Free software update for Kindle detailed includes real page numbers

first_imgAmazon has decided to roll out a new update for the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G e-readers, and with it offer up a range of new features users have been asking for.The update hasn’t been rolled out to everyone yet, but it is available as a manual update which can be downloaded from the Early Preview Release page. The update is classed as version 3.1.Before deciding, though, check out what the update includes below:Real Page NumbersWhile many people will use a Kindle in isolation, others like to read a book alongside a paper or PDF copy, or chat about a book with others who are reading a paper version. One of the problems with this is that Kindle doesn’t currently display real page numbers. By that we mean the page you are on in the Kindle version of a book does not relate to the page number in the printed version.This update changes that and introduces a real page number reference. All Kindle books that have a paper edition will be getting this information added, as will all the different versions of the Kindle app to support it.Public NotesIf you make notes on the books you are reading Amazon will now let you share them with others. While sharing your own notes may not sound too interesting, viewing others may be. For example, the author of a book may choose to share some notes, or a group of you studying a book might choose to pool your thoughts in this way.Before You GoThis is a great new community feature that pops up when you finish reading a Kindle book. Rather than just closing the book you will be asked to rate it, share messages about it on multiple social networks, and get recommendations for other books you may like to read next.New Newspaper and Magazine LayoutAs the title suggests, Amazon has been experimenting with a better layout for magazines and newspapers. The 3.1 update introduces it as an option if you use your Kindle for such content.As mentioned, the preview version of 3.1 is available now. However, if you wait for the final release it will automatically be applied over Wi-Fi when Amazon is happy to release it.Read more at Kindle Daily Postlast_img read more

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Starbucks and iTunes now giving away free ebooks iOS apps are TV

first_imgGood news! Besides the delightful Pumpkin Spice latte we look forward to every fall, Starbucks is going to throw something else into the mix to sweeten the deal.The mega-corp has long since offered a free “Pick of the Week” song download with your orange mocha Frappaccino purchase, but thanks to Starbucks’ longstanding relationship with Apple’s iTunes, the caffeine-hit stores are now offering a range of free downloads in the e-realm.Each week, Starbucks has a new download card that it gives to customers, and this week’s download is an “extended book sample” from Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus.” We don’t know exactly how much of a sample you get, but we’re thinking it’s enough to get you interested and wanting to buy the book off of iTunes.In addition to song downloads, we also saw Starbucks giving away free iPhone apps last month. Shazam was the first iOS app offered as part of Starbucks’ new program. The app normally costs $5.99, which is a much better deal than the previously-99-cent free song you’re getting with the “Pick of the Week” download card.Also, according to All Things D, Starbucks may start offering free TV shows as well. If Starbucks really does begin to give away free TV shows, it’s just another incentive to go buy something at Starbucks, especially if the shows on offer are unavailable on streaming sites like Hulu. Furthermore, if Starbucks was able to offer an iTunes Exclusive track, TV show, or book, that would definitely motivate people to drop their local mom-and-pop coffee shop and head to Starbucks for their $5 latte instead.via AllThingsDlast_img read more

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 enters beta with Android app support BBM and

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting for something really cool to try out on your recently-discounted BlackBerry PlayBook, here’s your chance. RIM has just taken the wraps off PlayBook OS 2, and the beta is now available for download.The release was announced at DevCon in San Francisco and is obviously aimed at developers, but intrepid PlayBook owners who want to sample the many new features before the update goes official can take it for a spin, too. Among the major additions are the “missing apps” — like an email client, calendar, and BBM.There’s also the Android App Player, which utilizes RIM’s Android Runtime for BlackBerry to run re-packaged apps originally developed for Google’s mobile OS. RIM’s prescribed method is for developers to run their Android apps through a converter first and then upload the signed packages to AppWorld. That means you won’t be installing Android Apps on your PlayBook directly from the Android Market or Amazon AppStore.You can, however, sideload Android apps fairly easily — N4bb offers an excellent rundown of the process.PlayBook OS 2 brings loads more changes to the platform, and they’re squarely aimed at making the BlackBerry slate an easier target for developers. Adobe Air 3 and Flash 11 are supported, Open GL ES 2.0 and Open AL are baked in, and RIM’s Native SDK –which brings support for C/C++ apps — has been certified for release as well. RIM is also snuggling up to standards-based apps built using web code like HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and even WebGL with the introduction of WebWorks and a much-improved browser.There’s no way this and a handful of free apps is going to make the world forget about RIM’s numerous stumbles this year, but it’s a step in the right direction. And at least the PlayBook — which has always been a capable, powerful tablet — is getting an OS that is more on par with its hardware.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

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Apple approves app to toggle Bluetooth from the home screen

first_imgApple is famously strict with the apps it approves for use on the iDevices, but it has just approved one uncharacteristically useful utility called Bluetooth OnOff. This app adds a simple Bluetooth toggle to the home screen of an iOS device, thus saving numerous taps to get at the settings.The app is launched like any other, but will open with a quick toggle to change the Bluetooth setting. There is also a setting in the app that will automatically toggle the Bluetooth to the opposite of the current state when you launch the app. One tap, and you’re done. Apple has traditionally tried to keep system settings locked down, so this is bizarre indeed. The toggles for Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and more are a few levels deep in the settings, which can be annoying.This has been a sore spot for users over the years. When iOS 5 was released, users found a way to use specially configured browser bookmarks to change settings. However, iOS 5.1 closed that loophole. The constant need to dive into the settings has had some iPhone users looking sideways at Android with its open system of home screen widgets.Often times when Apple approves an app that seems outside the norm for iOS, the app disappears from the store hours or days later. Bluetooth OnOff has survived for a few days so far, so perhaps this is the first sign Apple is turning over a new leaf in the app review process. If this app does survive, I’d love to see apps for all the various radio toggles. The solution might not be the most elegant, but it works.Bluetooth OnOff is selling for $0.99 in the App Store, and you might want to grab it soon if you’re remotely interested — just in case.Bluetooth OnOff, via iMorelast_img read more

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Valve thought to be developing Source 2 game engine

first_imgValve has been very active lately announcing a number of new projects including Source Filmmaker, licensing its engine to movie studios, and porting Steam and Source engine games over to Linux.But the game most gamers want Valve to release remains illusive. That game being Half-Life 3. However, the launch of Source Filmmaker has brought to light a major reason Half-Life 3 may not have appeared yet: it could be the first game Valve releases using a brand new game engine.Since 2004 Valve has been using and developing its Source engine. It’s the game engine that powers everything from Counter-Strike: Source through Half-Life 2, both Portal games and both Left 4 Dead titles. But eventually the tech needs a major overhaul from the ground up, and there’s now plenty of evidence a new engine, called Source 2, is actively being developed.Searching through the files supplied with Source Filmmaker has revealed 60+ references to “Source 2” as a target. It seems Valve is trying to keep the same asset pipeline in place, but allowing content to target either engine. By doing so it should allow an easy transition to the new engine for existing developers, modders, the tools they use, and possibly even existing Source games.As well as references to the names, a bunch of icons thought to be for Source 2 tools have been discovered:A new engine means Valve can better take advantage of existing hardware features, be that PC graphics cards or consoles. It also means new games, like Half-Life 3 will have that next-gen sheen and should be able to simultaneously release across multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, and whatever hardware appears in the near future).Valve has yet to officially comment, but with the Source engine now in its 8th year, I don’t think many people would be surprised to see it replaced soon. And I’m sure we all hope the Source 2 launch game has a “3” at the end of the title.Read more at Valvetimelast_img read more

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Microsofts 99 subsidized Xbox gets a 250GB hard drive option

first_imgBack in May Microsoft offered a cheaper way to get your hands on an Xbox 360 with Kinect. But it was only the initial cost that was reduced as you had to agree to pay a subscription charge for two years in return.The deal saw you get a 4GB Xbox 360, Kinect motion controller, and Xbox Live Gold access for just $99 (usually $199). After that you pay $14.99 a month for a minimum of two years before the console is yours outright. In total, the console costs you $458.76. The same machine bought today on Amazon is $249.96, but that doesn’t include the Xbox Live Gold subscription charge.Microsoft is now expanding the offer to include two more options. For the same $99 up front cost you can select a 250GB Xbox 360 without Kinect. Alternatively you can pay $149 and get the 250GB console and a Kinect. In both cases the $14.99 monthly subscription charge is still required for two years.Kinect isn’t for everyone and a growing number of games require an install larger than 4GB. A perfect example of that is the forthcoming Halo 4, which requires 8GB of storage in order for multiplayer to work.I suspect the $99 250GB Xbox is probably going to quickly become the most popular subsidized option, but it’s easy to forget that this ties you to a 360 until at least October 2014. By then Microsoft may have had its next generation console on store shelves for several months. If that does happen, I’m sure Microsoft will have some kind of early upgrade option available, but it won’t be cheap.More at Xbox, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Nvidia believes Tegra 5 will outperform a PS3

first_imgMobile gaming has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years due in large part to the rate at which the hardware is improving. Each new generation brings with it a performance bump, which has seen the smartphones in our pockets and tablets in our bags manage near console-quality gaming.But how close to the current generation of consoles are mobile devices? According to Nvidia, the next generation of mobile processors will in fact outperform both a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.That claim has been made by Tony Tamsai, Nvidia’s senior vice president of content and technology. And going on the performance bump each generation of Nvidia’s Tegra chips has brought so far, he may have a point.The PS3 is rated at 200GFLOPS, where as the PS4 takes a massive leap forward to 1800GFLOPS. Now if you look at Nvidia’s mobile processors, the Tegra 3 ran at 12 GFLOPS, Tegra 4 is set to bring near 7x increase and will run at 80GFLOPS. So it’s actually quite a confident prediction to make that when Tegra 5 arrives it will easily achieve more than 200GFLOPS of performance.Looking at Nvidia’s release history, Tegra 2 launched in Q1 2010, Tegra 3 launched in Q1 2012, and Tegra 4 is set to launch in the next few months. So it’s safe to assume that Nvidia will be rolling out Tegra 5 at some point in mid-2015. If we see the same level of performance gain between Tegra 4 and 5 as seen between Tegra 3 and 4, then Nvidia should be getting close to PS4 performance levels by the time Tegra 6 is rolled out.But what Tegra won’t do for the foreseeable future is get anywhere near Nvidia’s top-of-the-line desktop graphics card the GeForce GTX Titan. With a rating of 4500GFLOPS, it’s by far the most powerful card on the market by a massive margin.last_img read more

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Pokemon X and Pokemon Y launch worldwide on October 12

first_imgNintendo announced Pokemon X and Pokemon Y back in early January. The new games are noteworthy not just for being yet another entry in the very popular Pokemon series, but also for being the first to target Nintendo’s 3DS exclusively.While Nintendo DS owners will be disappointed, it is a great excuse to finally upgrade to the 3DS. Targeting the newer handheld also means Pokemon can embrace 3D as well as developer Game Freak promising the environments have been completely redone to take advantage of the performance offered by the 3DS hardware. There’s also a new dynamic battle system to look forward to.It has already been confirmed that Nintendo intends to release Pokemon X and Pokemon Y worldwide rather than a per-territory stunted launch. Today, the E3 Nintendo Direct presentation has been used to confirm the actual date. You’ll be able to buy both games on October 12.To help celebrate the launch date announcement Nintendo has released a new trailer for the games:As you’ll see in the trailer, a new Fairy type Pokemon is being included that’s super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon. There’s also a new mode called Pokemon-Amie, which allows you to pet, play, and feed your Pokemon (I imagine this is kind of like a mini-version of Nintendogs, but with Pokemon, obviously).Early October is an intelligent time to launch as it means Nintendo can market the game without being crowded out by the launch build up of the Xbox One and PS4, which will happen as we enter November. It is also just close enough to keep Pokemon X and Pokemon Y in the charts for the holidays and the sales boost that will surely bring.last_img read more

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Geekout 27 Talking Windows 81 Pokemon X and Y and super smart

first_imgAs long aren’t too busy trying to install Windows 8.1, join us for our weekly Geekout.Microsoft fans — many of whom have been saying for months that Windows 8 would be better if just a few things were different — can now rejoice in the changes that are being rolled out in Windows 8.1. This update is available from the Microsoft Store if you are running Windows 8 already, and will be available on new laptops and tablets later this week. If you haven’t seen any of us talk about why it seems like a way better idea than Windows 8, now is the time!Nintendo has demonstrated this week that the world is still really happy with virtually throwing empty balls at random creatures in the wild in order to raise an army of soldiers to defeat everyone. Pokemon X and Y hit the shelves recently to an explosive 4 million sales in the first two days, and the game has kept the attention of new and old fans of the franchise ever since. Our Pokemon expert James (no, not that James) has been keeping the site filled with all kinds of tips and tricks to get more out of the game.The only thing cooler than using your phone as the remote control for a physical object is letting your phone do the driving while you focus on shooting the other racers off the track. First demonstrated at WWDC earlier this year, the Anki racecars will finally be available to purchase soon. These cars are controlled by your phone, which has an AI designed to either win at all costs or pick the best way around the other racers. It’s an impressive leap from rolling a robot ball around or controlling a quadcopter in terms of software, and well worth checking out if you’ve got the $200 to spare.Out app of the week is the new launcher replacement, Aviate beta. Instead of a typical launcher replacement, where you start from scratch in order to get a handful of new features and a hope that nothing important breaks in the process, Avite takes over your whole homescreen experience and replaces it with smart suggestions and a simple UI for accessing everything on your phone. We’ve only been using it for a day so far, but look for our extended coverage on this new app soon.If you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on our Geekout, or questions for us during a live broadcast, leave us a message here or on the Google+ page.last_img read more

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Muslim spokesperson apologises for saying its acceptable for girls to undergo FGM

first_imgMuslim spokesperson apologises for saying it’s acceptable for girls to undergo FGM “I condemn FGM in the strongest terms.” By Hayley Halpin 109 Comments Feb 15th 2018, 5:30 PM Share449 Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3854030 DR ALI SELIM, a leading figure in the Irish Muslim community, has apologised for his comments last week in which he claimed female genital mutilation is acceptable in some cases.Last week, Selim told Prime Time that if a parent wants their daughter to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), then they should seek the advice of their doctors as it can be necessary for medical reasons.“We see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision. It might be needed for one person and not another, and it has to be done by a doctor and practised in a safe environment,” Selim said last Thursday.Since then, Selim’s comments have come under sharp criticism from various quarters, with healthcare professionals, family organisations, and activists campaigning against the FGM culture refuting his claims.Last night, Selim spoke on TV3′s Pat Kenny Show to clarify his comments.“I condemn FGM in the strongest terms. I admit that I caused confusion based on my misunderstanding of the term [circumcision] and I do apologise for this,” Selim said.“I’m not a medical doctor. I’m not a native speaker of English either. My English is really good but definitely sometimes it lets me down,” he said.He told Kenny that he was out of his comfort zone and “misunderstood the terms as medical experts would use them”. Dr Ali Selim FGM has no religious foundation. It is a cultural practice practiced by Muslims and non-Muslims in the past and until today’s time. I definitely support the ban of that.The Irish College of General Practitioners and other medical organisations have clarified that there is no medical reason for FGM and it should never be done. The World Health Organisation has also condemned the “medicalisation” of FGM.BacklashSelim is an Arabic lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. Since his remarks last week, there has been a significant amount of backlash from the student population and the university said it would provide students with an alternative lecturer than Selim if they wished.Reacting to this, Selim said: “I think Trinity College is run by very wise people and I think they will take the right decisions in the best interests of our students and anything in the best interests of our students I support.”Selim also confirmed that he would not be resigning as spokesperson for the Islamic Cultural Centre.Earlier this week, the Islamic Centre of Ireland (ICI) issued a fatwa to unequivocally condemn female genital mutilation.The fatwa – which is a ruling on a given topic based on interpretation of the sources of Islamic law – was signed by the head imam of the ICI Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri.He said that FGM in all its forms is “religiously impermissible and sinful”.Selim address the issuing of the fatwa on the talk show last night.Speaking to Kenny, he said: “My understanding of fatwa is an Islamic rule issued by an Islamic scholar and Muslim scholars if they issue a fatwa we have to ask questions about that. Are they qualified to issue a fatwa and their qualification means they have to be qualified, ie. have a degree in Islam.”When asked if he would issue a fatwa against FGM as Dr Al-Qadri has done, Selim said:“I see it as an un-Islamic practice and I condemn it.”On the public reaction to his comments, Selim said: “I do not release the Irish media to contributing to a large extent of this misunderstanding… Thousands of articles [sic] have been written so far but I was only contacted by three journalists, three people only spoke to me and asked for clarification.”Read: Muslim spokesman criticised for saying it’s acceptable for girls to undergo FGMMore: ‘Harmful and sinful’: Islamic Centre of Ireland issues fatwa against female genital mutilation Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,690 Views Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 5:30 PM Dr Ali Selim Image: TV3 player Image: TV3 playerlast_img read more

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