The Enhanced eBook


The world’s biggest book fair is underway and authors and publishers are battling to be the next big story.

Last year the eBook dominated the book fair, with the kindle and iPad replacing regular books. And now those gadgets might be shelved as buzz swells around the “enhanced eBook.” The device will combine the traditional book with audio, video and gaming features.

Author Ken Follett presented a multimedia enhanced version of his popular book “The Pillars of the Earth.” With the touch of a screen digital readers will be able to watch scenes from the TV series based on the book. They will also have access to interviews with the actors and author as well as track interactions on their character tree. And more authors are sure to follow.  read more »

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Your Personal Publication


Have you ever wanted to subscribe to a magazine that caters exclusively to you? Then this app’s for you.

Flipboard is a new application for Apple’s iPad. It takes aspects from your social networking life and compiles them into a magazine format. For example your issue would contain random links from your Facebook or Twitter accounts, status updates from your friends and photos. You can also add sections to your magazine compiled from the tweets of another publication like the New York Times or Huffington Post.  read more »

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High Tech Reading


If it's taking you longer than usual to finish your favorite book on your new handheld device, you're not alone.

A recent study found that reading on tablets such as the Kindle or iPad takes longer to finish than with a printed book. But those who take their hobby high tech are enjoying reading more than ever.

The study conducted by web usability expert Jakob Nielsen sat 24 people in front of an iPad, a Kindle, a desktop PC and a book with everyone reading the same short story by Ernest Hemingway. The study found readers took 6.2% longer to finish the story on the iPad and 10.7% longer on the Kindle. But participants said it was more satisfying to read on the iPad and Kindle, than the book or PC.  read more »

An App Among the Stars


Want to know more about space exploration and the possibility of living on mars? There’s an app for that.

Famous for being the second man to walk on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin is now leaving his mark on the iPad. His Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science and Space Exploration app, also available on the iPhone covers Aldrin’s take on the current space program. Aldrin says with a greater commitment to the program we could have a permanent colony of people on Mars in about 25 years.  read more »



Since the launch of the iPod, iPhone and iPad technology has gone hand held. But the ability to go anywhere might not be as cool or as clean as it seems.

The iPhone and the iPad are driven with your fingertips; fingertips that have also been touching money, doorknobs and shaking hands. But one Bay Area company has a product to make sure what you have on your fingers won’t get left on your LCD screen. John and Monica Youngheim have been making a cleaner for LCD screens since 1992. But with the launch of the iPhone Apple executives became concerned with the possibility of bacteria on the devices and approached the Youngheims who offered them iKlear.  read more »

iKlear Cleans Up


Earlier this week Steve Jobs launched the fourth generation iPhone right behind the iPad launch. But some critics soon complained the screens show fingerprints too easily. Enter some entrepreneurs all to ready to solve the problem.

John and Monica Youngheim are the President and Owner of Meridrew enterprises. A bay area based company that makes Klear screen products designed to clean everything from your flat panel television to your sunglasses. But since the apple releases of the last few years, they have designed their second product. iKlear, a cleaner for everything apple and since technology went portable business has been good.  read more »

iPad Trouble


Half a million people bought Apple's new iPad within days of its launch. But some potential clients are saying no thanks.

Major universities such as Princeton and George Washington University are experiencing network complications from the handheld devices. Princeton officials say the way the iPad connects to a wireless server causes interference for other devices trying to use the school system. Guy Jones, the Chief Technology Officer at George Washington University says their current system doesn't support the iPad at all. And these American schools aren't alone.  read more »

iPad Users Beware


iPad users beware. Apple’s latest gadget has only been on the market a week and security has already been breached.  read more »