Opinion: Why Apple’s iBooks Initiatives Won’t Revolutionize Education

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Opinion: Why Apple’s iBooks Initiatives Won’t Revolutionize Education

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There will be a lot of commentary that will make parents and educators think that Apple has done it again. But be wary of reports that say Apple has “revolutionized the education industry.” They haven’t.

 

Sell Your Book in the iBookstore and Apple Won’t Let You Sell It Anywhere Else [IBooks]

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Sell Your Book in the iBookstore and Apple Won’t Let You Sell It Anywhere Else [IBooks]

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Selling a book with Apple’s iBook Author program is now a one-way ticket to Apple being the only place you can sell the book. Maybe selling your book on iBooks isn’t such a great deal after all. More »

 

De nuevo, los problemas que supone la apuesta de Apple por una plataforma cerrada (no podría ser de otro modo, claro).

You Can’t Afford Apple’s Education Revolution [Apple]

English: Apple iPad Event

You Can’t Afford Apple’s Education Revolution [Apple]

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What Apple showed us today was nothing less than the future of education. The future we’d all been imagining for decades, no less. Harry Potter stuff. It’s going to change the way we learn, the way we think, the way we live. More »

 

Ya comenté en un post anterior aungunos problemas que suponía la apuesta de Apple for el formato iBook en libros de texto.

Engage: Apple’s New Tools for Interactive Books on iPad

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Engage: Apple‘s New Tools for Interactive Books on iPad

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At Thursday’s event, Apple’s Phil Schiller said that 1.5 million iPads were in use in education settings, leveraging more than 20,000 education applications. Today, Apple’s giving away brand-new tools that ensures the company will be able to sell many, many more.

Apple Releases iBooks 2, iTunes U, and iBooks Author for Interactive Textbooks [IBooks]

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Apple Releases iBooks 2, iTunes U, and iBooks Author for Interactive Textbooks [IBooks]

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In an education focused event in New York today, Apple showed of its new version of iBooks and its new creation tool, iBooks Author. More »

Yo no soy ningún fan de Apple -creo que se ve en muchas de las entradas de este blog-, pero tiene buena pinta lo que han presentado en Nueva York. Probablemente no sea nada completamente nuevo, pero, desde luego, el enfoque que consiguen darle desde la compañía de la manzana es, como casi siempre, original, funcional y elegante. ¿Dónde encuentro yo el problema? Pues en lo de siempre cuando hablamos de la gente de Cupertino: encorsetamos la idea al iPad. Libros de texto digitales (de hecho, son mucho más que simples libros de texto) económicos -hablan de 15 dólares- PERO siempre dentro de la plataforma de Apple, limitados al iPad, y obligando, por tanto, al estudiante, a tener un iPad (no un tablet o un portátil… un iPad exclusivamente). El altruismo aparente de querer revolucionar la educación, extenderla, facilitarla, etc., que es loable, se queda constreñido a un “siempre que me lo compres a mí y utilices mis productos”… ergo… 15 dólares por cada libro (fenomenal, ahorramos una pasta) pero tengo que comprar un iPad (500 dólares, poco más poco menos)

Apple Files Two New Lawsuits Against Samsung In Germany: One Against 10 Phones, The Other Against 5 Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Apple Files Two New Lawsuits Against Samsung In Germany: One Against 10 Phones, The Other Against 5 Tablets

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The ridiculous and wasteful patent war continues, with a German court confirming that Apple has filed two new suits against Samsung. The first is against 10 phones including the SGSII, and the second against 5 tablets. Details are light at the moment, but evidently Apple is using these two (unsurprisingly very vague) patents in the smartphone suit: Yes, seriously – their patents are basically for a shape. Readers familiar with the current lawsuit situation in the tech world know the situation is violently out of control, and close followers of AP have heard my thoughts on just how … Official Android Police t-shirts are now on sale, with over 25 designs to call yours.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:Samsung Decides Galaxy Nexus Was Not Actually Designed To Avoid Apple Patents, “Doesn’t Know” How That Rumor Got Started, Nothing To See HereSamsung’s Mobile President: The Galaxy Nexus Was Designed With Patents In MindApple’s Plan To Sue The Pants Off Everyone Backfires: European Judge Issues Injunction, Rules That 3G-Enabled Apple Products Infringe On Motorola PatentGermany Halts Distribution Of Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Europe (Except Netherlands) In Apple Patent Lawsuit InjunctionApple Instructs Samsung On The Finer Points Of Tablet And Smartphone DesignApple Files Two New Lawsuits Against Samsung In Germany: One Against 10 Phones, The Other Against 5 Tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Steve Wozniak Prefers Android to iPhone, Kind Of [Android]

Steve Wozniak at home

Steve Wozniak Prefers Android to iPhone, Kind Of [Android]

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Woz never fails to impress me. If the man has opinions, he doesn’t mind sharing them, whatever the consequences. I just didn’t expect him to openly admit to preferring many Android features over those of his iPhone. More »

Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?

Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?

Un análisis muy interesante sobre la “guerra de patentes” (una guerra con muchos frentes) que se ha montado en torno (sobre todo) a  Android. Algunas “perlas” del lúcido análisis que podemos leer en el artículo:

This stark reality requires each company entering the mobile market to prepare for all-out war, and legal experts we’ve interviewed agree that Google failed to adequately protect Android from legal attack.

 the Motorola portfolio will put Google in good stead going forward, even if damage has been done to the Android ecosystem already. As long as Android lacks proper patent protection, Microsoft can demand licensing fees from hardware vendors. With a stronger patent portfolio, Google and partners could negotiate cross-licensing deals that don’t require payments.

Smartphones are relatively new, but will likely follow the path of more mature electronics industries, in which “you typically see large cross-licensing agreements between the big players because they’ve all got lots of patents the others are infringing,” Patras said. “They could all sue one another, they could all get injunctions against one another, and then you end up with products that have technology that’s 20 years old, and that’s not in anyone’s best interest.”

“The point of these lawsuits is to raise the price of Android so that it is no longer able to compete,” he said. If Google and partners have to pay licensing fees, or change functionality due to infringement findings, “then all of a sudden Android is not as strong a competitor.”