Amazon and Apple end Audible exclusivity deal to avoid antitrust probe by German government

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Quietly announced two weeks ago following discussions with both the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, Apple and Amazon have decided to end their deal which made Amazon-owned Audible an exclusive provider of audiobooks for iTunes.

According to a Reuters report Thursday, the move puts an end to antitrust complaints by the German government and is likely to boost competition.

The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003. Read More

 

New Apple videos highlight enhanced iBooks for George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Back in September, publisher HarperCollins debuted on iBooks Store exclusive Game of Thrones digital books featuring interactive content. Today, Apple began promoting these enhanced edition iBooks in last-minute holiday push with a trio of new videos published on its YouTube channel.

Comprised of five individual titles, these interactive iBook exclusives are available individually or as a $39.99 bundle from iBooks Store. Read More

 

Apple’s ‘Designed by Apple in California’ promo video now on YouTube

By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2016

In November Apple debuted a hardbound photo book chronicling 20 years of product designs. The book is titled “Designed by Apple in California,” and it comes in two sizes: small and large, priced at $199 and $299 respectively.

Alongside the release, Apple posted a promotional video by the same name on its website featuring voiceover from Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and a sneak peek into their design studio. And now the clip is available on YouTube. Read More

 

Jony Ive discusses 20 years of iconic Apple designs and that pricey new coffee table book

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

Apple is releasing a pricey book, titled “Designed by Apple in California,” in which it chronicles many iconically designed products it’s churned out over the span of past 20 years. Discussing the book’s launch, Chief Design Office Jony Ive sat down with Tony Chambers of Wallpaper.com to explain why the iPhone maker set out to publish this book in the first place. Plus, Ive reflects on the nature of objects, the fragility of ideas and much more. Read More

 

Apple unveils hardbound photo book chronicling 20 years of product designs

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

Apple today announced a hardbound photo book which tells the story of award-winning design at the company. Aptly titled “Designed by Apple in California,” the book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs and covers 20 years of Apple’s design as expressed through hundreds of photographs of past and current product designs, from the 1998 iMac to the 2015 Apple Pencil. The photo book, which also documents the materials and techniques used by Jony Ive’s design team, will be available beginning tomorrow for $199 or $299 from Apple.com and Apple retail stores. Read More

 

A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition with bonus interactive content hits iBooks

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

The first book in George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” fantasy series was published twenty years ago today. Celebrating the anniversary, publisher HarperCollins and Apple released interactive “Game of Thrones” digital books on the iBooks Store today.

Representing “an amazing next step in the world of books,” The Guardian reports that the enhanced electronic books bring “a world of additional content” such as sigils, family trees and glossaries. Read More

 

Apple launches new iBooks account on Instagram, releases new Harry Potter book

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Following launch of the widely popular and incredibly active Apple Support account on Twitter earlier this year, Apple has now created a brand new account on Instagram. Dedicated solely to iBooks, it shares book quotes, spotlights authors and reviews, promotes new arrivals and more. At the same time, the iPhone maker has now released the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on the iBooks Store (also available from Amazon and other retailers). Read More

 

Bookmark apps and iTunes content and install them later with Lookmark for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2016

Lookmark for iPhone by developer Claes Jacobsson received a major update yesterday, prompting me to take another look at this interesting piece of software.

With Lookmark, you can bookmark apps and other iTunes content very easily from Safari, other apps and your desktop, and install/download them later when the time is right. Yesterday’s update added a Share sheet extension which can save apps mentioned on any webpage. Read More

 

Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More

 

iTunes Movies and iBooks Store go offline in China without explanation

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2016

As of this morning, customers in China are unable to access Apple’s content stores for digital movies and books, the iTunes Store for Movies and the iBooks Store, as both services went offline last evening without explanation. These stores are now inaccessible in China on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, as well as on computers with iTunes.

No reason was give for the downtime and Apple had not commented on the move at post time, but AppleInsider has learned that it has something to do with the government’s pending investigation into Apple’s business practices. Read More

 
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