Daily Dispatch: Google shopping offers instant results; iPad may replace textbooks in Georgia

Consumer Reports News: February 07, 2011 12:40 PM

In today's Digital Dispatch:

Instant results in the “Shopping” view (Official Google Blog)

...For example, if you’re searching for a cast iron skillet, we’ll start showing you relevant pans as you type [cast iro...]. Click “Shopping” in the left-hand panel and try searching for [sweater wrap shawl], [android phone] or anything else.

Quora Details Their New Answer Ranking Scheme; Their “PageRank”, Of Sorts (TechCrunch)

...Answers with the most votes will be ranked higher (though gaming will not count). Votes from people with a history of good answers will be ranked higher. And answers from people with a history of good answers will be ranked higher. Makes sense.

'Spray-on skin' developed for burns victims (Telegraph)

...Rather than sheets of skin being laboriously grown over a period of a month and applied to the patient, stem cells are harvested from a small patch of healthy skin, put into a solution and sprayed back on to the affected area.

iPads set to replace school textbooks in Georgia state? (macnn)

...“Last week we met with Apple, and…for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training – and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal,” said Republican Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams.

Free Ke$ha And Usher Downloads Now Available At ... Your Public Library (paidcontent.org)

...Freegal is also the first library music service to offer the music as MP3’s that don’t have DRM copy-protection schemes, which means users can listen to them on multiple devices and even make their own CDs.

New York Plaza now has an iPad in every guest room (TiPb)

...Some of the features include ordering of room service, restaurant reservations, wake up calls, city guides, check airline schedules and even printing of boarding passes.

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