HP Slate 12 Pro Gets Leaked on Benchmarking Site, Specs Exposed

HP Slate 12 Pro is a new Android KitKat device, that has leaked online thanks to a benchmarking site and you can check out its details below. This slate runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and sounds like a reasonably powered unit with a pretty big display. Many people doubted the whole 12 inch trend, but after...

Freaking Math for Android is Freaking Addictive

There are a lot of mobile games that compete for our attention, and for many of us that means finding a simple game that we can become addicted to –at least in waiting rooms. Freaking Math is unique, fast-paced, and infuriating… but I challenge you to put it down once you have given it a...

Manchester United Bans Supporters From Using Tablets On Old Trafford

Interestingly enough, tablets (including iPad) have been banned from Old Trafford by the Manchester United higher ups. The concept of filming an entire match has sparked such bans usually during concerts and such, but smartphones are the one doing the filming, not slates… Apparently, there’s a growing trend of people using iPads to capture Manchester...

Social Referrals Result in a 65% Bounce Rate After First Page

When we talk about measuring social media engagement, people usually refer to comments, likes and shares. However, the amount of time spent on a particular page or post is a relevant metric. According to social bookmarking and analytics company AddThis, scrolling could also provide relevant insight into consumer engagement. The report indicates that iOS users...

Why do indie authors want Hachette to lower prices? The answer is obvious

In today’s Morning Links, we feature a story from Digital Book World where Jeremy Collins says: One of the most confusing things to me about the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute saga is why do so many indie authors want so passionately for Hachette, a competitor, to lower its prices? It’s only confusing if you make the...

Why Do Some Self-Published Authors Care How Hachette Prices Its Books?

One of the most confusing things to me about the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute saga is why do so many indie authors want so passionately for Hachette, a competitor, to lower its prices? Isn’t it against their self-interest? Don’t indie authors, who generally price their books lower than traditionally published books are priced, benefit from a...

New Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Cover Polarizing Readers

Penguin unveiled a brand new anniversary edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last week. The Roald Dahl novel is eliciting a hefty amount of criticism from the entire reading community. The new book cover is eliciting a tremendous amount of negative press on Penguins official Facebook page, where the unveiling took place. Creepy, awful,...

Transform Employee Onboarding with Adobe DPS

New employees are often faced with an endless list of tasks at job orientation. Sony Latin America and agency JWT/Casa completely transformed their onboarding experience by producing an app created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) that engages the digital generation. Employees can discover the story of Sony through high-def video, explore company values through...

Cost-effective use of Kindle Unlimited

One of the concerns when people sign up for subscription services like Kindle Unlimited is “will I use it enough to make it worth the cost?” Hugh Howey likens it to gym memberships where you sign up for auto-renewal and then never use it. I’ve seen lots of people note that you have to read...

Yahoo Adds Google Encryption to Email Service

Following the implementation of an end-to-end encryption upgrade by Google to their Gmail service, Yahoo has announced that by 2015 their email offering will also use the same security enhancements. Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer, Alex Stamos, took the opportunity during his speech at the recent Black Hat conference to discuss these upgrades and note...

Amazon Reignites War of Words in Hachette Battle

In a letter posted at website ReadersUnited.com late Friday night, Amazon spelled out its position in its negotiations with Hachette and implored the Kindle Direct Publishing authors it sent the letter to and anyone else reading it to send the publisher’s CEO Michael Pietsch a letter advocating on behalf of Amazon. The move sparked a...

HarperCollins Moves to Strengthen Independent Bookstores With Marketing Spend

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Announces Promotional Fund for Independent Retail Accounts HarperCollins Publishers today announced the HarperCollins Promotional Fund (HCPF), which will provide an additional fund of marketing dollars for Independent Retailers in the company’s fiscal year 2015, which began on July 1, 2014. Qualifying accounts that promote HarperCollins titles throughout the year will have...

OverDrive Launches International ‘Read an Ebook’ Day

[Press Release] International Read an eBook Day debuts September 18 First-ever eBook holiday celebrates and raises awareness of digital reading August 11, 2014 – Thursday, September 18, will mark the first International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on digital devices. In recent years, the popularity of...

Pure Swift: Conversion of Cocoa dependent code (Xcode 6 Beta 5)

Original methods (using Cocoa)A week or so ago, I wrote a series of methods for a Gist String extension fork that simply borrowed unthinkingly from the Cocoa Framework: extension String {func splitStringByCharacters() -> [String] { var arr = [String]() self.enumerateSubstringsInRange(Range(start: self.startIndex, end: self.endIndex), options: NSStringEnumerationOptions.ByComposedCharacterSequences, { (substring, substringRange, enclosingRange, bool) -> () in arr.append(substring)}) return...