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September 16, 2010

iPad, iPhone Wireless Printing in Beta

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…)

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September 15, 2010

10 Rules of Teaching in this Century

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…)

September 13, 2010

Dell Virtual Lab Aims to Lower Computer Lab Hassles


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.

Dell has introduced a new product line that’s designed to save institutional customers management time and hassle by taking the lab virtual. (more…)

How Solid Is Your Clouded Data?

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…)

September 7, 2010

Microsoft investigates years-old IE bug

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…)

Attention Students: Using Facebook ’can lower exam results by up to 20%’


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…)

iPhone 4 Wi-Fi proves a challenge for university

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…)

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September 3, 2010

First ’intelligent’ stamp put on sale by Royal Mail

The stamp launches online content when used in conjunction with a smartphone


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.
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Google Chrome 6: Hands On


In its two years of life, Chrome has made quite a dent in the field of Web browsers. Not only has it captured nearly 7 percent of the browser market, but it’s influenced competitors with its minimalist design and breathtaking speed. Though it doesn’t introduce any earth-shattering new features, version six extends Chrome’s JavaScript speed lead, and it pares down an already trim design. I took the new browser version out for a spin, and in general, the tweaks in version six represent a net gain.
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September 2, 2010

AutoCAD Back on the Mac, This Time Free for Ed

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…)

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