Apple is bringing wireless printing to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The company announced Wednesday the release of the AirPrint beta to its iOS development community.
The technology will allows developers to integrate wireless printing capabilities into their apps. (more…)
We’ve been predicting a technology revolution for decades, and actually, it happened 5 years ago. We are now past the tipping point. Suddenly, we find that higher education no longer has a corner on knowledge-making and distribution. But on the bright side, the entire culture is learning-resource rich, technology has a more human face, and education has become more critical than ever.
As the revolution gathers momentum, many higher education institutions are clean-sheet redesigning teaching, learning, assessment, and career development. The 10 rules in this article suggest the depth of change that’s occurring on campuses right now. (more…)
The average college in the United States has about 97 labs, and the average number of lab desktops is about 1,100, according to the Campus Computing Project survey. Those hefty quantities represent a sizable amount of IT work behind the scenes, to continually keep up with the changing needs of faculty, to maintain hours suitable for the campus community, and to address the computer problems that may crop up in running highly specialized applications.
As more institutions of higher education turn to software-as-a-service (Saas) or cloud computing options as alternatives to traditional purchase-and-install software, a growing number of challenges are cropping up. With this type of Internet-based computing, resources, software, and information are provided to computers and shared with other devices on a subscription basis.
The cloud setup is attractive for colleges and universities that want to beef up their technology arsenals without having to pay large upfront fees or spend the time and resources needed to install the systems on their own servers. Instead, schools pay monthly or quarterly subscription fees to use the software on the Web, and to share information back and forth with those online systems. (more…)
Only major browser still not patched, says Google security researcher
Microsoft last Friday said it was looking into a long-known vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) that could be used to access users’ data and Web-based accounts.
The bug can allow hackers to hijack Web mail accounts, steal data and send illicit tweets, said Google security engineer Chris Evans in a message posted on the Full Disclosure mailing list. (more…)
Professor Paul Kirschner: ‘Our study, and other previous work, suggests that while people may think constant task-switching allows them to get more done in less time, the reality is it extends the amount of time needed to carry out tasks and leads to more mistakes.’
It is what parents of teenagers who ‘revise’ in front of the computer have long feared.
Students who use Facebook while they study get significantly lower grades than those who do not, according to psychologists.
A study has found that the exam results of those who used the social networking site while working, even if it was on in the background, were 20 per cent lower than non-users.
Researchers say the findings undermine the theory that young people’s brains are better at multitasking on digital gadgets. (more…)
The iPhone 4 is the first to support 802.11n, which offers the highest Wi-Fi data rates and throughput. But it runs only on the crowded 2.4GHz band, and at one university, which is deploying hundreds of the new devices, that poses some big Wi-Fi challenges for IT. (more…)
The Royal Mail has launched what it claims is the world’s first “intelligent” stamp.
Viewing the stamp via a smartphone takes users to a related webpage.
Also required is the Junaio image recognition application – versions of which have been made for iPhone and Android smartphones.
AutoCAD is coming back to the Mac, and this time it will be free. The archetypal computer aided drafting program from Autodesk, which for more than a decade has been available only on Windows operating systems, will ship this fall for Mac OS X, along with mobile editions for Apple’s iOS devices–iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The new Mac edition will be free for students and teachers through Autodesk’s Education Community. (more…)