Knowledge Handler

Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Peaks of Drug Abuse

Katherine Foley shares data from an investigation of recreational drug residue in public sewer systems in two Kentucky towns. The results show that methamphetamine residue more than doubles during holidays, and that residue from cocaine and opioids also surges in holiday periods.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Artifical Intelligence and Governance in China

Christina Larson documents China's use of artifical intelligence to direct the actions of Chinese citizens .

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

iCloud and SMS

Johnny Evans notes that Apple Messages (SMS, etc.) can be stored to the user's iCloud is a great benefit for individual users. However, the additional cloud storage location could result in security problems for corporations. It appears that messages can be erased from the phone and afterward recovered from the cloud - a security problem in a "bring your own device" work environment.

-DD

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Animal Intelligence

Paul Bisceglio suggests that urban animals are smarter than their country cousins, as they must develop new skills to cope with life in the city.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Teacher Training

Beth McCumurtrie provides tips for teacher training .

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Classroom Activities

Carl Hooker suggests classroom activities educators can try in 2018.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Brain Plasticity

Angela Chen interviewed Caroline Williams, a science writer and author of My Plastic Brain. The interview explores the reality and hype surrounding brain training and brain plasticity.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Parallels Software for Apple MacIntosh

Johnny Evans reports on ways to run Windows on a MacIntosh using Parallels.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Capitalism Without Capital

Bill Gates has focused attention on Haskel and Weslake's 2017 book, Capitalism Without Capital , which notes the difference between traditional capital-intensive industries such as metallurgy and heavy manufacturing, and software and art creation, which can be undertaken with less capital.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Internal Search Result Pages

Michael Heijmans suggests that webmasters should block a site's internal search result page from being indexed by Google, as this page does not provide new information.

-DD

Aerosols Around the Earth

NASA displays daily photos generated by its research. The August 23rd image shows aerosol distribution around the earth.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Police Will Search Your Smartphone If They Wish

Mike Elgan notes that police officers increasingly have the authority and ability to search your smartphone .

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

English as a Second Language (ESL) Tools From Google

Eric Curts shares Google Docs tools for those with English as a second language .

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

An Abundance of Quality Papers Causes a Publishing Backlog

Alexander Kafka reports on the abundance of quality papers awaiting publication.

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News Literacy

Teghan Simonton discusses new literacy in an age of diverse understandings.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Oral History Ethics

Beth McMurtrie has written about the ethical and legal issues that can arise should a scholar recording oral history make a promise of confidentiality that they cannot maintain.

In a followed-up video, experts suggest steps for ensuring that participants are aware of the risks of making a recording and then give informed consent to the release of their recorded interview.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Computer Gaming and Bible Memorization

Emma Pettit reports on the University of Akron closing 80 academic programs and investing in "the largest amount of dedicated esports space of any university in the world to date."

I have not considered all of the merits of universities investing in computer gaming as a sporting event. However, I do think that Christian universities considering investing in esports should pause, and consider first establishing leagues and teams for competing in Bible memorization. Equipping students in applying Scripture is key to the mission of most Christian universities, and alumni dollars and other gifts may be available for efforts at spurring memorization.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Freedom of Expression

Michael Vasquez interviewed Sarah Ruger of the Charles Koch Foundation, who says that the foundation views "higher education as such a key and critical institution for any free and flourishing society ." The Foundation is in the news for promoting higher education.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Apple Eases Transition to Macintosh

Johnny Evans reports that Apple has released software to ease the transition of PC users to a Macintosh computer.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Distance Education

Goldie Blumenstyk commends online education for reaching unserved distant students .

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Android Releases

J.R. Raphael provides a history of Android releases .

-DD

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Advance for FireFox

Gregg Keizer discusses Mozilla's new Advance FireFox browser add-on which recommends new sites based on current browsing activity.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Web Browser Market Share

Gregg Keizer reports that the combined market share of the usage of IE and Edge is falling to 15% , even though the majority of users have a Windows PC or laptop. Users are installing and using Google Chrome, which is therefore winning market shares.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Brain Training

Pauline Anderson cites research indicating brain training has mainly a practice effect on mental ability. There is no indication it improves the brain's global ability to think.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Voice Recognition in Business

Mike Elgan predicts that within three years voice recognition technology will begin reshaping the way we do business.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Microsoft Restrains Deception

Preston Gralla honors Microsoft for limiting international deception.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Scholarly Reading Tips

Joli Jensen suggests two steps required to read scholarly work with full comprehension.

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Services for Online Students

Stefanie Botelho suggests services that universities should offer online students . My employer has been offering most, if not all of these, for several years.

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Macintosh Productivity Apps

Johnny Evans shares Mac productivity apps .

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

iPhone Productivity Apps

Johnny Evans reviews apps for iPhone productivity .

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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Android App Updates

J.R. Raphael shares new features some Android users now how, due to an Android P update .

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Gesture Interface

Evan Schuman discusses the potential downsides of gestures for controlling your mobile device.

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Google's Productivity Suite Updated

Matthew Finnegan reviews updates to Google's productivity and collaboration suite consisting of:

  • Gmail
  • Docs
  • Sheets
  • Hangouts, and
  • Meet.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Killing Flies

"What's the best way to get rid of house flies?

I think the most creative idea on this list is to blast them with hair spray.

-DD

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