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May 31, 2011

Apple launches worldwide MacBook Bottom Case Replacement Program

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UO: new Test Shibboleth service

Attention Shibboleth Users,
We are pleased announce the release of our new Test Shibboleth service.

If you have a development or test system currently configured to access you will need to update your Shibboleth Service Provide (SP) to point to the new test Shibboleth service.

As of 6/20/2011 the old test service will no longer be available. (more…)

Kaspersky Vulnerability Underscores Users’ Poor Updating Habits

Over the past year, Adobe has taken a lot of heat for vulnerabilities in its products — specifically the Flash plug-in and Adobe Reader. Now, however, there’s a fresh new round of finger-pointing in the wake of Kaspersky’s first quarter 2011 threat analysis, in which Adobe apps accounted for the top three of the ten most prevalent vulnerabilities on consumer computers. (more…)

May 27, 2011

Department of Ed Expands on Accessibility Issues in Ed Tech

To follow up on a 2010 reminder to colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts that their instructional technology adhere to accessibility laws, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued a new frequently-asked questions document to address ongoing concerns regarding compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (more…)

Amazon launches Mac Download Store

Amazon already has a mobile App Store, but the company on Thursday launched the Mac Download Store.

Competing directing with Apple’s Mac Store, Amazon says its store has 250 of the biggest software and game titles available for Mac. In fact, they have some titles that Apple’s store doesn’t.

May 26, 2011

UO: Kindle-ing an Improvement in Reading Skills

Two UO researchers seek to harness the power and portability of e-reading technology such as the iPad and Kindle to help college students who have difficulties with reading comprehension.
The project could ease students’ academic anxieties as well as their (literally) heavy textbook loads.


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Russian Justice

New Yorks TImes:

…Russia wants the world to believe that it abides by the rule of law. “It has a Constitution, courts, judges and established procedures,” said Pavel Ivlev, one of Khodorkovsky’s lawyers.

But, Ivlev adds, “You also have the reality that everything is controlled by Putin and his friends.” So when someone starts making trouble for Russia’s premier, Vladimir Putin, and his corrupt cronies, things play out a little differently. An “investigation” is begun, which leads to a series of criminal charges, which, in turn, leads to a lengthy trial. The illusion of justice is created. But the ending never varies: The defendants wind up in prison for crimes they never committed….

Read the article on the New York Times website.

UO: new Software Download Center

The IT Web site now has a secure and convenient portal for distributing site-licensed software. User authentication and group affiliation is integrated into the site; we can now provide access to our site-licensed software for all UO affiliated students, faculty and staff.

Feel free to visit the Software Distribution site, on the Web page and investigate the new Duckware Software online distribution. (more…)

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