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Openstack, AWS, HyperV, VMware Who Uses These Cloud and Virtualization Systems? OpenStack, AWS, Hyper-V and VMware are different services offering cloud computing or virtualization services. Let's take a closer look to see the advantages of each, as well as look at some companies using them. OpenStack Five Platforms for a Classroom Back-channel Chat Over the last month since I shared my positive experiences (here and here) of using a back-channel chat in my classroom, I've received quite a few questions about services that can be used for hosting back-channel discussions. The following are five free platforms that can be used hosting a back-channel chat. You'll notice that a couple of times I refer to a service called Tiny Chat. While you could use Tiny Chat, I don't endorse it for classroom use because the Tiny Chat homepage at times displays content that would be inappropriate for a classroom.

Student Engagement and Assessment LectureTools Acquired by Echo360 We are pleased to announce that we are joining forces with the Echo360 team. This will allow us to move towards our ultimate vision of an active learning platform that enables students to engage and participate before, during, and after class. Current accounts will not be affected, as LectureTools will continue as a standalone product. Learn More Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read A user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: "Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?" Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from

Giving iPad PowerPoint Presentations Just Got a Lot Better One of the iPad's more intriguing business uses is making presentations before a live audience. The device is portable and fun to use, and the swipe and pinch gestures can make for some dramatic presentations. Sadly, iPad presentations haven't lived up to their potential - especially for users of Microsoft PowerPoint. But the lastest version of Brainshark's free SlideShark app could help change that. Normally, the latest version of a mobile app wouldn't merit coverate on ReadWriteWeb, but this is a game changer, especially for experienced speakers who are used to running their PowerPoint presentations with "presenter" mode. This is the ability to see your speaker notes and adjoining slides on the computer monitor at the podium, while the audience sees only a separate screen with the slide content.

NIST drafts guide for hypervisor security NIST drafts guide for hypervisor security By GCN StaffOct 21, 2014 The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a draft of SP-800-125 A, Security Recommendations for Hypervisor Deployment, for public comment. Because of widespread growth in server virtualization for hosting enterprise applications and providing cloud services, recommendations for secure deployment of hypervisor platforms are needed, the standards agency said. Since the January 2011 publication of NIST’s SP 800-125, Guide to Security for Full Virtualization Technologies, both the feature set of hypervisors as well as tools for configuring the virtualized infrastructure spawned by the hypervisor have seen considerable increase. Watch The Big Bang Theory Season 02 Episode 08 The Lizard-Spock Expansion Online Reviews for 3000 Miles to Gracel... 20 By A.O. Scott - The New York Times

Student Response System for Higher Education Use any device Your students can respond using whatever device they own. That includes smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even "dumbphones" with text messaging. Easy as pie

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