Android co-founder takes a breath, wonders what hell of a society he has created

A New York Times reporter caught wind of a teacher who decided to count the number of notifications her students received from their phones during class.

Ontario to ban smartphone use from public schools next year

Reports from government sources say that Canada’s most populous province will enforce a smartphone use ban with few exemptions.

AMD-powered HP Chromebooks also coming in the spring

HP continues its showcase of Chromebooks for the education sector this week with an AMD-powered product meant for the lab and field trips.

Two new HP Chromebooks for education are coming in April

HP has two new Chromebooks coming out just in time for school districts to pick out new equipment for their students. You can get one of them, too, in April.

Contribute to MAKERphone on Kickstarter and learn how to make your own phone

Preparing for the steampunk apocalypse? You might want to make your own phone. This crowdfunded kit, fully funded, will take you from circuit board to code.

Survey says Samsung’s business out front, iPhone’s party at back in university

Occasionally, we come across these unscientific, weird surveys that characterize owners of certain brands of phones in certain ways.
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New MacBook Air with Retina Display and an improved Mac Mini are coming your way

Apple is going to get plenty of attention during the second half of 2018 with new MacBook Air models and an upgraded Mac mini

Saint Louis University is placing Echo Dots in all of its dorm rooms

If you’re going to SLU, get used to hearing Alexa. A lot. If you want to opt out, all you do is unplug the device, finish the year and return the Echo Dot.

Best Buy clearing stock of 256GB Pixelbook at $479 off

That’s $719. If you’re a student, it can cost less than $650. But you’re going to have to do some research, march into a store and call for a price check.

Affordable Surface Go gets leaked in full detail

It’s been thought that if students and educators weren’t enticed by the Surface Laptop already would rather have this than a Chromebook or iPad.

The OPPO Find X is a step toward Bezel Zero | #PNWeekly 310

Instagram is basically letting users do hour-long videos while Apple seems to be taking its time fixing problems on futurist products. All on our show!

More than a million students may go without smartphones in Australian schools

In New South Wales, the government has commissioned a study to look into the digital behaviors of students from kindergarten to Year 12.

Best Buy deepens discount for MacBook Air, now from $700

That’s a $300 discount for, well, an admittedly old MacBook, but it’s still worth a look at if you’re going off to college soon.

Google puts Wi-Fi on rural school buses, calls them Rolling Study Halls

Where home internet isn’t as usable as it may be elsewhere and trips to and from school take hours rather than minutes, this program aims to fill the gap with connected learning.

6th-gen iPad 9.7 is actually more affordable in Canada, Europe

In many cases, these discounts are roughly in the range of US$20 to US$50, which makes Apple’s claim about this iPad being “the most affordable” one pretty true. Just don’t worry about the Apple Pencil.

Same price, new iPad 9.7: Apple Pencil is the (separately available) star

Apple is touting this as the most affordable iPad yet with the option for users to grab hold of the Apple Pencil (for $99) and take their experience by the reins.

Chrome in a new form for education: Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Acer is taking Chrome OS to a tablet, but forgot to leave the word “book” behind in naming this product. It’s targeted for education.

March 27 Apple event not to be live streamed

Educators will get the first look at whatever hardware, software and support programs Apple wants to reveal on Tuesday. Students will have to wait.

New low-cost iPad and education software coming next week, cheap MacBook must wait

A new low-cost iPad with a 9.7-inch screen and classroom focus is practically guaranteed to see daylight on March 27, unlike that oft-rumored affordable 13-inch MacBook.

Low-cost new iPad and MacBook top suspect list for Apple’s March 27 education event

An education-focused Apple event on March 27 sounds perfect for the announcement of an oft-rumored new 9.7-inch iPad and 13-inch MacBook.

Microsoft confirms Windows 10 S to become “mode” from 2019

Windows 10 S has never been truly recognized by market metrics. Perhaps it never need be thanks to a shift in strategy for the OS targeting Chromebook users.

First Chrome OS tablet photographed at trade show with Acer logo and unknown specs

Acer is apparently preparing to release the world’s first Chrome OS tablet, and… that’s all we know for sure.

Microsoft unveils ultra-affordable, uncompromising Windows 10 laptops for schools

Microsoft still thinks it can beat Google in the classroom, marketing four new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP as powerful alternatives for Chromebooks.

Amazon Prime Student goes monthly for $5.49

Instead of paying $49 upfront, students can go monthly at the rate of $5.49 or about $66 per year. It’s more expensive, but definitely more manageable.

School district scraps $213K of Lenovo Chromebook N21, N22 for fire concerns

East Bridgewater public schools are switching to HP-made Chromebooks and iPads after some of the N21 and N22 laptops started smoking and sparking.