Thursday, October 18, 2018

The 5.10.1.1 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 5.10.1.1 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 5.10.1.1
If you do not have this software version, click the link below to download the software update to your computer: Software Update 5.10.1.1
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.