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.
Apple will release quarterly financials on Wednesday, but the week is already off to a rousing start with news late Sunday that the co-CEOs of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion have stepped down to make way for a new voice… who sounds an awful lot like the old one, if you ask us. Judging from a survey in today’s roundup, some of RIM’s customers are definitely buying iPhones, so who knows how many may be left by the time BlackBerry 10 launches later this year. While you ponder that, have a slice off the daily news pie with a quintuplet of news for this Monday, January 23, 2012.
Apple again made headlines this week with its effort to revolutionize the educational market through the iPad, with an updated version of iBooks and a new app for iTunes U. Combined with the Mac-based iBooks Author, the company is poised to help put iPads in thousands more schools across the United States and indeed, even more worldwide.
The dust has settled, everyone has cleared out of the Guggenheim in New York City, and we all know Apple’s education plans, which include an update to iBooks and new iBooks Author and iTunes U apps. Before we switch back to gossip about the next iPad or even the iPhone 5, let’s address the rest of today’s news, which includes the unfortunate (and unsurprising) bankruptcy of photo legend Kodak. Here’s the rest of the news for this Thursday, January 19, 2012.
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.
As we all wait to see what Apple might have its sleeve for up-ending the education market on Thursday, the rumors are already swirling around the New York City media event -- as if the world needs more evidence that anything related to Apple can really stir up the tech press! And that’s not all: A Japanese blog is predicting an iPad 3 media event just two or three weeks from now, if you believe that kind of stuff. So let’s put on our tinfoil hats and delve deep into what’s making news for this terrific Tuesday, January 17, 2012.
If you need further evidence that Apple is reshaping the educational landscape with the iPad, look no further than Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, who has recently introduced iPads into their innovative iKnow 2.0 program as digital textbooks for students as well as training for the faculty.
Fall. Back to school. Back to scouring the web for a cheaper deal on your textbooks. Most likely, Amazon was always one of the first places you would check for lower priced textbooks -- and to check you needed lots of arcane information like ISBN numbers or the full book title with the right edition.
Well, Amazon may have just made your life a little easier.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. It's only the latter part of July, and the last thing you probably want to be thinking about is school being back in session. However, it'll be here before you know it, and one way you can be prepared is by looking into renting e-books, or rather e-textbooks. Heck, you might even save some money along the way!
In case students were looking for another reason to pick up the "magical device," then they may not have to look further than iPad textbook startup Inkling. Today they won the financial backing from two of the biggest players in the textbook industry in McGraw-Hill and Pearson.