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Archive for April, 2010

Wired Campus: “If iPads and other new mobile computers catch on, libraries might not need to offer rooms full of computers for students to do their research, writing, and Facebooking. But if that happens, will students have any reason left to visit the library?”

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Campus Technology: “Students in an executive certificate program at Rutgers in Piscataway, NJ this summer will be spiffed with an Apple iPad tablet that includes pre-loaded program materials.”

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Inside Higher Ed: “Check out Steve Jobs’ open letter on why Apple does not allow Flash on its mobile devices.  Jobs gives a number of reasons why Flash is not supported, including: a lack of open standards, a diminished demand as the newer (and supported) H.264 format is rapidly growing, reliability/security/performance issues, battery life, and limited support for the touch interface.  Why is the Apple / Adobe kerfuffle worth our attention? 3 Reasons …

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ZDNet Education: “I think most of us know that Ubuntu 10.04 launches today. I’ve been using the betas in both desktop and server environments for a while and have been incredibly pleased. It’s fast, it’s stable, and has great features and software, not to mention that this is one of Canonical’s Long-Term Support (LTS) releases. It’s been thoroughly reviewed on ZDNet and elsewhere, with the general consensus being that it will have broad appeal.”

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Creative Suite 5 Ships

Campus Technology: “Adobe has started shipping Creative Suite 5, with major new versions of each of the core applications in the suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and After Effects. The company has also launched new education programs, resources, and pricing.”

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Journal of Online Learning and Teaching: “The authors designed new content for an online research skills course, to provide instruction and expert modeling of the process for determining bias when evaluating information sources.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “Innovations in communications software and websites can be quite exciting. After the dust dies down, however, it’s really not clear how much more information has been made available, how much more people can communicate, how much more thinking has been enabled.  London-based Mendeley’s offering up an Open API and making a vast catalog of academic publications searchable, well, that might make the cut.”

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