Changing textbooks was a dream of Steven Jobs as well as reinventing our TV remotes. Apple announced this week their new iBooks 2software in their quest to “reinvent textbooks” and allow users to create their own books with iBooks Author. It’s a little unusual for them to have such a major announcement without including new hardware. Speaking of hardware, students and parents will still have to buy the iPad to use the iBooks. iPads start at $499.
The new Apple books are priced at $14.99 and has a lot less effect on upper education, mostly on the primary and secondary levels. In most cases it will be a luxury item if the physical textbooks are provided by the school system. However, they are going to set the standard of what e-books are to evolve. Plus, they are interactive and fun to use.
Also from Apple this week are their earnings estimates. According to CNET “Obliterating its own earnings estimates, Apple reported quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and profits of $13.06 billion.” Not bad for a company that started in Job’s parents garage with money he got from selling a VW and his partner sold a calculator.
However, all that glitters is not gold. CNET also highlighted “an in-depth New York Times report that profiled hazardous factory conditions linked to scores of injuries and a handful of deaths. The report recounted an explosion at a plant in Chengdu that killed four, focusing on the final months for Lai Xiaodong, a 22-year-old who had worked a few months at the Foxconn Technologies plant where the iPad is produced.”
More Apple news this week – 85 million people have signed up for an iCloud. If you’ve ever lost your data, music or photos, you know the value of having a backup plan. We like clouds.
Finally, app of the week – iNstein College – a new puzzle solving game. ”Great for brain training and time kill”. You might even learn some great useless trivia.
Juliana Knopp, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign was awarded a $10 thousand tuition scholarship from a Collegebookrenter.com (CBR) sweepstakes. Knopp , a freshman, is studying to be a chemical engineer. “My hopes are to go into the petroleum industry in the future. When not attending UI, Knopp lives in Olathe, KS and graduated from Olathe North High School. [Read the full article…]
It’s a new year, a new spring term and and a new you. You’ve got those new year’s resolutions about dieting, quitting smoking, making a 100 on every test, selling back the books your forgot about last semester and a few more. We can’t help you with all those resolutions but we can help you with the books.
Do you have any “abandoned textbooks” lying around? You’re going to love this video…
Or do you need some creative ideas about what to do with your old books, check this video out. Either way, gather your textbooks and sell them online to CBR. Then use your big bucks to rent this semester’s books. How cool would that be?
Good luck with all of those resolutions and start semester with some extra cash in your pocket.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
Today, Americans celebrate, honor and observe Martin Luther King Day for his leadership in civil rights. He was a minister, father, husband and friend to many, especially those looking for civil equalities.
For a man that died a violent death, he was world renowned for being the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation, discrimination, poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. [Read the full article…]
Valentine’s day is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a friend or companion it’s time to start now.
Today’s post is by guest post author Cindy McDonald,
If you are a young single searching for a date, in this day in age it’s likely that the thought of online dating has entered your mind at some point or another. But because of the many myths floating around out there, you might be dissuaded from using this method of dating and decide to continue living a life with the mere hope of stumbling upon an interesting young single like yourself with whom you could share a romantic connection. [Read the full article…]
When one normally thinks of dorm food usually the response is “OH, THE HORROR!” We’ve all had our fair share of disgusting dorm food but after 3 years of consuming it I’ve learned a few tricks. Dorm food doesn’t always have to be drab, dingy or tasteless. There are many ways you can spice up your meal to make it as appetizing and savory as your mama’s cooking. It all starts with you surveying your options in your cafeteria. Just take a look at each food bar and do some experimenting, it’s all about creativity!
Let’s start with breakfast, you can make your own McGriddle in your cafeteria. Take the bagel of your choice and inside it put scrambled eggs, sausage, and bacon, if you want you can also throw some shredded cheese in there as well. Pretty easy, right? Now here’s one of my favorites, it’s a DIY spicy chicken sandwich I usually eat for lunch. You take a plain spicy chicken sandwich and dress it with whatever you want. Usually I put jalapenos, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and I top it off with marinara sauce from the pasta bar. And let me tell you, it taste the BOMB! [Read the full article…]
This post is by Mrs. Joanne Zarlinga for the CBR Student Blog Contest.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
People start asking their children this when they’re as young as 10 years old or even younger? Well I just turned 42 years old and the answer to that question has changed quite a few times since I was 10. So I thought I’d offer a little motherly advice to my fellow college students both traditional and non-traditional.
I am currently a non-traditional student at Walsh University in Ohio. Non-traditional just means I go to school at night. I have always been a nontra. Even when I was 19 years old I went to Cleveland State University at night because I worked full-time during the day. [Read the full article…]
During my freshman year, I was a part of the honors program at my school. This meant that I was required to live in the honors residence hall, which would have been fun except for the fact that it was one of the few buildings left that hadn’t been torn down and remodeled into modern, comfy suites. [Read the full article…]
We just read a post about “how to make a difference for $5″. According to the blog, it doesn’t seem like you can do much since a gallon of milk and a fancy Star Bucks would cost you that or more. It could mean a huge difference for one of the 43.7 million refugees in the world. [Read the full article…]
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