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I hate going to the doctor. My aversion to seeing the doctor is about how much of a hassle it is. How many times have you gotten to the doctor's office 10 minutes early (as requested by the receptionist) to fill out paperwork, only to finish the paperwork in 5 minutes, then sit in the waiting room for 45 minutes, and then in the actual doctor's office for another 30? There might be change brewing, and it might come in an unexpected form: Apps.

Posted Jun 06, 2013

On Monday the DOJ's trial against Apple -- which is charged with colluding to raise ebook prices in an antitrust case -- got underway in New York. Though Apple was originally charged along with publishers, those companies have long since settled the case and are now testifying against Apple.

Posted Jun 06, 2013

Real Time Logic, device web server and security specialist, has released the Mako Server, a compact web server designed for rapid design of server-side web applications. Using the Lua scripting language, Mako Server offers fast, efficient development of web applications, ranging from database-driven business applications to customized applications managing microcontroller-based devices.

Posted Jun 05, 2013

Xojo, Inc. announced the immediate availability of Xojo 2013 Release 1, which it bills as a faster development tool for web and desktop apps. Xojo is a cross-platform, object-oriented software development tool that enables developers of all backgrounds to create applications for the desktop (OS X, Windows, and Linux), web and soon, mobile.

Posted Jun 04, 2013

Comm100, a provider of enterprise-level customer service and communication solutions, announced an upgrade to its Comm100 Live Chat solution that further optimizes the platform's capabilities for mobile devices.

Posted May 30, 2013

Random House, Inc., announced the release of the mobile version of BookScout, its Facebook app, which enables book lovers to connect with friends and receive personalized book recommendations. Developed in response to user feedback, this mobile release follows recent tablet optimization and enhancements to the app's social-sharing features.

Posted May 30, 2013

Media forecast and research firm Simba Information has released the 2013 edition of "Trends in Digital and Trade Book Retailing." This new report found that a quarter of adults who have used a Kindle to read an ebook in the last three months have also bought at least one book at an independent, local, or used bookstore. More than one in five have used a chain bookstore.

Posted May 29, 2013

Amazon Publishing announced Kindle Worlds, a commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries.

Posted May 23, 2013

Not only has the ease of digital publishing made it possible for everyone to be a publisher, it's also made it possible for big-name, traditional publishers to branch out into new territory. Wanting to offer subscribers more for their money-or simply seeking to diversify their overall offerings--various high-profile newspapers, including the The Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, have gotten into the business of publishing ebooks.

Posted May 20, 2013

Apigee, the API company, launched the Apigee Institute, a research and strategy organization formed to help Global 2000 companies extend their leadership in the app economy. The Apigee Institute delivers strategic insights and practical recommendations based on real-world benchmarks and original research, with a focus on guiding organizations as they build strong digital ecosystems through apps, APIs and data.

Posted May 17, 2013

The Nation, America's oldest political newsweekly, announced the launch of eBookNation, a new digital book initiative designed to make The Nation's most notable contributors, past and present, easily available to readers on tablets, smartphones, and computers.

Posted May 16, 2013

Pheed, a social media platform that has been called an alternative to sites like Twitter and Facebook, has just released its Android app, now available on Google Play.

Posted May 16, 2013

For content jockeys, of course, it is the dream: a single information store and automated delivery to multiple platforms in numerous configurations, all at the push of a button. And it is not a new ambition--it predates the tablet and smartphone outbreak by decades. The need for smart content management and the ability to automatically generate customized outputs, then, is greater than ever. Luckily, getting there is easy. All you need is intelligent content and cross-platform code development. (Okay, maybe getting there sounds easy.)

Posted May 15, 2013

A Tapjoy survey of 25 million moms on its network and found out quote a bit about when, where and how this powerful demographic is using smartphones. It's probably not a surprise that when it comes to moms, "social beats gaming" as the most popular leisure time activity for moms on their smartphones, with Facebook and Instagram as their top two favorite apps.

Posted May 13, 2013

The Financial Times launched on Flipboard, combining its authoritative journalism with Flipboard's personalized reading experience. Flipboard users across all Android and iOS devices will now have access to a broad range of FT content, including news, commentary, analysis, blogs, and video.

Posted May 10, 2013

Crafter Software Corp., a spinoff of Rivet Logic Corp., is now offering web content and web experience management software. This enables its customers to deliver strategic content tailored to end users through multiple online channels. Crafter Software's offerings are based on the Crafter CMS open source project, letting companies develop and manage rich web and mobile experiences.

Posted May 07, 2013

Aquafadas, developer of digital publishing solutions and creative software for HTML5 creation, has inked a new deal with Vienna-based zweipunktnull GmbH to tackle the digital publishing market. With a focus on ebooks, as well as a great deal of experience in the digital magazine market, the two companies look toward the future to address specific needs in the rapidly evolving sectors.

Posted May 07, 2013

SAVO announced a new version of its sales enablement mobile app, Sales Mobile Pro version 4.0, touting a new user interface, whiteboarding, and the ability to share documents via webcast directly within the application.

Posted May 02, 2013

Hachette Book Group will make its entire digital catalog of more than 5,000 ebooks available to libraries and schools via OverDrive. Beginning May 8, OverDrive-powered libraries and schools in the U.S. and Canada will have access to authors such as David Baldacci, Sara Zarr, Sandra Brown, James Patterson, David Sedaris and Kate Atkinson. OverDrive supplies Next Generation digital library services for more than 22,000 libraries and schools, with support for all major e-reading devices, including iPad, Nook, and Kindle.

Posted May 02, 2013

I'm finally getting around to reading Anna Karenina, thanks to modern technology. Seems odd that a book lover like myself didn't download the year's best-sellers as soon as my iPad showed up, right? Well, here's something even stranger. I used my Amazon app to order the hardcover version of Dennis Lehane's new book, Live by Night, and the paperback version of John Irving's latest, In One Person. It seems a bit sacrilegious, huh?

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Many content experts have often complained about ebook publishers that, unfortunately, don't often take full advantage of the technology and instead simply deliver static, electronic versions of an existing book. To many, this seems like a wasted opportunity to offer more value to readers, but others are starting to offer suggestions on how to improve the experience.

Posted Apr 29, 2013

Amazon.com, Inc. continued the global expansion of its Appstore by announcing that developers can now submit their apps for distribution in nearly 200 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, South Korea, Papua New Guinea and Vatican City. These apps will be made available when the Amazon Appstore for Android launches internationally for consumers.

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Facebook was probably hoping it had satisfied the rumors of a Facebook phone when it introduced Facebook Home, but early reviews would suggest that users aren't exactly satisfied. After hitting the Google Play store on April 12, Facebook Home has a mere 2.5 star rating -- with nearly half of the people who have downloaded the app giving it just one star.

Posted Apr 15, 2013

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., announced the launch of NOOK Press, a new self-publishing platform offering authors a fast, easy and free way to write, edit, collaborate and publish the ebooks and directly distribute them to readers.

Posted Apr 11, 2013

WeVideo.com, introduced its new Android mobile video editing app which offers a cloud-based "iMovie-like" editing experience for Android phone owners who have the Jellybean OS. The app is available as a free download on the Google Play store.

Posted Apr 10, 2013

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