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The PLI Discover PLUS App is Here!

“Practising Law Institute (PLI) is pleased to announce Discover PLUS for iPad and iPhone. Discover PLUS is a subscription-based online research database targeted to legal, financial, and accounting professionals. Discover PLUS provides digital access to PLI’s full collection of acclaimed Treatises, Course Handbooks, Legal Forms, Program Transcripts and Answer Books. Content is derived from over 2,000 secondary source publications written by today’s experts on the most recent industry changes in regulations, rulings, and standard practices as well as over 400 + annual continuing legal education seminars. In developing the Discover PLUS App, PLI sought to create an interface that not only mirrored the award-winning desktop application, but also simplified the existing navigation and allowed synchronization for a seamless transition from a desktop to a mobile workspace. In an industry where real time research can make or break your case, we wanted to make sure you had an immediate connection to the right answers from the right people.” (via PLI Librarian)

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IU center awarded Library of Congress grant for educational app development

“The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University has been awarded $315,000 by the Library of Congress to create game-based learning activities for students to explore representative government and the challenges it faces. The IU center is one of three organizations selected to receive funding during the next two years to support the development of engaging Web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civic participation, for use in K-12 classrooms.” (via Indiana University)

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App That Aims To Make Books ‘Squeaky Clean’ Draws Ire From Edited Writers

“In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter’s books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch. In the face of that criticism, the folks behind Clean Reader have now backed down, announcing their intentions to stop selling books directly through the e-reading platform.”(via NPR)

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New Census App Helps Users Find Local Statistics on the Go

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released dwellr, a new mobile app that delivers on-the-go access to key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. Powered by American Community Survey statistics, dwellr can pull up a list of U.S. locations that matches users’ preferences for such variables as city size, geographic region, job type and income. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and commute times.” (via U.S. Census Bureau)

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Simon & Schuster Releases New Interactive Shakespeare App

“Simon & Schuster is thrilled to share that Folger Shakespeare Library and Luminary Digital Media have recently launched an interactive app that will forever change the way people—particularly students and teachers—read, learn, and study Shakespeare in the 21st Century. In the last few years, over 4 million iPads were purchased by school districts in the U.S.; as of today, 2 million are already in use. The Folger Luminary Shakespeare app, which is built on Luminary’s social reading platform, is aimed at those who have introduced iOS mobile devices, like iPads, into the classroom.” (via Digital Book World)

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There’s an App for This: The Constitution

“The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office (GPO) mark Constitution Day today by launching a new app and web publication that make analysis and interpretation of constitutional case law by Library experts accessible for free to anyone with a computer or mobile device. The new resources, which include analysis of Supreme Court cases through June 26, 2013, will be updated multiple times each year as new court decisions are issued. Legal professionals, teachers, students and anyone researching the constitutional implications of a particular topic can easily locate constitutional amendments, federal and state laws that were held unconstitutional, and tables of recent cases with corresponding topics and constitutional implications.” (via Library of Congress)

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Announcing the official Commons app for iOS and Android

“Love taking photos on your smartphone? Now you don’t need to wait to get home to upload your high quality educational photos to Wikimedia Commons, the free image repository used by Wikipedia and many other projects. The official Wikimedia Commons app for iOS and Android allows you to quickly and easily upload your photos to Commons. You can also upload multiple files and add categories (Android only so far) and share your uploads through your favorite image sharing sites. Your contributions to Commons can help illustrate the world’s largest encyclopedia and make knowledge come to life for millions of readers around the globe.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Carry the entirety of Wikipedia in your pocket with Kiwix for Android

“Kiwix isn’t just Yet Another Wikipedia app. Once you install it on your Android device, you can actually use it to download the whole website, and access its millions of articles even when you’re offline or when you don’t want to use your data plan. You can also download smaller and custom selections of pages, if you’re short on storage space.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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State Library of NSW app aims to cure your curiosity

THE NSW State Library has launched a highly innovative location-savvy smartphone app that gives users detailed information about exhibits as they pass them by. The app offers extra information on each exhibit and, where available, audio and video. But it goes beyond traditional offerings. It includes an ability to pinpoint where the user is in the library and provides relevant information about exhibits they can see (via The Australian)

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Knowledge at Your Fingertips: The Britannica and Merriam-Webster Apps for Windows 8

“Today Microsoft launches its new Windows 8 operating system, and Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster are proud to announce the release of our Windows 8 applications. Available now in the Windows 8 app store, these two products mark the next step in the digital evolution of our iconic brands. I have been preparing Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster for the Windows 8 launch for some time, leading our development efforts in creating these truly stunning applications. This new medium has provided the ideal platform for us to give our users so much more than our core content.”

via Britannica Blog

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