By Danny Allenon, Tue Aug 25 2009
Aside from letting you run Windows and OS X apps side-by-side, the latest version of Parallels has a cool migration wizard that copies Windows programs and files to the new Mac via a USB cable linking the two machines.That’s pretty slick if it really means you don’t have to install your favorite Windows programs all over again. It also looks a lot easier to use than VMWare’s converter tool .So the $100 Switch Edition is clearly aimed at newbies: good to throw-in if you’re buying a Mac for a long-time Windows user. They’re the ones who may benefit from the included two hours of flash-based Mac tutorials.
At fontcapture.com you can create a font from your very own handwriting. There’s no software to download and install, all you need is a printer and a scanner. Simply fill in the font template, scan and upload it to our website, and download your completed font. The fonts you create using fontcapture.com can be used on both Windows and Mac computers.
They worry about the quality of online courses, say teaching them takes more effort, and grouse about insufficient support. Yet large numbers of professors still put in the time to teach online. And despite the broad suspicion about quality, a majority of faculty members have recommended online courses to students.
That is the complicated picture that emerges in “The Paradox of Faculty Voices: Views and Experiences With Online Learning,” part of a two-volume national study released today by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities—Sloan National Commission on Online Learning.
[Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education]
Snow Leopard introduces QuickTime X, a major leap forward that advances modern media and Internet standards. QuickTime X includes a brand-new player application, offers optimized support for modern codecs, and delivers more efficient media playback, making it ideal for any application that needs to play media content.
- New clean interface
- Visual editing features
- Sharing (export) to iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, e-mail, etc.
- Screen recording feature
- Paid version? QuickTime Pro appears to be gone. All these features are now available in the default QuickTime Player.
Other refinements in OSX 10.6 – “from installation to shutdown.”
[Source: Apple Computer]
To Tweet or not to Tweet, that is the question.
Results are in from the survey conducted by Faculty Focus on Twitter usage and trends among college faculty, and we’d like to first thank everyone who participated. The survey of approximately 2,000 higher education professionals found that nearly one-third (30.7 percent) of the respondents say they use Twitter in some capacity. More than half, (56.4 percent) say they’ve never used Twitter.
This new 20-page report provides a breakdown of the survey results by question, including comments provided by survey respondents. The comments further explain how they are using Twitter, why they stopped, or why they have no interest in using it at all.
Key findings of Twitter in Higher Education: Usage Habits and Trends of Today’s College Faculty include:
- 71.8 percent of current Twitterers expect their usage to increase this school year.
- 20.6 percent of current non-Twitter users say there is a “50/50 chance” they will use Twitter as a learning tool in the classroom in the next two years.
- 12.9 percent of respondents say they tried Twitter, but stopped using it because it took too much time, they did not find it valuable, or a combination of reasons.
[Source: Faculty Focus]
TechSmith has released Camtasia for Mac OS X, a screen capture and audio and video editing tool (not to be confused with the Camtasia Relay lecture capture system, which already works on Mac).
[Source: Campus Technology]
Most faculty are not using Twitter, but about 5.1 percent use the microblogging service as part of instruction.
Despite the seemingly relentless barrage of hype surrounding Twitter, most faculty in higher education institutions are not using the microblogging service at all. In fact, according to a new study from Faculty Focus, most have never even tried it.
[Source: Campus Technology]
Is there nothing a smartphone can’t help you do better?
1.5 Billion: Numbers of apps downloaded in the first year of the Apple App Store
33%: Number of app users who say “apps have changed my life”
169: Number of new non-gaming apps appearing per day in the App Store
[Source: New Scientist]