Entering the era of smart study groups

by Brandon Klien, Collaboration.Ai

I have been interested in education since I taught my first Sunday School class when I was in 6th grade. Teaching from the book (as I was told) versus helping kids understand and enjoy — always seemed at odds with what I saw and experienced.

Well outside of my schooling years now, having had the opportunity to train many hundreds on how to facilitate collaboration better — I realize that I have once again become a student. Daily the evidence builds that our education system, now more than ever, is in need of change. And with three young children for whom I’ve had to begin making decisions regarding their educational journeys, I have spent some time revisiting my learning experiences. Continue reading

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How to boost the range and security of your home WiFi network

By Muhammad Asfand Yar, List Enthusiast

Everybody seems to love WiFi. So do I. After all, who doesn’t want to have seamless internet access, across different devices, while roaming around their house. But this apparent ease of installation and usefulness can make your WiFi network slow sometimes and vulnerable to attacks. To help you out, here is an infographic by List Enthusiast which discusses how we can improve the overall state of our home WiFi networks.

Here are some of the main takeaways from that infographic about how to boost signal range and WiFi security. Continue reading

Why should you care about the Net Neutrality and Open Internet debate?

By Orla Forrest, Irish Telecom

Net neutrality refers to the provision of a completely open Internet whereby any user can access and post online content that they please, in the knowledge that it will not be censored by Internet service providers (ISPs). For most web users, it is the preferred state of affairs, as their views will not be censored, while mega-rich corporations are prevented from pricing users out of an online presence. However, ISPs and a minority of users will tell you that online content should be prioritized in order of importance and that heavy users should be charged more so that bandwidth can be distributed more appropriately. Continue reading

How an AI chatbot is helping students get to college

By Andrew Magliozzi, AdmitHub

Remember how much we talked about college when we were in high school? Teachers emphasized it; colleges sent ambassadors to talk to our classes; we even had a counselor whose entire job it was to help us make our college decisions.

These efforts should be applauded. There’s no question that a college degree equates to higher incomes, on average, among American workers. Some studies put the income difference as high as 74% between high school and college educated workers. There’s hardly anything more valuable a high school educator can do than encourage a student to attend college. Continue reading

Evolving your security operations strategy to fit the cloud

By Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh, Alert Logic

The decision to move to the cloud may seem an obvious one. It’s faster, more scalable, and more agile. However, security remains a concern, and rightly so. The foundational infrastructure delivered by cloud providers is secure, but guaranteeing the protection of the applications, workloads, and data you run on top of it is your responsibility—and it isn’t one to be taken lightly.

A traditional on-premises security operations strategy simply won’t cut it anymore. In its place, you need a cloud-specific security strategy to protect your critical data from an ever-growing variety of advanced threats. Outlined in this article are four elements for any security official to consider when making the jump to a cloud system. Continue reading

How Artificial Intelligence is changing web writing

By Gennaro Cuofano,  WordLift

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin invented PageRank back in 1996, they had one simple idea in mind: Organize the web based on “link popularity.”

In short, in the universe of pages existing in a (at the time almost) shapeless web, Page and Brin wanted to organize that information to make it become knowledge. The logic was pretty simple, yet extremely powerful. First, if a page was connected to multiple pages, which in turn linked back to it, that page improved in relevance. Also if a page had less links from other pages, yet those pages
were more important, then it also improved the ranking of the linked page.
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These technologies will shape 2017

By Beata Green, HeadChannel Ltd.

With a small device that fits into your pocket, you can have the world at your feet.  2016 did not revolutionise the world and you should not expect 2017 to do so either, but modern technology gives more possibilities than ever to more people than ever. If you want to make the most of 2017, get familiar with technologies that will probably influence the near future. Continue reading