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Microsoft security chief: IE is not a browser, so stop using it as your default. This device is unable to play the requested video. Is Internet Explorer (IE) a browser? According to Microsoft, no. Today, it's a 'compatibility solution' for enterprise customers to deal with legacy sites that should be updated for modern browsers. Chris Jackson, Microsoft's worldwide lead for cybersecurity, really doesn't want enterprise customers to use IE for all web traffic, even though for some organizations that would be the easiest option. Companies in that situation are willing to take on 'technical debt', such as paying for extended support for a legacy software, but that habit needs to stop in the case of IE, argues Jackson in a new blog post, 'The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser'.

Also: Microsoft says you shouldn't buy its awful software Jackson doesn't mention anywhere that customers should use Edge, the soon-to-be Chromium-based browser. "I'm not here to enforce any browser on anyone. Previous and related coverage. What does net neutrality mean? - Enrichmentality. Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters. Polarized Crowds: Political conversations on Twitter Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets.

These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. Six structures are regularly observed: divided, unified, fragmented, clustered, and inward and outward hub and spoke structures. These are created as individuals choose whom to reply to or mention in their Twitter messages and the structures tell a story about the nature of the conversation.

If a topic is political, it is common to see two separate, polarized crowds take shape. While these polarized crowds are common in political conversations on Twitter, it is important to remember that the people who take the time to post and talk about political issues on Twitter are a special group. Conversational archetypes on Twitter Why is it useful to map the social landscape this way?

What this all means Figure 2. The six types of Twitter conversations. By Lee Rainie Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? A new report from the Pew Research Center, in association with the Social Media Research Foundation, provides an aerial view of the social media network. By analyzing many thousands of Twitter conversations, we identified six different conversational archetypes.

Our infographic describes each type of conversation network and an explanation of how it is shaped by the topic being discussed and the people driving the conversation. A University Conversation: Using Cloud Technology to Generate Open Institutional Policy for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching | Almond | Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Computing and Information Services : A guide to using Dropbox and other cloud-based storage services. What is cloud-based storage? Personal cloud based storage solutions (such as iCloud, Dropbox, Skydrive, Google and Ubuntu1) have become very popular for storing your own files like photos and family documents, as they provide an easy way to store and share your information.

However at the moment, use of personal cloud based storage services has a limited use when it comes to sharing any data you create or receive in relation to University business because: They do not guarantee that our obligations under the Data Protection Act (DPA) are met They do not offer sufficient protection for intellectual property (our ideas) or information that we would class as commercially confidential They do not keep records as to who accesses the data Why are you thinking of using cloud-based storage?

There are a number of University systems which may be appropriate depending on why you are considering cloud-based storage as an option. Is there any personal or sensitive data in there? Google, Twitter and NASA are showing why data is the new cloud. Data analytics is apparently hot this week when it comes to the cloud. At this year’s Google I/O, the search giant showed the cloud world that it means business as the company revealed Dataflow, which is essentially an easy way for engineers to create data pipelines that can deal with batch processing as well as stream processing.

Twitter also showed that it can handle complex data analytics as it unveiled TSAR, a framework that acts as a real-time data orchestrator that ensures that all of company’s many data analytics systems are linked together and able to provide its product teams with reliable insights. NASA also got in on cloud-related data news as the agency unveiled a new Amazon Web Services-hosted contest that allows for participants to obtain a bunch of earth science data in the hope that the public will be able to figure out new ways to use the data.

And data analytics wasn’t the only thing going on this week. The Structure Show Download This Episode Subscribe in iTunes. The Line It Is Drawn.... A new Moodle home page: “I am studying towards a degree, not a group of related courses” – E-learning team blog. At Sussex University we have taken steps to reconceptualise our learning space from the point of view of the students. Students understand their educational journey to be one towards accreditation in a degree programme, but in the past our online space only reflected the compartmentalised courses (modules *) that made up their studies. As of March 2014 we created a new home page that included information about their overall degree. Why did we bother? The idea behind the project is to help consolidate student learning and provide a bridge between courses.

Strategically the project has been designed to help improve results in the UK National Student Survey (NSS); a survey which has an influence on UK universities desirability to prospective students. What does it look like? The students have a new Moodle front page with the title of their degree and a summary of programme information.

The page includes a number of panels with different information types. These include: Exclusive: Inside Hangouts, Google's big fix for its messaging mess. By Ellis Hamburger and Dieter Bohn Skydivers equipped with futuristic glasses live-broadcasted their descent into the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco during last year’s Google I/O. Developers lined up to receive not one, but four free devices costing $300 or more. Google announced the Nexus Q, an exercise in over-produced gadgetry meant to stream music to your home theatre system. Away from the spectacle, during a quiet “fireside chat” for a product that was not receiving any major updates, Google admitted it had a serious messaging problem — or rather, a messaging app problem.

When faced with a question about Google’s fragmented communication tools, director of real-time communications Nikhyl Singhal responded quickly and honestly, as if he’d prepared for the question. “I think we've done an incredibly poor job of servicing our users here.” But today, the wait is over as Google introduces a new messaging platform it’s calling Hangouts.

It’s also late to the game. Cloud messaging. Making the cloud more accessible with Chrome and Android. Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word | BetterCloud BlogBetterCloud Blog. 10 Microsoft Word 2013 headaches and how to cure them with Google Docs An article appearing in PCMag last week entitled 10 Microsoft Word 2013 Headaches and How to Cure Them caught our attention. While the authors gave some great information and provided a few handy work arounds, the cure to us seems pretty simple – get rid of Word altogether and trade up to Google Docs. Let’s examine each of the 10 issues discussed in the article and how Google Docs can remedy or completely avoid them altogether. 1. Word 2013, like other versions, has problems with image formatting. To insert an image into a Google Doc, simply select ‘Insert’ from the top navigation, then choose ‘Image.’ 2. Word 2013 eliminated autocorrect from the spelling error context menu, which means when you have a typo, you can no longer right click on the typo and hit autocorrect to remedy the error.

Luckily, autocorrect is extremely simple to find and use in Google Docs. 3. 4. Tracked changes in Word 2013 appear very faintly. 5. Google Apps vs. Office 365: Why Google Will Win the Enterprise | BetterCloud BlogBetterCloud Blog. Since our founding, it’s been a core mission of BetterCloud’s to spread the word about Google Apps and evangelize for the platform. And after raising a Series A this past January, we’ve stepped up our hiring process, which has led candidates to ask why I’m betting my career and company on Google Apps. This was a question we encountered throughout the fundraising process and I’m sure it’s frequently asked of other ISVs and Google Apps resellers.

While I’m obviously biased towards Google Apps, I do wholeheartedly believe the platform will win. Just three years ago, I was a power Microsoft Exchange and Outlook user and frankly hadn’t considered Google Apps as a serious enterprise platform until I started working at a Google Apps reseller. It took me about a week to get up to speed with Apps and I very quickly realized the value in the platform. While I may be biased, there’s no arguing that Google has made a serious play for the enterprise and in my opinion, is slated to win.

Pricing Timing. Live Hangout Schedule - EducationOnAir. How Google Chrome Can Help You Learn a New Language. Google has produced a new extension for Google Chrome, and this one could help you learn a new language. It’s called Language Immersion for Chrome by Use All Five, Inc., and this extension allows you to select a language other than your own and configure the immersion level you wish to apply to pages as you browse around the Web. Once set, certain words and/or phrases will appear highlighted and translated in your selected language, making it easy for you to pick up on that second language as you become more and more familiar with common phrases used in articles. For example, you could pick up a little extra Spanish every day by selecting Spanish and setting the immersion level down to novice. After a while, you may opt to gradually increase this immersion level to include a larger percentage of your daily reading until eventually you have a grasp of the written language.

Language Immersion for Chrome works with all 64 Google-supported languages. Other Useful Chrome Extensions. The Future of Higher Education and Cloud Computing. For 2013, cloud computing has become one of the most buzzed-about tech trends and solutions that improves IT and operational efficiency for businesses. Along with productivity programs, such as address software from QAS and project management from Apptivo, cloud computing services are a growing necessity for business organizations. From marketing strategies to technology-focused operations, the needs of educational institutions don’t differ too much from enterprises. How can Cloud Computing Benefit Educational Institutions? Although colleges and universities have been using “cloud-based” applications for years (e.g. email), the cloud computing trend is quickly evolving into a premium model for data storage and exchange.

Higher educational institutions recognize that adopting the latest technologies and solutions is essential to staying competitive and retaining students. The Cloud can Help Colleges and Universities: Ed Tech Magazine and Cult of Mac surveyed colleges and found: The future of hardware. With all the talk of cloud and cloud computing it has often been forgotten that what once was the future – hardware manufacture – is in danger of collapsing. Or is it? Can the future of cloud go hand in hand with hardware? Some analysts believe that despite the rapid growth of cloud, traditional computing systems will still be around for sometime yet. In fact, I believe there is a prediction that there could end up two camps – those who are more than willing to switch away from the traditional desktop way of working and those who want to stick with what they know. If this is true, and somehow I have no reason to doubt it, then traditional computer hardware manufacturing whether it is chipsets or motherboards still has a future.

However, even if there is a decline in the design and development of traditional computers, this does not infer that other hardware aspects will discontinue. The microprocessor, for instance, is the hub of all mobile devices – smartphones, iPads and tablets. Lancement de la plate-forme des ressources éducatives libres de l’UNESCO. James Meek · In the Ghost Library · LRB 3 November 2011. ‘For voters, feelings prevail over beliefs,’ Peter Mandelson writes in The Third Man.

‘People may be torn between their head and their heart, but ultimately it is their gut feeling that is decisive: they vote for the candidate who elicits the right feelings, not necessarily the one who presents the right arguments.’ This clear and succinct expression of the idea that emotion is the true currency of democratic politics stood out on the page, and I moved to underline it, only to realise someone had done so already.

Oddly, the book was spit new. It wasn’t even on paper. It was an ebook, a digital form of Mandelson’s masterwork that I’d downloaded from Amazon via the Kindle app on my iPad in the hope (futile, as it happened) of gleaning information about an obscure moment in recent British history. How could someone have been there before me? If the metareader is populous enough, a much noted passage will be recorded on Amazon’s ‘Most Highlighted Passages of All Time’ chart.