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March 14, 2012
by sjvn01
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Good-bye Encyclopedia Britannica: Good-bye to the printed record

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury the print Encyclopedia Britannica, not to praise it. The evil that books do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” Oh I could praise it, … Continue reading

January 23, 2012
by sjvn01
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The poor get poorer and the rich get richer with Apple’s iPad-based textbooks

Apple’s iBooks2’s reinvented textbooks really are something. They’re gorgeous, they’re fast, they’re real-time interactive with up to date information and they’ll only cost $14.99 or less. But, to use them, you’ll need an iPad–minimum list price: $499. Can you afford … Continue reading

July 25, 2011
by sjvn01
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Sun CEO explicitly endorsed Java’s use in Android: What do you say now Oracle?

If you believe Oracle’s patent lawsuits against Google for its use of Java in Android, Google has stolen not just patented ideas but directly copied Java code. In short, Google is a red-handed thief and should pay Oracle over a … Continue reading

July 14, 2011
by sjvn01
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Five Things to expect from the Amazon Android Kindle tablet

I wish Amazon would stop being coy about its plans for an Android Linux-based Kindle tablet and just announce it already. While Amazon still won’t tell me that they’re building one, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is … Continue reading