January 2012


FYI: How to get a replacement copy of Erica Sadun’s iOS Developer’s Cookbook

Here’s an example of a book publisher “doing the right thing” for their customers. Erica Sadun’s book, The iOS5 Developer’s Cookbook, has production process related defects. So, Pearson has corrected these errors in both the print and ebook versions and is making replacement copies available. Here’s the official announcement.

The iOS5 Developer’s Cookbook – RECALL

It has come to Pearson’s attention that problems occurred during the production process of The iOS5 Developer’s Cookbook. The scope of the error was widespread and all print and eBook versions of the first printing were affected. Pearson has corrected these errors and the title has been updated. To find out if the copy you have includes errors and how to obtain a replacement copy please visit informit.com/ios5update

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Apps updated for my iPhone & iPad in the past week: 37


Thirty-seven (37) of the apps for my iPad &/or iPhone were updated in the past week. Apps that do not have comments in the list below indicates that the update is simply a bug fix release.
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Save to Kindle tip: View PDFs in landscape mode

I tried out the new Save to Kindle for Windows and it just worked. Here’s what I did:
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More on why Microsoft Windows will be on tablets to prop up shipment numbers (IDC market share when iPads are included)


Source: IDC via Fortune

Earlier this week, I offered my opinion on: Why Microsoft insists tablets run Windows instead of Windows Phone (Windows CE). My opinion is that PC shipments are flat at best (worldwide numbers). This means that Windows sales are probably flat too (not accounting for people upgrading PCs). Assuming that tablet sales (mostly the iPad) is a partial factor for this situation, putting Windows on tablets could help prop up Windows sales.

The data from IDC mentioned by Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt (Snapshot of the computer market, with and without iPad) supports my theory. IDC’s data indicates that if the iPad is considered a “computer”, then the global PC market share is falling for Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Apple’s market share hockey sticked and would, in fact, be the “PC” market leader if iPads are included.

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Tip: Windows Phone predictive text works when using a physical keyboard too (unlike Android)

I’ve used a number of Android phones with physical QWERTY keyboards over the years (starting with the original T-Mobile G1). Having come from the Windows Mobile world, I never understood why Google turns off predictive text when using the physical keyboard. It only works when using the on-screen keyboard. This was a great feature in Windows Mobile phones with physical keyboard. I recently review the LG DoublePlay (BYTE) and LG myTouch Q (aNewDomain.net) Android phones and noticed that predictive text is still not available when using their physical keyboards.
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Note to self: Save to Kindle for (Windows) PC available – great for reading documentation next to a PC

This is a very handy feature for all Kindle users. But, it is especially useful for people like me who often want to prop up a technical book/manual next to a PC for reference. Although I can already do this using, for example, GoodReader or iBooks on an iPad, doing so eats up the device’s battery and shuts off the display after some fixed period of inactivity. The e-ink Kindle, however, does not suffer from either problem when a page is left up on its display. The free app for Windows PC was announced on the Kindle Daily Post blog.

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