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Making the Leap to iOS 7

By Matt Neuburg
September 18, 2013

As a bewildered Dorothy says in the movie The Wizard of Oz, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” When you open your iOS 6 project in Xcode 5 and run it in the iOS 7 simulator, you’ll know instantly …

What devices and formats do your customers prefer?

By Joe Wikert
March 19, 2013

Most publishers create ebooks in all formats figuring it doesn’t matter whether mobi is more important than EPUB or if the content is read on an iPad more frequently than on a mobile phone. That approach means these publishers have …

How can we redefine the book?

By François Joseph de Kermadec
March 4, 2013

A book may no longer be a physical object, but its ordinary definition remains straightforward as a “written composition that is intended for publication”. Traditional or digital, we feel confident in our ability to recognise a book. We barely remember …

Book Publishing Unbound

By Neil Ayres
February 6, 2013

Brand Perfect’s new report looks at how traditional publishers are contending with the challenges being brought about by increasingly fragmentary digital publishing, and highlights some of the most successful commercial projects that are responding to them. On the state of …

Ebooks and the future of research

By François Joseph de Kermadec
February 6, 2013

Knowledge cannot progress unless it is aware of its past: a knowledge-seeker must reference the works of previous generations. Literary scholars return to manuscripts, musicians to partitions, artists to museums… The continued availability of reference works underpins our entire research …

Next Issue: Why I recommissioned my old iPad

By Joe Wikert
December 13, 2012

I had to take my first-gen iPad out of mothballs for this one. I’m talking about the Next Issue service and app. Like most of you I’ve let my print magazine subscriptions lapse over the past several years. I spend …

A marriage of data and caregivers gives Dr. Atul Gawande hope for health care

By Alex Howard
August 30, 2012

Dr. Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) has been a bard in the health care world, straddling medicine, academia and the humanities as a practicing surgeon, medical school professor, best-selling author and staff writer at the New Yorker magazine. His long-form narratives and …

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

Why I haven't caught ereader fever
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Developer Week in Review: The new iPad and the big meh

Developer Week in Review: The new iPad and the big meh
By James Turner
March 8, 2012

Apple unveils pretty much what it was expected to unveil, and decides to treat Android as a cash cow rather than an enemy. Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi is finally out, so let the hacking begin.

Four short links: 20 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 20, 2012

University Copyright Fail -- This week, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto signed a deal with the licensing group Access Copyright that includes: provisions defining e-mailing hyperlinks as equivalent to photocopying a document; a flat fee of $27.50 for each full-time equivalent student; and, surveillance of academic staff email. (via Fabiana Kubke) Peanutty -- I'm...

About the Emerging Battles Over Textbooks: Options from Apple to Open Initiatives

By Andy Oram
February 14, 2012

Two dramatically opposed announcements from Apple and the state of California put the textbook publishing industry on notice recently that it could be facing rapid disruption. But open textbooks can't be created and altered as easily as open source software.

About the Emerging Battles Over Textbooks: Options from Apple to Open Initiatives

By Andy Oram
February 14, 2012

Two dramatically opposed announcements from Apple and the state of California put the textbook publishing industry on notice recently that it could be facing rapid disruption. But open textbooks can't be created and altered as easily as open source software.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons

Kindle Fire: Three pros, five cons
By Joe Wikert
January 20, 2012

Joe Wikert says the Kindle Fire gets good marks for form factor and meeting basic consumer needs, but its lock in, auto updates and lack of a killer app are detriments.

Commerce Weekly: Report criticizes "feeble" mobile strategies of posh retailers

Commerce Weekly: Report criticizes
By David Sims
January 12, 2012

A survey finds high-end brands are neglecting their mobile strategies. Also, Sprint rolls out two new Google Wallet phones, and PayPal's mobile volume beats its own guesses. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Keeping Safari Books on top

By Joe Wikert
November 28, 2011

Safari Books Online CEO Andrew Savikas talks about Safari Books' success and how it's incorporating mobile technologies into its business model.

Keeping Safari Books on top

Keeping Safari Books on top
By Joe Wikert
November 28, 2011

Safari Books Online CEO Andrew Savikas talks about Safari Books' success and how it's incorporating mobile technologies into its business model.

Head First iPhone and iPad Development and iOS5

By Tracey Pilone
October 14, 2011

Well, iOS5 is out, and that means that Head First iPhone and iPad Development officially needs some tweaking to work with the latest tools! First, a quick overview of the new features in iOS 5. For the OS itself, the...

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011
By Mac Slocum
October 7, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill explained why Oracle's Big Data Appliance is both a validation and a sign of battles to come, we dug into PhoneGap's cross-platform app capabilities, and we surveyed New York City's data and open government efforts.

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

By Peter Meyers
October 4, 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold.

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions
By Peter Meyers
October 4, 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold.

Fighting the next mobile war

By Alasdair Allan
September 28, 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.

Developer Week in Review: End of an era

Developer Week in Review: End of an era
By James Turner
August 26, 2011

This week two major players in geek culture called it quits, more airlines decided to replace dead trees with hot silicon, and the HP TouchPad seeks a new OS for a long-term relationship.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs
By Mark Sigal
August 25, 2011

Apple, under Steve Jobs, has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring. Here, Mark Sigal argues that it's this pursuit of humanity that may actually be Jobs' greatest innovation.

Head First iPhone and iPad Development is out!

By Tracey Pilone
June 30, 2011

Head First iPhone and iPad Development is shipping as we speak, which is very exciting! Updating Head First iPhone was a daunting task this time around, there have been lots of developments with iOS development since we printed the first...

The Five Keys to a Successful eBook Production: The Story of Spot the Dot

By Mark Sigal
June 2, 2011

What are the key steps in building a successful interactive eBook? This piece looks at the best practices from the perspective of a recently launched children's eBook called 'Spot the Dot.'

The Watering Hole - iPad Enthusiasts and Deadheads, The Tradition Continues

By Randy Silverman
May 4, 2011

I know that the last Grateful Dead concert was in the mid 90s, but I've known too many Deadheads in my time to not see the similarities. Just sayin'. Also, I've nothing against iPad enthusiasts, I simply tease because I love.

Publishing News: Week in Review

By Jenn Webb
April 29, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: US News & World Report replaced national advertising with data-driven revenue streams, iPad magazine publishers are missing the boat, and publishing startups will soon have a new way to get attention.

Publishing News: Week in Review

Publishing News: Week in Review
By Jenn Webb
April 29, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: US News & World Report replaced national advertising with data-driven revenue streams, iPad magazine publishers are missing the boat, and publishing startups will soon have a new way to get attention.

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container

By Jenn Webb
April 25, 2011

Treating iPad magazines as if they were print leaves consumer interaction opportunities on the table. Matthew Carlson, principal of experience strategy and design at Hot Studio Inc., says it's time to set the content free.

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container
By Jenn Webb
April 25, 2011

Treating iPad magazines as if they were print leaves consumer interaction opportunities on the table. Matthew Carlson, principal of experience strategy and design at Hot Studio Inc., says it's time to set the content free.

Four short links: 22 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 22, 2011

Tuffy -- a GPL v3 licensed Markov Logic Network inference engine in Java and PostgreSQL that claims to be more scalable than previous tools. (via Hacker News) Behind news.me -- if you are curious to see what they are reading, if you want to see the world through their eyes, News.me is for you. Many people curate their Twitter...

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves
By Alasdair Allan
April 20, 2011

Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan have discovered that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 are regularly recording the location of devices into a hidden file.

The magic adapter: Apple TV and the battle for the living room

By Mark Sigal
March 22, 2011

The Apple TV appears to be an afterthought, but its iOS-based second generation may actually blaze Apple's trail into the connected living room.

Running up the score: Thoughts on iPad 2 announcement

Running up the score: Thoughts on iPad 2 announcement
By Mark Sigal
March 4, 2011

While it's tempting to see the battle between iOS-powered iPads and Android-powered tablets as close, Mark Sigal says the iPad 2 launch showed that Apple is blowing out the competition.

Inside the E-Wars: Apple's iPad 2 Unveiled

By William Stanek
March 2, 2011

Apple officially unveiled the iPad 2 today, and I did pretty good on my feature/change predictions. The iPad 2 is indeed thinner (by 33%) and lighter (by 15%) than the iPad 1 with a depth of .34" and weight...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
March 2, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Apple's PR machine grabs all the attention, patent reform may finally happen (or not), and P = NP continues to vex.

Inside the E Wars: Apple's iPad 2

By William Stanek
February 28, 2011

Last year I blogged quite a bit about Apple's iPad. I introduced iPad, explored it's features, and examined a networking problem iPad users were experiencing. Though it was a tongue-in-cheek title of the blog exploring iPad's features, I didn't...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
February 23, 2011

Coming up on the Week in Review: Revolt of the App Store developers, Ubuntu's innocence lost, and a report we swear you'll like.

Want to succeed in online content? Get small, be open, go free

By Mac Slocum
February 16, 2011

Formation Media CEO Sam Jones discusses his recipe for online content success: It has to be free, it has to be widely available, and publishers must operate at a web-appropriate scale.

Want to succeed in online content? Get small, be open, go free

By Mac Slocum
February 16, 2011

Formation Media CEO Sam Jones discusses his recipe for online content success: It has to be free, it has to be widely available, and publishers must operate at a web-appropriate scale.

Four short links: 14 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2011

Stephen Elop is a Flight Risk (Silicon Beat) -- a foresight-filled 2008 article that doesn't make Nokia's new CEO look good. A reminder to boards and CEOs that option vesting schedules matter. (via Hacker News) CHDK -- Canon Hack Development Kit gives point-and-shoot Canon digital camera new features like RAW images, motion detection, a USB remote, full control over...

The iPad's ripple effect

By Joe Wikert
January 31, 2011

"Best iPad Apps" author Pete Meyers examines the iPad's impact on app development, entertainment, and content creation. Plus: He reveals three app rating patterns — C-spread, L-spread and The Claw — and what each means.

The iPad's ripple effect

The iPad's ripple effect
By Joe Wikert
January 31, 2011

"Best iPad Apps" author Pete Meyers examines the iPad's impact on app development, entertainment, and content creation. Plus: He reveals three app rating patterns — C-spread, L-spread and The Claw — and what each means.

Four short links: 25 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 25, 2011

node.io -- distributed node.js-based scraper system. Joystick-It -- adhesive joystick for the iPad. Compare the Fling analogue joystick. Tactile accessories for the iPad—hot new product category or futile attempt to make a stripped-down demi-computer into an aftermarked pimped-out hackomatic? (via Aza Raskin on Twitter) Programmed for Love (Chronicle of Higher Education) -- Sherry Turkle sees the danger in social...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
January 12, 2011

This week, Unix was for sale, then it wasn't, then it was again. AT&T announced the most poorly kept secret in the history of secrets. And the tablet was all the rage at CES.

Four short links: 22 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 22, 2010

ietherpad -- continuation of the etherpad startup. Offers pro accounts, and promise an iPad app to come. (via Steve O'Grady on Twitter) Scala Collections Quickref -- quick reference card for the Scala collections classes. (via Ian Kallen on Twitter) Raw Data and the Rise of Little Brother -- Turns out, despite the great push for citizen journalism, citizens are...

The Watering Hole - It's Next to the Buggywhip Guide

The Watering Hole - It's Next to the Buggywhip Guide
By James Turner
December 20, 2010

I ordered two old Alex Hailey novels from Amazon the other day. I felt so... anachronistic. But the one real excuse I have left for paper books is the out-of-print stuff that isn't available on Audible.

UI Spoofing Safari on the iPhone

By Nitesh Dhanjani
November 28, 2010

Given how rampant phishing and malware attempts are these days, I hope Apple chooses to not allow arbitrary web applications to scroll the real Safari address bar out of view.


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