to the release, the iOS app will be available in a day or two, which...

iOS vs Android reading habits via Oyster
July 1, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ios vs androidOyster has published an infographic on their blog showing iOS vs Android reading habits. There are a few interesting observations. Android readers are fans of J.R.R. Tolkein while iOS readers favor C.S. Lewis. iOS readers are often reading at noon and midnight while 8:00 PM seems to be the favored time for Android. iOS users read slower than Android, and for shorter periods of time. Check out the rest of the infographic and feel free to make your own observations in the comments.  ...

Weekend Roundup: Amazon wants bigger co-op fees from Hachette. Going paperless with iOS
June 22, 2014 | 11:55 am

amazonA New Leak Reveals that Amazon Wants Increased Co-op Fees from Hachette (The Digital Reader) New details concerning the ongoing Amazon-Hachette contract dispute were leaked yesterday in the NY Times. *** Amazon's Phone is its Biggest Recent Misstep (Dear Author) There are shopping apps, reading apps, music apps, and video apps for every platform because Amazon wants to be everything to everyone everywhere. It makes perfect sense that Amazon would want a phone. *** How to go Completely Paperless with iOS (GigaOM) It still takes a little effort to go completely paperless; with names like iPad and tablet, the devices we use still pay homage to a...

comScore U.S. rankings give Android OS lead, Apple still leading devices
June 5, 2014 | 3:11 pm

The latest numbers from comScore, Inc., "a global leader in digital measurement and analytics," showing U.S. mobile phone market share for April 2014, reveal that Android is now well entrenched as the Number One smartphone OS, with 52.5 percent of market share by platform, followed by Apple with 41.4 percent. Apple, however, continues to hold the lead in market share by device manufacturer, with 41.4 percent of the market, while Samsung comes in second at 27.7 percent....

Roundup and impressions of newest Scribd app features
May 19, 2014 | 2:27 pm

scribd app featuresScribd has been updating both its Android and iOS apps fairly regularly over the last few months, and some of the added features are quite nice. They've added highlighting, bookmarking and the ability to make notes in a book. I rarely make notes in a book, so I haven't used that feature beyond testing that it works as expected. If however, you are a heavy notes user and like to read on multiple devices, you'll be thrilled to learn that notes and highlighting sync across devices. Now that Scribd has added the "For Dummies" series to their service, I expect to be...

Review: SwiftKey Note for iOS
May 15, 2014 | 12:31 pm

swiftkey note for iOSOne of the things I love most about the Android platform is the ability to use third-party keyboards, like SwiftKey, which has an uncanny predictive ability. Unfortunately, iOS doesn't allow third-party keyboards. The stock keyboard is okay, but it doesn't have crazy good prediction. The folks at SwiftKey have coded a work around called SwiftKey Note for iOS. It's a separate app, so you can't use it systemwide, but if you can live with the limitations of only using it in the dedicated app, it has utility. The app syncs seamlessly with Evernote, so if you use it, SwiftKey Note might meet...

Weekend Links: Two months with a Chromebook. Choosing right iOS notetaking app
March 30, 2014 | 11:45 am

chromebookMy Two Months with a Chromebook (Dear Author) I like to try out different types of computers, especially laptops. I’ve needed the portable form factor since I was in graduate school and through the years I’ve tried them all. *** How to Choose the Right iOS App for your Notetaking Needs (GigaOM) With so many note apps in the app store it is hard to pick the right one. Making the correct choice depends on what you are looking for as the best note apps have features all their own. *** More Bad Advice on Piracy for Authors & Readers (The Digital Reader) It is easy...

Android’s Lloyd looks set to bite into Apple right down to the core
March 29, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Research firm Gartner Inc.'s latest prognostication on sales of combined digital devices of all formats and operating systems, "Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles, and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2011-2018, 1Q14 Update," has some pretty uncomfortable reading for Apple execs, or fanboys. For it found that worldwide device shipments of all kinds running Android OS, currently around one third of digital device shipments overall, are likely to rise to around half of all shipments of all OS types by 2015. The overall numbers of all types, and of Apple devices, though, are likely to grow only incrementally. "Google’s objective is to increase Android’s footprint, and...

App Review: Duolingo
February 22, 2014 | 5:05 pm

duolingoInspired by Joanna's article on reading French, I decided it was time to brush up on my long-neglected college-level French. I was looking for a good book or app when I stumbled across Duolingo. It's free (with no in-app purchases), and more important, it's fun. I like their approach to learning. Unlike my long-ago (and much despised) French classes, the app doesn't start you out with conjugating verbs. Instead, they use an immersive approach and let you dive right in. The exercises are varied and teach reading comprehension, writing and speaking, assuming you're using a device with a microphone. My favorite...

BARD Mobile app allows the blind to read on iOS devices
February 6, 2014 | 2:47 pm

BARD mobileThis is a fairly old press release, but it only came to my attention recently. Last year, the Library of Congress released an iOS app to allow access to NLS BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) accounts. I did a quick search of our archives, and it doesn't look like we covered it. Since I'm sighted and don't have a BARD account, I couldn't test the app, but this feature piqued my interest. “With BARD Mobile, patrons can play talking books and magazines on their iOS devices. Patrons may also read electronic braille books, magazines and music scores using a refreshable braille...

Kantar data emphasizes Android lead, Apple slide in smartphone sales
January 30, 2014 | 10:15 am

New 4Q 2013 data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech backs up earlier IDC figures for 2013 smartphone sales that suggest Android is continuing to extend its lead across global markets, especially outside the U.S. According to the Kantar analysis, "the three-month period ending December 2013, shows that Android closed out the year strongly across 12 global markets including the United States.  The operating system ended 2013 with a sales share of 50.6 percent, a gain of 4.4 percentage points from the final three months of 2012." Android remained especially strong in Europe, "with 68.6 percent share, while Apple held second place with 18.5 percent."...

Smartphones are growing into small tablets
January 3, 2014 | 2:04 pm

galaxynoteHere’s a GigaOm article by Kevin C. Tofel looking at why smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, in seeming reversal of the trend of technology making things constantly smaller. It used to be that the iPhone’s 3.5” screen was considered the ideal size for smartphones. The iPhone was made that size because it was the largest the phone could be for most people to be able to reach all corners of the screen with their thumb when holding it in their hand. But screen size crept up to 4 inches, now 5-inch screens are considered normal for many...