Smartphone Revolution Infographic: How Much Do You Rely on Your Smartphone?


This is a guest post written by Russel Cooke, a writer living in Louisville, Kentucky. He often writes about software engineering, social media, and Customer Service, passions of his since entering the professional world.

It’s fun to look back on history and think, “what would the world be like if this object were invented a few years later? Or...not at all?” Pondering the importance of devices whose importance is readily available in history books everywhere cannot be questioned, but does anyone consider the impact on history that objects they are using have?

It’s tough living life without smartphones these days. Perhaps it’s just the reliance on technology that our culture has today, but the suite of tools that they provide their users with makes so many tasks afterthoughts.

In this infographic, provided by, we dive into the diversity of such tools, and the reliance that so many people place on having their smartphone with them, at all times.

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Adobe Special Offer: Adobe Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5


Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is now available for only £8.78 per month! For a limited time, you can join a special Creative Cloud photography plan designed exclusively for Photoshop customers. It includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available, 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration, and a Behance ProSite. And it's just £8.78/month when you sign up for a one-year plan, but you need to join by February 28, 2014. To qualify, you must own a commercial version of Photoshop CS3 or later (Standard or Extended version, as a stand-alone product or as part of a suite).

Sign up to this Adobe Special Offer before 28th February here!

Adobe Photoshop CC

The industry standard for digital image processing and editing, Photoshop delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire. Sign up for this Adobe special offer for just £8.78 per month.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

For editing digital photos without having to navigate the extensive offerings of Photoshop, Lightroom provides the precise tools photographers need to process their images efficiently, while still bringing out the best in their photographs. Sign up for this Adobe special offer for just £8.78 per month.

Want access to the full suite of Adobe tools? Subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud for only £22.46 per month.

How Students Can Use Adobe Apps to Get Noticed

This is a guest post by the team at Degree Jungle, an informational website which can help you explore degree options and choose the ideal accredited college for you.

Huge Adobe Discounts for Online College Students

Adobe apps are not just for graphic designers and web developers anymore. In today's more artistic multimedia culture, web-based students enrolled in most collegiate programs need to discover new ways to create professional-looking print and online content while in school.

That’s why today’s college student works with Dreamweaver to design web pages, InDesign to produce billboards and e-newsletters, and Photoshop to examine and modify electronic images.

So, it’s no wonder why web-based educational institutions as well as independent students all over the globe are welcoming Adobe's Creative Cloud which grants members easy access to the latest high-tech smart-tools needed to do well in higher-education learning.


Creative Cloud Takes Web-Based Learning by Storm

Adobe Creative Cloud is a unique membership product that offers subscribers admission to every fully-upgraded resource found in Adobe's Creative Suite 6 (CS6). This assortment of feature-rich applications encompasses virtually all the content-creation bases needed for web-based students, and it delivers all the Adobe Creative Suite 6 apps at a fat student discount.

Right now, scholars can download and install programs like Photoshop; Illustrator; Dreamweaver; and InDesign; in addition to add-ons such as Edge tools and services –all for a single low, monthly premium. 

Let's have a closer look at a few of the most-favoured Adobe CS6 apps that Degree Jungle students are working with today...

Photoshop: This famous Adobe App has been around for a decade; initially used mainly by web-designers and print media professionals, nowadays,

Photoshop serves young adults who would like to produce their own artwork, design business cards, create banners or brochures and even fine-tune photography for social media posting. This application is also very simple to learn with a little practice and persistence.

Illustrator: Sometimes, business school professors ask their web-based students to create fictitious logos; online architect professors may, periodically, require their students to come up with authentic illustrations, which is what Adobe fashioned its Illustrator app to do. This app surrenders independence for developing designs and sharing thoughts for drafting objects, cartoons, maps, graphics and much more.

Dreamweaver: Any time college students put together a blog, a personal website, an online forum or any other web resource, they will require an easy-to-use publishing tool that will help them finish the job. Dreamweaver performs straightforward web page/application designing, editing and web-posting with the help of a warm-and-friendly, menu-driven interface.

Lightroom 5: Let’s face it; college students take a whole lot of pictures! Lightroom 5 hands over convenient solutions for dealing with large volumes of digital images and enhancing them too. Users can save their images in the cloud, and they can immediately locate that memorable photo out of thousands saved in a single album.

There are a couple final things we should point out about Adobe's Creative Cloud; the program provides subscribers with twenty gigabytes of online storage, and it automates file-synching among collaborators. Clients even get free CS6 upgrades and individual tool upgrades located inside the suite whenever Adobe releases them.

Discover more information about what's included in the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service and how to get started here.

Cybersafety: A Student's Perspective on Staying Safe Online



Below is a guest post from our student blogger, Cian Buckly. Cian achieved exam success by using ExamTime's free online study tools (Mind Maps, Flashcards, Quizzes, Notes & Revision Timetable). "ExamTime made a huge difference to how I planned, organised and revised my study material". Read more about Cian's story here.

In this blog post, Cian discusses the topic of Cybersafety from a student's point of view, provides advice on how to avoid cyberbullying plus he gives his opinion on the main problem with staying safe online.


Cybersafety is one of the biggest problems facing anyone using the internet these days. There are so many ways in which you can be ‘attacked’ online. On the internet, it is all too easy for someone to adopt a whole new persona. The person you have been making friends with online may not be who you think they are.

My main concern is that online profiles can be so convincing, people will stop suspecting users and start giving away personal information. The only way to be sure someone is who they say they are is to know them in real life before getting to know their online profile. I think people are not suspicious enough online and will easily talk to people they don’t really know. People need to be educated about how to stay safe online which will reduce the number of cases of cyber-bullying and cyber-attacks. Examples of good digital citizenship need to be shown so that young people in particular learn the dangers they can face while surfing online.

Who are you really talking to online?

One of the most dangerous websites online is not one you would suspect. It has over 1.15 billion users, and most people you know log on at least once a week. This website is Facebook. In less than five minutes, you can create a profile and start adding friends. There is no security settings to stop someone creating a fake profile and adding you. Some people can have over 1,000 friends on Facebook but surely it’s impossible to know every single person in this list? If you have a Facebook account, take a minute to think: how many of your ‘friends’ do you actually know? You will be surprised by how few you know personally.

When I’m online, especially when I’m using Facebook, I am very careful about the people I communicate with. On more than one occasion I have been added by people I don’t know, and this has led me to editing the security settings on my profile. Due to these changes, I can only be contacted by people who I have accepted as friends and only these people can view my profile, including photos and status updates. I would highly recommend that everyone changes their Facebook security settings to increase their cybersafety and stop cyber-attacks.

Another huge problem is cyber-bullying. It is all too easy for a bully to hide behind a computer monitor and start giving someone abuse. A bully can create a fake online profile and start harassing someone, without the person even knowing who it is or why. This has been aided by the website ‘’ which gives people the ability to anonymously ask ‘questions’. The result of asking a question on can be nasty as anonymous authors answer questions with bad intentions. On more than one occasion I have seen examples of where cyber-bullying on got out of hand, but fortunately, I have never experienced it myself.

Overall I think one of the main problems with cybersafety and the general use of the internet is anonymity. You can never be 100% sure of who you are contacting, and this is a scary thought.


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