Microsoft Aims to School Google With Education Onslaught


Microsoft on Tuesday launched a major effort to bulldoze its way into the educational computing space carved out by Google, with the introduction of a streamlined operating system called “Windows 10 S,” a range of new collaborative programs for K-12 schools, and two new Surface laptops aimed at the college student market. The Surface laptop runs on the Windows 10 S operating system, featuring an Intel Core 7th generation processor, 14.5 hours of battery life, a 13.5 inch PixelSense display, optically bonded Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a keyboard covered in Alcantara material.

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Amazon Sidles Into Student Loans


Amazon has teamed up with Wells Fargo Educational Financial Services to offer Amazon Prime Students a 0.5 percent discount on private student loan interest rates, Wells Fargo announced last week. Wells Fargo is the largest private student lender in the United States among commercial banks. The Amazon discount can be added to the 0.25 percent discount rate Wells Fargo already offers for enrolling in an automatic monthly loan repayment plan, as well as any of the bank’s interest rate discounts tied to a global promotion.

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LeapFrog toy tablets out-jumped by Apple's iPad

Article Image Northern California’s educational toy tablet maker LeapFrog is selling itself to its Hong Kong-based competitor VTech for just $72 million, after years of declining sales. Apple leapfrogged the company with its more general purpose, albeit more expensive, iPad–which LeapFrog now develops apps for.

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Apple acquires analytics startup LearnSprout to boost educational tech

Article Image Apple on Thursday confirmed the takeover of LearnSprout, a startup company specializing in educational analytics, particularly for tracking student performance.

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Rise of smartwatches prompts top Japanese university to ban ALL watches from exams

One of Japan’s top educational institutions has banned all watches from entrance exams in an effort to limit options for cheats.

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Cook says Apple won't race Google to bottom of education market, calls Chromebooks 'test machines'

Article Image At an Hour of Code educational coding session in New York on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is interested in building powerful, meaningful products for students and teachers, not inexpensive “test machines” like Google’s Chromebook.

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LAUSD seeks multimillion-dollar refund from Apple for scrapped iPad in education program

After officially scrapping a $1.3 billion educational technology initiative based on Apple’s iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District is reportedly demanding the company either return millions of dollars or face a lawsuit.



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