Apple Donates $291K to Pennsylvania School District to Start Their Own iPad Program

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The education of the iPad is in the air right now. A new report showed that more Chromebooks were distributed to school districts than iPads this past quarter. The LAUSD officially ended its contract with Apple after a year-and-a-half of complications. Apple recently pledged to provide 114 schools with a variety of technology products, including an iPad for every student. Today, we’ve learned that Apple has donated nearly $300,000 to the Steel Valley School District in Pittsburgh, PA to implement a district-wide technology plan using iPads.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Apple’s donation, in conjunction with a separate gift from local philanthropist William Campbell of $62,921, will go toward buying iPads for every student in the District, as well as training teachers and staff how to use the devices in the classroom.

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Pegatron to Become Largest iPhone Manufacturer in 2015

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According to Focus Taiwan, Pegatron Corp. is positioned to become the largest recipient of iPhone orders in 2015, a move which is clearly part of a continued effort to diversify its supply chain. Hopefully these efforts will continue to keep future products such as the rumored iPad Pro and the upcoming iWatch on track for successful development and delivery.

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Mozilla’s Firefox Web Browser is Headed to iOS

Illustration Courtesy of TechCrunch

Illustration Courtesy of TechCrunch

I remember using Firefox a long time ago, before I purchased my first iPad, before I purchased my first Mac computer. I’ve since lost touch with the stylish web browser because Safari became my standard. Apple uses cloud technology to allow users to sync browser history, bookmarks, and form filling content from any iOS or OS X device. If I were a diehard Firefox fan, I’d be upset that it hasn’t yet been available on iOS.

This week, Mozilla officially acknowledged it is in the early stages of experimenting with Firefox on iOS.

According to TechCrunch, Mozilla held an internal event in Portland, OR where Vice President Jonathan Nightingale was quoted as saying the company is going to make Firefox for iOS.

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Apple’s New Commercial Makes Use of Voice Text Feature

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Have you tried the new Voice Text feature in iOS 8? Did you even know about it? I almost forgot it existed. I don’t associate voice messages with texting (that’s why they call it text). Apple recently released a new advertisement that spotlights Voice Text on an iPhone 6. But of course, it is also available on your iPad.

Voice Text lets you “actually LOL. OL.” It is a recording feature available within the Messages app that allows you to quickly record and send any audio. All you have to do is touch and hold the microphone next to the text bar to activate the recording feature. Then, swipe up to send it.

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LAUSD Officially Ends $1.3 Billion iPad Program Shortly After FBI Seizure

Photo Courtesy of L.A. Times

Photo Courtesy of L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officially canceled its billion-dollar contract with Apple earlier this week. The new superintendent, Ramon C. Cortines, announced that he was shelving the program just one day after the FBI subpoenaed the District to hand over 20 boxes of documents relating to it. Cortines said his decision had nothing to do with the FBI investigation.

The iPad Program at LAUSD is a long and sorted affair. It started in June of 2013 when the L.A. Times reported that the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to approve a contract that would eventually supply every student with an iPad. At the time, the contract was for $30 million. The teachers union criticized the move, noting that then Supt. John Deasy had recently appeared in a promotional video for Apple not long before the bidding process. Deasy also admitted that he owned stock in Apple, but said he “abstained from involvement in the decision.”

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Apple’s Eddy Cue Speaks Out for the First Time About Antitrust Ruling

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Apple was tied to the cross, so to speak, when the ruling came down that the company violated antitrust laws by colluding with book distributors to keep prices high. Apple was called the “ringmaster” of the conspiracy, which resulted in “ill-gotten profits.”

Apple was forced to hire a court-appointed monitor and the original requested restitution was for $840 million. Apple was able to convince the ruling judge, Denise Cote, to agree to $450 million in damages with a stipulation that the iPad maker would only pay $70 million if the Appeals court reversed her decision.

Today, Apple’s Eddy Cue has agreed to speak about the subject to Fortune. In his first press interview on the subject, Cue noted that he believes the ruling is wrong and Apple is forcing the appeal to prove it. “We feel we have to fight for the truth,” said Cue. “You have to fight for your principles no matter what, because it’s just not right,”

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Schools Revert Back to Traditional Computing as Chromebook Outsells iPad in Education

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For some time now, it has been very clear that Apple wants to own the market share in education. Since the launch of the iPad, the company has been working on a variety of specialized software components that make it easy for school districts to implement mass registration of devices and easy access to curriculum programs. Even though the iPad is the ideal device for education with interactive courses, access to teaching tools, and a convenient way to store all of the information kids use while in school, it appears that districts are falling back on familiar instead of blazing the path to new technology.

According to an article in the Financial Times, new data from IDC (the same research firm that noted the iPad dominates the tablet market in education with 95 percent), Google’s Chromebook has surpassed the iPad as the most purchased device for students.

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New Research Shows Apple Will Probably Sell 24 Million Watches in 2015

Apple Watch Worldwide Survey

With news of Apple’s next big thing on the horizon, analysts are vying for attention by stating their opinion on how well the company’s wearable computer will fair in the market. According to a survey by research firm USB, out of 4,000 respondents from around the world, one-quarter smartphone owners are likely to invest in the Apple Watch.

The survey, which took place across the US, UK, China, and Italy, showed growing interest in wearable computers with the Samsung Gear in the lead across all countries except China and the as-yet-unreleased Apple Watch in second place.

According to the research, as reported by Fortune, 10 percent of smartphone owners said they were “very likely” to buy a smart watch within the next 12 months and 17 percent were “somewhat likely.”

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Just How Big is a 12-Inch iPad? New Concept Video Shows Us

iPad Air Plus Mockup

The rumors surrounding the iPad Pro, iPad Air Plus, or iPad Maxi, whatever you want to call it, has picked up enough momentum that it is like a giant snowball rolling down a mountainside and will soon cause an avalanche. We still don’t have enough evidence to even believe the larger screened tablet really exists. Much like the Apple branded television set, we are frothing at the mouth for a ghost.

Today’s iPad Air Plus (I like this new name) frenzy comes in the form of a concept video created by an Apple Fanboy. YouTuber Canoopsy created a mockup of a 12.2-inch tablet and compared it to a number of different Apple devices, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro. When you put the two together, the iPad Air Plus mockup looks like a removable screen for the MBP.

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Satechi’s 10-Port USB Hub Charges All of Your Everything, All at Once

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Behind my computer, I have a USB hub with four ports. In one of those ports is a second USB hub with four more ports. I leave two of my three direct-to-Mac ports free so I can plug my iPad and iPhone in and actually charge the devices. The rest of the ports in the hubs are used for loading pictures from my DLSR camera, charging my wireless keyboard, Backing up data to an external hard drive. The list goes on. One hub to rule them all is a great idea, but iOS devices also need their own special charging power, not just USB connection access (which is why I reserve two ports on my computer for them).

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