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October 24, 2011

Apple upgrades MacBook Pro line with faster processors, graphics cards, and more storage


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How to add Google Calendars to your Blackboard site

Blackboard allows instructors to embed web content in their Blackboard site. One useful tool is the ability to embed Google Calendars into your course site.  The calendar can include information about upcoming class events such as midterms, finals and guest speakers, or you can provide students with deadlines for homework assignments.
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Google’s Plus Operator, No Longer Available


The plus operator from Google Search was useful to highlight one or more keywords that had to be included in the search results exactly as you typed them. If you search for [ai], Google matches terms like “artificial intelligence”, “Amnesty International”, “Art Institutes”, “Appraisal Institute”, “Adobe Illustrator” and that’s not so useful. To restrict the results to pages that include “ai”, you had to replace your query with [+ai]. Unfortunately, the plus operator is no longer available and you now have to use quotation marks even for single words and search for [“ai”].
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October 21, 2011

Researchers ID Skype users who also use BitTorrent


The research chips away at the perceived privacy protections of using Skype’s encrypted service.
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Anyone with a Smart Cover can break into your iPad 2


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Malware attack poses as bloody photos of Gaddafi’s death


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October 20, 2011

Variation on Mac trojan disables built-in OS X malware protections

The anti-malware protections that are built into Mac OS X could be at risk thanks to a newer Mac trojan. The trojan in question, Trojan-Downloader: OSX/Flashback.C, was discovered by researchers at F-Secure—it’s a variation on the Mac trojan discovered in September that poses as a Flash Player installer, OSX/Flashback.A. (more…)

Street View hits the stunning Swiss Alps railways

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October 19, 2011

How does the iPhone 4S camera stack-up against other cameras?

Great post by Lisa Bettany, talented photographer:

A photo comparisons from all iPhone version cameras (First generation iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the new iPhone 4S), a point & shoot camera, the Canon S95 ($500), and a professional dSLR, the Canon 5DMKII ($4000+) in two situations: 1. A macro setting to test detail and quality of the cameras;
2. A backlit skyline shot (see original article).
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Google: protecting the personalized search results


As search becomes an increasingly customized experience, we recognize the growing importance of protecting the personalized search results we deliver. As a result, we’re enhancing our default search experience for signed-in users. (more…)

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