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Teachers attack NSW DET filter

Teachers attack NSW DET filter

A number of NSW teachers and librarians have criticised the Department of Education's (DET) web filtering system, claiming it is too restrictive and has sacrificed educational benefits in the name of child protection.

March 3, 2009 by in Government : AU

Hands-on image gallery and video of the Amazon iPhone Kindle software

Hands-on image gallery and video of the Amazon iPhone Kindle software

I just posted about the Amazon Kindle iPhone application availability and now I'll take you on a walk through the software and let you also see how it works with a Kindle 2 device. As you can see in my image gallery the software is easy to use and gives you all your Kindle ebook content on the iPhone. I am not sure if newspapers or magazines are supported yet, but plan to try that out soon as well. You can see in the video how the Whispersync technology keeps the Kindle 2 and iPhone in sync so no matter where you are or what device you have with you at the moment (Kindle or iPhone) you can always maintain your current location in your book.

March 3, 2009 by in iPhone

Image Gallery: Amazon Kindle iPhone application brings Kindle content to your phone

Image Gallery: Amazon Kindle iPhone application brings Kindle content to your phone

Amazon just started shipping the Amazon Kindle 2 to buyers last week. In their February launch event they mentioned that the Kindle software with Whispersync would eventually come to other devices. Well, that time has come MUCH sooner than anyone anticipated and you can now download the software and read Kindle books on your Apple iPhone or iPod touch. Amazon just changed the game when it comes to ebooks and sets the new standard for ebook content.

March 3, 2009 by in Amazon

Amazon releases Kindle iPhone application and ebook readers rejoice!

Amazon releases Kindle iPhone application and ebook readers rejoice!

I was reading my Twitter feed and stumbled upon a post by Rene announcing the new Kindle for iPhone application that you can now download for free (iTunes link) from the Apple App Store. Folks, this is BIG news for the ebook industry and came MUCH faster than I ever anticipated given that the Amazon Kindle 2 (check out my review) just started shipping last week. My Kindle 1 is now up for sale on ebay and it looks like my iPhone will now be a regular part of my gear. With the Kindle 2 and Whispersync technology the iPhone and Kindle 2 will make a perfect pair.

March 3, 2009 by in Amazon

Twitter as a district communication tool

Twitter as a district communication tool

Broward County Public Schools announced Tuesday that they would be using Twitter to quickly disseminate information to parents, students, and staff. While automated calling systems and school/district websites are fine ways to get information out, this strikes me as a particularly useful application for the microblogging site.

March 3, 2009 by in Social Enterprise

Battle for best high-end Mac OS X netbook

Battle for best high-end Mac OS X netbook

I've been busy installing OS X on the Dell Mini 9 (CNet review) and fellow podcaster Rob Parker prefers the Acer Aspire One (review) but guest blogger Bob DeGrande thinks that the Asus 901 (review) and MSI Wind (review) make better high-end Mac OS X netbooks.I think there is a better deal on a Linux netbook at the moment.

March 3, 2009 by in Apple

66% of smartphones sold in Q4 2008 rely on 3G

66% of smartphones sold in Q4 2008 rely on 3G

According to The NPD Group, consumer sales of smartphones to US consumers represented 23% of all handset sales in Q4 2008 compared to just 12% in Q4 2007. Led by the release of iPhone 3G at $199, the average price for a smartphone fell 23% from $216 in Q4 2007 to $167 in Q4 2008. [...]

March 3, 2009 by in Hardware

Time to put banking executives on trial?

Time to put banking executives on trial?

As the sheer magnitude of the unfettered lending and borrowing that has taken place over the last few years continues to unfold, I am hearing more and more calls to put banking and government executives who failed to prevent this (or knowingly encouraged this) on trial. I am inclined to agree with them.

March 3, 2009 by in Banking

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