Apple announces iOS, OS X features, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro. Are you happy?

Apple held the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday as scheduled and had a bundle of announcements for its products, including upcoming changes to iOS.

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How to stay safe: Think before installing

Attacks that threaten Mac OS X may be few and far between but they still occur. One way to protect yourself is to stop to think before installing software.

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New Evernote now out

Evernote announced an update of their app some time ago. Now Evernote 5 is finally out.

Evernote 5 is now available for downloading.

Download the app from the Apple App store:Evernote - Evernote

You can also get it from the Evernote website. Also available are versions for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Windows, and Windows: Go to the Evernote download page

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Why Ehon is a great free epub book reader for OS X

I think I have a new favorite ebook reader for OS X. That, my friends, is Ehon. It’s meant to be a digital comic book reader and it’s a good one, too, able to open comics in CBR and CBZ formats.

Ehon is great for reading digital comic books. It’s also a fantastic ebook reader that supports epub.

But Ehon also supports epub files and there are a number of reasons why it makes a great ebook reader.

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The best free ebook readers for iOS

There are many great, free ebook readers for iOS. This is the bookshelf of the Apple’s iBooks app. (Photo from Apple.com)

Stanza seems to be running again since its “demise” about a year ago. Good thing, too, as it gives you more choices in reading books on iOS, though development on the app seems to be frozen up to now.

There are, of course, many ebook readers on the iOS app store for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad, including Apple’s very own iBooks app.

The following are some of the best, free ebook readers for iOS. Note that while the apps are free, many books need to be purchased from an ebook seller. Free books are available online on Project Gutenberg and other websites.

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Read CBR and CBZ (digital comics) using Ehon, free for OS X Mountain Lion

Looking for a free comic book reader for OS X Mountain Lion?

Ehon

Ehon comic reader. Image from Ehon website.

Ehon is a free and easy to use comic book reader and manager from Kaiju Software. As a digital comic book reader, Ehon supports the following file formats:

  • epub
  • PDF
  • CBR/RAR
  • CBZ/ZIP
  • image folders

Download Ehon on the Mac App Store here:

Ehon - Kaiju Software

The minimum system requirements are as follows:

  • Intel-based Macs
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later (for Ehon’s Mac App Store version), which means it can be installed on Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion

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Download Apple’s iBooks Author (1.1 Update)

Without much fanfare, Apple updated the iBooks Author app a few days ago. Ok, granted the update is a minor one. But if you plan to use your Mac to create books for iOS, then download iBooks Author here (right, assuming you haven’t yet).

The iBooks Author app can be used to create books for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Get the Safari Omnibar ahead of OS X Mountain Lion’s Release

Wasn’t it Google that started it all with the what they called the omnibar in the Google Chrome web browser? Basically, instead of separate fields for the web address bar and the search bar, Google Chrome only had its omnibar. In the omnibar, you can either enter the URL of the website you want to go to or use it to search for whatever it is you’re looking for.

The Safari Omnibar, developed by Olivier Poitrey, is a Safari plugin used to unify the location bar and the search bar in Safari.

In Firefox, it was easy enough to add plugins to install an omnibar plugin. I had the Omnibar plugin for Firefox installed on my old iBook G4 and I find it immensely convenient to use. For Safari users, how do you install an Omnibar?

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Download PDF to Epub Converter, Free for a Limited Time

Qixingshi Technology is offering it’s PDF to epub converter, called PDF T Epub Converter, as a free download on the Mac App Store.

The PDF to Epub Converter from Qixinshi Technology is free for a limited time on the Mac App Store.

The app is available for free for a limited time only. Regular price is USD 39.99 on the App Store for OS X. It is available for free until February 26, 2012.

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What to Do When Launching Adobe Digital Editions for the First Time

Adobe Digital Editions is a great ebook reader for Mac OS X. Not only does it support epubs, it can also handle PDFs and a “reflow-centric XHTML-based format.”

Adobe Digital Editions can be used to read epubs, PDFs, and XHTML.

For readers, they can also take advantage of Adobe Digital Edition’s support for lending and borrowing. Publishers like it because it supports DRM-protected content and allows for text markup features.

It’s a free download for Mac OS X and Windows.

When you install Adobe Digital Editions, you’ll be asked to go through a set up process when you launch it the first time. Read more for a step-by-step how-to on setting up Adobe Digital Editions.

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