Tech 2.0 for Monday, September 2, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 9/02/2013 11:00 am

Discounts on iPhones are typical this time of year, but Walmart's will be tough to beat. The retail giant says it's slashing the price of the 16 gigabyte iPhone 5 to $98 with a two-year service contract. The phone usually costs $199. Walmart is also cutting $50 off the price of its 10-inch iPads, putting them at a price tag of $349 to $449 depending on the version. Other retailers, including Radio Shack and Best Buy, are also cutting prices to clear inventory ahead of Apple's expected unveiling of new versions of the iPhone andpossibly the iPad.

Verizon will own its wireless business outright after agreeing to a $130 billion deal to buy the 45 percent stake of Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone company Vodafone. The deal announced Monday would give Vodafone PLC additional cash to pursue its expansion ambitions in Europe. It would also give Verizon Communications Inc. the opportunity to boost its quarterly earnings, as it would no longer have to share a portion of Verizon Wireless' proceeds with Vodafone. The change isn't expected to have much of an effect on Verizon consumers or on its operations. Vodafone had little influence on Verizon Wireless' operations. Verizon has had a long-standing interest in buying out its partner, but the two companies couldn't agree on a price until now.

In with classroom technology, out with paper. That's the mantra of a seventh-grade language arts class at the Perry-Lecompton Middle School in Kansas. Teacher Saul Heide is using his school's move to computer tablets as an opportunity to shed the use of pen and paper. The district has been pushing technology. High school students are given iPads, and Heide hopes his younger students' use of the tablets will get them ready. In the class, students' essays, coursework and tests are done on iPads. Heide says not having stacks of essays piling up on his desk helps him keep organized.
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