Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 15:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry's CEO: "Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market ... They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that. History repeats itself again I guess ... the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old." Ironic, perhaps, that this comes from a BlackBerry CEO, but that doesn't make him wrong - although I'm sure the usual suspects will claim that it does.
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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by unclefester on Wed 20th Mar 2013 06:27 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
unclefester
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2007-01-13


Yesterday I heard my son MUST have a laptop during his last year in primary school. Either you buy one or you can get one in a school deal and pay it off over a period.


This is extremely common in Australia. The school often demands that a specific model of laptop is to be used. The parents are expected to lease the laptop along with a support contract and preloaded software.

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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Mar 2013 06:30 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-05-12

I'm sure there are benefits, but it sounds expensive and laptops are fragile. Even more in the hands of young and wild kids.

I was taught to read 'n' write and some maths without any computer aid.

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RE[8]: Comment by MOS6510
by unclefester on Wed 20th Mar 2013 08:56 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

I'm sure there are benefits, but it sounds expensive and laptops are fragile. Even more in the hands of young and wild kids.



Schools are spending more than £450 million a year on tablet computers, education games and electronic whiteboards with little or no evidence that they benefit children’s education, it was claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9681317/Schools-...

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