University College Cork must detail Apple support

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has been instructed by the information commissioner to provide details of support it has received from Apple. The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has ruled that the response of the university was inadequate to a request made under freedom of information legislation and ordered it to reconsider the request for such information …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 4 January]

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EU and publishers in ebooks deal

Posted in Legal issues on December 13th, 2012 by steve

“The European Union’s competition watchdog has accepted proposals by four publishers and Apple to end agreements that set retail prices for ebooks – a practice the EU feared violated competition rules …” (more)

[Independent, 13 December]

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Judge: Ample evidence that Apple ‘knowingly joined’ e-book conspiracy

Posted in Legal issues on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“Apple is not officially on the hook yet for allegedly colluding with publishers to fix e-book prices, but US District Judge Denise Cote had some harsh words about the company’s actions. Cote denied Apple and five publishers their request to have a class-action suit over the alleged price fixing thrown out on Tuesday …” (more)

[Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica, 16 May]

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Unseen Sweatshops Don’t Bother Us

Posted in Life on February 3rd, 2012 by steve

“There is more chatter in Ireland about Fairtrade coffee beans than about unsafe conditions in the factories where our consumer devices are made …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 3 February]


No-One Cares About the College Bookstore

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2012 by steve

“… there is far more opportunity at the college level for the textbook market to shift itself via the uncentralized, independent choices by faculty (to assign books) and students (to purchase hardware). If my students have iPads and I assign an iBooks-authored textbook, the college bookstore would simply be bypassed. No-one would care. Or rather, the people who cared wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. College stores make most of their money from merchandising anyway …” (more)

[Kieran Healy, Crooked Timber, 30 January]

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Apple’s E-textbooks should be free textbooks

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2012 by steve

“The rules of the game dictate that any effort to move into America’s large and lucrative education publishing industry must be swaddled in pieties, and the electronic textbook initiative announced by Apple last week was no exception …” (more)

[Matthew Yglesias, Slate, 23 January]

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Campus Reactions to Apple’s Entry Into E-Textbook Market

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2012 by steve

“… College administrators and professors had mixed reactions to the news: some said it could spur far greater adoption of digital textbooks, while others criticized the product for relying too heavily on Apple products, leaving out key support for PCs and tablets running Android software. Below are some points made by campus leaders …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 January]

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Apple rolls out digital textbook service iBooks 2

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2012 by steve

“Apple Inc unveiled a new digital textbook service called iBooks 2 on Thursday, aiming to revitalize the US education market and quicken the adoption of its market-leading iPad …” (more)

[Yinka Adegoke, Reuters, 19 January]

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Could Steve Jobs’s Stepping Down as Apple’s CEO Affect Higher Education?

Posted in Life on August 26th, 2011 by steve

“Much is being written about whether Apple can retain its edge now that Steve Jobs, its visionary chief executive, has announced his departure from that post for health reasons. For colleges, the question is whether the company will remain as attentive to higher education …” (more)

[Jeff Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 August]

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