AT&T now wants to charge app developers data fees to ease customers running into their imaginary data caps. It’s an idea so bad it’s almost comical. Writes Karl Bode:
It’s an idea we’re sure AT&T will pitch as a cost-saving endeavor for consumers, but given this is AT&T, you’d be naive to think cost savings will be in the equation. You’ll still pay the same data rates, content companies will now just pay a fee to obtain preferred “reduced cap impact” status, then pass the higher development costs on to you. It’s a ridiculous and dangerous idea, and the fallout will likely be similar to AT&T’s “free ride” comments. AT&T executives either don’t care how bad these ideas make them look, or don’t realize it thanks to too many isolated meetings at headquarters packed with telco-think yes men.
Have I mentioned how happy I am that I’m no longer an AT&T customer?
The followup to Pokemon Black and White isn’t the predicted “Gray,” it’s Black 2 and White 2, coming to DS in June. There’s not much information about them yet, except that they’re coming out, and there are two new legendary Pokemon for the covers.
They’ve also been announced for North America, as “Pokemon Black Version 2” and “Pokemon White Version 2” which sounds way less sequel-like. Ironically, “sequels to existing games” would be one of the most innovative things ever to happen to the franchise.
It also represents a step forward for developer Game Freak: the ability to use the same license to sell four games instead of just three.
Wikipedia doesn’t have a stellar reputation for scholarly accuracy, but its staggering collection of 20 million articles in 283 languages has nonetheless made it the go-to reference for the world’s students—it’s even the most plagiarized source on college campuses. Now, a growing number of professors are bucking the anti-Wikipedia trend and assigning a new kind of homework: editing the site’s articles.
According to the Wikimedia Foundation blog, professors from nine nations are participating in the two-year-old Wikipedia Education Program, which allows them to assign articles to their students. In the United States, about 50 classes are participating in the editing effort. Student contributors “are expected to put in as much work into the Wikipedia assignments as they would put into a term paper or other large assignment,” the program’s founders say. The students are guided through the editing process by their professor, trained in-person “campus ambassadors,” and virtual mentors.
Amazon.com yanked the buy button on its site from thousands of e-books this week after failing to extract better terms from their distributor, the Independent Publishers Group.
I.P.G., one of the country’s largest distributors, said Amazon sought new discounts that it could not afford.
“There’s only so far we can go,” said Mark Suchomel, president of the Chicago-based outfit.
The dispute underlines the escalating struggle between Amazon and publishers and distributors over how to sell e-books. Amazon wants the price for the consumer to be as low as possible so it can sell more Kindle devices. But it also needs to improve its margins, which are vanishingly thin for a Wall Street darling. The patience of investors is not infinite.
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Paul Higgins: has certainly happened with me. I will email documents to GMail that I need to read or take to meetings. I will send documents to my iPad that I use to run workshops - run sheets, timings , etc. Also send presentations to my iPad into Prezi Viewer so I can practice them on a train or plane. The important difference to my laptop is ease of carrying and the speed of opening and using. The other day I had a breakfast meeting in the city and another one at 11. In between I was going into the virtual office space we hire from Servcorp to do some work on end of month reporting . I needed the accounting software application that I have on my laptop rather than my iPad despite the fact that we share the back up files in the cloud via DropBox. I found myself really strongly resenting the fact that I had to carry my laptop with me. Made me think that the cloud plus tablet are certainly the way of the future and the laptops days are ending faster than I previously thought.
If you think about it, printers are probably the worst-designed gadgets in our homes (unless you own the same awful Samsung Behold as I do). But despite the mythical advance of the paperless office, nobody has been able to kill them off. Until now. A new survey says that the iPad has finally doomed the printer, and is even saving trees.
The survey, conducted by Morgan Stanley Research and named “Tablet Demand and Disruption,” shows that as tablet adoption in business has grown, so the use of paper and printers has dropped. And for tablets here we can read “iPad,” as nothing else is really selling in significant numbers.
Morgan Stanley surveyed 700 tablet users in the U.S and found that 46 percent of them had reduced their printer use. It makes total sense. Even the Lady, a die-hard paper user, took her iPad to some official place or other last month to have them scan a barcode straight from the screen.