Apple Expands iTunes U in Europe, Asia

8:52 AM, Jan. 21st, 2014 · · iPad

Even more people have access to iTunes U content throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America as of Tuesday because Apple has expanded availability of iBooks multi-touch textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager into more regions in those markets. According to Apple, iBooks textbooks are now available in 51 countries and iTunes U Course Manager is available in 70 countries.

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iBooks textbooks may not have revolutionized the educational market in the way Apple had hoped, but they're still a powerful learning tool -- and in many cases far more affordable than traditional textbooks. It's great to see them, along with iTunes U Course Manager, available in even more countries.

Apple’s Line in the Sand with Samsung is a ‘No Cloning’ Provision

8:27 PM, Jan. 20th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple's Line in the Sand

Apple has pointed out its line in the sand...again...for a patent settlement with Samsung: a "no cloning" provision that would allow Apple to sue come the day that Samsung copies its devices...again. In a court filing published by FOSS Patents, Apple said that despite Samsung's attempts to convince the court otherwise, Apple has consistently included a "no cloning" provision in its settlement talks with Samsung.

Samsung Pressure Pushing Apple to Release Bigger iPad

9:59 AM, Jan. 20th, 2014 · · iPad

Rumors claim Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad, and now a new report says we may see the bigger model by the end of the third quarter thanks to increased competition from Samsung. Insider sources are saying Samsung's recent introduction of a 12.2-inch Galaxy tablet have Apple pushing to get its new iPad model out sooner than the company originally planned.

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It's very likely Apple is working on a bigger iPad and wants to get it on store shelves as soon as it can. Without verifiable sources to back up the reports, however, it's all still just rumor and speculation.

3 Free iOS Apps For Those Who Love To Read

9:59 AM, Jan. 19th, 2014 · · iPad

Free on iTunes

If you've got an iOS device then you've got a great ereader, but Vern Seward points out three freebies that might make your reading experience e=ven better in this week's Free on iTunes.  ReadMill, JukePop, and LibriVox.

How to Be In Control of Your Apple Earphones

10:30 AM, Jan. 18th, 2014 · · iPad

“I’m in control of my ‘buds!”

Sandro Cuccia uses the remote on his iDevice earphones to issue phone commands, talk to Siri, to control music, podcast, and audiobook playback, to manage playlist selections, as well as to shoot iPhone pictures. Yes, all this  – and more  – can be done with your earphones. This article shows you how.

Apple Goes for Inspiration with New iPad Ad

8:47 AM, Jan. 13th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple's latest iPad commercial aired over the weekend asking "what will your verse be?" The ad shows people using their iPads in a wide of tasks while quoting from the American poet Walt Whitman, asking watchers how they'll use their iPads to contribute a verse to the powerful play of life.

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Regardless of whether or not Apple intended it, "What will your verse be" and "Here's to the Crazy Ones" are going to be compared as a set. It's all about inspiration and emotion, and regardless of whether or not people like the new ad, that's exactly what it goes for.

5 Free iOS Apps to Get You Collaborating

9:59 AM, Jan. 11th, 2014 · · iPad

Free on iTunes

In this last article in a series to help kick off your New Year, Vern Seward takes a look at 5 free iOS apps that might help you collaborate with others: Dropbox, Documents by Readdle, DocuSign Ink, Quip, and JotNot Scanner.

Small: The Next Big Thing in Styluses

5:41 PM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · · iPad

LAS VEGAS - The stylus market for the iPad is a hotbed of activity with new designs and features rolling out almost daily. The latest feature looks to be small, at least in the case of Adonit, and the Jot Script is a taste of exactly where the company's product line is headed.