Apple's mobile me is going to be free from next month.

Creativity | 2011.03.20 14:05 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

Over the last few weeks we’ve heard rumours that Apple would be dropping the price of MobileMe from $99 (for a 1 year subscription) to $0. We expected this to be announced during an upcoming Apple media event.

The folks at iLounge have just confirmed the rumours are true, stating that the newest version of MobileMe is slated to launch next month and they say it will be completely free. iLounge also claims that MobileMe will be getting some major changes.

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To accommodate the new changes iLounge said Apple will continue to provide extended support for subscribers that have recently purchased MobileMe (for at least for 1 year). iLounge said they received the news from a trusted source who works for a major educational institution and had noticed the school’s supplier wasn’t offering the current version of MobileMe and said that Apple is encouraging new students to grab the 60 day trial.

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2011 Horizon Report (Ed. Tech.)

Education | 2011.02.19 22:13 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE are proud to present

this year's research in emerging technology!

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The Horizon Report 2011 is available for download now at

http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2011-Horizon-Report.pdf

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This year, NMC took a look at six technologies the Advisory Board agree

are going to be widely adopted in the coming years.

 

The report covers mobile devices, electronic books, game based learning,

augmented reality, learning analytics, and gesture based computing.

The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the NMC’s Horizon

Project, a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging

technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning,

and creative expression within higher education.

 

This video and report slides give an introduction to the report and what we've studied.

The full report can be read at:
http://www.nmc.org/publications/2011-horizon-report

 

2011 Horizon Report by NMC
View more documents from KOSHA_iglassbox.

 

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The results of Global Mobile Awards 2011

Creativity | 2011.02.17 01:11 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

App of the Year on the Apple Platform

Rovio/Clickgamer/Chillingo - Angry Birds

Angry BirdsCitation:
“This is the 50 million plus-selling app that catapulted the benchmark for mobile gaming higher than ever, it is innovative too in terms of in-application monetisation.”



App of the Year on the BlackBerry® App World Platform

aResearch In Motion - BlackBerry Messenger

Blackberry MessengerCitation:
“The benchmark for real-time, mobile instant messaging application that offers deep integration with the phone’s address book and media gallery.”



App of the Year on the Android Platform

Google - Google Maps

GoogleCitation:
“This has been one of the most frequently updated applications on the market, and the latest iteration has made it simply one of the best mobile apps out there today”.



App of the Year on the Nokia Platform

Herocraft & InnerActive - Zum Zum

Herocraft & InerActiveCitation:
“Boasting captivating game-play, attractive graphics and simple rules. Ranked the number one game in Ovi Store in 2010, generating over six million game plays per month at its height”



Best Mobile App

Rovio / Clickgamer/Chillingo - Angry Birds

Judges' comments:
Angry BirdsThis is an application that is simple, intuitive, incredibly addictive, and perfect for “snacking” consumption. It has underlined the importance of the applications market, and helped raise the credibility of small independent developers outside the mainstream.



Best Mobile Advertising & Marketing Campaign

Mobilera - Outeractive - Unilever Cornetto Multiplayer Interactive Wall  Projection Mapping Game

Judges' comments:
Mobilera An innovative demonstration of brand promotion - with good customer interaction - accomplished on feature phones, giving it a broad reach. The element of fun adds value and catalyses interest.



Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Solution

Antenna - Antenna Mobility Platform (AMP)

Judges' comments:
AntennaBringing consumer type apps to work for enterprise users and their customers is an important new area of development. This forward thinking capability really enhances the effectiveness of enterprise users and their transactions with customers and suppliers.



Best Mobile Money Product or Solution

Airtel Africa, MasterCard Worldwide and Standard Chartered Bank - Airtel Card

Judges' comments:
Airtel CardProvides a developed-world service to the developing world with great use of existing and readily accessible technologies (such as MasterCard’s network) to open up commerce and banking to the unbanked and underbanked.



Best use of Mobile for Social & Economic Development

Ericsson and Flexenclosure - Ericsson Community Power

Judges' comments:
Ericsson and FlexenclosureGreat use of a transformative technology, to give back to communities and improve their lives at no cost to them, whilst safeguarding the mobile operator’s infrastructure.





Best Mobile Money for the Unbanked Service

Vodafone Group, Safaricom, Vodacom, Vodafone Essar Limited and Roshan Ltd - M-PESA

Judges' comments:
Vodafone Group, Safaricom, Vodacom, Vodafone Essar Limited and Roshan LtdThe success story continues. This solution is enhanced further with the addition of new features and territories. It is winning ground in a way seldom seen in the mobile industry and is a true and sustained success story.









Best Product, Initiative or Service for Underserved Segments

BBC World Service Trust - BBC Janala

Judges' comments:
BBC JanalaA mobile education programme (teaching English) integrated with content online, on TV and in print, focused on those living on less than $2 a day. Lessons are downloadable, or provided on demand (at a quarter of the standard charge). A truly great product.



Best M-Health Innovation

Mobisante Inc - MobiUS

Judges' comments:
Mobisante IncA highly innovative product, which has the potential to make a very real difference in healthcare to many disadvantaged groups. $1 a scan – amazing ability for this solution to reduce the cost of ultrasounds. This product has taken the best of mobile and made it into a life saving device.




Best Mobile Learning Innovation

Urban Planet Mobile and PT Telkomsel - Urban English, Mobile English Learning Initiative

Judges' comments:
Urban Planet MobileA simple, genial yet exciting innovation; based on sound business models to reach the underserved markets.




Best Mobile Innovation for Utilities

EDMI and Sierra Wireless - EDMI EWM100 Advanced GSM/GPRS Modem

Judges' comments:
EDMI and Sierra WirelessA fantastic product concentrating on solving the issues presented to utilities in gathering meter data using wireless technology.

Highly Commended
Logica for Logica Charge Point interactive Management System (CiMS)
This type of solution is essential to the development and customer acceptance of the electric vehicle. A truly innovative solution. This product could well set the agenda for how electric vehicles interact with the electric grid.




Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive & Transport

Nissan Motor, AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, and Telenor Connexion for - ICT Electric Vehicles

Judges' comments:
Nissan Motor, AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, and Telenor ConnexionA truly innovative solution using smartphones for remote control and diagnostics for electric vehicles, allowing drivers to monitor and reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The ability for drivers to compare performance characteristics with other drivers is highly relevant, adding a social dimension to the solution. It sets the standard for others to follow.





Best Embedded Mobile Device (Non-Handsets)

AT&T and VITALITY, Inc - AT&T-connected Vitality GlowCaps

Judges' comments:
AT&T and VITALITY, IncThis is a clever and interesting product that solves a genuine problem – one that can affect anyone, anywhere. Well thought through, the GlowCaps proposition presents a new business model offering global potential for the m-health market.




Green Mobile Award for Best Green Product/Service or Performance

Bharti Infratel - GreenTowers P7 Project

Judges' comments:
Bharti InfratelA great effort, one of the largest green power initiatives for mobile towers anywhere, helping prove the viability of green energy technologies on a large commercial scale.




Best Mobile Device

Apple - iPhone 4

Judges' comments:
iPhoneGreat screen, sharp design, fantastic materials, and phenomenal ecosystem for app developers. In a tight race, the iPhone 4 built on the success of its predecessors to set the pace for smart phones.



Device Manufacturer of the Year

HTC

Judges' comments:
HTC This company has built its market presence from nowhere, with fresh branding and marketing and a strong portfolio of devices across many platforms. In particular, it has proven an exceptionally popular and enduring phone manufacturer. With great communication and good customer service, this is a well-deserved award.
Highly Commended
The HTC Desire set the bar for Android phones across much of the world in 2010. Packed with great features, this is an enduring product that has performed consistently well.



Best Mobile Broadband Technology

Ruckus Wireless - Ruckus Mobile Wi-Fi Gateway System

Judges' comments:
Ruckus WirelessA very timely and interesting solution. By focusing and constantly steering transmissions over the best (fastest and cleanest) signal path, the Ruckus Mobile Internet Smart Wi-Fi system is an innovative and truly converged WiFi/mobile system



Best Mobile Technology for Emerging Markets

Orange - Orange solar base station programme

Judges' comments:
OrangeA simple and practical solar power technology which has achieved widespread commercial deployment.



Best Technology Breakthrough

Seven Networks - SEVEN Open Channel

Judges' comments:
SEVEN Open channelA truly urgent and much needed solution that addresses key and critical issues for today's exponentially growing mobile broadband networks.



Best Customer Care & CRM

Airtel Africa and Tango Telecom - Tango Telecom’s ‘Dynamic Pricing Service

Judges' comments:
Airtel TangoIn any region of the world this solution would be a clever one that monetises under-utilised network capacity, manages QoS and delights customers. However, what excited the judges was that solution gives access to mobile services and can deliver life-changing benefits to Africans.

This example clearly shows how Africa is fast shrugging off its reputation as *just* a developing, high-growth telecoms market concerned with supplying basic services, and is rapidly transforming into a market where there is a great deal of innovation and some very clever solutions to both local and global mobile challenges.

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StudyBlue_Study Online

Education | 2010.11.30 04:23 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

What is StudyBlue?

StudyBlue is your online home to store lecture notes and make flashcards, with efficiency

tools that help focus your studying where you need it most, making your review sessions

more efficient. With StudyBlue, all of your study materials are accessible whenever and

wherever you choose to study – so study online and on your phone for effective,
productive learning. Free.

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Increase your efficiency and effectiveness.

Study only what you need to.
Focus valuable study time on learning concepts you haven’t yet mastered. StudyBlue keeps

track of what you know and don’t know, making your review sessions focused and efficient.

 

Make flashcards, study anywhere.
Rewriting concepts in your own words is a proven way to learn. StudyBlue flashcards are

fast to make and convenient to study – online, or on your phone.

 

There is no best place to study.
Study over breakfast or late at night – at the library or in a coffee shop. Do what works for you.

With StudyBlue, all of your study materials are readily accessible whenever (and wherever) you choose to study.

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Productivity in education.

Inspiration for StudyBlue came from listening to students like you who long to apply the same

technologies to studying that you use every day to find information and communicate – your
laptop and, more and more, your smartphone.

You finally have online environment to access and study course materials anywhere, anytime –

along with web-based tools and services to help gain control and mastery of classwork.

Right here, and for free.

 


www.studyblue.com

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5 design trends in 2011

Creativity | 2010.11.23 06:23 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable

regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the past 12 months, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the world of web design. Growing popularity in the mobile device space — including smartphones and tablets like the iPad — have refined the way many users access and interact with content.

 

Likewise, the formal adoption of web standards like HTML5, web fonts and CSS3 by browser makers means that more and more users are now able to take advantage of the latest and greatest features on the web.

1. Lose the Flash

Regardless of where you stand in the war over Flash, the fact remains that more and more sites and web developers are moving away from Flash-only solutions for video, animation and navigation.

Flash still excels when it comes to building fully interactive designs and Rich Interactive Applications (RIAs), but for small business owners who aren’t showcasing or providing that sort of experience, trading Flash for HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3 might just make more sense.

2. Web Fonts

Typography is an important — I would argue crucial — component of any web design. Historically, customizing the typography you use on a website has been a complicated and headache-inducing process. As a result, most designers were reduced to either using the small selection of web-safe fonts or using workarounds like text images or Flash as text replacements.

3. Mobile Compatible/Optimized Sites

More and more websites — big and small — are taking the time to make their sites small screen friendly. Having a mobile compatible or mobile optimized website means that not only will your site load faster over cellular data connections but that content will be better formatted for the screens of smaller devices, making it easier to access and understand.

4. Inspired By Tumblr

The popular microblogging platform Tumblr (Tumblr) is a great way to quickly and easily post updates, share content and garner direct visitor feedback. Tumblr has become a really popular platform and more and more small businesses are using it for their own company blogs or sites.

5. Touches of the Future: HTML5 and CSS3

As I stated in the introduction, it can be difficult for small businesses that aren’t in a design-related field to adopt many of the cutting-edge web design trends for fear of shutting out parts of their potential audience.

Read more at mashable.com

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Augmented World and Digital Games

Creativity | 2010.11.23 02:10 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

The Department of Virtual Worlds / Digital Games is concerned with technologies,

systems and occurrences of virtual and augmented realities (VR/AR/MR) as well as the

individual manifestations of digital games (serious games, pervasive games, online games,

mobile games, etc.). Their production, content and usage/adoption in particular with regard

to their application-relevant potential are investigated and new applications are developed

in an interdisciplinary (technology and social science based) approach.

 

Department Virtual Worlds / Digital Games
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Thematic Topics

Mobile Mixed Reality: The increasing availability of powerful mobile devices offers new opportunities for extending the users’ real environment by virtual content or even replacing it entirely. We research the necessary technologies as well as the effects of their usage.
Augmented Reality (AR) technologies: we research technologies simplifying and extending the usage of AR. This includes computer vision based interaction techniques and markup languages for AR 
Game-based learning: We focus on the technological challenges and the social analysis of the opportunities and impact of serious games e.g. for formal and informal knowledge transfer or for training purposes.

Virtual worlds / Virtual Reality (VR): How can we develop virtual worlds and VR (as its corresponding interaction metaphor) for new user groups and novel application areas? How can we overcome existing media breaks when using VR?

Read more at www.tu-ilmenau.de

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Augmented Reality vs. Diminished Reality

Creativity | 2010.11.23 02:04 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

Augmented reality adds a layer of information with 3D rendered imagery into

the real world, on the other hand, there is another definition opposite to

augmented reality, called Diminished reality. Here you can get some ideas

about Augmented Reality and Diminished Reality.

 

The Pleasure and Danger of Augmented Reality

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Smart phones. One can’t imagine life without them.  Ah, the endless convenience: looking up a restaurant on Yelp, finding out a movie’s rating on Rotten Tomatoes, seeing that cute guy’s profile on Facebook.
Augmented reality adds a layer of information on top of everything in front of your eyes. How? By making you wear glasses that have tiny video cameras in them. These cameras “see” the world on your behalf and livestream it to the inside of your glasses. You feel like you’re watching the world through transparent glasses, but in fact you’re seeing a movie of the scene in front of your eyes.
One can immediately see the value of augmented content. Just imagine being a tourist in Paris and having a quick history of the Eiffel Tower displayed next to it. You’d never need holiday guidebooks like Lonely Planet again!
Augmented reality adds content to a live streaming video, but it could just as easily remove content as well.

See more at bigthink.com

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Google Docs Mobile Editing

Creativity | 2010.11.19 03:02 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

Google Docs now on you mobile. No matter where you are, with

your smart phone you can share, edit documents in Google Docs.

 

Google Docs Editing Goes Mobile
 
 

Google (Google) announced Wednesday morning that it has begun rolling out mobile editing for Google Docs (Google Docs). The update isn’t yet available for everyone, but it should be available to all over the next few days.

 

To date, only Google Docs spreadsheets have supported mobile editing. When the the update hits, all Google Docs documents will be editable on devices running Android (Android) 2.2 (and higher) and iOS 3.0+.

 

We’ve not been able to test it out yet, but Google has released a little video — as seen above — showcasing the new mobile editing capabilities of Google Docs.

Read more at mashable.com

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