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Form and Fortune. Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing. Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19.

Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing

While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books—the "GarageBand for e-books," so to speak—and expand its current platform to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users. Along with the details we were able to gather from our sources, we also spoke to two experts in the field of digital publishing to get a clearer picture of the significance of what Apple is planning to announce.

So far, Apple has largely embraced the ePub 2 standard for its iBooks platform, though it has added a number of HTML5-based extensions to enable the inclusion of video and audio for some limited interaction. GarageBand for e-books Our sources say Apple will announce such a tool on Thursday. Will Apple launch a sort of GarageBand for e-books? Kunming, la ville chinoise aux 22 faux magasins Apple. Steve Jobs: The man who polished Apple - Times Online. How Steve Jobs 'out-Japanned' Japan.

Jeff Yang muses on how Apple managed to beat the tech titans of Japan by playing their game, only better The better part of a month has gone by, and most pundits have already weighed in on this year's CES -- the global gadget extravaganza that makes Las Vegas the gravitational center of the geek universe every January.

How Steve Jobs 'out-Japanned' Japan

The consensus? Meh. That's because the cacophony and crowds and celebrity sightings -- is there a rapper who doesn't have an audio accessory line at this point? -- couldn't disguise the fact that Apple, the new king of the tech hill, had once again refused to participate in a gathering dominated by old-guard standouts like Sony, whose gargantuan 25,000 square foot pavilion is always the show's largest, and which traditionally pulls out the razzle-dazzle stops in its presser (last year: country pixie Taylor Swift; this year, the stars of "The Green Hornet" -- and their car).

Applestore after Job's Death. Analysts: Apple’s growth next year to drop to half of what it could obtain during the recession. Apple is having difficulty meeting demand for the iPhone and the iPad.

Analysts: Apple’s growth next year to drop to half of what it could obtain during the recession

It is growing both businesses at more than 100% and they make up about 65% of revenues, and 71% of profits. The Mac business is also growing at 2x to 3x the PC industry. Being supply constrained makes it therefore a great challenge to forecast future growth for the company. INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours A Day For $75 A Week. UPDATE: On March 16, This American Life announced that it was retracting the episode that the information below is based on because its primary source, Mike Daisey, lied about several incidents.

INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours A Day For $75 A Week

The gist of the story remains true and has been confirmed by many others. But some of the particularly striking details were apparently fabricated. EARLIER: We love our iPhones and iPads. We love the prices of our iPhones and iPads. We love the super-high profit margins of Apple, Inc., the maker of our iPhones and iPads.

And that's why it's disconcerting to remember that the low prices of our iPhones and iPads — and the super-high profit margins of Apple — are only possible because our iPhones and iPads are made with labor practices that would be illegal in the United States. Steve Jobs’s Real Genius. Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto.

Steve Jobs’s Real Genius

Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He needed things to be perfect, and it took time to figure out what perfect was. This time, he had a wife and family in tow, but it made little difference. Pomme, philosophie et esthétique. Utilisateur régulier des produits Apple avant même que cela ne relève de la béate branchitude collective, c’est un sentiment de circonspection gênée qui m’avait envahi quelques heures après la mort de Steve Jobs.

Pomme, philosophie et esthétique

Les mot “génie” et “visionnaire” revenaient alors sans cesse dans la bouche de milliers de marketeurs, consommateurs, hommes politiques ou analystes financiers (ceux-ci ayant perdu depuis longtemps toute notion de mesure concernant un homme qui aura fait fructifier 100 000$ investis en 1997 – date de son retour chez Apple, en une coquette somme de 6,86 millions de dollars en 2011), empressés de rendre un hommage aussi sincère que médiatique à la mémoire d’un homme au mystérieux charisme.

C’est là que Evgeny Morozov, indispensable poil à gratter dans l’univers des technophiles-imbéciles qui peuplent les nombreux débats avidement relayés sur la toile, s’est attaqué à démonter cette statue dans un papier sobrement intitulé Form and Fortune. Un Génie du … Marketing.