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October 23, 2014

Inbox by Google…maybe the future of e-mail?

Inbox by Google

Gmail’s new user interface

Google announced a new interface and mobile app today called Inbox. For Gmail users, the interface takes some cues from the Google Apps for Education recent updates but incorporates the Tasks feature in Gmail while also incorporating some new features. The mobile app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone stores but using the Inbox interface requires an invitation from Google or from an existing Inbox user. Invite requests can be sent to

For more information on the new features and functionality, check out this article from The Verge and this video from Google.

September 17, 2012

IT Software Center

IT Software center UO IT offers a range of software for Faculty, Staff and Students to download. Please visit the IT software center. You must have a valid Duck ID to download the files.

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September 9, 2011

Powerful Web Surveys Come to UO


Connecting the dots. That’s the job of University of Oregon Director of Academic Technology Helen Chu. “The University,” says Chu, “is by design a place where you have specialists and experts. You can’t expect these specialists to know what is going on in another department at the university.” This is where Chu comes in. In 2010 Chu heard that groups of UO faculty were using an online survey service called Qualtrics. Each group of users had its own unique license, something that was not cost effective. For a little extra, Chu discovered, the UO could acquire a license for the entire university. At the same time, the UO’s Office for Protection of Human Subjects asked Chu to join a sub-committee that was developing guidelines for researchers using the Internet. That’s when Chu decided to connect the dots. She and a campus-wide team of stakeholders compared Qualtrics against competing survey services and software. They determined Qualtrics far outperformed its competition in price and features. After gaining approval from the Office for Protection of Human Subjects to use the service for research involving human subjects, Chu gathered the university’s Qualtrics users together to pitch in for a single university-wide license, making Qualtrics available to anyone with a Duck ID. Read more at IT connections.

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July 22, 2010

Apple the new world leader in software insecurity


Apple has displaced Oracle as the company with the most security vulnerabilities in its software, according to security company Secunia. Over the first half of 2010, Apple had more reported flaws than any other vendor. Microsoft retains its third-place spot. Secunia has tracked security vulnerabilities and issues advisories since 2002, producing periodic reports on the state of software. Together, the top ten vendors account for some 38% of all flaws reported.

Though this does not necessarily mean that Apple’s software is the most insecure in practice—the report takes no consideration of the severity of the flaws—it points at a growing trend in the world of security flaws: the role of third-party software. (more…)

March 24, 2010

UO: Campus Software Needs Assessment

Dear UO Faculty and Staff,
Information Services has convened a Site License Advisory Group to ensure that software acquisitions continue to meet student and faculty needs. The UO Site License Advisory Group is asking the campus community to participate in a survey about current software usage and needs.

Thank you if you have already filled out a software needs assessment survey. If you haven’t, please take a few minutes to do so now. The faculty/staff survey closes this Friday, March 26.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes. To take the survey, please point your browser to:

To suggest a new software title for site-license consideration, please fill out this simple form:

Thank you.

The Site License Advisory Group

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