Summer vacation is over for students at Houston's A+ Unlimited Potential school, but they won't be stuck in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom all day. Instead, the middle school's students will have class in places such as coffee shops, tapping into free wireless networks to collaboratively edit texts, or visit city parks to photograph wildflowers before researching them online. They will spend roughly half their time out and about, and the rest at a rented space in the heart of Houston's Museum District.”
It’s about time – introduced with the new iPad Air 2
“The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you—with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.”
Actually, UPS delivery staff have had it with their DIAD (their Honeywell device) - on the fly switching between GSM and CDMA networks, leading to improved network coverage and lower costs from standardized device provisioning and deployment – for years now
The difference from past generations of educational software–think programs that teach typing or basic math–is that these apps feel like games, not homework. More than 18 million people have downloaded Lumosity, a puzzle program created by neuroscientists in collaboration with game designers, since it launched last year. Duolingo, an app that teaches foreign languages, grants users experience points and badges as they learn new grammar skills, much as console titles like Call of Duty do. And Codecademy teaches the basics of computer programming in short tutorials.
The company (Xiaomi), founded only four years ago, hopes to sell 60 million handsets this year, up from 18 million last year. Next year’s target, according to Bloomberg News, is 100 million phones. In the first quarter of this year, Xiaomi was the third-largest smartphone vendor in China and sixth-largest globally, according to research firm Canalys.
A 24-inch tablet sounds like an oxymoron. "That's basically an iMac," several people have told me in unrelated instances. Except that it runs Android, and has a 1080p high-def capacitive touch screen capable of registering 15 simultaneous finger taps, and a built-in battery. Not that the battery will last more than a half-hour, but it's enough to get this 13-pound monster from room to room without having to reboot everything.
A huge tablet changes the playing dynamic entirely. The kids play well together when it comes to Lego or puzzles, but they have never been known to share a tablet, except maybe to stare dumbly at it while a movie was playing.
A few years ago, a DC-based band called Bluebrain set out to reinvent the entire idea of an album, reorganizing it entirely around location. Visitors who downloaded the group's National Mall app and walked the paths of that Washington landmark would receive a suite of different looping sounds, each cued to one of 264 separate zones and triggered by GPS locations. If you left the mall, all the sounds faded to silence; Bluebrain created an experience that was available only to a listener willing to make the trip, to step inside the space the band had consecrated. As a way of organizing music, it was unprecedented, a flash of insight on par with the magical moment when albums first came into their own as coherent works of art. (As The Washington Post's pop-music critic, Chris Richards, put it: “Somewhere, Sgt. Pepper is smiling.”) The band also made apps for Central Park and Austin's downtown, and announced plans to create a fourth for California's Pacific Coast Highway.
Expensify already provides live flight updates for any reservation forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org, and creates your expense report along the way. We call this feature “Trips”, and we’re taking it one step further: starting today the Expensify app will detect when you land and have an Uber driver waiting outside baggage claim to escort you straight to your hotel — all prearranged from your itinerary without you even needing to look up the address. We call it “SmartRides”; the VIP travel experience for everyone, brought to you by Uber and Expensify.
As one whose first two smartphones were from HTC, it is good to see the company attempt a turnaround with the return of co-founder Cher Wang – via Fortune
“For a time HTC was on a roll. Emboldened by its success, management began to focus on high-end devices that would compete with Apple’s AAPL iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line. Revenue in 2010 climbed to $9.6 billion. But by Christmas 2011 the company had started to make execution errors. Management missed sales projections, and a critically admired new smartphone, the HTC One X, failed to reverse the decline. Supply issues plagued the company, as did a lack of marketing focus. Even a phone launched with Facebook FB in 2013, which featured the social networking giant’s “Facebook Home” interface, flopped and was quickly discounted by its exclusive carrier, AT&T T . As HTC fumbled, Apple and Samsung solidified their positions at the top of the mobile food chain. HTC, once the top seller of Android-powered phones, eventually slipped from the list of the world’s top 10 smartphone makers.”