Link Roundup #5

$99 Tablets and the Fine Line Between Useful and Useless. Tablets this cheap are bound to be used in the education market. This article provides a good summary of the pros and cons.

Dell Aims New Affordable Windows 8 Tablet at Schools, Hospitals, and Small Businesses.  Not sure I find $499 that affordable, but it is better by far than the prices for other Windows tablets.

OLPC Vows to Bring New Education Tablet to Retail Stores Later This Year. OLPC stands for One Laptop Per Child.

Surface Pro: Even Microsoft’s Own Tablet Can’t Solve Windows 8 Intrinsic Flaws. Detailed review of the Pro tablet, and a reasonably objective one. Another noteworthy review is from David Pogue in the New York Times.

40 Best Windows Phone Apps of 2012. Straight list, 1-40, not categorized, sadly.

Firefox 19 Betas: Built-in PDF viewing, Broader Android Reach. Article mentions Safari and Chrome already have built-in PDF viewers, so all three browsers can bypass the Adobe Reader.

Asus Looks to Tap Emerging Markets with $149 Jelly Bean Tablet. Jelly Bean is the latest version of the Android operating system. This looks like it will be another competitor in the education market.

5 Tactics for Managing the Overwhelm. Useful, though not particularly new ideas, and won’t work for all jobs. The author does mention a couple of useful sources, including the book The Power of Habit, and the blog by the gentleman who runs the Persuasive Technology lab at Stanford.

Free Version of Foxit Mobile PDF Reader Now Available for Android. Brief review that does a good job of covering the features offered. The reader is also available for iOS, and for both platforms a free version and a paid version are available. Other sources agree this is one of the best PDF readers.

Apple Could Be Working on 128G iPad for Government and Education Uses. Will be expensive, of course, but could be a good option for students and faculty.

Here’s the beginnings of a great idea – a group has formed called AQuA, the App Quality Alliance. They have begun a Quality App Directory, described as “a directory of mobile apps that have met a certain quality level: a quality level specified by the AQuA members: AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung and Sony Mobile.” You can search by app title, suitable device, or developer. Would like to see them devise categories for apps, but I guess that’s the librarian in me.

EndNote now has an iPad app.

We here at PKM are big fans of the Gradhacker and Profhacker blogs. We submit for your consideration this post, Turn Your Phone into a Scanner.

Quality ranking of apps seems to be the new buzzword, and about time. See New Analytics Service Applause Ranks App Quality. Talks about the Applause service and the criteria it uses for judging app quality.

Thomson Reuters has introduced a mobile app for Web of Science, so far iPhone only.

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