Wednesday September 3, 2014
This is a guest post from Russel Cooke, a business consultant and journalist newly based in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on Twitter.
What can cloud computing do for you? Where is it going in the future? While scores remain ignorant of the exact specifics of what it means, anyone working in a high-tech or social media-related field would be making a mistake if they weren’t up-to-date on what cloud computing is, where it’s going, and how it can benefit both personally and educationally; whether you are a student, teacher, or administrator.
Cloud computing is seen by many as the future of computing. Instead of focusing on creating tiny, powerful computers such as smart phones, cloud computing allows the user to access some of those advanced capabilities remotely. This allows computers and smartphones to be cheaper, smaller, and easier to build while still letting the user experience the benefits of powerful computers with huge storage capabilities.
There are several types of cloud computing broken down by what service is being offered: IAAS allows users to access raw computational power and storage remotely, SAAS allows users to remotely access advanced software, and PAAS is a type of fusion of the two. However, the most visible and common form of cloud computing is a simple type of IAAS: remote storage, or “storage in the cloud.”
Microsoft Office 365 is an example of one of the most popular cloud computing software tools used by students. Not only does it allow students to access their documents from home or university, they can also use Office applications on multiple devices. University students can get access to cloud storage for as little as £59.99 with Microsoft Office 365 University while up to 5 family members can store their files in the cloud with Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium for just £79.99.
Cloud computing is a broad term. When most people think of it, they think of public clouds, where the data is processed and stored over the internet and travels through public channels. This is the most popular, but also vulnerable to intrusion by hackers. There are also private clouds, where the data is processed in private servers, these are much more secure but also less flexible and accessible. Some hybrid or community systems combine the public and private clouds in different ways to achieve different results.
However, with the advent of cloud computing comes security problems. And it is indeed a large problem, with many recent high-profile leaks of celebrity and government data that had been carelessly stored in the public cloud. For example, the recent hack of 101 celebrities private iCloud accounts has caused Apple to tighten their security. If you're worried about your computer security, take a look at our Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Internet Security software options to protect your devices.
Despite the drawbacks, cloud computing is clearly the way of the future. It allows students to save a vast amount of data which can easily be accessed from various locations and referenced in years to come. There are numerous benefits for students and the education sector other than saving large volumes of data; it's a low cost option, students and teachers can collaborate and you don't need to carry around your devices.
How are you using the cloud?
Wednesday July 9, 2014
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 GlobalTollFreeNumber.com, 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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Tuesday January 7, 2014
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 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.
Tuesday November 19, 2013
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 ‘Ask.fm’ which gives people the ability to anonymously ask ‘questions’. The result of asking a question on Ask.fm 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 Ask.fm 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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