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  • The late Steve Jobs demonstrates Apple's patented pageturning animation on a giant prototype iPad. The pageturner works on Apple's new minipad as well as the iPhone.

    Apple patents page-turning. What's next, the letter i?

    Apple has just patented page turning. On Nov. 13, 2012, the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple patent no. D670,713s for a “display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface.” In plain English, that’s a page turner®. 

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    What's black and white and read all over: the internet

    Here's a riddle for the digital age: What's black and white and read all over? According to Verizon, it's the internet. The company would like you to believe that, just like the New York Times, transmitting bits and bytes over the web is protected by the First Amendment.

  • DRM and the new Thought Police

    The e-reader over your shoulder

    A publisher of digital textbooks has announced a utility that will tell instructors whether their students are actually doing the assigned reading. Billed as a way to spot low-performers and turn them around before it’s too late, CourseSmart Analytics measures which pages of their etexts students have read and exactly how long that took. Then the student e-monitor sends a report card to the teacher. Another exciting example of interactive, digital education? Or a new way to snoop on students outside the classroom?