Once upon a time there was a web browser called Netscape Navigator… The early days of the Internet! Those were the days with where people still used Windows 95, 98 and computer monitors with 800 X 600 screen resolution, among other unimaginable things today.
Some people would remember what Netscape Navigator was and what happened after that with Internet Explorer. The stuff competitive case studies and anti-trust stories are made of. We often meet people who never heard of Netscape. Ah! Youth!
For those developers who remember it, it was a time of confusion. For those who have never heard of Netscape – a quick history lesson. It was the first Internet Browser. It was a paid software (yes – browsers did not come free) till Internet Explorer was bundled free with Windows Operating System (wonder why people complained about Microsoft if they gave it away for free!). People were upset that Microsoft muscled in on Netscape by using its Windows dominance to shut Netscape out and Microsoft was forced to give options to users to add Netscape Navigator as well. That is the story of the original browser wars in brief – really brief. It makes for very interesting reading even today for geeks. Continue reading
Let us start by saying that writing a blog post on this subject is pretty tricky. And frankly the thought of skipping it did cross our minds. But we have decided to go with it anyway. Even at the risk of sounding cynical.
We have gone through hundreds of blogs, articles, opinions and discussion forums concentrated around how mLearning is the red hot thing in 2012, how it’s becoming a very integral part of everyone’s learning strategies, and speculations around the way it would be implemented by organizations. We very much endorse the same views. However we don’t want to call it the present just yet. The future? Definitely but as of now more R&D is required before we can say that mLearning in the online training industry has arrived. Yes there will be stand alone examples in various forms of mLearning being applied at university level. But a corporate client will still need more time to consider mLearning development. And we mean serious mLearning development which goes beyond the usual brief “Make this course run on the iPad too.” Continue reading
We all anticipated the launch of iPad 3 but probably we don’t need to spell out how limited we found the upgrades to be, considering Apple themselves couldn’t decide to give it a better name than the generic “The New iPad”. Not that we were over optimistic about Apple actually including the features we had in our wish list, as written in our previous post. But even then “The New iPad” was a tad disappointing for most, especially us in the eLearning industry. While Apple may be saying that the pre-orders were a sold out pretty soon, but for a larger section of people, it left much to be desired for. Continue reading
The one strategy that everyone wants to get it right is mLearning? It is a space that is evolving so quickly that it is difficult to stay ahead of the curve and one has to be extremely cautious while making the choices. And one such choice is that of the device itself.
Wikipedia defines mLearning as any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies. Continue reading
Just as we shared our thoughts less than a week back about the change iTunes U (See our earlier post – iTunesU and iAuthor may impact mLearning – sooner than you think) might be bringing to the world of mLearning (as we know it), we hear of other players jumping in the bandwagon. Samsung announces its plans to launch the Learning Hub in direct competition with Apple’s iTunesU. Continue reading
iBook, iAuthors and the iTunesU from Apple, a great step towards changing the education system. For those who underestimated the announcement, this was a huge wake up call! Apple have been busy doing what they do best and that is innovating! Though targeted at schools and colleges and students right now, the impact that this could have on higher education companies, publishers, universities and colleges is mind boggling!
In one go, Apple has entered the eBook marketplace (taking on Amazon) in a big way, authoring tool space (Adobe must be really scratching their head with the free iAuthor) and into the realm of online education and learning (traditional companies that service the online colleges and universities and educational institutions as well). It would be interesting to track the share prices of some of the companies that are going to be impacted by the iBook, iAuthor and the iTunes. Continue reading
Almost feels like a Dear Santa letter for the people who love all things Apple. While we love their products too, there is no denying that Apple’s insistence on doing things their own way has quite a lot of people tearing their hair out. We would all be a little happier if they allowed Flash or perhaps were a little more open in terms of how we work with their products.
With Apple all set to launch its new iPad3 next month, we wonder what Apple might add to its already great (and largest selling) tablet iPad 2. Expectations from Apple have always been huge with technologists expecting something that will blow them away. How far Apple can continue with that? The announcement of iPhone 4S did create quite a stir thanks to a smart and witty assistant, SIRI but for the knowledgeable it was nothing more than a couple of upgrades from iPhone 4. There is huge anticipation for the iPad3 from all enthusiasts, tech writers and the industry as a whole. Will this one be an iPad4S or a massive upgrade and further increase what has become the benchmark for tablets? Continue reading
Questions that have suddenly engulfed all the stake holders in the e-learning industry are: What is the future of eLearning going be in a few years to come if the iPad won’t support Flash? Will we have to reduce the interactive quotient of our eLearning courses? Is HTML5 really a viable alternative to Flash? Or simply, why couldn’t Steve Jobs just decide to include Flash on the iPad and make lives simpler for everyone?
The answers? Especially to the last one? Well, quite honestly, no one has any at the moment. Even Steve Jobs’ open letter to Adobe doesn’t quite give us a satisfactory reply. Continue reading
When you see a two-year old kid effortlessly using an iPad, you may think that is exceptional. But just dig around a little more and you realize he is joined by a whole new generation of kids. Parents across the world have shared anecdotes about their young ones (and yes, I mean as young as 1.5 years old) taking more and more easily to technology and being extremely comfortable with devices like the iPhone and iPad. Some of them might just actually own them!
This tells us something really important that technology is going to play an ever-increasing role in education, and the tablet is certainly emerging as a very important tool in this transformation. Continue reading
Launched with much fan fare and a vision to empower the students on a mass level, Akash—the tablet priced at $35—is a much debated product amongst the technologists.
While some are quite gung ho about the tablet being a very cost effective option for students, others are trying to find if it is worth your money. With iPads setting up a certain standard for tablets in the mind of the end user, Akash appears to be a poor cousin!
Apart from the Android 2.2 operating system, screen width of 7 inches, 2 GB built-in memory, and Wi-fi enabled network, it also comes with 2 ports for USB drive, a feature missing in the original iPad. But that is just about the only extra feature that Akash can boast about. Continue reading