Days after publisher Random House announced it would adopt the agency model for e-book sales, content from the world’s largest consumer trade publisher — including “The Da Vinci Code” — began appearing on Apple’s iBookstore.
Content from Random House began populating the iBooks application on Wednesday, just hours before Apple is set to unveil its second-generation iPad. Some rumors have suggested that the new device will have an improved display with superior anti-reflective properties, allowing for easier reading of content like e-books in sunlight.
When the iBooks application launched last April, Random House was the most noteworthy absence from Apple’s new digital storefront. Other major publishers, including HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster made their content available from day one.
The team at Evernote released Tuesday a brand new version of Evernote for iPhone and iPod touch.
Evernote 4 is available in the App Store and it sports a complete redesign. The new design retains all the functionality of the old app while presenting a more streamlined and modern view.
Looking at the app, we are struck by how many modern app design trends have made their way into Evernote 4. The app looks great and we love the new Snippet View on the Notes page and the redesigned New Note panel.
The New Note panel mimics Twitter for iPhone, a design decision that works quite well for the app.
As they try to keep the company network functioning, IT technicians often move from place to place. Because many now carry smartphones, Spiceworks designed an iPhone application that helps them keep tabs on their networks and communicate with their coworkers.
The iPhone app enables IT pros to perform a number of functions. They can view the status of their servers, software applications and cloud services. Technicians can open, access, edit, and manage Spiceworks help desk tickets. IT support staff have access to community posts, where they can ask for help or search through comments on various management topics. They can also access employee contact information in case they need to ping a coworker.
Founded in 2006, Spiceworks took a different approach to delivering network management solutions. The company built a social networking type of community, one that now numbers 1.3 million members. In addition, its management software is available for free; the vendor generates its revenue via an advertising based model.
The new application, which is available in the Apple iTunes store, was designed because it scored high on the community Wish List. Delivery of similar applications for other mobile devices, such as the Google Android, would be helpful.