For a few moments, it looked like phone case manufacturer Case-Mate had jumped the gun and released images of the iPhone 5 (decked out in their fancy schmancy cases, of course). But then — POOF! — the page was gone, all but confirming that we were seeing something that Apple didn’t want us to see yet. However, images remain and speculation continues! If what we’re seeing is real, the iPhone 5 will be slimmer but wider than its predecessor and have an aluminum back (some have said it may resemble a miniature iPad more than a regular iPhone). In other news, the CEO of France Telecom has decided that Apple’s notorious secrecy means nothing to him and let it slip that the iPhone 5 is coming on October 15. Or so he thinks.
If you’re one of the people who finds themselves frustrated with Amazon’s often head-scratching recommendation engine (No, I am not interested in “By the Devil’s Hand: The 666 Killer. Bat Amazon, bad!), you should definitely keep BookLikes on your radar. A Polish start-up, BookLikes intends to be the one-stop shop for all things literature, not only selling books but providing recommendations and offering a social network so you can share your thoughts across the web. Unlike Amazon’s recommendation engine, which seems to have a bizarre, half-insane mind of its own, BookLikes takes into account your “reading preferences, general book information and social activity” when it suggests something you might like, learning the details of your preferences over time. It’s difficult to imagine a small start-up tackling Amazon in any way, but if you’re a voracious reader, keep you eyes open.