mEducation – 35 Edu Experts on Improving Learning #vmvdlt

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An eBook in slideshare

99 Quotes for the future

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Mixture of social, employment and IT related quotes

iPhone vs Android


Whenever people talk about mobile phones nowadays they tend to start a debate about Android and iPhone. Which is better? You could probably answer that if you had any idea what Android actually is. It's understandable that even now, you might still be in the dark, maybe because you are resistant to change, or just aren't that tech savvy.

Obviously the next time you go online or into a bricks and mortar store (e.g. NZ: Telecom , Vodafone , 2degrees , or England: o2 ) to check out phones, you will want to be in the know about the different phones that operate using Android.

Android aka Google's operating system for mobile phones and tablets, runs in a similar way to the Microsoft Windows operating system, or Apple's iOS. It is the fastest growing operating system today, with around 500,000 Android devices being activated each year. Basically they are a real threat to Apples iOS.

Android has had several different upgrades in the last few years, and amusingly they like to name the new versions after some form of dessert. For example; Android 4.0 (October, 2011) was named Ice Cream Sandwich. Each version has brand new improvements that tempt more users in. For example, better quality screens, cameras, smoother button navigation etc. One problem however is that the phone manufacturers customise Android to their device, this means that you may not be able to upgrade to a later Android OS unless your phone manufacturer provides a customised upgrade (This is not the case for Apple iOS).
The standard layout of an Android phone has a series of Home screens, which have short-cuts to launch the different apps on your phone. They can also have widgets for displaying social network updates and give you access to music etc.

The great thing about Android, is that manufacturers don't have to pay Google to use it. This is possibly why it has become such a success, because it is adaptable for different types of phone and tablet. Also, developers have much more freedom in distributing their applicaions as they do not have to be distributed through a central store as is the case with the iPhone. This generally means there are more Android apps however the downside is that the apps may not be quality tested and can cause problems with your phone. It is always good to do a web search to check the experience of other users.

Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software

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Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.

The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.

The free software, called Google App Inventor for Android (, has been under development for a year. User testing has been done mainly in schools with groups that included sixth graders, high school girls, nursing students and university undergraduates who are not computer science majors.

Lohr, G (2010, July 11) Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software. Retrieved from

Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software

Screen Recorders

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After a post on givaway of the day had  feedback about free screen recorders

Two that came up were

  1. Cam studio (open source) and
  2. the online  Screenr

To Flash or not to Flash this is the question…

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Looks like a tsunami of change again for Multimedia.

  • Flash CS5
  • Microsoft Visual studio/Silverlight
  • HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript?

With Steve Jobs firing a major salvo across Adobes bows:

(Thanks Steph)

I’m going to have to think about how we will deliver multimedia in the future.


Mobile Phone Wi-fi access problem

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This is one of those chocolate fish problems. New mobile phone wouldn’t connect to Wi-fi.

Solution: make sure when entering the WEP code, alphabetic characters have the correct case.

Telecom’s Thompson modem tends to use uppercase characters, however phones (like keyboards) type in lowercase.

QR-Code reader for mobile devices

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A Quick Response (QR) Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. … . You can use a QR -Code to store a web URL and use a mobile phone to photograph the QR-Code then using the software below display the actual site.

Windows Phone 7 Series

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Will this compete with the iPhone or Android?