1-to-1 Done Right

I’m able to connect with each of these kids, anywhere, anytime. #1to1 #edtech ln.is/dailyedventure…

A one-to-one project with the right thought behind does wondrous things in the teaching environment. Remember, it’s not about the technology….it’s about the children and how they learn.

“They’re getting their own laptop that they get to take home. They get to utilize it at home and… – Linkis.com

From Phablets to iPads – Twittersphere

A recap of some of my latest Twitter posts.

I’m always fascinated by new words and modern technology has brought us the word phablet. Apparently a phablet is designed to combine or straddle the functionalities of a smartphone and tablet.  In other words, it’s too small to be a tablet and too big to be a phone, yet you’re still able to make calls on it. Apparently these hybrid devices are skewing the sales of tablets and phones. To mess up things even more, the market is moving toward wearable tech to replace all of these devices.

Apparently the FTC is fairly serious about protecting medical data.  Sure, there are documented parameters to being HIPPA compliant, but we may have to go back to sneakernet to completely ensure protection.

I’m fairly certain Google will hold all the cards when the game is over.  All things Chrome are pretty cool looking.  The Chromecast is no exception.

Indianapolis based ExactTarget has seen tremendous growth since their inception.  Now that they are owned by Salesforce.com, there may be some overlapping of personnel. So the logical next step is to figure out how not to pay for the extra employees.  Sadly, 200 must go.

As the shine starts to wear off the iPad and users look beyond games and email, there needs to be a savior to bring these devices back to usefulness.  Parallels has the answer.

2012 Recap + New Products From BlackBerry and HP

VMware VDIThere were a bunch of great stories in the virtual world this year and CRN covers ten of the biggest. The 10 Biggest Virtualization Stories Of 2012 http://t.co/BSeOddgX . This covers everything from Microsoft’s push to make Hyper-V viable to VMware and EMC trading executives. Of course that’s not surprising when you consider EMC truly is the parent.

Cisco CiusSince we are doing things by the numbers today here are 13 Events That Defined Cisco’s 2012 http://t.co/d7NuEPyd from CIO. Cisco’s year has been full of developments and acquisitions. Of course if you are looking at defining events, you also have to look at the not so positive points that shaped Cisco this year as well. Surely you haven’t forgotten about the Cius. I’ll never forget the day I was told not to sell a Cius unless it was attached to a larger VOIP project. Uh….OK.


BlackBerry Bold in an OtterBox Defender case

Speaking of companies that failed on the tablet front, the makers of the PlayBook are on the verge of launching a new iPhone….er…..Blakberry. Leaked BlackBerry Handset Appears to Emulate iPhone’s Design http://t.co/dpCaSysB. I have to admit that I’m a huge fan of BlackBerry. Sure it might be a little nostalgia, but I honestly believe make strong business class cell phones. I comfortably say this after watching my family members go through countless trips to the store attempting to get their Android and IOS devices repaired under warranty while my BlackBerry Bold keeps on ticking in its OtterBox case.

Also on a forward looking note and tablets that I believe WILL be successful…I had the good fortune of laying my hands on an ElitePad 900 today.  It certainly appears as if HP got it right with this Win 8 Tablet. In fact, I literally did a side by side comparison with an iPad 2.  This tablet will give Apple a run for the money in environments that want to manage their tablets via Active Directory. Only time will tell.

Today was a Monday and was research was brief. I hope you have a great week!! Of course if you’re an intern at Facebook, that’s guaranteed. Facebook Interns Probably Make More Money Than You http://t.co/U4w7wUMV ->

Try not. Do or do not.

The coolness factor is off the chart today.  Apparently the folks over at YotaPhone took to heart the movie line “Try not. Do or do not.” YotaPhone Has LCD Front, E-Ink Back, Coolness All Over http://t.co/CYnIGKAL

The Android OS side of the YotaPhone is great for full color apps and watching videos leaving you the E-Ink screen as a convenient way to glance at weather data, stock quotes, tweets, Facebook entries and/or reading a book without having to wake the phone from its energy-saving sleep mode.

Game TabletAlso on the cool tech side of things today…but with a high price tag….is Razer’s gaming tablet. $1,300?! Company launches obscenely expensive tablet http://t.co/6BjxlIJQ Upon reviewing the specs of this fine slab PC, I think it’s well worth the price. This thing is a powerful piece of flat glass.

ViewPad 7 Web

While we’re on the subject of tablets, check out Apple Dominance, Tablet Demand Shift Supply Chain: NPD http://t.co/nzdJ7AEJ. It’s a pretty cool story on the shift in supply and demand, pricing and how the supply chain shifts and changes as the leaders battle out in the market.

If you are waiting for Microsoft Office to come to an iPad near you, you are going to have to wait until Apple and Microsoft finish their haggling over price. Apple, Microsoft Lock Horns Over iOS Office Revenue Split http://t.co/JOF1xJVA. Can’t we all just get along?

And just when you thought I was in total cool tech/tablet research mode today, I throw a couple of Dell articles at you. Yep. I like to keep you guessing. Dell has been the land of acquisition in 2012 and these two articles are great examples of that. Keep an eye on these Texans.  They are up to something big. 5 Dell Acquisitions: Execs Talk Integration, Resources http://t.co/kojCy5Dz. Dell Kace Launches K3000 Mobile Device Management Appliance http://t.co/AAPXBOMx.

TGIF.  Enjoy your Friday night.

I’ve Played Angry Birds…Now What?

Mobile DevicesQuite frankly, I’m a gadget guy. I dig technology. I love to tinker and I love to get my hands on the latest technology to see how it works.  I look at everything from the “cool factor” first and then figure out how I can incorporate the technology into my daily life. If I can’t figure a way for a piece of technology to make my life easier or more productive, I then try to figure out how I can alter that technology so it will.  Finally, if it merely has a cool factor and the technology just plain and simple doesn’t do anything to make my day better….well….I walk away from it.  So, where does this long explanation of my view on new technology take us? To the tablet.

iPadTablets are extremely cool.  There’s one on either side of my bed that are used for reading books. There’s one in my living room for checking email and surfing Facebook.  I’m pretty sure I have one in my backpack…although it probably needs charged. The point is that they are more like IT accessories to me.  To be truly honest, I use my smartphone and laptop more than anything. My smartphone does all the things I need when I’m very mobile and my laptop gives me all the power I need when I can stop for a few minutes to get something done.  I realize that the tablet is designed to be a middle use device between my smartphone and laptop, but I just haven’t figured out yet how it makes my daily life easier. Of course your mileage may vary.

Angry BirdsNow to the heart of this story. My first link below asks a pretty straight forward question that I know a lot of people in education are asking. “Is the tablet effectively engaging students, or is it a distraction to learning?” Let me ask a few more questions I hear bantered about. “Are they buying tablets because they’re cool or do they actually have a plan on how to use them?” “What’s next beyond the tablet?” There are more questions just like these that educators are struggling with every day. It’s what I like to refer to as the I’ve-Played-Angry-Birds-Now-What Syndrome.

These are all tough questions to answer. We’ve seen tablets have limited success in education as well as corporate environments.  And really, given the short time they’ve been in play, we should say limited success.  We haven’t however seen wide spread success.  Many are still trying to find their path with this technology long after they’ve acquired it.

Sure, IT consultants like myself can assist with finding the right footing for your technology. That’s why guys like me like to tinker with the new stuff when it gets released. But generally, technology in an active environment should be driven by business requirements and business requirements should never be driven by technology.

So, today’s research is below and I will now step down from my tablet box. I hope you’re having a great Monday.

  • Is the iPad (or tablet) effectively engaging students, or is it a distraction to learning. http://t.co/zURArq1L ->
  • 20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level http://t.co/lQbubqSm ->
  • Terminator Eyes: Hi-tech contact lenses show texts and maps http://t.co/razcW5OH
  • How to Choose Between Scale-Up vs. Scale-Out Architectures for Backup and Recovery http://t.co/8QYUmoPB