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Hmmmmm - 10,000 accounts but only hundreds are paying. Hundreds implies less than 1,000 ( > 1/10). I wish them well, it's a slick service but seems most are just door kickers so far. I wouldn't necessarily say that's a success yet but I do admire startups that at least have a plan to monetize from the start.
2 days, 9 hours ago on How did Exposure crack the photosharing code? By charging its users
There's just a wealth of tech and opportunity in iPads, just need some creative thinkers to harness it all and put it to good use in education. Pair kids up so they can help each other (via video chat or tweets or whatever as an example). What we don't need is more of the same-o same-o from the education establishment.
1 week, 4 days ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco
I didn't say there wasn't "any" face to face. It probably wouldn't be with the primary preparer of the app/course though. More of an advising/counseling function.
I don't look at iPads, the cloud, etc. as just gee-wiz tech. It's cheaper and very much more personal than the tech of the past. It can offer enumrable variations in learning techniques unlike the one-size-fits-all we currently have. It's also mobile so with the student (and available) 24/7.
Ahhh - the old wealth redistribution angle - Hasn't happened, ain't gonna happen so time to move on.
Doesn't matter if you like them.
1 week, 5 days ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco
They need a good education - This one size fits all, industrial system we have now doesn't cut it. Students learn in many different ways, with varied apps taking different approaches to the subject matter a student can maybe find one that works for them. It allows for a more customized, individualized approach rather than the mass production model now employed. So, yes, that's exactly what k-12 students need.
The future of education is probably 50 of the best teachers in any given subject matter creating apps so there is a variety of learning types. Then local advisors, councilors, etc. making sure the students are using the right one for them and steering/guiding.
The current system needs to be totally disrupted and that isn't going to happen from within and doing it the same old way.
Of course I saw that.
Schools are a big black hole for money, always have been and always will be. Progress isn't necessarily in brick/mortar and with what's going on with online classes, the future is not necessarily in buildings or hundreds of thousands of individual teachers.
School systems as they exist are for the previous century, the industrial age. Everything needs to change. There will be lots of experimentation and not all will be successful but you never know until you try. LA is not a good example as they totally blew it. It reminds me of the national healthcare exchange failure vs the successful state exchanges.
I do believe that iPads and related apps (from what I've seen) can make a difference because they are up front, always with you (mobile) and personal unlike desktop (or even laptop) computers - The apps available in all areas are far more useful and enlightened than anything I've seen on any other computers over the years.
I stated in my original comment that it's all in the implementation - That's where LA blew it.
I'd beg to differ on the productivity front - Mine is very productive. It's what you make of it, an open slate.
They're cheap considering the alternative has been Windows-based computers with all it's inherent support infrastructure.
I have a relative that teaches in a smaller school district that rolled-out iPads last year and they're working out just fine.
Conspiracy Theories - Yawn
Yes, LA screwed the pooch with the implementation but otherwise the iPad was/is the tablet with the best quality software and widest selection of vertical market apps.
1 week, 6 days ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco
Oh no, another patents are bad and the big bad Apple article.
And, oh ya, it's that black rectangle thingy again.
Defacto-standards became standard because someone innovated. The originator should still reap the rewards.
Patents in other fields - seed hybrids as an example have even more lawsuits (Monsanto sues everyones pants off) and am betting Google would protect their search patents and sue in a nano-second if infringed.
There is no advancement if there are few innovators and only copycats.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tech giants’ patent wars mean a longer wait for smarter phones
The Samsung stores within a store at Best Buy are more akin to Apple stores within Best Buy that have been around for a long time. Not sure your comparison to JCPenny is even relevent. But, I suppose since Johnson is in the news you had to try to tie the two for page views.
8 months, 1 week ago on Ron Johnson’s brand-oriented boutiques couldn’t save JC Penney. Is Best Buy any different?
Wow - This has to be one of the most misguided post Pando's published - Bryan, you just hope to be half as lucky as Jobs.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Let’s admit it… Steve Jobs was lucky
@MichaelTannenbaum You're overestimating the consumer (and nerds/geeks) - They've been putting up with shitty, malware infected android for some time (android's just getting to the point where it matches up) - They've also put up with all kinds of Google betaware including Google Maps. This will all be ancient history in a tech news cycle.
1 year, 2 months ago on Yeah, It Does Matter That Tim Cook Just Apologized For Apple’s Maps
Everyone seems to use the antennagate apology as representative of Jobs's responses but in fact he did do an apology in this same style when he apologized for MobileMe.
Too a certain degree I think Cook was a little too apologetic. In my view he should have explained in a little more detail how using the app is important to improving it and only steered people to alternatives as a last resort.
@kpkpkp I'm aware of that - But, the main play is payments and that's a non-starter. Apple has other methods - even Walmart is testing them - and if Apple doesn't incorporate NFC it'll suffer the same fate as mobile Flash I'm afraid.
1 year, 3 months ago on Yesterday Marked the Beginning of the End of Apple’s Dominance, Unless…
@KyleVail Ahhhhh -- Sorry about that, I was misreading :-(
Still don't agree that streaming is where it's all going even if Apple intros a version. Until unlimited broadband is ubiquitous and cheap it's a non-starter for the majority in my estimation.
1 year, 3 months ago on Shhh… Don’t Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed
"I honestly wonder, what more do people expect from a phone?"
Exactly! The smartphone is 6 years (?) old, it's incremental from here on out. And things like NFC are non-starters (solutions looking for problems).
@KyleVail Also, there's a difference between gross numbers and active/paying accounts. The report was about paying accounts.
@KyleVail Ya, maybe 13M is wrong but just the research report number was still minuscule comparatively speaking.
Dumb? No, just an opinion at least as good as yours or the authors. Streaming fans have been saying it's the future for almost as long as the linux fans have been saying it's the year of linux on the desktop.
There's a report out (sorry, misplaced the link) that says there are only 13M accounts on all these streaming services combined - some demand that is - Apple has what, 400M iTunes accounts - The streaming universe is very, very small.