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The tech media Apple adoration Blitzkrieg is in full effect. My Reader tech feed is absolutely ablaze with iPad stories. No other company is so privileged so as to release a relatively minor upgrade and receive such media coverage/adoration in return.

And all the while, the Foxconn meat grinder keeps churning. Let's not forget about that.

Shiny products are fun. Shiny products get page views. But somewhere, someone is paying for this ride. Mike Daisey does a nice job describing who below.
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A few weeks ago I wrote a piece arguing why Apple's iBooks2 software would actually drive up education costs by forcing everyone to buy an iPad (http://betanews.com/2012/01/19/mr-university-president-please-dont-adopt-apples-ibooks-2-platform/) . In it I claimed " with iBooks 2 Apple isn’t trying to sell you innovation, they’re just trying to sell you iPads."

The infographic in the linked Mashable piece says it all.
When Apple announced its initiative to bring iPads into schools, the reaction among many was enthusiastic. But there are major reasons why iPads are too expensive for schools.
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Earlier this week I wrote a story for Betanews, "We must Blame Apple for China." (http://betanews.com/2012/01/30/we-must-blame-apple-for-china/) In it I identified the logical fallacies that underlie the current Apple apologist arguments as they relate to China. Mike Daisey does something similar in this must read blog post in which he challlnges the apologist attitude of Stephen Fry as well as the apologist article and inforgraphic from Forbes' Tim Worstall. It's a great read.
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Check out my new piece on Betanews.
I'm a second year doctoral student, and I've got some concern about something I heard today that I want to share with any forward-thinking university president, but also with you.
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Excellent piece by my colleague, +Joe Wilcox
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My latest piece on the continued utility of netbooks, even despite the tablet surge. In reality, it is not a zero sum game.
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Really incredible work by Mike Daisey here. Thanks for keeping them honest Mike- or at least showing how they aren't.
Unknown6 DAVID POGUE IS ONLY COMPETENT TO REVIEW GADGETS David Pogue weighed in yesterday about the Nightline piece. I have been trying to engage with Mr. Pogue, but it hasn't gone well. I hate to...
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I must say based on some of the comments I received on my post about Apple's role in China last week (http://betanews.com/2012/01/30/we-must-blame-apple-for-china/) I was starting to think perhaps the call for increased Apple responsibility was going to die out. Now I'm not so sure.
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My new piece on Betanews.
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Last week in my piece "If you're a teacher, you're nuts not to use Google+" (http://goo.gl/uD6Ha) I made the following statement:

Many pundits have crowed about the imminent failure of Google+ as a social network. Reports of the drop in usage, lack of Google CEO participation and inability to beat Facebook abound. I find most to be unfounded smear campaigns asserted by pundits for unknown reasons (see Mike Elgan’s refutation of Google+ "desertion" reports here http://goo.gl/qjBf7 ).

Slate's article plays upon every one of those points. What it doesn't mention is any actual evidence, other than the author's opinion, that would lead one to believe that G+ will be dead in a year or two. Why has G+'s time to compete come and gone? If there really is "little it [Google] can do to prevent Google+ from becoming a ghost town," where are the numbers to back up this claim?

Pretty standard smear article, really.

What I still don't get is why this guy and the other pundits care so much that this social network go down.
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I think Google + is education's "killer app." Read my latest piece at Betanews to find out why.
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Great to see there are others out there who share my enthusiasm for G+ as an educational tool.
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Check out my newest piece on betanews.com
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+Russ Ewell Thanks for the kind words and for sharing the post. The items I mention in the piece have implications beyond the developing world, some of which you've mentioned. As you well know, tablet computers have huge application for those with special needs, and so getting them cheaper and more accessible can help so many. As I said in the piece, it's not about the device but the potential the device affords. Keep up your amazing work as well. I'm over at Betanews, so check out my work over there if you like.
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