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by Stephen Downes
July 28, 2010

Apple's Controlling Instincts Hit Time and SI
If you want to sell your magazine through iPad, you have to sell it through Apple (which will take 30 percent). The company will not allow you to sell subscriptions on your own website. Ryan Chittum writes, "Apple justifies its controlling instincts by saying the iPad (and iPhone) are a 'curated platform.' But that has little to do with letting non-pornographic magazines sell subscriptions. Apple's behavior is setting it up for some serious antitrust scrutiny down the line. It will be well deserved. Meantime, the media had better get hold of this tiger before it gets hold of them." Ryan Chittum, Columbia Journalism Review, July 28, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

"Drag On Video" Lets You Easily Splice Together Portions Of Different YouTube Videos
Larry Ferlazzo introduces us to Drag On Video, which lets us splice YouTube videos in a web page and display them as a single unit. Warning! This will eat time if you let it! Still, I can't get over how fun this is to play with. Larry Ferlazzo, Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day…, July 28, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

10 Excellent iPad Apps for the Lifelong Learner
I still think there's something odd about the way websites have become 'apps' in Apple's world. But that said, here is a list of "top 10" education apps for the iPad. The list sounds remarkably like a list of websites: Evernote, MobileRSS, Pulse, FreeBooks, Kindle, Dragon Dictation, Seesmic or TweetDeck, iWiki, Delicious, YouTube and iTunes. I was thinking today about how really Apple is trying to replace the web with its own version, iOS, rendered as apps. Maybe Android is trying to be that too. On the other hand, my Palm uses WebOS based on Webkit. And it seems to me that we don't have to replace HTML, Javascript, CSS and the rest to have mobile platforms. Jeff Cobb, Mission to Learn, July 28, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

e-Learning Today TV
Shades of Rocketboom, it's e-Learning Today TV! I'm not sure how long they've been broadcasting, but this 9-minute video - and handy links page that is attached - is basically a talking heads newscast, but it's nice and light and will be of interest especially to people in the K-12 sector. I think I've got the right website (the videos are mirrored all over the place). There doesn't appear to be a feed specifically for e-Learning Today TV, though. Denis Soukhanov, Learning Today, July 28, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Rethinking Learning
Skillsoft surveyed workers in medium and large European companies asking how they like to learn. "They like freedom and flexibilty yes – but also ... they want learning on demand, when it's needed. They can then carry out what they have learnt straight away – with the ability to go back over something again if they haven't quite comprehended the first time." The sense I get reading this is that there is a fair support for classroom learning, but also that people would really like to have the materials later at their fingertips when they need them, whether or not they attended the classroom learning. Via email from Donald H. Taylor, Learning and Skills Group. Various Authors, Skillsoft, July 28, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

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