Google made a big splash when it revealed plans to offer Chromebooks to enterprise and education customers under a subscription model. What’s not clear is how much of a splash it actually made in those markets. While the notion of paying a monthly fee for three years, instead of buying a machine up front sounds like a game changer, some people just like the comfort of the familiar. To that end Google is now offering those same customers the option to purchase a Chromebook (with a year of support included) in one lump sum — $449 for the WiFi model or $519 for the 3G to educational customers, while business are looking at $559 and $639 respectively. After that first year is through, customers have the option to sign up for a monthly support contract, at $5 a month for education and $13 a month for enterprise.
Chromebooks now available to enterprise and education customers with a pay-once option originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Like a giant warlock guarding the gates of the interwebs, financial barriers all too often block our young people from accessing the plethora of awesomeness found in front of those iconic triple-Ws-and-a-dot. In a bid to spread the love more evenly, the FCC and Comcast’s promised Internet Essentials platform is going live — giving low-income families $9.99 / month web access and “discounted” (read: $149.99) computers. The platform that we first heard about in August will also include a Norton Security Suite and computer training for youngsters and their parents alike. The cable provider is accepting participants until 2014, honoring the contract dependent on the child’s status and family income. Like other heavy hitters involved in similar initiatives, the goal is to bridge the education gap and to provide a more level playing field for kids. To get more details on the program, direct your attention to the source link.
Continue reading Comcast and FCC partner to give low-income families access to internet, Nyan Cats
Comcast and FCC partner to give low-income families access to internet, Nyan Cats originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
LeVar Burton may best be known ’round these parts for his role in Star Trek, but he’ll soon be known as the guy who made childhood reading relevant again. It wasn’t that long ago that today’s up-and-coming adults were soaking up all sorts of useful knowledge during their summers, glued to a PBS station and doing their darndest to climb inside of mum’s CRT television. And now, their kids will be doing likewise — but with an iPad. Burton has plans to produce an educational RRKidz iOS app that enables readers to “explore topics of interest in a multimedia-rich environment, with voice-over-enhanced children’s books, familiar videos of Burton at real-life places, and games.” In order to do so, he’s planning a “disruptive” technology that’ll bolster a conventional PDF book with basic animations, voice-overs and games “in a matter of hours.” There’s no specific time table on a release, but we’re guessing Burton’s moving along as usual pace: Mach 5.
Reading Rainbow roaring back with RRKidz iPad app, ‘disruptive’ ebook technology in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Sep 2011 23:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Instead of handing out cheap mugs (or iPads… or iPods) and sending students on their merry way, administrators at Dublin City University will be showering incoming freshmen with free Chromebooks — in doing so, it’ll become the first European higher-education institution to adopt the device. As you probably recall, Google’s always-connected laptops have gone through various incarnations throughout the years, but they’ve always included a dash of WiFi or 3G and a pinch of hasty boot — intentionally ditching local storage for the cloud. The Google Chromebooks for Education partnership is said to support DCU’s commitment to make 80 percent of its classes partially or fully online by 2013, allowing coeds to stay in their Scooby Doo pajamas or attend class from Pi Kappa Delta HQ. Now, if only the dining hall supported online ordering…
Dublin City University adopts Chromebooks — time to go streaking through the quad! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well, it’s certainly not much in the looks department, but Plastic Logic finally has a product out the door that will at least get some use. The Plastic Logic 100 is the shatterproof descendant of the canceled Que, which will be arriving in Russian classrooms later this month. Underneath is soft-touch plastic exterior is 4GB of storage and an 800MHz processor pushing Windows CE. There’s no wireless connectivity to speak of (loading texts on it is accomplished via microUSB), but it does sport a 10.7-inch, 1280 x 960 capacitive screen with a touch-based UI. There’s even a software keyboard for making notes and highlighting passages. But, at 12,000 Russian Rubles (just shy of $400) we can’t help but think the Kremlin might as well have picked up a bunch of cheaper Kindle DXs. Check out the PR after the break.
Continue reading Plastic Logic 100 unveiled, set to bring e-textbooks to Russian schools
Plastic Logic 100 unveiled, set to bring e-textbooks to Russian schools originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 01:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Welcome to Engadget’s Back to School guide! We know that this time of year can be pretty annoying and stressful for everyone, so we’re here to help out with the heartbreaking process of gadget buying for the school-aged crowd. Since the weekend is finally upon us, we figured now’s as good a time as any to sit back, relax, and have some fun. Play along with our fun stuff picks — and you can head to the Back to School hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the month. Be sure to keep checking back — at the end of the month we’ll be giving away a ton of the gear featured in our guides — and hit up the hub page right here!
It’s Friday, and that can only mean one thing: two days of parties, sleeping in, and seeing your campus transform from a vehicle of intense education to a spring break-like haven of drunken delight. We’ve rounded up a few toys to help you relax before you head back to class — a memory card reader that doubles as a pocket mirror, an Arduino-powered car that can stream video from the dorm hall, and an electric-powered sports car that can drive you and a friend far from campus for a pricey weekend getaway — so kick off the shoes and prepare to embrace these 48 hours of freedom. And when it’s time to get back to the books, we have the gear for that too — and we’re giving it away! Simply leave a comment below to be entered to win, and check out our giveaway page for more details.
Continue reading Engadget’s back to school guide 2011: fun stuff!
Engadget’s back to school guide 2011: fun stuff! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Now this is clever. Adorable education / tech company Kno
may not have had the best start in life, what with its large (and largely unsuccessful) dual-screen tablet
and the subsequent sell-off
of its hardware division. Since those dark days, Kno has reinvented itself as a software
company, bringing an educational e-book store to the iPad and now opening up the market by going for the big one: any student with a Facebook account. All you have to do is add the Kno app to your Facebook profile and you get full access to the store, including the option to rent rather than buy the textbooks you need (all of which must be read in-browser). At the moment the service lacks the more interactive features common to the iPad but they’re said to be “coming.” What’s clear is the potential such a move has, now we have to wait and see if studying can actually trump watering your pretend broccoli.
Watch out Farmville, Kno’s bringing Textbooks to Facebook originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Want a game for the tabletop with on-screen pop, and a sprinkle of adorable? Sifteo is officially
set to get your gears going when its interactive Cubes, up for pre-order by the end of today, ship out in September. If you’ll recall, the MIT-rooted
project uses blocks equipped with 1.5-inch displays to create a variety of gaming environments mixing touch, motion and on-display content. Also announced is a bundled “Creativity Kit,” which enables you to make your own games on the fly. It was was briefly available to early adopters
in January for $99.99, and now $149.99 gets everyone in on some good times. You’ll receive a triplet of the oh-so-cute Cubes, a charging hub and a 2.4 Ghz wireless USB adapter for connectivity, as well as transferring Sifteo store apps purchased on your computer. Interest piqued? You’ll find details in the PR just past the break — unless you’re a square
, that is.
Continue reading Sifteo Cubes up for pre-order tonight, gaming gets tangibly-cute this September
Sifteo Cubes up for pre-order tonight, gaming gets tangibly-cute this September originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 10 Aug 2011 19:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A new $999 iMac popped up on Apple’s site this week — great news if you or someone you love owns an educational establishment. The cheap education-only all-in-one boasts a 21.5 inch display, a 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 processor, and 250GB of storage. As MacRumors points out, however, there’s no mention of a Thunderbolt port amongst the specs listed, so maybe this whole running a school thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Discount education-only iMac appears, makes you wish you’d opened that institute of higher learning originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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If you fancy yourself a Stanford (wo)man, but lack the requisite dollars to actually attend, now’s your chance to collect those collegiate bragging rights. Starting October 10th, you can join Professor Sebastian Thrun and Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig, in a free, online version of the school’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course. The class covers, “knowledge representation, inference, machine learning, planning and game playing, information retrieval, and computer vision and robotics,” and ambitiously aims to be the largest online AI course ever taught. If you’re feeling the ole red and white, you can register at the source link below, but if you’re looking for the official Stanford stamp of approval, we’re afraid you’re barking up the wrong tree — non-students will receive a certificate of completion from the instructors only. Still interested? Check out the video introduction after the break and hit the source for more details.
Continue reading Stanford schooling unwashed masses with free online Intro to Artificial Intelligence (video)
Stanford schooling unwashed masses with free online Intro to Artificial Intelligence (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Aug 2011 21:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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