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Review: iStorytime – Transformers and Smurfs

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Apple’s iOS devices such as the iPhone and the iPad have been a great place for education tools and resources. Meet iStoryTime, whose aim is to make interactive story books for younger readers at school. James Wilson takes a look at two of their applications, the iStoryTime Transformers Mix and Match, and iStoryTime The Smurfs Audio Book.

TECHGEEK Podcast 17: Let’s squint for Amazon

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It feels like the longest episode so far, but it’s apparently not. Yes, the whole team is back… before they left again. However, not before we go through all the week’s Apple stories that managed to take up 15 minutes of the episode. Yes. You heard that. You might as well skip the 15 minutes. We talk about Skyfire, iBookstores and introduce a new segment called Gadgets. We are resting [...]

Apple announces Bondi Store opening

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Apple is set to open the doors to its Bondi Junction store on May 28 – the same day the iPad will be released – at the good time of 8am. How do we know this? Well, a little invite popped into a message box with the details: The Apple Store Bondi is the best place to learn about all the latest products from Apple, including the magical new iPad™ [...]

Leaked IMs and backlash highlight Facebook’s problem: privacy

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And when you thought Facebook couldn’t take any more heat, leaked instant messages published online appear to show Zuckerberg mocking users joining the social networking site (then called The Facebook and was limited to Harvard students) in 2003, and is very brutal on the people who published photos and addresses and was willing to give them out to people when asked.

Google prepares to make iPad rival?

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Google is said to be preparing to make a rival to the Apple iPad, with a rumoured Android-powered tablet, according to the New York Times. According to the paper, Eric Schmidt confirmed the existence of the device to friends at a recent part in Los Angeles; along with some experimenting with a few publishers to find a way to deliver books and magazines – similar to what the iPad does [...]

Interview: More questions from Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar

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We sent some more questions before we published our interview with Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar, Vice President of Forum Nokia; but we didn’t get them answered before today. So, here is (what we deem) Part Two of the e-mail interview with her. Q. The Qt UI framework makes it easier for applications to be built for both mobile and desktop computers. What do you see are the benefits of this, and [...]

Apple releases iPad ad during Academy Awards

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Apple has published a new teaser commercial for the iPad during the Academy Awards today. The new ad basically highlights the features of the new Apple device – including watching a Star Trek film, reading an eBook from the iBooks app and working on documents with iWork. The iPad is set to launch on April 3 for the Wi-Fi model, while the 3G model will come out later in April. [...]

Intel and Nokia to merge mobile OS to create MeeGo

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Intel and Nokia have decided to announce during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that they will be merging their not-yet-finished, Linux-based mobile OSs into one – and they have called it the MeeGo. While we don’t know which parts of Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo will be dropped or present in MeeGo, expect this to be (according to the press release anyways) a variety of devices, “including pocketable mobile [...]

Peter Jackson seeks extras for The Hobbit

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New Zealand is set to become Middle Earth again as the next movie, and the prequel to the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is set to be in production soon; and now, fanboys of the series can actually become extras in the film. Applicants need to send their applications via the old snail mail with a casting video, headshot and a full body shot; and have to be legally [...]

French court fines Google for digitising books

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The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, the court of responsible for handling large claims, has found Google guilty for putting the books online as part of its Google Books Search service after a legal challenge by the major French publishers and authors. The court heard arguments made by the La Martiniere group that Google’s plan of digitising books and putting extracts of the text online saw publishers and authors [...]

New hardware from Cupertino? Possibly.

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Swirling around the interwebs is a lot of noise about Apple Inc. updating it’s iMac, Mac Mini and other various hardware tomorrow sometime [ Tuesday Californian time ]. Such updates include: – Redesigned plastic MacBooks – Redesigned “impressive” iMacs – Mac mini updates, including one based on Mac OS X Server – Multi-touch “Magic Mouse” – A multi-touch “trackpad gadget” for desktop Macs We’ll keep you up-to-date with any new [...]

Report: Amazon planning to release Kindle in the UK

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The Kindle is set to be released outside the United States, according to “authoritative sources” talking to The Bookseller, that back up a previous rumour that the Kindle will be released in the UK sometime around October, with the announcement being planned sometime next week, ahead of the Frankfurt book fair. "The key things they needed to tie up have been tied up. The rumours I’ve heard are all saying [...]

Teen hacker Mafiaboy writes tell-all memoir

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Michael Calce, a.k.a. “Mafiaboy”, has written a memoir about how he managed to temporarily shut down a major handful of major websites in 2002 when he was 15 and led the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a manhunt. Due to hit the bookshelves next week, “Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It’s Still Broken” is a tell all-book about the story of the now 23-year-old man [...]