March 24, 2015

One of the great things about technology is the way it has democratized the publishing world. Today, anyone can publish an ebook on iBooks and Amazon, whether as a freebie or a commercial book.

Creating an ebook isn’t difficult. If you’ve written your book in Pages, you can export to EPUB–the format needed for iBooks–direct from the app. There is also the excellent Calibre app (featured in our How-to guide), which will convert just about any file format to any type of ebook. There’s also iBooks Author, but that has the disadvantage that if you use it to create your book, you’re not allowed to sell the iBooks version through other channels.

But as I found out when I came to create my own ebook, generating an ebook that looks attractive on all of the different devices available is a rather tougher challenge. That’s the job the Mac app Vellum claims to do, so I put it to the test …  expand full story

February 14, 2015

Having reviewed hundreds of different models over the years, I can say with some authority that iPad cases are rarely “exciting.” Early on, Apple established the folio — a lidded sleeve with the ability to stand upright for videos — as the de facto standard for iPad case design, and perhaps half of all the iPad cases since then have followed the same general theme, differing more in materials than functionality. Incipio’s latest designs for the iPad Air 2 are all small riffs on the same idea: fabric lids connected to plastic iPad holders, varying more in the particulars than the broad strokes.

We’re taking a quick look today at three cases: Clarion ($35), Faraday ($40), and Tuxen ($50). Despite their varied MSRPs, they can all be had for between $31 and $33 through Amazon, with some color options going for higher prices. Functionally, they’re very similar to one another: all three support both video and typing angles, protect most of the iPad against scratches and dings, and use magnets to automatically turn the iPad’s screen off or on when it’s closed or opened. Read on for what makes them different from one another…

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January 15, 2015

History suggested that iPad Air 2 cases would be far more numerous after January’s annual CES show, but due to unexpected production delays, there still aren’t many choices out there. But thanks to ZeroChroma, there are two largely bright spots on the horizon: a finished case called Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2 ($70), and an upcoming $100 version called Folio-Slide with Slide-Lid Keyboard, both of which I’ve been testing for the past week.

The basic version of Folio-Slide is the iPad Air 2-compatible sequel to the very best case I’ve tested for the original iPad Air – one I highly recommended in an iPad case and stand roundup last year. But this year’s version regrettably took a couple of design shortcuts in order to quickly reach the market, the details of which may or may not matter to you. On the other hand, ZeroChroma’s Slide-Lid Keyboard is a truly interesting new add-on that will really appeal to iPad Air and iPad Air 2 owners. Read on for all the details.

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October 22, 2014

The early reviews are out for the iMac with Retina 5K display, and the tl;dr version is: if you can afford it, buy it.

Everyone of course agrees that the key market for the machine is video professionals (beating even the base-model Mac Pro in benchmarks), the 5K resolution offering the ability to display full-size 4K video while still leaving enough room for editing tools.

But while the new iMac may be overkill for more mundane tasks, reviewers also agreed that the display is so good that even if you don’t need one, you’ll still want one …  expand full story

October 4, 2014

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Previously, I discussed how to have your iOS device read text for you in iOS 7, and in iOS 8 it works pretty much the same way – but with some little differences. It is now easier to set up and make text speakable on an iOS device. Before we discuss how to do it, let’s first set up our iOS device so we can do it:

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August 27, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $320, Acer 27″ 2560×1440 monitor $300, Seagate 5TB HDD $160, more

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Apple iPad mini w/ Retina display 16GB WiFi: $320 shipped (Reg. $399)

Acer 27-inch widescreen monitor $300 (orig. $450), LG 60-inch HDTV $800 (orig. $1300)more

Storage:

LaCie is now shipping the fastest, highest-capacity Thunderbolt 2 storage solution

$50 iTunes gift card for $42.50 shipped (15% savings) or 25% off several denominations for readers in the UK.

Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars

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August 26, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes cards 15% off US/25% off UK, MLB.TV $12, TRENDnet travel router $20, more

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Last Call updates:

$50 iTunes gift card for $42.50 shipped (15% savings)

Samsung 840 Pro Series SSDs: 256GB $140 (orig. $250), 512GB $320 (orig $500)

Audible Anniv. Sale: 100 top-selling audiobooks for only a couple dollars each

Belkin charge & sync iPhone dock w/ built-in Lightning cable $14 Prime shipped (orig. $35)

Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars

Smart buys: our favorite back to school tech essentials

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August 25, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Grado headphones giveaway, LifeProof nüüd iPad mini case $25, TiVo Roamio OTA, more

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Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars

LifeProof iPad mini waterproof nüüd case $25 (orig. $120), more

TiVo targets cord cutters with new Roamio OTA DVR

Smart buys: our favorite back to school tech essentials

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $85 shipped (orig. $130)

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August 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: LG 42″ LED HDTV $300, WD 2TB portable HDD $85, Belkin Bluetooth adapter $24, more

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LG 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $300 shipped (orig. $550)

Storage Deals:

Belkin Song Stream Bluetooth Music Receiver $24 Prime shipped (Reg. $40+)

Reversible USB Lightning cable available for purchase ahead of its potential launch alongside iPhone

Apple Deals:

Other new deals:

  • New! Games/Apps: PlayStation 4 bundle $400 ($460+ value), DualShock 4 $40, more
  • New! Daily Deals: Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone: $49, Geneva WorldRadio: $95, more
  • New! Sony aims to up your tennis game with new racket sensor

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August 21, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Monoprice Lightning keychain $13, Samsung 1TB EVO SSD $380, Hitman GO for iOS $2, more

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Put a 6-inch MFi Lightning cable on your keychain for $13.49 (Reg. $14.99)

Storage Deals:

Hitman GO for iOS/Android now available at 60% off: $2 (Reg. $5)

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August 20, 2014

9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air from $365 w/ .edu, Case-Mate 60% off, Samsung 48″ smart HDTV $600, more

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Case-Mate sitewide sale: 60% off with free shipping, iPhone cases $6more

Samsung 48″ 1080p Smart HDTV 120Hz $600 shipped (Reg. $1000)

 

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June 19, 2014

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FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology introduced by Apple Inc., based on technology created by the company Veridisc. FairPlay is built into the QuickTime multimedia software and used by the iPhoneiPodiPadApple TViTunes, and iTunes Store and the App Store. Users will encounter Fairplay DRM technology when they buy iTunes movies/TV shows, Apps or even eBooks from iTunes store. This DRM technology strictly prevents them accessing their purchased content freely. As a consumer, you can do nothing on any iTunes content but to watch the movies or rend the ebooks with Apple’s products.

It’s said DRM technology is an ideal method to protect the copy right on digital content. However, to many consumers, it’s disgusting.  It performs more as a tool for digital content providers to earn more money, but not a effective way to protect the copy right.  Take iTunes movies for example,  we purchase or rent a movie from iTunes movie store, we are limited to watch the movie on Apple’s products only, like iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV…  we can’t not edit the movie, share the movie on network with our friends or convert the M4V movies to any other common formats.  What’s worse, we can watch the movie on 5 devices at most with iTunes home sharing function.

That’s the reason that so many people asked “How to crack Fairplay DRM iTunes DRM” in many forums.  And to fulfill the requirements,  many software company provide some useful DRM Removal tools for personal use.  Here are some professional ones.

1. Bypass the Fairplay DRM from iTunes videos

The recommended software is iTunes DRM Removal for Mac and DRM Media Converter for Win. Both DRM removal software can be downloaded on http://www.remove-drm.com

This iTunes DRM Removal software can easily help you get rid off the Apple’s Fairplay DRM protection and convert the iTunes M4V videos to MP4, AVI, MOV, MPEG, FLV, 3GP formats to fit any mobile devices or some video sharing websites.

2.  Remove DRM from eBooks purchased on iTunes iBook store

<a href=”http://www.remove-drm.com/epubor-ebook-drm-converter.html”>ePubor eBook DRM Removal </a>is a professional app to remove Fairplay DRM from eBooks downloaded on iTunes. It converts DRMed ePub eBooks to common ebook formats including PDF, Mobi, DRM free ePub format as well as many eBook reader devices and software.

With this eBook DRM Removal software, you can read the iBook on many other devices except Apple’s, like Amazon kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony eReader etc.

3. Strip DRM from iTunes music or Audiobooks

 

 

May 2, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: The Wolf Among Us for iOS goes free, Mother’s Day deals, Star Wars app price drops, more

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Celebrate #MayTheFourth with the best Star Wars deals: Lego, lightsabers, apps/games, freebies, more

Stars Wars game deals are already kicking off on the Mac App Store, Newegg, and Steam including Knights of the Old Republic for $3.06 and The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition for $6.12). You’ll find a number of discounted iOS Star Wars titles as well like the highly rated Star Wars Pinball 3 for FREE and Knights of the Old Republic for $4 (Reg. $10).

Samsung 840 EVO Series 500GB 2.5″ SATA III SSD: $230 shipped (orig. $480)

Games/Apps: Games/Apps: NBA 2K14 $40, Infinity Blade $1, Super Stickman Golf 2 FREE, iOS freebies, more

‘Notability’ for iPhone and iPad goes FREE for the first time ever (Reg. $2.99)

2013 Haswell MacBook Air deals: .EDU email address only: 2013 Haswell MacBook Airs from $610 (open-box)$650 (new), Non-EDU from $799 shipped (new, unopened)

Other deals from today:

  • New! In-ear Headphones: Logitech UE 500 $20, Logitech UE 350 $13, Sennheiser MX 680 Sport $15
  • New! Daily Deals: Goal Zero Solar Kit $70, Logitech Accessories up to 75% off, iPhone 5/5s battery case $70, more
  • New! One year magazine subs: GQ w/ digital $5 shipped (Reg. $48), Macworld, Fast Company, more
  • New! Native Instruments Maschine (MK2) sequencer: $499 shipped (Reg. $600)

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May 1, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: 128GB PNY StorEDGE MacBook memory expansion $65, save $100 on Verizon smartphones, more

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‘Notability’ for iPhone and iPad goes FREE for the first time ever (Reg. $2.99)

Amazon Gold Box: Up to 60% off select Mac accessories, iPad keyboard cases, laptop backpacks, more Canon PIXMA iP100 mobile printer $120 shipped (Reg. $249)

2013 Haswell MacBook Air deals: .EDU email address only: 2013 Haswell MacBook Airs from $610 (open-box)$650 (new), Non-EDU from $799 shipped (new, unopened)

Other deals from today:

  • New! Games/Apps: Watch Dogs pre-order w/ $15 GC, Star Wars Mac/iOS games sale from $4, 50% off Modern Combat 4, iOS freebies, more
  • New! Daily Deals: JAMBOX $55, Beats By Dre Solo HD: $90, iPads, Canon Cameras, more
  • New! Free Lord of The Rings movie rental from Barnes & Noble, available on iOS, Android, Nook, more

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October 15, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Free Sonos bridge w/ Play speaker, Angry Birds Go!, Lenmar iPhone 5 battery case $40, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Get a free Sonos wireless bridge ($49 value) w/ the purchase of any Sonos Play wireless streaming speaker

Game/App Deals: Andry Birds Go! gameplay trailer, Dictionary.com Premium: $2, iOS freebiesmore

Lenmar Meridian 2300mAh Apple certified battery case for iPhone 5/5s: $40 (Reg. $80)

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Mac software bundles:

  • The SuperStacked Mac Bundle: Over $3,000 Worth Of Premium Developer & Designer Tools – $40 today, but price increases everyday it’s on sale.
  • Design Bundler #2 with Premium Photoshop Layer Styles and 4 other Mac apps – Name your own price (ends in 1 day)
  • The Mac Freebie Bundle 2.0: 10 Apps To Enhance Your Design, Photography & Productivity

New product announcements & reviews:

  • Synology introduces new, faster SOHO NAS w/ hot-swappable drives for $330
  • LaCie’s new Porsche designed USB 3.0 key drive available now
  • OtterBox begins shipping new Commuter Series Wallet case for iPhone 5/5s and Galaxy S4

September 21, 2013

Previously, I discussed how to have your iOS device read text for you in iOS 6, and in iOS 7 it works pretty much the same way – but with some little differences.

As in iOS 6, there are two different ways to make text speakable on an iOS device. But before we do that and discuss how to do it, let’s first set up our iOS device so we can do it:

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August 29, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Bluetooth home/car adapter $15, MacBook Air 11″ Haswell $899, Cut The Rope goes free, more

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A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

SOLD OUT XtremeMac InCharge adds bluetooth audio to your home or car for $15

MacBook Air 11.6″ 1.3GHz i5 Haswell/128GB/4GB $899 shipped (Reg. $999)

Game/App Deals: Amazon end of summer sale up to 80% off, Cut The Rope: FREE (first time EVER!), and more

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August 20, 2013

Barnes & Noble changes its mind, will stay in the tablet business

Just two short months ago, Nook manufacturer Barnes & Noble was telling the world that it was moving out of the tablet business and focusing on content. Now it appears the company is scrapping that new strategy and going full-speed ahead with their original plans (memories of Netflix’s Qwikster plans are brought to mind).

Although the Nook business has been hurting Barnes & Noble’s bottom line since its inception – and the revenue continues to decline – CNET is reporting that B&N president today stated the company “intends to continue to design and develop cutting-edge Nook black and white and color devices” and one new Nook will be launched before the end of the year.

With the company losing nearly $87 million in the last quarter and lack of CEO (former CEO William Lynch resigned back in June and the company isn’t currently looking for a successor) paints a sad picture for the ailing company.

August 17, 2013

iOS devices are built with all users in mind: they come with several accessibility features for low-vision or legally blind users, settings for hard-of-hearing or deaf users, settings for individuals who have physical and motor difficulties, and settings for individuals with learning difficulties.

In this accessibility segment, I will be discussing how to make text speakable on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch:

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July 17, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Bluetooth speaker deals from $25, ZAGGfolio iPad keyboard case $50, apps/games, more

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A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+

Today’s Featured deals:

Sold out – Bluetooth speaker roundup: Logitech UE Mini: $59, Audyssey desktop: $99, Jabra Car: $25, Pyle rugged: $40

– Logitech announces Z600 Bluetooth Speakers made to match your Mac

– Panasonic announces ‘tough’ portable Bluetooth speaker for $100

ZAGGfolio iPad 2/3/4 Bluetooth keyboard case $50 Shipped (Reg. $100)

Apple Deals & Gear:

– iPad mini 16GB WiFi (new) $300 (Reg. $329)

– iPad 4th gen. w/ Retina display 16GB WiFi (white/black) $450 (Reg. $500)

– Apple 13″ MacBook Air 1.3 GHz i5 Haswell, 128GB SSD, AC WiFi $1,045 (Reg. $1,099) or 256GB $1,235 (Reg. $1,300)

– Apple authentic Lightning to USB cable (refurb) $8 Shipped (Reg. $20 New)

– The 8x Zoom Lens For iPhone 5 $29

– All In One Screen Capture & Editing $19

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