I agree very much with MICHAELLEVINE and ANNMY THAI on the importance of computer games, PC or game console, for education. Digital games are not means to all ends, by no way, but they can support learning. Children spend lots of time gaming. So why not use these instruments for learning, too? There are lots of great game platforms and simulations out there to adapt for use at school.
“How much longer are these things going to be around? Not my books, though maybe them too. But just books. Physical, paper books. The few hundred or so I was looking at suddenly seemed like they were taking up an awful lot of space, like the whole business could dealt with a lot more cleanly and efficiently, if at some moral loss.”—
Right now most people can’t imagine a time when e-books will sell more e-copies than paper prints. Paper books take up some space in our lives, fill rows of shelves in our rooms and we keep them even if we’ll never read them again. In the end it will be a question of economy, resources and environment. Newspapers will be first to shift from a physical print edition to an electronic edition and books will follow some years later. There will always be some books and other printed stuff around but these will be nice products, works of art, special documents, perhaps prayer books or else. Future generations won’t miss what they’ve never known. They will see paper books as nostalgia, pieces from history same as we now see clay tablets of early civilizations. Today nobody would think we should chizzle novels into stone.
“So now what? It’s time to start getting into details about what newspapers and local media companies need to know. How do they reduce cost, grow revenue and produce a competitive and compelling editorial product? We think there is an opportunity for a new model for news, one that provides as much value to the traditional local publisher as it does to local bloggers and news consumers.”—
Where does the future of newspapers lie? Perhaps the way to go really is to go where newspapers couldn’t go before. They were never able to deliver news tailored to neighbourhoods or even smaller areas because they lacked the resources. Now they could do it and use the internet to aggregate local content from sources such as bloggers, make curatorial decisions on the aggregated content and create networks to sell ads targeted to their readers based on locale. Ad revenues will be lower than before but costs will be down as well.
“The proposed curriculum […] emphasises traditional areas of learning - including phonics, the chronology of history and mental arithmetic - but includes more modern media and web-based skills as well as a greater focus on environmental education.”—
In my opinion this is a step into the right direction. With the internet and all its resources we’ve already left behind the ages when it was necessary to cram as much knowledge into students’ heads as possible to prepare them for a professional life. That was a period when change came slowly and the word was still small. In the 21st century knowledge grows incredibly fast and it doesn’t make any sense to go the old route. Today students have to learn how to learn and how to acquire new knowledge. It is important to develop strategies to find and evaluate information. That’s what the new British primary school curriculum seems to aim at.
There will be a new and better iPhone this summer. No one doubts this. Other the $99 non Windows OS netbook which some people speculate might be an Appel netbook. Wishful thinking or reality? We’ll find out soon.
I would really like an Apple netbook, a device that offers more than an iPhone and is more elegant than a netbook and offers better functionality.
There are even more e-readers in development than I had thought. The kindle is out in its second iteration. The Sony Reader is already in its I don’t know what generation and there have been others like the Franklin and the Iliad. Hearst is preparing a reader, another one is coming from Plastic Logic. Then there is the German txtr. Perhaps Apple will try to compete as well with some rumoured device with a 10” touchscreen.
Seems very much like this market is going to explode. Since Amazon really got the market moving more players have entered to get their slice of the market. It’s going to be an interesting year. In conjunction with the slow demise of newspapers in print this will be the advent of the e-book.
“The tech and media savvy hipsters currently at SXSW could very well be a snapshot of things to come. The conference is chock full of smartphones, but there’s nary a notebook (or netbook) in sight. It’s anecdotal evidence, sure, but these folks are undoubtedly ahead of the curve on technology. And what they’re saying is they’re more comfortable using mobile devices as a primary computing and communications tool than they are with notebooks, or even netbooks.”—
Netbooks are just too bulky to carry around all day. Smartphones are lightweight and feature rich. They have to evolve further and will undoubtedly do so over the coming months and years. In ten years they will pack the power of todays desktops or even more, offer an abundance of storage, have better batteries and should feature a new kind of screen (a kind of virtual screen most likely).
Heard about the Semantic Web before but never about Linked Data. Came across it in a TED video of a talk by Tim Berners Lee who sees linked data as the next stage of the evolution of the net. It’s all about the availability of data and how it is linked in the end.
I don’t agree here. Smartphones won’t replace laptops because they are too different. They might be good at lots of things but lack some of what’s essential to laptops. Future in between devices will probably be able to bridge this gap. There is still room for development.
Interesting new ideas though I’m not that certain whether Apple would digitize tons of books on their campus. If it were for the secrecy maybe. Usually one would outsource a task like this to China or India for the cost alone.
Nevertheless I’d rather expect Apple to come up with some other device than a netbook. A multfunctional tablet that does ebooks too, would be much more in style of Apple.
Rumours of an Apple Netbook with touch screen get Apple nerds going. Two sources lend credibility to the rumour. Only time will tell if Apple ever enters the netbook. I don’t think they will. Instead they’ll anstonish us once more with a new idea that might shake up markets.
“The way humans normally communicate is through natural language. And when one’s dealing with the whole spectrum of knowledge, I think that’s the only realistic option for communicating with computers too. […]
It’s going to be a website: www.wolframalpha.com. With one simple input field that gives access to a huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms.
[…] A new paradigm for using computers and the web.”—
Wolfram is creating a Computational Knowledge Engine for the Web. They use the tools they know best, Mathematica and NKS to build a knowledge engine that understands natural language questions. It’s a different approach to getting answers compared to Google for example.
German kindle competitor starts to build an online community around the coming e-reader. You can setup an account with txtr to save texts from your desktop or clip texts from your browser to your account. All saved texts can be grouped into collections, shared with others and accessed from everywhere even from the iPhone (with a txtr app).
We’ll hear this over and over for the next years, sadly enough (depending on your point of view). NewsPAPERS will be dying a slow death. High production costs, skrinking subscriber base, loss of the classifieds business, less advertising and lots of online competition with news for free push printed news out of the market.
Local papers might survive longer but won’t outlive their older generation readership. Coming generations won’t miss their morning paper at the breakfast table.
Another video from Demo 09 (right before the demo on stage). Planned release date for the US (alone ?) they say is May to June. Pricing is $299 the central unit alone and $399 with additional keyboard.
It has got a glossy display as do many netbooks. The UI was developed by Always Innovating and made for touch use with “fat fingers”.
“In Web 2.0 “[…] the content issue […] is about online content in general; once your content goes up on the interactive by definition web, like it or not, the web owns it. Hit publish, and your content lives irrevocably and in perpetuity.”—