Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Latest iPad news

The iPad was released nearly two weeks ago but the news stories have hardly slowed down. Here is a round up of some of the latest articles:
  • An article on Daily Illini.com says that the Illini Apple Center which serves the University of Illinois sold out of iPads quickly and orders keep coming in. The Illini Union Bookstore is also working with the university to figure out how to implement e-textbooks and e-readers on campus.
  • An article from the Los Angeles Times compares the features of the iPad to the Kindle and notes that the iPad engages readers in ways that the Kindle does not.
  • According to a posting on Apple’s website, the company sold more than 500,000 iPads during the first week the device was on the market. The posting notes, “demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad.” As a result of the strong demand in the U.S., Apple has postponed the worldwide release of the device until the end of May.
  • Digital Book World has an informative review of the iPad.
  • The New York Times’ Room For Debate blog features six interesting essays about the iPad from the eyes of the “digerati.”
  • A new report from Flurry, a company that tracks new project starts by developers to gauge interest across mobile platforms, says that application development for the iPad is on the rise. Of all the new mobile application projects that began in February and March, 22 percent were for the iPad.

And a little bit of humor…

Here is a funny video for those who can not quite articulate the need for an iPad but know that they have to have one.

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