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Microsoft claims massive speed boost in latest IE 11 build

Microsoft claims massive speed boost in latest IE 11 build | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
The new Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 Release Preview is 30 percent faster than the competition, says Microsoft. But more importantly, Web browsing is once again a big deal in Redmond. Read this article by Seth Rosenblatt on CNET News.

Via Allmyapps, Tiaan Jonker
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I am excited that IE is improving their browser to become more user-friendly and is making it more appealing to internet users. I hope that this new version of IE will be of benefit to Windows users, in the same way or more than Google Chrome does. 

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Sarah Hibbeln's curator insight, September 23, 2013 8:25 PM

Everything seems to be getting new updates and making there standards high. Technology I think is getting very advanced and unbelievable fast! 

Adam Henry Swanson's curator insight, September 24, 2013 7:42 PM

Cool, maybe IE will be a lot faster now

robyns tut's comment, September 29, 2013 8:04 AM
this is great news as this will enhance the way we use the internet and also make it much more enjoyable. i trust that everyone will enjoy the benefits of this new release. Cayleigh Fourie
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Video Game Serves as Virtual TBI Therapist

Video Game Serves as Virtual TBI Therapist | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
VIENNA -- Patients with traumatic brain injury were effectively able to use a video game to improve coordination, researchers reported.

Via Josué Cardona
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If anyone else is doing gaming, this could be interesting to expore.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:50 AM

"..Active video games -- such as those on the Kinect or Nintendo's Wii console -- have had mixed outcomes in studies looking at whether they help users get fit. However, a study in July 2013 showed that when it came to video game-related fitness, only games that required physical activity by the player provided a good activity outcome..."

robyns tut's curator insight, September 30, 2013 6:43 AM

This is interesting becauswe games are becoming more and more real, to the point where the brain cannot tell the difference between real life and video games. video games are bad for people with certain medical conditions, why are they helping in this case. Also could explore results off gaming too much.   -Tanah

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3D Printed Paintings For The Blind

3D Printed Paintings For The Blind | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
A new way to make art more accessible for the visually impaired.

 

A group of students from Harvard have come up with an innovative new way for the visually impaired to experience art along with everyone else. The project is called “Midas Touch” and uses 3D printing to make visual art more accessible.

 

The basic premise is that 3D printing allows a normal 2D painting to have textures and layers added to it, creating a 3D experience. The result would be a piece of art that includes distinct shapes, textures and transitions – aspects which are much easier for the visually impaired to understand.

Even though these aspects may be easier to understand, there is still the issue of creating something significant for a visually impaired person. The team behind the idea have realised that issues arise when it comes to attaching significance to various aspects of a paint, such as color.


Via Josué Cardona
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There are no words that can describe how amazing this is. People who have to suffer with the inability to see can be granted some form of sight even if it be through touch. This shows how when there is no cure there may be some other route that could bring joy- Justine Pearce 

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This Video Game Helps Kids Deal With Mental Health Issues

This Video Game Helps Kids Deal With Mental Health Issues | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

gNats Island is designed to help adolescents overcome negative thoughts, anxiety, and depression. The graphic, character-based game is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 

On the "island," players "meet" the negative automatic thoughts in the form of pesky "gNats" that have a "nasty sting." The Black and White gNat makes you think in extremes. The Complete Disaster gNat makes you think everything is a complete disaster, and so on. Almost 750 therapists in the U.S., Ireland and the UK have been trained to use the game with their young patients. 


Via Josué Cardona
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when technology gets into a person's head for a good reason; I feel that this is true progress - Justine Pearce

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vyvyan's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:20 AM

Which communication theory and/or model? Why? Explain

vyvyan's comment, September 9, 2013 2:21 AM
positive effect
robyns tut's comment, October 7, 2013 8:49 AM
this is such a clever idea its using technology to help people! awesome -shannon wilson
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Popular Science site kills comments

Popular Science site kills comments | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Popular Science, the science and technology news website, shuts off comments claiming "trolls" and "spambots" as "bad for science". (#Technology: Popular Science site kills comments - Popular Science, the science and technology news website, shuts...
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Very relevant to modern society's youth. Science can't be limited to one briliant mind that makes a discovery. It needs the positive or costructive critic insight of others as well. The act of "trolling" is almost like buying property and having someone tag graffiti on it just to show off their creativity. The saddest part is that it is not only science that is suffering as "trolling" is almost everywhere on social networking sites.

 

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Your Guide To iOS7

Your Guide To iOS7 | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

The new version of iOS marks a notable improvement over the last in terms of aesthetics and features, and this guide should get you up to speed with the changes and additions to what Apple calls the world’s most powerful mobile OS.


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With the newly released ios7, this is a helpful guide to all Iphone owners, especially those who are not very techincally-savy. It even gives you step by step instructions on how to install it. 

 

- Sara Steiniger

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Tiaan Jonker's comment, September 20, 2013 3:39 PM
Thanks guys!
Guilherme Pompeo's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:57 PM

quite detailed and explanatory!

G Coleman's curator insight, September 22, 2013 2:08 AM

Look forward to the new bells and whistles.

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Court Rules That Facebook Likes Count as Free Speech

Court Rules That Facebook Likes Count as Free Speech | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
The case of a former deputy sheriff and several of his co-workers in Hampton, Virginia, who claimed they were fired for liking the Facebook page of a candidate running against their boss in 2009 went all the way to the 4th U.S.

Via Bonnie Burns
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I think people are very quick to like something on Facebook or comment whatever they are feeling because they can. People need to remember that the things you like on Facebook and the things you say are seen by friends and if you have not activated your account as private, by the world. It is just like in the real world where you must be careful what you say and remember that when you upload, comment or like something online. It may just come back to haunt you.

 

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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:23 PM

“Liking a political candidate’s campaign page communicates the user’s approval of the candidate and supports the campaign by associating the user with it,” Chief Judge William Traxler wrote. “It is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.”

Elizabeth Oneil's comment, September 20, 2013 1:48 PM
VVX like Facebook too
Simply Social Media's curator insight, September 22, 2013 9:54 AM

Court Rules that Facebook Likes Count as Free Speech.  #socialmedia

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Inside Apple's iPhone 5s: 's' is for 'sensors'

Inside Apple's iPhone 5s: 's' is for 'sensors' | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

Pitched as the "most forward thinking" smartphone on the market, Apple's new iPhone 5s is certainly capable of doing a lot of thinking on its own, thanks to a wide array of sensors led by the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner and M7 motion chip.


Via François-Xavier Schaeffer
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Could relate to a broader topic of phone security in general and what precautions are being taken by other comapnies, as well as other ideas.

 

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Jack Born's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:02 PM

I am really interested in this new phone coming out. I think it will sell amazingly and people will really enjoy it. It has a lot of cool new features which I think will get a lot of buyers

Romeo Quijano's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:06 PM

Seems like Apple want to become the new Google! 

Elizabeth Oneil's comment, September 20, 2013 1:56 PM
VVX want one
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Standard Digital News - Kenya : Transparent car showcases the next generation of automotive safety technology

Standard Digital News - Kenya : Transparent car showcases the next generation of automotive safety technology | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
The next generation of safety technologies designed to reduce the number of road accidents, were recently revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.
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 "Over the next decade, active safety systems will become increasingly intelligent as greater efforts are made to reduce the number of road fatalities worldwide" According to this article, the future of automative safety is looking bright, with all sorts of accident-preventing technology that willl make driving a lot safer. With the insane number of accidents that happen on our roads, i wonder if this new technology will reach South Africa and reduce the death toll that is currently so high.

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EmoPulse Smile: A Bracelet Smartwatch Jam-Packed With Useful Features

EmoPulse Smile: A Bracelet Smartwatch Jam-Packed With Useful Features | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
There are a lot of technology companies announcing their own innovative smartwatch right now, but are they as innovative as the EmoPulse Smile smartwatch?

Via Tiaan Jonker
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The new S-bracelet, a new Smartwatch which truly does it all. Acting as your credit card, television remote, eating plan, a smartphone and many more, wow this seems to good to be true. Smartwatch must be the new way to go as we have smartphones, tablets and laptops, this must be the most light-weight, portable piece of technology out there. It offers so many different functions and is attached to you at all times as well as it gives you the freedom of being hands-free. This new S-bracelet is truly amazing and something so advanced, it seems like it is from one of those olden day movies about the future and robots. The only question is, is it actual really. One can only hope!

 

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:52 AM

Everyone is getting in on the act of wearable technology

rrenny's curator insight, September 18, 2013 4:09 AM

nice 

Alex Simon's curator insight, September 18, 2013 6:00 PM

I love technology!

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Apple, Burberry show off iPhone 5S photo, video technology

Apple, Burberry show off iPhone 5S photo, video technology | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Want to see how well the iPhone 5S' camera works in the wild, at a fashion show? New photos shot on the device have cropped up, including ones run through Instagram. Read this article by Josh Lowensohn on CNET News.
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This is a great device because it has so many features that most people enjoy, and these features are advanced for instance it can slow down a video which is pretty cool. However it makes you wonder whether that is good or bad? how the fans of reacting to it, like some already think iPhone 4S is better than it 

 

 

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10 Ingenious Inventions for People With Disabilities

10 Ingenious Inventions for People With Disabilities | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
These adaptive devices help improve the lives of people living with disabilities, and they illustrate how far assistive tech has come.

Via Tiaan Jonker
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This shows hoe growing technology increases to help people with and without disabilities. Compared to Rhodes that has limited access and help for the dissabled, these inventions offer great support overcoming these obstacles. A story can be done on why these objects are not made readily available to more disabled people.

 

-Tanah Rigney 

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Thomas Duclos's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:04 AM

Cool ways technology is improving lives

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:17 AM

Fascinating and useful developments, but this is worth looking at for the Dynavox Eyemax alone.  The ability to successfully communicate must lift a great burden off those unable to articulate or gesture their needs.

bancoideas's curator insight, September 17, 2013 9:01 AM

La creatividad no tiene límites y además permite romper con algunos!

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Games prove to be winning fitness motivators

Games prove to be winning fitness motivators | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

After years of failed attempts at self-motivation, it was an app that finally got Sally Albert out of bed and exercising every morning.

 

An Android app, designed as part of a Stanford study, ultimately delivered her the necessary kick in the rear.


Via Josué Cardona
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I fully support the continuos evolution of science and technology, especially if it is helping improve the lives of people for the better. However, as much as it seems to be encouraging people to lead healthier lives, I feel that people will increasingly be dependant on technology to dictate how they ought to live their lives. And that for me is unfortunate, because people thus allow technology to define who they are.With that being said, the impact that science and technology have on society has played a big role in emancipating the way in which people live, and it has definitely gven us more options and opportunity for personal, social and economic growth.

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EARLEENabf's comment, September 26, 2013 12:17 AM
Yeah science and technology always helps human life's run
robyns tut's curator insight, October 5, 2013 1:08 PM

This is a great way to promote fitness. You may not know who your behaviour or energy level is perceived by others, but now your bird icon will show you. Very smart way to get people conscious of their health and exercise routine.

robyns tut's comment, October 5, 2013 1:08 PM
- sara
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Bill Gates: Ctrl-Alt-Delete "Was a Mistake"

Bill Gates: Ctrl-Alt-Delete "Was a Mistake" | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

The keyboard combo that is Control-Alt-Delete may have become iconic--but according to Bill Gates it was all just a big mistake. Discover the story behind the famous combo.


Via François-Xavier Schaeffer
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I am not technically savvy, but I share the same sentiments with the inventor Bill Gates. I have encountered quite a few people in my experience through school, who were not computer literate who on several occassions struggled to log on to the school's PC's because they did not know how the CTRL+ALT+DLT buttons worked. Therefore i agree that if perhaps the button used to unlock, was one button, a lot of people would not experience an embarrassing moment of not knowing how to unlock a computer in public.

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robyns tut's comment, September 29, 2013 8:02 AM
wow, rather interesting, but this can be a problem as well as these buttons can be helpful
robyns tut's comment, September 29, 2013 8:05 AM
that was Cayleigh Fourie
Ricardo Pimenta's curator insight, December 11, 2013 3:46 PM

Na era da informação digital, CRTL + ALT + DEL foi um erro?!..

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This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All

This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

 

Daniel Jacobs also wants to use placebos for good. His new app, which he’s crowd-funding on Indiegogo, is an attempt to take the placebo out of the doctor’s office and into your home. He hopes it will make people feel better, and contribute further to placebo research.

 

You start by setting a goal: say, more joy or love in your life. Then, you choose someone to give you the placebo (maybe a friend or family member), what you want it to be (a pill, say), and where you want to take it (maybe a forest where you go running with a friend). You then "take" the placebo whenever you want to, following a pre-set ritual built into the app.

 

The point is to replicate what’s important about the placebo effect, which isn’t the pill itself, but the experience. "If we think about placebo as a transformational symbol, then people get to choose what placebo they want," says Jacobs. "It can be a pill, magic wand, holy book, communion wafer, or herbs. It just needs to be meaningful for them."


Via Josué Cardona
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this app sounds very cool, however it makes me worry how much more we really want to depend on technology. When I first started reading the article i thought it looked amazing, but then I realised that I am on my phine so ofte anyway; always checkingfacebook and keeping in touch with friends, even when i have friends sitting right next to me. My phone destracts me from the here and the now, even though connection is great sometimes it blocks out life that is passing by so fast. Now there is something more we should depend on our Phones for, things that we should get from actual human interaction- Justine Pearce

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Chris Dickinson's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:26 AM

Nice use of positive psychology

Nikki Howell's comment, July 17, 2013 11:11 AM
I believe that could really work. I like it.
William Hanna's curator insight, July 25, 2013 10:58 AM

I completely believe in a "mind over matter" approach.  After all your body is capable of producing every drug you could ever find in a drug store.  What's even better, your body can administer the exact dose for the exact time required.  I kid you not!  The trick is to truely believe without a shadow of any doubt.

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An App to Help Doctors Diagnose Dementia

An App to Help Doctors Diagnose Dementia | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
There is an app to make every part of life simpler. And this one helps doctors do their job.

 

Doctors can now reduce process of testing for dementia from three years to 10 minutes.

 

Cantab, a new iPad app from Cambridge Cognition, is designed to help early diagnoses of dementia. The technology, based on testing developed at the University of Cambridge, is designed to be easy for patients to use.

 

Cantab is available in 20 language, with options to encrypt test results for printing or including in a patient’s file.

The company warns that Cantab is only meant to aid preliminary diagnosis and is not a comprehensive recommendation. The test tracks scores for both mood and functional impairment, which give doctors a better idea of how to proceed with screening and treatment.


Via Josué Cardona
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This is absolutely wonderful. To think the same device we use to make a call or take a photo with can actually help people's mental well being by aiding these doctors- Justine Pearce 

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OneSpring's curator insight, July 8, 2013 10:51 AM

This is amazing tech!

Rickey Jones's curator insight, July 14, 2013 6:36 PM

Expect to see a proliferation of these kind of mobile apps geared to health care delivery, health care providers or provider organizations, and available for Windows 8 in addition to iOS and Android mobile devices. This trend may cause some discruption in the medical device industry unless that industry shifts its resources to extended range real-time medical sensor development. Traditional centralized hospital telemmetry may be shadowed by nurses wearing very lightweight devices near waistt and a single headphone/mic in their ear allowing them to hear alarms from medication pumps, cardiac monitor flat line or lead dislodge detect, O2 SAT drops,BP deviations outside baseline for the individual patient, patient assistance calls, etc on the entire floor. Nurses need to be able to request assistance from other team members using handsfree communication. Nurses must be able to triage multiple alarms as they do now. Improved reliability and hardening of wireless protocols currently implemented in hospital settings or new ones will be required. The need for adequate staffing levels to ensure patient safety and effectively manage quality of care will not diminish.The length of time for pending alarms will be recorded and trended. Nursing staff should have the option to replay alarm location and time or automated message and save it but not delete it. This will make for a quieter environment for non-ambulatory patients thus an improved patient care experience. Notably, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with app developers who can show evidence of commercial marketability and investing in those innovative fledgling startups.

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.


Via Nik Peachey
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Sisipho I think this might help with what you were looking at for your article 

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Marie-Ann Roberts's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:48 AM

Could be useful for study skills sessions or embedding functional English?

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:08 AM

Download this Free book! Excellent resources.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:21 AM

Not research per se, but an e-book aimed at training teachers. Includes units on using apps and tools and fpcsing in general on the teaching of writing in the so-called 'digital age'.

 

No mere pamhplet either, this is a proper book!

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Report: IBM developing computer system that thinks like a human

Report: IBM developing computer system that thinks like a human | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
For IBM, the SyNAPSE project is, in many ways, the realization of a long-held dream.

Via jean lievens
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i found this article very interesting because of the new development in the world of technology. It jus msde me think of how much it will costs, its effects on the environment, who will buy and other questions.

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The Ultimate Smartphone Buying Guide

The Ultimate Smartphone Buying Guide | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Time for an upgrade? We've made the decision easier by comparing features of six new handsets, including the new iPhone 5S, Apple's flagship smartphone that's available starting Friday.

Via Tiaan Jonker
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This is very helpful for people looking to upgrade or get a new phone. So often we buy smartphones not knowing half of the tools and items they have and the applications and capabilities they can perform.  

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The history of technology in education

A quick look at how advancements in technology have impacted teaching and learning over time (The history of technology in education - up to 2011 http://t.co/upRmA9M6Vp via @youtube)...
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I think technology and education are two important things which has come together to create an environment of better understanding and easy learning. This is true especially for children who have learning disabilities as well as disabilities in general,like blindess and being deaf. Advances in technology has made it possible for everyone to recieve the same standard of education, no matter what their differences.

 

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“Microbial battery” could turn wastewater into electricity

“Microbial battery” could turn wastewater into electricity | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
A hybrid of fuel cell and battery with bacteria supplying the electrons. (A hybrid of fuel cell and battery with bacteria supplying the electrons.
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This is great news for our environment. If we can turn waste into electricity we can deal with two serious environmental issues at once. An article full of scientific jargon and dead ends but it brings some hope for the future.

 

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BYOD: The Benefits of Embracing Diversity

BYOD: The Benefits of Embracing Diversity | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

There is something powerful about allowing students to use their own devices in the classroom. These are the devices they use to navigate the world. They are also the devices they are most comfortable with. Both of those factors translate into more meaningful, relevant and engaged learning.


Via Nik Peachey
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I think this is a great idea. We truly are moving into an era where technology is taking over and transforming our lives. The way we work and communicate are totally technological based. Teachers need to embrace this new era of technology, we are moving forward and they need to get with it or they will fall behind. 

 

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vincent martinez's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:40 AM

How the BYOD could change the education

Emma Murphy's curator insight, September 12, 2013 9:57 PM

This is very interesting! I've never considered this idea! I would like to see some studies that prove this article right, however. I wonder why this is encouraged in most schools? I would love to hear more about this! 

Ruth Obadia's curator insight, September 13, 2013 2:33 AM

Instead of isolating themselves with their devices, students lean in and collaborate using the devices available. The trick is to design learning opportunities that encourage conversation and collaboration. This approach is more social and engaging for students anyway and allows teachers to leverage the collective intelligence in the room.

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How Technology is Transforming the Future of Storytelling

How Technology is Transforming the Future of Storytelling | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
The Future of Entertainment series by iQ by Intel and PSFK Labs is highlighting the latest in entertainment innovation.
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This article is a great reminder of the disadvantages of technology and how none of us are safe of the web.

 

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New Vaccine Clears AIDS-Causing Virus in Monkeys

New Vaccine Clears AIDS-Causing Virus in Monkeys | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
A newly developed vaccine has the ability to completely kill simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in non-human primates.

 

“To date, HIV infection has only been cured in a very small number of highly-publicized but unusual clinical cases in which HIV-infected individuals were treated with anti-viral medicines very early after the onset of infection or received a stem cell transplant to combat cancer,” said Dr. Louis Picker, who is a senior author of the study published online in the journal Nature.

 

“This latest research suggests that certain immune responses elicited by a new vaccine may also have the ability to completely remove HIV from the body.”

 

The new approach involves the use of cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus already carried by a large percentage of the population. Dr. Picker and his colleagues discovered that pairing CMV with SIV had a unique effect.

 

They found that a modified version of CMV engineered to express SIV proteins generates and indefinitely maintains so-called ‘effector memory’ T-cells that are capable of searching out and destroying SIV-infected cells.

 

T-cells are a key component of the body’s immune system, which fights off disease, but T-cells elicited by conventional vaccines of SIV itself are not able to eliminate the virus. The SIV-specific T-cells elicited by the modified CMV were different. About 50 percent of monkeys given highly pathogenic SIV after being vaccinated with this vaccine became infected with SIV but over time eliminated all trace of SIV from the body.

 

In effect, the hunters of the body were provided with a much better targeting system and better weapons to help them find and destroy an elusive enemy.

“Through this method we were able to teach the monkey’s body to better ‘prepare its defenses’ to combat the disease,” Dr. Picker said.

 

“Our vaccine mobilized a T-cell response that was able to overtake the SIV invaders in 50 percent of the cases treated. Moreover, in those cases with a positive response, our testing suggests SIV was banished from the host. We are hopeful that pairing our modified CMV vector with HIV will lead to a similar result in humans.”


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This article is relevent to South African because of the high number of HIV positive citizens. With new innovations in eliminating SIV in non-human primates, this could be a step in the right direction in finding a cure for HIV. It also makes me wonder if finding a cure is going to make much of a difference when so many sufferers will probably never be able to afford it.

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Making lectures and lessons more interactive with mQlicker

Making lectures and lessons more interactive with mQlicker | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

As the traditional lecture has come increasingly under fire for being completely out of touch with modern teaching and learning methods, there has been a move by many teachers, conference presenters and lecturers to make their teaching techniques more modern and interactive. One of the key technologies for enabling this has been a range of audience response systems that provide real time responses to polls, questions and surveys while the speakers is actually presenting.


Via Nik Peachey
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I find this mQlicker quite interesting, however, it seems to make the process of learning effeciently dependant on technology. In addition,  by creating educational information available to students without them having to make the effort to acquire it, will make them lazy and unproductive. For me, this kind of technology should enhance what has been already discussed in- depth in a lecture, not add on.

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:13 AM

It's worth while trying it. Lectures that involve a degree of social interaction are usually more satisfying.

Eva Ramos's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:47 PM

Wow!  I am going to give this a try!

Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:22 PM
Chwayita Ceejay January's insight:'

A very interesting tool, that teachers can use inside and outside the formal learning area. Where students can interact with the information live during the lecture (where most interaction should happen anyway) closing the 'cold and insigificant' student-lecturer relationship. Students can respond to the data while the lecture is in progress. As expensive and time-consuming (training) this intiative would be to udertake it would certainly improve lecture attedance. :D