iMeet

With the iMeet app for iPhone and iPad, you can to start or join a meeting, meet in video, and share a presentation right from your mobile device. 

iMeet is PGI’s award-winning collaboration solution that provides businesses with an innovative new way to do web conferencing. Awards include: Edison Awards - Best New Product, Stevie’s - People’s Choice, Inc. Mag’s - Best Tools for Working on the Road.

  • Host or join a meeting with up to 125 participants.
  • Personalized meeting URL makes it easy for guests to join your meeting.
  • Click Schedule a Meeting and an invitation prepopulated with the meeting details and ready to email.
  • Easily connect to audio using your 3G/4G wireless network or WiFi.
  • Turn on your webcam to meet in video.
  • Record your meeting. 
  • Run your presentation, or pass control to someone else, right from your mobile device.
  • Cloud-based file storage. 
  • Share files and chat with others in the meeting.
  • Allow your guests to share his desktop screen.
  • Automatically syncs contacts across all your devices.
  • Consistent user experience across your computer, smartphone and tablet.
  • Free for guests.

REGISTERED USERS: Start or join a meeting from your mobile device by signing in using your iMeet credentials.

UNREGISTERED GUESTS: Join a meeting from your mobile device by signing in as a First-Time Guest.

Schools phasing out SMART boards in favour of Apple TVs

By Hillary Gavan:

The School District of Beloit will begin phasing out SMART Boards in favor of Apple TVs to make the latest technologies available in the classroom.

In a unanimous vote, the Board of Education approved the purchase of 60 Apple TV systems, consisting of a cable box attached to a 60-inch TV at its Tuesday evening special meeting.

Each Apple TV, monitor and bracket will cost $1,089, with a $75 installation cost, for a total of $69,884.

Executive Director of Business Services Janelle Marotz noted the same amount of SMART Boards would have cost the district $309,450, or $239,565 more. Projector bulbs, for example, alone cost around $300 each, not including the cost of labor for installation.

The district’s existing SMART Boards will stay in the classroom until they become unusable. Apple TVs are only being purchased for new classrooms and areas such as the Beloit Memorial High School (BMHS) fitness center built as part of the 2012 referendum, Marotz said.

The 60 TVs will be used for 18 for new classrooms at Gaston; 18 new classrooms in Cunningham; six in the fitness center, five at McNeel Intermediate School and 13 to replace failing SMART Boards and projectors.

There were four companies which responded to the districts solicitation for bids. Of the four companies, the VPC TV’s were the least expensive.

Marotz said Apple TVs help teachers better engage with students around the classroom, by streaming content on the TV which is shown on the student Apple iPads.

Students, for example, can prepare their work on their iPad and use the wireless AirPlay software to project it on the Apple TV. They can also view music, photos and movies from the new TVs.

OneDrive gets AirDrop support

OneDrive has been updated with AirDrop support and enhancements to video streaming. OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is the one place for everything in your life. Easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more. When you upload photos or videos from your iPhone or iPad to OneDrive, you can get to them when you’re on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. 

Features:

  • Automatically upload photos and videos to OneDrive using Camera Backup.
  • Browse all your OneDrive files and files shared with you.
  • Share files by sending a link in email or getting a link to copy and paste.
  • Move, delete, and rename files, and create new folders.
  • Open your OneDrive files in other apps, including Office apps.
  • Quickly get to documents you’ve recently opened.

What’s new in this version:

  • Option to exclude video uploads from Camera Backup .
  • Improved sharing experience including AirDrop support.
  • Enhancements to video streaming for smoother playback.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.
Should you get Kindle Unlimited?

Jul 18, 2014. By Kate Knibbs of Gawker Media:

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service is now available, offering access to 600,000 book titles and 8,000 audiobook titles for $10 a month. You can start a free trial today, but if you’d like to know immediately whether this is the digital borrowing service for you, we’ve got the answer:

Probably not.

Books are marvelous. Reading books is marvelous. But Kindle Unlimited seems decidedly un-marvelous and probably isn’t the most logical deal for you, especially if you’re an existing Amazon Prime member.

Access to 600,000 books sounds great, but the book selection itself at launch is lackluster. The Kindle Unlimited library includes big-ticket series like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, but new releases published by the ‘big five’ publishing companies like Simon & Schuster are nowhere to be found, because Amazon doesn’t have agreements with them. So you’ll need to want to read a lot of books, but not care too much about which books.

The biggest knock against Kindle Unlimited, though, is that its offerings overlap so much with Amazon Prime. Prime doesn’t include audiobooks, but it does offer the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, which allows you to check out one book (out of a selection of 500,000) per month as part of your overall subscription. The Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited selections appear to be largely the same. Kindle Unlimited, though, costs $120 per year to Prime’s $100. Which is confusing, given that with Prime you also get free shipping, access to Amazon Music, Amazon’s streaming video service, and that Lending Library access. It’s an incredible deal, and a no-brainer if you ever order stuff from Amazon or have any interest in its music and movie selection.

Moreover, Kindle Unlimited isn’t the only lending service. Subscription book-lending companies Oyster and Scribd both offer strong libraries. Scribd ($9/month) has 400,000 selections, which is objectively less than Amazon, but includes deals with the large publishing houses you won’t find on Unlimited, so the ratio of books you’ll actually want to read vs. weird filler is better. Oyster ($10/month) is in the same situation: the lending library is 500,000 strong, smaller than what Amazon is offering, but with the advantage of a selection that includes books published by the large publishing houses. Want to read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson or Born Standing Up by Steve Martin? You’ll need Oyster or Scribd. This doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily prefer Oyster or Scribd’s library over Amazon’s, but you might… Aside from the high profile franchises like Harry Potter, Amazon’s overall selection lacks a distinct advantage over competitors.

Maybe if Amazon blocks Oyster and Scribd subscribers from using their subscriptions on Kindle hardware, Kindle users will have no choice in their lending service. But until then, the smaller companies have the necessary licensing agreements to offer a superior selection for the same price per month, if not cheaper.

So there are a number of reasons this offer will have limited appeal. But limited appeal isn’t no appeal.

Unless!

If your preferred method of distracting yourself from the soul-eviscerating slog of your daily commute is audiobooks, Kindle Unlimited’s offer of 8,000 choices might make the subscription cost worth it.

Or! If you’re a voracious reader who compares the Kindle Unlimited library to Oyster and Scribd’s and finds it superior, and you’re don’t care about the rest of Amazon Prime’s offerings, it isn’t a bad deal.

Amazon also hasn’t mentioned whether the debut of Kindle Unlimited will affect the current Lending Library. It could someday introduce a discount for Prime members, or close the Lending Library to spur Prime members to sign up for Kindle Unlimited. If it makes either change, the service will make more sense for Prime members. I’ve asked Amazon if it plans to offer lower price for Prime members or shutter the Lending Library, and I’ll update if I hear back.

And if Amazon ever makes nice with the big publishing houses and gets them to agree to participate, it’ll be a whole different story and a whole different service.

For now though, I’d wait on Kindle Unlimited. The idea, so far, better than the execution.

First Look at the Firefox Flame Smartphone

By  of GoodEreader

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The Firefox Flame by Alcatel is the latest generation Firefox OS developers smartphone. This device blows most of the other phones out of the water in terms of hardware specs and screen size. Firefox OS is really aimed at emerging markets, but the pricetag on this version is $170.

The Flame developer reference phone is a milestone in Firefox OS device releases. The Flame hardware offers a representative set of specs — including FWVGA display and dual-core processor — to help developers build great content and experiences. A single hardware platform is also good for testers, making it easier to test and address specific software issues without having to worry about device model-specific bugs, etc.

The Flame has a 4.3 inch display with an exact resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The Firefox 1.3 OS looks bright and vibrant, but the lack of resolution hinders HD videos and clarity.

Underneath the hood lurks a 1.2 Dual Core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory and support for MicroSD and two sim cards. It also has NFC, GPS, a 5 MP rear facing camera and 2 MP front facing camera.

This phone is not designed to be your primary phone, mainly because it only has support for 2G and 3G. The frequencies are GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz.

Vincent van Gogh
Shoes, 1888
Oil on canvas18 x 21¾ in. (45.7 x 55.2 cm)
Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York

Vincent van Gogh

Shoes, 1888

Oil on canvas
18 x 21¾ in. (45.7 x 55.2 cm)

Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York

podbox
Sync almost anything!

podbox

Sync almost anything!

Maira Kalman…
itSeez3D and Occipital’s Structure Sensor for iPad 4

itSeez3D is a mobile 3D scanner that allows your iPad, with the Occipital’s Structure Sensor, to capture color and structure information of the world and process them into realistic 3D models. Use it to scan your family and friends as well as things you would like to copy in 3D, e.g., toys, shoes etc. Share your 3D models on sketchfab.com from the app and become a part of the growing 3D community!

Other features include:

  • Capture high-resolution color and structure data.
  • Augmented reality feedback is used to improve your scanning experience.
  • Send captured data to the cloud to get a great 3D model in a few minutes.
  • Share the 3D model by email in .ply or .obj formats or on Sketchfab

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Find out more at itseez3d.com

With Skanect Pro you can wirelessly stream 3D scans from your Structure Sensor in real-time to your Mac or PC for rapid capture, editing, and sharing of high-quality, full-color, 3D scans. 

The reason for the July 2014 Apple / IBM partnership?
Per IBM founder Thomas Watson, Jr:
“Good design is good business.”
The partners expect to “redefine… mobile enterprise.”
Will the new partnership impact on the classroom?
This is what IBM has to say about the evolution of formal education.

The reason for the July 2014 Apple / IBM partnership?

Per IBM founder Thomas Watson, Jr:

“Good design is good business.”

The partners expect to redefine… mobile enterprise.”

Will the new partnership impact on the classroom?

This is what IBM has to say about the evolution of formal education.

Ray Bradbury on failure, why we hate work, and the importance of love in creative endeavors…
For centuries, the myth of the lone genius has towered over us, its shadow obscuring the way creative work really gets done. The attempts to pick apart the Lennon-McCartney partnership reveal just how misleading that myth can be, because John and Paul were so obviously more creative as a pair than as individuals, even if at times they appeared to work in opposition to each other. The lone-genius myth prevents us from grappling with a series of paradoxes about creative pairs: that distance doesn’t impede intimacy, and is often a crucial ingredient of it; that competition and collaboration are often entwined. Only when we explore this terrain can we grasp how such pairs as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy all managed to do such creative work. The essence of their achievements, it turns out, was relational. If that seems far-fetched, it’s because our cultural obsession with the individual has obscured the power of the creative pair.
Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of The Power of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, explores the power of creative duos in an essay for The Atlantic. See also A brief history of the genius myth
Animation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bradley House stained glass.

Animation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bradley House stained glass.

Leonard Cohen on songwriting, creative process, and working for the right motives…
Leonard Cohen on creativity, hard work, and why you should never quit before you know what it is you’re quitting…