With OpenStax, e-Textbook Reads You

openstaxFor the past several years the non-profit OpenStax has been helping college students save money by producing and promoting open source textbook alternatives, and now they’re turning their attention to AP textbooks.

OpenStax recently announced the launch of a pioneering education project to develop new digital textbooks for high school students. Funded by a $9 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), the project hopes to develop free, digital textbooks capable of delivering personalized lessons. Continue reading

Woot Has the Nexus 7 (2013) Tablet for $129 Today – Editor’s Choice

Nexus_7_(2013)[1]Woot.com has the 2013 Nexus 7 on sale today for $129. This is a refurbished model, so that’s not exactly a great sale price, but at the moment this tablet does offer the biggest bang for your buck.

Every so often I am asked to post recommendations for the best budget tablet value. I don’t post those recommendations often enough, so when news of this sale crossed my desk today I knew I had to share. The Nexus 7 (2013) sports a high resolution screen, a fast CPU, two good cameras, and it is running a recently updated version of Android. Continue reading

Prestigio MultiReader 5364 Now Shipping – 6″ E-ink Screen, Android 4.0, 113 Euros

Here’s an Android-based ebook reader which launched in April but only just crossed my desk today. The MultiReader 5364 from Prestigio isn’t going to win any awards, but it does offer another option for Android on E-ink.

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It’s Official: US Regulators Say that Monkey’s Selfie Cannot be Copyrighted

Macaca_nigra_self-portrait_(rotated_and_cropped)The US Copyright Office released the public draft of a new report today on their standards and practices, and buried in the 1,222-page procedural report was the death knell of an amusing but relatively minor copyright issue.

That famous monkey selfie which made the news a few weeks back officially has no copyright. Noting that “The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants”, the US copyright office ended the most captivating copyright debate of the year not with a bang but with the stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen. Continue reading

Ad Detector Plugin Will Tell You Whether that Post You’re Reading is Actually an Advert

ad detector 1Whether reader like it or not, money is what truly drives the web. Many sites have turned to advertising to pay the bills, and unfortunately a few have decided to sell their articles and blog posts to advertisers.

That is called native advertising, and I doubt very many readers like the idea that sites as well-respected as Forbes, The Atlantic, and Newsweek are selling their editorial content to advertisers – and then not telling readers. Continue reading

Does Thomson Reuters Really Engage in Piracy Under the Cover of an Opt-Out Clause?

A story crossed my desk this morning that has me wondering whether the third largest publisher in the world has a policy of engaging in piracy.

One Indian tech blog I follow, Medianama, reported this morning on an email they got from Thomson Reuters. According to their post, Thomson Reuters said that it would take their non-response as permission to copy and distribute their articles. Continue reading