TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
Colleges and universities are doing a solid job deploying bandwidth on campus, but they also should turn their attention to Wi-Fi, according to an annual survey of campus residential networks. Bandwidth on college campuses has almost tripled since 2012, with more than 71 percent of schools offering at least 1 GB and 1 in 4 offering 7GB or more, according to the ACUTA/ACUHO-I 2017 State of ResNet Report.
Fifty-five percent of campuses participating in the report offer campus-wide Wi-Fi coverage, and 77 percent offer Wi-Fi in on-campus student areas–a 6 percent drop from last year. Still, 87 percent offer robust Wi-Fi in academic areas, which is an increase from previous years. Eighty-two percent of campuses with in-house ResNet currently use bandwidth-management practices to control the increasing demand.
An e-learning platform developed by a UNSW graduate has been chosen by the university as a key part of its $100 million dollar plan to overhaul teaching and put much of it online in the next five years.
Look, I don't know what else to tell you: We're getting closer and closer to doomsday and people much smarter than I agree. In January, the Science and Security Board at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists officially moved the clock to two-and-a-half-minutes to midnight aka two-and-a-half-minutes until, well, doomsday.
But don't worry: way up yonder in the northern reaches of Norway, in the Arctic Circle, there's a new storage unit opening to preserve the world's data in case of some sort of cataclysmic event. If this sounds a little bit familiar, that's because this new storage unit is related to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway where seeds for tens of thousands of crops are being kept for future need.
This new unit, the World Arctic Archive, will do the same for data, storing it on a specialized film for safekeeping. This archive has been built in an abandoned coal mine not far from the Seed Vault because preparing for the apocalypse loves company.
One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines did before it.
Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)
Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the smartphone is being laid by Elon Musk, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and a countless number of startups that still have a part to play.
And, let me tell you: If and when the smartphone does die, that's when things are going to get really weird for everybody. Not just in terms of individual products but in terms of how we actually live our everyday lives and maybe our humanity itself.
Here's a brief look at the slow, ceaseless march toward the death of the smartphone — and what the post-smartphone world is shaping up to look like.
If you are currently using or previously used an .edu e-mail address, your account name, password and other personal information may be listed online for cyber criminals to buy.
That analysis comes from Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA), a nonprofit coalition that has been investigating the dark corners of the internet for the last eight years. DCA recently published a report surfacing evidence that cyber criminals are selling tens of thousands of higher ed e-mail accounts on the “Dark Web,” which is a highly decentralized digital space in which the sale and purchase of goods, services and information is unregulated and often illegal. Cyber criminals can sell or buy illicit, usually stolen goods, like weapons, drugs, malware, movies, music and this case e-mail information, in the Dark Web.
New research reveals that many adults suffer from a “digital readiness” gap that impacts their preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for online learning.
U.S. adults fall along a spectrum of digital readiness, ranging from those who are fairly prepared to those who are relatively hesitant, according to Digital Readiness Gaps, a new report from the Pew Research Center.
Adults who hesitate to embrace technology for their learning are below average on the measures of readiness. They may need help with new electronic gadgets or have difficulty determining whether online information is trustworthy.
Those whose profiles display a higher level of preparedness for using technology in their learning are collectively above average on measures of digital readiness.
The report explores the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to U.S. adult learners’ preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for learning and examines them in five areas: their confidence in using computers, their facility with getting new technology to work, their use of digital tools for learning, their ability to determine the trustworthiness of online information, and their familiarity with contemporary education technology terms.