Intel has recently developed a small tablet called the StudyBook that aims to contribute towards the transformation that is taking place in the way in which tablets are utilised by teachers and students in the class room.
While computers and other technologies have been used in many classrooms for decades now and continue to be developed, there seems to be a new enthusiasm for the possibilities represented by tablets and they way that they can change the technology landscape in educational institutions.
The Studybook is a portable device powered by an Intel Atom (Oak Trail) processor with a 7-inch touchscreen that is encased in an especially rugged plastic for increased durability and protection. The device also claims to be both water and dust resistant. The Studybook also comes with all the necessary software for teachers to manage and create content. The device is also Intel’s first to support Google’s Android OS with Microsoft Windows also remaining an option.
As with its prior entries in education, Intel designed the device but expects it to be branded, customized and sold by hardware companies to reach students in emerging and industrialized countries. While pricing is expected to be determined by those partners and will depend on any software or hardware add-ons, Kapil Wadhera, general manager of Intel’s education market platforms group says that the tablet should start at less than $200 each.
Up until now, tablets have for the most part been produced and made available commercially in two different sizes: either the smaller 7-inch or less like the Kindle Fire or Galaxy Tab 2 or the larger 10-inch tablet like the iPad.
However, there now seems to be a new extra large size available from Toshiba. The company recently unveiled its new 13-inch Android tablet as part of its new Excite range alongside the Excite 10.1-inch and Excite 7.7-inch tablets. The line-up of Android 4.0 powered tablets is part of Toshiba’s strategy to provide consumers with next-generation features that compete head-to-head with Apple devices but are more affordable.
The Excite 13 tablet, undoubtedly the highlight of the range, unsurprisingly packs more weight than the standard tablets currently available on the mass market, weighing in at just under 1 kilograms although it is only o.4 inches thick.
It also features a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip with GeForce graphics and 1GB of RAM and as with the Thrive tablet that the Excite is replacing, has micro USB and micro HDMI ports, plus a full-size SD card slot. Its LED-backlit LCD screen has a resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels and a widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio, and 10-finger touch support.
For a long time, Apple has marketed their machines as virus-free, but the increasing popularity of Macs has clearly got the attention of malware creators. Kaspersky Lab recently analysed Flashfake, a massive botnet that infected more than 600,000 computers worldwide, and concluded that more than 98% of the infected computers were most likely running a version of Mac OS X. To infect victims’ computers, the cyber criminals behind the Flashfake botnet were installing a Flashfake Trojan that gained entry into users’ computers without their knowledge by exploiting vulnerabilities in Java. To analyse the botnet, Kaspersky Lab’s experts reverse-engineered the Flashfake malware and registered several domain names which could be used by criminals as a C&C server for managing the botnet. This method enabled them to intercept and analyse the communications between infected computers and the other C&Cs.
Kickstarter is currently featuring and raising funds for the production of the JuiceTank, the first iPhone charger and case in one that allows iPhone users to charge their phone anytime and anywhere. With poor battery life having become one of the biggest complaints about the iPhone, the JuiceTank aims to solve this problem with a single accessory.
The main feature of the JuiceTank is an integrated wall charger that folds flat against the case to provide maximum portability and simplicity. The automated plug deploys easily and allows you to plug your phone directly into any outlet with no cords required.
Web Africa has recently made some changes to their home ADSL range which will offer the lowest price per gig in South Africa and remove the Peak and Off-peak differentiator for Home ADSL users.
From the 2nd April all Peak and Off-Peak Gigs will now be referred to as Any-Time gigs which essentially means that they can now be used 24/7. The price per Any-Time gig will now be available for as little as R7.99 for certain packages.
By removing the Peak and Off-Peak distinction, Web Africa customers can score up to 5 times more data to use at any time on their existing Home Connect packages with all existing Home Connect customers having already been switched over to the updated Home ADSL range.
For example, a Web Africa customer who previously had 2 Gigs during Peak time and 8 Gigs Off-Peak for R149pm will now enjoy 10 Any-Time Gigs for the same price.
Web Africa CEO, Tim Wyatt-Gunning explains that “We took the decision to simplify the home offering and bring our customers what they are looking for – fast, reliable connectivity without complicated terms of usage and at the best price possible.”
In addition, Web Africa has dropped the price of their Top-Up Gigs to R39 for automatic rollover Gigs. This means all unused Top-Up data will rollover to the following month and never expire.
To view all the Home ADSL Packages visit Web Africa’s website.
Disclaimer: Web Africa is a Bandwidth Blog partner.
My Broadband has reported that First National Bank (FNB) has recently announced that its Internet Service Provider, FNB Connect, will from today be increasing its free monthly ADSL data.
Qualifying FNB cheque account customers will now receive up to 5GB of ADSL data on a monthly basis.
The announcement by FNB comes after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) decided to decrease in the wholesale of IP Connect costs to Internet Service Providers by 30% since the 1st April 2012.
In addition to the free monthly data, FNB Connect registered customers will also receive unmetered data access to any of FNB’s websites including FNB Online, FNB Connect and eBucks. Browsing on social networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter will also be unmetered on ADSL between the hours of 7pm – 11pm.
Farren Roper, Head of Products and Markets at FNB Connect has said that “It made sense for us to pass on the benefit of the reduction in the IPC costs directly to our customers. With this offer, as well as our free website browsing offers, we are essentially providing free internet data to thousands of qualifying FNB Customers.”
To redeem the free data, customers are required to register on the FNB Connect website. Qualifying customers will have the data automatically allocated to their accounts.
FNB is also responsible for bringing the new iPad to South Africa.
“I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.” – Mark Zuckerberg
It is about a week since Instagram, the mobile focussed – photo sharing service has announced their Android application launch, but it seems a much bigger deal was brewing behind the scenes. Today Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will acquire Instagram for a billion dollars, but he also went on to explain that Instagram will run as its own seperate company, and keep its mutliple social network roots.
Lenovo has recently revealed a new tablet called the IdeaTab S2109.
The 9.7 inch tablet that runs on Android 4.0 offers a unibody, 8.9mm-thick case and a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 IPS screen.
The tablet also features a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera (but no rear camera), quad speakers on the back, a micro-HDMI jack, a microUSB slot and a microSD memory card slot.
The CPU that powers the device as well as the memory storage capacity has not yet been revealed but what is known is that the tablet will run on Android’s latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich. In terms of battery life, Lenovo claims the device will provide a full 10 hours of power.