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Look up the word bungled in a dictionary, and you'll find the definition of the word, so if you want to see what it looks like in practice, head to L.A.. The state's problematic program to get iPads into the hands of low-income students has backfired so spectacularly the school district is now loo...

April 16th 2015 at 9:33am 0 Comments
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The L.A. School District's plan to equip all students with $500 million worth of iPads and software has officially ended in a cloud of suspicion, according to the LA Times. Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said it would terminate the original contract following a raid on district offices by the FB...

December 3rd 2014 at 3:41am 0 Comments
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Los Angeles' grand dreams of putting iPads in schools came into question a month ago, and they've now come to a screeching halt. Superintendent John Deasy has suspended a contract with Apple to both "take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace" (read: diversify hardware) and, crucially, to inve...

August 26th 2014 at 9:34am 0 Comments
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Today, I got a sneak peek at a very early version of Tim Roadley's Learning Core Data. Expected to publish late November, this book by the Australia-based iOS developer introduces Core Data for those entirely new to the subject. Like other books in Pearson's "Learning" series, the Core Data volume...

August 1st 2013 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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The pressure of digital transitions can lead traditional media companies to circle the wagons -- for better or for worse -- and book publishers certainly aren't immune as e-books take hold. Bertelsmann and Pearson are worried enough to be merging their respective Random House and Penguin publishin...

October 29th 2012 at 10:15am 0 Comments
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Unless you happen to be using the right phone on the right carrier, you might not know that Google Wallet is even a reality: the close association with NFC-based mobile payments on one network has largely kept it out of the public eye. Many more are about to see Wallet in action now that Google ha...

October 4th 2012 at 7:43am 0 Comments
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It's not often that we get the opportunity to mention the Financial Times and Playboy Magazine in the same sentence, but the two publications do have at least one thing in common: App Store aversion. Today, the FT launched a new, entirely web-based app, designed to circumvent iTunes (and Apple's...

June 8th 2011 at 2:35am 0 Comments
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The worst part of being a college student? Pricey learning materials... they make even Ramen noodles a fancy meal. This fall, students at California State University will be at least be able to make a step up to fast food. CSU has announced a three-year deal with Nature Publishing Group for low...

May 24th 2011 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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While many companies are talking about making the iPad the platform for electronic textbooks, one San Francisco startup appears to be moving boldly into making the dream a reality. Inkling has announced that it'll be receiving financial backing from two of the largest names in textbook publishin...

March 23rd 2011 at 2:30pm 0 Comments