Russell shrugs off “Minister of Fun” tag over American trips

CULTURAL: Mr Russell (right) is a keen supporter of Scottish tourism

By Michael MacLeod

EDUCATION secretary Mike Russell has been accused of losing focus of the Scottish education system and having “far too much fun” in his job.

The SNP minister was criticised for making transatlantic visits to the likes of whisky events, a golf tour firm and a visit to Apple’s HQ in California.

His travel and engagement diaries were released after a Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Labour party, who said the implementation of the new Curriculum for Excellence should be his priority.

But Mr Russell – who openly blogs online about his globetrotting adventures – defended the visits, most of which came during the USA’s Scotland Week , saying they were to “further Scotland’s interests.”
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Apple iPad Sparks Sales Rush From Scottish Gadget Fans

By Michael MacLeod

SCOTLAND went iPad crazy today (fri) as hundreds of people queued to get their hands on this year’s must have gadget.

And among the Apple worshippers in the queue at its Glasgow store wasn’t a young up and coming web developer or dot-com businessman – but a pensioner.

Retired linen factory owner William Boyd, 78, from Fife, claimed he had never even used a computer in his life – let alone a touch screen tablet.

But he wanted to be one of the first to pick up the handheld device at the Glasgow Apple Store.

He hopes to use it to stay in touch with his family and keep an eye on the stock exchange.

And although he is keen to catch up with the digital generation, Mr Boyd insists an iPad will never replace his love for picking up a real-life newspaper.

He said: “I wanted an iPad for many reasons, the main being the simplicity of operating it.

“At least, I hope it is going to be simple.

“I have never used a computer before in my life but I will use mine for the internet, emails to keep in touch with the family and things like that.” Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY: iPad Is Apple of William’s Eye

BYTE SIZED: William Boyd, 78, travelled to the busy Apple Store in Glasgow from his home in Dunfermline, Fife, to be among the first to get his hands on the all new iPad which went on sale in the UK today. He said it is his first ever computer.

* PHOTOGRAPH by Michael MacLeod

“Big Yin” biker hits iPod-playing passer-by

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN lost control of a three-wheeled “Billy Connolly type motorbike” and crashed into the back of an iPod-wearing pedestrian who didn’t hear it coming.
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Craig Douglas had just bought his huge new motorbike and “couldn’t wait to have a shot,” despite being uninsured and without a full licence.

But he hit a dip in the road before smashing into Paul Hutchinson, 24, who had to be taken to hospital for cuts to his head and back.

Douglas, 42, admitted dangerous driving at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and was today (Thurs) fined £400 and hit with seven penalty points, meaning he loses his licence as a new driver.
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Scots schoolboys invent new iPhone application

Portobello Schoolboy Geniuses


A SCOTS schoolboy dubbed “the next Bill Gates” has invented an iPhone application which could make him an instant millionaire.

Angus Ireland, 15, from Edinburgh, and three pals have come up with an application which could be the next big thing on Apple’s must-have accessory.

The four boys have created an “app” to help shoppers to find the best bargains in their area.

Bringing together price comparison sites such as Kelkoo and the iPhone’s GPS locator, the idea allows bargain-hunters find the cheapest supplier of any product.

Angus and three classmates at Portobello High – Andrew Flowers, 14, Mikal Jedrzejczak, 14, and Rory Harper, 15 – have christened their innovative product the ‘iDeal’.

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Schools to encourage use of mobiles and iPods


SCOTS kids are to be encouraged to take their iPods and mobile phones to school – to download their lessons in a new teaching scheme.

Educational video and audio is to be made available to tech-savvy teens through iTunes – the digital download music service.

iTunes are to open up a new dedicated schools section called iTunes U which will offer the free educational content.

And the new technology has been even been praised by Star Wars director George Lucas who believes the technology “puts his own country to shame”.

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Skype for iPhone brings free calls to millions


By Cara Sulieman

MILLIONS of mobile phone users will be able enjoy free calls after the launch of Skype’s long-awaited download for Apple’s popular iPhone.

Restricted only by being able to pick up a Wi-Fi connection, it means iPhone owners who have Skype will be able to call other Skype users around the world.

But rather than worrying that the software will reduce users phone bills, O2 who own the sole UK rights for selling iPhone, have embraced the idea of the new Skype ‘app’.

Solely over wi-fi

A spokesman for O2 said: “We understand (Skype) have designed this to work solely over Wi-Fi. Continue reading