Top 5 IT Resolutions for 2015


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2015 is finally here and as most of the corporate world returns to work this week, it’s time for executives to come up with some New Year’s Resolutions of their own. While you’ve no doubt (I hope) already come up with your IT budget for 2015, there are a few housekeeping items that should be on your New Year’s Resolution list for your business when it comes to your technology. Drawing a blank on how to improve your situation in 2015? Here are our top 5 IT resolutions for 2015.

  1. To better monitor and be accountable for the security of IT systems
    Security isn’t just about compliance laws like HIPAA, it’s about protecting the data of your clients and having the peace of mind that comes with expanding technology in the most secure way possible. You don’t want to have to worry about employees accessing e-mail or company data from…

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Apps That Scan and Solve Your Homework Much Faster Than You


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A viral video about a new app looks like a dream come true for anyone who struggles with math.

Based on the promo clip, PhotoMath, dubbed a “smart camera calculator,” appears to use smartphone cameras to scan a photo of a math equation in a textbook and display the answer instantly — similar to apps that scan barcodes and takes users to a link in a web browser. It looks like the app can also show step-by-step instructions for solving the problem.

PhotoMath’s parent company MicroBLINK launched the app this week at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London, TechCrunch reports. It is available in the App Store on iTunes.

MORE: Really Hard Math Problems With Friends: A New Way to Prep for the SAT and ACT

Read next: 50 Best iPhone Apps, 2014 Edition

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App to Track and Verify News Content


Emergent - App to Track and Verify News Content The Emergent app works by combing through social media and news websites using a variety of feeds, alerts and filters, and then enter claims that need debunking into the database and assign a “truthiness” rating that marks each report as supporting the claim, debunking it or simply repeating it.

An algorithm then takes over, and watches the URLs of the stories or posts entered into the database to see whether the content has been changed (updated with a correction or some evidence that suggests it’s true or false). If there’s enough evidence, the status of the claim is changed, but that decision is always made by a human.

Plato on-line

news.discovery-dnews-files-2014-10-emergent-info-141007-670-jpg‘Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

‘Have a rumor we should be tracking? A source we should add to an existing story? Feedback to share? Email us.

‘You can view a list of rumors being tracked on the homepage, along with their current claim state (True, False, Unverified). Click on a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source. You can also click on individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article…’

For more detail about how Emergent works, check out the posts on our blog.

Here are 2…

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How Office And Employee Engagement Apps Are Improving Work Life


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There’s an app for that.

No really, it is not just a catch phrase anymore! There is literally an app for almost anything you do in your daily life- from getting up in the morning to grocery shopping.

And while the apps for personal use are booming with programs that clip recipes and keep track of family schedules, there has also been an unprecedented amount of growth in app technology for offices and private businesses.

And for good reason.

Beyond IPad cash registers and attachments that make credit card swiping easy, mobile apps offer businesses of all varieties ways to streamline their work while keeping organized with the added bonus of saving a few extra trees.

Apps are truly here to stay and, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of convincing your app-resistent company to jump on the bandwagon, here are a few points to get you started.

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There’s No App for Good Teaching


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8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.

Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only faster.

It’s a multi-headed challenge: Teachers need to connect with classrooms filled with distinct individuals. We all want learning to be intrinsically motivated and mindful, yet we want kids to test well and respond to bribes (er, extrinsic rewards). Meanwhile, there’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, in the US alone, hoping to sell apps and tech tools to school boards.

There’s no app for that.

But there are touchstones for bringing technology into the classroom. With educational goals as the starting point, not an afterthought, teachers can help students use — and then transcend — technology as they learn.

Children as early as Pre-Kindergarten at Love T. Nolan Elementary School in College Park, Georgia have access to the iPad to reinforce techniques taught in the classroom. https://www.flickr.com/photos/116952757@N08/14161914543 Starting in pre-kindergarten, children at Love T. Nolan Elementary School in College Park, Georgia, have access to an iPad to reinforce techniques taught in the classroom. Photo by Amanda…

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Apple Watch – What’s In Store For Your Wrist


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Since its dramatic appearance at the hyped Apple event Tuesday, Apple Watch has been the topic of countless articles. Its looks, technology, uses and features have been discussed, dissected, dissed and praised in equal measures.

And Kudos to Apple! As usual, they have launched a product that has immense potential. From Apple fanboys to fashionistas, the watch has got them talking.

What is fascinating about the Watch? Here is why people will love it.

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The Watch, the look:

Any wearable, to be successful has to appeal aesthetically. And the Apple Watch has it pat down. Available in three different varieties ? Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and the Apple Edition watch, each has features designed to appeal to the individual personality of the user. The Edition watches have a case crafted from 18-karat gold with a display that is protected by polished sapphire crystal. The Sport collection cases are made…

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Facebook Is Testing Snapchat Features


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Wish that the status updates you want to share on Facebook weren’t so permanent? Soon, you may be able to make your posts on the social network vanish without a trace – after a set period of time of your choosing, of course. Similar to popular self-destructing message app SnapChat, your Facebook messages may soon have a limited lifespan of your choosing.

As reported by TheNextWeb, Facebook has begun rolling out these temporary status updates to a select group of users of its iOS smartphone app. Those who have access to the feature can select “expiration” times ranging from one hour to seven days. So if you want to talk about a TV episode, for example, you can have your discussion automatically disappear from your Timeline after it stops being relevant. That means less clutter and more focus on the more important events in your life that you have…

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Is There a Future For Traditional Apps in The Cloud?


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In the article, “To Cloud or Not To Cloud: The Uncertain Future of the Traditional Enterprise App,” Kevin Parker, a principal architect for Rackspace, explores which kinds of traditional apps will thrive in the cloud and how companies that rely on older software can begin the journey toward cloud competence. While traditional apps aren’t cloud-aware, they are far from “legacy” or “obsolete.” On the contrary, analysts who frame the cloud as a one-size-fits-all solution for every flavor of traditional applications are ignoring the complexity that enterprises face with adoption.

In spite of this complexity, however, there are clear benefits to moving these traditional apps to the cloud:

  • You can adopt the cloud gradually:  Think of cloud as a journey, not a sprint. Take a monolithic application—one that is tightly coupled—and break it apart. This makes it easier to determine which pieces run better and are easier to manage in…

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