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Sky Live is a clever, but flawed astronomy program

Sky Live is the latest app from Vito Technology, the people who gave us the highly praised Star Walk app. Sky Live is a (mostly) free app that will tell you if your local skies will be good for stargazing. It will let you know if moonlight will interfere with your star gazing, what planets will be...

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Apps teachers use to tame the classroom and teach their students

It's the start of a new school year, which means you've probably got a stack of new books on your desk, a drawer full of new pencils and an iPad that desperately needs some new apps. TUAW is here to help you build a new app list, and we did so with the help of some friends. We consulted with...

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Daily Update for August 22, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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Iowa high school delivers 1,425 MacBook Airs to students

The students at Ames High School in Iowa received a pleasant surprise this school year in the form of 1,425 brand-new MacBook Air notebooks, thanks to a program the district calls 21st Century Learning. The purchase cost a total of US$1.4 million, which figures to roughly $980 per computer. The...

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Seven 'Steve Jobs Schools' open in the Netherlands

Throughout the Northern Hemisphere, kids are either preparing to go back to the classrooms or have already started school again. In the Netherlands, seven of what are called "Steve Jobs Schools" opened their doors today. The schools are focused on using the iPad as the primary focus of all...

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Star Chart is a nifty and free augmented reality astronomy app

There are plenty of star charts around the app store that feature augmented reality, where you tilt your iOS device toward the sky and the app reveals what planets and stars are in your field of view. Almost all are paid apps, so it's nice to see that Star Chart has gone free, although there are...

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Back to school: Apple offers $200 college discount for Macs, $50 gift card for iOS devices

A reminder of what we reported when it launched on July 2: Apple is hoping to attract computerless college students towards its wares by offering discounts and extras on computers and mobile devices. There are a number of different programs you can qualify for if you're a student (or parent of a...

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Explore the history of Disney's animated films in the 'Disney Animated' app

If you're a film, animation or Disney junkie, you're going to love the latest app Disney has released for iOS. Disney Animated explores the history and animation of all 53 animated Disney films. The app is a love letter to the company that was so important in the history of animation. Users can...

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Kids under 13 with approved educational accounts can now access the iTunes Store

Macworld reports that Apple on Thursday made a slight adjustment to its iTunes Terms and Conditions. Under the new T&C, children under the age of 13 can now have their own iTunes account with access to applications and book services if their Apple ID was provided at the bequest of an...

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All 640,000 kids in Los Angeles school district to get iPads

Last month, the LA Times reported that the city was using US$30 million to provide 35,000 iPads to students in 47 school districts. A new report today from CITEWorld confirms that this initial deployment is only the first phase of a larger program that'll provide iPads to every student in the...

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Silent Light helps teachers control the noise in their classrooms

Silent Light - Classroom Timer and Decibel Meter is a new app from the folks at Top Storey Apps. It was written by a pair of teachers for teachers to use in the classroom or homeschool environment. The premise behind the app is simple -- it uses the microphone on the iOS device to detect background...

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As the Cassini Spacecraft takes a faraway Earth picture, you can follow along

Earth will get a very not-too-close closeup today from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now on the far side of the planet Saturn. The photo session will take place between 2:27 PM and 2:42 PM PDT. The Earth will be seen from 900 million miles away. It won't be a detailed image, but it is the...

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Daily iPad: Play-Doh Create ABCs lets kids squish dough while they learn their letters

Are there times when your kids ask about Play-Doh and you say no because it's just too messy? Or maybe you have a little one darting around who is more likely to sample some dough instead of squeeze it through his or her fingers? If you find yourself with a young child who wants Play-Doh, but...

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Daily Update for July 2, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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Eleven iPad-centric schools to open in the Netherlands

Eleven schools in The Netherlands plan to replace blackboards, schedules and more with iPads. In fact, each student's entire educational career will hinge on Apple's revolutionary tablet device. Scheduled to open this August, the so-called "Steve Jobs Schools" will host about 1,000 children, aged...

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