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January 31, 2011

UO Blackboard: YouTube mashup tool add problems

YouTube is currently undergoing some maintenance and is in read-only mode. This is causing some problems when adding a YouTube videos. If you try to add YouTube content to your course through “Build Content”->”YouTube Video” you will get an “Unknown Attribute” error from YouTube. Current YouTube content that has already been added to the course should continue to work. For now you cannot add new YouTube content using the built-in tool.

This message will be updated when information on when this will be fixed is available.

Studios shift from DVD to iTunes to distribute Oscar nominees


Movie studios are seeking to distribute their award nominated films to Academy and Screen Actors Guild voters using Apple’s iTunes rather than conventional DVDs, in hopes of limiting piracy of the pre-release films.

Previously, the studios have pressed advanced copies of their films to the tens of thousands of members who vote on them, but those DVDs are easy to pass off to other people, and ripping the media is trivial to do. (more…)

Take your iPad & MacBook off-grid with solar case

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January 28, 2011

How Egypt Turned Off the Internet


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Macworld 2011. Sinbad: Android killer – who cares?

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Long time Apple devotee Sinbad delivered a very funny keynote address this afternoon at Macworld, talking for about 20 minutes and then taking questions from the audience. He has been coming to Macworld since 1991 and talked about everything from his first Mac, which was a Macintosh 512K that he said had so little memory that putting in his password maxed it out. He joked about Steve Jobs designing the Mac for the dumbest, silliest person in the world. Steve brought some of them into a room and asked them, what can you do? (more…)

Open Source Drupal 7 CMS Gains Interoperability with Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft this week showcased some of its interoperability accomplishments reflected with the release of the open source Drupal 7 content management system.

Drupal 7, produced by Drupal Association volunteer coders, now works with Microsoft’s SQL Server relational database management system products and is distributed through the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. (more…)

MIT Promotes ‘Convergence’ as Model for 21st Century Research

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has put forth a new model for research that applies the technical tools of engineering, along with its disciplined design approach, to life science research. The model, known as “convergence,” calls for a rethinking of how scientific research is conducted and promotes an integrated approach for achieving innovation. A white paper on the topic was recently presented at a forum put on by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (more…)

January 27, 2011

Google Chrome gets HTML5-based desktop Gmail, Gtalk alerts

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Skype 5.0 hits Mac with group video calling, streamlined interface


Mac users have already been able to do some group video calling with recent beta versions of Skype, but the company has now finally brought things fully up to speed with its Windows counterpart and released the final version of Skype 5.0 for OS X. (more…)

Sync Your Desktop Between Computers Using Dropbox


We’ve detailed how to use Dropbox to sync your home folder across platforms, but for people whose entire workflow revolves around their desktop, that’s not necessarily enough. The Mac blogger at Not Very Correct describes how he syncs his desktop, as well. (more…)

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