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App Review: Lego Friends Story Maker (iOS)
February 21, 2014 | 3:37 pm

Lego Friends Story MakerA very sweet valentine gift from the Beloved has ignited a new obsession with me. I have become a Lego fan! So when I saw this neat-looking app from the Lego people, I was all over it and downloaded it for our school iPads. Lego and literacy skills building all in one app? What a great idea. The app is simple in concept and execution, but cleverly conceived. It allows kids to write their own little ebooks and illustrate them using characters and settings from the Lego Friends series. Once you have the project set up, all you have to do...

Morning Roundup: iPad dominates business tablet usage. Smashwords updates eDelivery service
February 14, 2014 | 8:52 am

ipadSelf-Published Books: The Surprising Data from Amazon (Boing Boing) I think that there are a couple of important points that Howey skirts, if not eliding them altogether. *** iPad Dominates Business Tablet Usage (GoodeReader) Contrary to the oft held belief that the iPad suits more for entertainment than anything else, the Apple tablet has topped the charts among tablets used in the enterprise scene. *** Dangerous Ruling In Germany Makes Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement On Website It Registered (Techdirt) It's worrisome when a third party who had no direct involvement in the actual infringement can be blamed for it. Yet, in the legacy entertainment industry's...

Weekend Roundup: Failed attempt to turn Android tablet into eReader, Canada limits agency pricing
February 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

android tablet into ereaderLessons Learned From a Failed Attempt to Turn my Android Tablet into an eBook Reader (The Digital Reader) While it’s quite common to use an Android tablet as an ebook reader, few are designed to serve that process from the ground up. *** How to Replace Your Old Computer with a New iPad (GigaOM) When transitioning from a computer to the iPad there are still a few challenges that you will face along the way. Here are a few steps that may help you leave the personal computer era behind for good. *** Poorly Translated Public Domain Titles Removed from Amazon (GoodeReader) Now that anyone can self-publish...

Latest IDC data suggests tablet market slowing
January 31, 2014 | 4:30 pm

The latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker indicate that, despite a strong fourth quarter of 2013, with total tablet shipments that represent "62.4 percent growth over the previous quarter and 28.2 percent growth over the same period a year ago," the tablet market may be slowing its breakneck growth. "While the market's growth rates remain impressive, they're down dramatically compared to the year-over-year rates of the same quarter one year ago (87.1 percent) and indicate a significant slowing of the overall market," observes IDC. "It's becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the U.S. are...

My Technology Wish List
January 20, 2014 | 2:35 pm

technology wish listAn article in today's Morning Links has GigaOM's Mark Crump explaining why 2014 will be the "year of the iPad" for him. It basically comes down to this: the iPad can't do every computing task he wants to do. But it can do all the ones he needs to do on the go. So he's getting a desktop for the tasks where he truly needs a full computer, and using the iPad as his portable machine. I'm almost there with him. I currently have an aging Macbook and two iPads, and I'd like to streamline that down to one machine and...

Morning Roundup: More copyright considerations, readers prefer Amazon and Kobo
January 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightYou Bought It, You Own It (EFF) You bought it, you own it, right?  Not always.  Over the past decade, we have been quietly shifting to a world in which both digital goods (like mp3s, video files, and ebooks) and physical goods that contain software (like cars, microwaves, and phones) are never truly owned, but only rented. *** Hardcore Readers Prefer to Buy from Kobo and Amazon (GoodeReader) Good e-Reader conducted a one month research project where we polled 250 people about their favorite online bookstore of choice. Good e-Reader users tend to be savvy, well educated and not afraid of new technologies. These...

Reading Manga On Tablets: Using the Viz Media App
December 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

reading manga on tabletsAs I continue to switch to consuming more digital media, I was looking for a way to read manga on tablets. I wrote earlier this year about Viz Manga coming to Kindles, and writing that motivated me to download the Viz app to my iPad and Nexus 7, where it sat until recently when Viz had a big sale. A sale finally got me to purchase some manga and try them out. I started with reading them on my Nexus 7. Page turning was smooth, although I wish I could turn with a tap instead of a slide. The image quality is excellent,...

Review: Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
December 22, 2013 | 11:11 am

coverI finished reading Fred Vogelstein’s book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, which I mentioned in my post yesterday. I quite enjoyed it. Even though I read the news reports of the events it describes as they happened, you don’t get the big picture until you read a book like this, that looks back and puts everything together in the proper context. The book covers the development of the iPhone and Android phones, touches on the iPad and what it meant, goes over the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, and then wraps up...

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks
December 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Voice Dream reader appThe new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well as audiobooks in Daisy, thanks to help from a Swiss library organization, and navigation and general usability are excellent, just as in the regular text-to-speech mode for ePub files and others. Dozen of optional voices in common languages work with the app, and my favorite is the UK-accented “Peter” voice...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 3 of 3
November 29, 2013 | 2:27 pm

ipads in schoolsPart 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When we last left off my iPads in schools saga, we had just been gifted with half a dozen more iPad 2 machines by the PTA, bringing our total up to 16 iPads---enough for a class set, with a few leftovers for usage with specialty teachers and other purposes. Here was where things started looking complicated---I was sinking way too much time into ordering apps, updating them and maintaining the machines, and I had some worries that we would run up against an Apple device limit and it would stop letting us register...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 2 of 3
November 25, 2013 | 2:39 pm

ipads in schoolsEditor's Note: This continues our three part series about iPads in Schools. This time we look at growing pains. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In the previous article, I explained how iPads came to my school---not as an administrative command-from-on-high but as an organic one-step-at-a-time process. In some ways, getting in early was a blessing, from a simplicity standpoint---there were at the time no competitors to consider, and from an IT standpoint (we have no onsite IT people) no debate about rollout. When I left things off in Part 1, the school had three iPads, plus my personal one,...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 1 of 3
November 22, 2013 | 12:32 pm

ipads in schoolsEditor's Note: This will be a three part series about iPads in Schools. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Yet another story crossed my inbox this morning about a failed tablet program in a school. The school, this time in Ireland, has just distributed paper textbooks to all students so they could finish out the term after an HP tablet program went off the rails due to technical issues. I see these stories almost weekly; it's clear to me, both from the media mentions and my own experience as the de facto admin for our school's own tablets, that there are...