Did you know Spotlight can answer maths questions, without opening a calculator app or widget?
(via 52 Tiger)
For some reason, a lot of people think Google is a benevolent champion of openness. Open platforms, open data, open source, open everything.
Marco Arment hasn’t fallen for it, and neither should you:
If they really cared about being so “open”, they’d open up a nontrivial part of their business that hasn’t already been commoditized, like their searching or advertising algorithms.
Click through for more of his ranty goodness.
This has already done the rounds, but if you haven’t seen it yet, click through for a helpful analysis of the iPad’s suitability for tasks based on their complexity and duration. As usual, Fraser is spot-on.
Also, Apple has just posted a 5-minute video showcasing a school that’s using student iPads REALLY well. (For consumption AND creation.) Worth a watch.
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. If you believe the hype (and the masses), they’re all “industry-standard”. They also happen to be Adobe’s flagship products, and in my view, they don’t deserve to be industry-standard-anything. Here’s why:
I own several licenses of Lightroom and Photoshop, and have passively endured each version’s decline in performance and stability. That’s over now. I’m moving to better products, from better-behaved corporations, and I intend to take my school with me.
“Industry-standard” is so last decade.
Because tailoring Android for education will make it so much more useful for teaching and learning.
For extra laughs, note that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is behind this. Because, you know, News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch himself have so much cred when it comes to tech and the interwebz.