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Is Media Becoming Too Device-Dependent?
June 10, 2013 | 1:12 pm

media A great write-up at Media Shift asks an important question: Is media becoming too device-dependent? Speaking of the surge in Hearst Media subscriptions following the launch of the purse-sized iPad mini, they concede that "new formats drive new business models," and while this is not necessarily a bad thing, they also admit that retooling is expensive, and publishers "can easily spend too heavily just trying to keep up." And it's not just media companies, either; my write-up on the forthcoming Google Play for Education initiative highlights the same fallacy. Google can build the best 'app store' in the business, but a school like...

Acer Unveils Iconia A1 Tablet, an Excellent iPad mini Alternate
May 4, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Iconia A1 TabletA few days ago we caught a few leaked images of Acer’s updated mini tablet, the Iconia A1. A next-generation of Acer's Iconia B1, the “One-Handed” device features a brilliant 7.9-inch IPS display, arguably better specs, and clearly a better price-point than Apple’s latest iPad mini. If you’re in the market for an ultra-portable slate, this should be on your list of items to scout, especially now with official pricing and availability information announced. Specs-wise, our report from the other day was majorly on-point. Acer‘s Iconia A1 (A1-810) will pack a quad-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor, an advertised seven-hour battery life, micro-HDMI input, a microSD card...

When’s the Best Time to Buy an Apple Product? (Infographic)
March 27, 2013 | 12:25 pm

AppleWhen is the best time to purchase a new Apple device? Is there a best time? We’re fully aware of how sporadic and paltry the big Apple can be when it comes to offering customers discounts on their products. Usually feeling like you’ve earned a ‘deal’ from an Apple retail store or from their online store involves taking advantage of a promotion, which can result in spending extra money to receive reduced priced accessories or services (of which you may or may not actually need). But saving any amount on a fresh Macbook Pro or iPad straight from the source? Not likely. So...

Refurbished iPad Minis Once Again Available from Apple Store, Starting at $299
March 26, 2013 | 1:38 pm

iPad MiniThe iPad mini looked like a bit of a gamble for Apple at first, but you don’t get to Cupertino’s dominant position over the tablet market without taking some risks, do you? And this one seems to have paid off rather nicely, as a second-gen 7.9-incher is allegedly in the works already. Meanwhile, if you’re one of those folks living in the shadows and scouring the Internet for the best deals on the most awesome gadgets, you should know that an assortment of refurbished iPad minis are again available via Apple’s U.S. Store. The tabs are not exactly dirt-cheap, but they offer...

Apple Offering Refurbished iPad 4 and iPad Mini
March 16, 2013 | 1:10 pm

iPadBeen wanting a 4th generation iPad or an iPad Mini but not ready to fork over that much money? Well, you’re in luck because Apple is now offering refurbished models of their latest releases at discounts of six to 10 percent. No, that’s not a huge savings, but with Apple products, a little is about the best you can expect. As with all refurbished options, you might not find exactly what you want available, but you’ve been patient until now, so you can probably afford to be patient and check back until your configuration is available. For example, when I checked a few...

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

iTunes U hits one billion downloads
March 4, 2013 | 12:29 pm

iTunes UBy Jonathan Pena Apple has announced that iTunes U has topped one billion downloads, an impressive number for a service launched just few years ago. Apple debuted iTunes U in 2007, expanding its library beyond laptops and computers when the company created its own iTunes U iOS app for mobile devices. Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, released a brief statement stating that more than 2,400 schools across the nation are currently hosting new content on the service. “It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U, and [the] incredible content offered on...

Exploring Technology Overload with Students, Part 2
March 2, 2013 | 11:10 am

I wrote a few weeks ago about the health unit I'm doing with my Grade 2 class, exploring technology and how we can use it safely in our lives. Well, our second lesson was delayed by a snow day, so I've only now gotten around to lesson two, and it was a doozy! In our previous class, we did some brainstorming about what sorts of technology the kids use at home. For homework, I had them keep a log for two days—a school day and a weekend day. In this week's lesson, the first thing we did was tabulate the results. The students averaged...

Will Smaller Tablets Outsell the Big Slates in 2013?
March 1, 2013 | 7:42 pm

tabletsApple famously refused to sell a 7″ tablet for many years, then reversed that notion and came out with the iPad mini last year and it sold very well. iPad mini and its many cousins have solidified the smaller tablet market. Display Search reported yesterday that in the first month of 2013, tablet PC panel shipments shifted dramatically toward smaller screen sizes. Look at that growth in the 7″ and 7.9″ sizes—and the collapse in the 9.7″ size. In case you haven’t kept up with tablet screen sizes, that’s the size of the new iPad. The reduction might just be an adjustment for...

iPad Mini Now Shipping in Record Time; Good or Bad News for Apple?
February 5, 2013 | 3:44 pm

iPad MiniBy Adrian Diaconescu Success is very transient in the ever-changing tech world, so it’s obvious every gadget sold and penny cashed in counts. You can be on top now and then hit rock bottom the next moment, which is exactly what has happened recently with Nokia and BlackBerry. But if there’s one landmark of stability in today’s tech décor, that’s definitely Apple. The Cupertino-based giant has been on the rise for years—especially with its various iPad models—and there’s no sign of that status quo changing anytime soon. Or is there? There’s been a lot of buzz recently about how Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and other...

Calling for the demise of E Ink readers is premature
January 13, 2013 | 9:30 am

By Juli Monroe I’ve been reading posts saying that “E-Ink is dead” for, well, years now. The general argument goes something like this: “People really want tablets. They don’t want a single-function device. E-ink is too slow to refresh and isn’t good for anything except reading books. And people don’t read anyway.” All of those things are true (well, except for that last one), but it misses the point. I’m active on Kindleboards, an online forum for Kindle lovers, and discussion, purchasing and love for the E Ink Kindles is alive and well. The Kindle Paperwhite was sold out through most of the holiday season,...

Are tablets now disposable computing devices?
January 4, 2013 | 10:00 am

  By Kirk Hiner | for Technology Tell With the price of 7″ tablets now plumbing the sub-$200 level, should these entry-level units be considered disposable computing devices? ZNet’s Jason Perlow posed that question in a commentary last weekend, in which he relates an anecdote about his wife falling asleep in bed while using a Google Nexus 7 he’d recently passed on to her, dropping the tablet onto a tile floor, the impact of which shattered its glass screen. Perlow vetted out the cost of replacing the screen, discovering that ASUS charges about $170 to replace the digitizer/screen/glass assembly, and the parts for a DIY repair would cost about $140. The Nexus 7′s touch digitizer,...

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