Thursday, November 11, 2010

Instapaper Updated With Many Improvements

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Instapaper, a popular application to save web pages for later reading, has been updated to version 2.3.

Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch's screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines!

Great for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don't have the time when you find them. Save with Instapaper, then read later when you're commuting, in a meeting, or waiting in line.

CORE FEATURES:
- Saves most web pages as text only, stripping away the full-sized layout to optimize for the iPhone and iPad screens
- Distraction-free reading environment gets out of your way so you can focus on the content
- Everything you download is then available **OFFLINE**, so you can read whenever you want, even on airplanes or on Wi-Fi-only devices away from internet connections

EXCLUSIVE TO THE PAID EDITION:
- Adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins
- Dark mode for night reading
- Folders
- Dictionary lookups
- Tilt scrolling, page-flipping
- Article sharing via email, Tumblr, or Twitter
- Rotation lock
- Download up to 500 articles on your iPhone or iPad, and store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website
- Preview links in the built-in browser without leaving the app


What's New In This Version:
- Article list on iPhone now includes the first few lines of text from articles, like on iPad. On iPad, more text is now shown. The text is downloaded for new articles only: RE-DOWNLOAD ALL ARTICLES in Settings for it to apply to your previously downloaded articles.

- Article list now indicates approximate article length and progress with a row of dots, similar to how it's done on a Kindle's home screen.

- iPad updates are MUCH faster.

- iPhone can now toggle Dark mode from articles, like iPad, in the font panel.

- New option to switch to Dark mode automatically at night, based on sunset times in your region. (This is so cool.)

- Overhauled logins to tolerate username changes, give more helpful errors, and fix the "username is already taken" bug.

- New Sharing options: Send to OmniFocus, Send to QuickReader (supported by its next version), Copy Link, Copy Article Text. Also fixed sharing bugs with Twitter and Twittelator Pro.

- New option to skip the in-app Browser and open links directly in Safari.

- New feature to verify that you're using the same account in the app and Mobile Safari and sync to your choice of accounts if they differ.

- Simplified bookmarklet installation and improved help text.

- Fixed handing of in-page anchors (including most footnotes) and mailto: links.

- Added support for the "ihttp://" URL scheme, so if you can't get the bookmarklet, the email address, or Copy working to add pages, you can edit Safari's URL field and insert an "i" before the "http://", tap Go, and Instapaper will launch and offer to add that page.

- Fixed miscellaneous bugs.

You can purchase Instapaper from the App Store for $4.99.















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Apple Premieres Movies on the iTunes Store in Japan

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Apple today announced that movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Japan giving customers an incredible way to enjoy movies on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with the new Apple TV on their HD TV. Starting today, there are over 1,000 movies to rent or buy in high definition and standard definition from major international film studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and top Japanese studios including Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.

With iTunes' legendary ease of use, discovering and watching movies is as simple and easy as buying music on iTunes has always been. Movie fans can choose from many top-rated movies in Japan, including Hollywood blockbusters such as "Toy Story 3" and "Sex and the City 2," as well as Japanese favorites including "Ototo," "Gekijôban Kamen Raidâ Dikeido: Ôru Raidâ tai Daishokkâ" and "Odoru Daisousasen THE MOVIE 2."

With iTunes Movie Rentals, once a movie is rented, it starts downloading from the iTunes Store directly to iTunes or Apple TV, and users with a fast Internet connection can start viewing the movie in seconds. Customers have up to 30 days to start watching their movie, and once a movie has been started customers have 48 hours to finish it—or watch it multiple times. In addition to renting movies on the iTunes Store, many movies are available to purchase in HD and SD.

The new Apple TV started shipping in Japan this week and offers the simplest way to watch HD movies on an HD TV and users can also enjoy millions of YouTube videos, more than 200,000 podcasts, 4,000 Internet radio stations and personal photos from MobileMe℠ and Flickr, while music, videos and photos can be streamed from Macs and PCs. Users can control Apple TV with their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using the Remote app, available now as a free download on the App Store℠, or with the upcoming availability of AirPlay users will be able to stream music, photos and video from their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to Apple TV.

Pricing & Availability
iTunes 10 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from www.apple.com/jp/itunes. iTunes movie purchases and rentals require a valid credit card with a billing address in Japan. iTunes HD movie purchases in Japan start at ¥2,000 for catalog titles and recent releases and ¥2,500 for new releases, and SD versions are priced at ¥1,000 for catalog titles, ¥1,500 for recent releases and ¥2,000 for new releases. iTunes HD Movie Rentals start at ¥300 for library title rentals and ¥500 for new releases, and SD versions start at ¥200 for library title rentals and ¥400 for new releases. Apple TV, which comes standard with an aluminum Apple Remote, is available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of ¥8,800. Apple TV requires an 802.11b/g/n wireless network or Ethernet network, a broadband Internet connection and a high definition TV capable of 720p.






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AT&T Says It May Owe You Money

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AT&T is sending out SMS messages this evening announcing a settlement for "Internet Taxes" charged to many of its customers

● If you paid taxes, fees or surcharges ("Internet Taxes") to AT&T Mobility LLC ("AT&T Mobility") on internet access through certain services including iPhone data plans, Blackberry data plans, other smart phone data plans, laptop connect cards and pay-per-use data services on bills issued from November 1, 2005 up to and including September 7, 2010, you might be eligible to receive benefits from a class action settlement.

● The settlement resolves lawsuits concerning AT&T Mobility charging Internet Taxes for internet access through certain services.

● The two sides disagree about whether AT&T Mobility's charging of Internet Taxes was proper, and if it was improper, how much the plaintiffs would have been entitled to. The parties have agreed to resolve these cases by settlement.




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