More than a year ago Apple, along with five major book publishers, were investigated for what the U.S. Department of Justice called collusion over price-fixing of e-books. By February of 2013, all of the book publishers fell under the weight of the lawsuit and agreed to settle their case, leaving Apple alone in the fight against the accusations. Today, The New York Times is reporting that the DOJ is treating the iPad maker as the mastermind behind the entire price-fixing scheme.
Here we are again at another installment of or DIY Project spotlight. Each week, we look for interesting projects that can be made by you using some simple instructions and easy-to-find supplies. Last week, we told you about some cardboard crafting iPad cases. Mine came in the mail yesterday. Now, I just need an idea for what to glue on them.
This week, we found a very easy iPad case that requires just a bit of sewing skill. Oh So Lovely Vintage has a sweet DIY case tutorial that will make you the envy of the cocktail party.
Yesterday, BlackBerry (Formerly Research In Motion) held a conference where the company’s CEO announced that its popular messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), would soon be available on Android and iOS. BlackBerry’s foray into the App Store means that all major mobile competitors of Apple now offer apps for iOS.
Finnish gaming juggernaut Rovio plans to launch Rovio Stars, which will expand its brand to include games created by third-party developers. The company hopes to help smaller devs market their games, as they also please fans, and build their well-regarded brand.
On April 23, The Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, with the help of online charity marketing firm CharityBuzz, launched an auction for coffee with Apple’s CEO. The coffee date had an estimated value of $50,000. Today, the auction ended after 86 bids and the winner donated $610,000 for the get-together.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 60% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
In February, Square launched a small business package called, “Business in a Box,” which included a sleek, heavy-duty iPad stand made by Heckler Design, the iconic Square Reader (also known as a dongle), a locking cash drawer, and a receipt printer. Today, the company has announced a new addition to the cash register design with an iPad stand that doubles as a credit card reader.
Research In Motion used to be the biggest smartphone provider in the industry. That is, before Apple and Samsung got involved. Now, the company struggles to keep its celebrity spokespeople from using iPhones instead of BlackBerry devices to sent tweets. RIM is reinventing itself. The company is now called BlackBerry, a new operating system for the device has just been released, and today at BlackBerry Live 2013, the company’s product conference, CEO Thorsten Heins announced that BlackBerry Messenger will soon be available for iOS and Android.
By now, almost every one in the world has heard of Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield. On Mother’s Day, May 12, Hadfield’s Earthbound social networking team published a video on Youtube of the celebrity astronaut singing his own rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. It is pretty phenomenal. Today, Cult of Mac discovered that Hadfield recorded the guitar and vocals on his iPad using GarageBand… in outer space.
Did you know that if you own an iPad you don’t actually need to own a NOOK to purchase eBooks from Barnes and Noble? All you need is the iOS NOOK app, which is free to download from the app store, then you can read NOOK books on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
This is good news for anyone with a B&N gift card burning a hole in his pocket. Plus, thanks to a recent upgrade, the iOS Nook app now supports comics and graphic novels.