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January 18, 2012

Apple to release fancy eBook-authoring tools, kill textbooks forever

Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing
Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19. While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books—the "GarageBand for e-books," so to speak—and expand its current platform to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users. Along with the details we were able to gather from our sources, we also spoke to two experts in the field of digital publishing to get a clearer picture of the significance of what Apple is planning to announce. So far, Apple has largely embraced the ePub 2 standard for its iBooks platform, though it has added a number of HTML5-based extensions to enable the inclusion of video and audio for some limited interaction. The recently-updated ePub 3 standard obviates the need for these proprietary extensions, which in some cases make iBook-formatted e-books incompatible with other e-reader platforms. Apple is expected to announce support for the ePub 3 standard for iBooks going forward. GarageBand for e-books At the same time, however, authoring standards-compliant e-books (despite some promises to the contrary) is not as simple as running a Word document of a manuscript through a filter. The current state of software tools continues to frustrate authors and publishers alike, with several authors telling Ars that they wish Apple or some other vendor would make a simple app that makes the process as easy as creating a song in GarageBand. Our sources say Apple will announce such a tool on Thursday.

January 16, 2012

Anti-SOPA, anti-PIPA Roundup

OK, I've had this post-it filling with SOPA/PIPA links for...

December 19, 2011

Cunning, cunning humans: Japanese grid multiplication

So, in college I knew this guy KC (aka "The...

My 5yo and I finally built a LEGO microscale Millennium Falcon

Using the instructions I posted a few weeks back (Snip,...

December 10, 2011

How To: Configure your Xbox to block all ads

How To Block Xbox 360's Newest Feature: Dashboard Ads
1. Sign up for an OpenDNS account (it's free). 2. Add a network for your current IP address. 3. Go to Advanced Settings and next to 'Domain Typos', check the box 'Enable typo correction' if it's not already checked and apply. 4. Got to Web Content Filtering settings and set the filtering level to 'None', and under 'Manage individual domains', put rad.msn.com and select 'Always block' and then click 'Add domain'. Screenshot. 5. On your Xbox, go to System Settings -> Network Settings -> (your connection) -> Configure Network -> DNS settings -> Manual, and enter the OpenDNS IP addresses for the primary and secondary DNS servers: 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220. 6. You may need to clear your hard drive cache before ads disappear entirely: System Settings -> Storage -> Hard Drive -> press Y -> Clear System Cache (note that you'll have to re-download any title updates for any games you play after doing this). absurdlyobfuscated also suggests reconfiguring your router to use OpenDNS' DNS servers via a static DNS setting. That way you don't have to block each Xbox 360 in the house individually. Also, if your IP address changes, you will need to update your OpenDNS network to match.

December 05, 2011

Make a LEGO Millennium Falcon Ornament

'nuff said; frikkin *RAD!* millennium falcon part list and instructions...

December 01, 2011

If you weren't already concerned about Terminators and time travel, now is a good time to start

A real historical curiosity, not some piece of modern steampunk...

November 28, 2011

Happy Non-Denominational Gift Buying Season! SAVE 35% ON "Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred"

. . . and get the ebooks (in PDF, mobi,...