Computing in the News


1.)Transformer Pad TF300T
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The new Transformer Pad made by Asus is now more affordable and inovated than ever. It is a 4.0 power plastic tablet with a 10.1'' screen and 1280x800 IPS and it has a similar design to the Transformer Prime Pad. On the other hand, to cut the cost of the new Transformer it was made out of a sturdy plastic that can come in a number of decent shades as oppose being made out of aluminum like the Transformer Prime Pad and having limited style features. In comparison to other Pad like the new Tranformer it weighs just as much as Apple I-Pads and other comparable Pads. I-Pad and Transformer Pads all average to weigh a little more than a pound. The Transformer Pad has a number of neat feature. Some including: Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC with LPDDR3, Android ICS 4.0 operating system, an improved rear-facing 8 MP camera with a fast F2.2 lens aperture, Asus SonicMaster audio, 8 GB of Asus WebStorage (for life) and more!

I think this hardware is very neat and innovative! It is always good to have something not only new and improved, but affordable. The features shown on this hardware allow for a number of things to be done with it. For instance, the new and improves rear facing camera can be used to film professional events because the quality is better than comparable products. It is also conveniently sized and weighed to carry just about any ware. Also, the 8GB of Asus Webstorage (for life) allows users to hold a good amount of memory on the devise. Overall, I am impressed with this new hardware and I am eager to hear more about this hardware product. Image & Article Source: Visit Tom's Hardware


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2.) The Importance of Educating Students about Computer Science


This article stresses the importance of teaching computer science to all students rather than just computer science majors. Many colleges offer basic course on computer science and when the average student takes the course studies at Wheaton College shows that many students drop the course because they find the language of programming and computers in general is a lot harder than foreign language. However, the author believes ignorance should be a greater reason to be informed about computer science.

I would have to agree with the author. That is because technology is advancing rapidly and we are relying less on manual work and more on computerized work. If students are not prepared to work with computers on more than basic terms, then it will be hard to function in this world. In my own experience, I do not think my high school prepared me well in computer science. When I finally came to Messiah and found that they were using an online school system called sakai it was hard for to learn the system since I was never exposed to anything like it. But I had to learn it because I would have upload assignments, retrieve assignments, and so much more. If I did not learn the system it would be very hard for me to keep up with my school work. I also think that it's important to know other basic computer language because you never know when you might have to put those skills to the test. But regardless of how much you know about computer science the technology is constantly changing. So, what may have been one way to operate a system may become outdated and a new way will have to be learned and implemented. That's why I strongly agree with the author to require all students to be educated in computer sciences. Image/Article Source: Visit Bend Bulletin



3.) What? I can Search with an Image?


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Now, with the latest technology you no longer have to type out a description of the image into the Google search because a new Google search allows you to upload the image to its criteria. The author discovered this technology when her son amazed her by knowing who painted the painting in the hall of their home. Naturally, she asked him how he knew and informed her about the new Google image search. This tool is great for searching for text criteria and the Advance search allows you to narrow your search in a number of ways. Some including: location, ratio, file type, etc. But there must be some security on the tool. Becaue of this, the tool gives the user control of the appropriatness of the return content. The author is unsure of how this new form of technology can be used in an educational way and seeks advice from the public.

I am amazed at this new form of technology. I think that it will save a lot time and be very efficient. My only concern would be the possibility of abuse to the technology using it to find my personal identity and such. But over all I think the image search can be used in a number of ways. If it's not already, it can be used for the police department when searching for a criminal that they only have an image of and no other information of the person. It can also be used in schools for computer graphic classes and other art classes. But apart from art classes and classes in general, the tool can be used for simple pleasure as well. Image/Article Source: Visit Emerging Edtech



"Email vs. Social Networking":

With social networking on the rise email is slowly becoming outdated. People are discovering that it is faster to communicate thorough social networking because there is less hassle with junk mail, inboxes, and such. Email vs. Social Networking They list a number of for both forms of communication. Some including: Social networking is faster, but email is more universal and practical. Social networking can be view by thousands of people, while email allows for a more personalized way to communicate.

Even as both forms of communications differ in a number of ways they are both practical ways to commutate to a number of audiences. For the most part the author feels email and social networking will remain prevalent in our society because they both focus on addressing different audiences in different work settings. For some cases it is more appropriate to address a number of people in a business, but there are other times where it is more appropriate to address someone in a more personal way. I agree with the author and think that both forms of communications are important and should remain in existences in society. No way is necessarily better than one another; rather, it depends on the audience being addresses. I also think that it is good to have various forms of communication out there through the internet because it makes communication practical for all internet users.

Image Source: Email Verses Socail Networking. 2009. Photograph. Email Verses Socail Networking. By Drsavi. 24 June 2009. Web. 10 Feb. 2012. Email vs. Socail Networking



5.) Remembering the Birth of the World Wide Web


February 28 2012 The day the web was born

A little more than twenty years ago the World Wide Web was created by Tim Berners Lee. He worked as a consultant at European Organization for Nuclear Research and wanted to find a better way to organize the research projects. His plan to create did not occur overnight. He had to trouble shoot many errors before arriving to a finish product. But after his hard efforts and the hard efforts of his team he decided to take this concept in apply it in a larger scale scenario. The three main innovations that played a major role in creating the web were hyperlinks, universal resource locators (URLS), and hypertext markup language (html). He made a proposal to other companies and they tried out his new way of organizing projects and it was an immediate hit. I think Tim's idea to create the World Wide Web was genius. His small idea to help his company run more efficiently has grown into a huge enterprise that has been brought into daily life. Everything we use from school work to business work entails using the World Wide Web. It has allowed date to be organized, computers to communicate with one another and allowed data to be transferred faster and effectively. Of course there are always negative points to any proposal, but for the most part I think it has been an effective innovation.

Image/Article Source: Greenemeier, Larry. "Remembering the Day the World Wide Web Was Born: Scientific American." Science News, Articles and Information. Scientific American, 12 Mar. 2009. Web. 27 Feb. 2012. Word Wide Web Birth Remeberance


Made 26 April 2012
by Tiffany.