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Why are schools using iPads instead of Chromebooks?

by: Nate SwannerJuly 19, 2013
The largest saturation was 75% of schools in a given district, with 21% of educators reporting that no technology had been implemented yet. Only 12% say they can get technology in the hands of students, and 51% of those who have some kind of tech report sharing a device cart with other classrooms.
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Samsung has two new videos that show off their photographic prowess

by: Nate SwannerJuly 19, 2013
If mobile photography is your thing, Samsung has you covered. Their Galaxy S4 has a ton of cool camera features, and their recently release Galaxy S4 Zoom might be more camera than phone.
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Verizon ‘will not touch’ their pricing structure for Edge customers

by: Nate SwannerJuly 19, 2013
Fran Shammo, the aforementioned CFO of Verizon, said very plainly “We will not touch our service pricing” when prompted to comment on whether or not Verizon would alter their pricing scheme to suit the Edge offering. Shammo plainly and flatly told us what we knew all along: Verizon isn’t interested in saving us money.
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Edge, Jump, and Next: the “opt out” shell game, and how to win.

by: Nate SwannerJuly 19, 2013
We wanted a way out of our two-year contracts early, without paying an early termination fee. Each carrier has done that for us, although the ETF is really just parsed out differently. Be it making sure your device is half paid for like Verizon asks, or a monthly fee for the option to leave, you’re still paying for that ETF in some way.
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The USA Prism Plus app makes sure the NSA is watching

by: Nate SwannerJuly 18, 2013
The app will take pictures from your mobile device, automatically, and send them to the NSA twitter account. That’s right, all you have to do is download the app and you’re on your way to being a helpful citizen.
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Motorola tweets blatant Moto X teaser pic

by: Nate SwannerJuly 18, 2013
I’m not familiar with the inner workings of a smartphone manufacturing facility, but one thing that stands out is the color wheels at various (maybe all) workstations. Is that some sort of screen calibration tool? Perhaps it has something to do with customization.
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Google reports $14.11 billion in revenue for Q2 2013

by: Nate SwannerJuly 18, 2013
Google gave their quarterly earnings call today, reporting $14.11 billion in revenue, a 19% increase over Q2 last year. This was shy of Wall Street expectations, which was aiming for about $14.45 billion in revenue.
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Verizon’s Edge plan is almost perfect

by: Nate SwannerJuly 18, 2013
There are no mysterious monthly fees, or painfully long waiting periods for upgrade. There is no early termination fee, and All of Verizon’s “Share Everything” plans are eligible, too.
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Google’s Product Listing Ads are a big threat to Amazon

by: Nate SwannerJuly 17, 2013
It’s a lot like Amazon, except these are Google sponsored results. That little sponsored box at the top of the results screen, which is surprisingly functional, is paid advertising space. If you click on the actual product, you’re redirected to the landing page for that product, on the site selling it.
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Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store: an infographic comparison

by: Nate SwannerJuly 17, 2013
The infographic below shows some great stats, and honest comparisons. What jumps out most is the country-by-country breakout, as well as the ability to discover what you’re looking for with misspelled words. I was also a bit taken with the price points for apps via the app store. An app that runs you $999? Wow. That’s bold.
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