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A collection of all the tech comm topics I find most timely or helpful, with a special emphasis on e-learning and m-learning
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Signup for Blog Funders: Crowd Funding for Blog Sites

Signup for Blog Funders: Crowd Funding for Blog Sites | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The platform where bloggers raise crowd funding money meet for their blog sites. Illustrates how to make money online with your blog sites. Join free now.
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Now this is something I might take advantage of in coming months...I know I have a following, and I would love to expand what TechCommGeekMom is all about, but it takes time, energy, and in some cases, resources I don't have. I would love to be a one-woman tech comm "journalist" and get paid to do that, but alas, that's not reality right now. Perhaps in time, something like this would help to make that happen. 

 

For any other potential bloggers who want to monetize and grow your blogs, this will be helpful for you! Thanks for Darin Hammond for bringing this to my attention. 

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How to work with someone with autism

How to work with someone with autism | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
How to form a good working relationship with a colleague who’s on the autism spectrum.
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While this is not tech comm specific, you might find that this is helpful with being around a lot of technical communicators. I had to teach myself these tips and figure them out the hard way. Have an advantage by reading this article. I have found that once I figured out some of the organizational skills, much of the same processes were helpful in teaching me how to approach content strategy. Take a look...it might remind you of someone you know or have worked with. --techcommgeekmom
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WE ALL AN LEARN OR RE-LEARN TO A DEGREE JUST BECAUSE A PERSON HAS AUTISM DOES NOT MEAN WE CANT LEARN TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER TOGETHER!  WHAT YOU THINK?

Terri Rice's curator insight, February 13, 11:51 AM

  This article caught my attention because my daughter is involved with a young man who, now I realize, must have a form of this disorder. I will strive to be a great deal more patient and creative with him in the future.

   I was very intrigued with the very last paragraph oh of this article. The topic of Universal Design is very close to my heart because I am "disabled", I prefer the term "challenged", but most people seem to think using the negative word. Regardless of labels, I need to have UD implemented for me and I also insist on my classrooms having arrangements and/or seating, plus technological tools in place to accommodate all persons without having to ask...and then wait for admin to follow through. Anyway, my point at the beginning of this very long speech was how I was glad to see UD referred to, but I was then disappointed because no concrete examples were shared as to how the office/meeting environment can implement UD.

    I do recommend reading this article, though the links are disappointing too. They take you in circles so beware.

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Online Student Again: Part 2 - SEO is kicking my butt

Online Student Again: Part 2 - SEO is kicking my butt | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The second module of my online course in digital marketing is about Search Marketing and how SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing) works. The module is taught by Mike M...
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Introducing the Content Content podcast - Offices without tarantulas featuring Sharon Burton - episode 1

Introducing the Content Content podcast - Offices without tarantulas featuring Sharon Burton -  episode 1 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In our inaugural podcast, technical communication and customer experience consultant Sharon Burton tells us about California law, offices without tarantulas, documenting the obvious, the file name ...
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Hey! Check this out! Two of my tech comm friends --both of whom I met about three years ago--are talking in a podcast! @edmarsh, my fellow Jerseyan, and one of my tech comm mentors/knitty friends, @sharonburton talk during Ed's inaugural podcast on his website, ContentContent. Ed curates and writes about a lot of great stuff, so check it out, and check out this fantastic podcast! I'm looking forward to hearing future podcasts! 

 

Great job, Ed and Sharon! 

 

(What are you waiting for? Go listen now!)

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Not All Content Has to be Epic

Not All Content Has to be Epic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’m here to tell you something really important… Not every piece you publish on social media has to be epic. Now that that weight is off your shoulder, you can relax. Don’t get me wrong, publis…
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Craig Cardimon posted this article on LinkedIn. After reading this, I thought, "WHEW! That's a relief!" even though I know the pressure is always on. 

 

What do you think? Have we raised the bar so high that it defeats the true purpose of content? Include your comments below. 

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Using voice recognition software in oral history transcription | OUPblog

Using voice recognition software in oral history transcription  | OUPblog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I sat down with Samantha Snyder, a Student Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives, to talk about her work. From time to time, the UW Archives has students test various voice recognition programs, and for the last few months Samantha has been testing the software program Dragon NaturallySpeaking. This is an innovative way of processing oral histories, so we were excited to hear how it was going.
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I found this to be an interesting article, mainly because it provided information of how technology is helping to curate content and convert content into something different.  Long ago in ancient history, stories (content) were passed along through oral storytelling until writing was created to retain the information. This seems like a 21st century way of making that transcription into viable content that will be more exact and retained longer. 

 

Read this, and let me know what you think. Do you think it impacts how content is retained? Put your comments below. 

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The talent deficit in content strategy - Scriptorium

The talent deficit in content strategy - Scriptorium | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Content strategy is taking hold across numerous organizations. Bad content is riskier and riskier because of the transparency and accountability in today’s social media–driven world. But now, we have a new problem: a talent deficit in content strategy. Our industry … Continue reading →
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This is an interesting article by @sarahokeefe of @scriptorium.  She is correct that there are content strategy jobs--I am seeing more of them now than in the past. The deficit of which she speaks is real, though, too. Some of the higher level skills required--like practical experience with DITA--is hard to find. I can write, I have done content management for many years, but I haven't had to consciously use DITA, even though I know how it's supposed to work and its purpose. The problem is, as Sarah points out, that many CSs need to learn these higher skills, and employers need to have some willingness to bring on employees who can learn. Um, I'm one of those! I bet many of you are, too. 

 

It makes me wonder, though...do organizations ask too much in finding talented people for a content strategy position? Is there any room for those of us who can be trained further and molded to help? I think that's the question. 

 

What do you think? Include your comments below. 

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Book Review: Global Content Strategy: A Primer by Val Swisher

Book Review: Global Content Strategy: A Primer by Val Swisher | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows how much I love Val Swisher of Content Rules.  Why? Well, first of all, she's a lovely person and great friend all around. But that's beside the poin...
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Why Allowing Telecommuting Is (And Isn’t) A Good Idea | Paul Petrone | LinkedIn

Why Allowing Telecommuting Is (And Isn’t) A Good Idea | Paul Petrone | LinkedIn | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This was an interesting article I found on LinkedIn--and I don't agree with it. The author states, "...working-from-home can stifle the synergy that comes from having a bunch of smart people in the same place together, which in turn can hurt innovation. And that is reason enough to not allow employees to work from home, at least all the time," as the primary reason to discourage telecommuting. My own experience begs to differ. 


I've worked from home now for just over two years now. Only in the last year was I required to come into the office once a week, versus the once a month that I made a point of doing the first year. The home office is rather far away--during rush hour, it can take about an hour and a half from my house to the office, or vice versa. I don't feel that my creativity or innovation has been hurt by being at the office. In fact, it's rare that a trip to the office has offered anything for ME to be innovative. If anything, I'm bringing some innovation to other people. There have been many times that I've wondered why the heck I was even in the office other than to make a personal appearance. I actually lose working hours because of the commute to try to beat the traffic and get the commute time down a little bit. Sometimes it can be productive, because I can be in a meeting with a person, and it's easier to talk about visuals when we don't have to telecast it via a conferencing app. But it isn't that often. Those trips I don't mind, but innovative? No, not for me. I definitely am able to get a lot more done, both creatively and efficiently from home. 


There are certainly jobs that do flourish more in the group activity of being in the office. But mine isn't one of them. And there are a lot of jobs I've had where I feel like, yeah, I didn't need to be in the office to do them, but this was before the advent of telecommuting even existed. 


Part of the issue is that employers fail to see telecommuting as a viable and profitable option. It's not for all jobs, but I'm willing to bet that there are a lot of tech comm jobs that really don't need to be in the big ol' office building, at least not on the level I'm at. I'm able to keep up pretty well with conference and regular phone calls, instant messaging, and email just fine, thank you. Heck, in many instances, I have to work that way, even if I was in the office, because I work with people globally--I can't be in the same room as them as they are in a different country or state! I think the bigger problem is that employers don't realize how telecommuters CAN bring something innovative to the table. I know I push a lot issues at work about, "Why isn't this done? Why isn't that done?" To me, they are valid things that would help with workstreams or innovation, if you want to call it that, but I have no voice. I'm not allowed to have a voice. I'm seen as a worker bee, nothing more. I can contribute to innovation, but you need to be willing to hear me when I say--or write, or instant message--an idea. Just because I'm physically in an office wouldn't change that--not really. 


I'm a huge advocate of telecommuting because for me, there have been more pros than cons. The cons are me having to drive 50 miles away once a week just to sit at a desk and do the same things I do at home. I don't connect with my group--I'm not even allowed to sit with them, so what's the point? My manager just feels better if I make an appearance. 


Now, this is not to say that if I got a job in the future that was closer to home that I wouldn't go into the office everyday. Sure, I would! I'd go in.  But don't diss telecommuting. If I could telecommute for the rest of my life, I would. I don't know if that's going to be possible, but I've liked it much better, and I feel that I've grown and been much more productive as a result of being able to do my own thing. 

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Chris Crafford's curator insight, January 31, 3:06 PM

I could not agree more.  There are plenty of jobs that are done as well, if not better on a telecommuting basis. I work as a consultant in a high tech company.  Part of my job is to be onsite with my clients, but when I am not, my team and I all work from home.  We schedule in office meetings when it will be beneficial to the work and serve the client more effectively.  On average it turns out having a face to face meeting about once a month is more than sufficient. 


We use several chat and virtual presence tools to be in constant communication during the day as a team and with the customer.  We have one internally for in-team discussion and a public one with the client's team.  


I have worked in the office for years in other roles and there are clearly situations and functions that benefit from being together as a team, but having a one size fits all approach and policy is a bad choice for a company in my view. 


Watching the trends in the market as the millennial move into the job market adds another wrinkle. Many millennial don't want to be tied to the "big corporation" for many years of their life. Many prefer more of a free agent style.  I suspect we will see many of them work for home for multiple "employers" sometime simultaneously. 


Not only must corporations find the best arrangement for the work they need done, the need to adapt to the new generation of workers that are much less motivated by money and status symbols than by doing challenging and innovative work.

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Apple, well done on your billions. Now end this white cable hell, please

Apple, well done on your billions. Now end this white cable hell, please | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Apple is making loads of money. But will the tech giant spend any of it on developing better batteries?
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

The author of this article asks a fair question, and provides us with a fair answer. More is demanded from our mobile devices than ever before, and that uses up more energy more quickly. So, we need to figure out how to invent more powerful batteries (short of mini-nuclear devices) without taking up a lot of bulk. It's a tall order. 

What do you think? Do we demand too much of our phones now?

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Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities

Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Google is preparing to offer its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in four new metro areas, the latest step in a careful expansion of the service.
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If you haven't heard the news, Google Fiber is expanding to a few more cities.  Will it make a difference? Is it more affordable than its competitors and truly offer better service and faster rates? Time will tell. But the good thing in all this is that it offers additional competition to FiOS, Comcast, and several other providers out there. Hopefully this will help drive down costs and make internet accessibility more affordable for all in the long run, even in far-off places. It's a start! 

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Learning Something New? Remember These 3 Simple Things

Learning Something New? Remember These 3 Simple Things | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I did it. I bought the sewing machine, a dress form, a table—everything. I’m going to teach myself how to sew. The only problem? I have no idea where to start.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:
This is a great article brought to my attention by Craig Cardimon. As someone who knows she is "learning different", and as someone who is about to embark on a new learning odyssey starting next week into a topic she knows next to nothing about, this article rings true for me. I think this is true of any learner, both child but especially adult learners. This is important to keep in mind whether the learning is done as e-learning/m-learning, or done by conventional means. Take a look, and tell me what you think. --techcommgeekmom
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Scuba Happy's curator insight, January 24, 1:56 AM

Very good advise but when do you find the time?

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What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event

What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
After taking big swings with Windows 8 and 8.1 -- how big a miss they were is open to interpretation -- Microsoft's trying to redefine how we work with c
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I believe the event might actually be today (21 January 2015). OK, I will admit, while I love my iOS products, even now I still can't bring myself to go all the way with Apple products when it comes to my main laptop. I just can't! No matter what research I've done between features and what I use on my laptop, I still rest on the side of the Microsoft PC. Now, Microsoft has been a bit disappointing in recent years, and it's widely known that Win 8 and 8.1 have had...issues. I'm usually an early adopter of a new OS, but not this time. I'm still running on Win 7. So, I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing what Win 10 is going to offer. I think I'm going to be in the market for a new laptop this year (mine is almost 5 years old), so the timing is good in that respect. I'm really hoping that while Win 10 adapts to mobile, it still retains something for laptop/desktop use as well. 

 

My husband just got a new MS Surface 3 Pro at work, so hopefully I'll get a chance to play with it a little more than what I have in a Microsoft store. I don't know that I'll get a Surface, as they are rather expensive, and I can get more features that I want on a regular laptop for less money. But this Win 10 release is supposed to be BIG. 

 

Will Microsoft win me over again, as well as others? We'll see...

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The only significant innovation for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing

The only significant innovation for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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While the title of this article by Tom Johnson is almost inflammatory (What? There's got to be more innovations than that!), it is clear that if this isn't the only significant innovation for tech comm, it's most definitely THE most important innovation.  Tom does a great job making his points--they are points I would argue as well, but I think he articulates it better than I could. 

 

I came into tech writing and tech comm just in the last few years, when web was firmly established, and yet, I'm finding as I take my digital marketing course that there are still so many that are STILL not on board with the use of the Internet and the web for providing strong content and information. I think we've made some huge strides, and Tom points out how tech writers are still needed to help with making content stronger in the long term, but we are still in the infancy of using the web for communications and things are still developing on how to better deliver content to the masses. Time will tell. 

 

What do you think? Do you agree with Tom's points? Include your comments below. 

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Becoming a Content Strategist: 7 Findings from 7 Projects - Content Strategy Inc.

Becoming a Content Strategist: 7 Findings from 7 Projects - Content Strategy Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’ve been a content strategist for seven projects with Content Strategy Inc. and I've learned something totally different from each one.
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Nice article shared by the Intelligent Content Conference on Facebook. All seem like common sense, but sometimes when you are in the thick of a project, these are easy points to miss. 

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In Less Than Two Years, a Smartphone Could Be Your Only Computer | WIRED

In Less Than Two Years, a Smartphone Could Be Your Only Computer | WIRED | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
With the current pace of mobile innovation, for many of us, a smartphone could become our only computer in the next two years.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is further proof of what I--and several others (RJ Jacquez comes to mind) about the proliferation of mobile. It's spreading and growing in leaps and bounds! It's still growing and adapting and morphing, but yes, mobile is becoming more and more commonplace all the time. I know that I will always be likely to use mobile, but I'll also be one of the last to let go of my laptop due to the kind of work that I do. Even so, this is a compelling article to show that technical communicators had better get on the ball with mobile, if they haven't already! 

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What?!  Very interesting.

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திறன்பேசி உங்களின் ஒரே மாற்றுக் கணினியாகச் செயல்படும் காலம் வெகுதூரமில்லை!

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Why Google Glass Broke

Why Google Glass Broke | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
How Google Glass went from the hottest thing in wearable tech to the Edsel of Silicon Valley.
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Adam Helwah found this article in the NY Times. Interesting take on the history and demise of Google Glass. What do you think? Will it rise up like a phoenix again, new and improved someday, or will Microsoft's HoloLense pick up the pieces? Or...will something else emerge in time? Put your comments below. 

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Empowering Women in WordPress - WebDevStudios.com

Empowering Women in WordPress - WebDevStudios.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There's a dearth of women in tech, but there are female figures in WordPress changing the game. Here's Suzette on empowering women in WordPress...
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This is a great article brought to my attention by Mike McCallister via Google+. As a WordPress user, I really like hearing about how WordPress is one of the most female-friendly tech companies, and they do much to encourage younger generations to get involved. Keep up the good work, WordPress! 

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Online Student Again: Part 1

Online Student Again: Part 1 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As I've mentioned in an earlier post, I decided to bite the bullet and "git me some learnin' " in preparation of possible unemployment or breaking out on my own to consult. The big buzz in content ...
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Doctor Who game materialises on tablets

Doctor Who game materialises on tablets | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The Doctor and the Dalek teaches children programming... and what is more, it's free to download
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This absolutely appeals to the geek in me, as well as the e-learning/m-learning advocate in me! Woo hoo! (Or should I say, "Who-Who"! No, then I'd sound like an owl.)  An app that teaches kids programming with Doctor Who? What could be better? 

 

I think this grown-up will download it, and eventually, I'll give it a try and learn something in the process. :-D

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Avocode – Preview and inspect designs without Photoshop or Sketch.

Avocode – Preview and inspect designs without Photoshop or Sketch. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Open PSDs without Photoshop. Get CSS, SVG, image assets, fonts, colors,…
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Adam Helweh shared this on Facebook, and now I'm sharing this with you. It looks like an interesting tool for web designers to use that integrates Photoshop and Sketch file in the design. The pricing looks decent, too. I don't know when I'll have a chance to give this a try, but it does look interesting. Check it out!  (Thanks, Adam!)

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Content Strategy 2015: Marketing, Mobile, and the Enterprise

Content remains a fundamental challenge for all of our organizations. Instead of talking about "what's next," let's talk about what's needed. Find out what bas…
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Jonathon Colman brought these slides by Kristina Halvorson to my attention. Contrary to recent trends saying that content strategy should be looking at content marketing, Kristina says, "Not so fast...." Look through her slides. She makes a good point. Do you agree with her, or do you think that content marketing is the way to go?  Include your comments below. 

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Lip-synching goes viral: the rise of Dubsmash

Lip-synching goes viral: the rise of Dubsmash | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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I hadn't heard of this app, but it sounds like fun. As I was watching the video and reading the article, it reminded me of conversations I've had with The Content Wrangler, Scott Abel, about music mashups, and the implications of copyright infringement in relation to creating new content. Just like mixing two songs together to create a new one for a music mashup, if you are taking established content (music) and adding something of your own (your video lip-syncing), does that constitute as new or original content? Hmmm....what do you think? Add your comments below.

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A Blueprint for Writing How-To Guides for Your Site

A Blueprint for Writing How-To Guides for Your Site | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There are numerous articles on this site about how to increase your website traffic and tips for bringing new visitors to your website.
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Another gem found by Craig Cardimon. This is a good, basic outline of how to do "how-to-do" documentation. --TechCommGeekMom
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Move over, Google Glass! HoloLens is here!

Move over, Google Glass! HoloLens is here! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Today, I tuned in to listen to the Windows 10 event that was to promote more about the upcoming new OS that many are anticipating will be a big improvement over Windows 8 and 8.1. While I'm a huge ...
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