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eBook readers have stormed the consumer electronics market in the recent times, people now prefer maintaining their libraries on gadgets like Apple’s iPad or Amazon’s kindle. But those who don’t own these fascinating eBook readers need not to worry because I will be telling you some amazing online places spots from where you can read scores of novels by just using your Internet browser. So for reading nerds, check out these online places to read bunch of interesting novels:

Booksie

Booksie

Booksie is an online community for publishers and writers where they can publish their writings and work either chapter wise or part wise. It’s a very user friendly site and it offers loads of stuff like free online books, audiobooks and PDFs.

The main reason for the writer’s to use Booksie is that allows enables them to out-reach the global reading audience. The site mainly focuses on chapter-by-chapter release so don’t expect to find entire novels on it.

Online Novels

Online Novels

Well this website doesn’t have a tricked-out rich graphical interface but all the novels you will find on it are accompanied with detail description. The site offers some real quality stuff for you to read, a lot of authors have also loaded their own pages having their written materials on it. You can read the books using your internet browser and most of these books are for free. There are some short stories and poems as well on Online Novels that you can read.

WeBook

Webook

Frankly speaking, this website is the online fighting arena for online literature. Authors submit their work and let users read it, once that writing piece gets popular by readers vote it automatically reaches an agent who can publish it anytime. WeBook site was initially designed for authors who want to go big, but apart from this it also offers free contents for readers who want to sit back have a cup of coffee and read interesting stuff.

Though these online reading portals won’t make you a hipster but they do provide us with some fresh contents to read. If you happen to have come across some nice online reading spots then do share with us.

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Looks like Apple is on an update spree, first Mac OS X Lion, then the new MacBook Air, Mini, Thunderbolt Display and now iTunes 10.4. Apple has began updating it’s music software, iTunes, on both Mac and Windows. This update is mandatory if you’ve just upgraded your Mac to OS X Lion and brings some new features and support for Lion.

The new update brings a full screen mode that is present in OS X Lion, some new design improvements and turns it into a 64-bit app. However, you will not get any of the features if you’re using it on Windows, except for some minor UI changes and bug fixes. The fullscreen mode in Lion isn’t like the normal full screen mode that you use on Windows. It uses a complete space to open the app, keeping your full concentration on the app and nothing else. iTunes 10.4 also has some features from the iOS app.

You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new Full-Screen App capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other apps without distractions. iTunes is now a 64-bit Cocoa application on OS X Lion and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. Some iTunes plug-ins may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the plug-in developer for an updated plug-in compatible with iTunes 10.4

If you haven’t received the notification for a Software Update yet, then do not worry, it will be reaching you soon. But, supposing you’re not of the waiting species and want to find out what’s new then you can download it from the link below.

Download iTunes 10.4 for Mac/Windows.

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Blackberry Torch 2 is the successor of the much successful previous Blackberry Torch. Blackberry Torch 2 isn’t officially launched yet and would be officially launched soon. This post would have the unofficial preliminary specifications of the Blackberry Torch successor. Blackberry Torch 2 is expected to launch in August 2011 on AT&T.

Blackberry Torch 2 will take smartphones to a new level. That’s what I thought when I read the specifications of the smartphone. Specifications and features are great enough to impress more and more techie kind of people. There is no news of Blackberry Torch 2′s release in India but they would also be hitting the internet once it releases internationally. The leaked specifications and features would be given below so keep reading.

  • Torch 2 has a TFT capacitive screen with 16 Million colors. The display of the screen is 3.2 inches with a resolution of 480 x 640 pixels.
  • A QWERTY keypad is available as well.
  • A 3.5mm jack is also available.
  • Unlimited contacts can be submitted in the phonebook with the photocall feature.
  • It has an 8GB storage and 512MB RAM with an expandable memory of up to 32GB using a microSD card.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WLAN, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB are available under the connectivity section.
  • A 5 megapixels rear camera is available with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, continuous auto-focus and image stabilization. Video recording is available as well.
  • The key features of this phone are BlackBerry OS 6.1 and a processor of 1.2Ghz.
  • A 1300 mAh standard battery is available in this phone.
The price isn’t revealed yet but is expected to be around Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000. Hopefully, the price would be low and affordable. This phone can be great for many people as it can complete the need of an awesome and affordable smartphone. The phone(as mentioned above) would be launched in August on AT&T. I cannot assure you that the specifications are true but you can expect that the specs might be 80% true. Some minor changes would be made to the phone but no major ones.
On the whole, this phone would totally be blaster and I am expecting that it would take RIM to a great level. What do you think about this phone? Do give your opinions in the comments section.
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We just told you about the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and along with that Apple also released few more upgrades and removed something too. Apart from releasing Mac OS X Lion, Apple has also upgraded the MacBook Air line-up of laptops, the Mac Mini and the 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays. Let me tell one by one what new features you can expect with the new updates.

The rumors of MacBook Air receiving an upgrade has been proved true and quite accurate and we also did have a faint idea about the other two upgrades. But we did not see this coming, Apple has removed the MacBook from it’s online Store, which could mean that the good old MacBook may be dying. I’m just saying, don’t take it to heart.

New MacBook Air

Apple has refreshed the MacBook Air laptops with some much needed upgrades. The new line-up gets the new Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors and more DDR3 RAM. They’ve also been given more Flash storage love, making the new models all Flash, no other kind of storage. Other new features include a Backlit Keyboard, Thunderbolt I/O ports and will be shipped with Mac OS X Lion.

Pricing starts off at $999 for the 11.6 incher that comes with 64GB of Flash storage, 1.6GHz i5 processor and 2GB of RAM. Want more power? That’ll be another $200. For the 13 inch Air, the pricing starts at $1299 and includes 128GB storage, 4GB of RAM and 1.7 GHz i5 processor. It’ll cost you $1599 for the higher end model and in case you want the i7 processor on 11.6 inch and 13 inch then you can get it covered by paying $150 and $100 respectively.

You can select the MacBook Air of your choice from here.

New Mac Mini

The new Mac Mini features could mean that you’d never want to buy an iMac. However, that is not true. It has some new features but not enough to make you not want to buy an iMac. The new Mini now comes with the Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU, new AMD Radeon HD graphics, Thunderbolt I/O and will also be shipped with Mac OS X Lion.It also includes a Thunderbolt port, HDMI and lots of others that have been available with the previous models.

Starts at $599 for the Intel Core i5 2.3GHz Model, whose performance can be increased with the addition of another $200. You can also buy one with Lion Server installed that comes with Intel Core i7 2.0 GHz quad core CPU for $999.

Select your Mac Mini from over here.

Apple Thunderbolt Display

The best display to get home to your lonely MacBook Pro, Mac Mini or MacBook Air. Apple has introduced the all new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display that will set you up for life.

It comes with 2560 x 1440 of resolution on a 16:9 IPS display, which makes watching movies, playing games and multi-tasking super exciting. For better connectivity, it features Apple’s Thunderbolt I/O port and also comes with an HD FaceTime camera and microphone. For your sound needs, the Thunderbolt Display has a built in 2.1 sound system. And this can be users for $999.

Get your Thunderbolt Display over here.

Those are all the new things that Apple has included with the release of Mac OS X Lion. I’ve got my eyes on that Thunderbolt Display, what have you got your eyes on?

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Fake Apple Store Spotted in China

We all know that China is famous for its copy paste work. You create a new gadget and in couple of hours, you can find a duplicate of your gadget in the Chinese market. We have already covered many such news in the past and if you have missed out, I suggest you to read following posts:

Though one thing which I liked about these fake/copied gadget is, they are more feature rich. In most of them you will find extra slot for Sim card, better speakers and yah most of them will come with touch screen. Though the only thing is, you can’t rely on chinese product.

This post is not about any gadget but this time, a fake Apple store has been spotted in China. This fake Chinese Apple store looks so real, that you can’t spot different between fake and original one. The funny thing is, even the employees of this fake store feels that they working for one of the most prestigious global company “Apple”. They walk around with that blue tee that you’d usually find an Apple employee sporting. They’ve even got that Apple tag around their neck!! The images that you’ll see below will shock you, that iPad 2 looks so freaking real.

Here are some of the images of this Fake Chinese Apple Store:

You can read the complete coverage on the blog post by the Blogger who spotted this fake Apple store in China. It will be interesting to see how Apple is going to react on this. This is certainly the heights of faking things, it cannot go any higher. If you’re planning to visit the mainland of China, then you should make your way to Kunming and get a look at this Fake Apple Store.

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Are you a huge fan of the CNN news channel, well if you are then this is just for you. CNN has suddenly decided that it’ll be wonderful to stream Live news online, throughout the day and on your iOS devices as well. Wonderful, I say. But, to take advantage of never having to enjoy that big screen News hour, you’ll have to pay a fee to your cable operator. Yeah, that’s the only bad thing, however it’s not like you’ll be paying a lot.

All you need to do is get enrolled with AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink or Verizon for a pay TV subscription and you’re good to go. Oh, and Indian users, we’ll have to dream a little harder. Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide says;

A principle goal for CNN is to make more of our content available to more people on more platforms, and CNN’s participation in the TV Everywhere initiative is another step forward in that effort. We have long believed that our growth depends on keeping CNN essential and relevant to consumers wherever they are.

For those of you who’re living the American dream, it just got better. You can also watch HLN online along with CNN, but before starting out, you’ll have to go to www.cnn.com/video and enter your Username and password provided by your cable operator. Once that’s set up, you’re ready to watch 24 hours of news streaming live. You also have the choice to watch CNN news on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch with the CNN app. According to the Press Release, about 10 million people have already downloaded the CNN app for iOS.

I just hope that we get to stream some channel, be it News or Entertainment before the apocalypse.

[ via Engadget ]

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You could create an RSS for one of many reasons, such as, know about the latest news from a website, follow someone’s updates, or something else. RSS feeds are really useful as they are the easiest way to keep yourself updated with all that’s new. You can also learn a lot if you’re following someone who likes to update about interesting things happening around, hence here’s a method to create an RSS Feeds for Google+ Posts for profiles.

RSS Feeds for Google+ Posts

People have already begun using Google+ to share things with others, so it’s high time that you start following someone who posts good updates. RSS is the best way to go, because you can then add it to your favorite Feed reader and get updates along with all your other feeds. To make RSS feeds for Google+ profile is fairly simple and requires only a few minutes and a web app known as Google Plus Feed.

Create RSS Feeds for Google+ Posts

  • Firstly, you’ll need to get the profile ID of the person whose RSS feed you want to make. The profile ID is a long string of numbers, for example, for Profile “plus.google.com/117420368760274729369/” the profile ID is 117420368760274729369.
  • Now go to http://plusfeed.appspot.com and add the profile ID to it like this http://plusfeed.appspot.com/117420368760274729369.

Google  User Feed

  • Open Google reader or any other feed reader of your choice and add the URL to it. Below you can see that I’ve created an RSS feed and it has been successfully added.

google plus feed

You’re done!! You now have made an RSS feed of a Google+ user. However, if the person has limited all his posts and updates to a certain circle then you cannot see the updates. Only if it’s made Expanded, can you see the updates.

If you’ve been wanting to get someone’s update on your feed reader, then this is the easiest way to make it happen.

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To not love music is I think very much an impossible thing in the present times, because no matter wherever you are you will feel the aroma of music around. In this article I will be dishing out some really cool websites and web-spots that will not only help you to find out and discover new and quality music rather it will help you to understand music in a much better way.

MTV Music Meter

MTV Music Meter

This particular music website ranks over a million artists and allows you to discover some really cool music and keeps you updated regarding what is hot on the music scene at present. The ranking system is pretty cool, it is based on not only the album sales percentage but also on how many times an album or an artist is mentioned in blog posts, news pieces and social networking platforms. Clicking on a pull-down menu MTV Music Meter will further expand the artist tab revealing more information about an artist and the album.

Jog.fm

jog.fm

Lot of people use music during workouts, mainly because not only its fun but chances are that with music filling your ears your work our time increases automatically. Jog.fm is a perfect site for those who want to hear music while working out. You can get your fresh music mixes depending upon the exercise you doing that is either running or lifting weights. Enter the time for your workout and music will be available to you instantly. You can access the Jog.fm site and browse it for options.

Theta Music Trainer

Theta Music Trainer

Want to get better understanding of music, want to discover that what music suits you then Theta Music Trainer is the perfect spot for you. Through built-in games users can sharpen their sense of recognizing tones and pitches, plus they can also strengthen theory skills tagged with music. Theta Music Trainer indeed a fun site to browse for music and revamp your skills.

Well guys, do try out these music websites and give us your feedback.

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If you happen to be a TV addict but you don’t find time to tune In and watch your favorite shows then I have a perfect recipe for you today. The application that I will be highlighting today is TV Chrome which is basically an extension for Google Chrome. Here is a brief insight of this amazing app:

What is TV Chrome?

tv chrome

TV Chrome basically allow users to tune into live TV feed from across the globe, it has various built-in international TV channels and users can watch any kind of contents they want to see. You can install the app as a normal Google Chrome extension, all you have to do is go to “Get TV Chrome” link and install it right-away. You might have to install the Windows Media player plug-in, plus you can get detail instruction for using and installing TV Chrome by clicking on the link here.

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After installing it you would find it on your toolbar, just click on the icon and a list of available channels will pop-up. Channels are broken in the categories according to types and categories (news, entertainment, sports and music). Channels are also arranged as per the countries, but you won’t find the channels available all the time. Just click on the station and a media-player like application will pop-up, buffering will take some time. The quality of video playback do vary but most of the channels are having a very good quality.

Well on the whole I really like this TV Chrome app, though they are some drawbacks but you should definitely give it a try. Use it and share your experiences with us in comments.

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It’s been a wonderful year for all the Social networking sites that rule planet Earth. First, Google launches Google+, Facebook launched Video chat and Twitter get’s another user who helps it go over the 200 Million mark. Good news for everyone, except MySpace, Orkut and others that are evidently dying.

Twittericon

Just yesterday, some new person went over to Twitter and signed up and did not even realize that he/she helped Twitter reach the 200 million milestone. That’s not the biggest news that I’m sharing with you guys, there’s something more astonishing. Since, Twitter’s launch way back in 2006, it has had a tremendously fast growth that no one expected. It’s not just the growth that amuses everybody, it’s the fact that Twitter revolutionized the way we share things. When Twitter first started out, people weren’t really sure if they could survive with that 140 letters word limit, but they have and they will continue to.

The Infographic below will show you what exactly Twitter is all about, it’s growth and the unforgettable and amazing Timeline of it’s existence.

twiiter-history

That’s the amazing story of Twitter’s success and how it got to 350 Billion tweets being shared every single day. That’s something isn’t it? If you go through the whole thing, you’ll notice that Twitter has even played an important role in sharing news, sometimes even being the first to break news. It has also helped the public during bad times, sometimes being the only source of communication.

If  you’re not on Twitter, you should probably go and join right now.

[ Source: Visual.ly ]

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