NeoSoar attempts to create an alternative eBook platform on your iOS device that lacks many of the features needed to stand out on its own. While it is an effective tool in many ways, it looks a lot like iBooks but with many issues that neither iBooks nor Kindle have with their apps. The result is interesting, but uneven.
The audience for NeoSoar is likely limited to those who already have NeoSoar accounts online. The platform is designed to enable small and local bookstores to offer their own eBook platforms for users on their sites, and then funnel them into … Read more
Upcoming versions of the iPad and MacBook should offer a longer battery life, at least according to a new report.
Apple plans to brings IGZO displays to the iPad and MacBook, blog site Patently Apple said Wednesday, citing a report from Korea's IT News. If true, that means the technology would reach the iPad either this year or next and appear on the next MacBook, slated for release in the first half of 2014.
Apple has reportedly been chatting with Sharp and LG Display about producing the displays. Sources told IT News that Sharp is already increasing the production … Read more
At its WWDC, Apple introduced its upcoming lines of MacBook systems that use the next-generation Haswell processors from Intel. With these new CPUs, Intel not only offers significant boosts not only in performance, but also has focused on power efficiency.
Last month MacRumors reported Geekbench 2 benchmark results for the new 2013 MacBook Air, which show about a 4 to 7 percent increase in performance with the new chips. While not a significant jump in speed, this performance did come with a massive increase in battery life for the systems, which has been Apple's focus and selling point for … Read more
ShuBook presents a wide range of options for downloading free eBooks on your iPhone from numerous free global archives. With six languages to choose from and numerous options for each language, you can access tens of thousands of free books directly from the source and read them in a relatively straightforward interface.
Drawing from sources like Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, arXiv, Feedbooks, and SmashWords, users can download a huge range of free and copyright-free eBooks to your device to read immediately. The best part is that you can also access other languages such as Spanish, Japanese, German, and French, … Read more
Apple hasn't lost its touch yet. Not if it can take a two-and-half-year-old design and turn it into one of today's hottest laptops.
That would be the 2013 MacBook Air, of course. CNET Reviews' take on the Air's battery life bears repeating.
While the previous 13-inch Air ran for 7 hours and 27 minutes in CNET Reviews' video playback battery drain test, "the 2013 version blows that out of the water, with an astonishing 14 hours and 25 minutes on the same test."
Reviewers and consumers don't seem to care that the Air's … Read more
TD Books Reader is designed to provide an open access eBook reader for those with ePub and other format eBooks on their iPhones or in their Dropbox folder, but it lacks the functionality and performance to do it well. While there is certainly room for an independent eBook reader app on the App Store, TD Books Reader fails to stand out as anything more than an early iteration of what have become very smooth, easy-to-use apps.
The result of this is that the navigation, setup, and use of any one book in TD Books Reader is needlessly frustrating. Changing text … Read more
Aldiko Book Reader effectively enables readers to access and view their digital library as well as enjoy reading their favorite books. With easy navigation, even beginners will have no difficulty finding their books and enjoying hours of reading.
As a pretty light program, Aldiko Book Reader installs very quickly. Once installed, attractive graphics entertain the user as they navigate the well-designed user interface. A basic main menu gives the user the option to view their current library on a virtual bookshelf or list, shop for new books, or browse the device's files for books. This app supports multiple file … Read more
Book Hunter for Mac's excellent interface and helpful tutorial make it a good application for sorting and organizing a book collection. As users read more and more on their computers, smartphones, tablets, and with physical books at home, this type of application is becoming more useful.
After downloading and starting up, the free application brings the user into a tutorial, which links to the developer's Web page for more information. This help is not really needed since Book Hunter for Mac is easy to use. The main interface includes noticeable buttons for entering book information and creating separate … Read more
At last, the mother of all mashups is upon us. Boba Fett has met the Bard, and the result is "William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope."
Many a nerdy writer type will surely have the same initial reaction I did upon learning of such a brilliant piece of literary pop culture/hipster-clout-raising coffee table candy: searing jealousy for not having thought of it first. Then I read on to learn that the author, Ph.D. and all-around smart guy Ian Doescher, not only rewrote "A New Hope" in the style of Bill Shakespeare, but also wrote it completely in iambic pentameter, a feat for which a very few of us are cut out to even attempt, let alone pull off.… Read more