By Hannah Johnson
Welcome to our Tech Digest with cool updates from the world of digital innovation.
Self-Publish iBooks with Apple iWork Update
On Thursday this week, Apple released its iWork update (iWork is basically Apple’s version of Microsoft Office) which includes a new feature in its word-processing program, Pages, that allows users to create ePub files compatible with Apple’s iBookstore. CNET reports: “Anything from a manuscript to a presentation can be uploaded to your iBooks app and viewed as a book.”
Take a look at the Apple documentation on how to create ePub and PDF files for the iBookstore. I wonder if this means that publishers will buy iPads for their manuscript-reading staff — well we can dream, can’t we?
Make Free Phone Calls Using Google
In November last year, Google announced that it had acquired Gizmo5, a VoIP company. Earlier this week, Google launched its “Call from Gmail” feature which allows free phone calls to landlines in the USA and Canada, as well as cheap international and mobile rates.
Read Endgadget’s thorough review — with photos!
Cool Videos on the Internet of Things
Ok, what does is the Internet of Things really, and why is it so important? Well, when you put a microchip into an object and it sends back data, that is the Internet of things. And it’s growing by the minute.
ReadWriteWeb has a great collection of ten videos about the Internet of Things. Maybe someday you will pick up a book in a bookstore, and the microchip inside the book will automatically email you reviews of the book, author videos, and links to where you can buy the book online.