For some of you out there, Flappy Bird was the be-all, end-all of casual games. Not only did this fan favorite make its developer, Dong Nguyen, a reported $50,000 per day, but it also spawned dozens of knockoffs, ridiculously high eBay listings for iPhones with it installed, and even a robot that could play the game to a score of 155.
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.
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 »
Given the success of the iPad in education settings I was positive that it had cut into the success of other Mac products. While the iPad currently sells more than Mac, both continue to see growth in sales which points towards the growing popularity of Apple in education.
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.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is preparing to discuss plans for their new “mobile first, cloud first” strategy, which is rumored to include an Office for iPad announcement on March 27th. Is this going to be the game changer that Microsoft needs in their mobile efforts? Unfortunately they are likely to keep the Office 365 subscription service at the heart of new efforts which means that most average users are going to pass it by and use other productivity apps.
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.