zspace.com - zSpace is a revolutionary, immersive, interactive 3D environment for computing, creating, communication and entertainment.


Just look at the markets for their products:

  • Data Visualization
  • Education, Training & Simulation
  • Architecture, Engineering & the Geospatial Markets
  • Medicine & Science
  • Digital Arts & VFX
  • Gaming & Entertainment


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This is new! Record a video of iPad’s screen in any app— from Andrew Douch

From DSC:
I haven’t seen or used this app, but thanks Andrew for your posting here.  I’ll add this to my list of apps that I need to check out! A Captivate or Camtasia Studio like app for one’s iPad sounds veeeeerryy interesting.


Worldwide market share for tablet systems — from finance.yahoo.com
Worldwide market share for tablet systems, a market dominated by Apple’s iPad

Top 5 makers of tablets, led by Apple and iPad — from finance.yahoo.com
Top 5 makers of tablet computers in 2nd quarter, led by Apple and iPad


Here are the top five manufacturers of tablets in the second quarter, as released by IHS iSuppli:

  1. Apple Inc., maker of the iPad, 17 million shipped worldwide, 69.6 percent share
  2. Samsung Electronics Co., maker of Galaxy line, 2.3 million, 9.2 percent.
  3. Amazon.com Inc., maker of Kindle Fire, 1 million, 4.2 percent
  4. AsusTek Computer Inc., maker of Transformer line, 688,000, 2.8 percent
  5. Barnes & Noble Inc., maker of Nook Tablet, 459,000, 1.9 percent

Other, 3 million, 12.3 percent


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Do these percentages affect what K-12, higher ed, and the corporate IT spaces do with the BYOD situation?  I’m not sure yet…but Aerohive looks to be a solid, innovative vendor to follow if you want to please your iOS-based folks.



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Designing for context: The multiscreen ecosystem — from uxmag.com by Avi Itzkovitch


To create applications and systems that are easy to use, it is crucial to understand the user and the context in which the app will be used. Understanding the context helps design systems that anticipate use cases at a relevant time of use. The more unobtrusive and transparent the experience is at the time of use, the better the design. This means the user does not have to think about the device he is using, changes in the environment, or changes in context, and can rely on great functionality and ease of use independent of his situation.

In traditional systems, the context of use did not change much. Whether the use was in the office or at a personal computer at home, the surroundings were similar and there was no need to adapt to different environments. In today’s world, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and smart TVs provide different services in different contexts. These services are consumed by a variety of users and require different interaction models, use cases, and planning. For this reason, UX professionals should first design for the context of use in order to provide better experiences and ultimately enhance the intended purpose of the product.

The Jot Pro from Adonit — a very precise stylus


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Aerohive ships Bonjour Gateway, an Apple mobile device management enrollment solution and 2 new 802.11n Access Points — from marketwatch.com


SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jul 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Aerohive Networks, the pioneer in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled enterprise networking, today announced the general availability of its HiveOS 5.1 and HiveManager 5.1. These new upgraded systems provide several significant enhancements including Bonjour Gateway and recently announced JAMF Software Mobile Device Management (MDM) integration for more granular control and management of customers’ BYOD dilemma and advanced reporting dashboards to help reduce troubleshooting.
In addition to the release of 5.1, Aerohive is delivering two new 802.11n access points (APs): AP121 and AP141. Designed to provide greater throughput and coverage, these two new APs are offered at a cost-effective price point ideal for education, healthcare, retail and distributed enterprise environments.

Cisco to unveil Apple Bonjour gateway for enterprise WiFi networks — from techworld.com by John Cox
Cisco joins rivals in giving Apple’s discovery protocol enterprise behaviours


[July 24] Cisco plans to add code to its wireless LAN controllers to make Apple’s Bonjour-based technologies like AirPlay and AirPrint better behaved on enterprise networks. The code will turn the controller into a Bonjour gateway, and couple this with policy-based end user privileges. For users, this will mean that Apple clients will be able to find and access network-attached AirPrint printers, Apple TVs and the like on different subnets, so everything will just work as it does on their own home networks. A second expected result will be a big decrease in the amount of Bonjour-based discovery traffic that today is putting a heavy load on enterprise nets teeming with Apples MacBook laptops, iPhones, iPads and more.

ARUBA AIRGROUP™: Get your Wi-FI ready for AirPrint and AirPlay

Making AirPlay, AirPrint work in large scale WLANs — from community.arubanetworks.com by genieki

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From DSC:
I hope to use these sorts of tools to enable students to seamless contribute content to the classroom-based discussions. However, this IT-related item is not just relevant to the K-12 and higher ed worlds, but also to the corporate world as well.

A piece of the Next Generation Smart Classroom -- Daniel Christian -- June 2012


8 things to know about the new Microsoft Office  — from inc.com by Christina DesMarais

Microsoft starts integrating Skype into Office — from techcrunch.com by Frederic Lardinois

Next version of Microsoft Office puts emphasis on subscriptions with Office 365 — from techcrunch.com by Frederic Lardinois

Licensing is the Achilles Heel for the new Microsoft Office — from techcrunch.com by Alex Williams

Microsoft’s new Office: The cloud finally takes center stage — from cnet.com by Mary Jo Foley
A public preview of Microsoft’s coming Office 2013 client is out today. But Office 365 and SkyDrive are the real stars of the new Office show.

New Microsoft Office taps into the cloud — from cnet.com by Lance Whitney
Like Windows 8, the new version of Office will let you sign in with an online account, providing you with the same settings across different devices.

The new Microsoft Office — in pictures – from cnet.com





New Microsoft Office to embrace Windows 8 touch-screen tablets — from cnet.com by Lance Whitney
Demoing the applications in the new Office suite today, Microsoft emphasized the ability to integrate with Windows 8 using taps and other touch-based gestures.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 to be bundled on all Windows RT tablets

Hands On: Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 — from PCMag.com by Jill Duffy

New Microsoft Office ropes in Skype, Yammer, SkyDrive — from gigaom.com by Barb Darrow

What the new Microsoft Office gets wrong — from fastcodesign.com by Austin Carr
Microsoft unveiled a preview of its latest version of Office, and the design is a schizophrenic mess. Here’s why.

Office 15: Microsoft’s Best Bet For Beating Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive — from FastCompany.com by Austin Carr
With one billion Office users worldwide, the newest upgrade to Microsoft’s productivity suite could give the company a significant hold on the cloud, which Gartner estimates will become a $149 billion industry by 2015.



Educreations adds to interactive whiteboard lesson app — from betakit.com by Justin Lee


White boards are a key tool for creative learners, who use them to write down ideas, brainstorm, and wipe it away when the next inspiration hits. Startup Educreations is looking to move beyond the static whiteboard with their free educational app for iPad, which allows teachers to create video whiteboard lessons. Launched in December 2011, the app allows teachers to record their lessons on a virtual whiteboard, record their voice alongside the text, and share them with students. This mont,h Educreations launched a new version of their app, which gives users the option to add text and images to their presentations.


Higher Ed Tech" Where K-12 & Consumer Collide - Frank Catalano - March 2012



What’s our agenda? It’s basically in three parts:

  1. What student expectations are
  2. Where innovation is coming from and what’s driving it
  3. And what it’s developing into over the next three years – in 5 transcendent trends that span K-20


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When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed -- by Frank Catalano -- April 2012

[Report] Developer Economics 2012 – The new app economy – from visionmobile.com


Here’s just a sample of the key insights and graphs from the report – download the full report for more!

The new pyramid of handset maker competition.
In the new pyramid of handset maker competition, Apple leads innovators, Samsung leads fast-followers, ZTE leads assemblers and Nokia leads the feature phone market. Apple has seized almost three quarters of industry profits by delivering unique product experiences and tightly integrating hardware, software, services and design. Samsung ranks second to Apple in total industry profits. As a fast follower, its recipe for success is to reach market first with each new Android release. It produces its own chipsets and screens – the two most expensive components in the hardware stack – ensuring both profits and first-to-market component availability.

Tablets are now a mainstream screen for developers.
Developers are rapidly responding to the rising popularity of tablets: our Developer Economics 2012 survey found that, irrespective of platform, more than 50% of developers are now targeting tablets, with iOS developers most likely (74%) to do so. This is a massive increase over last year, when just a third of developers (34.5%) reported targeting tablets. On the other end of the spectrum are TVs and game consoles, with fewer than 10% of developers targeting those screens.

Survival of the fittest has played out within 12 months.
Whereas 2011 was the era of developer experimentation, 2012 is shaping up as the era of ecosystem consolidation around iOS and Android. Developer Mindshare is at an all-time-high 76% for Android and 66% for iOS. Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” model explains how BlackBerry, BREW, and Bada (Samsung) have lost Mindshare by failing to compete in terms of user reach, which is by far and consistently the top platform selection criterion for developers. In 2012, developers used on average 2.7 platforms in parallel, vs 3.2 in 2011, a clear sign of consolidation. The trend is further evidenced by declining IntentShare scores for most platforms – apart from mobile web and Windows Phone.

Some items re: Microsoft’s 6/18/12 announcement concerning Microsoft Surface:


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Nearpod helps classrooms leverage the iPad for learning — from betakit.com by Justin Lee


Increasingly, technology is being used in the classroom to help students learn, from university lectures available online for free, to startups tackling issues like adaptive learning. One startup attempting to leverage the power of technology for the classroom is Nearpod, a project by Panarea Digital that looks to leverage the power of tablets to help classrooms run more efficiently. Equipped with an iPad and the Nearpod app, students in the classroom can study in a synchronized environment. ”Our mission is to create tools for mobile devices that will significantly improve the quality and cost of delivering education,” said Nearpod co-founder Guido Kovalskys in an interview.

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nearpod.com -- Bring the classroom to life with interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves.

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2012 Congressional Briefing National Release of Speak Up 2011 K-12 Teachers, Librarians and Administratorsfrom Project Tomorrow

“Districts are looking into BYOD approaches not only because so many students
have their own mobile devices and because parents of all income levels are
willing to purchase the devices, but because administrators are dealing with the
reality of shrinking budgets and the need to incorporate more technology in learning.”

— Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow


Personalizing the Classroom Experience – Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connect the Dots with Digital Learning
On May 23rd, 2012 Project Tomorrow released the report “Personalizing the Classroom Experience – Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connect the Dots with Digital Learning” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected Educator national findings from the Speak Up 2011 report and moderated a panel discussion with educators who shared their insights and experiences.

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