Monthly Archives: July 2010

iBooks for iPhone

As you may already know, the iBooks application for the iPhone was included in Apple’s iOS4 update last month. Also available on the iPad and iPhone 4, iBooks allows you to purchase and read e-books, right from the application.

When you first launch iBooks for the iPhone, you’ll see your library, which is where your purchased and downloaded books will be. Also, there are two buttons next to the “iBooks” title, which are “Edit” and “Store”. When you first launch iBooks, you should see a Winnie The Pooh book, which came with the application.

If you click on the “Edit” button, you should be able to arrange and edit your books, similar to how you’d arrange and edit icons on your iPhone’s homescreen. To move a book, you simply tap and drag the book to a new location. If you would like to delete a book, you just have to click on the “X” icon, at the top left of the book that you would like to delete and then confirming that you would actually like to delete that book.

The “Store” button, when tapped, takes you to Apple’s iBooks store, where you can purchase and download new e-books. The iBooks Store looks similar to the Apple App Store, but with a few different options. You can view featured books, books that are on the charts, browse through the top paid and top free books, as well as search for a book that you would like to read. There is also a button that will show you what books you either purchased or downloaded.

When you’re viewing your library, you can tap and drag the library screen down in order to search for books, as well as choose how books will be displayed. There are two book display options, which are thumbnail mode and list mode. Thumbnail mode will display your books in the “book shelves” and will show the book’s cover. List mode will display your books in a list, similar to how songs are displayed in the iPod song’s library. From the list of books, you can view books by bookshelf, title, author, as well as category.

If you would like to read a book, you can do so by simply tapping on the book. Once the book opens, you will be able to do things, such as view the table of contents, adjust the contrast, change the text size, search the book, as well as put in a book mark. There is also a meter on the bottom of the page, which will show you how far along you are in a book.

Once you start reading a book, you can turn the page by simply swiping your finger in the direction that you would like to turn the page. Also, below the progress meter, you will be able to see which page you are currently on, as well as how many pages are left in the chapter.

If you tap on the text, all of the options, such as the buttons and progress meter, will disappear, so you can just see the text and page number. If you double tap on the text, you can look up text in the dictionary, highlight text, create a note, as well as search the book for the highlighted text.

Also, you can choose to sync your progress and such between your devices, such as your iPhone and iPad, using iTunes.

If you would like to try using the iBooks application, you can download it for free from the Apple App Store.

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Windows Live SkyDrive

If you’re someone who would like to be able to store files in the cloud and access them from any computer, perhaps you should try using Windows Live SkyDrive.

Windows Live SkyDrive is a free service from Microsoft that enables you to store up to 25 GB of files, such as documents and photos online. Your files are also password-protected, so you don’t have to worry about anyone else seeing them if you don’t want them to.

When you first log into Windows Live SkyDrive using your Windows Live ID, you should see a My Documents folder. Above the folder, there are buttons that allow you to do a variety of things, such as create a new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote document using an online version of these programs. There is also the option to create a new folder for your SkyDrive. You can also add files by clicking on the “Add Files” button and then choosing which files that you would like to upload or by using a drag and drop editor.

Windows Live SkyDrive also allows you to create a folder to store your favorite website URLs, which you can also access from any computer. You can also tag people, as well as upload files via e-mail if you’d like.

Even though your files are password protected, you can choose to share a folder between either, some friends, all of your friends, your friends, as well as their friends, and everyone, should you want other people to be able to view the contents of a folder.

There is also the ability so configure Windows Live SkyDrive to automatically sync files to the service from your computer, using Windows Live Essentials.

If you’d like to try using Windows Live SkyDrive, you can do so by going to the SkyDrive.Live.com and then signing in with your Windows Live ID.

McAfee Site Advisor

Every now and then, you may come across a website that you are unsure of how safe it is. Whether you’re doing some online shopping or filling out a form with personal information, you should know whether a website is safe to use or not and one program that may help you to do so would be McAfee Site Advisor.

McAfee Site Advisor, which is a free service provided by McAfee, enables you to look up a website and view information regarding the safety of the website. Some of the information that you can find out about a website using McAfee Site Advisor would be which country the website is in, as well as the popularity of the website.

Also, McAfee Site Advisor provides information about the number of e-mails a website sends out a week, as well as what kinds of programs can be downloaded from the website, as well as the safety of those programs, as well as which websites are being linked to from the original website and whether or not they’re safe.

In addition, McAfee Site Advisor provides a list of annoyances, such as cookies that you may get from the website, as well as user reviews that you can read. The user reviews are also summarized into categories, such as “This site is good”, “This site spams”, “Adware, spyware, or viruses”, “Excessive pop-ups”, as well as other things.

There is also a free plug-in that you can download, which helps you to see which websites are safe or which may pose a threat to your computer’s security, without having to search for a website from the McAfee Site Advisor website.

If you’d like to try using McAfee Site Advisor, you can do so by going to SiteAdvisor.com.

Forrst

Forrst is a relatively new startup, which enables designers and developers to share code, screenshots, as well as links with each other.

When you first log into Forrst, you will be taken to your dashboard, where you are able to view graphics, code, and links from people you’re following, as well as post your own. Also from the dashboard, there are links to the “Posts”, “People”, and “Tags” sections of the website.

From the “Posts” tab, you are able to see posts from people who you are following, as well as posts that are popular, as well as fresh, which means that they haven’t had much activity yet. The “Posts” section also allows you to view all of the questions that are being asked on Forrst. In addition, you can also view snaps, links, and code that is posted on Forrst.

The “People” section enables you to view what other designers and developers have posted on the website, even if you’re not following them. The “People” section also allows you to separate which posts you’d like to see, such as posts from A-Z, as well as posts from developers, designers, and rangers, which are users who are good at “tracking down quality content with a given tag”. Also, you view the newest posts, as well as posts from your friends.

Also, on the “Tags” tab, you should be able to to view common tags that are being used on Forrst in an A-Z list. Should you click on one of the tags, you will be able to view posts that are tagged with that particular word.

If you would like to post something to Forrst, you can do so by clicking on the “New Post” button, which is located near the top of the website in the “Posts” section, as well as to the right of “Activity from your friends” on the dashboard.

Once you’ve clicked on the “New Post” button, you should be able to select which type of content you’d like to post, including a link, snap, code, or question. Also, you should be able to enter in some information about what you’re posting, as well as add tags to your post. You can also choose if you’d like to have your post viewable by the public, which means that the post will be viewable by anyone who has the URL to the post. When you’re ready to post, you can do so by simply clicking on the “New Post” button, at the bottom of the the page.

If you’d like to try using Forrst, you can do so by going to Forrst.com. However, Forrst is presently invite-only, so you will have to sign up for an invitation if you’d like to try using this service.

Digg v4 Review

As you may have heard, Digg.com, which is a social news and networking website, will soon be launching version 4 of it’s website. However, Digg is giving out invites to try the new version of the website before it’s launched.

When you first go to Digg’s alpha website, new.digg.com, you should be asked if you would like to follow any of Digg’s recommended users.

Once you’ve selected which accounts you would like to follow, any news stories, photos, or videos that they Digg should appear in a news feed called “My News”.

The “My News” section is different than Digg’s traditional news feed, which has the top stories, which were dug by all users of the website. With the new “My News” section, you will only see stories that were dug by people that you’re following, which should give you some ability to choose which genre of stories appear.

However, if you prefer the traditional news feed, you can click on the “Top News” tab, next the the “My News” tab, near the top of the page, which will show you the top stories that were dug by everyone on Digg and not just the people who you are following.

Another different feature in Digg v4 is that story categories are displayed to the left of the “Top News” feed. However, in the current version of Digg, the story categories appear above the news feed.

The newest version of Digg has also made digging a story a lot easier. Rather than having to click on the “Submit New” button, paste a link to your story, choose which type of media it is, and then click on the “Submit” button, the new version of Digg allows you to submit your story in only a few clicks.

If you would like to submit a new story in Digg v4, all you need to do is paste a link into the “Submit a link” box, located above both the “My News” and “Top News” feeds.

Once you type or paste a link into the text box, Digg automatically presents you with the option to submit the story, only requiring that you enter in a title, description, and choose a picture and category. However, some of the fields may already be filled out once you submit your story. Once you’ve entered in the required details, you can click on the “Digg it” button, which will submit your story.

If the story you wanted to submit was already submitted, once you type or paste a link into the “Submit a link” box, you should be presented with the option to digg the story.

In addition to the features listed above, Digg v4 has other new features that you may be interested in trying out.

If you would like to try out Digg v4, you can log in or request an invitation by going to new.digg.com.