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September 2, 2013

Hertz revamps car rental sites with iPad kiosks

The redesign called “Road Trip by Hertz” includes several concierge-style services that reduces the amount of time needed to wait in lines. The changes include an iPad station equipped with four tablets for researching local area information. Travelers can also recharge their mobile devices and make use of printing and FedEx services on-site.

The iPad bar has pre-loaded travel apps, games for kids, and iPad-enhanced apps to book a Hertz reservation. Travelers can also check email, print boarding passes or pass time until their flight. More than 800 locations have gotten the makeover with the iPad kiosks to date. Several of the locations also offer iPads for [...]

 
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February 14, 2013

This hotel room of the future is a giant Windows tablet

Developed by the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH), in collaboration with international design studio SerranoBrothers, the futuristic hotel room, called the "ITH Room Xperience" was on display at the Fiturtech International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain.

A report by Australia’s News.com.au says tourists can upload their own photos to the walls of the hotel, choose a theme to get to sleep and browse the weather by using their fingers to tap that info.

If you were staying at this imaginary concept hotel for work, you’d be able to see your calendar appointments on the floor next to the bed; or pay your bill at checkout time by with a few taps [...]

 
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September 12, 2012

How traditional retailers can compete in a mobile world

Showrooming: The act of pointing your mobile phone at the barcode of an in-store product to get a list of real-time pricing information from local or online retailers.

I know I do it all the time. I’m sure you have done it too. However, its causing major pains for traditional retailers around the world.

In fact, 15% of U.S. adults who own a smartphone say they have made a purchase using their mobile device when in a store because they found a better price online, a new survey from Ipsos Research finds.

As if online shopping wasn’t hitting brick & mortar retailers hard enough already, m-commerce is now literally reducing in-store conversions as [...]

 
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August 11, 2012

Is the iPad helping or harming children?

Kaufman is founder and director of the Australia-based Swinburne Baby Lab and says that the effects of the iPad on children’s brain development are still largely unknown at this point.

The psychologist has so far tested 46 children aged four to six, examining their attention and problem-solving skills after using both an iPad and real toys. Children are asked to solve problem using a wooden spoon, and are then asked to solve the same problem using an iPad app.

Other tests see the children participate in drawing, coloring and block building, both physically and on the iPad.

Kaufman’s preliminary results show that creative and calming [...]

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August 6, 2012

8 in 10 teachers think tablets can improve classroom learning [infographic]

The infographic comes from Open Colleges, an Australia-based course company, and shows that 81% of U.S teachers think tablets can enrich classroom learning.

86% of students believe that tablets can help them to study more efficiently, while 59% of students said that they would like to bring in their own mobile devices to enhance learning. One in five students have used a mobile app to keep their coursework organized.

The infographic, which was first reported at Mashable, also highlighted that six in 10 students have used a digital textbook, with e-textbooks expected to account for 11% of textbook revenues by 2013.

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July 4, 2012

Gartner: Tablet readers are ditching paper books and magazines

Gartner conducted its study of tablet owners across the U.S., U.K. and Australia at the end of 2011, and found that these users primarily used their tablets for checking email (cited by 81% of respondents), reading the news (69%), checking the weather (63%), social networking (62%) and gaming (60%) on a daily basis.

The topic of consuming news on a tablet certainly featured prominently throughout the study, with Gartner revealing just how tablet readers are turning to digital by estimating that 50% of tablet owners prefer to read news, books and magazines on a screen, rather than on paper. The firm also added that a considerable one in three respondents used their tablets to [...]

 
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June 21, 2012

Italian airline deploys Xoom 2 for in-flight entertainment, customer service

Motorola says that the 10.1-inch tablet will offer in-flight entertainment to Business and 'Magnifica' class passengers on select mid to long-distance flights, with this entertainment consisting of pre-loaded movies, music, magazines and games. 

The tablets will also tip up at ten of Alitalia’s airport lounges, while crew members will use the Motorola devices to keep tabs on 'high value customers'. In particular, staff will be able to use the tablets to check a customer's preference for seating or food, or to just peruse their travel history.

This is by no means the first time an airline has taken the move to introduce tablets, as recent [...]

 
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April 5, 2012

Australian state to enable tablet voting for next election

VEC project manager Craig Burton recently told Computerworld Australia that the new system will be implemented across early voting centres in time for the election and added that it will also be tested at potential by-elections in 2013.

The commission built the new system from scratch and, importantly, says that it is universally verifiable, which was apparently an issue with the previous electoral system, which was used from 2006 to 2010. Interestingly, this system was built by Spanish-company Scytl, which has been developing its own tablet voting system of late (see below).

This new system looks set to be on Android, as the VEC has experienced some issues with the [...]

 
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March 28, 2012

Apple offers to refund Australian iPad owners over lack of 4G

The ACCC took Apple to the federal court in Melbourne for false advertising over its iPad with ‘WiFi + 4G’ promotion. There is only one 4G network in Australia and that network works on a different frequency to the 4G band required by the new iPad.

All of this has resulted in Apple’s lawyers confirming that Apple will look to clarify the device’s network capabilities by emailing customers to say that the new iPad is not compatible with Telstra’s 4G network. Apple also says that refunds will be available for those customers who feel that they have been misled by the firm's 4G promotion.

However, in true Apple fashion, company barrister [...]

 
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March 26, 2012

Do employees really want BYOD?

But is demand for BYOD being driven by a relatively small minority of workers and are the additional resources needed to support it justified? 

In a new report by IDC that analyzed the BYOD trend in Australia and New Zealand, the research firm says that it’s clear an increasing number of CIO and IT decision makers are feeling pressure to transform their organizations to address the top down push by executives and bottom up demand by staffers to support consumer tech like media tablets and smartphones. 

"Widely publicized and high-profile BYOD case studies are further adding to the peer pressure. One in every two organizations [...]

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