Amazon Announces “Library Lending”

Amazon has announced today that they will soon allow customers to borrow eBooks from over 11,000 U.S. libraries. Users must own a Kindle or use one of the many official Kindle applications in order to take advantage of the service. The launch date and other details (such as lending period or check-out limit) have not yet been disclosed, but expect the eBook check-out process to work similarly to their paperback counterparts.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

Apple may need to step up their game if they want iBooks to be the go-to eBookstore, but as it currently stands, Amazon’s cross-platform and syncing abilities has put the Kindle services leagues above Apple’s offerings. With eBooks now being offered in libraries, it may not be long before physical books are completely obsolete.

Read the full press release after the break.

[LA Times]

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Accessory Review: iSkin Vu for iPad

Want an iPad case that looks like an iMac G3? Check this out!
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I’ve got my hands on iSkin’s Vu for iPad (1G), a hybrid case made out of both soft and hard plastics. The case gets its name because of its transparent plastic design which allows for you to see almost the entire back of the iPad. In the following review, I will be assessing the Vu‘s design, protective ability, and how valuable it is for its price tag. Keep an eye out for upcoming reviews of other iSkin products such as the Duo, a silicone case for iPad, and the ProTouch keyboard skins for your Apple wireless keyboard.

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Apple to Ship iPhone 5 in September

Sources for Reuters have reaffirmed the claims that Apple will begin production of the iPhone 5 in July for a September release. The sources also state that the device will look “largely similar” to the current design, but will have a much faster processor. Apple is expected to use the same dual-core A5 processor found in the iPad 2. Earlier rumors suggested that the next iPhone would have an aluminum backing, but that no longer seems to be the case.

Apple traditionally releases the iPhone in June or July, and new iPods during the September event. There’s no word on the reason for the delay, but tight supplies and manufacturing issues could be the source. A white iPhone 4 is still expected within the next few weeks.

(Reuters) – Apple Inc suppliers will begin production of its next-generation iPhone in July this year, with the finished product likely to begin shipping in September, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

[Reuters]

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iOS Marketshare Outreaches Android by 59% as comScore Discovers the iPad, iPod touch

Ready for some sane mobile market share news? Good, because comScore is, too: they’ve discovered that the iPad and iPod touch both run iOS!

In a report today, comScore outlines that while Android is beating the iPhone, Android still has a long, hard journey on the road to conquering iOS. While previous reports of mobile market share ignored the iPod touch and the iPad, this one doesn’t. Since those two hit devices aren’t excluded here, it is revealed that (by comScore’s count), Apple’s iOS is outreaching Google’s Android by 59%.

Though market share doesn’t directly translate into profitability (or apps, or really anything else, for that matter), these numbers could be important for future potential developers choosing their platform to develop for. Common knowledge suggests that the platform with the largest amount of users would be the most profitable, though Android is struggling with creating an ecosystem in which paid apps thrive.

[comScore]

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Test Version of iOS Found on 64GB White iPhone

Tinhte has gotten their mitts on a 64GB white iPhone running a never-seen-before version of iOS 4. Seen in the video is a Expose-like feature to view open applications when the home button is double clicked along with a “Search this iPhone” option above the window previews. Also shown is Facebook integration, a File Sharing utility, and a different Folders interface. The device in question seems to be a prototype iPhone 4 rather than a next-gen iPhone 5, and this build of iOS (8A216) was likely scrapped some time ago. We may see a few of these features make their way into iOS 5.

Check out the videos to see if you can spot anything else!

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[Engadget]

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iOS 4.3.2 Untethered Jailbreak Released

Thanks to Apple for overlooking i0n1c’s vulnerability in 4.3.1, redsn0w has been updated to support the recent release of iOS 4.3.2. Unfortunately, the iPad 2 is still stuck in the stocks, and the iPhone 4 jailbreak is currently awaiting a pending update which should be rolled out shortly by the Dev-Team.

Feel free to update both your iDevice (and iTunes) to the latest versions, but as always, back up your SHSH blobs!

Only a few weeks after the 4.3.1 untether created by @i0n1c was released, Apple pushed out firmware 4.3.2. Thankfully, it appears Apple didn’t have a chance to fix the hole used by @i0n1c’s untether, so he ported his code over to 4.3.2’s kernel. Today’s redsn0w has been updated to include it.

The 4.3.2 untether works on all devices that actually support 4.3.2 except for the iPad2:

iPhone3GS
iPhone4 (GSM) iPhone4 users please wait for a pending fix
iPod touch 3G
iPod touch 4G
iPad1

redsn0w 0.9.6rc13:

As always, ultrasn0w unlockers should stay away from redsn0w and only update their firmware through a custom IPSW. We’ll release a new version of PwnageTool sometime this week.

Note that many people are currently having problems updating to 4.3.2 through saurik’s server. You’ll need to remove the gs.apple.com entry in your hosts file in order to restore directly to Apple’s servers.

[Dev-Team]

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Apple Sues Samsung

Crazy, huh? One tech giant suing another? That’s what we have here. While it seems fairly commonplace on the surface, some of the claims that Apple is making are based less on Samsung’s actual software interface (deemed Touchwiz) and device design, but instead specifically cites the Nexus S (along with the Galaxy Tab, and Epic 4G). For those of you unfamiliar with the device, the Nexus S is a pure Google phone; that means that it runs stock Android 2.3. While this isn’t Apple going after Google specifically, it does hint that the Apple-Google relationship is at a crucial point.

Apple believes that Samsung has blatantly copied parts of their technology:

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”

Though this is an interesting move, it remains to be seen how far it can go in court. Judging from the past, not many of these “x company copied our features” cases ever advance. In any case, due to the way these generally work out, it will be a long time before we see any final decision. Still, Apple must feel that they have a significant case, or else they wouldn’t be attacking Samsung like this.

Apple has already gone after a major Android vendor before: HTC. Though this time, the complaints seem to much more centered around the very essence of the devices and even Android itself.

Jump the break to view some of the photos that Apple claims show proof of the blatant copying.

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Dropbox Updates with Bulk Photo and Video Uploading

Dropbox, the de facto cross-platform file syncing utility, has received a much-needed update on the App Store. Version 1.4 adds the ability to batch upload photos and videos, as well as the option to upload files from Mail and other outside applications. A dedicated “Uploads” tab has been added to the interface to keep track of uploaded files, and non-English speakers will be glad to know that Dropbox now supports a few additional languages.

What’s New in Version 1.4

● Support for Spanish, French, German, and Japanese

● Return to tab-based interface for simpler app navigation experience

● Improved file uploading experience:

● New dedicated Uploads tab

● Bulk upload photos and videos

● Import files from Mail and other apps for upload to Dropbox

● Numerous bug fixes

[iTunes]

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Accessory Review: LostDog™ Slim Case Stand

“Art saves life.”

Bluetrek is proud to offer the LostDog™ series of accessories, designed by Aurele, for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. I previously looked at the LostDog™ Genuine Leather Pouch for iPad and will now be taking a look at the Slim Case Stand, also for the iPad. Both products were shown alongside many other Bluetrek products at CES 2011. Bluetrek now offers similar cases for the iPad 2.

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