Thursday, October 18, 2018

The firmware update is available for Kindle eReaders

Not long after Amazon releases its all-new Kindle Paperwhite 4, it also reveals the latest firmware update today. This update should automatically download and install to your Kindle when connected wirelessly; however, you can also manually download the software and transfer the update to your device via USB cable.

Here’s what’s new for the update:
·         Swipe-able Home: Swipe up on your home screen to see additional tips, recommendations, and more based on your reading habits.
·         Easily personalize your reading: Now save multiple reading settings, selecting the font, boldness level, and orientation settings you prefer all from the main menu and quickly switch between those settings.
·         Return borrowed books: You can return Kindle Owners’ Lending Library books from within your library by long pressing on a borrowed book and selecting return.
·         Battery percentage: The percent of battery remaining is shown.
·         Labels for the standard toolbar: Labels are added under each icon on the standard toolbar for improved navigation.
·         Performance improvements and other general enhancements.

Here’s how to manually download and install a software update.
Before manually downloading the software update, determine the current software version on your Kindle.
To determine the current software version on your Kindle: 
1.     From Home, tap the Menu icon, and then tap Settings.
2.     From Settings, tap the Menu icon again, and then tap Device Info.
If you have the latest update, it should look like this: Kindle
If you do not have this software version, click the link below to download the software update to your computer: Software Update
After you've downloaded the file to your computer, see Transfer & Install a Kindle E-Reader Software Update for instructions on installing the update.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is now waterproof

Today Amazon releases the all-new Kindle Paperwhite. This new Kindle Paperwhite adds some important featuresthinner, lighter, with Audible integration -- and now waterproof! And it’s available for pre-order for $129.99 for the 8 GB model and $159.99 for the 32 GB model. 

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is the thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet, with a 6 inch E Ink Carta HD capacitive touchscreen so you can read comfortably for hours. It concludes 300 ppi, glare-free Paperwhite display, laser-quality text, and twice the storage of the previous generation. Plus a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

Kindle Paperwhite 4 has a front-lit display with five LED lights, whereas the Kindle Paperwhite 3 only had four LED lights.

With the all-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, you’re free to read and relax in more places. It can protect against accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

Most importantly, the all-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite supports Audible books. Now with Audible, Kindle Paperwhite lets you switch seamlessly between reading and listening via Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones. 

Are you excited about these new functions?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Google Translate can now visually translate more than 50 languages

According to the latest news, the Google Translate app will be capable of visually translating 13 new languages by using the camera on your smartphone.

In 2015, Google added the visual translation feature to the Translate app with the support of 27 different languages. It allows users to translate dinner menus and signs in real time, making communicating abroad much easier. This week’s announcement puts the total number of supported languages close to 50.

Users can access the feature in the Translate app by navigating to the camera icon on the home screen. The app will then prompt you to line up the text you’re attempting to translate and take a photo. After that, the app will scan the text with the use of Neural Machine Translation, which will then provide a translation into the language of your choice. But the translation is not 100% correct.

With Google Translate app, you will never be afraid of communicating with foreigners or ordering food in a foreign restaurant.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Apple iconic co-founder Steve Jobs' 7th death anniversary

The visionary former Apple CEO died on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer. Jobs is credited for making Apple one of the biggest and most-loved technology brands in the world. It was his love for product design and perfection that disrupted and transformed several product segments across categories -- mobiles, music, PCs, apps and more...
On the seventh death anniversary of Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook remembered him by tweeting, "Steve showed me—and all of us—what it means to serve humanity. We miss him, today and every day, and we’ll never forget the example he set for us."

Let’s take a look how Steve Jobs changed smartphone, app and 4 other technology segments.

Steve Jobs changed the smartphone industry forever with the launch of the first-ever iPhone in January 2007. The first-ever Apple smartphone hit the retail shelves in the US in June the same year. The touch-screen smartphone supported GSM connectivity along with GPRS and EDGE for data transfer. Since then, iPhones have continued to be the given several.

Apple’s Macintosh 128K was the first-ever desktop computing machine from the company. It was launched with the moniker – Apple Macintosh in 1984. Macintosh 128K sported a 9-inch CRT monitor and came along with a couple of accessories including a keyboard and a mouse. There was a handle at the top that made it easy to carry it around. But then the firm later already had a ‘laptop’ line up under the ‘PowerBook’ series.

iPod (M8541) was Apple's first-ever portable media player. Unveiled in October 2001, iPods were launched with the tagline ‘1000 songs in your pocket’. The first iPod had a monochrome LCD display with 5GB storage. What made it stand out was its compact form factor that was made possible with a 1.8-inch hard drive. The competitors used the 2.5-inch hard drive at that time.

Apple’s MacBook Pro is today considered one of the most powerful laptops. The MacBook Pro line-up too took its baby steps during the Jobs' era. In 2006, Jobs introduced the first-ever 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop. It was built on the previous PowerBook G4 laptop and was also the first to run on dual-core Intel processor.

App developers need to thank Steve Jobs for giving the world first App Store. Apple App Store made debut in the year 2008 with just 500 apps. Today, the App Store offers iOS users over 2 million apps. Not just this, App Store got Apple over $22 billion revenue in the first half of the year.

Steve Jobs launched the first iPad in January 2010. The first-generation Apple iPad marked the debut of the tablet industry in the right sense. Microsoft too had experimented with a similar form factor device in the year 2000, but it failed to find too many takers. The device also had a major impact on the tablet industry that barely existed in 2010. The first iPad was powered by Apple A4 processor and had a 9.7-inch touchscreen display.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

How to download Audible Books on Windows computer?

Did you know?
You can download all of the audiobooks you've purchased on from the Library screen on your Audible for Windows 10 desktop app:
1. Open the Audible app on your computer
2. Tap Library from the left navigation menu
3. Locate the title you would like to download and tap the cover art to begin downloading. 

However, from now on, you can’t download purchased Audible books to your computer on by simply clicking the Download button like we used to. Then click the .adh file to start downloading the Audible book via Audible Download Manager. But now when you go to my library and click the black download button, it just links you to a part of the site listing all the different audible apps available for every platform, instead of prompting a download. You may feel annoyed by this. So next I am going to show you how to download Audible Books on Windows computer using Audible Download Manager?

If you using a Windows 7, 8 or even 10 OS, first of all, please contact Audible Customer Support to ask them to "updated my download settings" because you can’t download Audible books via Audible Download Manager, next please install the latest Audible Download Manager to your computer. Then go to>>My Library and click the download button. Audible Download Manager will open automatically and display the download progress of the audiobook. After downloading your audiobook, it will be playable in the player you chose to import the file to.

So in a word, you can download Audible books to your computer via Audible Desktop app directly if you are using Windows 10 OS or via Audible Download Manager after asking Audible support to "updated my download settings". 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Most Popular Kindle Skin 2018

Skins are the lightest, easiest, most colorful way to protect and personalize all your devices. How to choose a tailor-made Kindle Skin for your Kindle devices? And how to Turn your kindle into a good-looking objects to make you feel good? Here are some Kindle skin options for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Oasis, Paperwhite, and other models.

I have searched a lot of Kindle skin manufacturers and I came across the best skin providers with the most fabulous artwork—DecalGirl. Since 2003, DecalGirl has been manufacturing full-color, removable vinyl skins for laptops, cell phones, game consoles, iPods and other devices. Removable vinyl skins for a wide range of consumer electronic devices featuring artwork from talented designers worldwide. DecalGirl’s mission is to manufacture amazing looking skins while offering exceptional service. Below are some of the good-looking skin models.

Amazon Kindle Oasis Skins

Amazon Kindle Fire HD10 Skins

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Skins

Amazon Kindle Voyage Skins

Amazon Kindle Touch Skins

Well, a Kindle skin is more about style than protection. It lets you distinguish yourself from other Kindle users and get a little bit of scratch protection for the back of your Kindle as an added bonus.

Monday, September 10, 2018

List of The 2018 Hugo Award Winners

The Hugo Awards are a set of literary awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. The 2018 Hugo Award ceremony has just wrapped up at Worldcon 76, in San José, California. Here are the results of the 2018 Hugo awards, along with the winners that are in red.

Best Novel
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Best Novella
  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.Com Publishing)
  • Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang ( Publishing)
  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)
Best Novelette
  • “The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
  • “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)
  • “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
  • “Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (, February 15, 2017)
  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
Best Short Story
  • “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)
  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (, July 19, 2017)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
Best Series
  • World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)
  • InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
  • The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
  • The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
  • The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway US / Jo Fletcher Books UK)
Best Related Work
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoë Quinn (PublicAffairs)
  • Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce, and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
  • Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)
  • A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Best Graphic Story
  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)
  • Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
  • Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
  • The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
  • The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
  • Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)
  • “The Deep” [song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Best Editor, Short Form
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams
  • Neil Clarke
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lee Harris
Best Editor, Long Form
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Navah Wolfe
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Joe Monti
Best Professional Artist
  • Sana Takeda
  • John Picacio
  • Galen Dara
  • Victo Ngai
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Best Semiprozine
  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
Best Fanzine
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
  • Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
  • Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
Best Fancast
  • Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay William
  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch
  • Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
  • Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
Best Fan Writer
  • Sarah Gailey
  • Foz Meadows
  • Mike Glyer
  • Bogi Takács
  • Camestros Felapton
  • Charles Payseur
Best Fan Artist
  • Geneva Benton
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Maya Hahto
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
There are two other Awards administered by Worldcon 76 that are not Hugo Awards:
Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)
  • In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
  • A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman (Knopf)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Jeannette Ng
  • Rivers Solomon
  • Katherine Arden
  • Sarah Kuhn
Above are the results of the 2018 Hugo awards. Congratulations to all of the winners.
Bonus: All the books are available on If you want to liberate your purchased Kindle books, we suggest you try the Epubor Ultimate software which can help you decrypt the books and convert format. If you want to know more details about how to remove Kindle DRM, please read this post

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Evernote’s Premium subscription dropped in price as many executives depart

Evernote currently has three different monthly pricing tiers: free, Premium for $7.99 per month (which adds up to nearly $100 over a year), and Business for $14.99 per month. So this deal might be worth taking advantage of if you rely on the app. Premium does afford many more features than free — like up to 10GB of monthly uploads and the ability to scan business cards — but there are also several Evernote alternatives now that are cheaper like Google Keep, Microsoft OneNote and others.

Good news is that Evernote is currently offering a sale on its Premium membership, slashing its yearly subscription price from $70 down to a much more reasonable $42. If you’re interested in grabbing the deal, it’s available now on Evernote’s site. It only applies if you pay one lump sum for the annual subscription.

Meanwhile, Evernote has confirmed that in the past month the company has lost many senior executives, including its CTO Anirban Kundu, CFO Vincent Toolan, CPO Erik Wrobel and head of HR Michelle Wagner. The company did not comment on a reason for the departures, but a source close to the matter said that “Evernote is in a death spiral... Paid user growth and active users have been flat for the last six years and their enterprise product offering has not caught on.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Kobo Update 4.10 Adds Overdrive Integration to Aura H2O2 and Aura Clara HD

Kobo has actually released new firmware update for Aura H2O2 and Aura Clara HD. But only adds library support for users in specific countries: Canada, UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand. So other Kobo owners will have to continue to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer library ebooks using a computer and a USB cable.

When Kobo launched the Aura One two years ago, they thrilled fans by integrating support for library ebooks, only to frustrate us by leaving the feature out of subsequent Kobo models like the Aura H2O2 and the Clara HD.

However, Kobo’s new firmware Update 4.10 for its current ereader models that give owners the ability to access their local public libraries directly to their devices. Once they add their library account to their ereader, they can search for titles, place holds, and download library ebooks from inside the Overdrive section of the Kobo store on the device.

For those people who can't update to the latest firmware automatically, you can go to github to download it manually. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Best 3 Tools to Help You Pirate Books

Although we have purchased ebooks or audiobooks, they are not truly owned by us because of the DRM protection. So we must get rid of the DRM protection to gain the full control of the purchased content. Below are the 3 powerful tools to help you back up your purchased content.
1. How to Pirate eBooks?
Epubor Ultimate makes it simple to decrypt ebooks purchased from mainstream books stores, like Amazon/Kobo/Nook/Google Play Books, etc. You can follow the guide to get rid of DRM.

Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.

Step 2, download ebooks to your computer.

First you need to download Kindle books via Kindle for PC/Mac, or Nook books from Nook for PC or Nook Study, or Kobo books from Kobo for PC/Mac, or Google Play books via Adobe Digital Editions.

Step 3, run Epubor Ultimate to remove DRM.

Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect all of your downloaded books via Kindle for PC/Mac, Kobe for PC/Mac, Nook Study, Nook for PC and Adobe Adobe Editions.
So when you launch Epubor Ultimate, you will notice that all the downloaded books are displayed under respective Tabs in the left side-bar. All you need to do is to add the books to the right main window to remove DRM.

2. How to Pirate Audible Books?

With the help of Epubor Audible Converter, you can easily decrypt Audible books with the fastest speed. Follow the below steps to get rid of Audible DRM.

Step 1, download Epubor Audible Converter to your computer.

Step 2, add Audible books to Epubor Audible Converter to remove DRM.

You can upload your downloaded Audible books quickly by simply clicking the Add button. It will pop up a window contains all of your downloaded Audible books. And Audible books will be decrypted immediately as soon as they are added to Epubor Audible Converter.

3. How to Pirate eTextbooks?

You’ll get DRM free Epub or PDF files (depends on the book type delievered by VitalSource) after downloading your VitalSource eTextbooks with Epubor VitalSource Downloader.

Step 1, download Epubor VitalSource Downloader to your computer.

Step 2, click the book cover to start downloading the book to your computer.

With the 3 DRM Removal tools, you can gain the full control of the paid books, Audible books and VitalSource eTextbooks.