|11:00 AM, Friday, May 17th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
A committee of the House of Commons summoned a Google executive to give testimony again today and raised the possibility that the corporation might find itself in contempt of parliament.
The Public Accounts Committee is investigating why multinational corporations are not paying enough tax, even while they are clocking up huge revenues.
Chair of the committee, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, claimed she had documents from whistleblowers that showed Google transacted business in the UK. Google maintains that no money changes hand in the UK.
Under parliamentary procedures, "a person prevaricating or giving false evidence can be considered to be in contempt of the House".
She described Google as "evil".
Google's head of sales in northern Europe, Matt Brittin, maintains that the £3 billion (~$5 billion) in revenues is routed through Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. A nervous looking Brittin said Google had done nothing wrong.
Hodge told Brittin that the committee will continue to investigate until it gets "to the bottom" of the matter. The UK parliament has the power to levy heavy penalties for contempt, but the Tower of London is no longer a prison so any Google person convicted of contempt could end up in Pentonville.
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|8:00 AM, Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Dark Horse fans, if you missed out on Dark Horse's Free Comic Book Day offerings, you can now get them digitally through Dark Horse Digital. They had two books out featuring six different properties: Mass Effect, The Fabulous Killjoys, R.I.P.D., Star Wars, Captain Midnight, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. So crack out your favorite digital device and snatch these up, because they are FREE! Here's the official word from Dark Horse:
MAY 6, MILWAUKIE, OR-If you missed out on picking up your Free Comic Book Day comics at your local comic-book store, you can get them from Dark Horse Digital for a limited time!
Both Mass Effect/Killjoys/R.I.P.D. and Star Wars/Captain Midnight/Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available for free download through Dark Horse Digital starting today.
Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Google Play and Apple Store apps.
Make sure to check out these awesome titles from Dark Horse and support Free Comic Book Day! Free Comic Book Day has happened the first Saturday in May every year since 2002-eleven years in the running!
For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit FreeComicBookDay.com.
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|8:00 AM, Sunday, May 5th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
The Barnes & Noble lineup of Nook digital readers originally required a hack in order to access the full version of the Google Play store.
Well, Barnes & Noble has shaken up the current status quo with an announcement that Nook HD and HD+ tablets owners can now gain full access to the Google Play store - without having to root their respective devices.
This means Nook owners now have access to all of the reading material that made Barnes & Noble popular, as well as 700,000 apps, games, movies, and songs available via Google Play.
In addition, users also have easy access to Google's Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Maps. This is indeed good news for Nook owners, as Barnes & Noble previously limited both access and content. This is definitely a timely move, especially considering that Barnes & Noble is having a rather difficult time competing against other tablets and e-readers from industry heavyweights like Apple and Amazon.
As previously discussed on TG Daily, the Nook HD is a seven-inch tablet with the screen resolution of 1440 x 900 and at least 8 GB of storage. The HD+ sells for $269 and features a nine-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution display and 16 GB of storage.
Source: TG Daily
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|3:00 PM, Saturday, May 4th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Get your Star Wars on with some bundles from Dark Horse Digital today in honor of May the 4th be with you day, the unofficial, fan created Star Wars celebration day. Check out the details below.
A galaxy of Star Wars comics for $30 or $100: reader's choice!
Dark Horse Comics is joining in on the May the 4th festivities with a very exclusive limited offer to their digital comics readers.
Get blasted into a galaxy far, far away with two amazing May the 4th MegaBundles! One MegaBundle is for devout comics readers, and the other is for the younger Star Wars fan in all of us!
The comic collection places over three thousand pages of Star Wars comics goodness right at your fingertips. It includes some of our most popular Star Wars series, such as Knights of the Old Republic, Blood Ties, Empire, and Dark Times, as well as some of our newest series, such as Dawn of the Jedi, Agent of the Empire, and our smash-hit series simply titled Star Wars, written by comics legend Brian Wood.
The kids' collection provides over one thousand pages of Star Wars Adventures and The Clone Wars. Hours of summer entertainment for your little Star Wars fan!
Each MegaBundle comes with an exclusive two-page digital preview of the highly anticipated comics adaptation of The Star Wars, George Lucas's original-draft screenplay. Written three years before the 1977 film, this first vision of the galaxy far, far away introduces us to Jedi Annakin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, as well as a six-foot alien named Han Solo. It's a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, "laser swords," and monsters, and is sure to read like no Star Wars you've known before!
Over 60 percent off the regular listed price for these digital comics? Why, yes! These are the MegaBundles you're looking for, but they're only here for a limited time.
Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and as an app in both the Android and iTunes stores.
Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get all the Star Wars comics you could want and more!
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|9:00 AM, Saturday, May 4th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
If you like reading your comics digitally, and if you like reading them free, then you're in luck! Trip City is taking advantage of today being Free Comic Book Day to remind you that webcomics at Trip City are ALWAYS free!
TRIP CITY is taking advantage of today's Free Comic Book Day with a promotion we're calling "TRIP CITY's FREE WEBCOMIX WEEKEND." Yes, comics are always FREE at TRIP CITY, but we thought it would be a good time to remind folks, while they're thinking about free comics.
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|8:00 PM, Friday, May 3rd, 2013 - Posted by Chuck Moore|
This weekend, May 4th & 5th, Comic Con India & Readwhere Present India's first ever FREE COMIC BOOK WEEKEND. Two days worth of grabbing some of the best Indian comics out there absolutely FREE!
So your local comic book shop isn't the only place to score some cool, free reads. You can go international and download titles from Diamond Comics, Pop Culture Publishing, Campfire Graphic Novels, Level 10 Comics, Chariot Comics, Amar Chitra Kath and Sufi Comics straight to your mobile device or computer using Readwhere.com
Link - www.readwhere.com/fcbw
or Download the Readwhere App on your iOs or Android Phones/Tablets
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|5:30 PM, Friday, May 3rd, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
If you don't have a comic store in your area, but you'd also like to try out some FREE comics, digital comics distributor ComicBin may have the answer for you. All weekend, you can preview 700 titles (with subscription) for FREE. Here are the details:
Leader in Subscription Digital Cloud Comics offers free preview for Free Comic Book Day
ComicBin, the leading provider of subscription digital comic books, is celebrating Free Comic Book Day by offering a 3 day free preview of its subscription service from Friday, May 3rd, 2013 through Sunday, May 5th, 2013. The free preview will give all registered users a chance to read more than 700 comics books available as part of the service from top publishers including Top Cow, Arcana Studios and Bluewater Productions.
"Free Comic Book Day is a great way to get new readers interested in comics." says ComicBin Founder Jason Goldsmith, "But many comic book fans are migrating to digital comics and we want to be there to support them as well. We've got a great selection of comics and there's something for everyone."
To take advantage of the preview, comic book fans simply need to register for free at http://comicbin.net and login during the free preview window. After the free trial users will have the option to subscribe to the monthly plan or may continue accessing a limited selection of comics for free.
ComicBin's wide variety of comics are available on iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 or any modern web browser. The ComicBin comic reader is designed for large and small screens and provides an engaging reading experience. ComicBin requires no downloads and comics will be available for immediate viewing.
ComicBin is an innovative digital publishing service offering comic book fans instant access to the rich history of the comic book medium. ComicBin's subscription service encourages readers to explore the breadth of content created throughout the industry's long and storied past without resorting to piracy.
ComicBin provides users with a legal, easy to use comic book reader and provides fair compensation to publishers, creators and IP holders through a subscription based cloud service. ComicBin bridges the gap between comic book enthusiasts and the creators and also provides an opportunity for independent comics to reach the same audience as major publishers. More information about the service is available at comicbin.net.
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|8:00 AM, Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
ComiXology,the world's largest source for digital comics on the web, took it upon themselves recently to poll 5,700 users of their service for their new "comiX indeX" on various Iron Man related topics. With Iron Man 3 hitting theaters this week, the survey really shows the enthusiasm of the fans, and suggests that Iron Man 3 may rule the summer of 2013. Here are the results:
- What is the best Iron Man movie so far: the original Iron Man or Iron Man 2?
- 73% say the first Iron Man is the best yet!
- Beside Tony Stark and Col. Rhodes, what character is most likely to sport an Iron Man suit in Iron Man 3?
- 72% say Pepper Potts, though Happy Hogan and The Mandarin weren't completely ruled out (between 7-8% believe these are possibilities)
- Will Iron Man 3 be the summer's biggest-grossing comics-related film?
- 58% say YES - bigger than Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, The Wolverine, and Star Trek Into Darkness
- What is the best Iron Man suit?
- 66% say Extremis; Nearly 11% say Hulkbuster; Iron Patriot, Original Mark 1, and Modern Space Suit were close 3rd place choices
- Who would comiXology fans rather see piloting an Iron Man suit?
- 40% say Pepper Potts; 30% say Black Widow; 11% say Edwin Jarvis; 8% say Happy Hogan
And there you have it, the people have spoken. The majority of people prefer Iron Man 1 over 2, want to see Pepper Pots in the armor,a nd feel Iron Man 3 will be THE comic film of the year. Do you agree? Leave a comment below, or let us know on Facebook or in the forums!
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|9:30 AM, Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
If you love Garfield, but you've never checked out the comic BOOM! Studios imprint KaBOOM! is putting out, or if you just prefer digital, you can now get it through iTunes! Yep, that's right, your favorite lasagna loving feline is up to his usual tricks, and now you can read them via your smart device using the free app. And believe me, the comic is pretty cool. Not to mention it's colored by CR friend Lisa Moore! Here are the full details from the official press release:
KaBOOM! Studios is proud to announce the official launch of the iTunes app GARFIELD COMICS by KaBOOM! The new GARFIELD app allows for fans to have fun, interact with other fans, get the most up to date information, and purchase GARFIELD comics.
GARFIELD COMICS by KaBOOM! is free to download through Apple's iTunes app marketplace. Digital comics and graphic novels can be purchased directly through the app using the user's iTunes account. BOOM! Studios has a long history of groundbreaking initiatives in the digital comic space including being the first independent comic publisher to launch its own branded digital comic app with the PEANUTS COMICS APP which launched early November 2012. The GARFIELD Comics by KaBOOM! App was developed by Snapplify (https://www.snapplify.com/), a mobile solutions provider that enables publishers, authors and content providers to package their books, magazines and brochures into digital publications for company branded Mobile Apps.
Issue #1 of GARFIELD is free to download in its entirety through the GARFIELD COMICS by KaBOOM! app and all other singles are at their usual pricing of $3.99. Four weeks after a new GARFIELD comic is released, the price of the issue purchased through the app will drop $1.99.
Along with purchasing comics through the app, the app includes a live feed from the official Garfield Facebook page as well as a link to the KaBOOM! website. Both features will be accessible directly in the app. Additional features will be added to the app in the future.
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|3:00 PM, Monday, April 22nd, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
Apple has confirmed that it keeps Siri-related data for up to two years after the information is anonymized.
According to Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller, Cupertino takes the issue of privacy very seriously, and the anonymized data is collected for the sole purpose of improving Siri as a service.
Indeed, the majority of work on Siri is executed remotely, which is why the software requires an open Internet connection to operate.
In any case, voice clips stored by Cupertino are apparently categorized by random numbers, which are not associated with an Apple ID or email address.
After 6 months, the random number is no longer associated with a saved clip, although the audio file could be saved for up to two years for "testing and product improvement purposes."
However, if a user disables Siri, the randomized identifier is deleted, along with any related data.
As AppleInsider notes, the fact that Siri data is sent to Apple before it can provide results has been a concern for security advocates and various companies. Indeed, IBM has apparently banned Siri on its corporate networks.
Source: TG Daily
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