When dedicated e-ink readers were the only game in town, people flocked to them in droves to do their digital reading. When the iPad and Android tablets started to gain traction, people switched to them to read manga, magazines, newspapers and digital comics. Sony might give people a compelling reason to switch to their brand of tablets because its using a 2K display, which will really make vibrant content stand out.
Sony has confirmed that it will shortly release the Xperia Z4 Tablet. The device has made an appearance on the official Xperia Lounge app, before being swiftly pulled. We do not know the full specs of the device, but the screenshot confirms it will have a 2K display, "the latest ultra fast processor" and "industry leading battery performance". It will likely be announced at Mobile World Congress in Spain next week.
When it comes to digital reading, resolution is king. This is partly was has led to the success of the iPad has being the definitive tablet for reading. The main reason is the Retina display, which allows comics to be read in pure HD and developers spend a copious amount of time optimizing their content. Android really hasn’t had a slew of devices that really take resolution to the next level, but the new Z4 might do the trick.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Microsoft wants to be an educational partner and wants to leverage their Office 365 suite as an incentive to do so. They want schools to give up their dependencies on Google branded services and Amazon AWS. In order to appeal to schools budgets Microsoft is giving away free access to Office 365 to students.
Office 365 Education for Students is an Office 365 plan that is available for free to students who attend academic institutions that have purchased Office for faculty and staff available at www.Office.com/GetOffice365. This plan allows students to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and Office apps on other mobile devices including Android, iPad, and Windows tablets. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by the school, and students can edit and collaborate using Office Online, Yammer, and SharePoint sites.
I think this is a great move for Microsoft. Google may trumpet a copious amount of storage via Google Drive and digital textbook rental solutions but students need productivity. Office is a name known by virtually all students and it carries a name brand recognition. I think its also a compelling offer because it works on Android tablets and iOS devices, so it doesn’t lock you into needing a PC.
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Last year OverDrive provided library partners the opportunity to highlight children and young adult content by offering an eReading Room for kids and teens. The purpose was to provide a solution that would feature popular Juvenile/YA content for kids in a safe, digital environment, while allowing parents to have peace of mind.
Now we're offering you the chance to highlight your OverDrive streaming video content in much the same way; by creating an Screening Room designed to feature all of the video content you've purchased in Marketplace! This feature will provide your patrons a convenient location to browse your streaming videos where they can borrow from custom collections and start watching a title instantly on any device with a browser.
The Greater Phoenix Digital Library consortium was the first to add this new feature and they couldn't be more excited:
"The Greater Phoenix Digital Library consortium is excited to launch with the first OverDrive Screening Room for our streaming videos. The Screening Room allows us to better highlight and promote our streaming videos—and we hope to attract new users, interested in streaming video from the library, to our OverDrive digital collection. Now patrons can access all of their digital media in one place!"
-Jeriann Thacker, Electronic Resources Librarian, at Phoenix Public Library.
To add a Screening Room to your OverDrive-powered digital library simply contact your Collection Development Specialist. They can help create curated collections of the hottest movies and TV shows so that your patrons can begin streaming today!
If you visited us at the Bett Show in January, or came to Picademy in October or February half term, then you will recognise James Robinson as one of our education team volunteers. He is a well-established member of the Computing At School community, as both a CAS Master Teacher and CAS Hub Leader for Cambridge. He is also a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and a frequent attendee of Cambridge Raspberry Jams.
I’ve known James for roughly a year now. He is a hugely successful and experienced teacher whose opinion I have sought on regular occasions. We also seem to keep bumping into him at Computing education events like the CAS Conference, and PyconUK as well as at community events like Piwars. It seemed like we were destined to work together!
As part of the Foundation’s Education Team, James will be writing educational resources for the website (especially schemes of work for teachers of KS4), as well as continuing to assist with Picademies and other outreach. James has the best case I’ve ever seen for all his Raspberry Pi bits and bobs, and as soon as I saw it I knew he would fit in around here.
The award is given in the name of Tezuka Osamu, a manga pioneer who penned such manga as Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. Osamu has been referred to by some as the king of manga, and since his death in 1989, manga readers have done their best to honour his memory. One of these is by handing out the Cultural Award, given to the year’s manga that best follows in his footsteps.
This year’s nominees are:
A Silent Voice – Koe no Katachi
Five Colour Boat – Goshiki no Fune
Heisei Uro Oboe Zoshi