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2219 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Apple tells authors: All your books iBook files are belong to us

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Where's the lack of control? i can write a book, publish it in iBooksAuthor and sell it via iBookstore, if i wish, so that people with iPads can read it.

OR I can also produce a .pdf version and sell that myself via whatever means are available (Amazon, eBay, personal website, etc etc). I could even use that pdf to pitch the book to a traditional publisher to get it printed as traditional books.

As a user, I can purchase a book via the iBookstore if i wish. Or i can go and hunt down the pdf, load that onto my iPad, and still read the same content. Or I can purchase/acquire a Kindle format .mobi file, cover that to .epub, and still read it on my iPad.

So as an iPad user, i have freedom of choice on how i consume content. And as an author, i have freedom on how i choose to publish.

I don't see where this "lack of control" is that you harp on about?

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perhaps there is a missing apostrophe? (i'm assuming you're internet savvy enough to have gotten the Zero Wing reference she is making?)

it should be: All your books' (fee-charging) iBooks files are belong to Apple.

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Analyst touts iPad 'transformer' after CEO confab

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this is an idea proposed by an analyst? so there's zero change of it ever happening then

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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

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iBooks Author

Didn't the iBooks Author license details just get clarified?

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/03/apple-clarifies-ibooks-author-licensing-situation-in-new-software-update/

The content still remains under your ownership and rights, it's just the final .ibooks format file that Apple want the rights to. There's nothing to stop you exporting the same text into another format, or probably even running the ibooks file through a converter to produce a 100% epub3 compliant file, and then selling that elsewhere.

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iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

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impartial

"Crittercism has funding from Google Ventures"

<AV:PD mode> Oh re-ea-ea-ea-ea-eally? </AV:PD mode>

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RIM shot at Android: Free PlayBooks for devs

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almost tempted

I'm almost tempted by this.

I spent some time messing around with Titanium to develop iOS apps (before going the whole hog and picking up Obj-C), and because that will deploy the same code to Android as well, I have some half-finish lame apps that I could complete and submit with very little effort.

But then.... I'd be stuck with owning a Playbook, with all the social stigmata and ridicule that that will bring down upon me and my family for years to come.

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emulator with SDK?

I assume the Android SDK come with some kind of emulator app?

I've messed around with the Appcelerator Titanium IDE, writing iOS apps in javascript. And from what i could gather, that would convert or wrap your code and then hand it off to either the iOS or Android SDK to compile and deploy into a emulator app running on your pc that'd show you how the app would run on a mobile. At least, that's how the iOS side worked, I assume it's the same process with the Android SDK.

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French court lays le smackdown on Google Maps

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Bottin

I so read that as Boffin Cartographes and I was, for a small moment, quite overjoyed that someone had a company with such a wonderful name. And then i realised I've misread it...

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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genius!

sometimes the best ideas really are quite simple.

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JEDI alliance: Jellyfish overlords won't rule Earth after all

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These...

...are not the jellyfish you're looking for"

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Apple iPhone 5 to debut at developer gig

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don't see it happening

I'd like it to. My 24-month contract from when i got the iPhone4 will expire in June, so I'd be keen on upgrading to the iPhone 5 at an O2 assisted discount (rather than the full price I paid for the iPhone4)

But I don't see it myself.

They've no need to rush it out. They'll hold out until it's about a year since the 4S launch and then announce the 5. By that time the anticipation and the hype will be unbearable and we'll all be dying to queue around the block outside the Apple stores again

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New forum Wishlist

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removal of up/down vote confirmation pages

when we click the thumb up/down vote buttons on a post, would it be possible to acknowledge the click right there within the thread, without taking us to another page, from which we then have to click to return from? At the least, have the confirmation page on a 3 second timer that'll automatically return us to the post we voted one.

But better, as the vote seem to take effect instantly now anyway, can't we just visually see the number increment when we click on it, so we know our vote has been counted?

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40,000 Apple fanbois demand ethical iPhone 5

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how many of those 40,000 are really so concerned that they'll _not_ buy the iPhone5 if it isn't shown to be more ethical?

i doubt very many. it's all very well to sign a petition demanding these things, but are they also willing to vote with their wallets?

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Bill Gates' ass slams into iPhone

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meh

I'd rather someone re-made Space Quarks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOebaqeKk1I) for the iPhone instead. At least that game was damn good fun!

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Boffin's blog blast births boycott of publisher Elsevier

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and the difference?

So if they publish via iBooks Author, then Apple owns the copyright, but they at least get 70% of the proceeds from their own work. Whereas at the moment, they publish via Elsevier and they get no money, and Elsevier owns the copyright?

Seems the iBooks Author option is at least a bit more beneficial to the authors of the works. A small step in the right direction at least.

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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

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i've seen one!

Someone in the office has one, it's the only one I've seen. And I work in the IT dept, so you'd think there'd be a higher percentage of people in this dept that would be willing to try out the new platform. And from the quick glance i got of it, and brief demo, it did look quite interesting.

However, he's getting annoyed by it. Too few apps and some really annoying UI decisions that mean you have to take several actions when the intuitive step would be one. But that's a windows UI problem, not a Nokia one.

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Playstation Vita games match PS3 software prices

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mobile phone games <> mobile console games...

...admittedly, so claiming that a iOS game is 1/10th the price of a Vita game isn't a fair comparison

However, equally, a mobile console game <> a ps3 game. I seriously doubt there is the longevity in the gameplay, you're not going to be getting a game the size of a Final Fantasy or a GTA4 released on the Vita. So who is going to pay 45 quid for a Vita game when the same money will get you a more fully featured game in the same franchise on the PS3?

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'You will download your sneakers within 20 years. Yarr'

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re: It is unlikely to the point of absurdity

You, sir, have no sense of wonder or imagination at what the future could hold. Your reality must be dull and boring and I'm delighted to say I have no grasp of it whatsoever!

You stick with your mundane future, where to world of tomorrow is very much as it is today, and I shall stick with mine where I'm downloading and printing my own rocketboots and hover-boards and riding the space elevator to the upper atmosphere at the weekend for a picnic looking at the stars.

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US lawmakers question Google over privacy policy

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So still no easy opt-out option other than just not using the services

Why isn't there a "do not track" checkbox on my profile settings page? So instead of having to be aware of if I'm accidentally logged in or not, I can feel safe that google aren't tracking my every move and making it available to whomever is willing to pay them for it?

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Apple: Yes there are horrendous accidents, but we CARE

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so why doesn't one of the other companies that use these same manufacturing plants step and put in place a contractual obligation? admittedly, it'd benefit all the other clients of the plant too, but the positive press it'd generate would be amazing too.

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North Korea labels phone users war criminals

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Samsung outsold Apple in world smartphone arena

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what's that?

a five-letter swearword? what on earth is that?

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Russian supply ship heads for ISS, space garbage crashes into Pacific

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rubbish exploded in a fireball

Why can't we do that with conventional rubbish? It'd save all the worry about landfill sites and so on.

All we need is a working space elevator to carry the garbage up without the need for massive energy expenditure, and then we fire it off towards the sun, which surely requires little effort as gravity will do most of the work, or, for special occasions like New Years and Guy Fawlkes Night, the garbage could be fired towards earth's atmosphere to create a spectacular lightshow across the whole country to complement the fireworks displays.

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Big biz BlackBerry refuseniks adopt Apple over Android

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i think more likely something is screwy with your sample selection of the corporate world. you've taken a sample of 3 companies and come to a conclusion. Good have taken a sample of ALL their customers, and come to a different conclusion. I know who's data I have more faith in a better representative of the whole picture.

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Intel issues dividend, Apple sits on $97.6bn

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Peter 47 whined: "which _should_ also entitles you to sharing in the profits"

should? according to whom? according to just you. certainly, not according to any part of the financial markets, their regulators or the legal system. and i think they probably ought to know more about the subject than you do.

buying a share is a gamble. just because you bet on red doesn't mean the ball on the roulette wheel should land on a red number. you just hope it will.

you buy a share and you hope to take part in the companies success. you're not entitled to anything. if the share price tanks, are you going to put your hand into your pocket and help the company out, share in the losses? no, you're going to whine about the crappy investment (which was your choice).

the only thing buying a share entitles you to is that, if you sell it in the future, you'll get the market price for it, which may or may not be above what you paid for it.

grow up and get a clue

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O2 apologizes for 'unintended' number-leak cockup

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are they going to be offering us all new numbers now then?

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iPad users 'risk shoulder pain', say US gov, Microsoft boffins

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no, but you read a book in exactly the same back/neck/shoulder position as you do when you use a tablet. Or rather, the otherway round, we use tablets like that, because that's what we've become accustomed to be comfortable from years of reading books (which in many cases of hardback editions, are bigger, bulkier and heavier than a tablet, and so more dangerous).

ergo: US Govt is recommending the burning of books for your own health

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Scalextric restarts space race with Star Wars craft

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it's even worse than that...

from the article:

"That's the Scalextric Start Star Wars Battle of Endor, which will retail for £99."

and don't call me Shirley...

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Apple CEO: 'Amazon Fire didn't dent our sales'

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good grief!!!!!

big_D > doesn't show impact world wide sales

Tim Cook > "looking at our data in the US – there was no obvious change"

please can El Reg install some kind of a process that ensures people read the article before commenting? like a small quiz or something? or perhaps a minimum IQ requirement at least?

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Page won't show his ring to prove Google+ 'engagement'

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is it much better now then?

i signed up in the summer, logged in once, really didn't see the point of yet-another-social-network to interact with when everyone i know is on facebook, and all the interesting information comes from Twitter.

i guess perhaps i'm auto logged in when i hit the google homepage on my laptop? but i don't use any + functions.

and i suspect that's the exact reason why they don't give more detail on their stats. because it would be "over 91 million sign-ups, but only a dozen people actually use it they way we wish they all would"

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Use iBooks Author, only Apple can ever publish the result

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sounds worse than it is in practise?

as i understand it, the iBooks2 format is ePub3, with extensions to ensure all the whizzy embedded content and stuff work well. And no one else supports that yet, so if i make a book in iBooks Author, then the only platform anyone can read it on is going to be iBooks. And so i makes sense to sell via iBookstore, because that's where the majority of your audience is going to be shopping.

And also, the app is called iBooks Author, the clue is in the name. It's not iBooks&Kindle Author is it?

And as everyone has said, this restriction is only to the iBooks2 format file that gets generated. Nothing to stop you producing another copy of your file with a different tool that is purely epub3 compatible and missing the iBooks2 specialsauce.

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Windows Phone to overtake iOS in 2015

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rate of change / direction of change

and i think that is the problem here. the WinPho platform is far too new for any meaningful statistics to be drawn

but then, as we all know, analysts never bother themselves with facts or even realistic estimates. they don't earn money by saying "it's quite exciting, but we'll have to wait and see how it turns out". instead i'm sure they get paid to throw bones in the air and then shake a magic 8 ball.

it's no coincidence that the beginning of the word analyst and the end of the word bullshit are so closely related

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

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re "The textbooks START at $14"

dunno what school you went to, but they didn't teach you so well in the reading classes did they?

from the article:

> with "most" of their offerings priced at $14.99 _or_less_

so yes, a few might be more than 15 bucks, but most of them will be cheaper.

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very much looking forward to what comes from this

at the moment it's textbooks for schools, yes, but wait until the next wave of technical manuals and programming guides come out.

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Hold on a sec - leap seconds granted a last-minute reprieve

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3 years?

so, another 3 years to debate this? seems more like a vote for 3 more years of milking it. lets face it, it's going to be 88 years at the earliest before they next get a chance to debate this issue, might as well try and get as much out of it as possible while they can

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this! why _should_ we adapt to the imperfections of nature? we're top of the evolutionary tree, that gives us the obligation to give something back to nature, and fix it were we find faults.

i read a story a few years about (i think it was some steampunk thing) where some evil genius had worked out a way of adjusting the orbit of the planet by causes all the volcanoes on a single continent to erupt at the same time.

that was just science-fiction, but i'm sure the world's top boffins wouldn't have too much trouble applying the theory in practise.

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Record numbers of readers flock to The Register

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congratulations!!

Was there a particular November event that drove the spike in readership or is it definitely year-on-year growth?

All good news either way! Congrats El Reg!!!

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

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i don't see why. i doubt he'd have more than an executive producer title on the tv show anyway

and even if not, he's announced retirement from blockbuster movies. technically, it's possible this is because he'll be spending all his time in the future filming the tv series, and re-editing and making it 3D after the first season airs....

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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

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sounds familiar.....

"No one would have believed that in the first years of the 21st century that human affairs where being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few man even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely they drew there plans against us.

"At midnight on the 17th of July a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth...."

Am so looking forward to seeing a tripod war machine, if only for a few split seconds before the heat ray vaporises me....

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Rumoured 'GarageBand for e-books' to bulldoze textbook biz

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speculation

The article suggests that Apple are going to enable anyone to start published text books for the education market. I don't think that's been stated anywhere. It's pure speculation.

From what I've read, Apple are going to release the tools which will enable those currently writing education books, to produce media and interactive rich textbooks that can be read in iBooks (I guess). I don't think this is for the general public.

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Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

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where do i sign up?

There's no need to convince the workforce that working from home is a good idea.

I'd happily switch jobs to one that would allow me to work from home.

If they are serious about this, they need to strongly target the employers to convince them to accept and encourage remote working. Currently, the view is that if you're working from home, then you're obviously skiving, "lying on the sofa and flicking yourself off to Trica" as the saying goes.

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790

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"As far as apps go, RIM's BlackBerry handsets still have a lot of catching up to do"

that might have something to do with the teeny tiny screen size?

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Apple offers cash for old kit

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how much...

..for a 1985 Mac Plus with original keyboard and mouse? if I have a dig around I may even have the original floppy disk with the System and Finder on it.

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RIM readies 7in, 10in BlackBerry tablets for 2012

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"Why wait until April to ship a tablet that uses it? Good question, and one that's tricky to answer."

Because RIM really don't have a clue about what they're doing?

They were fine when they were the only people punting around Blackberry's but now that the market has changed and they're having to compete against others, they're out of their depth.

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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

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Stop

I hope El Reg will also be going dark (at least to site requests coming from across the pond) on Wednesday? Wouldn't like to think an intelligent bunch of chaps and lasses as yourselves are pro-SOPA are you?

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Child labour, lost wages uncloaked by Apple factories audit

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Retweet: @stephenfry

Mr Fry made an interesting tweet on this subject this morning:

"Kindle, Apple, PS3, Xbox, Nokia, Samsung, Wii, IBM, Intel, MS all made at Foxconn. Apple takes the flak but only Apple truly addressing it"

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Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

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one time pass

I've given up trying to remember passwords. Where I can, I set a long password completely at random and make no attempt to remember it. Then, the next time I need to log in, I request a new password.

There are two flaws in this approach, but I feel the freedom from having to remember random alphanumeric words that need to be changed every 30 days is worth it.

Flaw 1: I have to wait around for the new password to be generated and emailed to me.

Flaw 2: I'd be completely unable to reveal my amazon.com password even if under torture and at risk of death.

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yeah, but now _everyone_ is going to be using correcthorsebatterystaple as their password and so there's no security there either!

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