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More U.S. schools are experimenting with Apple’s iPad as a learning tool, including Roslyn High School in Long Island, N.Y., which handed out 47 of the devices to students and teachers in two classes last month. The digital devices create a new communication channel between students and teachers and also preserve a record of each student’s work.
This year may finally be the year of the tablet, with a new iPad and a new version of the Google Android platform in the wings, according to a Forrester Research report, which projects a doubling in tablet sales in 2011. Also adding to tablet fever is growing use of the mobile devices as educational tools.
Mobile payment systems using near-field communications technology are emerging: Wells Fargo says it will start a trial with 200 employees in San Francisco, and Google reportedly is considering starting a similar service this year. “We have made an investment in this technology, and we hope this investment pays off,” says Peter Ho, a Wells Fargo product manager.
Bazaar Labs, which produces the Miso mobile check-in service for TV viewers, raised $1.5 million in its first institutional round of funding. Google Ventures led the round, with Hearst joining in. Separately, Bazaar announced it has signed up the Oprah Winfrey Network as its first network partner of 2011