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Technology Being Tested Which Monitors Student Learning Via Internet Providers

April 10th, 2013

Nine universities are currently taking part in a study which tracks students’ progress as they move through digital textbooks. CourseSmart, the company which created the technology and the digital textbooks, provides learning institutions with early signs of course engagement or disinterest, which could indicate early drop outs. Millions of students now use the company’s digital materials to learn via internet providers.

Information from the textbooks can be individually packaged for each professor, giving them the key data they need to alter the way in which material is presented. Currently, over three million students and teachers are using CourseSmart textbooks. This fall marks when the program will be most broadly introduced to date, with such institutions taking part as Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Clemson and Central Carolina College.

One Of The Well-Known Service Providers Bans Particular Passwords

April 3rd, 2013

According to experts, the best way to secure any online account is to use a unique password that hackers can’t guess. And until now, users could use any kind of password they liked, even if it wasn’t considered to be appropriate. As of today, one of the better-known internet service providers has announced that their customers will no longer be able to use swear words as passwords.

AT&T has enacted the ban not because of the sensitive nature of some passwords, but because – surprisingly – many of those words are used too much. As such, hackers can easily guess them. But some have reported that they were able to create several passwords using swear words, including those that replaced some letters with numbers. Others argue that banning a large chunk of passwords can also serve to make the hacker’s job easier. But time will tell how AT&T’s plan works out.

Law Of Physics Only Thing To Stop Air Fiber Cables From Moving At Complete Light Speed

March 27th, 2013

U.K. researchers have announced the creation of fiber cables that can reach 99.7% the speed of light with their data transfer. But that’s not all; the cables also allegedly take care of the latency most often complained about with the technology found in standard fiber cables. Interestingly, data which travels through traditional fiber optic cables doesn’t actually move at the speed of light, which is measured in a vacuum. The glass of fiber optic cable means that the data actually travels 30% slower than light speed.

But when the glass is removed from fiber optic cable, something interesting is left: hollow-core photonic-bandgap fibre, which is largely air, but still allows light to follow the cable’s path. Although the data loss using this cable is impressively low at 3.5 dB per kilometre, it remains too high for long-range applications.

 

Google Reader’s End Sparks Protests From Users Of Internet Service Providers In Columbus Ohio

March 20th, 2013

A convenient service that allowed millions to view blogs via RSS feed recently announced that it would be shutting down this summer. And users of internet service providers in Columbus Ohio and other ISPs do not want to let it go without a fight. Many users used the Twitterverse to vent their displeasure and request alternative readers. Other companies who relied on Google Reader for product production appeared to be devastated by the announcement.

In addition to protesting via social media, a petition was started which received over 50,000 signatures in just a few hours. But this doesn’t appear to be convincing Google to reverse its position. The company’s reason for shutting down its Reader service was, according to a statement, due to a decline in the usage of the service. The company also mentioned that it’s putting more of its resources into fewer products.

Could We Soon Be Sharing Breathalyzer Results On Facebook Via Internet Service Providers In Portland Oregon?

March 13th, 2013

A brand new device that’s soon to be hitting the virtual shelves looks poised to make us rethink that fabled ‘one for the road’. Now, the power of the breathalyzer test is put back into the hands of the drinker. Called Breathometer, the tiny device plugs into the phone jack of your Android or iPhone, and allows you to get a reading of your blood alcohol level before you even get into your car. But will people soon be tweeting their blood alcohol levels via internet service providers in Portland Oregon like they do their pet photos? Time will tell.

The Breathometer costs about $100 per unit, and is in its beta stage. Measuring as wide as an iPhone or Android, the device can easily fit into a small pocket. But many questions remain, such as whether or not the reading received on the Breathometer is comparable to the readings from the breathalysers used by law enforcement.

Health Weekend Hackathon Yields First-Person Autism Simulation Demo

March 5th, 2013

One weekend and three developers have resulted in the creation of “Auti-Sim“, a computer simulation demo that puts you right in the middle of an autistic experience. Auti-Sim communicates what it’s like to be in a playground full of active children on a sunny day. And the experience is anything but pleasant. Sensory overload quickly takes center stage in the simulation video, with the scene becoming fuzzy, voices becoming too loud and assaults seeming to come from every direction.

Although many with the condition have thanked the developer team for their efforts in creating such a realistic representation of the autistic experience, others have criticized the simulation, saying it’s nothing like their experience. Others have taken offense to the creation having the ‘sim’ attached to its name, as though it were a game. But the developer team’s leader says that even criticism creates conversation. The team will soon be developing the simulation into a more involved game that includes  new locations and more interaction.

Why VOIP Is A Popular Choice For Many Customers Of Internet Service Providers In Houston Texas

March 1st, 2013

 

Voice over IP is a revolutionary way to connect with loved ones and customers. This is a fact that many customers of internet service providers in Houston Texas already know. In the home, VOIP makes it incredibly easy to get in touch; all that’s needed is a computer, VOIP software and a microphone. But VOIP has also completely transformed the way companies do business.

Hosted VOIP is what’s used by companies. Instead of a traditional system that contains many phone systems to which several phone lines connect to, the hosted VOIP system offers incredible portability, as only one central system is needed to connect several lines. When the system needs to be moved, all that’s required is to unplug the system from one location and plug it back in at another. However call quality via VOIP may not be as high as what a traditional system could offer.

 

New Server Could Reduce Carbon Footprint Of Web And Internet Service Providers In San Diego California

February 27th, 2013

The University of Leeds has installed and is testing a liquid-cooled computer server. This may not seem like big news, except for the fact that every one of the server’s components is able to operate while totally immersed in liquid instead of being cooled by traditional fans. Because the cooling process relies on the natural process of convection, the process is far more efficient – and less noisy – than how server are currently being cooled for companies including internet service providers in San Diego California.

The server, called the Iceotope is estimated to be able to cut the energy traditional cooling eats up by almost 100%. The liquid coolant used to cool Iceotope’s components is 3M Novec, which does not conduct electricity and is non-flammable. Only a single low-energy pump is required to move water, the server’s secondary coolant, through server modules.

Internet Service Providers In New York New York And Web Pages: 19 Degrees Of Separation?

February 25th, 2013

According to physicist Albert Lazslo Barabasi, every web page we see via internet service providers in New York New York is no further than 19 clicks away from another. Barabasi is already well-known for his network science work, and decided to take a close look at the structure of the internet. And he found that key connectors were sites like Facebook and Google, which allow users to reach more sites, more easily.

The information network that is the web is connected by nodes like any other network. However, in this case, the paper reads, these nodes are documents containing links to other sites. And while it only takes a small number of super-connecting sites to help us get to where we want to go, hackers can also use this fact to incur serious damage, especially if the web’s main connectors were to be taken down first.

Global Wi-Fi Roaming Gets One Step Closer

February 21st, 2013

Three of the world’s major wireless service providers have now overcome the first challenge to standardizing the procedures and requirements surrounding global Wi-Fi roaming. Initial network assessment s have now been completed by several companies including NTT DoCoMo, Orange, China Mobile and AT&T as requested by the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s Interoperability Compliance Program.

For a long time, friction has existed around the issue of the seamless interoperability of wi-fi between countries. No clear guidelines regarding the creation of roadmaps for operators exists, and neither does a directory of the capabilities of Wi-Fi carriers. But this will soon change with the recent self-assessments by various operators with the goal of getting an overall picture of their capabilities. The compliance guidelines set forth by the Wireless Broadband Alliance will cover access to a wide range of support levels for operators.

Broadband Expansion – Funds Earmarked By Federal Government

August 31st, 2011

Today nearly one American out of ten does not have access to a high-speed Internet connection.  In fact a recent study reported that there are 19,000,000 Americans living in rural communities that are forced to utilize Internet speeds slower than 3 Mbps.  The reason for this is not difficult to understand. Installing the infrastructure for broadband access is expensive.  Many communities have so few residents that companies cannot cost-justify the expense.  Also, many rural areas are made up of terrain that is foreboding when it comes to laying wire. The long distances that lines must be run are also a prohibitive factor.  Because high-speed broadband is considered necessary for business and education, the Federal government has earmarked over $100,000,000 to expand broadband to the rural areas of 16 different states.

EDCs And The Internet

July 15th, 2011

Economic Development Corporations have served to benefit many a community with their plans and programs. With so many balls in the air to be juggled at once, technology can certainly also be a benefit. EDCs who have web sites can reach a much wider audience, and therefore increase its chances of attracting attention for its community. But in order to handle such a large amount of information, a reliable internet connection is paramount. And finding a reliable provider can be done without ever having to pick up a phone. Simply by entering your zip code, finding companies who can connect you in your community is incredibly easy. And comparing them becomes even easier when a quality ISP comparison shopping resource is used.