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Peach Pit Offers Students Online IT and Digital Products

peach pitWhen I hear Peach Pit, it makes me think of frozen yogurt, one of my most favorite things in the world. And for those who are a few years older than me, the name is synonymous with the 90s television show, Beverly Hills 90210.

Turns out, Peach Pit is neither frozen yogurt nor is it Dylan, Brandon and Kelly’s favorite burger joint; it’s even cooler.

Peach Pit is a company that publishes “top-notch books on the latest in graphic design, desktop publishing, multimedia, web design and development, digital video, and general computing.”

In addition to their books, Peach Pit offers online video products, eBooks, and a conference series. Peach Pit guarantees their award-winning products will be easy to use, and have “time-saving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice for computer users of all sorts.”

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Free iPads for College Students

ipad new york timesWho doesn’t like the sound of that? Attach free to just about anything and you’ll have college coeds swarming like stray cats on a well-stocked porch. But a free iPad? That’s got all sorts of temptation written all over it.

At least two U.S. colleges have decided to provide the iPad, the newest gadget from Apple, to their students. It’s not uncommon for colleges to offer incoming freshmen laptops, to ensure they have this important tool to manage their scholastic careers, but it’s a little uncommon for schools to jump on board with something that’s only been on the market for seven days and has yet to truly prove its benefits in the academic environment.

At Seton Hill University, a Roman Catholic school in Pennsylvania, all 2,000 full-time students will be welcomed back this fall with an iPad. George Fox University, a Christian school in Oregon, is giving students, including first years, the option between an iMac and iPad; next year they only get iPads. Read the rest of this entry »



iPad Textbooks and iBookstore to Change How College Students Consume Books

ipad ibooksWere you one of the ravenous Apple fans who had your new iPad by lunch on Saturday? If so, you’ve probably played with it in the past few days as much as a child does a new toy on Christmas morning. Unlike the child though, you’re not likely to grow tired of it and move on anytime soon.

Whether you’re in the crowd that thinks Steve Jobs can do no wrong and the iPad is worth every ounce of hype and maybe more, or you’re in the crowd that thinks it’s completely overhyped and asking “why are we still talking about this?”, there’s no denying that this little piece of technology has the potential to revolutionize the way students do business on campus. Read the rest of this entry »



iPad Textbooks Protected by FairPlay DRM in iBookstore

Piracy is a legitimate concern in the digital age, as more media becomes available at just the click of a mouse button. According to Softpedia.com via The LA Times, Apple is already taking steps to head-off piracy on its new iPad, introduced last month.

iPad textbooks are a buzz-worthy feature of Apple's new product. (photo via PCWorld)

iPad textbooks are a buzz-worthy feature of Apple's new product. (photo via PCWorld)

While the product has yet to actually be available for purchase, one of the biggest buzz-worthy features will be the availability of iPad textbooks. College students will be able to access a number of textbooks from a number of publishers with ease. And while there will be an upfront investment of at least $500, the base purchase price of the iPad, textbook costs will be significantly lower for the download when compared to paying face value at the campus bookstore.

Even with a cheaper price tag, iPad textbooks could still fall victim to piracy, which is why Apple is employing the FairPlay digital rights management system (DRM) to ensure media in its new iBookstore are safe. Read the rest of this entry »



iPad eBook Reader to Offer Textbooks

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Apple unveils the iPad. (via Engadget)

Student might very soon be handing over a portion of their student loan checks to Apple. As if Macs, iPods and iPhones weren’t already wildly popular with the collegiate crowd, Steve Jobs’ announcement today of the company’s long-anticipated new product, the iPad, will surely be on the must-have school supply list upon its release sometime in 2010 (still unknown at this time).

McGraw-Hill’s CEO, Harold McGraw III, told CNBC that the company’s textbooks will be made available for the on the new iPad (previously thought to be called the Apple Table or iSlate). Additionally, during Steve Jobs’ live presentation, it was announced that other textbook partners would include publishers Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillian, and Hatchett Book Group.

While the Amazon Kindle has been considered to be the next big revolution in e-readers with a possibility of taking over the textbook market, it seems completely plausible that the new iPad from Apple could fulfill that role much more quickly.

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Apple Might Partner with McGraw-Hill on New Tablet

mcgraw hill logoWithin the next few days, Apple is expected to release its newest multimedia gadget, the Tablet. This device will allow users to play games, surf the web, watch TV, check out the latest headlines from The New York Times, or read their textbooks.

Supposedly, education publisher McGraw-Hill is discussing a partnership with Apple. The goal is to create e-book versions of its textbooks on the Tablet, similar to the textbooks that are now available on Amazon’s Kindle.

It is quite obvious why McGraw-Hill would want their books and services on the Tablet.

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Apple Laptops for Maine Middle School Students

Despite the economic turmoil, Maine is expanding its program to provide laptop computers to students.student mac

Maine started its first-in-the-nation program by distributing more than 30,000 computers to each seventh- and eighth-grader in all of the state’s public schools in 2002 and 2003. Now the goal is to provide a laptop to every public school student in grades 7-12 by the fall.

About 30 high schools already have laptops that they obtained outside the scope of the original program. But now all 120 of Maine’s high schools, along with 241 middle schools, will have new laptops under the same program, at a cost of about $242 per computer per year, said Education Commissioner Susan Gendron.

Education Department officials announced this week that they’re negotiating a four-year lease with Apple Inc. for 100,000 Apple MacBook laptops.

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