Elana and I are at our third stop on our “Jersey Shore Road Trip”. This time we are staying at a cute little boutique hotel just a block from the beach. The hotel was designed by Bob and Cortney Novogratz, owners of the NYC based design firm, Sixx Design, and stars of Bravo’s docu-series “9 by Design.”. It is
Over the weekend we got some initial data from the Spotify launch courtesy of Billboard, who cite ‘inside sources’ as estimating that in the first week or so after launch Spotify has 70,000 subscribers (i.e. people who pay). From the article:
In my travels last night and in emails this morning I had three distinct label/publisher execs confirm the
Twelve South makes some of the nicest accessories around. We reviewed their BookBook iPad case and loved it. (My father-in-law stole it for his iPad and still won’t give it back!) We bought and reviewed their Compass iPad stand and I still use it quite often. Now Twelve South is introducing the BookBook for iPhone and it look awesome.
(image courtesy mofunu)
There was so much drama and upheaval in the eBook, magazine,and subscription services on iOS yesterday as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and others caved to Apple’s demands that they either get a 30% cut of in-app sales or all links to external purchasing systems be removed, that is is easy to assume that all this comes
B&N has some big news for their iPad customers. No, it’s not the nearly-beaten-to-death debate about store links. They’re adding support for periodicals and newspapers! This is actually pretty exciting, especially if they use the same bells and whistles as the NOOKcolor. When I reviewed the NOOKcolor I was really impressed with ArticleView and the ease of browsing magazines, andRead more
This weekend we got the news that bluesy-pop singer Amy Winehouse has died at age 27. While the immediate cause of death is not known, speculation that her rampant heavy drug use came into play are probably not far off. Her drug use and many trips to hospitals, making her song Rehab all-too-biographical, are better known than her songs
Booq has been doing some nice, slightly out-of-the-box designs lately that combine function and style with enough uniqueness to grab our interest here on Gear Diary. Their latest iPad 2 case, the Viper Slide, does just that. The Viper slider for iPad 2 is made from polycarbonate construction, non-scratch fabric, and a durable leatherette exterior. This combination
My younger son recently produced a full length album of his electronic music entirely on his iPad and has some of it on SoundCloud. It is an amazing, all-digital process that is a world away from what was possible just a decade ago. When I took a few classes in music as an undergraduate, we were still splicing tape and
Carly said it best – A picture is worth 1,000 words…
Carly just posted about Amazon removing store links from their Kindle app. Now Barnes & Noble has done the same. Here is the description of their update:
What’s New in Version 2.1.2
You can read any NOOK Book you have purchased on this updated NOOK for iPhone app, however
A picture is worth 1,000 words…
Amazon has updated the Kindle app to reflect Apple’s new rules, namely that you cannot link to an external store in an iOS application. Will this impact buying habits? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: we, as consumers, are losing. Spotify, Netflix, Rhapsody, NOOK, Kobo, Google Books and now the Kindle
Something very fishy is going on at Apple. It looks like they’re taking in-app purchasing very seriously, and are enforcing what has been rumored for months: eBookstores can no longer link to their respective stores in Safari in any way, even for account sign-ups. Kobo was forced to change over, as did NOOKkids; Google Books has gone entirely MIARead more
By his own admission Steve Jobs is quickly moving us into a “Post-PC” era. This new era is not “post computer” era. Rather, it is an era in which computers look less and less like desktops or laptops and more like… well iPads and iPhones. (Perhaps a better name for this new era in computing would be “PC Rev2″.)
For the past few weeks Judie and I have both being using a new service called WRITETHAT.NAME. If you use Gmail as your email client (directly or as the engine powering something like Mac OS X Mail.app), the service makes it very simple to keep your address book up to date.
It is an interesting service that scans your email
Last week Apple released their updated MacBook Airs. I picked up an 11″ MBA with 4GB RAM and a 128GB ssd. I love the thing. There were a few reasons for the purchase. First, the new generation of MBAs are super fast. That along makes them a great choice. Second, this release brought back the backlit keyboard that
Finding a case is like an ongoing quest and adventure for any device. I have come to enjoy cases that provide dual uses such as a battery or stand. It seems that case makers are continuing to combine functions for cases while still maintaining protection and style. I recently was able to try an iPhone 4 and iPod Touch case
(underlying image courtesy Lyrics Fever)
Nate over at The Digital Reader caught some new changes this morning for ebooks on iOS. Google Books is gone from the App Store, and NOOKkids is now the same as Kobo — you can sync and sign in, but you can’t shop or create an account. So far there’s no word from Amazon, and
For a pretty fair while I was using Toodledo to manage my tasks. I was never all that crazy about their native application for iOS, so after doing a little scouting around, I settled on Appigo’s Todo app. It was aesthetically pleasing, it had good features, and I liked it. Sometimes, though, I wished there was a companion way
(image courtesy Melson Bonding)
And here we thought that pesky eBookpocalypse was over and done with … Kobo announced today via blog post that they have been asked to comply with Apple’s new iOS rules, meaning you cannot access the Kobo eBookstore or sign up for a Kobo account in-app. In fact, Kobo can’t even link you to their
I’m the farthest thing from a professional or even amateur photographer, but I have a developing (analog pun intended!) obsession with apps that augment my phone’s camera. My latest find is Paper Camera, which I happily purchased for my iPhone and iPad. At the time of this writing, it’s on sale for $.99, which is 66% off of the regular
Last week saw us post a larger number of videos than ever. In them we took a first look at the AT&T Status phone running Android 3.2.2, Carly talked to us about the benefits of Chromebooks and why they might be a great choice for you and we launched not one but two contest/giveaways. Missed any of them? Well
The New Gary Burton Quartet – ‘Common Ground’
In school bands the vibraphone is taught as a percussion instrument, which it certainly is to an extent as a mallet-based instrument. Yet when you listen to the sounds it produces, it is hard not to classify it closer to the piano or guitar in terms of harmonic presence.
In the 1960′s
It is truly an iOS world. Need proof? Elana and I are out to dinner on the Jersey shore and Elana comes back from speaking to the front desk with…
Yes, the restaurant has its own app and has cards advertising it at the front desk.
And to top it off the musician playing the background music had his sheet
In this article I test out my ‘Make It Last’ scenario – that is just what it sounds like: a svelte setup that doesn’t use any power unless it absolutely needs to, but allows me to go about my day and get stuff done. The graphics is set to ‘Stamina’ (integrated) and the power plan to ‘power saver’.
(image courtesy Underdog of Perfection)
I’ve talked before about my Motorola Droid. We’ve had a love/hate relationship over the last 18 months or so, but all good things must come to an end. Ours has a specific end date, as I am up for a new phone on August 12th. Unfortunately, none of the Android offerings on Verizon have
Mix together a crime-drama mystery, puzzles, hidden objects, and tons of twists and turns and intrigue … and you have the makings of one of the most compelling games made for the iPad this year. The name of that game is “Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds” from G5 Entertainment. Let’s take a look and see if it lives