Last week we discussed IBOOKU which is Apple's new college textbook program. The e books cannot go for more than $15 and could save students a lot of money in the $10 billion dollar college textbook business. This past week President Obama said that colleges should not be charging so much for tuition and books, but one of the reasons the books got so expensive is because the US government has been subsidizing part of the costs since 1986. Since then the cost has gone up 186%. The federal government helps to underwrite annual textbook price increases by baking their cost into financial-aid calculations. It's another reason that the greatest drop in cost we will see in going to college will come from technology, and not from government "help".
Twitter has announced it is cooperating with certain countries that require it to censor it's user's Tweets. Twitter isn't stopping the tweets from happening. They are just removing any tweets from being visible in countries where it would be considered against the law. Twitter says it's a good thing because they do keep up the tweets for other countries to see, but the internet activists see it as blatant censorship. One way around it is to manually tell Twitter you come from a country that is different than was automatically detected by IP address. This bypasses the censorship for now.
IPOD, IPADS and IPHONES, along with child labor, 6- 14 hour days per week per worker, and multiple explosions. This is what goes on at the Foxconn factories in China. One thing many don't know however, and that is that 40% of all consumer electronics worldwide , not just Apple's, are made at this Chinese company.
This fall, Windows 8 is coming to laptops and netbooks everywhere. It may also be coming with a new device, and it could be a game changer. Microsoft bought the exclusive rights to the hand gesturing Kinect that they deployed with Xbox 360's. This fall, the Kinect may also be deployed on new laptops with the feature built in. Imagine waving your hands to log in and open your email or other applications. The benefits to non disabled people are endless, but could be an amazing advancement for the handicapped. Another reason why this may be the decade of Microsoft, and Apple may start its descent once again after losing Jobs.
Though new rumors are suggesting that we won't see a Samsung Galaxy S II sucessor at next month's Mobile World Congress, it's pretty much guaranteed that Samsung will introduce something in Barcelona, Spain. Yes, according to new rumors currently spreading across the Internet, Sammy instead will unveil a 2GHz dual-core Galaxy Tab instead. Word of the device first surfaced in December when BGR reported on an alleged 11.6-inch tablet with a 2560 x 1600 display resolution. With a form factor said to be "barely larger" than its predecessor, the presumed Galaxy Tab 11.6 has a thinner bezel and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Taking a peek inside, the tablet should have a Samsung Exynos 5250 2GHz CPU, which is much more powerful than anything currently on the market.
Google, Facebook and other big tech companies are jointly designing a system for combating e-mail scams known as phishing. Such scams try to trick people into giving away passwords and other personal information by sending e-mails that look as if they come from a legitimate bank, retailer or other business. When Bank of America customers see e-mails that appear to come from the bank, they might click on a link that takes them to a fake site mimicking the real Bank of America's. There, they might enter personal details, which scam artists can capture and use for fraud. To combat that, 15 major technology and financial companies have formed an organization to design a system for authenticating e-mails from legitimate senders and weeding out fakes. The new system is called DMARC- short for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance.
The iPhone has taken a big bite out of the BlackBerry in a market where the older phone once dominated: business customers in North America. Meanwhile, in Europe, Samsung is poised to do the same to Research in Motion, BlackBerry's maker, as a growing number of businesses are buying, or plan to buy, phones using the Android operating system. Although BlackBerry is a must-have accessory for the growing business class in the developing economies of the world and RIM is adding customers there at a healthy clip, the company faces a problem in its established markets. Businesses are looking for another option besides the BlackBerry.
Mobile carriers such as AT&T Inc. and makers of wireless devices including HTC Corp. would be required to disclose when phones contain monitoring software under draft legislation in the U.S. House. The proposed measure released today responds to concerns of lawmakers who learned last year that mobile-phone software provider Carrier IQ Inc. gathered data on wireless phone users. "Consumers have the right to know and to say no to the presence of software on their mobile devices that can collect and transmit their personal and sensitive information," Representative Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts who wrote the bill, said in a statement.
Verizon may finally be launching its long teased family data plans, according to a tip received by Engadget. The tipster sent in screenshots of Verizon's internal account management application, which were part of employee training material on the updated system. The images reveal the addition of new "account level data plans" that appear to have a base charge plus a $9.99 per additional line charge.
Computerworld - Microsoft today announced it has kicked off a "technical preview" of the next version of its money-making Office suite and promised a public beta will ship this summer. The move is a repeat of the route Microsoft took with Office 2010, which was distributed to a select group of testers as a technical preview in July 2009. Microsoft said little about "Office 15," the code name for the product, and nothing about its Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint applications in a blog post Monday that announced the preview. "I'm not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division," wrote P.J. Hough, the executive who leads the Office division. "With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio."
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