Last June, the Board of Education approved a multimillion-dollar iPad program for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). For more than six months, the District has faced security issues, budget woes, and other issues relating to the iPad program. The tech world has been following the LAUSD’s adventure because the second-largest school district in the United States is the perfect testing ground for a widespread rollout of such a program.
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The iPad may be a replacement for much of the average computer user’s needs, but there are still a large group of tech lovers (like me) who carry around a laptop, tablet, cell phone, and whatever other gadget we can fit in our bags. For those of you who can’t leave the house without the proverbial kitchen sink, OGIO has the rucksack for you.
This past Tuesday, former Wall Street Journal tech reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane’s book about Apple, Inc. was released under HarperBusiness. In it, the reporter concludes that the most admired, highest valued brand, most profitable tech company in the world is “on the decline” after the death of its former, enigmatic CEO Steve Jobs.
In response to Kane’s assertion that the current CEO can’t fill the shoes of his predecessor, Tim Cook released a statement that called the book “nonsense and said that it “fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company.”
In response to Cook’s statement, Kane released a statement in which she said her book “must have touched a nerve” with Cook for him to react so negatively about it. Read More »
About six months ago, I started noticing more and more projects that feature Washi Tape. I had no idea what it was, but I liked how cute it looked when adhered to things like cases, wallets, and cups. It turns out, for those who don’t already know, Washi Tape is a lot like masking tape, but decorated. It’s origins are based in Japan, but due to its popularity, you can find the crafting supply all over the place. You can even order hand-decorated Washi Tape on Etsy.
In October of 2012, Apple shocked the tech world by announcing a new generation of iPad with Retina only seven months after launching the third-generation model. Today, Apple shocked the world again by replacing the low-cost iPad 2 with the fourth-generation iPad at the same price point. If you have not yet purchased or upgraded your iPad in the past few years, your choices have just gotten harder.
By now, practically everyone has heard the rumor that Apple is making a 12.9-inch “iPad Pro.” The ferver has gotten so intense that concept images are now being published. CURVED/labs recently showed off a series of concept images that feature a larger sized tablet with no side bezel at all. When compared to the 13-inch MacBook Air, you can really see just how big the screen would be on a tablet this size.
Just on the heels of Apple’s recent update to iOS, which included major changes for large-scale deployment of iPads through its redesigned mobile device management (MDM) service, Belkin just announced the launch of an MDM solution to help schools securely deploy and support tablets and Chromebooks with ease through its Secure and Charge tablet charging dock. Additionally, the accessory maker has just received MFi certification for its Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad design. So educators can offer a more productive way of using the iPad in school.
When Apple launched the first ever tablet with Retina display, the company reduced the price of the iPad 2 in order to have a low cost model for those who were not willing or able to pay full price. Three generations of iPads later (not to mention the iPad mini), Apple was still selling the iPad 2 for $399. At this point, the iPad mini with Retina display costs the same price as that outdated second-generation Apple tablet.
Today, Apple has finally decided to put the iPad 2 out to pasture. The company now offers the fourth generation iPad with Retina display for the incredibly low price of $399.
In January, Bossa Studios leaked a very vague trailer for a version of their hit game Surgeon Simulator to launch on the iPad. At the time, we thought it was some kind of dentist spinoff. We were sort of right. Last week, Surgeon Simulator Touch launched on the iPad. The original game that spawned a million gameplay videos now includes dental and optical surgery. Don’t forget your scalpel (and coffee mug, and transistor radio, and… beer bottle?).
Gameloft’s hugely popular racing franchise is on the way to becoming the most innovative series of games for mobile devices around. The company announced the upcoming launch of a third major update to Asphalt 8: Airborne that will add a brand new racing area, brand new cars, and the ability to stream your gameplay live over Twitch.