Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Friday, February 26, 2010

Dell Mini 5 to be the vanguard of 'a family of tablets'" .

A classroom of tablets or a clasroom of desktop computers?
How long before tablet computers are in every learner's back pack? 

Check out: "Dell Mini 5 to be the vanguard of 'a family of tablets'" -
Well isn't this good to know. The Mini 5 isn't even coming out for at least another month, yet already we're hearing Dell has big plans for what's to follow. Wired has the dish straight from Neeraj Choubey, GM of Dell's tablet division, that there will be "a family of tablets" which will "scale up to a variety of sizes." It appears there will be a common feature set throughout the forthcoming portfolio, so it's likely going to be Android all the way, while Choubey also shared his company's intention to bundle "inexpensive data plans" with the new devices -- indicating a belief that carriers will accede to such ambitious ideas. And speaking of network operators, in a separate interview with Laptop, the loquacious gentleman has confirmed that Dell's working with ATamp;T on bringing the Mini 5 to the masses. Good to know, indeed -- now how about a release date?


This article came from the Engadget iPhone App, which features everything from the latest smartphone news, to reviews and hands-on looks at laptops, HDTVs, gaming, and more. To learn more about the app or download it go here:

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Shape Of Books To Come

It's a fact that all new life begins with pain and the publishing industry in 2010 is no exception. eReaders like the Sony Reader, Kindle, Nook and Cool-er have given birth to a new and exciting breed of digital reading tools that have got the print and publishing industry reeling and looking for a funeral director - but is it time to start writing the publishing industry's obituary just yet? I think not.

While eReaders are slowly changing the way many of us read and interact with text, I believe there's a real good opportunity today, for a new breed of "super book" publishers and designers to come forth and take charge of an industry that is in desperate need of a face lift.

Super books, or the kind of books we will likely see on the iPad, the Nook, the Kindle, will talk, they'll play video and music, define words and of course, include rich hyperlinks. Think of the first time you interacted with the Encarta encyclopedia CD ROM. 

This is all very exciting. Think of all of the possibilities that exist for young novelists, poets and playwrights. And while I am far from a programmer, designer or developer, I've got some pretty good ideas about what I'd like an electronic book to look and sound like. No doubt your students and mine have some pretty good ideas too.

Zinio Dynamic Design from zinio on Vimeo.

H Songhai

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What do students know about computers and computer concepts?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google Buzz... A Bridge To Google Wave?

Just got my green light to start using Google Buzz.  Google Buzz is "a new way to share updates, photos, videos, and more right in Gmail." You will need Gmail in order to use Buzz. Right now the jury is still deliberating. Will Buzz function as a bridge to Google Wave or will it serve as a Twitter look-alike?
Buzz is also available on the iPhone.

Here is a short list of resources and videos I've put together about Google Buzz and Google Wave.

H Songhai

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Evernote for iPhone as nice as desktop App.