A mother tells the story of her autistic son, and how the iPad transformed their lives.
The intuitive, simple touch based interface opened new opportunities for communication and fun. Amazing and moving…
Consider this – why do we chose to be unhappy and not chose to be happy?
Watch this video to gain a new insight on happiness
We can be as happy as we chose to be. Smile
As our understanding of transformational play evolves, so must the space in which that play occurs. Quest Atlantis has always been a fluid, non-static environment that both its students and creators can influence and change. So when several of us realized that we had new, powerful ideas for the Quest Atlantis storyline, we dove in and found we needed to change quite a bit. Students today are bright, powerful people, and we wanted them to revel in that. The old storyline was a bit convoluted, tangled up in itself after several years, and a bit black and white in terms of what is good and what is bad. We knew QA could and wanted to handle more subtlety than that, so we weaved a new tale, one that showed more character development, gave students even more agency, and allowed for easier and cleaner growth in the future.
Read more on A Never-Ending Story…. | Voices of QA.
How trustworthy is the data coming from research companies?
earlier this month, Nielsen came up with surprising results. Over 30% of iPad owners have never ever downloaded an App, and only 64% of the rest (meaning, only 40% of iPad owners) downloaded a paid App. The data was hard to believe, knowing the huge success of the App store and the cool stuff you can find there. But, Nielsen has a reputation, and facts are facts. Really???
Five days later – oopsie, Huston, we got a problem… After the breaking news flash and making headlines, Nielsen says that they got the numbers wrong… 91% of iPad owners downloaded Apps, majority of them downloaded paid Apps.. See: http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/revised.jpg
Can we trust the analysts?
My take on it: analysts are trying their best to justify their existence, and they lack the integrity to say "yes, we made a mistake, we didn't see it coming, we failed to predict the iPad success, we failed to predict the App store success, and now we will do our best with headlines and manipulated data to show you that the phenomena is not as much as you think…
Did you notice that analysts and research firms are talking on 2010 figures of "media tablets" while there is only one product on the market? 12 million iPads and less than 100,000 of all the rest that are just launched and sell in sample quantities? Let's face it, most analysts and research firms lost a lot of credibility by failing to predict and failing to understand what is happening in front of their eyes.המשך
Windows phone 7: no flash, no tethering, no multitasking, no background apps, no html5, is it relevant?
Microsoft has finally unveiled Windows Phone 7. The real interesting news is what is missing. It lacks support for background apps (sorry, Pandora), no multi-tasking, no copy&paste. Want more? No HTML5, no Flash…
But the media is quite about that. Microsoft gets from the media a different treatment than Apple. Think about that…
Well, Microsoft is not dead. But it is not alive, either. Windows 7 has a lower adoption rate than Vista. Most users are still using winXP. IE is losing ground constantly.
Flash, let's face it, is the Betamax of today. All iOS devices, iPads, iPhones, iPods, don't carry Flash. Same is true for all other smatphones. Only Android support it, and not without problems and slowdowns.
The netbooks are the CD's of today. They still exist, cheap and disposable, but are not the first choice anymore. In the mobile OS world, it is iOS and Android. In the tablets world, it is iOS and ChromeOS(?) and maybe HP/Palm os when becomes available. Google says Android is not fit for tablets, and LG agrees.
Windows? Microsoft? Neither here nor there… That's life, folks…המשך