George RR Martin denies being dead after George Martin dies


Fantasy author George RR Martin was moved to reassure his fans on Wednesday that rumours buzzing around the web that he had died “have been greatly exaggerated”. His invocation of Mark Twain’s famous quote followed news that the Beatles producer George Martin had actually passed on that had panicked come hasty readers.

As tributes poured in for producer Martin, who died aged 90 on Tuesday evening, some readers mistakenly believed that Martin, author of the Game of Thrones novels, was no more.

But writing on his blog, the novelist told his fans that he was “not dead yet”. “While it is strangely moving to realise that so many people around the world care so deeply about my life and death, I have to go with Mark Twain and insist that the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” he wrote, referring to the novelist’s comment to a reporter in 1897 following rumours that he had died.

Source: The Guardian | Link to full story


U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal


At its conference on Friday, March 4, the Supreme Court declined to take up Apple’s appeal in its e-book price-fixing case, effectively ending one of the publishing industry’s most closely-watched legal battles.

The Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari also means that Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 decision finding Apple liable is now considered final, triggering $400 million in refunds to e-book consumers under the terms of a 2014 settlement with 33 states and a consumer class. In addition, Apple will pay some $50 million in fees and attorney costs.

Source: Publisher’s Weekly | Link to full story

How To Edit and Format a Google Doc with Voice Commands


Google Docs has just added a new tool for editing and formatting documents with voice commands. It’s long had the feature to dictate text which made it easier to type but the update now lets you edit your document. There is an entire list of commands that you can use to format and navigate inside a document. You can jump to a new paragraph, apply text styles (bold, italics, etc), edit tables, and more. The commands are simple to execute and you will not need to switch to the keyboard to activate the feature if you’re already using voice to text to write the document. Here’s how to execute a voice command in Google Docs. For now, this only works in Chrome for the desktop.

Source: AddictiveTips | Link to full story