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Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Android Tips

J. R. Raphael shares 18 tips for using Android Oreo, the latest Android operating system release.

Raphael in the past has offered tips about Gmail notifications and guidance to underappreciated Android features which can be handy in daily use.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Skype for Business

Peter Sayer shares how to use Skype for Business .

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Marketing With Anchor Text

Edwin Toonen explains the nature and use of anchor text in search engine optimization.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Google Maps Spammers

Huang et al. (2017) examined spammers' activity on Google maps.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Increasing Alumni Participation

Joe McGonegal notes that alumni participation is declining at most universities, and offers suggestions for modernizing alumni relations and increasing alumni involvement.

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Business Intelligence in an Academic Setting

David Raths explains that universities should follow the lead of the University of Notre Dame, and establish policies for data governance and a metadata repository.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Public Transportation Trends

Patrik Anderson reviews trends in public transportation in an urban environment. One trend is mobility as a service, or "MaaS," where travel is integrated with mobile apps. Another trend is to use sensors to detect congestion and re-route traffic instantly. A third is to reduce air pollution by encouraging the use of public transit.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Who Is Jesus?

Barry Schwartz notes that Google "Google Won't Tell You Who Jesus or Muhammad Are Out Of Respect" in a recent story on how the search giant handles queries.

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Accommodating Reading Disabilities

Carrie Russell reports on the Marrakesh Treaty which will allow transforming books for the visually disabled.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Depression and the University Student

Bianca Quilantan writes about UCLA's fight against student depression , beginning with optional testing to counseling.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Getting People to Use Your App

Kristin Cronin explains how to promote and maintain your mobile application so that your customers and your firm both benefit.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SIRI Voice Commands

Johnny Evans shares 147 voice commands for SIRI.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Student Retention

Peatman, Betts, Parker and Porch (2018) address the metrics of online student retention .

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Reading to Connect

Will Schwalbe provides an excerpt from his new book, Books for Living .

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Android Security Improvements

J. R. Raphael reviews security in the upcoming "P" release of the Android operating system.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Google Maps and Business Photos

Barry Schwartz notes that Google has modified its policy for linking a photo with a business.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Website Content Marketing Tips

Kristopher Jones provides seven website marketing tips :

  1. Paid advertising on social media can benefit a site.
  2. Identify industry leaders and engage them over a topic of your site.
  3. Use engaging videos to draw in customers.
  4. Engage in promotional partnerships with compatible firms.
  5. Syndicate your best articles in the media.
  6. Post frequently on discussion forums.
  7. Invest in personalized e-mail marketing.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Amazon Alternatives

Jakob Kleinman suggests alternatives to Amazon as a retailer.

Alana Semuels in an article suggests that Amazon may do more harm to Main Street retail than Walmart and other big box stores.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fake News Study

Robinson Meyer investigates a study of Twitter and "fake news" done by Vosoughi, Roy and Aral (2018).

The abstract for Vosoughi et al. (2018) follows:

There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed.

>p>A related essay (Lazer et al., 2018) recommends either governmental regulation or creating tort remedies for those harmed.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Richard Watson On Futuristic Thinking

Ephrat Livni examines the life of futurist Richard Watson, noting ten traits which contribute to long-term thought:

  1. Choose information sources carefully.
  2. Converse with strangers: get outside your bubble.
  3. Prize original thinking.
  4. Avoid herd mentality.
  5. Follow journalists who are reliable, thoughtful, and forward thinking.
  6. Relax: Much current "news" is fluff that will be forgotten.
  7. Have a think week every year.
  8. Embrace silence for reflection and contemplation.
  9. Get off social media, be cynical about trends.
  10. Go dark, switch off communications periodically.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Humanities Education

Simona Chiose reports on the perceived and actual value of a humnanities degree.

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Windows 10 Tips

Preston Gralla offers tips for organizations adopting Windows 10 .

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Electricity Usage Stagnates

David Roberts shows that electricity demand in the United States overall is now stable, thanks to energy conservation and the off-shoring of heavy industry.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Slow Thought Movement

Vincenszo Di Nicola explains the Slow Thought Movement , a philosophical push for full consideration before decision making.

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Friday, March 09, 2018

Disc Repair

Preston Gralla created a short (2 minute) video on using the CHKDSK "check disk" command available in Windows 10. This command is used to find disc corruption or other disc errors, and can initiate some repairs.

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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Speeding Windows 10

Preston Gralla shares how to make Windows 10 a more responsive operating system.

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Visceral Fat

Erin Brodwin comments on the dangers of visceral fat .

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Geofencing

Sarah White explains in this video the concepts behind geofencing , and explains that its use requires that location services must be enabled on the user's device.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

College Readiness

Elizabeth Rutschw and Alexander Mayer report on a study of developmental education practices.

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Monday, March 05, 2018

Browser Market Share

Gregg Keizer projects that Microsoft's share of the browser market may fall below 10% by the year 2020.

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Sunday, March 04, 2018

AdWords Match Types

Dianna Huff shows how to advertise using Google AdWords so that your advertisement draws those with an interest in your product.

  • Broad match, the default search type, displays an advertisement to those using words related to your product. A large percent of those viewing the advertisement will have no interest in the product, but this form of advertising is great for getting new customers who have never heard of your product.
  • Phrase march requires that individual words which occur in a specific phrase linked to your product be in the search.
  • Exact match requires that the search phrase exactly match a phrase in the advertising content.

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Saturday, March 03, 2018

Mobile Web Page Design: Speed Matters

Ginny Marvin highlights a new tool from Google which demonstrates the cost of a slow mobile website.

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Friday, March 02, 2018

"Learning To Rank" Search Analysis

Andrew Oliver introduces Learning To Rank (LTR) search analysis. It uses knowledge of past searches to perfect what search results will be most beneficial to the user.

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EZ-Pass for Merchandise Payments

Evan Schurnan reports on a collaboration between the vehicle toll payment vendor EZ-Pass and Pay-By-Car, which allows people to buy food at drive-ups and gas at a filling station.

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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Apple Keychain Guide

Johnny Evans reviews how to use Apple keychain to store passwords.

At my workplace, some individuals who do not know how to use keychain properly have been frustrated when they change a website password and do neglect to update the keychain on their Mac.

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