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Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Richard Thaler's Tips for Personal Financial Success

James Dennin interviews Nobel-winning economist Richard Thaler, and receives five tips for personal economic success.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Google Funds High-Tech Education

Brian Heater notes that Google is funding the training of individuals for high tech jobs . The Goodwill agency is receiving $10 million for training knowledge workers.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Centipedes Are Beneficial

Scott Creary provides evidence that centipedes are useful home fauna.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Chrome Operating System's Future

James Martin predicts that the Chrome operating system will expand beyond its current 5% market share in enterprises.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

iOS Upgrade Hides Airplane Mode Features

Lucas Mearian warns that Apple iPhones may not fully go into airplane mode after the recent iOS upgrade .

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Uses for Old Android Devices

J. R. Raphael suggests uses for an old Android phone . These include serving as webcams, remotes, or iPod replacements.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Support for Big Government

Sean Illings reports on surveys in the beliefs of the U.S. electorate which appear to show a rising support for authoritarian rule.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Future of Adobe Flash

Gregg Keizer provides a timetable for the future of the Adobe Flash plugin. Flash is scheduled to be eliminated by 2020.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Interrogation Through Torture Fails

Ian Leslie reports on how to get truthful answers from a subject.

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Windows Phone's Future

Lucas Mearian suggests that Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system is on life support.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Laptop Security in International Travel

Computerworld provides security tips for those crossing international borders with their PC or Windows laptop. (Note that this is a video, without supporting text).

There is a similar video for Android devices. -DD

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Microsoft Edge Browser Migrates to iOS, Android

Gregg Keizer notes that Microsoft is porting the Edge browser to the iOS and Android platforms.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Data and Metadata

David Knight stresses that both data and metadata should be recorded.

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Google Assistant

Emily Price suggests how the voice of the Google Assistant can be changed from the default female to male .

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Google Maps for Search

Lisa Wang notifies the world that Google Maps is adding a search component.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NASA Offer Sends Your Name to Mars

NASA is engraving names on a chip and sending them to Mars . People who provide their names can download a nifty-looking "boarding pass." This free offer expires November 1, 2017.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Opinions on Early Rising and Productivity

Hilary Potkewitz interviews white collar workers who rise before five to organize their life . She quotes Russ Perry, who says that the period from four to six o'clock is “the most planned, most organized and most scheduled part of my day. It’s a crapshoot from there.”

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Google Timer

Gavin Middleton explains how useful a Google timer can be in a classroom.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

National Diversity Day

October 6 has been labeled National Diversity Day .

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Bookmarking Tools

Educational Technology produced a list of bookmarking tools that are at a price-point teachers can afford.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Study Justifies the Existence of Academic Libraries

OCLC developed a document called: "Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research ."

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Public Library Funding and Fundraising

In 2008, OCLC developed a report called From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America. According to Bob Murphy, OCLS has won funding to update the 2008 study.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Employment Shifts Shaft the Heartland and Middle Class

Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg write about the impoverishment of rural America . According to their research, the average worker in a urban center with over a million population earns 30% more than than the rural worker.

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Artificial Intelligence

Mike Elgan suggests that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the next game-changer in computing, and the first consumer application of this is coming in the form of the latest Apple iPhones.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Internet Access for Students and Teachers in the US

According to Evan Marwell, almost forty million students in the USA have access to high speed internet

. This is good news. But over six million students still lack broadband internet access. -DD

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Teach Your Children Well

Ben Sasse offers strategies he employed in raising his children to be self reliant . The ideas were draw from his book, The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Japanese and Unites States Citizens Feel Alienated

Amos Zeeberg investigates alienation among American and Japanese adults.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pain Control and the Mind

Cathryn Ramin suggests that the successful control of pain must be focused on the brain, not on the site where the pain is felt.

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The Future of the User Interface

Mike Elgan suggests that the future of the user interface will be voice and in-the-air gestures .

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nurturing Successful Children

Chris Weller suggests that even genius children require adult support to excel in life.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Benefits of Reading

Derek Beres suggests that reading develops both intelligence and empathy.

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Telecommuting

Mike Elgan comments that all knowledge workers are at times working remotely . Elgan uses this fact to promote telecommuting.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mars Habitat Simulation

Caleb Jones reports on a crew living a life simulating eight months on Mars .

Jones reported the positive attitude of one team member. "Laura Lark thinks a manned voyage to Mars is a reasonable goal for NASA. The project is the fifth in a series of six NASA-funded studies at the University of Hawaii facility called the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS. NASA has dedicated about $2.5 million for research at the facility. "

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Virtual Assistants

Eric Eng predicts that virtual personal assistants shall rapidly gain market penetration.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One-Click Checkout

Greg Sterling notes that Amazon's patent on "one click checkout" has expired, and predicts that the technology will become widespread.

My concern is that bad implementations shall also cause an increase in the number of inadvertent or duplicate purchases.

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Identifying False Information

Julie Joyce says that the basic technique for identifying misinformation is to "Question everything, test everything. "

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

E-Sports in Academia and the Olympics

Pat Donachie notes that some universities are offering scholarships for those who excel in e-sports (multiplayer online games). Donachie also cites an article from The Guardian that follows efforts to bring e-sports to the Olympic Games.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Cloud Storage Is Easy to Implement -- But Is it a Good Choice?

Bryan Lunduke argues for caution in the corporate use of public cloud storage for proprietary data.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

General Data Protection Regulation

Greg Sterling warns that penalties are rising for those who do not maintain standards for safeguarding consumer data . May, 2018 will see European Union legislation called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect. Writer Todd Ruback explains what the law requires, showing its effect on internet marketers.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

FireFox Add-Ons

Matt Kapko suggests valuable FireFox browser add-ons .

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Friday, September 01, 2017

Android Typing Shortcuts

J.R. Raphael suggest four typing shortcuts for those using the Andoid mobile environment.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Markup Matters

Barry Schwartz observes that markup matters to Google.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

iPhone Tips

Jonny Evans offers twenty tips specifically for iPhone users .

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Google Search App

Barry Schwartz mentions that Google is developing a new search app.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

iOS Tips

Johnny Evans shares over 50 tips for using an iPhone or iPad .

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Android for Travelers

Richard Hoffman provides tips on keeping your data secure when traveling overseas.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Excel for Business Analytics

Thor Olavsrud provides examples of Excel as a tool for interpreting business intelligence.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vacations Are Valuable

David Wildermuth argues that vacations provide insights and opportunities.

Enjoy!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

New Madrid Earthquake

Today people are focusing on the eclypse passing through southern Missouri. In 1811 there was another natural event which shaped this part of the United States: the New Madrid earthquake .

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Android Backups

J.R. Raphael advises Android users about backup strategies.

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Incivility on Campus

Marcia Chatelain suggests that in some cases universities embolden white nationalists . She proposes that this is done by:

  • Faculty playing the devil's advocate;
  • Faculty and staff grumbling about inclusion;
  • Discounting student concerns and failing to acknowledge their pain;
  • Endorsing stereotypes about minorities, and,
  • Nostalgia for the days of campus elites.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Smartphones and Mental Focus

Mike Elgan reports that smartphones disrupt mental focus, resulting in a 10%-25% decline in attentiveness at work. A study commissioned by Kaspersky Labs indicates that employees who do not bring their smartphones to work are 26 percent more productive. Just having a powered-up phone is distracting -- Jill Elish reports on a Florida State University study showing that cell phone notifications approach the distraction factor of reading a text message.

For more information on this issues, Elgan recommends Sherry Turkle's book, Reclaiming the Conversation, and mentions additional books on the topic will be published later this year. Elgan interviewed Turkle in 2015.

Elgan also highlights two firms, Siempo and Light Phone which are preparing to distribute limited-feature phones for corporate use.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Chrome Extensions

James Martin recommends a list of select Google Chrome extensions . Martin points out that the Chrome browser has 60% of the U.S. market share. The 25 selected extensions include:

  1. Boomerang allows e-mail delivery to be scheduled for a future date.
  2. Accomany dredges up information on the person or company who sent you an email.
  3. MYSMS allows sending and receiving SMS messages from a desktop or laptop through a wireless connection to a mobile phone.
  4. Click & Clean provides tools for clearing your cache, history, and other data on your Chrome browser.
  5. Google Page Analytics is used in conjunction with Google Analytics to view which parts of your web page are attracting users.
  6. Speedtest reports on your internet connection, providing download and upload statistics.
  7. Pocket is a tool for storing web pages for later reading (also available in FireFox).

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

iOS Typing Tips

Johnny Evans offers 16 typing tips for those using iPhone and iPads.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Android Productivity

J. R. Raphael suggests how to tune the Android mobile operating system into a productivity tool.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Challenges of Being a Diversity Officer

Sarah Brown reports on the challenges of serving as a Diversity Officer at a university.

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Meeting Technology

Alexa Lemzy suggests technologies to incorporate in meetings .

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Telecom Statistics Show Most Youth Have Internet Access

The International Telecommunications Union released statistics on internet usage , indicating that 80% of the worlds' youth have some form of access.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Android and IOS Security

Lucas Mearian analyzes the Android and IOS operating systems, and reports that IOS is more secure in real-world implementation.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chrome to Offer Ad-Blocker by 2018

Gregg Keizer reports that draft updates of the Google Chrome web browser offer ad-blocking , leading to speculation that Chrome users may be able to block ads by 2018.

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