Apple has aimed two of its educational offerings at more schools, teachers, and students throughout the world.iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager have both rolled out to new markets in Asia, Latin America, and Europe, Apple said on Tuesday. iBooks Textbooks is now available in 51 countries, including Brazil, Italy, and Japan. iTunes U Course Manager can be found in 70 countries, now including Russia, Thailand, and Malaysia. iBooks Textbooks offers iPad users interactive textbooks with straight text, animations, videos, rotating 3D diagrams, and photo galleries, all of which can be updated when new information is available. Almost … Read more
Move over, Twitter -- there's another Web startup looking to raise some serious cash in an initial public offering.
Chegg, the online startup that provides both study guides and a service to rent textbooks, has revised a prospectus, indicating that it plans to price its shares between $9.50 and $11.50 when it goes public. If Chegg can go off at the top of that range, it'll raise $172.5 million in its IPO. Chegg also has reserved the right to sell an additional $26 million in shares if shares are oversubscribed.
Chegg is decidedly in the … Read more
Free-textbook service Boundless is delving into paid services this week, all designed to more fiercely compete with textbooks from major publishers.
On Tuesday the Boston-based company rolled out what it considers the second phase of its service: textbooks that can very nearly mirror the titles you'd get from major publishers, but at $20 a piece.
These titles are effectively the same thing the company's offered since last year, but they're specifically reordered to match up with mainstream textbooks. Users can search for the title of the major publisher's book they've been assigned to buy, and … Read more
Apple's iBookstore is going live in 18 new countries, according to AppleInsider and other tech blog sites.
Citing information from an Australia-based iBooks label, AppleInsider said that the countries in line for iBookstore are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Those 18 would bring the total number of iBookstore-supported countries to 50.
The expansion of iBookstore comes on the same day that Apple is expected to unveil the iPad Mini. The company also is reportedly aiming to push the education angle with its new tablet, … Read more
Tuesday's top tech stories are out to disrupt your world:
Oh Amazon, what don't you do? Well cross off game development, as it just launched its own studio to make Facebook games and compete with Zynga. It also joined the textbook rental service to face off with eBay's Half.com and BookRenter.
YouTube will no longer be a pre-loaded default app on Apple devices. Apple is dropping the YouTube app for iOS 6, and Google will create a separate app you can download. It's all part of Apple's mission to distance itself from Google.
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The purchase, reported by several local media outlets, is said to be one of the largest educational iPad rollouts in the U.S. K-12 market. The 26,000 iPads will be spread out in 340 classrooms starting this fall.
Apple's push to get iPads and digital textbooks in the classroom appears to be paying off. The SDUSD was able to draw on funding though Proposition S, a fund approved in 2008 by a 69 percent vote, dedicated to getting classrooms up-to-date technology.
The iPad is nothing if not up-to-date. And, despite some local head-scratching (read: "Why would we … Read more
What would you do if you found a bag of white powder tucked neatly into the textbook you just bought on the Amazon Marketplace?
If you're smart, you'd take it to the police like Sophia Stockton, a junior at a university in Kansas who discovered something similar in the pages of a history book called "Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives and Issues."
Popular file-sharing site FileSonic limits use after the MegaUpload arrests, Obama uses Google+ Hangout, and Research In Motion's co-CEOs resign to make way for a new leader.
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