January 13, 2011

Highlights from 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

This week, mashable.com reported on the 5 big consumer tech trends at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These include:

Dual-Core Smartphones: LG and Motorola announced that they will introduce phones that run 1GHz dual-core processors as smartphones take a major leap in power and functionality. Users are demanding more and more multitasking capabilities from their handheld devices.

Android: The best devices at the show all ran on Google's Android Operating System platform. Companies like Samsung, Motorola and LG see Android as the industry's only alternative to Apple.

Seeking the iPad Challenger: 2011 will be the year of the tablet as companies rush to find a competitor for Apple's iPad. The Motorola Xoom has emerged as the best option to give Apple a run for the money.

TVs Get Smart: New TVs revealed this year can connect to the web and run apps. But will people really use their TVs to browse videos on YouTube?

Apple Casts a Giant Shadow: Although Apple does not attend CES, they still try to steal the spotlight. This year, Apple launched the Mac App Store and announced the Verizon iPhone at venues other than CES.

To learn more about the Consumer Electronics Show, click here.

More New Languages Available from Mango

If your New Year's resolution was to learn a new language, you now have more languages available to you through our language learning eResource, Mango Languages.

Mango has added several new languages to their offerings, including Cantonese Chinese, Croatian, Danish, ESL Mandarian Chinese, Finnish, Haitian Creole, Irish, Levantine Arabic, Norwegian, and Urdu. You can start learning these languages today by visiting our Language Learning eResource page here.

January 5, 2011

Get Free eBooks from Kaplan Publishing

Did you get a new eReader for Christmas and need to add some books to it? Kaplan Publishing is giving away over 130 free eBooks that work with the Nook (both black and white and color versions), now through January 10. Titles include books about education, medicine, and also many test preparation books that Kaplan is known for. To access these free books, visit this site.

Update (1-13-11):  Kaplan has extended their free eBook offer through January 17.