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“Learn Google Apps” Site

Posted by Julia Robeck on 2nd March 2015

Google has their own site to help you learn how to use Google Apps, Learn Google Apps.

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The site has tips on switching from other systems, tutorials, articles, tips and tricks, videos, examples of using Google Apps and much more. You can also learn by each app individually.

There’s even an weekly episode of the “Apps Show” where you can learn about new tips and features.

http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2015/02/googles-own-learn-google-apps-site.html?m=1

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big data history

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd March 2015

A Bried History of BIG Data

Volume, Velocity, Variety

Business Intelligence

Internet of Things

privacy, security, intellectual property

mobile Internet

 

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Faster Web is Here: HTTP/2

Posted by Julia Robeck on 23rd February 2015

HTTP/2 standard has been finalized, paving the way for a faster Web

http/2

HTTP/2 will enable faster page loads, it is binary instead of textual (more efficient and less error-prone), it is fully multiplexed (to improve network performance), uses header compression and ‘Server Push’ (to reduce overhead).

Google has announced its plans to adopt HTTP/2 for Chrome and we also know that Microsoft’s Project Spartan has built-in support for the new standard.

If you are a web developer you can already test HTTP/2 in Firefox and Chrome with a few downloadable test servers. More information on that can be found here.

from http://www.neowin.net/news/http2-standard-has-been-finalized-paving-the-way-for-a-faster-web

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Photoshop Turns 25

Posted by Julia Robeck on 23rd February 2015

Adobe Photoshop: ‘Democratizing’ Photo Editing For 25 Years

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“Dreamscape,” courtesy of Jimmy Williams, shows how Photoshop can be used to create fantastical landscapes. But the program’s inventors note that photo manipulation predated Photoshop.

See the full story here:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2015/02/21/387839022/adobe-photoshop-democratizing-photo-editing-for-25-years

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Taking Screenshots on Your Laptop or Tablet

Posted by Julia Robeck on 19th February 2015

A Short Guide to Taking Screenshots on Your Laptop and Tablet

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/02/a-short-guide-to-taking-screenshots-on.html?m=1

Chromebook:
Diigo’s Awesome Screenshot tool. Awesome Screenshot is a simple one step installation
TechSmith’s Snagit. Awesome Screenshot will only capture things that are displayed in your web browser.
Snagit download the Snagit Chrome app and the Snagit browser extension. . Both tools allow you to draw and type on top of your screenshot images.
Macbook and Windows laptops:
Mac keyboard combination of “Command+shift+4″ “Command+shift+3″ will capture everything on your screen.

Windows computer Snipping tool

Jing to take screenshots on my Mac and on my Windows laptop.

Skitch  If you have an Evernote account, you can save Skitch images in your Evernote account.

iPad and iPhone:
Taking a screenshot on an iPad or iPhone is a simple matter of holding down your “home” button (the big round one) and power button at the same time. The image will save directly to your device’s camera roll. When I need to draw, highlight, or type on an image in my camera roll I turn to Skitch again.

Android phones and tablets:
As long as your device is operating on Android 4.0 or later you can take a screenshot by holding down your home button and power/sleep button at the same time. The screenshot should save to your camera roll unless you’ve designated another place for it to save. Once on your camera roll you can use the image in other apps for drawing, cropping, annotating, and sharing. Some Android devices, depending on manufacturer, include a built-in screenshot image editor.
Pixlr and Skitch. Skitch on Android offers all of the same features that are outlined above. Pixlr is a more robust tool that allows you to apply image filters in addition to drawing and typing on your images.

Please consider other IMS blog entries on the topics:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=screen+capture

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Wearable Tech

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th February 2015

Sizing Up Wearable Tech and IoT in the Enterprise

https://fiberlinkcorp.webex.com/fiberlinkcorp/onstage/g.php?d=358842843&t=a

Kayla Bittner  358 842 843 Twitter:#smartoffice

Det Ansinn speaker

Android Wear (java)
Pebble (C)
Samsung Tizen (HTML5)
Apple Watch WatchKit (Swift, Objective-C support is buggy)
WatchKit is the least mature

limitations: no keyboard, no mouse, no touch screen, battery life, limited usable screen real estate, CPU performance

opportunities: hands-free, speech for text input, sensors (gyro, camera, accelerometer), gesture-based input, BLE (bluetoothSmart)

GOod wearable Design: Recognizes immediacy, leverages context of the wearer

challenging to develop good experiences for these devices.

802.11 will eat short battery life, in addition to bluetooth. Samsung Gear S will get notification even from afar, but usually smartwatch notification is paired only in immediate proximity of the bluetoothed device.
Addon –
industrial uses of wearable: tag and quickmessages, not occupying hands.
keyboard is with swipe gestures.

Frank Schloendorn, Fiberlink, speaker

build in security is limited. Jailbroken / rooted devices are at higher risk> Open to hacking, still in infancy. No real MDM (Mobile Device Management) type solutions available

Do you currently own smartwatch

Do you currently own smartwatch

no management solutions exist today. OS: Tizen, Android, PebbleOS, Apple Watch OS etc
Cameras and other sensors cant be managed, monitored (spy scenario)
Is wearable an independent device or an extension of a smartphone

Best practices:
manage the connected device, not the wearable
be aware of what data can “leak” to a wearable device
if necessary, take more extreme measures (block bluetooth, ban devices)

new security options for mobile devices linked to wearables. bypass lock screen with presence of wearable, content sensitive security.

bricksimple.com
MaaS360.com/trial

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Discussion Boards, Blogs and Wikis

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th February 2015

Differences between Discussion Boards, Blogs and Wikis

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/staff/resources/tutorials/content/Differences_between_Discussion_Boards__Blogs_and_Wikis.html

Differences

Discussion Forums are TOPIC centred.

  • discussions are organised into topics by ‘threads’
  • anyone in the community can start a thread on a topic of their choosing
  • all participants have an equal voice
  • posts require someone to reply for a discussion to take place
  • you can follow through a thread on a particular topic
Blogs are AUTHOR centred.

  • posts are made by the blog’s author only (may be a group)
  • posts are usually opinion pieces and written in the authors voice
  • readers can add comments to the author’s post
  • organised in reverse chronological order so the most recent posts show on the entry page
  • reflect the authors identity in the tone, look and feel and content
Wikis are CONTENT/DOCUMENT centred.

  • wikis are for group authoring
  • editable website with a complete version history kept
  • aim is to reach a consensus or compromise on the content of the page
  • the focus is the content produced, not the individual authors
  • usually neutral and objective
  • discussion/comment is separated from the wiki content

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web development

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th February 2015

Xara Web Designer: http://www.xara.com/us/

if you’re looking for a more affordable and easier to use Web development system than Dreamweaver, I may have just the thing for you: Xara Web Designer 9.

http://www.cio.com/article/2385755/developer/no-more-adobe-dreamweaver–so-how-about-xara-web-designer-.html

Other IMS blog entries on Web development:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2015/01/29/dreamweaver-cc/

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Where the iPad should go next: Look toward Windows 10

Posted by Julia Robeck on 4th February 2015

What Microsoft is getting right with tablets–seamless synching between devices, more computing power, and accessories–and why Apple should go there too.

“The iPad is nearly 5 years old. That product, ever since, has continued to ride a thin dividing line between iPhones and Macs: mobile, and computers.

…Will there be both a 12-inch iPad and a 12-inch MacBook Air in 2015? If so, how will they co-exist? Could they be meant for different customers?

…the iPad needs a change. It needs something to ignite interest. It needs a few new ideas.

Microsoft — with its hardware, and with its upcoming Windows 10 operating system — is actually blazing a bold trail. One that Apple may actually be able to learn from.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/where-the-ipad-should-go-next-look-toward-windows-10/

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Wearable APP concepts

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st February 2015

Wearable APP concepts

http://www.wired.com/2014/03/3-insights-wearable-design-smart-concept-epileptics/

What’s the “killer app” for wearables? Think context.

https://gigaom.com/2014/01/16/whats-the-killer-app-for-wearables-think-context/

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664771/wearable-technology-should-be-simpler-here-are-eight-ideas

Apple Watch App Concepts

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=wearable

http://theultralinx.com/2013/06/22-beautiful-ios-app-concepts-dribbble.html

PR, N. (2014, August 5). Accenture and Philips announce proof of concept app to show how ALS patients could gain greater control of their lives through brain, voice and eye commands. PR Newswire US.
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ABI, R. (0002, April). In-vehicle Wearable Integration to Accelerate Convergence; Global Penetration in New Cars to Exceed 90% by 2019, Says ABI Research. Business Wire (English).

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P.B. (2003). Is THIS the industry’s next killer app?. Solid State Technology, 46(7), 26.

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