Category: Apple

Libraries Provide Direct eBook Downloads on iPhone & Android

[ 0 ] January 10, 2011 |

Apps enable users to find a local library and download digital books over the air


OverDrive (, the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, has released apps for iPhone® and Android™ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a “Get Books” feature that guides users to their local library’s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive, including institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries.

To download the free OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone and iPod touch®, users can visit the Apple® AppStore™. Owners of Android tablets and phones, including Droid™ X by Motorola, Samsung GALAXY Tab™, Cruz™ Tablet, and HTC EVO™ 4G, can find the app in the Android Market. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit

“Libraries have been an excellent source for eBooks and digital audiobooks for PC, Mac, and eBook readers, and now these apps enable users to download digital books directly to their iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “In 2011, users will continue to see new features added to the existing apps, and access will expand to other devices, including an optimized app for iPad™.”

OverDrive’s apps for iPhone and Android give users wireless access to their library’s EPUB eBook and MP3 audiobook catalog without a PC. With the apps, users can create bookmarks and resume from the last point read. The eBook and audiobook titles from the public library automatically expire in the app, so there is never a late fee.

OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 13,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone, iPad, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android, and BlackBerry®.

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Have you heard of Swyping or Swype? Typing may soon be passe!

[ 10 ] June 22, 2010 |
Newest Technology from Swype makes Touchscreen Typing a Breeze!

How many times have you “Fat-fingered” your typing on your new fancy phone and ended up with Gobble-dy-gook?  While not available yet on Iphone or Apple products, a new technology called “Swype” is currently available on 7 smartphones on various platforms.  By year end, Swype technology will be operating on over 50 models worldwide.

Currently Swype is available for Android phones. A limited edition Beta for your Android phone can be downloaded here: My son has this lovely little Beta on his new Android phone–it is COOOOOOL!  Watch the video below to see Swyping for yourself!

So what do you think?  Do you think Swyping will overtake typing? Women over 45 is this a relevant technology for you?

AT&T Suspends Pre-orders for IPhone 4 after 600,000 orders in first day!

[ 0 ] June 17, 2010 |
Did you survive the Iphone Crush Rush?
Apple Inc. has received over 600,000  advance orders for the new iPhone 4 world-wide on the first day the phone hit the market.  This tsunami  demand  caused a crush on  processing orders at U.S. carrier AT&T Inc.  When you go to the AT&T link for the iPhone 4 and click on it it indicates that pre-orders have been temporarily suspended!  Can you say, “I wish I owned Apple Stock”?
Apple noted that the pre-orders are 10 times higher than for the release of the iPhone 3GS just last year and  is the most pre-orders that Apple had ever taken in a single day.  Also accompanying the pre-order process was a number of system malfunctions for which Apple has now apologized!

“Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration,” Apple said in a statement. “We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties.”

The Women over 45 that I know were excited to get one of these phones. Who knew that people could get this excited over a phone?  Are you?  Did you get one in the crushing rush?

USA TODAY App for iPad Now Available

[ 0 ] April 2, 2010 |

App Free for first 90 days, courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott

McLean, Va. (Apr. 2, 2010) —USA TODAY, the nation’s top-selling print newspaper, today announced the USA TODAY App for iPad will be available tomorrow on the App Store. Access to the App will be free until July 4, 2010 courtesy of our launch partner, Courtyard by Marriott. After the initial launch period the App will be available via a fee-based subscription.

The USA TODAY App for iPad features the signature look and design that readers have come to trust from USA TODAY providing them with eye catching photos and graphics while delivering the latest award-winning USA TODAY content in a convenient interactive package. Rich media advertising for the USA TODAY App will be powered by Gannett’s PointRoll subsidiary.

“We are so pleased to be available for iPad on day one. This is a product we knew we wanted to be a part of from the moment it was announced,” said David L. Hunke, president and publisher of USA TODAY. “We also couldn’t be happier to have our partner, Courtyard by Marriott, involved in the first-ever digital extension of our hotel newspaper program. We think our readers will really be thrilled with this premium App.”

“Sponsoring the USA TODAY App for iPad was a perfect fit for Courtyard since our customers, as well as readers of USA TODAY, are very tech-savvy,” said Gini Gladstone, senior director, marketing, Courtyard by Marriott.  “We’ve completely redesigned our lobby to meet the needs of these travelers, including offering free Wi-Fi in the public spaces of our North and Central American hotels.  We’re thrilled to be a part of the launch of this revolutionary device.”

The USA TODAY App for iPad will be available for free from the App Store on iPad or at After July 4, the app will be available via a fee-based subscription.
The app was designed and developed in cooperation with Mercury Intermedia of Brentwood, Tenn. For more information, please visit: