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®.

Blog Note:  The Chief Blonde provided her readers with this information because she thought they would enjoy it!  No compensation was provided.

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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?

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:

Review: ModiFace MAKEUP iPhone App – "Who Put a Clown in my iPhone?"

[ 0 ] December 13, 2009 |

Modiface Review

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Tammy Faye –Would she have liked this app?
In preparation for the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show 2010, we will run a series of articles on Consumer Electronics!
ModiFace, the leading developer of face recognition software, is going to be introducing a new iPhone application that allows users to try out new beauty looks with one click. The application will allow you to see what you would look like with different hair colors, hair styles, various makeup applications and more.
ModiFace has already sold thousands of their other iPhone applications.  A great review by our resident iPhone expert follows.  Bear in mind this is one person’s opinion, other users may have different results. Erin is a super-intelligent and over 45 year old woman who has an opinion about everything.
Review, ModiFace iPhone App – “Who Put a Clown in my iPhone?”
by Erin Waugh
10 Dec 2009
I tried. Honestly. I tried to modify my face with the ModiFace iPhone app. It’s supposed to allow me to apply pretend makeup to my pretend face, but what I got was the Clown of Christmas Future.
To start, I needed to take a photo of my naked morning face. This is never easy, nor, frankly, very wise before strong coffee. You have to guess where you are in front of the lens. I love my iPhone, but why can’t they affix a mirror to the back of it so you can see what you’re snapping? I took 17 shots of my nose hair.
Finally. Got a photo of my VERY CLOSE FACE. Ugh. The app demands that my mouth be closed in the photo, so it‘s a mug shot, as if my naked face had been arrested for indecent exposure. Let’s fix that! Eye liner first. Select color – “dark plum.” Hit go. While it’s thinking and trying to find my eyes, the read-out says:Makeup Brain is applying makeup.” There. Done. Whoa... There’s a thick smudgy line of dark plum UNDER my eyes. Under?! Women haven’t done that since Brooke Shields came out of her Calvins. I look like a Goth experiment in the nursing home. I look like Alice Cooper.
Let’s try something more subtle and less apt to terrify children. Let’s add foundation. Hit “go. Ooh. It appears as if someone applied ablur” filter to my face, which, honestly, is not such a bad thing. Let’s do eyelashes, my favorite part of makeup. It gives me an array of colors to choose from, all of which are black. So, how about black. “Makeup Brain is applying makeup” and… NOOO!! Tammy Faye Bakker get back! Undo!! Where’s the exorcism button?!
This strange little app may not be ideal for us “vintage” women. I play with it for a few minutes just to rock out my inner clown. Green eye shadow, red lips, maroon cheeks. Maybe this ModiFace app does have some use, because now I know what I will look like when I’m calling BINGO! in the Home for Aging Circus Performers. Perhaps I just have “Makeup Brain,” but seriously, for 99 cents, buy a mirror, glue it to the back of your iPhone, and trim your nose hair.
Blog Note:  No compensation or endorsement fee was provided in the review of this product!
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