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Tech trends: Print vs. digital textbooks and Barnes & Noble’s new tablet

In the market for a new tablet? Rumors hinted at Barnes & Noble planning to release a new 7-inch NOOK tablet, designed to compete with the low-end price point of the bestselling Amazon Fire tablet, before the holiday shopping season. I’m a long time NOOK user, so this is exciting news for me, especially as my old tablet died over the summer. The news got me thinking about the old print vs. digital textbooks debate, and it looks like the jury is still out.

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

I read both in print and digital interchangeably, and I’ve expanded my reading in the past few years to include smaller devices, like my cell phone, among my displays. But a phone screen is certainly not the ideal way to read a textbook. What are the arguments for or against experiencing your textbooks digitally? Check it out to see whether or not digital textbooks are the way to go for your own learning style and budget. Read more

The reaction to Apple iOS 7 — The good, the bad, the issues

Apple iOS 7It’s that time of year again folks. Late September and a techie’s heart turns to the latest release from the wunderkinds at Apple. This year devotees of all things Macintosh-related were greeted with a two-fer: a new operating system, iOS 7, and a pair of new smartphones, the iPhone 5s and 5c. So what is the reaction to Apple iOS 7? Techies and critics are coming down on the side of bad, while many Apple users seem to think the new system is good. Read on for the breakdown.

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Blackberry and Apple iOS 7 probs, Mozilla Firefox goes mobile, and a comeback for You Don’t Know Jack

You’re in the middle of your midterm studying, prepping that research paper, but that’s no excuse for losing track of the tech world. Why is everyone at Blackberry so bummed out? How is Mozilla Firefox becoming more mobile? And how is “You Don’t Know Jack” making a big comeback? Keep reading and check out what’s trending!
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College student back to school tips: Choosing the right textbook

CengageBrain.com textbooksIt’s back to school and time to start thinking about purchasing those door stops — er, I mean textbooks! They are an investment in to education, so you want to make sure you have the right book, edition and year published that your college professor requires. Since buying textbooks is a college life right of passage, here are some student resources for purchasing the right textbooks. Read more

Sites and gadgets and hashtags, oh my! The hottest online trends to keep you cooled off this summer

Summer memesTo stay cooled off this summer, you’ll want to keep up with the latest online trends. Stay in the know by keeping up with these cool sites, gadgets, and hashtags. Whether you’re looking to organize your budget with an iPhone app or you want to check out the news on the new Nintendo Wii U, we’ve got the info here! Read more

Crowdsourced crime-fighting at the Boston Marathon, Google Glass, and other online trends

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While some university students were worried about finals or the end of the semester the week of April 15, students in the Boston area had a very different set of concerns as police hunted suspects who detonated two bombs at the Boston Marathon. For good — or bad — the Internet was highly involved with crowdsourced crime-fighting, sometimes leading news sources to pin the wrong person. How much is your world recorded? With the upcoming release of Google Glass — and video surveillance evidence from the Boston Marathon bombings that shows just how documented modern life is — it’s easy to see how privacy may be becoming a thing of the past.
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Microsoft Surface tablet release date is here: Specs, cost, and how it measures up

With all the new technology being released lately, your head is probably spinning. Unless you haven’t turned on a television in the last few months, then you already know that Microsoft is entering into the tablet market, and the media is abuzz over the Microsoft Surface tablet release date. Starting on October 17, consumers could pre-order the tablet. And, obviously, those interested snatched up the opportunity, seeing as how the lowest priced Surface is already on backorder. But don’t worry, you can still place orders or head to stores starting today to try and get your hands on them. The question is, do you want to? Read more

Tech trends: Mobile payments, iPad Mini and Windows 8 release date gossip and more

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Paper, plastic or iPhone 5? With Google Wallet and other mobile payments making carrying cash passé, what’s in your wallet these days? Plus, the rumors about what to expect from Windows 8, the rumored iPad mini, and news about the most played video game — shockingly, it’s not World of Warcraft or Diablo 3 but League of Legends. Read more