Apple and education have always gone hand in hand, but Cupertino has taken a bold leap with iBooks 2, a full version update offering zero new features for those of us who graduated from school long ago. But for iPad-toting students, the company’s new digital textbook initiative is a revelation.
Well, if you're a jailbreaker the you know this was quite a week in the news, and if you care at all about the Internet, you know this was the week the online communities came together to defeat some truly heinous legislation. And if you missed any of that, we've got the hottest stories of the week just waiting for you right here and now.
Apple hit the Guggenheim stage in The Big Apple this morning with a media event focused on the educational market. That may not excite many Cupertino fans, but it’s enough to stimulate the tech world, which has been abuzz in the days leading up to the event, complete with speculation about how Apple might be able to reinvent it.
iOS device users stuck with technical manuals that are PDF only can use iBooks to read documents on the go. Read on to find out how easy it is to sync PDFs with your iPad or iPhone and read them on the go.
Today marks 70 years since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the catalyst for America leaping into World War Two. A rather somber day of remembrance for many of us, but the tech world isn’t about to stop, with no less than three major App Store events on top of a couple of juicy Apple product rumors as well. Let’s have a moment of silence for the 2,403 lost on that fateful day, then dive into what’s making tech news on this Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
If Google's purchase of Motorola was driven by a need to acquire more intellectual property, is the big G looking to protect its own innovations or jump on the patent troll wagon? How many patents is too much, anyway? Oh, and is Apple really just ripping-off blockbuster sci-fi movies with the iPad? And what happens when patent lawyers go wild?
Patent piling, space odysseys, and conspiring lawyers... it's another exciting week here at Law & Apple!
There are more e-readers out there than you know. Not only are there devices of all kinds and configurations and price points, but there are apps a-plenty for these devices a-plenty. But everyone knows what you mean when you say e-reader. You mean the Big Three, the Top Dogs, the Big Kahunas. You mean the trinity of the Kindle, the Nook, and the iPad.
Maybe we'll talk devices another day, but for now both of the iPad's competitors dish up rather full-featured iOS apps to challenge Apple's iBooks. The thinking goes, "Don't worry about profiting off the devices; aim to sell titles, wherever, however." So how do they stack up?
Earlier this week, Apple silently released iTunes 10.3 with a system-wide software update. Riding on the coattails of the week's iOS 5 announcement, you might think you've heard everything there is to know about Apple's next big mobile operating system update. However, there are still more goodies to be found in iTunes 10.3 that Apple hasn’t yet told us about directly.
Looking for some new reading material for your summer trips? Books are now available for purchase directly from the iTunes store. Previously, you could only purchase e-books through the iBookstore on your iPhone or iPad. But, since Apple yesterday announced the Newsstand feature in the next iteration of iOS, the store seems to have adapted to these new changes. Users will now be able to buy books from their computers and then sync them to their devices.
If you’re a frequent reader of EPUB format e-books in iBooks (try saying that 10 times fast!), your life is about to get a little easier -- Apple has quietly enabled the ability to open EPUB files in iBooks right from web pages and email messages.