Category Archives: Information Technology

The hidden personal cost of your computer ecosystem

Is quite high, and not so hidden, actually.  Almost every day something major needs to be updated, whether it’s a smart phone, tablet or laptop computer.  Many of us end up running our own personal IT department at home. Advertisements

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What’s happening to iPads?

Sales of Apple’s iPads have begun to decline, with double digit drops in unit sales year over year.  Interest in the devices as judged by Google searches has noticeably dropped (red line).   If the historical record for the iPod (blue line) is any guide, iPads may be about to enter … Continue reading

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Rise in cloud computing starts to cut revenue for IT outsourcing companies

Sean McLain, writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes how the shift to cloud computing is dramatically reducing the number of IT support staff needed to maintain and customize servers and software, and the result is a big drop in hiring of outsourced … Continue reading

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New version of Microsoft Office for the Mac is on the way, but will it help the bottom line much?

After a long wait, a new Mac version of Microsoft Office is on the way.   There is a free downloadable preview version available from Microsoft, with the official release scheduled for some time in the second half of 2015. Faced … Continue reading

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More than half a billion users access Facebook only using mobile devices

Are mobile devices a hugely important platform for the digital ecosphere?  Absolutely. TechCrunch.com notes that more than 500 million users access Facebook solely from mobile devices: That’s up from 456 million in the previous quarter, and it’s an increase of … Continue reading

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Handwriting vs. Typing: The Pen is Still Mightier Than the Keyboard

As keyboard typing (or scrawling on a tablet with a clunky stylus) takes over, evidence suggests that learning with old fashioned handwriting provides important cognitive benefits. Typing, in contrast, distracts your brain with the mechanical task of replicating content — making it … Continue reading

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Chromebooks taking iPads to school in education market

A new IDC report claims that more laptops based on Google’s Chrome OS were shipped to schools in the third quarter than Apple’s tablets, thanks in no small part to the notebooks’ low price. While momentum for Chromebooks in schools is substantial, … Continue reading

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What sort of electronic device do 6th graders really need?

Some folks have asked me what sort of electronic device does a 6th grader really need.  I can give you some insights from what I’ve seen while helping out with two FIRST Lego League teams, and the experience my son had hosting … Continue reading

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Leading technologist professor Clay Shirky bans use of personal electronics in his classroom

Clay Shirky is a leading technologist who teaches theory and practice of social media at NYU.  He is an advocate and activist for social technology, crowd-sourcing and the free culture movement, but is now asking the students in his Fall seminar to … Continue reading

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Science has great news for people who read actual books, but bad news for those who read online.

From Rachel Grate at Arts.Mic: It’s no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even … Continue reading

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