iBooks 3.0 now available to download, adds iCloud purchase history and new scrolling theme

As promised by Apple during its media event this afternoon, iBooks 3.0 is now available for users to download from the iTunes App Store. Haven’t heard? The updated app offers better integration with iCloud, and it now shows purchased books across your iTunes account on one shelf for more seamless reading. Furthermore, the folks in Cupertino have added a new scroll theme that allows users to “scroll vertically through books with the flick of a finger”—infinite scrolling. It’s a feature iPad mini users are sure to love.

Competing with a similar Kindle feature, Apple also made its iBooks platform a bit more social with this update. Users can now share their favorite quote over Facebook and Twitter—a much-requested feature among the more hardcore readers.

Lastly, in the 3.0 update, iBooks grabbed 40 more languages, including: Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. You can grab the update right on your iOS device from the App Store. For you book junkies, Apple also updated its iBooks Author software with new features this afternoon.

Full feature list below:

Google releases new stable Chrome version, featuring full-screen mode and overlay scrollbars

Google has announced on the Chrome Blog a new release on the Chrome stable channel. The new release has been available to developers in the dev channel since August, where developers got the chance to use the full-screen mode (Ctrl+Shift+F) and overlay scrollbars inside of Lion. Today, these features have landed for everyone; download it here.

Also landing in the new version are two new technologies for developers: Web Audio API and Native Client. Web Audio API adds the ability for developers to use different audio effects, but even better, Native Client brings the ability to execute C and C++ code in the browser. Check it out in the video after the break:

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Get Ready for Lion's Backwards Scrolling with Scroll Reverser for Snow Leopard

One of Lion’s most noticeable features is the reversal of how scrolling works – now it’s meant to be more like iOS. While many Lion reviewers have said that it takes just a few minutes to get used to, now you have the opportunity to get your brain tweaked ahead of Lion’s summer release. Developed by Nick Moore at Pilotmoon Software, the simple application “Scroll Reverser” for Mac OS X Leopard can be downloaded here. Read more