Chromebook schools Apple in key market segment

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Many schools say the Google Chromebook is a more affordable way to bring technology to the classroom.
Many schools say the Google Chromebook is a more affordable way to bring technology to the classroom.
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The Google Chromebook has moved past Apple to the head of the class for sales of tech products in the K-12 market.

Chromebook sales surpassed 51 percent, up from 40 percent, for the first time, according to third quarter figures for 2015.

Google breaks promise to not collect student data

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Google has been accused of breaking its student privacy pledge by collecting data and browsing habits from Chromebooks used in schools and Google Apps for Education.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called upon the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Google’s conduct, and to prevent it from using the data it has collected so far.

The new MacBook isn’t for you, it’s for the future 

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The new MacBook probably isn't for you. Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

The new MacBook is one of the most impressive pieces of technology Apple has unleashed in five years. It boasts a Retina display, USB-C, butterfly-hinged keyboard, Force Touch trackpad and terraced batteries. All crammed inside a body that’s smaller than the MacBook Air, made possible by a new fanless processor.

Despite being an unapologetically gorgeous piece of hardware, the new MacBook’s biggest weapon — the fanless processor — is also its greatest weakness.

Apple has placed the new MacBook in a category most people shouldn’t even consider buying, and that’s OK. The new MacBook isn’t for you and me, it’s for the future.

Cheap Chromebooks teach Apple a lesson: Price matters

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Apple and Google are very interested in taking over the U.S. education market from Microsoft, but when it comes to capturing marketshare, the Chromebook is teaching Apple an important lesson: Price matters.

For the first time ever, Google has passed Apple in the U.S. education market, according to IDC data obtained by The Financial Times, which shows Google’s Chromebook laptops are more popular now in the K-12 classrooms than the iPad.