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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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

 

 

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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 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

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