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Education

Open Textbooks Win Over Publishers In CA 216

Unequivocal writes "Recently California's Governor announced a free digital textbook competition. The results of that competition were announced today. Many traditional publishers submitted textbooks in this digital textbook competition in CA as well as open publishers. An upstart nonprofit organization named CK-12 contributed a number of textbooks (all free and open source material). 'Of the 16 free digital textbooks for high school math and science reviewed, ten meet at least 90 percent of California's standards. Four meet 100 percent of standards.' Three of those recognized as 100% aligned to California standards were from CK-12 and one from H. Jerome Keisler. None of the publisher's submissions were so recognized. CK-12 has a very small staff, so this is a great proof of the power of open textbooks and open educational resources."
Handhelds

Palm Pre Is Out, Time For Discussion 283

caffiend666 writes "Palm Pre is out, let's discuss the status and compare stories. The first day seems to have gone as well as expected, with many selling out before noon. I bought the second at the local Sprint store, and so far I like it. Much more one-hand friendly than the iPhone. I haven't gotten the main apps to sync with Linux, but the media portion functions much like a thumb-drive with my Fedora-8 Linux system. For the Pre-verts out there, here's some Palm Pre dismantling pictures."

Comment Re:Why would my Mom upgrade to Snow Leopard? (Score 1) 256

Well, with past major versions of Mac OS X we at least got some newfangled toys to play with (the Dock, Spotlight, Spaces, etc.) But with SL, we get APIs and back end stuff. That may be neat and all but it doesn't do much for me, immediately.

Now granted it will be faster and more stable, which is a good reason to upgrade, but I'm not sure its a good enough reason to pay $100. Even the "enterprise" features wont do much for the average person. I guess Apple is just using SL to get a foot into the corporate world, what with all the "enterprise" features and all. Oh well.

BTW: This "My Mom" argument may be moot after all if SL can't run on PowerPC machines. Her computer is only 2 years old and is probably one of the last PPC iMac they offered. It would suck royally if they left the PPC out in the cold so soon. :(

Comment Why would my Mom upgrade to Snow Leopard? (Score 2, Interesting) 256

My biggest problem with this upgrade is that it seems more like a Windows Service Pack than a true Mac OS X upgrade. Are we going to have to pay for "new APIs" and "multi-core processing"?

How does all this help the average user (i.e. my Mom)? WooHoo! They are building a YouTube app and you can record directly off the screen! Big whoop. You can do that today without too much trouble with third party applications. Is the Mac OS X user interface and built-in apps already so perfect that they can't find things to improve?

I'm usually a pretty big Mac fan-boy but I just can't seem to get excited about this one. Hell, I'm even thinking (seriously) about ditching my iPhone and getting a Palm Pre. sigh...how the world is changing. Has Apple lost it's Mojo?

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Blizzard's EULA compliant WoW spyware (rootkit.com)

Corrado writes: "rootkit has a fairly good look at the "warden client" that comes with every copy of World of Warcraft. Apparently, this little piece of software is very liberal in what it does to your computer and gathers quite a bit of data. Every 15 seconds it looks at all your open windows, every process, URLs, IMs, etc. and checks to see if your cheating. This feels like a massive invasion of privacy and its all perfectly legal through the WoW EULA."
Music

Submission + - Rock Band Footage (canada.com)

Corrado writes: "Just cruising around the web and I found some details and a video of the upcoming Rock Bank video game. Basically the video shows a team of 4 Harmonix engineers going through Welcome to the Jungle by GnR and it's awesome!"
Linux Business

Submission + - Xandros acquires Scalix (linuxmagazine.com.br)

phess writes: "After establishing a still secret contract with Asus for US$ 15 million (for 5 million Intel's Classmate PC licenses), Xandros acquired groupware solution maker Scalix for a value still unrevealed. More details should come throughout the day."
Communications

Submission + - Is the DUB phone the perfect cell phone?

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone turns into a critic when they are presented with a new product yet few are brave enough to suggest an alternative. But it looks like Andrew Lim, CNET.co.uk's mobile phone editor, has had enough of criticizing and has come up with what he thinks is the perfect cell phone. The DUB phone, which stands for design, usability and battery life, is the "fruit of years of observations". One of the more ingenious parts of the design is a dual battery system — one for MP3 player, one for phone.
Novell

Submission + - Novell says desktop Linux costs 10% of Vista

Robert writes: Novell Inc might have signed a patent and interoperability deal with Microsoft Corp but it is not about to give up competing with the software giant and last week released a study that suggests its Linux desktop product is better value than Windows Vista. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company's competitive guide compares SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with Windows Vista and claims that the Linux product provides 90% of Vista's functionality and 10% of the price.

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