Apple updates Airport stations and Time Capsule,

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Apple has released a update for their networking and backup goods which are also known as Airport Express, Extreme and Time Capsule. The 802.11n stations are getting a fix that solves “an issue with wireless performance,” Also the capsule is seeing some much needed iCloud support. The Apple cloud integration doesn’t stop there as you’ll also be able to remotely access your Airport disk as well. Though, it’s worth mentioning that this update means you’ll also need Lion, so those of you keeping your OS X old school with Snow Leopard will be out of luck.

Apple announces free iBooks Author

iBooks Author is a free OS X program for creating books. The intent is really for teachers and other educators to produce educational materials for their classes. But Apple has said the format can apply to any genre. Aside from the free part, the real story here is ease of use, with the ability to drag and drop photos, videos and even Microsoft Word files into various templates. If you use Apple’s own suite of office apps, in particular, you can drag and drop a Keynote presentation into the docerment, and it’ll live on as an interactive widget. (You can whip up other widgets, too, though you’ll need to know Javascript or HTML.)

Beyond the main text, authors can also arrange glossaries by highlighting and clicking words, and clicking again to add a definition. In a surprise move, Apple also said authors can publish straight to the store, though i’m waiting for clarification that textbook writers and other scribes are actually exempt from Apple’s notorious approval process. In any case, the app is available now in the App Store (for OS X Lion users only, sadly) so you can crack on.

Apple has also confirmed some key approval and revenue-sharing details. First, authors will be subject to the same App Store approval process as developers. Writers can offer their books for free, or for as much as 14.99 (the same price cap for textbooks sold in the store). And like developers, authors must agree to a 70/30 revenue split, with writers pocketing 70 percent after Apple takes its share.